Moomers Dairy: A Family Passion Turns Into a Community Treasure
Bob and Nancy Plummer don’t do anything in half measures. Bob grew up on a dairy farm and always wanted cows himself. So, he built a barn and got himself some cows. Nancy had a dream to make and sell ice cream from their milk. So, they created Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, which was recognized in 2008 by USA Today as America’s Favorite Ice Cream. Today, their dairy farm and ice cream shop hosts thousands of visitors a year for tours. I was one of those visitors on a warm early summer day and I learned so much about this remarkable family and their passions.
Following Their Dreams
Bob had always wanted to have cows after growing up on a dairy farm his father sold when he was ten. Twenty-seven years ago, Bob followed his heart: he built a barn himself and bought his first cows He now has about 20 cows. After a few years, Bob began processing their milk under the Moomers brand and distributing it to local stores. I took a separate tour of their processing facility and had the special treat of tasting their chocolate milk fresh off the line – delicious!
Nancy, a former first-grade teacher and Bob’s better half (his words), is the energy behind the ice cream side of the business. On the first day the store was open, a local school had an event and word spread that the new creamery was open. People left the event and flocked to Moomers; from that day forward, the business has blossomed to become a local, state and national favorite.
The creamery needs outgrew the quantity of milk produced on the farm, so they purchase a Michigan-made ice cream blend to produce the 90,000 gallons of ice cream sold each year. In the summer, ice cream is made in-house seven days a week with over 130 different varieties in the rotation. Nancy has two women on staff who have been making ice cream for over 10 years. They have perfected the art of creating delicious ice cream packed with flavor.
Sharing With Others
Nancy’s love of teaching led to the creation of the Moomers dairy farm tour program. Today, nearly 2500 school children participate in this tour every year. On the tour, kids see the dairy barn and cows; take a cow-spotted wagon through the crop fields to the milking parlor; and wrap up with an ice cream treat and activity book for each young attendee.
The Plummer family is committed to their community and do what they can to help those in need. This includes helping pay the bills of a neighbor in need, volunteering time and services to a fundraiser or donating ice cream to an event. Through their generosity, Moomers is a strong steward of the local community.
Bob and Nancy have been married for 47 years. They have three kids—two daughters and a son—and seven grandkids. Bob is a Vietnam vet, mason by trade and woodworker. He made the intricate woodcarvings that decorate the inside of the ice cream store. I got a sneak-peak at a life-size toy soldier which will stand outside the creamery during the holiday season.
You can visit Moomers too!
You can tell right away that Moomers is a family affair. The employees call Bob “Pa” and the energy flowing through the store is contagious. If you are headed to Northwest Michigan this summer, be sure to add Moomers Homemade Ice Cream as a destination on your itinerary. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!