It was actually a tragic event more than a decade before the ice cream that started the McCray Farm on the path to welcoming visitors. In 1972, Steve’s father, Don, opened a free petting zoo in memory of his son, Allen, who was killed in an accident on the farm. Allen had always told his dad that they should have a petting zoo so that other children could see and visit the farm animals. “Thanks to Allen’s dream,” recounts Christy, the youngest of Steve's kids, “the petting zoo has become a staple of childhood memories for multiple generations.”
The most recent addition to the farm is a milk processing plant that enables locals to purchase fresh, bottled milk straight from the farm and also provides milk and cream for the truly farm-fresh ice cream. Steve does a fair bit of the churning himself. Does he like ice cream? “Do bees have knees?” he responds with a chuckle, noting this his favorite is appropriately called Barnyard Blast.