Greene County News Report
YELLOW SPRINGS — Young’s is celebrating 147 years since the farm was founded — the red barn located next to Route 68 was built in 1869 by relatives of the Young family. Hap Young later purchased the farm in 1946 and along with his three sons Carl, Bob and Bill, began what has become Young’s Jersey Dairy.
“The Young Family members and the long time employees and managers are proud we are part of an organization that has been here for a long time,” CEO Dan Young said in an email interview.
Young’s is celebrating this birthday with the following specials and promotions during the four-day holiday weekend taking place Jan. 15-18:
– Red, White and Blue Sundae with a Young’s Souvenir Quart Milk Bottle — three scoops of Young’s homemade ice cream and three toppings finished with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces and a cherry for; guest keeps the souvenir quart milk bottle.
– Specially priced meals at either restaurant.
– Games of miniature golf and medium buckets of balls at Udders & Putters are also discounted.
– Young’s Farmstead Cheese — It is is featured in two ways: Young’s Deep-fried Cheddar Curds at both restaurants, and a sampler container of four kinds of Young’s Farmstead Cheese or four kinds of fresh cheddar curds.
“All 300 folks who work at Young’s strive to deliver a great experience for our guests,” Young said. “Specifically for this 147 birthday, we hope they visit and take advantage of the great deals on ice cream, cheese and food and have a little fun while they are here.”
Young’s started to sell directly to the public in the late 1950s under the name Hap Young and Sons and owners feel that it has been fortunate for the support of its guests ever since. More than 300 full and part time staff, including 14 Young family members, work to make the business a place for families to visit and enjoy the farm, activities, service and food.
“Over the past 147 years, the farm has changed from being dependent solely on agriculture, to the restaurant business, to where we are today, working on making our farm a fun place for families to visit, enjoy a meal and some homemade ice cream, maybe learn a little bit about farming and create some good family memories,” Young said.
The Young family is proud of its history, growing from a small farm to a year-round family-fun destination with more than one million guest visiting per year. Young’s features two restaurants, two miniature golf courses, a driving range, batting cages, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins, educational tours, company picnics and large events among others. Young’s Farmstead Cheese was added in 2009, which is cheese made right on the farm using milk produced by Young’s Jersey cows.
“We’re looking forward to another year of living our mission – ‘we create fun for our customers’,” Young said. “Everything we do comes back to that focus.”
Greene County News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.