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Schopf's Hilltop Dairy

5169 County Road I
Sturgeon Bay  Wisconsin  54235
United States
(920) 743-9779
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Free to stop in and do the short self-guided tour

Midwest Living Review

Josh Wimmer
Between the homemade ice cream and corn mazes, there's plenty for the family to do at this dairy and dessert shop.

You can tell when you're approaching this dairy because it is on one of the more notable inclines in Door County. It was founded by the Schopf family more than 100 years ago and is still run by about a dozen of them. The dairy produces milk, from about 600 cattle, that's sold to Land O'Lakes and distributed under that banner. You can watch all the action happen through a window in the Dairy View Country Store, which offers a short, free self-guided tour aimed at educating visitors about dairy cows' life cycle and eating habits, and how they're milked. That makes the store a nice stop for families with kids, who'll also enjoy the Schopfs' homemade ice cream on sale there. Besides standard flavors, seasonal offerings are usually available -- pumpkin or caramel apple in the fall, blueberry in the warm months. There's homemade fudge, too. Then there's the corn maze, which opens each year in August with a different design inspired by current events. It's actually split into four courses an easier maze where novices can get their footing, two tougher ones where you can try a scavenger hunt, and the "Farm Scene Investigation" maze, which debuted in 2010, where visitors play a "Clue"-like game, figuring out which farm animal kidnapped Farmer Denny and with what farm implement. For littler ones, there's also a sandbox and cool slide shaped like a giant ice cream cone, as well as goats and piglets to look at up close.

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