History of the Chaney Farm Keeping the Legacy Alive Rolling farmland, Jersey cows, and ice cream. Venture down 31W South from Bowling Green, Kentucky and you can’t miss the big red barn on your right. Chaney’s Dairy Barn was opened in September 2003 to a public hungry for something different and something “udderly” wonderful. The farm itself was purchased by the Chaney family in 1888 and became a dairy farm in 1940 when James Chaney, Sr. purchased the first two registered Jerseys. The two most prized Chaney cows, Althea and Topsy, are known worldwide by the Jersey breed and earned James Chaney, Sr. the recognition of Master Breeder at the Annual Meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association in June of 2003. Due to the continuing low price of milk, the Chaney family began to look for new avenues for profit without sacrificing the legacy of the dairy farm. During their two years of research into the dairy industry, they discovered a unique twist – successful dairy farms were selling homemade ice cream on their farms. Met with open arms and overwhelming generosity, Carl and Debra Chaney visited many of these business ventures to learn more. The idea was born and, after Carl attended the most prestigious and intense 10-day ice cream course and 4-day retail seminar at Penn State University, plans were set in motion. Chaney’s Dairy Barn has been met with tremendous success since the very first opening day. Along with their ice cream that is made on the premises, they offer homemade sandwiches, soups, ice cream pies, and a wide variety of Kentucky food items. Plans are in the works for a full processing facility on the farm in the next couple of years so that fresh Jersey milk may be sold directly to the public and used in their delicious ice cream. The Chaney’s have also filled the Barn with specially selected crafts and foods made by Kentucky artists and companies. Gift baskets filled with these items are in great demand for the holiday season. The Barn has many projects and events scheduled throughout the year – including live musical performances, fundraising events, Ice Cream & a Moovie - outdoor summer movie series, the annual June Miss Glimmer Appreciation Day celebrating Dairy Month, school/group tours scheduled for the spring and fall and Breakfast with Santa in December.