Turkey Hill Experience ~ Part 1

Check out the end of the post to find out how you can win 2 Tickets to the TurkeyHill Experience and other fun prizes!

I was delighted to be invited to media day at the new Turkey Hill Experience (THE) in Columbia, Pa.  My husband and I have driven by the old Ashley & Bailey Silk Mill each time we cross the Susquehanna river and wonder about the history of this old building.

The mill was originally built in 1899 and was owned by the Ashely & Bailey Company.  The mill wove raw silk, imported from China and Japan, into thread and cloth to create a variety of silk-based goods.  At its peak, the mill employed several hundred members of the local community.  In business until the 1970′s, it was used as a sewing factory by a company called Tidy Products.  Tidy products eventually shut down the sewing company in the late 1970′s, and the building has been abandoned ever since.  The old brick factory stood as a skeleton to times gone by and was just longing to be rescued from a wrecking ball.  It was just calling out to be renovated, loved and turned into something fabulous.  Enter: Turkey Hill Experience.

When asked why this location, Quintin Frey, president of Turkey Hill Dairy, replied that:

This location in particular, needed someone to take a stand to help reinvigorate the economy and our community pride.  The Experience will achieve both these goals by providing job opportunities for residents, rehabilitating a blighted property in our downtown that has great historical significance, and creating an awesome tourist destination in which we will all be proud.

I appreciate that they took the time, money and energy to use this old relic of a building instead of building a stick building from scratch.  There are so many other buildings in our community that can be utilized in the same manor.

One of the nine interactive exhibits at the 301 Linden St location is the experience of creating your own ice cream virtually.  Touch screens take you step by step through choosing your ice cream base, swirl,  and mix-ins.  It is so neat to see your dream ice cream come to life.  Even if it is virtual.  They have crazy options like wasabi, chopped tomatoes, gravy and a variety of nuts.  My girls went traditional with fruit and nuts.  I went a little progressive and created : KALA TOMATIFIED MEDITERRANEAN. It’s White Mix ice cream with Pesto and a swirl of none, loaded with Kalamata Olives and Diced Tomatoes.

My husband says only I would come up with something like this!

Then its was off to design our own container.  This is what I came up with:

It was fun to resize items, pick a name ( I let the computer pick it for me) change the colors and background.  Gives you a peak into what the graphics people might go through when designing your favorite container!

I loved this section the the Experience.  You learned about the different types of teas.  I am a big tea fan so this was of great interest too me.  What I loved was it was more than just looking at information on a wall.  You got to smell the types of teas and note the differences side by side. (see photo below)  Once again there was interaction with a touch screen.  Through a series of fun questions THE let you know what was your personaliTEA.  Turns out I am unsweetened iced tea.  Didn’t know that.  Now I do!  I beleive my 6 year old was sweet raspberry tea.  Makes sense to me.

How about a little bit of science with your milk?  Learn about good and bad bacteria and take a quiz to see if you are right!

Ever wonder what it would feel like to be in a milk mixer?  Go for a spin in the blending machine.  We had so many giggles and laugh at this exhibit.

We are only part of the way through THE and there is so much more to come!  Come back tomorrow to see what we ATE!!



Would you like to experience the Turkey Hill Experience?

Turkey Hill wanted me to share the love so I will!  We are giving away……

1st Prize: 2 tickets to The Turkey Hill Experience, 1 calendar full of coupons, 2 coupons for 1.5 qt. of FREE Turkey Hill Ice Cream, 2 coupons for FREE 1/2 gallon of drink

2nd Prize: 1 calendar full of coupons, 2 coupon for 1.5 qt. of FREE Turkey Hill Ice Cream, 2 coupons for FREE 1/2 gallon of drink

3rd Prize: 1 calendar full of coupons, 2 coupon for 1.5 qt. of FREE Turkey Hill Ice Cream, 2 coupons for FREE 1/2 gallon of drink

Comment below what would be YOUR dream Turkey Hill Ice Cream.  Winner will be picked randomly from all comments.  Contest ends Saturday night.

About Sarah

Sarah is married and a mother of 3 small children. She is always in search of a better or lower cost way to go through life. She finds excellent deals and creative ways to save money around the home. On this blog she hopes to share with you how she pinches pennies and how you can too!


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  2. I like lots of stuff in my ice cream so I would probably fill it with unhealthy things like M&Ms and Turtles and slightly healthier things like peanuts, coconut, cherries and bananas. It would be a variation on a banana split.

  3. Chocolate coffe with coconut and almonds…capuchini!

  4. Anonymous says:

    My dream ice cream would have pineapple, strawberries, bananas, walnuts,chocolate chunks and waffle cone.

  5. Sarah, no offense, but your ice cream idea is gross. :D
    I’ve got a godson who is almost 2, do you think he’s too young for this?

  6. oh…and my ice cream would be cheesecake with a chocolate swirl. yum!

  7. Anonymous says:

    No offense taken. It was fun to play with all the options and I got a little silly. I think almost 2 is a little young. Closer to 3 and 4 would be even better. Depending on the child of course.

  8. yeah, i thought he might be a little young to really enjoy it. :) the food post looks great!

  9. milleretown says:

    Sounds great!  We live near by and would like to visit… but the tickets sure are not cheap ;)
    My favorite ice cream would be a mint ice cream with chocolate fudge swirls (my kids call those swirls of fudge goldmines!!)

  10. I live right over the hill from the Turkey Hill experience and can’t wait to visit with my family!  (We are huge Turkey Hill fans!)  If I could create a flavor, it would be a deep-dark Wilbur bud chocolate fantasy — a dark-chocolate ice cream base (made of Wilbur buds, of course) complete with crunchy pretzel nuggets, chunks of white fudge, and swirls of creamy marshmallow.  Yum!

  11. Any ice cream with chocolate and caramel would be a hit at my house,  Add some pineapple and I might not share :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    My dream flavor would be chocolate with Rice Krispies!  

  13. Marlena Stoltzfus says:

    Definitely peanut butter and fudge something-or-other!

  14. What a fun post! I would love to take my nieces and/or nephews here. My husband and I go to “Amish Country” several times a year and this would be so great to visit! Thanks for the possible opportunity. :-)  My dream Turkey Hill Ice Cream would be very similar to the already-existing Strawberry Cheesecake flavor, but I’d like bananas and just a few chocolate chips tossed in!

  15. Anonymous says:

    this place looks like so much fun! I was so glad to find your blog with such a great review! Scoping out fun but inexpensive ways to keep the kids occupied this summer. My dream ice cream would be pistashio with pineapple & just a hint of marshmallow (like watergate salad). YUM!

  16. Anonymous says:

    oh my – that sounds delicious!!!

  17. Key lime pie (swirls of a graham cracker crust) yum….

  18. Why do you have to ask such hard questions?! :) Salted caramel, perhaps? Or, coffee with oreo cookies in it and fudge swirls. The girls would like cupcake ice cream with sprinkles. 

  19. Really, I am Shawn — didnt’ realize Dan was signed in to twitter. LOL

  20. My dream flavor would be Coffee Toffee Mocha~Dark roasted coffee icecream with toffee pieces and dark chocoalte chunks! Yum!

  21. I’d make a Butter Nut – like butter pecan but with almonds, walnuts, and other nuts mixed in.

  22. I’d love a coffee based cookies n’ cream ice cream with peanut butter swirls mixed in!

  23. Amy Starr says:

    Anything that is full-fat, and involves chocolate and coffee! Yum!

  24. is that your daughter in the top picture? She’s adorable!!

    Ok, for the ice cream – caramel, definitely has to have caramel, LOL. I’d mix a vanilla base with caramel, pecans, and coconut. Yum!

  25. vanilla ice cream with marachino cherries, crushed pineapples,coconut,caramel,hershey fudge syrup,with just a few pecans, and black raspberries mixed in for good flavor . yum

  26. Cherry ice cream with apple chunks.

  27. Hi, this is an awesome giveaway, thx!  My dream Turkey Hill ice cream is watermelon flavored with little chocolate chunks as the “seeds” – nice and summery. :-)

  28. French vanilla w/ chocolate covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl!

  29. I would like a peanut butter base with chocolate chips, camarel chips, and vanilla chips.  I love TK Hill icecream.  Looking forward to possibly winning tickets to go. Thanks.

  30. chocolate icecream with raspberry sauce and peaces of milk chocolate

  31. Anonymous says:

    ice cream and iced tes the best!

  32. Anonymous says:

    i cant wait to go

  33. Anonymous says:

    ice cream and tea are a must

  34. Anonymous says:

    it is so hot out i need this!

  35. I’m pretty much into all TH ice cream flavors!  My favorite is the moose tracks though!

  36. LOVE LOVE LOVE Turkey Hill. Nothing beats their cookies and cream…(except maybe their raspberry, the jury is still out on that one!) Planning on taking my kids to the experience this summer since they get their ice cream lovin’ from their mama! Not sure who is more excited, but let’s just say my husband will have his hands full. :-)

  37. I think a cherry ice cream with chocolate and caramel chip pieces in it. with a marshmellow swirl to mix it all together. yummy
    For the kids I would say a chocolate ice cream with white chips and fudge swirls yummy yummy

  38. I love banana ice cream with walnuts and chocolate chips.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I love turkey hill tea and ice cream!

  40. Anonymous says:

    dream  flavor would have to be  blueberry crumb pie w/ vanilla ice cream…. yummy!!!
    Plnning on getting down there this summer…… kids will love it! (and I’m sure my husband and father will be in heaven also!)

  41. Sharon Fogarty says:

    Pistachio walnut or strawberry shortcake would be great flavors. 

  42. strawberry lemonade Yum!

  43. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate and peanut butter swirls, and mini peanutbutter cups mixed in!

  44. French Vanilla Ice Cream with Oreo pieces and chocolate chips.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I would like blueberries and strawberries in white chocolate ice cream !!!!!

  46. I’m a diabetic so I’ll go for their “no sugar added” ice cream but I want strawberry-rhubarb flavored. mmmmm…tasting like the pie mom makes!! I know it’s too late for the contest, but I just wanted to get my two cents in…hahaha!

  47. chocolate ice cream with peanut butter and M&Ms

  48. Mango pineapple keylime swirls in extra creamy gelato :)

  49. Mango pineapple keylime swirls in extra creamy gelato :)

  50. Anonymous says:

    Dark Chocolate, bits of dark chocolate brownie, almonds, small amounts of cheesecake

  51. Anonymous says:

    MOJITO- Creamy vanilla ice cream with swirls of lime and a hint of mint!

  52. Anonymous says:

    I would love to try chocolate covered pecan coffee–yum!!!

  53. Turkey Hill vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate syrup on top.   :-)


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