School supply bargains at Five Below and some really original ice cream flavors at Broom’s Bloom Dairy

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    BANV & family spent this weekend taking Beachdog’s advice. First we hit the new Five Below store he recommended in The Festival Shopping Center in Bel Air. The store is aimed at teens offering everything from Crocs clogs knock-offs to boogie boards for $5 or less. It had lots of good ideas for party favors: colorful drinking cups wrapped in crazy straws for $2 a piece and those squishy balls with spiky tentacles that bounce like yo-yos for $5. But the best deals I found were in the school supply aisle. They had the pack of 24 Crayola crayons you always need for just $1. The school supply aisle was small, but uncrowded. If you want to avoid the back-to-school sandwich packed shopping experience at Wal-Mart or Target in August, you can snag some bargains at Five Below. But please leave some crayons for me. I didn’t have my back-to-school shopping list with me so I have to go back.

    On Sunday, we hit Broom’s Bloom Dairy for ice cream. Beachdog is right. That is good stuff. I had the cake batter flavor. It’s like vanilla, but with a little something extra. My son says it tastes like licking the mixing bowl, which, I guess, is the point. My kids liked the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor and my husband favored the densely chocolate dirt flavor. The dairy’s ice cream shop sells honey, flowers and other items from local growers and includes all sorts of fliers promoting local events. That’s where we learned about the Harford Friends School upcoming Blueberry Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday July 21 at the Deer Creek Friends Meetinghouse 1212 Main St., Darlington and tonight’s bingo night for kids at McShane’s. The new barn built this past year to replace the one destroyed by fire looks nice. The Dallam family that owns Broom’s Bloom added a robotic milking machine to the new barn. Click here to read the Baltimore Sun story about how it helps the cows milk themselves. The story is also posted on the bulletin board in the ice cream shop. And if you look closely, you’ll see BANV’s business card there as well. They were nice enough to let me tack it up.