Kimball Farm Carlisle opened its windows in 1987. The Bates family owned and operated the property as a dairy farm, delivering milk to many of the surrounding towns. The farm had a self service room with fresh milk, eggs, butter and cheese … and ice cream. When the Bates were ready to retire, the Kimball family leased the farm for a couple of years and then bought it. Kimball Carlisle is popular in part because of its lovely setting. A relaxed, serene atmosphere greets visitors, who enjoy delicious Kimball Farm ice cream while looking out over fields, farms and meadows.