It’s that time of year, when we all dream of a scoop or two (or three!) of farm-fresh ice cream made in New England. We’ve put together a quick list of some of the favorite ice cream spots in our New England states. Visit these, and let us know about YOUR favorite!
Buttonwood Farm, 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold
Buttonwood Farm has been in operation since 1975, but the ice cream side of the business didn’t get cranking (get it?) until 1998. It was then that the Button Family built an ice cream stand. They researched old recipes, purchased equipment, and began with only premium ingredients. Through practice, they learned how to make the best ice cream available anywhere – and the local scenery is as pleasing as the farm fresh ice cream.
PS – They also make their own ice cream and waffle cones, fresh each day!
Stone Fox Farm Creamery, Monroe
Stone Fox Farm Creamery isn’t a dairy farm per se – but the Chamberlain family uses milk from local Maine dairy farms to make some pretty spectacular ice cream. How do you get to sample this terrific frozen treat? The farm’s Mobile Cone is a colorful truck that can be spotted at festivals, concerts, weddings, corporate events, farmers markets, wineries/breweries, and other locations all over Maine. They even have an informative video to show you how they make their fabulous ice cream!
Baker Farm, 289 Locust Street, Swansea
Baker Farm’s Ice Cream Barn offers lots of wonderful varieties, made with their own herd’s milk and ingredients grown locally, including strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, apples, mint, maple syrup, and honey. Among our favorite flavors: Apple Crisp, Cranberry Jubilee and Kahlua Brownie.
Sanctuary Farm, 209 Rte 103 Sunapee
This family operation offers homemade ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, made one batch at a time. Kids will love the place: take a summer hike, enjoy a picnic or a full range of activities for all ages. Sanctuary Dairy (aka Beck’s Place) is a place where blowing bubbles and chasing them is fun. The kids can climb the apples trees, and you’ll discover that feeding the critters that roam around is not only allowed, but encouraged.
Gray’s Ice Cream, Historic Four Corners, 16 East Road, Tiverton
(Other Locations: On the Dock, 259 Thames Street, Bristol. Borden Light Marina, One Ferry Street, Fall River.)
Gray’s has been in business since 1923, and it’s easy to understand why. The ice cream is fresh-tasting, creamy and full of flavor! Some of the favorites include, pistachio, coffee, blueberry, strawberry cheesecake and the seasonal pumpkin. At some ice cream places, you end up eating in the car our outside by a steady hum of traffic. At Gray’s, sitting on the stone wall while eating ice cream and watching the cows graze is the type of experience that creates New England summer memories — nothing fancy or elaborate but steeped in wonderful simplicity (for the record, Gray’s is open 365 days a year!) Learn more about Gray’s in this recent Bay Magazine feature.
Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road (Rte 12N & Old River Road), Woodstock
Check out Ice Cream Sundays and help make creamy hand-cranked ice-cream at Billings Farm & Museum, a fully-operational dairy farm and a museum of Vermont’s rural heritage. The farm dates back to 1871, when Vermont native Frederick Billings established his herd of prize-winning Jerseys and began replanting the barren hillsides. His farm flourished and remains the oldest registered Jersey dairy farm in the country, milking cows daily, and visited by over 55,000 families and school groups each year. Interactive programs, award-winning historical exhibits, and seasonal events introduce visitors to Vermont’s dairying past and present.