Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Homemade Ice Cream from the Farm

There's nothing better than homemade ice cream in the summertime ... except, perhaps, homemade ice cream that someone else makes in the summertime (or anytime, really).

Ever since we moved to this area, I'd heard about the incredible ice cream at Woodside Farm Creamery and needless to say, it was always one of those places we would have to go "someday."

Three years later, we finally made our first visit. 

My in-laws were visiting last weekend for Father's Day and as part of our activities on Saturday, we drove out to Woodside Farm. 

They don't make places like this anymore.

For starters, Woodside has been a working farm since 1796. Let that sink in for a minute.

Seventeen ninety six!  Our country was only 20 years old, for goodness sakes. It's pretty incredible when you think about it.

But as if that's not amazing enough, Woodside Farm has been owned by the same family all that time!  They're in their seventh generation of farming that land, which is amazing and a true testament to the Mitchell family.

We walked up the path to the ice cream stand. In addition to the standard vanilla and chocolate varieties, there were nearly two dozen creatively-named others like Dirt (chocolate ice cream, Gummi worms, crushed oreos), Cotton Candy ("the taste of cotton candy in an ice cream"), and Peanut Butter and Jelly (peanut butter ice cream with raspberry jelly).

Woodside also makes signature flavors for local restaurants and special events, and occasionally there are samples of concoctions like the Flying Elvis (banana ice cream chocked with chunks of rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter) and Blueberry Cheesecake and Fluffer Nutter.

They seem to introduce new flavors (they call them "Flip Flops") on a very regular basis.  For instance, this weekend their Facebook page is currently promoting Yellow Brick Road - cookies and cream dyed yellow - Chocolate Coconut Almond, Lemon Coconut, Lemon Sorbet, and Green Fairie.

On our visit last weekend with my in-laws, The Husband and his mother enjoyed milkshakes.  I had a dish of Cookies and Cream, Betty had Cotton Candy, and I'm drawing a blank on what Boo and my father-in-law had.  It was all very decadent.

Woodside also hosts special events like Telescope Nights, where they set up telescopes in their fields for a little star-gazing. On the day we were there, it was a Saturday Bluegrass Jam. Boo is especially fond of live music ensembles like this and it was very relaxing listening to this group.  Kind of a throwback to the past.

You could tell they were really in the moment and just enjoying playing music. It was pretty neat.

As I mentioned, last Saturday was our first visit to Woodside ... but it definitely won't be the last. 

Because summertime - like good ice cream - has a way of disappearing way too fast.

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JoAnn said...

What a great place- homemade ice cream is the best! Love the photo of the Adirondack chairs alongside the barn.

bermudaonion said...

That's like stepping back in time. What a great way to spend the day!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Of that looks wonderful! How fun and love the pics!!!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I can't get over the fact of how long this farm has been a working organization. It's great to see they added the ice cream business to their "product line." I'd love to have been there for the music and the ice cream.

Beth F said...

What a story! Seven generations! Wow. And what a great place. I would be there often if I lived near by -- everyone looks so happy and relaxed.

christa @ mental foodie said...

What a cool place to visit! My in-laws gave us an ice cream machine the year before, and I love my own homemade ice cream much more than the ones they sell at grocery store! I'd become an ice cream snot :) I am not a good cook, but my ice-cream turns out good :)

Lyndsey said...

Hi Melissa! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am soooo jealous of your ice cream. We're having one of those days in London where it's too hot to go outside and too hot to be inside either. Enjoy the rest of your weekend - I look forward to reading more!
Best, Lyndsey

caite said...

there are few things as great as homemade ice cream. I have even made it myself a few times. It is easy, and you can made whatever kind you like, limited only by your imagination.

Rose City Reader said...

yum yum yum yum yum

I want to replicate your outing. Right now.

My weekend cooking project didn't go so well.

Esme said...

Homemade ice cream is the best-last year driving through Idaho we came upon a dairy farm that had a creamery-it was quite interesting.