Chocolate cherry ice cream — this is new. The cream comes from here, from High Lawn Farm. Just off Route 7 in Lee you can turn onto Summer Street and wind uphill to the farm shop. The ice cream stand opened four years ago, but according to a flier as I pick up my cone, the dairy farm has just celebrated their 100th summer.
The day is sunny and mild, and we have a breeze on the hilltop. Kids are rolling downhill in the grass, and families are wandering into the creamery shop to look at farm cheeses, fresh, soft and aged.
The milk comes from the mothers of the Jersey calves who are crowding up to the fence and trying to lick our hands (not for the ice cream — we haven’t gotten that far yet — but for the salt on our skin. Or maybe they’re hoping someone will think to pick them some grass from this side.)
High Lawn cleqrly has resources, and the facilities are state of the art — how many dairy farm have a tower in the farmyard? The ice cream tastes rich and dark … and next time I may have to try another flavor, coffee, lemon, rhubarb crisp.
The Chocolate Barn in Shaftsbury, Vt., make their own ice cream — toasted coconut above — and Lickety Split serves local ice cream (from Herrell’s) in Williamstown. Lickety Split and High Lawn Farm also both scoop ice cream at Mass MoCA.
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