Nothing says spring like the opening of your local ice cream place. Daffodils and peepers might show up while it is still cold outside, but when that ice cream stand is open, you know spring has really arrived.
This year will be a little different. If you are truly caught up on the minutiae of our lives (and if you aren’t, just stay tuned), you might recall that Henry has some pretty severe food allergies, and the nursing mama (me) is avoiding milk and soy to keep him symptom free.
Since my pregnancy diet consisted of a daily dose of ice cream on top of my sure-fire anti-nausea remedy (vanilla milkshakes WITHOUT lumps), I very well might have brought this upon myself. While Henry was still in the NICU I would occasionally walk down the street between feeds and get a milkshake at the local ice cream stand and the day we brought him home we celebrated by stopping there again.
Anyway, Henry is doing very well in the absence of these common allergens, so we’re clearly on the right path. He is now nine months old, and since most kids outgrow these sensitivities in the first few years of life, he’ll likely get to have an ice cream cone by the time he figures out what they are.
But in the meantime, I’m still milk and soy free, and while it is okay most of the time, with warm weather arriving, I’m already dreaming about that first cone of the season. I’ll get to have that cone when Henry is 12 months, or when he stops nursing, whichever comes first. In the meantime, I’m going to dream about some of my favorite locations for ice cream—I hope you’ll get to try some of these places on that first really warm day in April!
Hank & Willie’s Picks for Excellent Ice Cream
Kimball Farm, Westford, MA
Jordan Pond Ice Cream and Fudge Shop, Bar Harbor, ME
Great Brook Farm, Carlisle, MA
Sundae School, Dennisport, MA
My couch with a pint of this or even better, this.
Where do YOU go for the best ice cream ever?