Farmington ice cream parlors welcome summer heat
From left, owner Jessie Parker and customer Tammi Tufts, have bonded in their love of salted caramel truffle ice cream, which is now available along with other flavors, at Jessie's Country Store on Main Street – Route 153 – in Farmington. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
Stan Yiokarinis, owner of Farmington House of Pizza, has a serious conversation about ice cream with his first customers Monday afternoon. While he’s always liked vanilla, the downtown restaurant offers 10 flavors of Gifford’s ice cream, an investment he hopes will draw in more business. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
Jessie's Country Store offers 10 flavors, sundaes and eventually banana splits to provide more options to customers alongside bags of ice, cold beer and barbecue supplies.
Rachel Ratay of Farmington, who works the counter at the store, said many customers come in just to get ice cream. She said a few people ordered a treat while they waited for their pizza, but most just needed something cold.
Meanwhile Farmington House of Pizza began serving ice cream Monday at a counter near the entrance inside the downtown restaurant along Main Street.
After serving his first two ice creams after school ended, about 25 children from the Parks & Recreation Department's afternoon program walked a block to celebrate the beginning of the summer with a cone of their own.
"Always there is room for everybody," Yiokarinis said, and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the recreation department.
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