Ice Cream Trail
Trekking across the Granite State scoop by scoop
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent | July 16. 2013 5:23PM
Elizabeth Hancock of Hopkinton spends her summers scooping ice cream at the Ice Cream Barn at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER)
Created by Granite State Dairy Promotion and the Department of Agriculture, the 2013 New Hampshire Ice Cream Trail features 39 scoop shops that serve up locally made, and in some cases homemade, ice cream.
For years, the Kimballs made and sold their own ice cream and kept a herd of dairy cows, but when the economy took its toll on milk producers in New Hampshire, the family was left with two options: They could sell the farm and its land and just let it go, or they could change their focus from dairy farming to agritourism. They chose the latter.
At the farm, the dairy barn has been turned into the Ice Cream Barn, where 77 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt from Richardson's and Blake's, two of the larger producers in New England, are served.
The map also includes shops where the ice cream is made on site, including Walpole Creamery, Connolly Brothers in Temple, Wicked Good Dairy Delites in North Haverhill and Bishop's in Littleton.
Quinn said she loves the Ice Cream Trail, which brings in people who wouldn't normally stop by to try one of the 22 handmade flavors of ice cream Jim creates each day.
Quinn said she believes everyone who likes to wander throughout the Granite State should have a copy of the Ice Cream Trail map in their glove compartments.
The map can be found online at www.nhdairypromo.org.