It’s National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Here in Harmony, when there’s a holiday that fits us as perfectly as National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, you know we have to shout it from the rooftops!

HAPPY NATIONAL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM DAY!

January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, and while it may seem like an odd day to celebrate an ice cream- with it being in the chill of winter for much of the rest of the country- it’s actually kind of perfect, because Presidents’ Day follows right after in February, and did you know that strawberry ice cream was served at James Madison’s second inauguration in 1813?

Strawberry ice cream has a rich history, and it also has roots right here in California, because the Golden State produces 80% of the country’s fresh strawberries, according to the University of California Cooperative Extension. Approximately 22,000-25,000 acres of our state are dedicated to growing strawberries each year- four times any other state- producing an average of 1.5 billion pounds- that’s a LOT of strawberry ice cream!

But never mind the numbers- if you’re as excited as we are about celebrating this “berry” sweet holiday, visit your local grocery store and pick up some Harmony Valley Creamery School’s Out Strawberry Ice Cream and celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day with us! Our creamy berry blend has just the right amount of tart and sweet- thanks to those authentic California strawberries- to tickle your tastebuds and make you feel like school’s just let out for the summer.

If you want to really celebrate in style, try our School’s Out Strawberry Ice Cream as the filling for this Strawberry Ice Cream Pie, or as the star ingredient in this Yummy Strawberry Shake.

Check out our Where to Buy page to find the Harmony Valley Creamery supplier closest to you.  If you local market doesn’t carry our Udderly Awesome craft ice cream, be sure to ask them to.

Oh, and in case we forgot to say it, HAPPY NATIONAL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM DAY!!

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What’s new in Harmony? Wedding bells, ice cream and more

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Town of Harmony, CA

The Harmony Valley Creamery building serves as the centerpiece of the small town’s central strip. Kathe Tanner ktanner@thetribunenews.com Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article191899889.html#storylink=cpy

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By Kathe Tanner

Imagine getting married in the tiny town of Harmony or spending a weekend there in a cozy vacation-rental cottage.  Read more here… 

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Harmony Ice Cream for the Holidays

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The holidays are here, family gatherings are being planned, and final touches on menus leave us anticipating a delicious home-cooked meal. But we all know that the best part of any holiday meal is dessert, of course!

For the traditionalist at heart, serve up a scoop of Harmony Valley Creamery’s Vanilla Bean ice cream alongside pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or cranberry crisp. Or, mix it up, live on the edge, and create new traditions by serving banana splits with a mix of our flavors, or whip up a cool Mint ‘N Chip shake.

Stock up your freezer now in preparation for the arrival of your out-of-town guests. Give your guests a taste of small batch goodness, rich and creamy decadence, and the simple pleasure of enjoying local craft ice cream. Pints are now sold at these markets:

For a fun outing, bring your guests to the town of Harmony on weekend afternoons and get a dairy-licious scoop of small batch craft ice cream from our Scoop Truck. It’s sure to be a pleasing treat for young and old alike.

Wish you didn’t have to drive so far to get your scoop fix? Tell your local market manager about us to get our pints available close to home. Seeing you happy makes us happy…one delicious spoonful at a time.

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your favorite flavor, ask us a question, or tell us a joke. We are all udders and ears – contact us today!

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Harmony Ice Cream Gives Back

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You probably already know that one lick of our craft creamy ice cream makes your taste buds dance. But did you also know that buying Harmony Valley Creamery ice cream is a choice you can truly feel good about? We’re not just bringing craft ice cream to our corner of California, we’re doing what we can to give back to this great community.

1% For the Planet is an international network of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and people who have come together to support the environment. This organization helps its members find trustworthy environmental causes they can support through financial donations, volunteer work, and in-kind donations. Working together can be an amazing force, and 1% For the Planet is dedicated to harnessing that power for our world. We are all for a healthy planet (after all, it’s where we find our favorite cows), so we’re proud to say we’ve joined forces with them.

Of course, our heart is always local, so the local environmental cause we’ve chosen is The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. Specifically, we’re supporting their Octagon Barn restoration project. This historic landmark was just about to collapse. Now it’s being restored to become a great public space where people can learn about agriculture in our area. You could say we’re pretty fond of cows and barns around here, so it’s a natural fit for us.

So the next time you decide to treat yourself to some of our ice cream, you can feel even better about it than ever. Not only do you get to enjoy delicious ice cream, made from the highest quality ingredients, you’re supporting a family owned business that is giving back to the community. Whew! That might just deserve an extra scoop.

To learn more about Harmony Valley Creamery and our commitment to the community, contact us or visit us on Twitter.

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DIY Ice Cream Sundae Tips

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The ice cream sundae is the height of decadence when it comes to dessert (or breakfast…we’re not here to judge). What other treat has so few rules and so many possibilities? You can easily screw up a tiramisu or a chocolate cake, but there’s no way to ruin an ice cream sundae. (Unless, maybe, you pull out the anchovies.)

Just like you want a strong foundation when you build a house, your sundae needs a strong foundation, too: Harmony Valley craft ice cream. The right homemade flavor sets the tone for your entire treat, and you’ve got several incredible signature flavors to choose from. Try some of these delectable sundae combinations:

Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean

  • Apple pie filling, cinnamon, and whipped cream.
  • Crushed pretzels, chocolate hazelnut spread, and sprinkles.
  • Pineapple, shredded coconut, and coconut cream.

Harmony Chapel Chocolate

  • Peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and peanuts.
  • Marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate sauce.
  • Toffee, butterscotch syrup, and walnuts.

School’s Out Strawberry

  • Crushed shortbread cookies, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream.
  • Bananas, hot fudge, and walnuts.
  • Rhubarb sauce, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream.

Local Yodelers Cookies ‘N Cream

  • Cookie butter, chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce.
  • Fresh blueberries, walnuts, and whipped cream.
  • Brownie, chocolate sauce, and cherry pie filling.

Doo Dah Mint ‘N Chip

  • Mint liquor (adults only!), chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.
  • Crushed Oreos, shredded coconut, and mint chocolate chips.
  • Raspberry jam and chocolate chips.

Blue Door Butter Pecan

  • Crushed bacon, maple syrup, and extra pecans!
  • Crushed vanilla wafer cookies, caramel sauce, and toffee.
  • Bananas, butterscotch syrup, and whipped cream.

Those ideas should get you through a couple of weeks, but after that you’ll have to start developing your own flavor combinations. The good news is that you really can’t go wrong, especially when you start with our craft ice cream. Pick up a pint (or 18) at your local market, or keep an eye on our Twitter account so you know where to find the Scoop Truck! If you have any questions about building the perfect ice cream sundae, don’t hesitate to contact us we love sharing ideas!

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Straight from the Dairy Farm

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Ever wonder who puts the cream in our signature craft ice cream?

Dairy cows, silly!

Our cream is straight from the dairy farm, based right here in Southern California.

We are so proud to work with local businesses to bring creative ice cream flavors and sweet creations to Harmony. Today, we’re excited to share more about our dairy supplier, Scott Brothers Dairy.

Scott Brothers Dairy is a family owned operation that was founded by Ira J. Scott in 1913. The Scott family has been perfecting their craft for four generations.

Each day, tanker trucks of milk from the family’s dairy farm in San Jacinto are brought to the creamery in Chino. In Chino, the dairymen test the milk, then move it through giant silver tanks for pasteurization. The creamery produces all sorts of products, from sour cream and yogurt to the delicious cream that we use in our treats.

Scott Brothers Dairy is committed to sustainable agriculture, and have adopted practices to preserve Southern California’s beauty. This means using solar panels and raising happy, healthy cattle. Over 1,000 cows live on the Scott Brothers Farm and eat feed grown right on the farm. The low-stress life the cows lead means they produce more milk naturally, without the use of bovine growth hormone (rBST).

The Scott family believes that dairying is such a rewarding experience that they hope to someday bring micro-dairying back to Harmony. Harmony was once a major dairy and creamery producer, and the return of micro-dairies could be the future of farming here in Southern California.

To learn more about Scott Brothers Dairy, contact us.

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DIY Indian Summer Ice Cream Creations

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School is back in session and we’re thinking of autumn, but the central coast is know for its Indian Summers, so make time to start whipping up some tasty and cool homemade ice cream treats to stave off the Indian Summer heat. Be sure to make use of all of the fantastic late harvest fruits available, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches and persimmons, and if you’re not too keen on breaking out grandma’s hand crank ice cream machine, all of the following DIY summer ice cream recipes also work well with electric ice cream churns.

  1. Old Fashioned Tutti Frutti Ice Cream: This flavorful ice cream is a tasty blend of summer flavors, and the best part is that you can really use any fruits you like! A stone fruit is recommended for the base, such as peaches, apricots, cherries, or nectarines, and mashed strawberries, raspberries, and/or blueberries can be added to the mix as well for a pretty swirl throughout.
  2. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream: Key Lime Pie is a favorite summertime dessert for many, and this frozen version is just as satisfying. This homemade ice cream is custard based with a pleasant crunch from the addition of graham crackers, and it’s also delightfully tangy thanks to the abundance of lime zest and juice.
  3. Perfect No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream: Strawberries are one of summer’s best fruits, and this tasty DIY summer ice cream is easy and flavorful, and does not require any eggs or cooking. Simply mix up a few simple ingredients in your ice cream maker and you’ll have a perfect strawberry ice cream in no time.
  4. Homemade Georgia Peach Ice Cream: Right alongside strawberries, peaches are a highly sought after summer fruit that can be turned into a sweet and creamy homemade ice cream in a snap. Be sure to buy a lot of them, though, because this recipe calls for two and a half pounds of peaches!
  5. Blueberry Buttermilk Ice Cream: End of summer blueberries and rich buttermilk work together to create a surprisingly pleasant and tangy warm treat that will please the palates of youngsters and adults alike.

Be sure to visit us at Harmony Valley Creamery to beat the Indian Summer heat and to share some of our own delicious ice cream flavors!

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All Hail the Ice Cream Cone

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Ice cream just wouldn’t be the same without the cone. Waffle cones, sugar cones, pretzel cones, any cone will do. On September 22nd, we celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day. As if we needed an excuse to pick up a pint of Harmony Valley Creamery’s udderly awesome ice cream and some cones to honor our favorite dessert!

The ice cream cone was first mentioned in French cookbooks in the early 1800s but it wasn’t until 1902 that a patent was issued to an Italian ice cream merchant named Antonio Valvona for a machine that turned biscuits into ice cream cups. His invention spread across the U.K. but it was a another Italian entrepreneur that introduced the ice cream cup to America. Italo Marchiony was an ice cream vendor in New York City and he applied for a patent in 1903 for his machine that made edible ice cream cups.

The idea really took off in 1907 when Abe Doumar, a quintessential salesman trading in all sorts of oddities twisted a Belgian waffle into a cone and topped it with ice cream to sell at the St. Louis Exhibition of the World’s Fair. His ice cream cones were such a hit that Abe stopped selling his other merchandise and focused solely on waffle cones. He bought a waffle iron that could make 36 waffles at a time and went into the ice cream cone business at a foundry in Virginia.

The ice cream cone changed ice cream forever, giving us the opportunity to take our scoop on the go and sans (without) spoon. So why not celebrate the innovative figures who helped us lick our way through a scoop year in and year out? Buy a pint (or two) of Harmony Valley Creamery’s delicious craft ice cream and don’t forget the cone!

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Word to the Ice Cream Wise: Skip the Ambergris

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As you fill your life with the experience of trying the strange but real ice cream flavors being created by artisan ice cream shops, you’ll find yourself motivated to try every flavor. Marking those unique tastes off your list becomes a badge of honor, and at Harmony Valley Creamery we’re committed to your success in this endeavor. (Start with our six signature flavors!)

However, this bold undertaking comes with some risks. You might, one day, come across a flavor that makes you long for your cookies ‘n’ cream comfort zone. To protect your taste buds, allow us to warn you: skip the ambergris ice cream.

But it sounds so exotic! So flavorful!

It’s flavorful all right, but maybe not in the way you would want. This article on First We Feast offers a detailed description of ambergris:

“Ambergris forms when sperm whales cannot digest squid beaks; the beak gets stuck in the intestines where it is coated with a waxy substance and is somehow released (scientists are not sure if it passes or the whale dies). The ball of ambergris floats along the ocean surface until it’s washed ashore and collected.”

In case that’s not clear, check out this video.

Hold on a second. Why would anyone eat that?

The first documented ice cream recipe comes to us from 1665 and suggests ambergris as a go-to flavor. It was a popular fragrance and flavoring back in the old times, and who knows why the old-timey people did anything. Perhaps their taste buds weren’t as refined. If we had been there, we’d have recommended some Blue Door Butter Pecan or Doo Dah Mint ‘n’ Chip. We’re sorry, history. We were too slow, and you had to eat ambergris because of it.

Fortunately, we’re making up for it now. Even though the whale migration is beginning along California’s central coast, you will not be seeing any ambergris ice cream on our Scoop Truck. Instead, we’ll be serving our craft ice cream in risk-free flavors you know you’ll love. Contact us or visit us on Twitter to stay up-to-speed on the Scoop Truck’s whereabouts and get your non-ambergris ice cream fix.

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