It seems even US Presidents both past and present have a fondness for ice cream. While we’re not sure if our current POTUS is a DIY ice cream fanatic, we definitely know two of our founding fathers – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were. In fact George Washington loved DIY ice cream so much that he bought ice cream-making and serving supplies for the capital. Also during the summer of 1790 POTUS #1 reportedly splurged and spent $200, approximately $5,000 in today’s dollars, on American’s favorite frozen treat.
Not to be out done when it comes to producing DIY ice cream, POTUS #3, Thomas Jefferson, is credited with the first written ice cream recipe in America -a mere 18 step process with only 3 ingredients
Abraham Lincoln was also considered quite the fan, and although not known to be a DIY ice cream POTUS, Lincoln did serve a bevy of ice cream flavors at his second inaugural ball including: Vanilla, Lemon, White Coffee, Chocolate, Burnt Almond and Maraschino.
And while not of POTUS stature, former VPOTUS #47 confessed “My name is Joe Biden, and I love ice cream,” and so do we Joe!
Let us celebrate President’s Day, and remember at Harmony Valley Creamery we like to say – “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Ice Cream.”
In just two days, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is officially celebrated. And we say why not! The holiday is celebrated on the first Saturday in February. Invented on a snowy winter day in the 1960s by Florence Rappaport in Rochester, New York. The mother to six children, it was her youngest two, Ruth (now Kramer) and Joe Rappaport, who inspired her on a cold and snowy February morning. To entertain them, she declared it to be Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. She explained, “It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.'” The next year, they reminded her of the day and a tradition began. The exact year of the first ICFBD is unrecorded, but it is speculated to be 1966, when a huge blizzard hit Rochester in late January, dumping several feet of snow on Rochester and shutting down schools. When the siblings grew up, they held parties and introduced the tradition to friends while in college, and the tradition began to spread.
Harmony Valley Creamery “Scoop-lutes” Florence Rappaort and her children for celebrating a weekend morning in the depths of winter to celebrate our favorite food. It just proves no matter the season, weather, temperature, or meal, ice cream is always on the menu.
Woo hoo! Our new site has launched, and the view sure is nice from up here. Congratulations on finding our bovine blog — where you’ll find big news about our tiny town, the whereabouts of our Scoop Truck, local retailers that carry our tasty pints of pure delight, and much more! Visit early and often for the latest and greatest ice-cream news you can use. Thanks for swinging by!
Harmony has humble beginnings, dating back to 1869 when it was established as a dairy settlement by Swiss immigrants. The area was made up of a creamery and a number of dairy farms, the owners of which maintained tense rivalries until 1907, when a truce was called and the community chose the name “Harmony” as a declaration of their commitment to peace. Read the full article here.
Are you seeking harmony? Signs for it are visible along the Cabrillo Highway (State Route 1) between Cambria and Morro Bay. Take the turnoff, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the little 2-acre town of Harmony, population 18. Read the full article here.
We’re proud of our small-town quirk that’s survived into the high-tech age, and we sure love it when visitors from every which way come to see it themselves. The Sacramento Bee stopped by to get a taste of our history and hear about the big plans we’ve got in the works—you can read the full article here!