July is National Ice Cream Month! I'll admit that it's a bit suspect given that the International Dairy Foods Association declared that, but who wants to argue with a whole month dedicated to ice cream? Not me.
Recently, on our way back from a visit with relatives in Newtown, PA, we took a side trip to Lambertville, NJ. I'm not even remotely embarrassed to say that we made this detour for the sole purpose of getting an ice cream cone. It's summertime - carefree, breezy, hot.....it's got "ice cream" written all over it. We read about OwowCow Creamery in Edible NJ Magazine last year. (A personal favorite of mine - put together by fellow Maplewood, NJ residents. It's a source of endless inspiration.)
OWowcow's website doesn't have much on it right now, but it lists all three locations: Lambertville, NJ, Ottsville, PA and Wrightstown, PA. Hopefully you're not too far from one of these because I gotta tell ya....this is real, honest-to-goodness ice cream the way it should be. We've been lulled into the numb existence of low-cal, low-fat, non-ice cream alternatives....having real ice cream was really refreshing. (Unless of course, you're avoiding dairy for medical reasons...keep on doing what your'e doing.)
OWowcow produces their ice cream with locally-sourced, organic ingredients in small batches. What I like most about them, aside from their amazing ice cream? They're supporting local farms whom they rely on for their ingredients. They're the real deal. Look at how they label their ice cream cartons! Hand-drawn Cookie Monster! Who does this? Who dedicates themselves to the level of authenticity that they not only use wholesome fresh ingredients from local sources, but also draw fun labels on their ice cream packaging? OWowcow does. That's who.
Lambertville, NJ was founded in 1705. A quaint town along the Delaware river, Lambertville offers great places to dine and shop. Take your bike or hike along the Delaware - on the D&L Towpath. We've done sections of the trail on bike from Lambertville as well as Frenchtown (another great town to visit). Make a day of it and grab a cone at the end.
OWowcow is located about 1/2 mile from the main strip (Bridge Street) in downtown Lambertville, so even if you want to avoid the crowds, it's easy to do.
Know before you go:
- OWowcow only takes cash, so don't count on whipping out the plastic.
- Locations include:
- 37 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ (609-397-2234)
- 4105 Durham Rd., Ottsville, PA (610-847-7070)
- 591 Route 413, Wrightstown, PA (215-598-3248)
- Hours at all three locations are 11 am - 10pm daily.
- Go hungry....their cones are generous.
I'm Catherine, a small-space urban gardener in New Jersey (Zone 7a) who started gardening out of upcycled wooden wine boxes. For years, I wanted to try gardening, but didn't know where to start. I got up the nerve to give it a try - starting small with a single wooden wine box that turned an idea into reality. That reality quickly turned into my filling every sunny inch of space of my postage-stamp size lawn and turning it into a garden oasis. I grow mostly vegetables and herbs with some exception for fruits (when the squirrels and rabbits don't get to them first). I love learning from gardening communities (and lots of trial and error).
I hope one day to take all that I'm learning and apply it to a larger plot of land. To help me get there, I'm extending my learning through the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture's, Sustainable Food & Farming program. (I'm addicted to learning as much as I am to gardening.)
This blog isn't just for gardeners (although I hope it inspires some of you to try growing a plant or two). The recipes (food & cocktails) in theRecipes section of this blog contain ingredients that don't have to come from your own backyard. If you like visiting your local farmer's market(or even your grocery store) and would like to get some new recipes you can use with the fresh produce and herbs you get from your local growers, this blog will have plenty for you too.
In addition to gardening and cooking, I also love to visit and photograph my surroundings. I feel fortunate to have so many amazing places here in New York/New Jersey, where I live and work. Visits to local farms, farmer's markets, and cycling through rural farming areas help me feel connected and refreshed. share these experiences in theExploring section of the blog so that you might visit through proxy or be inspired enough to visit yourself.
With very few exceptions, all of the photographs on this site are ones I have taken myself. (For the photographers out there, I shoot with a Canon 7D and sometimes with my Lumix DMC-ZS15 compact camera.)
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