This week’s food poll connects nicely with National Dairy month! It also connects well to the 100 degree days we’re having! ICE CREAM! So I have two questions that came to mind and I just couldn’t pick! So I’m not going to divulge too much on my choices this week… let’s get right to the polls! Oh and I’d love a good homemade ice cream recipe… or a dozen! Feel free to share your ice cream stories in the comments. I’ll share mine once I get the polls underway!
One of my best ice cream memories came from my maternal grandmom. LOVED that woman. She was the grandmom everyone wanted when I was a kid. She was lots of fun to be around. She was the one who would let you make pottery in the dining room. Who let you stay up late. Who had a fierce sense of independence. Who fixed yummy biscuits at breakfast. Yes, she was a redhead (or auburn-headed as my uncle will point out).
We were lucky enough to have her with us for a long time. I remember when she turned 80. (And yes, we’re getting to the ice cream.) For her birthday, I wanted to take her out and have a really great meal. I told her money was no object (grad school bravado). When I called about making reservations, she said that wasn’t necessary. Ok. I showed up at our appointed time and asked what she wanted. She said a banana split. I said “Yummy. What do you want for dinner though?” She repeated her answer and we went to the ice cream store for dinner.
I had hoped that I could really treat her for her birthday, but I guess I hadn’t thought about her idea of a treat. What’s amazing as all these years later, this is one of my clearest memories. We laughed, discussed flavors for a long time, justified the health value of the potassium, calcium, etc, and enjoyed that hot June night with ice cream.
I remember getting to talk to her a lot about what I was learning in agriculture. Like me, she grew up a city girl. We enjoyed trading stories. I have a feeling that if anyone can watch over people after they die, my grandmom is enjoying the fact I’ve learned so much about farming. And with what would be her 100th birthday on the horizon, she’ll be really proud… I may just mark that day with the biggest banana split I can find!
If you’d like to learn more about the farmers who help produce our ice cream, I recommend you check out a couple of farmer friends:
- Will Gilmer / Gilmer Dairy Farm (website, blog, Facebook, YouTube – I love the songs & videos & twitter)
- The Dairy Goddess Barbara Martin (blog & twitter)
- Fruit farmer Jeff Vander Werff (blog & twitter)
Followup post: If you are one of the people who voted for homemade ice cream, you may want to see the recipes Jill shared.