The ice cream here is better than any I've had in California. In fact, I ate more ice cream last summer than I have in the last 10 years - no joke! There are countless family owned dairy farms with small batch ice cream counters open from mid-April to mid-October delivering all kinds of creamy goodness. Full parking lots, long lines, and men in suits eating ice cream in their cars at 2:00 in the afternoon. I LOVE this place!
I've decided it would be a noble effort to attempt to identify the "best" ice cream in Massachusetts and I am completely committed to this mission. To be fair to each establishment, I order the same flavor at each stop - Chocolate Peanut Butter (oh my yummy!) The current front runner is Rota Springs Farm in Sterling, MA. The ice cream is delish and the cows are wandering around the property so you can thank them personally. Let's have an attitude of gratitude people!
It's far too early in this process to declare a winner, but the contenders are:
Kimball Farms in Westford, Lancaster, Carlisle & Jaffray, NH (I've tried in each location and although they are bordering on a chain with all these options, they are small batch at heart)
Bedford Farms in Concord (super snobby high school girls with terrible customer service skills, but this is an ice cream competition)
Berlin Farm in Berlin (unfortunately they do not have chocolate peanut butter, but I do my best with the 40 other flavors)
Still on the list to try is Rail Trail in Pepperell, but I'd love to hear your favorite too.