My first stop was at Bellvale Farms in Warwick, New York, a little over an hour outside of the city. Since 1819, Bellvale has been in the dairy business and for the past decade their main focus has been on an artisanal ice cream shop. They do still maintain a large number of milking cows whose milk is utilized for their ice creams. This was my first visit to an artisanal ice creamery and boy was it fun! Run by a husband and wife team with one employee who makes their ice cream cakes and a rotating staff of seasonal high school kids, this is small town local production done right! With over fifty flavors in their rotation and a vanilla and chocolate self serve, each and every flavor is made with love and care and that shows -- fresh, creamy, milky and truly infused with the local Hudson Valley terroir.
Tim filling up containers of ice cream to go into the blast freezer.
Old fashioned, high quality, locally sourced ice cream from the Hudson Valley -- you just cannot go wrong here. They are only open from April 1st through the end of October. Sunday nights are their busiest nights so prepare for a long wait if you happen to be in Warwick on a Sunday.
1390 Route 17A
Warwick, NY 10990