Farmville may not be the Ice Cream Capital of the World like Le Mars, Iowa, but there is no shortage of America’s favorite frozen treat to be found downtown. Did you know there are FIVE places to indulge, all within a few blocks? Why not make it your family’s summer project to try them all?
1. Charley’s Waterfront Café
This Farmville favorite may be known for its hot crab dip and roasted red pepper soup, but they don’t skimp on desserts. Their Pecan Pie Sundae is the ultimate frozen Southern treat.
2. Uptown Café
At Uptown, ice cream is front and center. And why not? With tons of flavors, all from the Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Virginia, Uptown’s offerings are sure to take the edge off a hot summer’s day. Uptown’s ice cream isn’t for summer only; Homestead’s pumpkin ice cream is available only in the fall.
Tip: You may want to ask for a half-scoop for kids: Uptown’s scoops are VERY generous!
3. Walker’s Diner
Is soft-serve your preference? Be sure to stop and get a cone from Walker’s, with or without sprinkles. This Farmville landmark offers milk shakes, sundaes, malts, and cones that are perfect for taking to the downtown plaza when you want to take a break and watch the world go by.
If you like your ice cream served with a flourish, Macado’s is the place to go. Does a brownie ice cream sandwich make your mouth water? Or does a warm cinnamon roll topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream sound good? For the serious dessert lover, the “Elvis with a Twist,” a toasted croissant smothered in peanut butter, banana slices, chocolate ice cream and whipped cream, can’t be beat.
5. El Patron
Is there a better way to round out a lunch of a glorious burrito carne asada or arroz con mariscos than with El Patron’s fried ice cream? Served in a fried tortilla bowl with generous whipped cream and sprinkles, this specialty dessert is a sight to behold. And to eat!
If you are wanting to keep your frozen treats a little closer to home, don’t despair. From Ashby’s Antiques to Mottley’s Emporium, Downtown Farmville offers plenty of places to find an ice cream freezer to fill with your own sweet treats at home.
Tip: For taking your ice cream on-the-go, check out the range of portable Yeti coolers at Sleeping Bee.
One of our favorite make-at-home recipes? Try a tangy lemon basil ice cream topped with cracked pepper, made with fresh basil from the Farmville Community Herb Garden. We promise, it’s an adventure you won’t regret!