OK, whenever DW and I travel around the state we are always on the lookout for good local handcrafted ice cream. I am not talking about the local scoop shop that is serving Richardsons or Annabelles...I am talking about your local farm or shop where the ice cream is made on the premises.
We have been seriously disappointed when we go to the Dartmouth region because we keep looking but have not found locally made ie cream...just Ben & Jerry's which is nothing special because you can buy it anywhere. We just discovered a farm/scoop shop just West of Sunapee State Park on the drive home and that was nice.
So let's hear from all the locals...when I am traveling to your neck of the woods...where should I go for good local handmade hard packed ice cream?
Here in the Monadnock Region I can think of three:
---Connolly Brothers Farm in Temple. There's is not a scoop shop per se, it is a local farm with a small dairy store selling their eggs, raw milk, meats and really awesome ice cream (pre packed in small cups, half pints and pints. Their mint chocolate chip is the best I have had anywhere and if you get there on the right day you will find the farmers in the shop making the ice cream right in front of you!
---Walpole Creamery in Walpole. I know they are a much bigger operation and sell all over the state/region but they make it locally in Walpole and they do have a scoop shop.
---Central Square Ice Cream in Hillsborough. Not everyone is familiar with this scoop shop but it's an old fashioned soda shop and parlor serving up very good ice cream. The German Bakery right next door makes this stop a double treat!