Fun fact: the state of Massachusetts is the fourth largest consumer of ice cream in the United States. That’s a pretty staggering statistic when you factor in that the fifth place is held by Texas, which has four times the population of Massachusetts and a much warmer climate. Contributing to Massachusetts’ high ice cream status is Kimball’s Farm, one of my oldest and dearest friends. During the summer, if you can’t find me at my home, more often than not, I am at the Kimball’s in Carlisle.
As much as we hate them for their insistent behavior, if it weren’t for two salesmen who arrived on John and Clara Kimball’s Westford farm in the 1930’s to sell the couple freezer cabinets and an ice cream mix, their New England famous ice cream would cease to exist. After many years of popularity, the Kimball family extended their business by adding a stand to Carlisle in 1989, which my family has been visiting for as long as I can remember. Today, there are two other locations in Lancaster and Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
To get to Kimball’s, it takes my family and I a thirty-minute ride, but the drive is one of the reasons why we love going. On route to Carlisle, we get to travel pass the Minute Man Visitor Center, Battle Road Trail, Hartwell Tavern, Wayside, Orchard House, Concord Center, Minute Man Historical Park, a couple of barns, and grand gorgeous houses. Unlike their other stands, the one in Carlisle is truly a little haven of rural peace because it doesn’t have the seafood, mini-golf, bumper boats, or cruise nights that attract throngs.
You can enjoy your ice cream with views of the farm and meadow.
On especially sunny days, you can eat your ice cream underneath these shady tables.
Of course, the main reason why I preserve my gas for trips to Kimball’s is there incredible ice cream. Every flavor offered is homemade and is so fresh that sometimes you taste the occasional ice chip. At Kimball's, it’s impossible to not find one ice cream you adore as they have a whopping thirty-seven flavors, sixteen seasonal, four sugar-free, eleven sherbet and sorbet, and seven yogurt. These super rich seventy-five flavors range from old-fashioned (Maple Walnut, Grapenut, and Buttercrunch) to timeless classics (Mint Chocolate Chip, Heath Bar Crunch, and Vanilla). The most important thing to note before embarking on a trip, is their portions are the size of miniature mountains! This is one place where a kiddie is a meal in itself, certain to fill up the hungriest adult.
This here is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl in size SMALL! Yes folks, I wasn't kidding when I said Kimball's servings are ginormous. I haven't tried all of the flavors but the ones I have tasted (Oreo, Chocolate Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Pumpkin) all put the 'cream' in ice cream. My parents' favorite is Pistachio because it has just the right amount of nuts in it.
If ice cream is your favorite dessert like myself, then you need to check out Kimball’s! Although New England has produced some of our country’s most beloved ice cream brands, there is seriously no ice cream that is going to satisfy your sweet tooth more than Kimball’s!
343 Bedford Road
Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741
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