Northshore Magazine

July 2012

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Cherry Farm Creamery Though it's had a few locations since it was opened by the Jones family in 1976, the ice cream has thankfully remained the same. Named after the owner's farm on Cherry Street in Wenham, the creamery churns out over 30 ice cream flavors, as well as frozen yogurt and sorbet. Families can feast on the famous 12-scoop Pig's Trough sundae or choose their own flavor with candy add-ins in the single- serve blended "Squealer." Try the salty-sweet Cashew Turtle or bowl-licking Cake Batter. 210 Conant St., Danvers, 978-774- 0519, Dick and June's Ice Cream A sign proclaims "Stop—you don't know what you're miss- ing" along busy route 62 in Beverly, where heaping portions of frozen custard can woo even the most devoted ice cream lover. Made from a late 1950s recipe, the custard can't be found anywhere else in the area, with richly satisfying flavors like Java Crunch and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Dick himself will likely greet you at the window, a familiar face in the ice cream world, having spent 42 years scooping up smiles. Low-fat soft serve gets fresh pieces of carrot cake or lemon cookie mixed in, and purists will be pleased with over 30 regular ice cream flavors. 294 Elliott St. (Route 62), Beverly, 978-921-0433. Down River Ice Cream The perfect ending to a fried clam feed while in Essex, this tiny shop is worth the stop--don't let the lines deter you. Located on Castleneck River, owners Joe and Amy Ahearn focused on building an environmentally conscious ice cream operation that uses fresh-from-the-farm dairy and ingredients, like strawberries they grow themselves. You can tell by the taste and texture— extra creamy, with the flavors shining through. Their penchant for playful names like Oh Snap! Ginger, Clam Flats, Kung Fu Grasshopper, and Willy Wonka Explosion make the decision of what to order almost as delicious as the first bite. 241 John Wise Ave., Essex, 978-768-0102. Goodie's A throwback to a 1950s-style ice cream parlor, complete with a black-and-white checkered floor, this family favorite in Danvers dishes out dozens of flavors. Part of the fun is check- ing out the nostalgic décor while the pink-shirted staff serves up your cone. Local sports teams make Goodie's a pit stop after a game to celebrate with hand- made ice cream sandwiches and pies. Drop a coin in to the gumball machine, and if you score a pink one, the scoop is on the house! 46 Maple St., Danvers, 978-762-4663. Long Beach Dairy Maid Soft-serve fanatics can get their fix at this Gloucester mainstay, a local favorite since 1958. It's just a cone's throw from the beach, making it a must-stop après sun and sand. A choice of 24 gourmet soft-serve flavors like German chocolate, pistachio nut, and cheesecake also happen to be 96 percent fat-free, which means you can indulge daily without the guilt. There are an- other 60 or so choices of tradi- tional ice cream, not to mention slushes, sundaes, and parfaits. Try a hand-dipped waffle cone with chocolate or sprinkles for the ultimate treat. 147 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, 978-281-1348, 111

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