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Has Your Favorite Ice Cream Stand Reopened for the 2016 Season?

Image of Bubbling Brook ice cream stand, Westwood MA

Bubbling Brook Restaurant and Ice Cream Stand (photo by Eric H.)

One of the true signs of spring is when your favorite ice cream stand reopens for the season. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of warmer weather, longer days and everything blooming, including the lines waiting in the sunshine or under the bright yellow lights at night for some delicious ice cream.

Here are some reopening dates — or when they reopened — for popular New England ice cream stands, but always call ahead to confirm these great destinations are definitely open:

Feb. 27 Hayward’s Ice Cream, 7 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, N.H. Tel. (603) 888-4663. Source: Facebook fan page

March 5 White Farms Homemade, 326 High St., Ipswich, Mass. Tel. (978) 356-2633. Ice Cream Source: Facebook fan page

March 10 Rich Farm, 691 Oxford Rd., Oxford, Conn. Tel. (203) 881-1040. Source: Twitter

March 11 Acushnet Creamery, 264 Main St., Acushnet, Mass. Tel. (508) 995-9909. Source: Acushnet Creamery web site.

March 15 Cedar Hill Dairy Joy, 331 North Ave., Weston, Mass. Tel. (781) 894-2600

March 18,Gifford’s Ice Cream Stand, Auburn,

Raspberry truffle ice cream

Raspberry truffle ice cream from the Ice Cream Machine, Cumberland, R.I. (photo by Eric)

Bangor, Farmington, Skowhegan, Waterville Maine. Tel. 1-800-950-2604. Source: Gifford’s web site

March 23 Bubbling Book, 1652 High St., Westwood, Mass. Tel. (781) 762-9860. Source: Facebook Fan Page.

March 31 Kimball Farm – Westford, 400 Littleton Rd., Westford, Mass. Tel. (978) 486-3891

April 7 Kimball Farm – Carlisle. 343 Bedford Rd., Carlisle, Mass. (978) 369-1910
Kimball Farm – Lancaster, 1543 Lunenburg Rd. Lunenburg, Mass. Tel. (978) 534-9800

April 14 Kimball Farm – Jaffrey, 158 Turnpike Rd, Jaffrey, N.H. Tel. (603) 532-5765

April 16 Hanson Farm, 600 Pleasant St., Bridgewater, Mass. Tel. (508) 697-4003

May 20 Creemee Stand, 716 VT-100, Wilmington, Vt. Tel. (802) 464-0732. Source: Creemee Stand web site

Open for the season (call for hours)
Bedford Farms, 18 North Rd., Bedford, Mass. Tel. (781) 365-0561

Kool Kone in Wareham MA

Kool Kone, Wareham, Mass. (photo by Eric)

Crescent Ridge Dairy Farm, 355 Bay Rd., Sharon, Mass. Tel. (781) 784-7237

Gary’s Ice Cream, 131 Gorham St.,  Chelmsford, Mass. Tel. (978) 458-0100

Ice Cream Machine, 4288 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, R.I. Tel. (401) 333-5053

Black Raspberry ice cream from Kimball Farm, Carlisle MA

Kimball Farm black raspberry ice cream, Carlisle MA (photo by Eric)

Four Seas Ice Cream, 360 South Main St., Centerville, Mass. Tel. (508) 775-1394

Gray’s Ice Cream, 16 East Rd., Tiverton, R.I. (401) 624-4500

Johnson’s Dairy Bar and Restaurant, 164 Boston Rd., Groton, Mass. Tel.(978) 448-6840

Kool Kone, 374 Marion Rd., Wareham, Mass. Tel. (508) 295-6638

Richardson’s Ice Cream, 164 South Main St., Middleton, Mass. Tel. (978) 774-5450

Peaceful Meadows, 98 Bedford St., Whitman, Mass. Tel. (781) 447-2381

Awaiting specific opening date for:
Dr. Davis Ice Cream, 67 Hollis St., Pepperell, Mass. Tel. (978) 433-6315. Owner says April 16  or earlier but check web site for specific opening date: https://drdavisicecream.com/

Dunne’s Ice Cream, 214 Nubble Rd., York Beach, Maine. Tel. (207) 363-1277

 

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