With the cold settling in around us, we're missing our ice cream days. Don't get us wrong, fall time is king around here, but the summer in the truck gave us a new season to love.
Our ice cream truck is an old cable splicing truck, refurbed to Scoops on Wheels, and the generator, which powers everything from the dipping cabinet to the air conditioning, SOMETIMES works. On a hot summer day without the A/C, it can get to a 12 on the heat scale. Even if the air conditioning was working, the best we got to was about a 6.
We had some hot days in the truck, but you all made them so worth it. The superb crew that worked the truck this year did have their share of frustrations with the heat, but they found such joy in scooping up ice cream, that even the "12" days faded quickly, leaving only the good stuff behind.
Meg, who was a foundational member of our newly formed ice cream crew, and whose flavor matches mine (mint cookie pals!), absolutely loved when daycare kids visited the truck and she got to see their eyes light up when they see that first scoop of ice cream. She spent the summer perfecting the perfect scoop to top off that little sugar cone, and is not lobbying hard for Kyle to add a peanut butter and chocolate choice that, for her, will edge out the mint for good.
For Eric, who mixes cookie dough and cookies and cream for cookie ice cream nirvana, the best experience he had was serving a sweet family of four who, while huddling under the awning in the rain waiting for their ice cream, were so sweet and smily and wonderful even through the rain and internet connection issues and Eric's slightly slower scooping (due to some very frozen ice cream). On other days, he learned that generators are finicky and that the truck can probably get up to 212°F (but who's measuring), but the smiles he got when he handed kiddos their cones kept him scooping away.
Bri, who in a very sincere but also very punny move, quickly realized that she had one of the coolest jobs when she told her 4K kids that she's an ice cream lady. She also was almost always in the truck when he had pay-it-forward kindness chains happen, which was seriously one of the amazing things to watch happen in the truck. To those people who started, continued, and supported a kindness chain, we are in awe of your service to others. It was awesome.
Bri also learned that a few hours of scooping give you Hulk-like arm muscles and that there's really only ONE solution to everything: Generator quits working? Call Kyle! You forgot the window key? Call Kyle! You ran out of ice cream? Call Kyle! You broke something that you shouldn’t have! Call Kyle! Just always call Kyle! And she's still calling him! But this time it's to convince him to finally make a the cookie jar ice cream that her and Eric are REALLY hoping to see: mix up cookie dough and cookies and cream, but then add some M&Ms because...why not!?
Our intern Bridget quickly learned to double and triple check that she had everything she needed after a few little incidents, like having to drive back to get the key to open the serving window and spending a few hours without the iPad, on which we take all the orders, because, boy, that was a lesson in basic math! Her favorite thing was the dogs! Bridget went a little crazy every time a dog came by the truck. :) A big fan of the brownie fudge, Bridget is hoping for a black cherry flavor some day.
The truck was really a beautiful experience, and we just can't explain how much we loved scooping for you all this summer...nor can we explain how much we want Kyle to start serving up our favorite flavors! We will see you, friends, next year!
Meg started with us last August because her older sister had worked with us. She thankfully sold Meg on the farm, and Meg began working weddings and fall season, and then quickly became not only a crackerjack ice cream maker and scooper, but our ice cream truck model!
And if she's being honest, that was the weirdest thing Kyle has ever asked her to...be in a photoshoot...for an ice cream truck...in a silly hat...and a bow tie...on the farm...with a bunch of our friends' kids...
The farm is a weird place. But it's fun.
Meg likes the farm a lot because she is surrounded by people who help pass the time in fun ways, like learning new things about each other or trying to figure out what Kyle exactly means when he says the employees can't have any "raw bananas." I actually asked Kyle about this, and let me tell you, sometimes we wonder about the things that occupy Kyle's mind. Apparently, Kyle is fascinated by the fact that no one calls just bananas "raw bananas," like a "raw carrot" or "raw chicken." Cause, you know, these are the kinds of things that we ponder here.
The farm is a weird place. But it's fun.
Meg's done about everything on the farm, from cleaning the bathrooms (which she hates) to making donuts (which she loves, because of course you're in the best position to sneak a yummy treat). And she is our next rising star making donuts, because she made a bunch this fall season and she is AWESOME.
Meg is a quiet force here, but she is quite a force. Her good attitude, amazing smile, and determination to do everything she does to the best of her ability makes her such a valuable person to have in any position, in any capacity, and in all situations...even photoshoots!
Fun on the farm...in blog form!