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A Farm Fresh Ice Cream Parlour in Pine Plains

Rural Intelligence FoodYou scream, I scream, we all scream for . . . Osofsky? When it comes to ice cream in Pine Plains, it’s all in the family: Nina Osofsky (left) whose husband and father-in-law—Peter and Rick Osofsky—work at family-owned Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, opened an old fashioned, fresh-smelling ice cream parlour called The Scoop Creamery on Route 199 a few weeks ago.  It features hand-packed Ronnybrook ice cream (such as Toasted Hazelnut Crunch, Ginger Crème Brûlée, Columbia County Coffee) which is made on the farm a few miles away in Ancramdale. “This is as local as it gets!” says Nina.

Ironically, city people seem to know Ronnybrook better than many locals. “New Yorkers and weekenders know Ronnybrook from the Greemarkets and love that the milk comes in glass bottles with the cream on top,” she says. “Some people mistakenly think it’s a huge company like Horizon Organic, but it’s not that big. Everything is made in small batches.”

Rural Intelligence FoodA tea expert by training who had business dealings with Harney Tea in Millerton and who worked for Sebastian Beckwith’s In Pursuit of Tea company in Cornwall, she has already experimented with making tea-flavored soft-serve ice cream. “I also make frozen yogurt using the Ronnybrook Drinkable Yogurts.” She is also selling cakes, tarts and pies by local baker Jennifer Blackburn of Telu Confections. “There was no place to buy a nice cake around here,” she says. Sundaes and banana splits come topped with freshly made Ronnybrook whipped cream, but the most popular items right now seems to be the old-fashioned floats such as the Purple Cow (vanilla ice cream with grape soda) and the extra thick milkshakes.

Rural Intelligence FoodNina’s goal is to make her ice-cream shop a hangout where everyone in town will feel welcome, especially families with young children. “The need for someplace like this came to me when i had my daughter fourteen months ago,” she says, noting that her brother-in-law Charlie Norman owns the next door Mountain Cow Cafe so there is synergy between the two eateries. Though Nina is selling high end ice cream, she has deliberately priced her cones to compete with the Stewart’s Shops convenience store in town (which happens to have a friendly staff that hand-scoops ice cream, too.) “A kiddie cone here is just $1.25, and it’s not that small, and a regular cone is $2.50,” she says. “The locals love it, and they’re making coming here after dinner a ritual. It’s becoming a happening place.”

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The Scoop Creamery
2981 Church Street, Pine Plains; 508.277.1465
Monday - Thursday 1 p.m. 8 p.m.
Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


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