Tranquillity Farms lays out welcome mat with ice cream breakfast sundaes
GREEN TOWNSHIP — The temperature had edged above freezing and the winds, though brisk, weren’t biting, but it still appeared incongruous to see more than 30 people in line at the ice cream window of Tranquillity Farms.
Many of those in the queue were too short to see in the window but were bouncing up and down in anticipation of what was quickly becoming their favorite mid-winter holiday.
Saturday, Feb. 6, was National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, and Erin Freeborn Lytle was taking full advantage of it at the farm market.
Freeborn Lytle and her staff spent weeks developing just the right recipes for ice cream breakfast sundaes.
Her father, Larry Freeborn, led the sampling team, she said during a rare break from scooping.
The favorite choice was waffle sundae, she said, but several of the other sundaes had a good following.
Bacon and banana planted an Elivs earworm in many patrons for the rest of the day.
Some of the younger customers swore by cookies and cream and cinnamon toast crunch.
Two of those fans were Sarai and Zivah Sambolin whose mother, Nicole, drove an hour and a half from Chester to help Zivah celebrate her 4th birthday a day early. Sarai, 11, noted they once drove to Long Island for ice cream, but not necessarily for breakfast.
“Anything for the kids,” Nicole laughed as she herded them back to their car to eat out of the wind.
“It’s a good way to sell ice cream,” Becky Freeborn noted.
A teacher in Roxbury Township, she works at the family farm on weekends. She noted the line was smaller at 8 a.m. when they opened, but by 9:30 it was across the parking lot.
“Erin told me we might need more parking,” Larry Freeborn said as he directed cars around an employee who was plowing out more spaces a little after 10 a.m.
The nearly three feet of snow that fell on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 had melted a little but was still covering most of the parking lots.
“We just posted it on Facebook and word spread,” Freeborn Lytle noted.
She said 800 people checked off that they were interested, but she didn’t expect them all to show up. She had 12 people working the ice cream room just in case.
Tranquillity Farms has done well during the pandemic.
“We’re local and people trust us,” Freeborn Lytle said of the third-generation family farm that was once part of the Stuyvesant Estate.