We have made the most wonderful discovery! Big Olaf! Need more information? Okay. How about 40 different kinds of locally hand made, fresh ingredients, high butterfat ice cream? Oh and all sorts of different coffees? Chai Latte's? Breakfast Sandwiches, Gourmet hotdogs? And Karoke! They call themselves a creamery, but it's so much more!
The first time we ran across this small local brand was at our local farm market. In their small freezer were enormous white tubs with blue and red writing and Big Olaf was the name-o. Never heard of it, I thought to myself and I continued to contemplate other purchases. I did notice however, that at least half of the people at the market had those tubs in their carts. Hmmmm.
Then I don't recall if I read in the newspaper or heard it on the radio, but it was an ad for a local Big Olaf's creamery. "We ought to check that out" I said to Tim and he nodded and that was the end of that until this weekend. I knew we had no plans to go anywhere on Sunday after our flu shots and perhaps I felt inclined to treat myself as a reward for behaving so well during said injection. (I know, I know secretly I'm a three year old) So after we finished doing everything else we needed to do, we headed off island to check out the local Big Olaf's.
It was in a large plaza filled with all sorts of other things. Big Olaf's Creamery was perched at the end of the row, with lots of room and an appealing entrance. I was delighted from the first step in the door. There was a grand piano in one corner of the front that actually is a player piano! The website indicates that that piano is so mart it knows upwards of 600 songs! Wow!~ Loads of tables and chairs and two enormous chalk boards listing the many, many options. They had me at piano.
The owners, John and Susan Stone were right on hand to help us out and they were absolutely delightful. Very welcoming and happy to meet us. Turns out that they moved here from Connecticut. And since we, at one time, lived in Connecticut, there was that immediate familiarity to begin what I'm sure will be a long and wonderful relationship.
The most difficult part of the entire visit was deciding what to order. I am not a hotdog fan myself, but Tim is and honestly, if I was ever going to eat a hotdog, it would probably be one of these. I, naturally, opted for ice cream. But which one to choose, which one to choose. With, seriously, 40 different options, I knew this was going to take a few minutes. Finally, I selected Rocky Road! Oh my gosh! I wish I had bothered to take the time to take a photo of the ice cream because it looked amazing and it tasted even better! I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't manage to hold myself back from eating long enough to get that photo for you.
We do however, have a photo of me enjoying the ice cream. As I sat on the bench in front of the shop, Tim snapped a quick picture: (most adorable bench ever!)
Do I look happy? Oh yeah, I was happy. And if you went there, you would be happy too!
If you are a local, check it out. You will not regret it! If you are not a local but you come to visit us, anticipate a visit. And then you will be happy too :)
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.