By Kay Whatley, Editor
It’s not just the delicious ice cream. There is much more to Lick’s Ice Cream that will make you want to stop by on the next sunny day.
In addition to working with a local creamery for their ice cream, this Wendell NC shop serve scoops in cones made from locally milled flour, bowls made from biodegradable plastics, and spoons made for recycling.
Lick’s Ice Cream gets their product from a local dairy farm. Homeland Creamery in Julian, NC (Guilford County). In business for over 80 years, Homeland Creamery uses environmentally sustainable farming practices. Their cows are never treated with antibiotics, hormones, or rBGH. They also use “low temperature vat pasteurization” for their milk, which helps the milk to retains more of its natural enzymes and beneficial bacteria.
Their ice cream is delivered twice weekly to Lick’s Ice Cream, meaning that their scoops are practically farm-fresh when served.
Lick’s Ice Cream makes their own waffle cones, cookies, and brownies. They use “locally milled organic flour” from Lindley Mills, Inc. Operating from their Graham NC (Alamance County) location for over 35 years, the mill is an organic specialty flour mill. They mill wheat (including hard red winter wheat), rye, spelt, corn, and more grains. They source their wheat from diverse geographical regions. The mill’s organic products are certified by Oregon Tilth and Kosher products are certified by OK Labs, and all certified organic grains are non-GMO.
Once the ice cream is ready and the waffle cones made, customers are served in biodegradable dishes with ecologically-friendly spoons. Additionally, their serving cups and bowls are plant-based and compostible. This practice greatly reduces waste and is much more beneficial for the environment!
Lick’s Ice Cream is located at 2628 NC 97 Hwy, Wendell NC in the area referred to as the Lizard Lick crossroads. The business is run by Brian and Nichole Davis from Zebulon NC. They are both native to this area, as Brian is from Zebulon and Nichole is from Knightdale. Both currently reside in Zebulon. Brian and Nichole are former bartenders and have worked in the food industry specializing in customer service and serve-safe practices collectively for 21 years. Opening a business that specializes in local and eco-friendly products has been a long term passion for each of them.
In addition to the little shop where they serve ice cream, they have a pavilion, picnic tables, and corn hole boards. They opened for business on March 19, 2016. Their hours are Monday through Sunday — that’s every day — from noon to 9pm; but, hours will be extended as Summer gets closer. They accept cash and credit or debit cards.
In April, Lick’s Ice Cream also carries fruit sorbet push pops — a vegan, nondairy, no added sugars, no artificial colors or flavors, alternative to ice cream. Two flavors are available right now: Tropical Mango and Berry Cherry Lime.
Thursdays are “Thank You Thursday” and military, EMS, fire, and police get 10% off of their purchase.
Stop by to grab a treat to go, or stay for awhile and enjoy the NC weather from the pavilion, or challenging family to a corn hole game!
More about Lick’s Ice Cream, including updates, may be found on their Facebook Page.
Lindley Mills, Inc. is online at www.lindleymills.com.
Homeland Creamery is online at www.homelandcreamery.com.