Summers in Vermont are packed full of outdoor food events and music festivals along with fairs, parades and farmers markets; not to mention the lure of hiking, canoeing, biking, swimming-hole-jumping and boating. And then there are all those out-of-town guests who come in droves to share these lovely opportunities with us.
One quintessentially Vermont experience I try to share with all visitors is the experience of a creemee. (Yes, that’s how I spell it although I know there are other schools of spelling thought.) It’s sort of like soft-serve ice cream elsewhere, a bit like the Midwest’s frozen custard ― but really a Vermont creemee is a class unto itself: cool and soft and sweet, it means summer like nothing else.
And, of course, a maple creemee is really the peak of the Vermont creemee cone.
I had heard a rumor for years that the best maple creemee was to be had at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in East Montpelier, but had never made it there. This summer on a searingly hot day, with a French teenage exchange student in tow, we trekked to the state capital to show off our capitol and then headed over to Morse Farm. I have to say, the rumors were correct and it was indeed the best maple creemee I’ve had so far: deeply mapley and super-creamy.
Our exchange student stayed for three weeks, during which we had ample opportunity for him to try a number of creemees. On his last day when we also had a friend visiting from New Zealand, we were coming back from Fort Ticonderoga and stopped at one of my family’s favorite sweet destinations: Vermont Cookie Love on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. They have not only amazing fresh-baked chunky cookies but also a seasonal creemee stand where they use a creemee mix from a three-generation family farm, Kingdom Creamery in the Northeast Kingdom. (They will top them with crushed cookies, a very good idea.)
We needed to get home for supper and the evening’s planned activities, but we all sat down and savored our creemees. No matter how crazy the Vermont summer gets, you must always make time for creemees.