Riesling and poached pear sorbet. Lemon and blueberries. Berries and burgundy sorbet. Goat cheese and roasted red cherries. Pistachio and honey. Sweet corn and black raspberry. We’ve been home for one week now, and these are the flavors of Jeni’s Ice Creams that we’ve been enjoying since Miles Farmer’s Market in Solon started carrying our favorite ice cream (no, not ourselves – though we probably could – we’ve entertained and have brought to parties).
As of now, I believe Miles Market is the only retailer in our area to carry Jeni’s (though I hear Heinen’s is a possibility). And it’s a perfect fit for them. Miles carries a lot of local products, supports area farmers and offers a nice range of hard-to-find items. Plus they are less than two miles from my house.
If you haven’t been to Miles, picking up some Jeni’s is the perfect excuse to check them out. I remember Miles when they had dirt floors and garage doors for walls. They’ve come along way and really are an impressive operation.
If you do go, consider yourself forewarned – you need to pack your patience along with your tote. The lines are often long and the aisles are quite narrow. Saturdays are crazy as is after work. And on occasion, though not too often, I’ve found questionable produce or items out past their date. But if you get there at the right time, you’ll enjoy perusing the store and all there is to discover (be sure to visit the olive oil bar and wine/cheese selection).
During our three trips this week alone for Jeni’s and other items, I’ve found myself telling the story of this ice cream to plenty of strangers. It’s amazing how many people asked me if the pint was properly marked at $9.99, and if there really is corn in there. Yes and yes. And each time I’ve explained that you’d go out to dinner and pay $10 if not more for a drink and wouldn’t think twice. And then I give the elevator speech of their local roots and commitment to local farmers.
I think so far I’ve sold 3 pints while in line and earned a commitment from one woman to try on her next visit.