Kimball Farm – Lancaster MA

29 05 2010

At Christmas, I went out with my parents to help select their tree, and we went to the lot adjacent to Oak Ridge Farms. It was then I noticed that they claimed to make their own ice cream. However, the store was shuttered before the season began. This weekend, Kimball’s had their grand opening in this new location, and I had a Mocha Almond Assault cone.

With their Westford location unable to expand much more, and two other scoop shops in the area, Kimball’s jumped at the chance to take over a new farm on a large lot on Route 70 in Lancaster. They renovated the front facade to add a series of ice cream windows, and with a silo already there, it’s remarkably similar to their original location. Reports are that the entire lot will soon be filled out with a train around the perimeter and a mini-golf course and petting zoo even being added to the mix.

With 41 flavors of ice cream, plus a few yogurt, sherbet, and sorbets available, the store is currently reminiscent of visits to the original location before its expansion into non-ice cream territory. The crowds were out in full force for this Memorial Day weekend debut (it actually opened the Thursday before, so I missed by 2 days), and a gigantic tent with tables was in the place of a lot of pines.

Since this was the debut, there were no seasonal flavors on display, so I selected a cone with the flavor at the bottom of the list. The Mocha Almond Assualt met many of the characteristics of it’s name, though I do think referring to this as an assault is probably a bit of hyperbole. The ice cream had a bold coffee flavor, but the chocolate portion of the mocha seemed to be handled primarily by a thick swirl of fudgy chocolate. The almonds included whole pieces and large chunks of the nut and were crisp and fresh.

I wandered to eat my cone at a picnic table beneath a grove of tall pines, slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the shop itself. Fantasizing, I tried to envision what could make this into a genuine flavor assault. The best I could come up with is to make the ice cream a very bold mocha while replacing the swirl of fudge with a full-on wave of marzipan for the almonds to ride in on. Sure it could be a tactical campaign that only appeals to almond lovers, but that’s who is eating this scoop anyway.

It will be very interesting to watch how this place expands. There’s lots of great ice cream nearby, with both Rota Spring Farm and Cherry Hill already keeping the dairy quota high in the populace. However, Kimball’s is more than ice cream, and could very positively effect this area. Located just north of the Lancaster Flea Market, my best recommendation would be go on days other than Sunday (unless you are fleaing too) since this place might become a zoo on these days before the animals cages are even built.

Cone – small $3.80 large $4.25

Sundae – regular $5.25 doubledae $5.95

Frappes – $4.95 extra thick $5.25 malt +$.70

Kimball Farm

1543 Lunenburg Road, Lancaster MA 01523

978 534-9800

Open seasonally

Daily 10a-10p

http://www.kimballfarm.com

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13 responses

30 05 2010
Brendan

Great posting, love how you have critiqued ice cream much like a sommelier does wine.

30 05 2010
Kimbals fan

Kimbals will not mix flavors on 2 scope cone. Others will mix flavors

29 07 2012
James Donahue

Yea, Worse yet, THEY DON’T MIX THE FLAVERS ON A THREE-SCOOP BROWNIE SUNDAY! I have been to ice cream stands where you can have 4 flavors of ice cream in a brownie sundae.

8 07 2010
Jeneen and Jose

My husband and I have made 2 trips on Friday night for the car show and have eaten dinner there. The lines look long but move VERY QUICKLY. My husband got baked clams and I got a burger. OMG sooo good and the portions are incredible. Last Friday night I got a Lobster Roll and my husband a Pulled Pork sandwhich. Again, it was delicious!! BEST LOBSTER ROLL EVER!!!! Made to perfection. Just the right amount of mayo and so much lobster meat. The car show must have over 100 cars and the music is very entertaining and they have raffles. It is really a great night out with your family.

15 08 2010
Hancock Girl

This is the best ice cream place on earth. You have to leave New England and come back to realize what heaven on earth Kimball’s is. Grapenut ice cream means home.

7 09 2010
barbara

My boyfriend and I went there this past monday. Food was awesome and the sizes are huge. Highly reccomend sharing with someone. Plan to go back to check out the car shows they have on friday nights.

2 12 2010
Fluorescent Lamp

all of my kids love to dwelll on ice cream shops, they really love to munch lots of ice cream *’-

4 04 2011
Jean Perkins

I love ice cream and your four shops are stupendous; I worked at your competitive ice cream store, Stone’s Dairy in Harvard Ma when I was a mere kid of 14, but always came to Kimballs for your ice cream…I live not too far from Jaffrey and I absolutely love your new Lancaster location…your ice cream is wonderful.
Loved ice cream all of my 65 years!
I noticed you have a restored divco milk truck on the premises and I wonder if you could tell me where I may purchase one at a reasonable price…one that would need restoring would be great or one that is already restored…my husband has a wonderful milk bottle collection complete with milk cans and other paraphenalia that he’s been collecting for 50+ years and I would love to surprise him with a possible divco…thanking you so much in advance…already had my almond joy fix yesterday! Love it! Thank you! Jean

29 07 2012
James Donahue

That would be another great idea, have the ice cream truck like the one displayed on the lot that actually functions and actually sell ice cream around the neighberhood! It would be a grand idea that have something old fasion that ACTUALLY functions. And yes, it would be a nice thing for Kimball for it’s 75th anniversery to start going back to it’s roots and selling milk, at least in the country store, in it’s origional glass bottles!

29 05 2012
James Donahue

One thing I would like to see Kimball do, is to add a Natick (near Route 30 and the Mass Pike) and a Boston location (located near the garden or common, or the Fanuel Hall, so that the people shopping at Natick can stop by to eat this ice cream. The Boston location would be a good location, because those who don’t have a car will have a chance to enjoy this creamy ice cream.

I think that they should start service ice cream year round (Order the ice cream in the country store from Columbus Day through March, with holiday flavers, like Gingerbread Cookie, Egg Nog, and Candy Cane Peppermint. Other flavers that they can add include Red Velvet and the Green Monster.

One thing I hate about Kimball Farm is the fact that when you take out, they overflow this thing above the rim. This may seem that “Oh, you are getting extra ice cream”, while in fact that it makes a mess. The other thing I hate is that you can’t choose more then one flaver on a large or a brownie sundae, despite the fact that the brownie sundae has three large scoops.

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