Since my last trip to Rota Spring Farm in Sterling was just over a month ago, I probably shouldn’t write it up this time around. However, my nephew Tommy was in town this weekend and I had long promised that I would take him here when he wasn’t in Chicago and it was open. That long promise isn’t quite so long since he does only turn four this month.
With our current extended daylight savings hours, by the time I got to my parents’ house, thing were already getting dark, and after rallying the troops, it was a night drive. Luckily, we left in time as Rota’s fall hours are reduced from their regular schedule and things there are now closing at 8p. (Daily 11:30a-8p from September 27 until closing in mid-November)
While Tommy has yet to get adventurous with his flavor selections, he liked the chocolate ice cream as much as he liked the goats behind the stand. The real beacon on the menu board was the return of Indian Pudding and Pumpkin. While I could indulge myself in gallons of Indian pudding alone, I paired the two scoops on a single sugar cone.
The pumpkin as the top scoop was a refreshing flavor that wasn’t as dominated by nutmeg and allspice as this flavor often is, instead allowing the fruit itself to carry much of the taste. The bottom scoop was thus left to Indian pudding, and the first taste of that sent me back into a spiral of bliss. I may have eaten hundreds of scoops of ice cream since we started this blog, but if I had to do a desert island selection, this would be my first choice. The molasses and corn meal and spices are in a near perfect solution here. With strong flavors, a divine taste, and the creamy freshness that only comes from nearby cows, this is why I eat ice cream.
For most people, Sterling is out of the loop. Some things are worth the extra effort. Despite the fact that my exhortations may make it more difficult for me to fill up on quarts on the last day of the season, I implore you to make this a road trip destination. If you are a real fan of ice cream, you owe it to yourself to get out here before things close up for the winter. If you don’t make it, I’m going to give the same proclamation on their opening weekend.
Cone – kiddie $2.43 small $3.10 large $4.05
Sundae – 1scoop $3.81 2scoop $4.52 3scoop $5.24
Frappe $4.05 extra thick $4.52
Rota Spring Farm117 Chace Hill Road, Sterling MA 01564
Open from March to mid-November
Open daily from 11:30a-9:30p