Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ice Cream Series: Part 4 Carvel Ice Cream
A Carvel ice cream stand something like the one in Croton-on-Hudson. The stand closed sometime after I graduated high school in 1981. The town now has two very good ice parlors in each section of town. Click the image to enlarge it. Links to related stories and recipes below.
When I think about summer, I think about time spent at the Carvel ice cream stand in the Harmon section of my town Croton-on-Hudson. The Harmon name of the community is related to the Croton Harmon station on the Metro North and Amtrak rail line. Croton is one of many small Hudson Valley towns less than an hour north of New York City that never became overrun by fast food restaurants. In the summer the Carvel stand served as one of the main middle school and high school hang outs on Friday and Saturday nights from grades 8 to 10 or thereabouts; those years in teenager’s life when you were cool but car less. I lived a 15 minute bike ride away from the Carvel stand on the opposite side of town. As I road closer and closer to the stand on my bike, a glowing light grew brighter and revealed droves of classmates eating ice cream cones, flying saucers (ice cream sandwiches), ice cream Sundays, root beer floats, and lots of flirting between boys and girls. In reflection, Carvel provided a space for Croton youth just entering purity to flirt. That Carvel stand in Harmon remains linked in my mine with my middle and high school years and some my first attempts to talk with young women. Tom Carvel was a Greek immigrant from Athens who started the business in 1929 in Hartsdale, New York also in Westchester County where I grew up. The product is available all over the country now! Here is a link with more history about him and the company below and some other related links
Tom Carvel: http://www.carvel.com/about_us/history.htm
Carvel Stand photos: http://www.agilitynut.com/eateries/carvel.html
The Croton Dinner, another celebrated intuition: http://frederickdouglassopie.blogspot.com/2010/09/back-to-school-foodways-series-croton.html
Ice Cream Series: http://frederickdouglassopie.blogspot.com/search?q=Ice+Cream+Series%3A