Goodbye to Yarnell's

A sad time for me right now - Summer time is ice cream time, and Arkansas (and the surrounding states) have just lost a classic ice cream company. Yarnell's has been around since 1932, but they closed at the end of June due to monetary issues. I guess it has been a bad year to be a regional ice cream maker.

Importantly for me, they produced an Ozark black walnut ice cream. Think of butter pecan, only better. And it was good ice cream. My Dad and I had a tradition of getting a cone from this particular gas station, where we have known the owners forever, and they have always had Yarnell's.

Farewell, Ozark black walnut. You were delicious. (I'll have to try to make my own now, I guess.)

Just feeling sentimental here, as I'm sure many of you will never have heard of this company. If you have a precious regional or local food tradition, still in existence or long gone, please share. Especially if it involves ice cream. :)


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