School Garden Partners With Artisan Ice Cream Store
By Danny Adler
Ice cream maker John Fezzuoglio uses locally sourced, mostly organic ingredients for the treats at his Ottsville OwowCow Creamery shop.
So it was a no-brainer when organizers of Newtown Elementary School’s vegetable garden, Veggieville, contacted Fezzuoglio to see if he’d use mint grown in their pesticide-free garden.
Starting in July, when people dig into mint-flavored ice cream at his upcoming store in Wrightstown, they can thank a handful of kids at Newtown Elementary School.
Four students with special needs from teacher Bonnie Parsons’ class planted mint in one of 21 beds at the school’s garden Monday morning.
Armed with small shovels and smiling faces, Meredith Power, 9, Jake Morrissey, 9, Shannon Wallace, 8, and 6-year-old Eddie Decker put down compost and planted the mint.
“This will be perfect for mint chocolate chip!” Kathy Skalish, co-chairwoman of the garden committee, told the students.
Fezzuoglio’s new artisan creamery is expected to open July 1 at Carousel Village. He’s excited about the new partnership with the school.
“It’s the kind of alignment that we embrace,” the ice cream maker said. “What a great thing.”
He lauded the school for Veggieville, which is growing lettuce, peas, eggplant and cabbage, among other things, and he said he’ll put a sign at his store telling customers about where he gets his mint.
“Introducing kids at such a young age to organic fruits and vegetables is phenomenal,” he told the newspaper.
This is the garden’s second growing season. Other produce grown at the school’s garden this year will go to the American Red Cross homeless shelter in Bristol Township, the Penndel Food Pantry and Philabundance, said Skalish and co-chairwoman Cheryl Gilmore.
Last growing season, all produce grown at the garden was donated to charities.
“This will be the first time the students can see what they’ve grown at a store,” Skalish said.
Fezzuoglio said he will provide free ice cream for the garden’s end-of-the-season harvest celebration.