SOUTHINGTON — Rogers Orchards will open a new walk-up ice cream window Friday at its Long Bottom Road salesroom.
Ice cream will be sold Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., Keith Soyka, assistant manager of the 336 Long Bottom Road location, said Thursday. The window will be open later than the store hours to offer the new service.
There will be 10 flavor options of Gifford’s ice cream along with toppings and sundae options, Soyka said.
“We’ve always seen people coming to the orchard as an experience,” Soyka said. “...It’s all about community. We want it to be a really relaxed and chill way to end your night.”
The service will only be at the Home Farm location for now, but if it does well the orchard will look into expanding it to the Sunnymount location, 2876 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, as well. They are also open to expanding into milkshakes and floats, but want to see how the first step goes, Soyka said.
Town Councilor Michael DelSanto said he is happy to have Rogers Orchards, and all of the other farms, in town.
“They have been a staple of this community for decades,” DelSanto said Thursday. “The Rogers family have been incredible partners with the town of Southington…It’s a gem in town and I am happy with their continued success.”
DelSanto said his family goes to the orchard and looks forward to apple and pie season.
Soyka said the Home Farm location is close to many recreational activities, such as hiking at Crescent Lake and biking. This will offer residents another option to unwind at the end of their day, Soyka said. The store will offer cups and cones and sundaes right now, he said.
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