Market in the Valley

National Ice Cream Sun-dae!

It’s National Ice Cream Day! July 18th marks the anniversary of an annual ice cream tradition that dates back to 1984 when President Ronald Reagan designated “National Ice Cream Day.” It was a way for him and his wife Nancy, who served as White House Hostess, to recognize America’s love for this popular dessert. 90% of American households are believed to eat some ice cream almost once a week. The average person eats 48 pints a year; that’s over 6 gallons of ice cream! But that’s nothing compared to the world’s largest ice cream sundae weighing in at 24 tons. That might take a few more than the 50 licks it takes to eat an average sundae.

This year, why not plan to make ice cream at home? It’s simple and rewarding. Below is a list of ingredients, directions, and ideas to top or pair your ice cream with:


1 c. half-and-half
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 c. ice
1/3 c. kosher salt


  1. In a small resealable plastic bag, combine half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.
  2. In the large resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt, then Place the small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes until the ice cream has hardened.
  3. Remove from bag and enjoy with your favorite ice cream toppings.


Why not try out something new this year? Blending a few of your favorite flavors together is the perfect way to change it up. Find some fresh berries at the market or add a little bit of chocolate, maybe even combine it with other treats like Coffee and Crepes or Floats and Pies for that extra flavor you’ve been craving. There are so many ways you can enjoy ice cream; why not try them all.

Speaking of sweets, on August 1st, Cindy and Wayne Rusch of Rusch Farms will be doing a honey extractions demo. Come learn more about the process then.

You may also want to stop by A Kopp Music‘s booth this Sunday to enter their free drawing for a pair of Twins tickets. How sweet would that be?

Vendors at the Market this Week

Here’s a list of the businesses at the market:

2JCK Organic Produce

A Kopp Music

AJ’s Snow Cones

Bao Yang Vegetables

Beck’s Elk River Greenhouse LLC

Caribbean Heat


Crepe & Cake

Dale’s Delicious Eggs

Deep Roots Concessions

Diana’s Handmade Gifts

Early Boots Farm

Elena’s Cute Creations

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Golden Valley Community Foundation

Heaven Scent Soaps

Invincible Summer 

JM Bistro

Kinney Mini Farms

Lor Produce

MarkE 3rd St Produce

Miz Mollys Closet LLC

MN Fresh Fuel


Notre Ecole

Pampered Chef

Pie and Joy

Poplolli: Pastry and Confections



R & R Cultivation

Renewal by Andersen – Twin Cities

Rusch Farms

Sarahgirl Soaps

Schyma’s Pickles & Preserves

Svihel Vegetable Farm

Talking Loon Foods


The Farm of Minnesota

Three Mad Poppers

Totally Twisted


Urban Agriculture CBD

Wisconsin Cheese Outlet

Wonder Paper Art

Yang’s Fresh Flowers and Produce