Hello friends! Today’s edition of Small Biz Shout Out is all about ice cream!! I know that everyone buying their Pumpkin Spice flavored treats in full force and is embracing sweater weather but that doesn’t mean that we can stop the hankering for a cup of ice cream and if you’re lucky it may be Pumpkin flavored. We’re lucky that we live in a city that is willing to satisfy our cravings in a variety of unique ways year round…if only snowball places would catch on!
Taharka Bros Ice Cream– Taharka Bros are everywhere! You can find them in some of the best restaurants in Baltimore, scoop shops, local colleges, festivals in the Change Maker Mobile (their recently crowdfunded mobile ice cream shop complete with a retail area for some thought provoking literature…they make it smart to eat more ice cream!), and most importantly in pints in the freezer section of many local markets. Attention White Marsh folks…they are available at Richardson Farms!!
I have devoured every flavor of their ice cream that I’ve had the pleasure of trying. One of the amazing things about Taharka Bros is that they have strong social beliefs and they use the popularity of their ice cream as a platform for their message. Once I read their story on their website I was no longer just a fan of the ice cream, I became a loyal member of the Taharka family. I admire them for standing up for their beliefs, following their passion, and bettering the community in their own special way. They close the above video with the quote, “It’s local, fresh, dope, revolution, empowerment…it’s family.” Here at Sweet Tea Cooking we’re all about family and we welcome Taharka Bros to the Sweet Tea Cooking family.
Here is their story exactly as it reads on their website:
Having launched as a Benefit Corp. in 2010, the Baltimore based Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Co. is a for-profit and for-community social enterprise managed and operated primarily by college aged young adults. We use our award-winning ice creams, sorbets, and business initiatives to champion the fight for a better, brighter, and more “Taharkafied” world. Our offerings serve as a vessel for the continuous flow of cultural understanding, economic and social justice, civic involvement and, of course, good times!!!
Repping various parts of a city steeped in struggle, we’ve thought deeply about friends, families, futures, hopes, ‘hoods and heroes asking ourselves hard questions. Could we promote peace, social and economic justice to communities both local and non-local via an ice cream business? Could we make a good living and have crazy fun? We also thought on things that have inspired us, both sung and unsung human rights warriors that have made our world a more just place. We meditated on the struggles in the ‘hood, the music that maintains us and the writers and poets that sustain us. And of course we contemplated food – good food – and yes, those who go without food. We believed we could create a little sumthin’ that might, if done right, make a big difference (in a sweet way) in both our lives and the lives of others.
This is our contribution.
Welcome to the funkafied family, loved ones!!
With mad love,
Your new big Brothers
The Charmery– The Charmery is located on the corner of 36th St and Chestnut in Hampden. This shop has the most adorable old school ice cream shop feel but the flavors are far from old school. According to the International Ice Cream Association member companies (which I just discovered is a thing!),vanilla is still the most popular flavor of ice cream in the US. The Charmery offers Pure Vanilla but I dare you to actually order it with all of the other delights that are available. Personally ordering Vanilla (unless it’s going on top of a warm brownie) is a sin…my husband does not share this opinion. Old Bay Caramel, Tell Tale Chocolate, Maryland Mud, Berger Cookies and Cream, Lemon Stick, Coffee by Spro, Duckpin Ale Chocolate, and Crunch Davis, are just a few of the decadent flavors that are available with a Maryland twist. For those of you that do not crave ice cream in the cooler months they have you covered with a variety of hot chocolates with homemade marshmallows that are absolutely divine! I cannot wait to score a hot chocolate at the end of a Terrific Lady Day.
Broom’s Bloom Dairy– Broom’s Bloom is a delightful place and we lovingly refer to it as “the ice cream farm” in my family. Broom’s Bloom serves around 12-15 flavors of ice cream a day all made right on the farm until they sell out for the day. Which has heartbreakingly happened to me twice…when I was next in line! While Broom’s Bloom can be a hike for some folks just for a scoop of ice cream but they also offer quiches, sandwiches, soups, and salads so you can make a whole meal out of the visit. TJ has yet to experience the ice cream farm so I plan on taking him up there for dinner tomorrow! In addition to the amazing ice cream and meals Broom’s Bloom is a mini Farmer’s Market. They sell soap, cheese, eggs, and pork made on their farm from their animals as well as meats, milk, and produce from other area farms and vendors. I’m pumped to load up on all kinds of goodies while we’re there. Broom’s Bloom is open all year (hours change depending on the season) and they can be extremely busy during the summer months. Wait in the line, it’s worth it! I’ll be sure to post pics from our field trip on Instagram Sweet_Tea_Cooking and Twitter @sweetteacooking.
As Bobby Hill from King of the Hill perfectly put it, “I like my sundaes even on a Monday”. Well in this case it’s a Thursday but we feel you Bobby. Now go and get you some ice cream on this week!