On a big street, stretching across four lanes, in Tampa, sits a big red barn. It is not surrounded by farmland, nor by stalks of corn, nor lowing cattle. An asphalt parking lot surrounds its sides. Inside is the Old Farmer’s Creamery. Inside is some of the most awesome ice cream I’ve had in a long time.
The staff is very friendly, willing to make recommendations based on your likes and dislikes. Small samples are available upon request.
One fellow working behind the counter suggested the Peanut Butter Rumble to MG. He said that his brother was “addicted to the stuff”. Impressed with the high praise and a small sampling, MG got an order of this concoction. She loved it. The vanilla ice cream is rich and smooth. The fillings in this instance (peanut butter swirl, Oreos, and chocolate chips) made a cup seem like the perfect peanut butter brownie married to cold milk. It was pretty awesome.
Without trying a sample, I decided to live on the edge and get Admiral’s Butterscotch after hearing the ingredients: butterscotch ice cream, butterscotch swirl, Heath Bar, Oreos, and brownie pieces. WHAT?!?!?!? Butterscotch ice cream?!?!? “I’ll take that!” Granted, the other ingredients are great, but the prospect of butterscotch ice cream is what sold me on this dish. It was incredible. This is the ice cream of dreams. The butterscotch was really intense without being cloyingly sweet. I don’t know if the swirl was salted, but there was definitely a note of some form of salt that was an amazing compliment to the sweet items in the dish. If you like butterscotch at all, unless there is anything in this ice cream that might cause you illness, this is HUGE must-have.
Though MG & I did not order a cup, we tasted one of their seasonal flavors. Midnight Snacker features vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, and chocolate covered pretzels. You would think that the pretzels would get soggy sitting in the ice cream, but they retained their snap and crunch. Maybe the chocolate protects them from moisture. Maybe they are using mutant pretzels. Whatever they’re doing, it works.
MG & I both got a small, and our total came to a little over $7. The portion is generous and definitely sufficient for one. There are a few tables inside if you want to chill and enjoy your dairy delight. To top it all off, they had an arcade game inside that I haven’t seen for years.
If the ice cream isn’t enough to get you to stop at Old Farmer’s Creamery, the Original Punch-Out! should definitely send you on your way.
Old Farmer’s Creamery
2531 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704-2805