Though any emotion can be read into the Mona Lisa's mysterious smile, scientists have identified the glint in her eyes as simple lust for dairy products. Tantalize portraits with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a gift card good for $20 worth of ice cream, sorbets, and other frozen treats at Applegate Farm, valid at locations in East Hanover, Freehold, Summit, and Upper Montclair.
Operated continuously by various dairy purveyors since 1848, Applegate Farm passes its ice-cream expertise on to customers in the form of delicious frozen treats. After receiving a gift card, customers can cool down their torrid tongues or hone their juggling abilities with orbs of freshly made ice cream available in nearly 60 flavors. The menu includes time-honored classics—including chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry—alongside inventive new flavors, such as orange pineapple, vanilla peanut butter, and toasted almond. With milk's fluctuating market price and the volatile global exchange rate of waffle cones, prices for frozen treats are subject to change day-to-day and by location.
Since 1848, Applegate Farm has existed under many guises, but its purpose has always remained the same: to provide fresh dairy products for local families. Originally home to the Sitger family and their golden guernsey milk, the farm has changed hands several times since the late 1800s and survived through the Civil War, both World Wars, and all six Star Wars. It experimented with its first ice-cream cone in the late 1920s under the guidance of owner Julian Tinkham, who also had the good foresight to preserve the farm's historic structures so that future generations could visit the 19th-century farmhouse that once helped slaves to freedom or count the number of tiles in an authentic 1919 tile silo––one of only three built in the state.
Since then, the farm has expanded and operates under the current leadership of the Street family, who hold themselves to the same dedication to quality that has sustained the dairy for more than 164 years. The range of ice-cream flavors changes seasonally but usually includes at least 63 distinctive varieties ranging from orange pineapple and toasted almond to vanilla peanut butter and Graham Central Station––which won top prize at the New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival. No-sugar-added and dairy-free treats can also be found in scoopable form, along with ice-cream cakes, ice-cream pies, ice-cream sandwich breads, and other things that are best when sliced.