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 167 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, like apple cider donuts, can also be found in scoopable form, along with ice-cream cakes, ice-cream pies, and ice-cream sandwiches.
Peek inside the kitchen of The Dugout Cafe' Bagels & Deli, and you might find chefs handcrafting fresh batches of mozzarella, brewing up savory pots of chicken noodle soup, or whipping up hearty breakfasts of French toast, bagels, and pastries. The specials on the lunch menu change daily, with gyros and pastichio on Wednesdays, tilapia wraps on Friday, and cheesy chicken parm sandwiches on Monday. At breakfast, patrons belly up to the counter for rich cups of coffee and award-winning bagels, while off-site dinner parties and banquets chow down on catered feasts of heroes, pastas, and wraps.
At Frozen In Time Ice Cream Parlour, visitors can savor frosty treats such as Hershey's ice cream and ice-cream cakes, or opt for healthy indulgences such as smoothies and soft-serve frozen yogurt with natural cultures. Servers also brew specialty café drinks and squeeze rejuvenating wheatgrass shots at a juice bar.