On Saturday, June 21st, 2014 I was in Saxapahaw on a weekend excursion to get away from Chapel Hill. I have been to the Saxapahaw General Store a few times and I always stop by Flying Beagle Books (A review on the bookstore to come! Here it is – Flying Beagle Bookstore Reviews). On this particular trip I noticed vendors setting up in the parking lot outside of Flying Beagle Books. There is a weekly summer festival every Saturday evening from 6:00 pm to around 9:00 pm and the Maple View Mobile Homemade Ice Cream “truck” was one of the vendors that opened early.
With it being a very hot summer day, the second day of the summer in fact, it was a perfect afternoon to grab some ice cream. I stopped by the ice cream truck, with a friend of mine, and we started to chat with the individual working the counter. We later found out this was Jerry Richardson that owns Maple View Homemade Ice Cream. He was very kind in letting us taste samples of the strawberry ice cream. After tasting a sample I knew this was the bowl for me. My friend also choose the strawberry bowl.
For the next fifteen to twenty minutes we discussed the Saxapahaw Summer Concert Series with Jerry Richardson. As he said, “it is a great place to people watch and have a good time.” For more on the summer series make sure to check out this link. In 2014, the following bands will perform:
May 3 HAW RIVER FESTIVAL: The Village Band, Johnny Folsom 4, Haw River Soundscape (an amazing array of NC’s best musicians coming out to save the river!)
May 10 The Letter Jackets
May 17 Chocolate Suede
May 24 Loamlands
May 31 The Undermanned String Band
June 7 Skip Kelley and Ed Dodson with the Kingfishers
June 14 John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff
June 21 Bevel Summers
June 28 The Hey Brothers
July 5 South Carolina Broadcasters
July 12 Jonathan Byrd
July 19 Jimmy Magoo and the Good Life with The Paperhand Puppet Band
July 26 Gasoline Stove
August 2 The Onyx Club Boys
August 9 Phil Cook
August 16 Django Haskins
Aug 23 The Old Quarter
August 30 Sarah Shook
If you are every in the need for some entertainment in or around the Triangle I would strongly suggest making the trip to Saxapahaw. I would also strongly suggest stopping by the Maple View Mobile Homemade Ice Cream truck and getting some strawberry ice cream. Tell Jerry that I sent you.
So, let us talk about this strawberry ice cream. It is amazing. I give it five stars (on a scale of one to five). One week later, my friend claims she can still taste this ice cream on her tongue. If you have ever tasted it I would love to get your review below. Please feel free to leave it in the comments.
If you went to UNC or you are currently a UNC student you have probably made the trip out to Maple View Farm to get some ice cream or fresh milk. The farm is actually located at:
6900 Rocky Ridge Rd
Hillsborough, NC 27278
From UNC, it is about a 10 mile bike ride or trip by car. If you are a freshman or sophomore at UNC and you have yet to go to Maple View Farms I would strongly suggest going. It is quite the buzz on Twitter and Instagram. By searching Maple View, on Twitter, at the end of the spring semester or beginning of the fall semester you will notice dozens of tweets with pictures of all the different flavors of ice cream. I was completely unaware of Maple View Farms until I saw some of my undergraduate friends and writers tweeting about the amazing ice cream. If you have been to Maple View Farms to taste the ice cream please feel free to leave a comment below with your review.
The Maple View Farm offers a few more flavors than Jerry Richardson offers at his Maple View Homemade Ice Cream truck but not many. Jerry has strategically named some of his combinations for the local universities which are UNC, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest. If I remember correctly they are named for the mascots which are the Tar Heels, Blue Devils, Wolfpack and Demon Deacons. While I did not try any of these combinations they all looked delicious.
Jerry was also kind enough to give me one of his business cards. If you would like to contact him here is the information:
Triple J Services of NC, LLC
Pittsboro, NC 27312
You can also email him at email@example.com. He tends to make appearances at grand openings, block parties, pool parties, weddings, birthday parties, street fairs and school events. You can always shoot him an email or give him a call to see where he will be in the coming weeks. Not only will you be able to enjoy some amazing ice cream but you will also experience a fun and exciting event. If you are ever in Saxapahaw for the summer concert series you may want to check out some of the other amazing location businesses.