WESTFIELD – Ask Dan Scriven what he remembers about the Farmer’s Daughter ice cream shop, and he’ll dig deep into his past.
The current owner of the business, which is located on Route 20 between Ripley and Westfield, can remember working there as a teenager when the shop was called Lillie’s Tasty Freeze.
“I worked there when I was 12 or 13 years-old,” Scriven said. “I can remember turning curly fries by hand and making hamburger patties.”
Those memories are what makes the business’s fiftieth anniversary, which the shop recently celebrated, much more meaningful.
“It’s great to see that it’s still alive,” Scriven said of the milestone.
Scriven said the business originally opened in the 1960s. Years later, the business’s name was eventually changed to The Farmer’s Daughter. Scriven purchased the business in July 2009.
Now, the restaurant features an assortment of ice cream flavors, soft-serve custard, sundaes, milk shakes, floats and flurries. The business also carries a variety of sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili-cheese hot dogs, nachos and curly fries, amongst other items. The Farmer’s Daughter is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“It’s been challenging,” Scriven said of owning the business. “There’s been ups and downs.”
Scriven said he plans on building an addition on the Ripley-side of the building when the economy improves, and he wants to increase his menu choices.
“We want to put a major expansion on so it can stay open year-round,” Scriven said. “That’s our hope and our dream.”
The Farmer’s Daughter is located on Route 20 between Ripley and Westfield and features a variety of ice cream and food items. Employing around 10 local people, the business is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
The Farmer’s Daughter, located on Route 20 between Ripley and Westfield, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The business features a variety of ice cream and food items. Employing around 10 local people, the business is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.