More than two months in and I’m very ready to have this A-Z Challenge done with. So I can start blogging exciting things like… my upcoming trip to Hawaii!
But, in the meantime, what better way to pass the time than to tell you about one of my OTHER favorite ice cream spots in New Zealand!
It’s an ice cream kind of month, apparently. All months should be ice cream months, don’t you think?
I visited the OOB Organic Berry Orchard Shop over the summer, when I was staying in Omaha Beach.
The farm is located in Omaha Flats, which is about an hour’s drive north of Auckland.
On the way back south I asked James if we could stop here to get a snack before our drive, as I’d heard so much about it from his family.
Johnny, his best friend, supported my request for ice cream so off we went.
After leaving the beach, passing smaller farms with clusters of grazing furry sheep, we eventually turned down a gravel road.
A couple turns later, the car bumping along the rough drive way, we eventually reached our destination.
With rows of blueberry plants on our right, we finally spotted the cafe building just past an area of covered tables and chairs.
After parking up we walked inside, immediately identifying the smell of fresh cream and berries.
Upon checking out our options, I chose a blend of frozen yogurt and mixed berries while James and Johnny went for ice cream and mixed berries.
The girl behind the counter went to work, scooping out berries and combining them in a big metal machine.
OOB is known for their blueberries but also offers strawberries in their cold creations as well.
I waited in anticipation for my waffle cone-filled deliciousness.
Flecks of the fresh fruit could be seen mixed in, giving the creamy concoctions a pale pink/purple color and a subtle berry flavor.
After paying, James, myself and our third wheel (just kidding J-honny!) walked out to the covered patio to lap up our melting sweet treats.
If you’re craving these like I am now… you’ll be happy to know that OOB ice creams can be purchased in grocery stores (including Countdown and New World) but fresh right out off the farm is my favorite way to enjoy them!
The orchard shop – at 89 Jones Road, Omaha – will re-open in summer 2016.
I think I can speak for all three of us when I say we can’t wait to go back.