St. Ignatius ice cream store to open
ST. IGNATIUS – A pair of young St. Ignatius dairy farmers intend open a locally-sourced, Montana-made ice cream store by summer.
“Hopefully by Memorial Day there will be freshly churned, small-batch, locally-flavored ice creams in St. Ignatius,” owner Laura Ginsberg said. “Our primary products will be ice cream pints and ice cream sandwiches. Everything will be made from scratch – brownies, cookies. You’ll be able to walk up to the window and buy an ice-cream sandwich.”
Ginsberg and partner Connie Surber of the Golden Yoke Dairy plan to move into the space formerly occupied by the former Lynn’s Drive-In Two (most recently Renegade Grill) off Highway 93 and turn it into a sweet lover’s dream. In 2013 the pair endeavored to become the state’s first new dairy in approximately two decades.
Ginsberg said a lot of people are doubtful that the duo can use completely grass-fed cows to sustain the endeavor, but she and Surber are hopeful it will happen.
“We are starting out with Montana-made products,” Ginsberg said. “We’ll buy milk from a couple Montana Dairy Gold farmers, then in a couple of years once our herd gets to a financially stable size, we’ll invest some more and put in a creamery so we can use our own milk.”