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Local Vendor Focus: Lick Honest Ice Cream

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month in July, we are proud to focus on local and delicious Lick Honest Ice Cream.

Wheatsville’s South Lamar location is just down the street from Lick’s storefront so Packaged Manager, Niki Nash, and I travelled by scooter to drop by and say hello to Lick co-founder Anthony Sobotik.

After providing us with perfectly creamy ice cream samples, Anthony answered some of our questions, the first being: Why is Lick ice cream so dang good?

Anthony says it starts with the fresh milk and cream from Mill King Creamery in McGregor, Texas. Never homogenized and pasteurized at lower than usual temperatures, Mill King products have been highly prized at Wheatsville for several years. Anthony and his partner Chad Palmatier have an excellent relationship with the Mill King farmers—they process the milk that will become Lick Ice Cream directly on the farm and they have an exclusive agreement that ensures only Lick Ice Cream enjoys that benefit.

The other reason Lick Ice Cream has had much critical acclaim, including a recent nod in The Thrillist’s 21 Best Ice Cream Shops in America, is flavor. Anthony’s culinary background and South Texas upbringing inspire him to seek out true, fresh flavors regardless of whether or not they are traditionally found in ice cream such as the extremely popular Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint. Some of the flavors that have been a slam dunk from day one are the Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, made with Texas Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Hill Country Honey and Vanilla featuring Austin Honey Company Honey.

There’s a fine seasonal selection rotating in and out every three months or so depending on what is fresh and in season. When we visited, the highlighted flavor was Dewberry Corn Cobbler, pairing fresh, juicy dewberries and sweet Texas corn. Anthony admitted that some flavors take time to develop and can’t be rushed, such as his dream of a fresh cantaloupe ice cream— when the time is right it will happen.
There’s a fair amount of collaboration with local businesses to develop the flavors such as Great Bean Chocolate, Johnson’s Backyard Garden Produce, Pure Luck Goat Cheese and Texas Coffee Traders. These are all beloved Wheatsville vendors as well, making Lick Ice Cream pints a natural fit in the frozen aisle. For the non-dairy ice cream lovers out there, vegan options are available at the Lick shop but they are unable to provide pints of it at this time.

Since he’s an ice cream expert, we asked Anthony for some summertime dessert ideas:
• Lick Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Ice Cream scoops on warm Bourbon Pecan pie from Tiny Pies.
• Lick Pecans & Cream Ice Cream with hot peach cobbler made with Texas Peaches.
• Lick Cilantro Lime Ice Cream is light and refreshing on its own!

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Local Vendor Spotlight: Daily Greens

Daily Greens is a locally made and sourced vegetable and fruit juice. Shauna Martin, the owner and founder of Drink Daily Greens, is a firm believer in the cleansing and healing properties of a juice cleanse.

From drinkdailygreens.com:

At the age of 33, their founder, Shauna Martin, was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a young family to care for, Shauna struggled to recover from the trauma of multiple surgeries and the toxic effects of chemotherapy.

Eight years clear, Shauna attributes her complete recovery from breast cancer and current healthy lifestyle, in part, to her regimen of drinking a green juice every day. Shauna decided that she wanted to share this life-enriching habit and spread the good word about drinking your vegetables.

Consisting of a perfect blend of nutrient-rich dark leafy greens and lighter, juicer greens, each new drink is as delicious as it is nutritious. Quality-tested with their chefs and their legion of fans, they ensure that you are drinking something that will change your life for the better, for good. They source their vegetables and fruits locally to the greatest extent possible from farmers they know. Most of their greens are seasonally sourced from local organic farms that utilize sustainable farming practices to grow wonderfully nutritious vegetables and fruits without harming the environment.

A portion of Daily Greens' sales are donated to organizations that assist young women battling breast cancer. So every bottle you drink makes you and many others that much healthier.

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As raw as it gets!

Wheatsville has several raw beverages, both local and national, on our shelves. Daily Greens, Harmless Harvest Coconut water and our newest addition, Suja. The most common question we get asked is "How do that do that?".

Pascalization or high pressure processing stops chemical activity caused by microorganisms that play a role in the deterioration of foods. The treatment occurs at low temperatures and does not include the use of food additives. From 1990, some juices, jellies, and jams have been preserved using pascalization in Japan. The technique is now used there to preserve fish and meats, salad dressing, rice cakes, and yogurts. An early use of pascalization in the United States was to treat guacamole. It did not change the guacamole's taste, texture, or color, but the shelf life of the product increased to thirty days, from three days without the treatment. However, some treated foods still require cold storage because pascalization does not stop all enzyme activity caused by proteins,some of which affects shelf life.

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Wheatsville’s Pear of the Dog

Did you know that Wheatsville’s got it's own exclusive flavor from the brew masters at Kosmic Kombucha? Yep, it's called “Wheatsville’s Pear of the Dog” and it's got a prickly pear Mexican martini flavor that was named and flavor tested by the staff here. With its beautiful dark pink color and refreshing flavor it's a staff favorite!

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