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June 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Chilling at Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream in Maltby

With this week’s temps edging toward 80 degrees I was dreaming of ice cream—and I bet I’m not alone. My family took a jaunt to Maltby, home of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, where owners Barry and Shahnaz Bettinger have furthered their sustainable mission with the addition of a 1.5 acre mini-farm.

Now when you come for a cone (make mine Mukilteo Mudd with a Salted Caramel topper) you can amble through the flourishing flora. Look for lavender and other herbs, many kinds of berries, black currants, quince, peaches, apples, cherries, grapes, figs, watermelon, sweet corn, squash, beans, and cucumbers.

When the Maltby manufacturing plant and café opened in 2005, it was the first environmentally-sustainable commercial building in SnohomishCounty.

“When you go down that sustainable path you never reach an end point,” Barry said. “There always seems like there is more to do. We have a kitchen where we make all of our own inclusions for the ice cream so the mini-farm was a natural step.”

The farm is also home to 400 chickens. Why chickens?

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