It’s ‘alpacalicious:’ Farm opens new ice cream stand

Aug 27, 2021

There’s a big scoop coming out of Hill Crest Alpacas: The farm now offers ice cream.

A trailer on site now serves ice cream treats, from classic favorites to sweet treats unique to the alpaca farm, located at 338 Old Fall River Road. Aug. 26 was the opening day.

While vanilla, chocolate and coffee are available for traditionalists, some offerings are more unusual.

One of their first customers “really liked the  alpacalicious’’ flavor of ice cream, said Kelly Michalski, who operates the ice cream business. The flavor features purple cake batter, blue frosting and white chocolate flakes.

While moose tracks have become frequent ice cream menu denizens, the “moose’’ is crossed out on their list. In its place, of course, is alpaca.

The ice cream business is a dream come true for Michalski, who is the daughter of farm owners Shirley and Roger Lanouette. 

“I always wanted to do ice cream,’’ Michalski has said. “Whenever we have events, we kept saying, ‘We need to have ice cream.’’’

They also offer frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, waffles and ice cream and frozen cheesecake, which David Michalski, Kelly’s husband, hopes will evoke memories of childhood summers. 

“We hope to bring back the memories of the old days and create new memories,’’ he said.

The stand also serves basic food options, including hot dogs and chili dogs.

In fact, the first $5 the business earned, which Kelly Michalski proudly displayed, came from an order of two hot dogs.

Business was slow early in the day Thursday, Kelly Michalski said. “Of course, this is the hottest day of ever,’’ she said, laughing.

But she is hopeful that business will pick up. 

“Not a lot of people know about us yet,’’ David Michalski said.

He thinks the location, particularly in close proximity to Hawthorne Medical Associates, will draw customers. 

The ice cream stand is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Kelly Michalski hopes to keep the business running as long as possible into the year, with plans to keep it operational during the farm’s seasonal events, including one for Halloween and Christmas.

“I’m looking forward to it,’’ she said. “I’m sure we’re going to do okay.’’