Summer Scoop

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

For decades, the summertime family road trip has been an enduring tradition for most Americans. Nearly all of us share memories of piling into the family station wagon, minivan or SUV (depending on your generation) to hit the road in search of the summer fun. But sometimes the journey can be just as memorable as the destination itself. Roadside attractions, from classic to kitsch, are a vital part of the American road trip tradition. For travelers hitting the highways en route to Central...

Rebecca Plevin / Valley Public Radio

I’m a self-professed ice cream lover . I like visiting local scoop shops and purchasing locally produced ice cream . But there’s also something special about making ice cream at home. In the past year and a half, I’ve acquired a Cuisinart ice cream maker and three ice cream cookbooks. My homemade ice cream exploits have ranged from traumatic to tasty. There was the time I attempted Salted Licorice ice cream from the Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream Book . I diligently followed the recipe, which...

Ezra Romero / Valley Public Radio

Consumers nationwide love big ice cream names like Dreyer’s and Haagen-Dazs . But do they know that the milk in these ice creams flow from San Joaquin Valley cows? To answer this question, Valley Public Radio's Ezra Romero visits ice cream factories in Kern and Tulare counties to report on how Big Dairy in the San Joaquin Valley is contributing to the nation's ice cream supply. ______________________________________________________ Clifford Fung, eats a lot of ice cream. Three to five times a...

Come enjoy a paleta -- a Latin American ice pop -- with Valley Public Radio during Art Hop on June 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The party is at La Reina de Michoacan, located at 720 E. Belmont Ave. in Fresno. The Paleta Party is our way of kicking off our summer series, 'Summer Scoop.' The series digs into the Valley’s ice cream history, its role as a major ice cream producing region, and what ice cream means in rural communities today.

This week on Valley Edition we talk to the new president of Fresno State, Joseph Castro; kickoff our summer-long series on ice cream traditions in the San Joaquin Valley with a look at small town scoops; question the future of Fresno's plan to become more bicycle friendly and talk about what's being done to prevent miscounduct by law enforcement. We begin the program with the first in a series of reports about a cool topic, ice cream. The Central Valley gets hot, and everyone likes to cool...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

For generations, residents of small towns in the San Joaquin Valley have gathered at Foster's Freeze. Sure, people love Foster's soft-serve ice cream, especially once it's dipped in chocolate. But why has this chain withstood the test of time in rural communities and continues to be the place people flock to to celebrate after the big football game or graduation night? To kick off our new series Summer Scoop, Valley Public Radio's Rebecca Plevin examines the role of this ice cream shop in the...