July is National Ice Cream Month. While we do not have a resident ice cream parlor, we do have The Scoop, which has served chilled, swirled cups of delicious frozen yogurt to Winters for the past five years. Gina Martin, manager at The Scoop, said they always serve chocolate, vanilla, a non-dairy sorbet and European Tart frozen yogurt flavors. They rotate two seasonal or fruit flavors out every two to three weeks. On occasion a gelato flavor is featured in one of these spots. Martin said she regularly fields requests from patrons. The top requested flavors are pistachio, Georgia peach, cake batter and cookies and cream. However, vanilla frozen yogurt is the top sold flavor. “It’s a fancy French vanilla and it’s just like pudding,” said Martin. The Scoop hosts a toppings bar featuring about 50 different toppings, including syrup options. Martin said the most popular toppings that come across the counter are cookie dough, brownie bits, cheesecake bits, fruit and Mariani almonds. Multiple flavors can be added in or side-by-side flavors can be swirled together. Patrons top it their way at 0.54 cents per ounce. Martin features photos sent in by patrons on The ScoopTV, which is the cherry on top while enjoying a frozen treat. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be included in the slide show. This November The Scoop will celebrate their five year anniversary of being in business in Winters. Martin said owner John Rodriguez is very generous to the entire Winters community and often donates Scoop gift cards (a $5 value) to organizations and clubs. Winters’ favorite toppings The Express polled our followers on Facebook to find out their top three favorite toppings available at The Scoop. The toppings that received the most mentions are: 1. Almonds. 2. Strawberries. 3. Cheesecake bits. 4. Raspberries. 5. Cookie dough. 6. Juice poppers. 7 Blueberries. 8. Brownie bits. 9. Animal crackers. 10. Mochi, walnuts and Butterfingers bits (tied). Other favorites mentioned included: ~Lego bricks. ~Peanut butter cups. ~Dark chocolate chips. ~Reese’s pieces. ~Swedish fish. ~Chocolate sauce. ~Andes mint bits. ~Chocolate sprinkles. ~Peanuts. ~Gummy bears. ~Sour patch kids. ~Jolly Ranchers sprinkles. ~Granola. ~Caramel sauce. ~Mini M&Ms. ~Sprinkles. ~Coconut. ~White Chocolate chips. ~Oreo bits. ~Gummy worms. Fun Fact On July 9, 1984 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and July 15 as National Ice Cream Day. According to the file at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Proclamation 5219 celebrated the ice cream industry that generated $3.5 billion in annual sales and provided thousands of jobs. In his speech Reagan also noted that over 887 million gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States in 1983 and asked the public to observe the events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.]]>
Winters' newest venue is Green River Taproom, celebrating its grand opening on Friday. Beer, local wine, mixed drinks, live music, lunch and dinner menu, and plenty of seating and lawn games in the downstairs park!