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Cup or Cone? Treat Yourself at Nancy's Artisanal Creamery

By / Photography By Colleen Stewart | May 15, 2018
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Owner of Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock, Kathy Spata.
Kathy Spata, owner of Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock.

The masterminds behind Nancy’s Artisanal Creamery are Kathy and Sam Spata, former New York City design professionals who, following Kathy’s successful fight against breast cancer, decided to live in the Catskills full time in 2015. The couple craved to have an ice cream shop in their new community, so they took matters into their own hands and opened up the creamery in March 2017. And you may ask, who is Nancy? Nancy was Kathy's mother, a passionate baker who passed away from breast cancer. The creamery is Kathy's way of continuing her mother's legacy.

Making ice cream base at Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock.
Making ice cream base at Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock.
Photo 1: One of Nancy's cooks/bakers, Nathalie, making ice cream base in the kitchen.
Photo 2: The vanilla base being heated to temperature in Nancy's kitchen.

Nancy's is a seasonal ice cream shop, open spring through early fall, located at 105 Tinker Street on Woodstock. The shop is right up the street from a variety of local restaurants, like Silvia, YumYum Noodle Bar, and Oriole 9. So grab a bite to eat and walk to Nancy's for a sweet treat!

The Order
Well, if you're a traditionalist, Nancy's offers the classics-- vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. But if you're like us and tend to walk on the wild side, you must try to the Sour Cream Cherry, Cream Cheese Carrot Cake, and the Banana (made with dark rum! *heart eyes emoji*). All of Nancy's ice creams are made with local eggs, Ronnybrook Farm's cream and milk, and home made fillings, like fresh baked carrot cake, banana bread, and various types of cookies. And more tasty good news! If you're vegan or dairy-averse, Kathy has you covered with a variety of dairy-free flavors. 

Ice cream being spun in the ice cream machine at Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock.
Nancy's Artisanal Creamery pints of ice cream.
Photo 1: The Buttered Popcorn flavor being spun in the ice cream machine.
Photo 2: Get a cone and a pint for the freezer at home.

Beyond the Scoop
Kathy, aka the Willy Wonka of ice cream, created a variety of over-the-top sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, pies, and a slew of cakes (both ice cream and traditional layer) for the menu at Nancy's. Kathy and her team also make their own waflle cones and many of their own toppings. Pints, ice cream sandwiches, cakes, and pies are also available to take home or pick up for a party or gathering. Kathy is hoping to get her products at restaurants and in local markets within the next few months.

Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock.
The PB ice cream sandwich at Nancy's Artisanal Creamery in Woodstock.
Photo 1: All of Nancy's flavors are made in Woodstock with local ingredients.
Photo 2: The PB ice cream sandwich with peanut butter rice krispie treats.

The Secret Menu
Nancy's flavors change with the seasons, meaning flavors like Blackberry Basil Sorbet and Strawberry-Rhubarb are only available when those fruits and herbs are in season. Just another reason to go every week! Nancy's newest flavor will be debuting at the Woodstock Playhouse this summer to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Kathy developed a Buttered Popcorn flavor, steeping freshly popped and buttered popcorn in the ice cream base. Don't worry, we're screaming for ice cream too!

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