Two Cows Creamery has been open since April 2021, located on North River Street in Hot Springs and they are serving up more than just ice cream.
Melissa Holt, Owner, says, “I’m a farmer. I’m a past chef. I’ve been a chef for more than two decades. I wasn’t planning on opening a shop, but we were doing farmers market and selling ice cream and lemonade, as well as meats and produce. People through the winter kept calling my farm to ask for meats and produce and ice cream, and asking us when we were opening a shop. So, we found a building and here we are opening another restaurant and shop. We do Farm to Fork Foods for meals. We sell fresh meats and produce and the ice cream and all kinds of ice cream concoctions. We support local farms. They bring in produce during the week and we sell it here. It’s straight from the farm and all our food that we make in our kitchen is farm to table. So what we create comes from the farms. We try to make 60% to 80% of every meal from a farm.”
Holt elaborates as to why their ice cream is so special.
“Our cows are from Stensland Dairy, we are co-[partnering] with them in making our mixes. We’re very picky about our milk and cream. They’re a family farm and it’s A2 milk. A2 cows are genetically better milk, richer milk, but the lactose is better and people that can’t absorb lactose very well can usually do A2 milk. Our flavors change every day. We always have the normals, the mint chip, the espresso chip, the chocolates, our chocolates change every now and then. But we have espressos. We have gelatos. We have sorbets. We have a non-dairy. We’re working on a sugar free. I have two formulators- they are formulators- they are chemists, so how they make ice cream is very particular. We do not use preservatives. We do not use additives or colors, so the colors in our ice cream can be kind of crazy, but it is what the fruit makes it be. Our cotton candy is made actually from blackberry syrup so, it’s a really pretty blue.”
Commitment to community is key for the business.
“We are community. We really we get to know our locals. They’re welcome to come in and sit around and hang out. We know them. It’s fun. We’re more about locals than tourists. Tourists are our bonus, but locals are our family.”