Farm to Freezer
The biggest news in frozen delights, just in time for national ice cream month, is the grand opening of Dolcezza’s 14th Street shop. It’s the only location besides the factory that offers sundaes, and even has a walk-up window, so Logan Circle foot traffic can indulge on the go. Despite the rapid growth, the company’s commitment to using quality ingredients from local farmers has remained unchanged, according to owner Robb Duncan.
For example, Robb befriended Zach Lester after selling products side-by-side at DC’s FRESHFARM Markets. Zach heads Tree and Leaf Farm, a 50-acre property in Unionville, Va. We snapped Zach grasping opal basil at the Dupont Circle market. Opal basil is one of many Tree and Leaf crops that Dolcezza folds into its gelato. Fortunately, it's been able to keep up with increasing demand. “We said to them, we’re going to grow, and we want you to grow with us,” Robb tells us.