Ralph and I caught up a bit, and I asked him what happened to those old paper, foldy cups that we used to get our ices in, when the kids on MacArthur Drive paid a nickel for the treat. We'd hear Ralph's grandfather coming and yell "The Lemon Ice Man!!! The Lemon Ice Man!!!" (no matter what flavor, that's what we called him) and all the mothers would empty their change purses and we ran into the street. It's one of my favorite childhood memories. "The Lemon Ice Man" provided moments of pure joy for the kids in our neighborhood.
About those old paper cups -- Ralph said he might have found a supplier, then he reached into a cabinet and brought one out, one of a precious few from the old days. It would flatten as you ate the ice, and then you could open it up into a circle and still find some of the goodness tucked in the folds of the paper. I told him I wanted to take a picture of it (yes, he was beginning to realize my obsession, or maybe think I am insane!) and he went one better: he scooped some cherry and set it up beautifully.
Cherry Ice, Old School
While most people were walking away from the Farmers' Market with bags of vegetables, I strolled down High Rock Avenue with my lemon ice, and not one vegetable, happily reliving childhood memories, and looking forward to the next time I spot that beautiful white truck.
Photos: by Jeannie O'Farrell Eddy, the Adirondack Baker