Frisky Cow Gelato expanding

  • Linda Rubin, owner of Frisky Cow Gelato, infront of their temporary sign at Union Place in Keene, where the company expanded to to a new 1,500 square food facility. Courtesy photo

Published: 2/23/2021 2:22:15 PM

Frisky Cow Gelato, a Keene-based specialty food producer, has expanded its operation to a new 1,500 square foot production/retail facility located at Union Place (80 Krif Road) in Keene. The company, which produces a premium small-batch gelato made from local ingredients, is currently outfitting the new space to continue production there beginning in March. The business, which makes homemade gelato for wholesale distribution in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, saw its food sales increase by 65% since the pandemic struck, highlighting the rising consumer demand for local food.

“We are so excited to be able to continue on this journey of producing a premium artisan gelato made with farm-fresh local milk, cream, and other local ingredients,” said owner Linda Rubin.

In addition to about 1,100 square feet of production space, the unit has about 400 square feet of retail space. The new space will allow for increased wholesale production and designated space for retail sales.

“I never envisioned FCG having a retail gelateria – but since the pandemic, I’ve learned to ‘never say never,’ ” Rubin said. The retail space will be open for limited hours for customers to stop by and pick up both specialty and signature FCG flavors. Look for hours on the FCG website soon.

FCG is committed to collaborating with local producers to ensure the highest quality products and to support other local producers. Last year, FCG partnered with Terra Nova Coffee owner, Jeff Murphy, to create a homemade coffee syrup using their organic coffee and espresso varieties. FCG’s Coffeehouse Chip flavor now carries the Terra Nova logo on all of its pint labels. “To build our local economy and our local food system, we need to continue to support each other’s businesses,” Rubin said. “In 2021, we are working with our new neighbor, The Bread Shed, to create a cookie dough gelato using their homemade dough.”

“Linda and I have been working together on this new flavor since the summer,” said Brittany Migneault, owner of the Bread Shed. “Customers love our soft-baked homemade cookies, and I’m excited to be working with FCG to expand our products to be part of a really great local gelato.”

Food Connects, an entrepreneurial nonprofit located in Brattleboro, Vt., delivers FCG and food from more than 90 local farms and food producers to over 135 wholesale customers. In the past year, they have helped FCG to get on the shelves of at least 10 new area retailers. Frisky Cow Gelato is available locally at Roy’s Market, Ben’s Sugar Shack and Nature’s Green Grocers, according to the FGC website.

FCG saw its sales increase by 65% since the pandemic hit, and keeping up with higher demand for their local gelato required a larger and more improved infrastructure.

“I realize we are very privileged to have the problems of rapid growth while so many businesses are struggling or closing,” Rubin said. “The future may still be uncertain, but we believe that everything “local” will continue to grow in importance in NH and beyond.”

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