When snow is in the forecast, you can count on Lancaster residents sweeping bread and milk from grocery shelves. There is nothing unusual about that. It happens everywhere.
But Mrs. Scribbler noticed something else was unusually popular when she stopped by the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in Manheim last week, just before a snowstorm.
Stocks of ice cream were definitely depleted.
“We sell a ton of ice cream before a snowstorm,” Grocery Outlet owner Brandi Fjeldsted tells the Scribbler, verifying what she told the grocery shopper in the house.
If snow is on the way, Fjeldsted says, ice cream is right up there with milk, bread and frozen pizza. “They’re thinking quick and easy,” she explains.
And ice cream is popular all winter long, she adds: “I sell almost more ice cream during the winter than during the summer.”
This is true of many Grocery Outlets in the eastern United States. “A corporate person on the West Coast didn’t believe me,” Fjeldsted says. “It’s an East Coast thing.”
Not everywhere on the East Coast, apparently. At John Herr’s Village Market in Millersville, where Mrs. Scribbler also shops, vice president Keith Eshleman says a forecast of snow brings a “spike” in sales of milk, bread, personal hygiene products and boxed cereal. But not ice cream.
“We sell ice cream all year round,” he adds. “It depends on the price. If it’s cheap, people buy it and hoard it in the freezer. Older people eat ice cream all the time. Younger people don’t do that.”
On the other hand, Turkey Hill Dairies, the largest manufacturer of ice cream in these parts, claims Grocery Outlet customers are more typical of a snowstorm response to ice cream sales.
“If you look at the ice cream aisle the day before a snowstorm, you’ll see plenty of empty shelves, which is proof that ice cream is right up there with bread and milk on the list of snow-day necessities,” says Andrea Nikolaus, Turkey Hill’s public relations coordinator.
When people are stuck indoors during a snowstorm, she notes, they turn to comfort foods, “and there aren’t many treats more comforting than ice cream.”
Comfort food? The Scribbler will enjoy a heaping bowl of frozen yogurt, thank you.
The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Museum is searching for a copy of the film, “Tide Watch.” The film documents the beginnings of Hospice of Lancaster County (now Hospice and Community Care), the local organization that has provided palliative, supportive and hospice care for patients and their families for more than 35 years.
The film features early leaders such as the Rev. Donald C. Wilson of Lancaster’s Hospice movement. It was made more than 20 years ago. No one knows of an existing copy.
Dr. Larry Carroll would like to add the film to the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Museum website at edwardhandmedicalmuseum.org
Anyone with a copy of the film should contact Hannah Lerew, executive director of the Medical Heritage Museum, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ted Groff, a retired Lancaster County Central Park naturalist, says the old Williamson Park Golf Course also had “sand tees,” the same as the Long’s Park course (Jan. 2 Scribbler column).
He provides the accompanying photo of an old sand crock located along Golf Road below the radio tower. It is one of six crocks remaining in the park, all located at former tee-off areas.
Golfers would grab a handful of sand from the crock, form it into a little pile on the hard ground, stick a golf tee into it and follow through.
Jack Brubaker, retired from the LNP staff, writes “The Scribbler” column every Wednesday. He welcomes comments and contributions at email@example.com.