(Seguin) -- When you have the award winning homemade ice cream recipe, it's no longer just about that blue ribbon. It's apparently now about getting the chance to share that creamy treat with others at the local coffee shop. On Friday, Resident Mary Jane Windle's "Taste Like Summer" coconut/mango ice cream will be served up by the scoop at Court Street Coffee Shop. The tasty recipe was the winner at last year's Seguin Birthday Celebration hosted by the Seguin Conservation Society at the Campbell-Hoermann Log Cabin Complex.
Mary Jo Langford, owner of the downtown coffee shop, says she is excited to be offering up the ice cream on the heels of this year's celebration and homemade ice cream contest being planned for Friday night at 200 E. Live Oak St.
"We get our ice cream and we're the only place in Seguin that it is available from Clear River Pecan Company in Fredericksburg. They are known for their ice cream. So if you go to Fredericksburg for your romantic weekend, you'll probably stop in and have some ice cream in Fredericksburg and this is the same ice cream. They make it with all natural ingredients in small batches. So when I was thinking about this idea of where could we have Seguin's most popular, famous, award winning ice cream, they were willing to make it for us. So we're really lucky that we have that relationship with that really awesome company that makes this incredible ice cream. So they're going to make the ice cream for us and they're happy to do that," said Langford.
Langford says not only will residents get to cool down this summer, but the Seguin Conservation Society will get to benefit.
"If we can support things that we think are important for a really cool downtown, like the arts and historic preservation and historic attractions, that's what we want to do here -- live music to make it an exciting cool place and having ice cream here that is special and award winning and the People's Choice, we're just going to donate the cost to us of that ice cream to the conservation society. So if we sell a tub of ice cream, we'll donate the cost of that ice cream to the conservation society. So the more people come and eat ice cream, the more money we can put toward that cause. Of course we have an an ulterior motive, we want people to discover our shop. So that we'll continue to be successful. We hope that they'll come and eat lunch and then have their ice cream. There's a little motive too for us as a business in downtown Seguin, but we're happy to support that kind of a venue - that sort of an effort where we make a product that's fun and local and then are able to help out a cause historic reservation in Seguin," said Langford.
Windle, who was excited to have won the top prize last year, says she is thrilled at the idea of now having her ice cream served to all.
"I'm just overwhelmed. I love this town so much and to have been able to be embraced by it and the conservation society was the first organization that asked me to serve on their board and it was very soon after I moved. It was founded by husband's grandmother, Virginia Woods. So to have something that benefits -- something she started and carry on the family legacy that way, it's huge to me and the fact that anyone liked this ice cream as much as my family does and it's all natural and I'm just really excited," said Windle.
As for the taste buds, Langford's husband Lyndon says people won't be disappointed.
"After it was mentioned to me, that these guys had said that it taste like summer. I said yeah, yeah that's right, it tastes like summer. That could be the name 'It Tastes Like Summer.' It is very refreshing, not just a good taste which it does have but just refreshing," said Lyndon.
The homemade ice cream contest is part the city's 179th Birthday celebration. The celebration is being planned from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the First Church/Campbell-Hoermann Log Cabin. Other events include a barbecue dinner and proclamation delivery by the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse. Barbecue tickets can be purchased in advance at Gift & Gourmet or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. Those wishing to enter the ice cream contest are asked to bring their frozen dessert to the First Church by 5 p.m. for judging. Participants are also encouraged to contact Kay Martin at 830-305-2482.