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8 surprising places to find organic food

By: Sidney Stevens on Sept. 22, 2010, 12:05 p.m.
A yellow-and-white ice cream truck is parked on the side of the road.

Photo: World of Oddy/Flickr

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Ice cream trucks

This cherished childhood tradition has a new green twist, and it may be rolling into a neighborhood near you.

Seattle’s Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream, for instance, peddles its gourmet wares (think Mint Stracciatella, Decadent Chocolate and Meyer Lemon) via its roaming shop on wheels. You can follow along on Twitter for daily truck locations.

Likewise, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream uses local, fresh and organic ingredients and has a street following in several New York City neighborhoods (also trackable on Twitter). Plus, the company uses cups and spoons made from biodegradable sugar cane and corn husks and donates 1 percent of profits to Wildlife Direct to save endangered mountain gorillas.

Who knows? Next time you hear that sweet summertime ice cream truck melody, you might just be in for an eco-treat.