English toffee ice cream is on the menu as the stand opens Wednesday.
The Chief is opening Wednesday, April 17, for its 51st season.
That’s not news to many of its fans. Since owners of the Goshen ice cream stand at 502 W. Lincoln Ave. announced that on Facebook on Monday, April 8, more than 780 people have liked the post and more than 165 have shared it.
This is a beloved ice cream stand. I imagine the lines will be long Wednesday afternoon, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
People are hungry for Chief ice cream and spring. Friends were recently explaining how they timed the eaten of the stash of pints in the freezer so that they wouldn’t run out before the opening.
On Friday, the owners were at the stand tending to details. Randy Steffen and Lowell Vanderveer, who bought the business in 1994 with their wives Vanessa Steffen and Jan Vanderveer, were working with the Coca Cola servicemen. Josh Steffen, one of Randy and Vanessa’s sons, was making ice cream with employee Spencer Crilow.
“We’ll have everything full. We’re pretty close to having everything full,” Josh said as they filled pints of English toffee, a featured flavor with Heath bars.
Freezers at the small business hold 1,800 pints and more than 40 5-gallon cans.
Family members and employees are ready. “We are up and going,” said Lowell, who just got back from Florida where the weather was a lot nicer.
“We are excited to begin our 20th season,” Vanessa said in an email clarifying the hours.
The lines will be long. But I can assure you, this year’s ice cream is as sweet and rich as ever. Try the English toffee. It’s pretty good.
April and May hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon to 9:30 Friday and Saturday and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Josh Steffen making ice cream.
What The Chief looks like without a line.
A sign of spring.