Customers Can Pedal for a Scoop at This Bicycle-Churned Artisanal Ice Cream Parlor

Written by Derek Markham

At this small LA creamery, every batch of ice cream is churned by bicycle, and 20 minutes of pedaling earns you a free scoop of their organic frozen desserts.

The rise of handmade and small batch food production can lead to some scoff-worthy comments around the water cooler (“Artisanal toast? Give me a break.”), but I applaud and support those individuals and businesses that are taking the time to do things differently in our age of mass production and commodification.

I gladly choose to patronize a local business or a new and smaller competitor over the big companies whenever I can (sometimes there is no local option, or it’s priced too high for my budget), and I willingly go out of my way to avoid spending money for a possibly inferior product at a big chain, if I can get a product made with true craftsmanship and quality at a small business. Starbucks may make a mean cup of coffee, but I’d rather support an indie coffee shop that buys shade-grown and Fair Trade coffee, and I know there’s a growing number of people who think the same way, whether it’s choosing the farmers market over the Whole Foods produce section or going to an artisanal bakery rather than picking up a loaf at the nearest grocery store.

When you combine a one-of-a-kind product, like small batch ice cream, with an interesting story, such as being made with pedal power, there’s sure to be a hungry market and happy customers, and that’s what Peddler’s Creamery is betting on.

This unique creamery creates their artisanal ice cream from local, fair trade, and organic ingredients, and every single batch is churned by bicycle. It offers both dairy and non-dairy dessert options, and if you’d like to pedal for ice cream, you can be in theáPeddler’s Club and sign up for a 15-20 minute session on the bike powering the churner (enough for a single batch to be made), receiving a free scoop for your efforts. It’s not just a slow spin that’s required, though, and riders should be prepared to keep up a 15 mph pace during the session.

According to theáLos Angeles Register, pints of the Peddler’s ice cream will be coming to some small specialty stores, and a plan for mobile ice cream carts could be bringing this frozen dessert to other areas around LA.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and in the mood for some organic ice cream, you can get a taste of these frozen desserts, made by bike, downtown at 458 S. Main Street. If you’d like to serve pedal-powered ice cream at an LA area event, Peddler’s Creamery also provides catering for gatherings of up to 800 people. Find out more atáthe website, theiráFacebook page, or throughátheir Twitter account.

This post originally appeared on TreeHugger.

Photo credit: Thinkstock


Jim Ven
Jim V11 months ago

thanks for the article.

Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan2 years ago

Great idea!

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Sounds like a good plan.

Gina H.
Gina H2 years ago

Danielle, I think you missed the part of the article mentioning non-dairy icecream as well. I do understand how you feel about the enslavement and abuse of other species for the benefits of humans. Not all organic folk abuse their cows, goats or sheep however and take very good care of them. The entire natural world is about interconnections between various species and life forms. Some must take from others to survive but do give back in return in the life cycle. Humans, unfortunately, pollute this cycle with greed and ego. I have to wonder what would happen to all of the animals at farms and as pets were we to suddenly say, "oh, you're free now to be"? What would Vegans do if a herd of herbivores recently freed started grazing on their crops? Are people with animals in their lives to just let them go and not be responsible for their care or well being anymore? Not to mention that growing crops for humans also deprives other species of their habitats and food. This seems like a positive article on alternative energy production to me. Why do some people feel the need to put it down?

Danielle Esau
Danielle Elle2 years ago

Bet they think they are so unique, let's exploit animals in a way that allows humans to forget that they are paying for a cow to be impregnated, her calf to be born nine months later, the farmers to take that calf away from her about a day to a week away from her, if he's male he'll be used for veal or discarded and if she's female she'll be destined to the same fate as her mom all so we can take the milk meant for those babies to be used in these 'special humans' ice cream, yay, clever humans, yay because we want ice cream made from the breast secretions of another mammal....hooomanz...much sense...psychotic of you ask me.

Vicky P.
Vicky P2 years ago


Ken W.
Ken W2 years ago

WOW ..........

Muff-Anne York-Haley

I would gladly pedal for this yummy ice cream:) I wonder if he's making an almond milk ice cream!

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se2 years ago