Annual Ice Harvest Evokes Pre-Fridge Era in New York

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 2, 2005   View Article

On a hot summer day, few things beat a bowl of old-fashioned, homemade strawberry ice cream. This June, residents of Tully, New York, will get just such an authentic treat, right down to the ice used to freeze the cream.

The ice was hauled out of the town’s Green Lake this February during the annual Tully Ice Harvest. The 18-inch-by-18-inch (46-centimeter-by-46-centimeter) chunks of frozen water are currently packed with insulating sawdust in the town’s ice shed.

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