Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream

              Farm stand open year round. 

                              209 Rte 103 Sunapee, NH     603-863-8940

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Who We Are- The Ice Cream Kids!

2016 New Hampshire Dairy Farm of  the year.

  • In 2016, Sanctuary Farm was named New Hampshire dairy farm of the year. The farm’s 750 acres of meadow and woodland are all protected by conservation easements and there are miles of hiking trails offering the public an abundance of wildlife and a chance to enjoy nature. The family has always participated on local boards and other town committees.

   The Ice cream shop began with a little boys dream, and lots of hard work. Beck at the age of nine envisioned converting the family's old sheep barn into an Ice Cream Scoop shop, with the help of family and friends this young man’s dream came true. The heart, and soul of Sanctuary Dairy Ice Cream is quality ingredients, a sustainable future, and producing the highest quality ice cream with purees, and pastes from scratch. Our reputation is on the line with every scoop, and we stand behind our products.  With years of practice we have refined those recipes to provide the best ice cream imaginable.   

   The Johnson children Beck and Maranda, locally know as “The Ice Cream Kids” are tenth generation dairy farmers. The family’s working dairy farm dates back to the 1700’s and is located on 750 acres of meadow and woodland, all protected by conservation easements in the village of Wendell (Sunapee)  on John Paul Flats.  Sanctuary Farm has miles of hiking trails, an abundance of wildlife, and a chance to enjoy nature. 

    Sanctuary Dairy Farm has three generations of ice cream makers involved. Unlike most generational businesses, it was the youngest of the family who had the vision that began Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream. Beck took the initiative to train the rest of the family, including his siblings, mother and grandmother. Becks secret recipes were passed up from mother to grandmother. Those secret recipes support local farmers and include blueberries from the Bartlett’s Farm and strawberries from Peachblow Farm.

   Beck’s accolades include certification from Penn State University for ice cream science, graduating from the Ice Cream University, and becoming ServSafe Certified. The family traveled to Italy to learn from the masters themselves in 2013.  Our critiques have been our greatest teachers and we thank each and every one of you.                          



Best of NH winner 2015, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2022


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Ice Cream Dreams

At the age of nine, tenth-generation dairy farmer Beck Johnson had a dream. Like lots of kids, he dreamt of ice cream—but in this case, he wanted to make it, not just eat it. And so Sanctuary Farm, first settled by the Johnsons in the 1760s, got into the ice cream business thanks to Beck and his sister, Maranda, who became known locally as “The Ice Cream Kids”. The recipes start with the highest-quality milk and cream; and they also support other local farmers from whom they buy ingredients like blueberries and strawberries. Beck even went on to earn a certificate from Penn State University for ice cream science and the family traveled to Italy to learn from the masters themselves.

Erin Fehlau Chronicle Oct 21, 2022
Smile ladies! We hoofed it over to one of the last remaining dairy farms in the state yesterday. Stay tuned to NH Chronicle for our visit to Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream in Sunapee.

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