I discovered a new ice cream company during the Philadelphia Ice Cream Festival last Saturday at the Reading Terminal Market. Well, it’s new to me. Apparently, Bassetts Ice Cream is the oldest existing ice cream company in America.
Bassetts got started back in 1861 by Quaker school teacher/farmer Lewis Dubois Bassett. Fast-forward 149 years and you’ll still find a Bassett at the helm of this company. Michael Strange, the great-great grandson of Lewis, is Bassetts’ CEO.