A Little Bit About Us

Blast From the Past

Established in 1950, Seneca Farms opened as a creamery making homemade Ice Cream as well as bottling milk. This was distributed both in store and delivered by milk trucks straight to your door.

In addition to being able to come in store Seneca Farms also opened its doors with the first ever drive-thru in the finger lakes. To this day the original building still stands with the same drive-thru location.

Seneca Farms was bought sometime in the 60's by John Nicolo. He started serving Perry's Ice Cream and added a kitchen. The kitchen did not do well for him and was promptly closed leaving it once again as an Ice Cream shop only.

In 1976 Joseph Trombley returned to the area and purchased Seneca Farms from Nicolo. After a short course at Penn State University, Joe started making the Ice Cream homemade once again. He re-opened the Kitchen with his main focus being on Fried Chicken. This took off for Joe right away and he proceeded to add additional items with all the focus being on hand made. To this day recipes are still used from Joe's mother Shirley as well as his previous Mother In-law Velma. (known by all as "Boots") Though retired Joe is still the current owner. He has passed his Ice Cream making skills onto his daughter Nitosha and our long-time employee and friend Christian Avellaneda.

Since then, the business continues to grow. We have been voted best Ice Cream in the area many times as well as 11th in the country for our fried chicken. Our Chicken is delivered fresh and we hand bread it every day with our secret batter and breading. In addition to the Chicken, we are known for our homemade Corn Fritters and cold salads made on premise and hand stirred every day. We also hand patty our own burgers and have expanded our menu far beyond the original start of Fried Chicken. We always have and continue to buy our ingredients as locally as possible.

In addition to the over 50 flavors of Homemade Ice cream we make, we also have ice cream sandwiches, ice cream tacos and ice cream cakes. Our cakes can be both custom decorated and made with flavors of your choice if given enough time! All the accessory items are made in store and decorated by our staff. Recently we've added Vegan flavors to our long list of choices and do our best to have at least one option on hand at all times. We are very proud of our ice cream and the long history it has here as well as the fact that we still hand stir in every ingredient!
Seneca Farms is a seasonal business. Our typical season starts the first Thursday in March and ends the last Sunday in October. We are open 7 days a week and are most busy during the summer months when you can most likely find customers out to the side walk and cars around the building. Our staff does their very best to move quickly and efficiently during these long stretches of busyness and we are so lucky to have them.

In 2005 we suffered a fire which completely destroyed the Kitchen, but left the original ice cream portion of the building built in 1950 intact! Although this was a setback, we built up bigger and stronger than before. In addition to expanding our kitchen and dining area, we also expanded our outdoor seating with a larger pavilion and open area picnic tables.

Located near Keuka Lake we often get the question of how Seneca Farms got its name. Seneca Farms is located in Indian Pines Park which was where the Seneca Indian Tribe was located back in the day. Hence the name.