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Wednesday, August 25, 2021


The locals in the mother lode country of mid-state insist the good life consists of family, friends, a community like Murphys [California], and an ice cream parlor like JoMa’s, where all are welcome to take a moment to relax and enjoy a special time in the day. 

Jo Ma’s Artisan Ice Cream’s goal is to make guests feel like family, and to serve them the most uniquely handcrafted and delicious ice cream they have ever tasted. JoMa is the name that Jo Ann’s grandchildren call her. She comes from a Portuguese and Swiss heritage, her grandparents having immigrated to America to start a dairy business. 

Memories of drawing a sweet strawberry through cream-topped ice-cold milk, are still fresh in JoAnn’s mind: “The whole family would take turns cranking the handle of the White Mountain ice-cream maker. Even though I was the youngest, I always wanted to be the one that could turn it the longest.” 

Don and JoAnn handcraft the ice cream fresh as needed, in small batches with love and care. All ingredients used are as close to natural as possible. Don and Jo Ann's factory is located in nearby Hathaway Pines. 

Murphys CA is 60 miles east of Stockton, CA in the historic gold rush region. 

JoMa’s Artisan Ice Cream 386 Main Street Murphys, CA 


While in Murphys stop by Gold Rush Coffee Roasters & Café, Jones and Scott Streets. 

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