Ice Cream Goes Mobile in Downtown LA

Peddler’s Creamery, a ice cream churning tricycle, prepares to debut on the streets of downtown Los Angeles with the hopes of creating a sustainable product and business.

By Joseph J. Fisher
|  Thursday, Jun 7, 2012  |  Updated 4:50 PM PDT
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Edward Belden shows Mekahlo Medina his sustainable business to make ice cream one churn at a time.

Edward Belden shows Mekahlo Medina his sustainable business to make ice cream one churn at a time.

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Ice cream going mobile is not new (we all grew up with ice cream trucks), but one local man’s new business venture is bringing freshly made ice cream on three wheels instead of four. You'll soon see a  powder blue tricycle on downtown streets churning natural and organic ice cream one pedal at a time.

Peddler’s Creamery is the brainchild of Edward Belden who brought together the three things he loves the most: creating a sustainable world, bicycling, and ice cream.

“I always had an interest in starting something exciting and new,” Belden said. "I hope to promote a sustainable environment and even transportation.” 

Belden is combining his love for ice cream and his passion for the environment. He works for the National Forest Foundation and a portion of the proceeds from his tricycle churned ice cream goes to the local and distant farmers where he gets most of his ingredients.

"All the ingredients are organic that I use in my products. I also use vegan flavors made our of coconut milk and sobrets to the traditional flavors that are out there."

His business has been somewhat nomadic in its startup, Belden travels back and forth between Xlixe’s Pizzeria and Café Dulce downtown in Little Tokyo scooping out a number of flavors like salted caramel,  honey lavender and his personal favorite mango coconut chili.

By the end of the summer, Belden could be calling downtown L.A. home with a new shop expected to open in July.

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