North Shore shops serve up ice cream and other treats

Clockwise from bottom left: Salem’s E.W. Hobbs stand; Steve and Danielle Ford at Down River Ice Cream in Rowley; Cravings Ice Cream in Wakefield; Peruvian shaved ice at Frio Rico in East Boston; Rowley’s Down River; and Dolce Freddo Gelato in Methuen.
Clockwise from bottom left: Salem’s E.W. Hobbs stand; Steve and Danielle Ford at Down River Ice Cream in Rowley; Cravings Ice Cream in Wakefield; Peruvian shaved ice at Frio Rico in East Boston; Rowley’s Down River; and Dolce Freddo Gelato in Methuen.Photos by Colm O’Molloy for The Boston Globe.

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July is National Ice Cream month, and this year, July 21 is National Ice Cream Day. But as this concocted holiday approaches, it’s clear that in the world of frozen treats, there’s a lot more available these days than ice cream.

Around the North Shore, there’s no shortage of independent, family-owned stores that churn out everything from ice cream to frozen yogurt to sorbeto and minuta. Here’s a sampling of a noteworthy half-dozen purveyors.

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