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Frozen lemonade is as much a part of summer in Rhode Island as sunscreen, beach passes and Newport gridlock. All over the state frozen lemonade stands, trucks and carts are nearly as ubiquitous as Dunkin' Donuts. Still, you might be forgiven for thinking that one particular company has cornered the market. But no, there is another.

It doesn't get as much press as its competitor, but New England Frozen Lemonade is a real contender. After all, a business that's been around since 1960 isn't some kind of fly-by-night operation. It was founded by Anthony Lombardi and is run today by his sons, John and Bobby. Headquarters is still the same wedge-shaped two-story building on Douglas Avenue in Providence. Two satellite locations (in Cranston and Warwick) and a fleet of sixteen trucks and six pushcarts help spread the lemon love around. They even have a concession at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

New England Frozen Lemonade's lemon is noticeably sweeter than that of its rival, and, perhaps in order to offset that sweetness, a bit of lemon peel is always added to each cup. Watermelon and cherry round out the list of regularly available flavors, but occasionally blueberry, lemon-lime or orange will make an appearance.

What fans of New England Frozen Lemonade lack in numbers, they make up for in loyalty. "I've always said they have the best lemonade," says JJ on Yahoo.com. Deborah Gallagher on Facebook opines "They make the best lemonade... better than the other guys!"

Planning a party or some other kind of get-together? You can rent a truck or a cart for special occasions, or you could even just bring by a cooler and they'll fill it with the flavor of your choice.

Since about 2006 New England Frozen Lemonade has co-sponsored (with Shields Post 43 of the American Legion) an American Legion senior (age nineteen and under) baseball team in Warwick. They also sponsor a girl's softball team in Apponaug. You can bet you stand a good chance of coming across one of New England Frozen Lemonade's familiar yellow and white trucks or carts at games where these teams are playing.

New England Frozen Lemonade is open from mid-April to around the end of September or beginning of October, Monday through Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday to Sunday, 10am-9pm.

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