Marshfield Farm Ice Cream
PRODUCER: Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, South Gloucestershire
PRODUCT: Blackcurrants in Clotted Cream Ice Cream
REGION: South West, Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly
CATEGORY: From the Dairy (Artisan)
WHAT THEY DO
Owners Will and Dawn Hawking operate what they like to call a ‘cow to cone’ operation at Marshfield Farm, where the milking parlour is just metres away from the ice creamery. The farm’s 250 Friesian cows, which are free to roam outside for nine months of the year, are milked twice a day and their organic milk transformed into award-winning ice cream on site in a converted cowshed.
Certified organic by the Soil Association in 1999, Marshfield Farm is committed to being sustainable and self-sufficient. The farm grows 95 per cent of the food and bedding for their cows, with their waste being used as fertiliser and a borehole providing drinking water. The ice creamery is fitted with a wood chip boiler and freezers are run on solar power. This impressive operation has led the farm to be used as a case study in diversification for local schools’ geography classes.
Over 70 per cent of Marshfield’s ingredients are sourced from within a 50-mile radius, with items such as Marshfield Bakery brownies for their chocolate fudge brownie flavour coming from local businesses. Their Blackcurrants in Clotted Cream Ice Cream is composed of 60 per cent farm-fresh organic milk, local clotted cream, and a blackcurrant sauce with fruit pieces. With nearly 30 ice cream flavours and six sorbets available, Marshfield Farm supplies over 3,500 independent outlets with ice cream for every occasion.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
The judges loved Marshfield Farm’s use of its own milk and were impressed by their sustainable production processes. The panel commented that blackcurrants and clotted cream are “a classic flavour combination.”
VISIT THE WEBSITE: marshfield-icecream.co.uk