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Added 692 days ago. 25 June 2020

Our delicious dairy ice creams are made for us by multi-award winning Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, located just 15 miles from our kitchen. This is your chance to get the inside scoop of what goes on at the farm and to take a closer look at the action.

It’s no secret that we love our meals, and that extends to desserts, too. If you’re someone who enjoys a simple scoop of ice cream – you might be interested to hear about the supplier behind some of our delicious, frozen treats – Marshfield Farm.

Situated just across the border in neighbouring Somerset, Marshfield Farm is a family run farm that’s been creating real dairy ice cream for over 30 years.

Watch the video below to get a closer look at the action and find out more about the family business.
The Hawking family have been farming the land since 1971, with ice cream production beginning in 1988 when now owner, Will, decided to make a batch with some leftover milk from the dairy herd. Classic vanilla was the first flavour made in his parents’ small farm kitchen. 32 years on and Will, his wife, and the rest of the Hawking family still run all aspects of the business.

The key to their luxuriously creamy ice cream is their herd of 250 happy cows that roam and graze across 1,100 acres of rolling Cotswold hills. The cows are looked after to the very highest possible animal welfare standards, spending most of their days outside, and receiving regular visits from vets and food nutritionists!

During winter, they stay in the cow sheds equipped with rubber mattresses, rotating back scratchers and even an automatic self-cleaning slurry channel to ensure they are always comfortable, happy and spoiled!

As well as looking after the herd, sustainability is another big part of the Marshfield production: the vast majority of what they use is produced on-farm – whether it’s food for the cows, or fertiliser for the fields – and they keep the running of the farm as green as possible with solar panels, a wood pellet boiler that produces less carbon, and a bore hole that serves all of their water requirements.
It’s not only an organic farm, either: Marshfield Farm is also a wildlife haven, with native trees and hedges planted to encourage wildlife to flourish – including deer, hares, owls, and bats!

And as if ice cream for people wasn’t enough, they even make a special version for dogs – inspired by their own family pooch, aptly named Scoop!

So, there you have it. Who knew there could be so much hard work behind every bowl of delicious creamy goodness? Which flavour are you going to try this summer?

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