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MEET OUR PRODUCER - MARSHFIELD FARM ICE CREAM

Added 144 days ago. 16 May 2022

Did you know our delicious dairy ice creams are made for us by a multi-award winning local creamery?
 
We visited their organic farm to get a closer look at the action and create this video so that you too can hear the Marshfield Farm Ice Cream Story.

 

The Story behind the Ice Cream

Our ice creams are made for us by Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, located just 15 miles from our Kitchen on the edge of the Cotswolds.
 
The farm, which is owned by Will and Dawn Hawking, has been making ice cream since 1988. The family business prides itself on creating ice creams with fresh organic milk from their own dairy cows and all-natural ingredients sourced as locally as possible.
 
 

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!

Delicious Ice Cream

Our delicious Clotted Cream Ice Cream is made with fresh milk and West Country clotted cream.

It's a Wiltshire Farm Foods customer favourite too - "Wow! A lovely, almost whipped texture, to this ice cream that's not too sweet. Would love this in a bigger size, please?"

It's a great indulgent treat so why not keep a couple in your freezer?
 

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