Marshfield Ice Cream

Real Dairy Ice Cream with No Compromise

We’ve been making real dairy ice cream on our family farm for 30 years! Our story has grown over the years but we’re proud that our dairy farming heritage remains strong in our company.

The Hawking family have farmed the land since 1971 and Will began ice cream production in 1988. All of Marshfield Farm Ice Cream production is made in converted farm buildings; originally when Will started making ice cream he worked alone in the small farm kitchen. A lot has changed since then and we love maintaining our farming roots.

Our dairy farm dates back to Roman times and historians have found evidence of farming ruins dated to 1650 across the site. As the years have gone on, the farm has expanded to hold 250 Friesian cows roaming across 1,100 acres of organically farmed land. Being organic means being self-sufficient; organic farming has a far smaller environmental footprint than conventional farming because there is no oil-based sprays or fertilisers in use; this allows us to develop a healthy, fertile soil by adding compost and manure to promote growth. Find out more about our sustainability story on the farm.

Real dairy ice cream

  • Our herdsman and farm staff milk the cows twice a day, seven times a week; we have been doing so on our farm since February 1971!
  • One cow takes around 10 minutes to milk; in this time, our herdsman will also perform a routine health check on each cow and clean the udders.
  • The cows are milked in our milking parlour at 4AM and 3PM every day, with each milking taking around 2 hours.
  • Over 50% of every Marshfield tub is made up of our organic milk, with 60% of each base mix made from our organic milk.
  • The only milk you’ll ever find in our ice cream is certified organic from our herd kept on the farm.
  • We always use local dairies for our double cream and clotted cream, British sugar from local wholesalers and small bakeries such as Hall Bakery for our baked inclusions.
  • We remain low on food miles as the milk travels only a few meters from the dairy to the on-site factory.
  • Milk is pumped into our factory where it is pasteurised (to kill bacteria), pumped through a homogeniser (which evenly distributes the fat modules in the milk throughout the product) and mixed with cream, stabilisers and sugar to create the base mix for every flavour.

We look forward to sharing our new Cow 2 Cone video with you in the new year and in the meantime, keep up to date with life on the farm and read our history and story here.

 

In Other News

We are Hiring!

We’ve got an exciting opportunity for an energetic, reliable Parlour Manager to join us in our summer parlour. Find out more here.

25th February 2019


NEW for 2019: Birthday Cake Ice Cream!

We’ve been mixing up a new flavour at the farm and we’re very excited to announce the launch of Birthday Cake ice cream! Did you know 2018 marked our 30th Birthday of making ice cream at Marshfield Farm? Amid the party poppers, helium balloons, Gin & Tonic Sorbet and over-played Happy Birthday songs, it was […]

19th February 2019


Making your Parlour more Sustainable

Running our Marshfield Farm on-site parlour has opened our eyes to many of the environmental issues our stockists hold: confusion over recyclable material, the problems with single-use items and excesses of food waste to name a few. We’ve created the list below with our recommendations on practises you can follow to become more environmentally friendly […]

2nd January 2019