With a small herd of pedigree Guernseys, the Parfitt family, based at Graylands Farm, Dundry near Bristol, overlooking Chew Valley Lake, decided back in 2011 that with the milk price reducing, their only chance of survival was to diversify and add value to their milk by producing ice cream. The farm has been in the family for over a hundred years, so it was important to keep it going for future generations. Chew Moos Ice Cream Company was then formed and now supply many local farm shops, pubs and restaurants, some of which are Michelin star. With a mobile unit and trike unit we also attend many weddings, agricultural shows, food festivals and local events throughout the summer months. Chew Moo’s ice cream company decided to host an open day at Graylands Farm, Dundry on Saturday the 29th of September, to help raise funds for a local preschool at Bishop Sutton. There were various activities going on throughout the day involving tractor trailer rides, a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling and giant bubbles, all of which were a big hit with the kids.
Lots of ice cream, teas, coffees and cakes were available to buy from our new sit down ice cream parlour and coffee shop that’s now open to the public every Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm. The aim of the open day was not only to raise money for charity, but also to help promote our new Ice cream parlour and reconnect people to where their dairy produce comes from. People were able to see our gorgeous Guernsey cows up close and personal and watch milking demonstrations during the afternoon. In recent months we have found our pasteurised Guernsey milk has been very popular with our customers. We sell the milk in 1 litre containers at the parlour every Friday and Saturday, and people are now coming to realise the huge benefits Guernsey milk has to offer, especially among those with dairy intolerances. Overall the day was a huge success, with over a thousand people turning up enjoying the ice cream in the lovely sunshine. We managed to raise over a thousand pounds for the pre-school, and hope to host more open days throughout next year.
Chew Moos Ice Cream
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