The Monday after our first winter stop with the ice cream truck found us in the kitchen.
On Saturday, we stopped in Lancaster for the Opening Day Sales. Thank you to everyone who stopped out! We had a great time AND we sold out three of our four holiday flavors. With seven more stops planned between now and December 19, we needed to restock. So we spent the morning running our ice cream machine and filling pints.
Our newest flavor, sugar cookie, is many steps in the making. Kyle tested our kitchen (and math) knowledge by twelve timing the recipe, which was kinda stressful and kinda awesome and required a very big mixer paddle. And since he's the boss and that has its perks, Kyle got to lick the paddle clean.
After the cookies cooled, we crushed them up and added them to vanilla ice cream flavored with almond extract and jazzed up with colorful holiday sprinkles. This is sugar cookie in a pint - or a cone - and it's absolutely delicious. Very hard not to sample, even on a Monday morning.
We got a little fancy with blending next for our new candy cane ice cream, a creamy mixture of peppermint-flavored red-and-white ice cream with crushed candy canes mixed in throughout. This ice cream is fun and it smells delicious - just like the holidays.
If you were at the farm this fall, you might recognize our last two holiday flavors: apple cider donut and apple pie. These two were favorites for so many of you, so we had to bring them back specially for the holidays.
We didn't have enough time for baking donuts (don't worry - there is still some cider donut ice cream in the truck!), so the last flavor on our list to make was apple pie.
For this delicious treat, we brought out our homemade apple pie filling and whipped it together with vanilla ice cream. This simple treat is amazing - just like the apple pie but without all the work - and perfect for after those holiday meals.
In addition to our regular flavors, these four holiday flavors are available in the truck for the next month.
You can track the truck on Facebook or by visiting our website to see our stops. We hope to see you there! And if you want to treat yourself this holiday season, sign up for our Farm Family Rewards and you can get a free pint when you stop! To join, visit our subscription page!
And we hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with the best kind of Christmas cheer.
We started September so unsure, but October and November were so much fun.
In the barn and on the farm, we enjoyed the company of so many of you. We were so truly happy to see everyone, the weather was beautiful, and we had the best time with our farm guests.
Behind the scenes, we were a mixed bag of caramel apple nuts.
Throughout most of October, we struggled with weird supply chain issues caused by COVID. On one weekend, we were just an hour away from running out of donut mix and our chinny-chin-chins were saved by Kyle's quick thinking and negotiating. One donut disaster we were unable to avoid was running out of half-dozen containers, but we eeked through that mess with a combination of bags and people's willingness to splurge on double the donuts they originally planned for.
If at one point you received your food on paper plates rather than our customary paper boats, that wasn't planned. It was a frantic trip down to Dubuque to buy up as many paper products as possible when we found out we were unable to get paper boats shipped in time for the weekend.
And Kyle worked some kind of Internet miracle when he shipped in a huge shipload of caramel so we didn't run out before our local supplier was able to restock. For a few hours there, we were looking at some fall days without caramel apples, but Kyle's persistence saved us from that sad, sugarless fate.
In addition to product problem solving, we constantly had to be on our feet for our employees. Being open during COVID was a heavy decision for us, and we are so glad we decided to go forward, but we didn't do it lightly. One of the most important things for us was to keep both our guests and our staff safe, so we established norms that we felt applied to us and adapted as the season went on.
We also spent quite a bit of time with employee musical chairs, as sometimes staff couldn't make it or some of them had to go into quarantine for potential exposure. We switched a lot of people around, we ran short staffed many days, and we did our best to keep up with everything while keeping our employees' safety paramount.
And truly, we have to say: We have such great staff. They worked hard, for us and for you, this fall. They adapted quickly to the changes that came at them, they accepted things out of our control, and - I know this always sounds so trite, but it's also so true - they did it all with a smile. We absolutely love fall, and although this fall was different from many of the ones prior, we loved it. And we love our employees. They are the cream of the crop, the best thing since sliced bread, the silver lining, the nail on the head, and although Elvis has left the building on our fall season, our employees remain the pick of the litter.
And you heard that straight from the horse's mouth. :)
Thank you for this fall season, everyone. It was wonderful.
With the cold settling in around us, we're missing our ice cream days. Don't get us wrong, fall time is king around here, but the summer in the truck gave us a new season to love.
Our ice cream truck is an old cable splicing truck, refurbed to Scoops on Wheels, and the generator, which powers everything from the dipping cabinet to the air conditioning, SOMETIMES works. On a hot summer day without the A/C, it can get to a 12 on the heat scale. Even if the air conditioning was working, the best we got to was about a 6.
We had some hot days in the truck, but you all made them so worth it. The superb crew that worked the truck this year did have their share of frustrations with the heat, but they found such joy in scooping up ice cream, that even the "12" days faded quickly, leaving only the good stuff behind.
Meg, who was a foundational member of our newly formed ice cream crew, and whose flavor matches mine (mint cookie pals!), absolutely loved when daycare kids visited the truck and she got to see their eyes light up when they see that first scoop of ice cream. She spent the summer perfecting the perfect scoop to top off that little sugar cone, and is not lobbying hard for Kyle to add a peanut butter and chocolate choice that, for her, will edge out the mint for good.
For Eric, who mixes cookie dough and cookies and cream for cookie ice cream nirvana, the best experience he had was serving a sweet family of four who, while huddling under the awning in the rain waiting for their ice cream, were so sweet and smily and wonderful even through the rain and internet connection issues and Eric's slightly slower scooping (due to some very frozen ice cream). On other days, he learned that generators are finicky and that the truck can probably get up to 212°F (but who's measuring), but the smiles he got when he handed kiddos their cones kept him scooping away.
Bri, who in a very sincere but also very punny move, quickly realized that she had one of the coolest jobs when she told her 4K kids that she's an ice cream lady. She also was almost always in the truck when he had pay-it-forward kindness chains happen, which was seriously one of the amazing things to watch happen in the truck. To those people who started, continued, and supported a kindness chain, we are in awe of your service to others. It was awesome.
Bri also learned that a few hours of scooping give you Hulk-like arm muscles and that there's really only ONE solution to everything: Generator quits working? Call Kyle! You forgot the window key? Call Kyle! You ran out of ice cream? Call Kyle! You broke something that you shouldn’t have! Call Kyle! Just always call Kyle! And she's still calling him! But this time it's to convince him to finally make a the cookie jar ice cream that her and Eric are REALLY hoping to see: mix up cookie dough and cookies and cream, but then add some M&Ms because...why not!?
Our intern Bridget quickly learned to double and triple check that she had everything she needed after a few little incidents, like having to drive back to get the key to open the serving window and spending a few hours without the iPad, on which we take all the orders, because, boy, that was a lesson in basic math! Her favorite thing was the dogs! Bridget went a little crazy every time a dog came by the truck. :) A big fan of the brownie fudge, Bridget is hoping for a black cherry flavor some day.
The truck was really a beautiful experience, and we just can't explain how much we loved scooping for you all this summer...nor can we explain how much we want Kyle to start serving up our favorite flavors! We will see you, friends, next year!
Meg started with us last August because her older sister had worked with us. She thankfully sold Meg on the farm, and Meg began working weddings and fall season, and then quickly became not only a crackerjack ice cream maker and scooper, but our ice cream truck model!
And if she's being honest, that was the weirdest thing Kyle has ever asked her to...be in a photoshoot...for an ice cream truck...in a silly hat...and a bow tie...on the farm...with a bunch of our friends' kids...
The farm is a weird place. But it's fun.
Meg likes the farm a lot because she is surrounded by people who help pass the time in fun ways, like learning new things about each other or trying to figure out what Kyle exactly means when he says the employees can't have any "raw bananas." I actually asked Kyle about this, and let me tell you, sometimes we wonder about the things that occupy Kyle's mind. Apparently, Kyle is fascinated by the fact that no one calls just bananas "raw bananas," like a "raw carrot" or "raw chicken." Cause, you know, these are the kinds of things that we ponder here.
The farm is a weird place. But it's fun.
Meg's done about everything on the farm, from cleaning the bathrooms (which she hates) to making donuts (which she loves, because of course you're in the best position to sneak a yummy treat). And she is our next rising star making donuts, because she made a bunch this fall season and she is AWESOME.
Meg is a quiet force here, but she is quite a force. Her good attitude, amazing smile, and determination to do everything she does to the best of her ability makes her such a valuable person to have in any position, in any capacity, and in all situations...even photoshoots!
In a whirlwind of ice cream and I Dos, August passed...and so did most of September. And, in Kyle's exact words, "Oh, boy. We tried a lot of things."
In early August, we had our final curbside pickup for donuts and ice cream. We couldn't be more thankful for everyone who ordered for our summer pickups. They were bright spots in otherwise empty and quiet months, and we appreciated having guests to the farm, even ones that stayed in their vehicles!
We also invited people to the farm for our first-ever outdoor concert. The Larry Busch Band came and played, we served up some delicious fair-style food, and although we didn't have a huge crowd, the event gave us some ideas for fun things to do in the future.
In that same time, we celebrated with three wonderful couples, who held on to their wedding dates throughout all this uncertainty, made a lot of hard choices and sacrifices, and reconsidered almost everything that they originally planned on to celebrate their marriages in this crazy year.
We had beautiful weather for all three weddings, which felt like grace, and our farm guests were considerate, excited, full of laughter, and FUN...everything we needed during one of the longest and most difficult summers we have ever experienced.
Congratulations to these amazing couples - we hope that this year was just a tiny speed bump in what otherwise will be smooth sailing on your wedded journey. Thank you for your patience, your determination, your flexibility, and your love.
And despite an accelerated slow down in many areas of our farm life, we sped up in the ice cream truck, visiting all sorts of places (we even made it to Dubuque and all the way up to Spring Green!) and scooping up ice cream for all of our favorite people.
From our hard-working farm neighbors to the Cuba City Community Market to our friends right here in Lancaster, it has been a joy to be a part of your summer, and we are already looking forward to the next one. For now, you can still visit the truck - it'll be parked on the farm until we close for fall season at the end of October.
And speaking of fall, after a long spring and summer, our favorite season is finally HERE! After a very rainy and difficult week leading up to fall, the weather cleared for a gorgeous opening weekend, and we were so happy to see our farm families forget their troubles, shed the stress of the last months, and come out for a fun day on the farm. Our sweet little goats, our new calves, the big old pigs, and our donkey and pony had so much love (and so much food); our staff was thrilled to see the kids watch the donuts being made (and, of course, enjoy them as well!); and the zip line buzzed with activity again.
Our favorite season is here, and we look forward to more weeks of fall fun.
This year, despite all that has been going on, we were lucky enough to bring onboard two new interns, who have been having a scoopin' good time at the farm!
Caroline and Bridget, both business students at UW-Platteville, were supposed to start with us months ago. But when the pandemic shut down the farm and their university, their internship was put on hold, and we weren't sure if we would be able to work with them this year.
Happily, with the addition of the ice cream truck and the generally positive direction that life has been going, they were able to start with us just over a month ago now. Since then, these gals have become a staple in our ice cream truck, serving up scoops to our local communities with a smile and "oohing" over every dog they see!
These two have been absolute troopers: They've had to adjust their expectations and schedules quickly and sometimes without much warning; they've had to learn quite a few new skills and get good at them in just one or two shifts; and they've worked hard to help us in a time when we have been navigating unknown waters and haven't been able to give precise direction or even complete instructions. To sum up: they rock.
Bridget, who is our resident dog lover (even more than me!), is at UW-Platteville for business administration with an emphasis in management and a minor in creative writing.
In addition to school and the farm, she also works at the Iowa County Humane Society and volunteers her free time working with animals and fostering dogs to help them get ready for adoption. She hopes to one day start her own business, especially if that business is her own dog rescue.
Working at the farm has given her quite some insight into the time and effort it takes to start new projects and new endeavors. As someone who wants to eventually start her own business, being exposed to the behind-the-scenes work that Kyle and his team puts in has taught her lessons time management, organization, and teamwork. Bridget has proven to us time and again that she's ready for any challenge we throw her way. On her first shift in the truck, she hopped right behind that wheel and drove to the town without any stress. Very quickly, she's become good at running a customer service window AND learned how to scoop, which is actually much harder than it seems.
It's quite amazing how something as simple as ice cream can scoop out lessons in business and life.
So far, Bridget has truly enjoyed working in the ice cream truck, especially when people bring their dogs by or when little kids get super excited about getting ice cream! The only downside to the ice cream business has, so far, been being caught in the rain while restocking the truck. NOT fun!
When Bridget is not traveling in the truck, her off-work hobbies include (of course) spending time with animals, hiking, DIY projects, playing cards, hammocking, and traveling.
Sharing her fellow intern's dislike of being caught in the rain while stoking is Caroline, who is going to school for business, human resources, and management.
As Caroline puts it, she does not like getting muddy. But she does like seeing the smile we put on people's faces and the joy they get from the experience we are blessed to give them. For Caroline, helping is her main purpose for what she does. Right now, she loves to help people smile while working in our ice cream truck, but after graduation, she would like to continue her good work in the healthcare industry.
So far, this internship has taught Caroline to think on her feet when there is a lot going on. And there has been A LOT going on. Since Caroline has been here, she's helped with two curbside pickups, helped us develop our social media presence, picked up many shifts in the truck, and worked on a variety of other projects, all of which are new to her and to us. She's developed a lot of good relationships with our current staff and customers and been a rockstar through it all!
In her free time, Caroline spends time with friends and family, reads, shops, golfs, and - of course - naps!
One thing is for sure, these gals will not forget their summer of scooping. It's been an adventure for us all.
If smiling is really contagious, then the reason the farm is such a happy place is because we have Brianne around.
Kyle hired Bri about three years ago, when she was in school studying to become an elementary teacher. She said she loved working with kids, so Kyle put her on zip line supervision. And she loved it. And the kids loved her.
Since then, Bri has found her way into almost every aspect of farm life. She helps with events and weddings, bartending, doing dishes, rolling thousands and thousands of silverware sets, serving buffets and bussing, supervising the setup of the space, cleaning the barn and farm areas, and helping the couples decorate. She's helped with strawberries, she's worked the ticket window, been in the kitchen, been behind the checkout counter, sugared the donuts, helped in the fields. And recently, she's been making ice cream and working in the truck, scooping up ice cream to our local communities.
Bri is a really great utility person. And a really great person. Her smile is her superpower - but what's more, her infectious personality and happiness lifts everyone up around her and makes even the longest shifts fun.
We are lucky to have Bri, and so far, we've made it just interesting enough to keep her around at the farm.
Bri's involvement in weddings has given her LOTS of ideas for her own wedding (think of the farm as a living Pinterest board), and it's also given her some of her favorite moments. As coordinators and as staff, we get to meet many beautiful and amazing couples, and get to bear witness to many lovely moments, and one of Bri's favorites is that magic moment when the bride and her father begin their walk down the aisle. Hearing the sweet words from father to bride and seeing the happiness they all feel is one of Bri's favorite moments.
It's these moments that help offset some of the more...unglamorous...parts of a wedding and events business, like the 2 a.m. clean up after a reception. After everyone leaves, the process of wiping down tables and chairs, peeling stickers off the floor, and dumping all the leftover drinks begins. Although this part may not make the Pinterest board, for Bri, seeing the whole day - from turning on the lights for the florist delivery to dunking that final beer bottle in the recycling bin - come together is always a neat experience.
In her whole time at the farm, the only experience Bri was not down for was was being our Easter Bunny for the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. She was able to wiggle out of that job by convincing Kyle that a bunny taller than 5' 3" might be a better idea.
Despite - or perhaps even because of - some of these odd jobs, Bri truly loves working on the farm. Like many of our amazing staff, the fact that she is constantly doing something different keeps her interested and busy. The best part, though? She loves who she works with.
As Bri puts it, who you work with can make or break the work environment. "As a farm staff, we have so much fun together and we truly enjoy experiencing all Kyle's crazy ideas and events together. Being able to laugh together when bussing tables and sugaring donuts definitely makes the time go by faster." We definitely agree, and, Bri, the feeling is definitely mutual.
An added recent bonus?
"I also can't complain about taste testing the countless flavors of ice cream or quality control checking the apple cider donuts," says Bri.
An added recent bonus for us? Bri isn't going anywhere any time soon!
She just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in elementary education, minoring in early childhood. In the fall, she'll be starting her career teaching 4K at Winskill Elementary School right here in Lancaster, which means that not only will Bri be sticking around the area and staying with us at the farm, she'll be bringing her class out to the farm for school tours! She is excited that she'll be able to show her students what she does at her other work home, or what she's doing when she's not spending time with family and friends, kayaking, fishing, or baking. But we've got her beat in the excitement department because we know she'll be smiling along with us for years to come!
Thank you so much, Bri, for just being you. We are so thankful for the person you are and for what you bring to our farm family.
We'll always have a melty ice cream milkshake on the counter for you. :)
We just went from 0 to 60...well, 55, while observing all traffic laws and road signs.
June has brought us back to life, not only in the ice cream truck but also at the farm, and with it has come a good refresher of our driver's ed rules and an application of new guidelines throughout our entire work life. But mostly, it's just been so fun to be back!
Since our first visits to Mineral Point and Lancaster, we have been out and about with the ice cream truck! From Platteville to Bloomington, from Dodgeville to Dickeyville, we have been able to bring our ice cream directly to you in your community, and have been blown away with your support and love. We are in the business of happiness, and ice cream has been the cherry on top of this purpose - the smiling faces, the excited kiddos, the sticky faces. We could not have enjoyed this month more.
We have also seen businesses in your community do amazing things to give back to the people they appreciate most. Ritchie Implement sponsored cones for their community in each of their locations, as did Highland State Bank, Don's Tire, and Fillback Family of Dealerships in Highland; People's State Bank in Lancaster; and Community First Bank in Livingston. Many organizations brought ice cream directly to their employees to thank them for their hard work, including Grant Regional Health Center, Amcor, and Morningside. Our visit to the nightshift at Grant Regional was our first ice cream emergency - as we got to park right in the ambulance bay to serve up cold treats to the hard-working night workers. We were so happy to be a part of these wonderful people's plans to show their appreciation for you through our new favorite language: one scoop or two?
After almost a full month in the new truck, we are so excited to see what the rest of the summer will bring. We hope to see you next! If you want to know where to find us, our full schedule is on our website. And if you'd like us to visit for your next event, employee appreciation, or celebration, you can request the truck here!
We were also so excited to celebrate the marriage of two wonderful couples this month! After weeks of the barn sitting empty and serving as Kyle's workshop, the transformation it went through to come back to wedding glory was quite a lot of hard work, but it was such a wonderful payout.
The pandemic did change things quite a lot, both for our couples and for us. The barn set up had to be altered to space seating appropriately and we made many changes to our beverage and food services to accommodate better social distancing and reduce touch points. All these changes made for a very crowded kitchen, as we needed almost double the normal number of staff, and we all had to learn new skills very quickly. Despite a few stress points, the staff was happy to be back to weddings.
Our two couples were so incredibly brave to navigate these uncertain times. Even with all going on in the world, they were determined to keep their original wedding dates, and they worked with us with open minds to keep problem solving throughout all the changes, throughout all the uncertainty, and throughout all the stress to make sure they saw the vision of their wedding day - although altered from their original plans - come to fruition. We were so happy to be able to help them celebrate their happy day, and we honestly feel that our appreciation for them cannot be understated. Many congrats to these newlyweds!
We also fit in some field work and some time outdoors this month. Kyle and the crew put pumpkins in the ground, and they are growing up and getting ready for an amazing fall season.
Our short but sweet strawberry season lasted only a slice of June, but we had great picking while it lasted.
The month ended with quite the bang and a lotta rain. While one of our couples was decorating for their wedding, a monster storm blew in and dropped over an inch of rain in only a few minutes (I think three inches total), which resulted in some serious flooding at the farm. While we ooh'd and aww'd over the new Vesperman Farms whitewater rafting experience, the water did some serious damage to our gravel roadway and scared all the barn cats up the hay pile. We have to give a good shoutout to our amazing couple, who after agonizing over COVID problems, had to then experience major flooding at AND a close encounter with a skunk during their wedding weekend. But I'll tell you more about that another time - it's a story that can only happen at Vesperman Farms. The next day, we fixed up the roadway and all the damage, the farm was back to ship shape by noon, and there was only beautiful white fluffy clouds for the wedding.
This June had a lot packed into it: strawberry picking, planting, cutting out this year's maze design, mowing lawn, traveling with the ice cream truck, making hundreds of gallons of ice cream (so much ice cream!), mowing lawn, getting ready for the weddings, mowing lawn, and fixing all the water damage. It was, as Kyle puts it, one of the longest and shortest months he's ever had. But, honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way. The farm thrives in this crazy environment we've built for ourselves. And even though we're all a little short on sleep, we have a new appreciation for our crazy schedules, our wonderful customers, and our amazing staff. We've missed this very much over those quiet weeks during shutdown, and we could not be happier to be safely - and sweetly - back to the farm.
Guess what! We have a truck! And there's ice cream in it!
Like many of our farm projects, this sweet little truck did not always look like this. In December, Kyle purchased a decommissioned fiberoptic cable splicing truck. His staff at the farm? we were, well...unsure. To put it lightly. But like many of our farm projects, Kyle had a vision.
The truck was boring, drab, and a little weird looking, but it had the right features important for a mobile food truck: electricity, hook-ups, and the ability to run water.
But even though it had good bones, it couldn't stay like this. We wanted a colorful, fun, and vibrant truck.
When looking around for options for the outside of the truck, we found this great company in Dubuque called Digital Designs. After looking through their portfolio, we knew these were the guys who could bring our vision to life.
They do this thing called vehicle wrapping, which is basically covering the vehicle in large sheets of vinyl stickers. These guys were awesome. They worked with us throughout the whole design process, going back and forth through a couple of drafts (because we're a bit picky) until we reached a design we loved.
Once we reached a design concept, they worked HARD on executing the design on the truck. It took them nine days to finish the truck, working around all the weird structures and vents and jut-outs and just all-around not smooth sides of this big ugly service truck. They did an absolutely amazing job, even stopping to take photos to update us on their progress.
The staff at Digital Designs completely transformed our truck and we couldn't be more grateful for their hard work and help in turning this old service truck into our new sweet wheels! Seriously, these guys are the best!
But the outside was just the first step in getting this truck road-ready. Kyle spent the next few weeks cleaning and updating the inside, putting in a sink, painting, and finding space for the freezer. We also had to cut a hole for our service window and install that. He had to spend quite a bit of time underneath the truck to re-wire and put in a water tank, which was a pretty tricky business. Plus there was the installation of an impressive back-up camera system to make sure even staff like me can drive this thing!
And then there was the paperwork! The truck has to meet state health and safety requirements and so there was a whole process to making sure we can safely and happily serve you all ice cream from this transformed truck. Because of the pandemic, we actually had the truck inspected virtually rather than in person. Kyle had to take quite a few photos and send them all in for approval. The state will come and inspect the truck in person soon, but virtually, we got our passing grade!
More fun was deciding on uniforms - from the hats to the bow ties, we had a good time dreaming up the ice cream outfit!
About a month ago, the truck was health checked and passed, equipped with a freezer and all the things we need to serve ice cream, and wrapped up in fun colors and cones. We were ready to hit the road!
We were ready. The world wasn't. With the pandemic, a lot of our plans for the truck have been put on hold. There are no markets, not many neighborhood gatherings, and many food vendor events have been canceled or put on hold. Again, this global pandemic changed our plans. But, you know, we can roll with the punches.
Our new plan is to establish a route that covers communities in the area. We are flattered that so many of you have been driving to the farm from 30, 40, or even 60 miles away to do our curbside pickups, and we want to instead bring the ice cream to you. We are currently exploring the idea of visiting towns each month or every couple of weeks to serve cones, but also to fill pre-ordered pints. The details on this are still a bit unsure, but in the next couple of weeks, we will be announcing a new schedule and a new plan for our sweet treats! And we can't wait to see and serve you!
Also, we need to give a big shoutout to our wonderful families and to Shannon Marie Photography, who all came out to our ice cream photoshoot. Thank you for the wonderful photos and the fun afternoon!
It's been a little bit more than a month, but we are catching up with catching you up on what's been going on at the farm. Surprisingly, even with very few things happening, time has still managed to slip away from us.
These past six weeks have brought us into a brand new world at the farm, and although we're not checking our watches as much as we used to and our calendar looks pretty empty, we have been busy learning new skills, staying positive, improving our barn space, and - most importantly - eating WAY too much ice cream.
The coolest thing that we've been doing this past month or so is getting our ice cream truck ready for going on the road. We've painted, moved a thousand electrical wires, installed a water tank, made room for a cooler, problem solved a variety of issues, and filed a bunch of paperwork. We've arranged a photo shoot with the incomparable Shannon Marie Photography, installed back-up cameras, moved the truck in and out of the barn a bunch of times, and taken it out for its maiden voyages to Mineral Point and to Lancaster.
But, honestly, the best part has been making the ice cream! We've perfected our main flavors and experimented with a few others. It has been incredibly fun and quite the learning experience!
(...okay, honestly, the best part has been taste testing the ice cream. We HAD to make sure it was good!)
Because we haven't been able to hold events, the barn space has transformed into a workspace for Kyle, and the main thing he's been working on is updating our bar space. It's been something we've worked around for years, but with the extra time on his hands, Kyle custom-built shelving to fit our storage and functional needs. It still needs doors, a few paint touch ups, and a backdrop on the back wall, but it is looking amazing and we can't wait for our bartenders to try it out at our next event!
In April, we learned a completely new skill when we tried out curbside pick up for our donuts, kettle corn, and ice cream. We tried another one out on Mother's Day weekend. Both times, we were overwhelmed with people and their patience and wonderfulness as we learned the new skills needed for online ordering and social distancing pickup.
We have loved doing curbside pickup and really want to express our gratitude for our farm guests. This has been an uncertain and stressful time - for us and for everyone - and we are so appreciative of your support in helping us through. We hope that the ice cream, the donuts, and the kettle corn lifted your spirits and elevated your late-night snacking!
You can check out our time-lapse video of our pickup on Mother's Day!
Since everything started, we also said a very sad farewell to our amazing inter Caitlin, who moved back home and is currently under very strict orders to visit us whenever she finds her way back her. Caitlin was such a huge part in starting our ice cream project - if you had ice cream last summer you probably saw her smiling face as she scooped!
Although we miss Caitlin, we've also said a very happy hello to two new interns, Bridget and Caroline, both business majors at UW-Platteville. Because of the pandemic, their internship job duties have changed quite a bit, but they'll be helping us through summer and fall, working on ice cream and helping us create some new blog and social media content. They are both excited - as are we - to bring you some new things from the farm!
One thing is for sure that this new month will bring us new challenges and new things to overcome. But if the last three months have taught us anything, it's that we can adapt and move forward, no matter what the world throws at us.
Fun on the farm...in blog form!