After traveling 2,500 miles all throughout the South for the annual corn party (more on this after I've gone through some pretty epic video footage...), we had exactly one day to relax, unpack, and get ready for the busy month ahead.
The first thing we did was make ice cream. With our trucks scheduled to go out the first of April and a VERY empty freezer, we scrambled to get flavors ready for the upcoming season. Luckily, a few of our employees - plus a few newbies - pitched in to help us get ahead. Within a couple weeks we were ready to start the season - soon all your favorite flavors will be traveling right to you!
A funny thing about making ice cream. On St. Patrick's Day, we posted a Boomerang video of us making our green mint cookie ice cream. A week later, we noticed something. This little 10-second video has now been viewed by 826 thousand people, most of them in India. Why that's happened, we don't know. But this little video sure went places!
We also made a lot of fun new updates to both Scoop 1 and 2, which you can check out in our next blog! We're talking all things old and new about our trucks, including our brand-new pint containers!
Continuing with all things ice cream, we invited all our current and new employees to attend our very first ice cream orientation. We did a little scooping, a little customer service training, and a little driving practice. We had a great time showing all our new employees around and getting them ready for their first season in the Scoops!
We had two very special applicants join us for training. They over-scooped a bit and they definitely can't drive the truck, but they sure did make us laugh.
The month ended with our Easter celebrations. We had to do quite the cleaning in the barn, as Kyle had moved all his tools, both the ice cream trucks, and a few other random "fix-its" in over the winter, but we were so happy to welcome you all to the farm. Thank you for celebrating Easter with us. We hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday.
View our Easter video on the blog or on YouTube! Love and donuts from all of us at the farm.
In our farm family, we have all sorts of Easter traditions. Some of them date way back, to our grandmothers and grandfathers. Some of them have a shorter history, but that doesn't make them any less meaningful. One of those new traditions is our Easter Bunny Breakfast, which we started only five years ago.
It's a time to be grateful, and grateful we are. Thank you for being with us. For including us in your family traditions. For supporting us. For sharing your laughs, your kindness, your smiles. We are grateful to have spent Easter with you. Happy spring.
Love and donuts,
The Vesperman Farms family
The first week of February brought extreme cold and a lot of snow. It also brought the Friends of Winskill group to the barn for their annual fundraising pick up day. Inside, in the two days prior to the pick up, we made 450 bags of kettle corn and 800 dozen donuts. And outside...well, it snowed like the dickens.
We usually make our kettle corn outside, but because of the snow and cold, we moved around our kitchen and parked the kettle corn machine right under the vent hood. And as it froze outside, we stayed nice and toasty as the machine kicked off heat. We always make our donuts inside, so no changes there, but some of our staff did struggle to make it in as the winds blew snow all over the roads and complicated travel for many people.
Despite the weather complications, we had such a blast with this year's Friends of Winskill fundraiser. They had an excellent turnout and raised funds to go towards recess and play equipment, classroom supplies, and--for this year especially--media for the school to help with their virtual learning efforts.
It's truly wonderful to see a group of people come together to do such good things for their community, and the Friends of Winskill group works so hard to give as much as they can--and they have a lot of fun too.
And for us, seeing our donuts do some really good things is the best part. We hope you all enjoyed them!
This two made "Wife of the Party" a household phrase here at the farm. And party we did with this bride and groom. They enjoyed every last second of their wedding day, from their vows to the zipline rides.
Congratulations Vanessa + Cody!
Photographer: Roots + Wilds
Bakery: Sprinkled Confections
Savannah and Dakota's May wedding was all about romance. They transformed our barn into an elegant fairy tale and wowed us all with their love for each other.
These two made us all believe in that fairy-tale, only-happens-in-books, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.
Congratulations, Savannah + Dakota!
Photographer: Lightburst Photography
Floral: Country Crossroads
Baker: Greenbush Bakery
This couple? This sunset? These details? All of Mackenzie and Mason's June wedding was pure bliss.
Congratulations, Mackenzie + Mason!
Photographer: KMH Photography
DJ/Officiant: Over the Moon Weddings
Floral: Viola Gift Shoppe
Bakery: Creative Appeal
Probably one of the biggest belly laughs of our life happened during Jessica and Taylor's August wedding, when out walked a groomsman in (how shall we say this?) unique formal wear for a prank first look.
And we just kept laughing the rest of the day. It was such a fun time.
Congratulations, Jessica + Taylor!
Photographer: KMH Photography
Bakery: Vesperman Farms
This couple is truly a creative dream team, and probably two of the coolest people we know. The vintage details, from the cars to the details, were amazing and it was so cool to see their vision come to life on their wedding day.
Bakery: Blue Boy Bakery
Photographer: Kaci George Photography
The details for this beautiful mid-summer wedding had us talking for weeks. Equally unforgettable was this incredibly kind couple, who values everything we hold dear: good food, good fun, and the best family.
Congratulations, Jennifer + Clint!
Donuts: Vesperman Farms
Greenery hoops, soft pink hues, the perfect sunset, an impossibly sweet dog, and an amazing couple all added up to a beautiful, relaxing, and insanely fun June wedding.
Congratulations, Daniele + Braden!
Photographer: Alaytra Photography
Fun on the farm...in blog form!