This has been a random winter month at the farm!
We started off making dozen and dozens of donuts for our Friends of Winskill friends, who then had their pick up at the barn. We then invited our 2020 couples and their families to the barn for our yearly tasting, where all booked couples try everything on our menu, from our appetizers to our ice cream!
We then hosted the annual Chamber banquet where our fearless leader Boss Kyle was awarded "Business Leader of the Year" along with a fantastic group of other business leaders (and educators)! Way to go, everyone!
And we continued to make progress on our ice cream truck, starting by drilling the first hole (and then cutting a big hole) in the side of the truck so we could put in the service window! Pretty soon we're going to be serving up ice cream from that window!
Not as cool but just as important is Kyle scoped out the right spot to put in the big tanks so we can have water in the truck and be completely compliant with food and beverage service rules. We'll take you on a tour of the inside of the truck very soon - it's shaping up very well!
AND on the subject of ice cream, Kyle visited the Lancaster High School technology education shop, where the students are currently making us a bunch of FREE CONE chips that we're excited to hand out to our ice cream enthusiasts. The high school students are pretty excited, too, as once they are finished with this project, they get their very own ice cream party!
We unveiled our ice cream desserts, tested out at both the Chamber event and our tasting, which includes a delicious cider donut sundae, which of course is something I'm going to be eating all the time. We'll talk more on that later - I'll be doing a full tour of our ice cream in the next couple of months!
Lastly, we hired an intern, Bridget from UW-Platteville (you'll hear more about her later), made some improvements to the barn by having Judy sew some drapery to cover the barn doors, and - oh, yeah - Kyle got a hair cut.
Every year, the Wauzeka-Stueben senior class takes a trip. This year, the seniors went to New York City, and some donuts helped get them there.
Last November, the Wauzeka-Stueben class partnered with Vesperman Farms to sell apple cider donuts and kettle corn to raise funds for their senior class trip. In March of this year, much of the senior class, the school principal, and the class advisor went to New York City, a first for many of the group.
"Some of the stand-out experiences for students included the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, and the 9/11 Memorial," says Dustin Smith, senior class advisor. "New York is a large city with so much history and culture, so there were many favorite experiences."
One of the things the class enjoyed the most were all of the street performers. Along with some silly exploits in a new city, the class also experienced some misadventures with Google Maps, but a few students and chaperones put their heads together and got everyone back on the right path.
The class also saw Wicked at the theatre one night (which they all loved!) and another night they had the option of attending either a Knicks game or Phantom of the Opera. They also participated in "hop-on, hop-off" tours, which are double-decker bus tours that travel to tourist attractions throughout the city, explaining the significance and interest of each area. "It was a wonderful, unique experience," says Mr. Smith. "A great way to travel through the city!"
Overall, the trip was enriching and entertaining for everyone involved!
Through the fundraiser, the class was able to raise just over $1,000 to go towards their trip funding needs. The cost of the trip is expensive - coming in at nearly $1,200 per student - so every cent helps them to make this trip happen.
"Overall, the fundraiser was very easy to do...it helped us to raise funds nearly effortlessly and everyone loved the products," says Mr. Smith.
Each senior class chooses their location for their trip, and at the farm we're excited to see where a few donuts can take these guys next!
For information on fundraising at Vesperman Farms, you can check out our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun on the farm...in blog form!