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OverviewFreezin Friesian is an artisan ice cream farm-based enterprise located in the heart of Co Waterford in Kilmacthomas. The farm is a generational dairy-producing business – Ballyhussa Farm which has been producing quality milk using traditional farming methods since 1780. The farm is located between the foothills of the Comeragh Mountains and the Waterford Copper Coast. This artisan ice cream making business uses the quality fresh milk produced at Ballyhussa Farm and fresh ingredients made on the farm and sourced locally when possible. When you arrive at Ballyhussa Farm you are struck by the sight of the blac Read More
Meet the Makers
This family business was the brainchild of 3 brothers Ivan, David and Tom Kiersey and their brother-in-law Neil Magee. The inspiration for the business came from the Kiersey’s Mum’s home baking and cooking and they used one of Grace Kiersey’s ice cream recipes using the quality fresh milk produced at the farm.
The young entrepreneurs wanted to produce an added value sustainable food, in 2018 following a period of research and development and customer testing at local farmers’ markets Freezin Friesian was born.
The period of time trading at the farmer’s market helped to identify the most popular toppings and ingredients. Using this feedback helped the enterprise to grow further through local retail outlets.
The artisan ice cream is made in small batches and the product is 100% natural with no artificial preservatives. On the day of production, the fresh milk is transferred the day of milking to the ice cream kitchen and the process of pasteurisation and churning starts.
The kitchen is 100 meters from the milking hall. On production day, the toppings and fresh ingredients are planned and prepared fresh on site. The finished ice cream is packaged in 150ml and 500ml containers for retail and 2.5 & 5lt containers for foodservice.
The day we visited, we tasted a delicious serving of freshly made Sea Salt and Caramel Ice Cream, we can assure you it was such a delight to taste. A must-try for ice cream lovers.
The Freezin’ Friesian range currently consists of the following flavours:
Brownie & Honeycomb
Lemon Curd & Meringue
Blackberry & Shortbread
Waterford Whisky & Christmas Pudding
Sea Salt and Caramel
You’ll find Freezin Friesian stocked in the following businesses:
And Chips, Dungarvan, Waterford
Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Dunmore Road, Waterford
Azzuro Bar & Restaurant, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
Basil Market & Deli, Ballintemple Village, Cork City
Cass & Co. Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Cinnamon Cottage, Rochestown, Cork City
Coach House Coffee, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford
Cove Stores, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Crough Coffee, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford
Dooks Fine Foods, Fethard, Co. Tipperary
Fodár by Minnella, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Grow HQ, Ardkeen, Waterford
Hanna’s Market & Cafe Fermoy, Co. Cork
Signal Box, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford
The Pantry at Cliff House Ardmore, Co. Waterford
The Shack Pizza & Grill, Tramore, Co Waterford
Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford
The White Horses, Ardmore, Co. Waterford
While still a small enterprise, Freezin’ Friesian packs quite a punch in terms of sustainability.
The family farm practices a number of sustainable strategies in order to reduce its carbon footprint. First of all, the use of fertilisers is reduced by the introduction of the Clover plant, which siphons nitrogen from the air to promote grass growth for the cows to consume. Furthermore, the herd grazes for over 300 days of the year outside, which is positive in terms of emissions.
The farm is also fitted with solar roof panels so that renewable energy is generated on-site.
Sustainability is also in mind when it comes to the ice cream product itself. They’ve recently introduced compostable and bio-degradable packaging. Furthermore, ingredients for the ice cream are sourced locally where possible and moreover, brownies, meringue and honeycomb included in varying flavours are all made in-house too.
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