Homemade Ice Cream
“I make ice cream for my customers just like I make it for my family,” says Laura Chisholm, owner of Orchard Hill Creamery. Laura founded the creamery in 2013 and, up to this point, she and her family have been producing cheese, yogurt, bottled milk and sugar-free Stevia-sweetened all-natural dark chocolate milk.
They decided to start making ice cream after getting repeated requests from customers. “They would say, ‘Your milk is so sweet you should make ice cream,’ and I thought, ‘You know I make good ice cream, I just never thought about making it commercially,’” says Laura.
To begin, she bought an older piece of equipment, practiced recipes over the winter and released her first flavors in April. In May, she brought 15 flavors to the local farmers markets, including vanilla bean, Dutch cocoa, brown sugar bourbon (a customer favorite), blueberry cheesecake and lemon ice box pie, a nod to Laura’s past. “I’m from Georgia, so this is my take on a classic. I grate lemons, using the zest as well as the juice, and mix in graham cracker crumbs,” explains Laura.
Eventually, Laura will narrow down her offerings, but right now she’s having fun playing with different flavors. She makes five-gallon batches and sells four-ounce and pint sizes. Orchard Hill uses creams, milk and a non-GMO unbleached cane sugar in their ice cream.
Laura believes in using the cleanest ingredients possible. “The cream comes from a neighboring dairy farm and the milk is ours,” she says. The farm that separates the cream for Orchard Hill doesn’t use hormones or antibiotics.
—Story and photos by Cheril Lee
You can find Laura and her ice cream in Omaha on Saturdays at the Old Market farmers market and the Aksarben Village market on Sundays.
Visit OrchardHillCreamery.com to find other locations.