Cool new idea for dairy farm

Ice cream straight from the cow to the cone can be found at a new business in Matlock.

Customers to Matlock Meadows Ice Cream Parlour, in Snitterton Road, can be sure to get a fresh treat – as they see their food created on site.

The new business is based at Masson Farm, where four generations of the Dakin family have been milking cows since 1930.

Michael Dakin, who runs the business with his wife Amanda, said the ice cream parlour was helping the farm cope with the pressures facing the dairy industry.

He added: “We couldn’t expand and we were not getting cost price for the milk so this is a way of trying to add value to what we have got.”

With the help of a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency and three years of hard work the family have been able to realise their ambition to produce real dairy ice cream, hand made on the farm using fresh milk from the farm’s dairy herd.

A range of flavours including apple pie cinnamon, lemon meringue, red berry cheese cake, biscotti and white chocolate raspberry are available, made using locally sourced ingredients. The business also offers coffee and milkshakes.

Mr Dakin said: “People have been really impressed so far. They like the idea that everything is fresh and you can see where the ice cream has come from and a chance to see a working dairy farm.”

Comments from happy customers have been flooding in to the business’s Facebook page.

Sylv Norman said: “Excellent ice cream. Can’t wait for our next visit.”

Sarah D Cooper added: “What a lovely place. We walked up from Matlock so the ice cream milkshake went down well.”

Plans are in the pipeline to develop Matlock Meadows over the coming months and build an indoor viewing gallery so visitors can see a real working dairy farm and milking parlour in operation.