The Frozen Farmer found a delicious way to cut down on the tremendous waste of fruits and vegetables that occurs regularly on our nation’s farms. Katey Evans, her husband Kevin and her mother, Jo Ellen Algier, found a market for unsold produce when they created their homemade super-premium ice cream, Nice cream and sorbet.
Kevin is the third-generation owner and operator of Evans Farms in Bridgeville, Delaware—2,000 acres of fruits, vegetables and grains. Katey was handling sales and marketing for the farm. Jo Ellen’s favorite thing to do was making ice cream using the farm’s cast-off fruits and vegetables. One day, it all came together and they founded The Frozen Farmer.
Katey and Jo Ellen went to the Ice Cream University in West Orange, New Jersey. They partnered with a nutritionist to ensure that their recipes met the standards of health-conscious consumers. Then all they needed was a commercial kitchen and a food truck to get their business started.
The ice cream is “super-premium” because it has less air whipped into it while being churned, which results in a creamier, smoother and richer ice cream. And because it contains 14% butterfat that is sourced locally. The ice cream is completely made from scratch—no powders, no mixes! The mouth-watering flavors include Bananas Foster, Blueberry Strudel and Peanut Butter & Jelly. They also have seasonal flavors, such as Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread and Eggnog.
The hand-picked fruit is cut up, marinated overnight in pure cane sugar to allow it to create its natural syrupy juices. Then the fruit is pureed, churned in the ice cream machine, and frozen into the perfect consistency. It is made with 100% real fruit and is fat-, lactose- and gluten-free. The icy flavors include Banana Berry, Canary Melon and Cantaloupe.
Nice cream is their own original creation: one-third the super-premium ice cream, two-thirds their sorbet. The result is an epic explosion of flavor that has less fat and lactose and fewer calories than traditional ice cream, but is just as creamy. Flavors include Orange Creamsicle, Peach Blossom and Triple Berry.
Homemade Waffle Cones
The cones are made from scratch every day with eggs from the Evans’s chickens and with flour, sugar and butter—all the real deal. They have gluten-free cones also.
The Frozen Farmer also offers milkshakes, smoothies and farm-fresh juices.
The Frozen Farmer’s first market was the farm’s produce stand—the only drive-thru stand in Delaware. Evans Farms sits along a busy highway. Katey and Kevin were concerned about people pulling off to the shoulder to buy produce, so they rigged up a barn near the edge of their property to allow cars to drive right through. Now the barn also includes a shop where customers can watch fruit right from the field turn into ice cream.
The Frozen Farmer’s products are in local convenience stores, nearly 200 grocery stores, and 12 local restaurants. Also, the Frozen Farmer Food Truck is available for private parties, weddings and backyard BBQs. Employers sometimes treat their employees by having the truck come by the workplace for lunch.
Many of Katey’s happy customers suggested she try to get on Shark Tank. She took it more seriously when she received a video from Bethenny Frankel, a guest shark, encouraging her to audition for the show. She attended an open casting call and was selected to appear.