One hundred years ago, Churchfields Farm in Salwarpe was bought by my Great Grandfather, Thomas Davies, as part of the High Park and Salwarpe Court Estate auction held in Worcester on April 16th 1913. He paid £1460. The farm was 45 acres at the time, and was home to a herd of 15 dairy shorthorns. All the milk was delivered by horse and trap to the local town of Droitwich.
The farm is still owned and run by the fourth and fifth generation of the Davies family – Michael (my Dad) and Gillian (me!).
It’s fair to say that some things never change at the farm - and yet we are constantly evolving. We don’t have to milk the cows by hand anymore; and the labour required is more skilled than manual. There are always exciting opportunities to explore, and new things to try, which I hope will ensure we are still here, well into the 22ndcentury.
I will always remember making my first batch of Churchfields Vanilla ice cream in 2004. I had been told that everyone judges an ice cream company by their vanilla, so I knew it had to be good. We took time to develop our recipe into a product we would be proud of – an ice cream that would sell itself…
When we gained in confidence (and customers!), we got a bit more adventurous with our flavours. I remember being pregnant with my eldest son Edward, when we agreed to make Stilton Ice Cream for the Stilton Cheesemakers Association. I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint hearted but it certainly put us on the map.
What’s Important to Us:
- Quality not Quantity - We never compromise on the quality of our ice cream. If it’s not up to scratch, we’ll biff it (or eat it ourselves!). We are audited and certified by SALSA, a food safety standard for small-medium sized businesses.
- Our People – We know that we are only as good as the people working with us. We invest in training to ensure everyone gets to grow in the way they want to, and always try to have a laugh!
- Happy cows are healthy cows – Dairy farming can be hard work for cows, so we make sure that all our cows are kept comfortable, warm and most importantly, healthy.
- Investing in future generations – It’s important to us that we pass the farm on to our kids in a better state than we found it. In everything we do we consider our environmental impact, and seek to protect and enhance the farm’s biodiversity and reduce our carbon footprint.
- Community spirit goes a long way – As far as possible we source local products, support local people and supply local businesses. We are involved in local fund-raising activities, biodiversity initiatives and farm tours for kids.
- Customer service – We are committed to the very best customer service possible. We operate as efficiently but as flexibly as possible with our deliveries, and will always try to accommodate any special requests.
- Family comes first - Above all, we are a family business and a family home; and we love what we do.