Local Spotlight—Southern Craft Creamery
By Gretchen Hein
Lauren, co-owner of Southern Craft Creamery couldn’t answer the phone at the appointed time for our interview, she was up to her elbows in fresh cream and about to begin her day’s work—making ice cream. Lauren and her husband Zach make up Southern Craft Creamery, located in Marianna, Florida. They create flavors such as Roasted Banana with Salted Peanuts, Salted Dark Chocolate, Salty Carmel, Sweet Corn with Blackberry Compote, and then something less exotic but ever so yummy—Vanilla, and that’s just the tip of the ice berg.
Lauren grew up in the dairy industry. The cream comes from her family’s cows; it was cooling down to room temperature as we talked. Lauren grew up around dairy cows, left home for a bit and then a deep desire to return to the rhythm of farm life drew her back home. She missed the land, the cows, food fresh from the earth. She was disheartened with a food ‘disconnect’ – people didn’t seem to know or care about their food, where it came from, whether or not it was wholesome. With a desire to connect people to the source of their sustenance, she and Zach thought long and hard about how they could connect the family dairy business with the surrounding community. “Everyone loves ice cream,” Lauren said. So off they went to learn the art of making ice cream. They spent a year developing recipes. They use non-homogenized milk that requires a different approach. In addition to using the family dairy, Southern Creamery has a solid commitment to supporting local—whether it’s the ingredients they use or where they sell their ice cream. They value the close relationships they have with both their producers and their customers. Southern Craft Creamery can be found in numerous places along the 30-A area in restaurants and small locally owned stores as well as several Tallahassee locations.
Southern Craft Creamery some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted, honestly! I’m talking about ice CREAM at its best–rich, full-bodied, not overly sweet. Flavors vary with the seasons because fresh, local fruit is . . . seasonal. For example, when blackberries are in season, expect them to make their way into the ice cream. So, as you plan your holiday meals and menus, be sure to check in the New Leaf Co-op freezers for the perfect ice cream complement to your meal. Oh, and remind your guests to save lots of room for dessert!
For more information and some great pictures, check out this 30AEats article.