Owned by fourth generation farmer Mike Hirsch, Hirsch Fruit Farm has been growing apples, pumpkins, and more for 125 years. An hour’s drive south of our kitchen, the farm provides the wonderful, ruby berries for Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, corn and berries for Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries, and the heirloom pumpkins we use to make our pumpkin ice cream.
Mike Hirsch raises strawberries for flavor not size. They are so concentrated with sugar that, when roasted, they explode with the most intense strawberry flavor. Hirsch Fruit Farm grows berries just for us—perfect strawberries we flash-freeze and squirrel away so we can make Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream year round. Jeni always says creating the best ice cream is about pairing the right dairy with the right ingredients. We use fresh cultured buttermilk to complement the acidity of the berries for a strawberry flavor that’s springy and bright.