An extract from the Hadleys Ice Cream website

I began making Ice Cream at our family farm in the beautiful Colne Valley of Essex in 2001 as a way to add value to the milk from our herd of pedigree holstein cows. A rather exciting move for a farm secretary with two very young children...
 
My Ice Creams and Sorbets are literally made by hand, it does take hours of preparation!  With the help of my four local part time ladies, we crack, whisk, stir, whip, chop, toast, zest, juice, squeeze, puree and infuse the ingredients needed before we finally fill the pots and freeze.