For almost 30 years Fossfield Farm has been the home of York’s only Real dairy Ice Cream, Yorvale. Using traditional methods and the finest natural ingredients we produce rich and creamy dairy ice cream, real fruit sorbets, kefir drinking yogurt and frozen kefir yogurt from our family farm in the vale of York.
Our herd of dairy cows graze on lush Yorkshire grass and because they only ever produce milk for Yorvale, the result is stress free cows that produce really creamy milk which is pasteurised on the farm before being mixed with the finest natural ingredients to create our exquisite products.
We are saving on energy. Our 100 kilo watt solar panels provide the power for the factory.
Our enclosed adiabatic water recycling system saves all our dirty water from both the factory and the farm. It’s stored for 6 months then sprayed on the land as a natural organic fertiliser.
We always ensure all of our waste cardboard and plastic is recycled.
Although Ian Buxton was not born into a farming family, he had a passion for everything rural and by the age of 21 he had graduated from Askham Bryan agricultural college and was managing Leeds University’s herd of 120 dairy cattle. In 1983 Ian married Lesley and in 1984 they rented an 80 acre dairy unit from North Yorkshire County Council. In 1986 the Buxton’s welcomed the first of their two children and Lesley chose to give up a career in food to raise the family and help Ian run the farm. It was at this time that they conceded there was little growth to be made in dairy farming and decided to pursue their mutual love of ice cream and in 1989 Yorvale Ice Cream was born.
From humble beginnings on their small rented farm the business has grown beyond their expectations. The farm was purchased in 1998 and it was at this time the expansion into purpose built manufacturing facilities on the farm started.
We now have 1350m² of space in which to process our delicious fresh and nutritious cow’s milk which moves just a 100 metres from cow to dairy each day to be made into Yorvale ice cream, kefir drinking yogurt and frozen kefir.
The Jolly Farmer who keeps our cows Happy. Also manages all things financial #tightpursestrings
With the help of the rest of the team, Lesley looks everything from sales to product development #driveseveryonemad
David spends most of his time on the road looking after our wide range of customers, as well as seeking out new business along side Lesley. #yorkshireteasbestcustomer
Communicates, develops and ensures our products are made to the same quality every day #talkswaytoomuch
Jessie keeps on top of our social media accounts, as well as letting everyone know the latest news from the farm. #socialsavvy
Laura looks after all things food safety, audits and development and is always on the look out for new flavours. #sweettooth
As well as organizing sales related queries, Anna mans the phones in the office and looks after all customer needs. #alwayssmiling
The mixers, makers, packers, pickers and deliverers #icecreammakersextrodinaire.
Make all the rich and creamy milk for our ice cream #happilygrazinglushYorkshiregrassland.