Bradley Holland has come up with a unique way of making small-batch, freshly churned ice cream. Instead of hand-cranking, Holland has attached his ice cream machine to a vintage 1928 John Deere hit-n-miss engine to do the cranking for him.
“We … [churn] our ice cream just like our grandparents and great-grandparents did,” said Holland. “However, we have made one small upgrade to our process. Instead of having the kids take turns cranking the handle, we have upgraded to using the 1928 Hit ‘n’ Miss engine. This not only adds a touch of remembrance to the experience, but also ensures that our ice cream is churned to perfection every time.”
Holland has built a very special platform that he uses to take his machine to festivals, craft fairs and other events in the Middle Tennessee region. Already this year he has brought his mouth-watering ice cream to many places, including the Fiddlers’ Jamboree in Smithville, the White Bluff Main Street Festival, Dickson Main Street Festival, the Summer Night Market in Bellevue, Franklin Main Street Festival, and the Tennessee Agricultural Museum Farm Fun Day.
“We take pride in our small batch approach, using authentic vintage recipes discovered in the attic,” said Holland. “Our commitment to quality shines through with the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.”
Holland puts in a lot of effort into finding those old recipes, digging deep into attics, basements, scrapbooks, and all of the secret hiding places of great ice cream makers of the past.
“We believe that the old-fashioned way is the best way,” said Holland, “and we are excited to share several flavors of our delicious ice cream with [our customers]. We don’t [want anyone to] miss out on the opportunity to taste the difference and indulge in a little … fun while savoring a touch of history.”
Although Holland hopes to have a brick-and-mortar store one day, he currently works out of his home in Pegram, Tennessee and travels to both public and private events to bring his special ice cream making machine and vintage recipes.
Besides old standards like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, they offer a varied menu of other flavors at the many events they visit, including butter pecan, pumpkin spice, black walnut and cotton candy.