I enjoy stories about passionate entrepreneurs who followed a dream and started their own business and built a brand. I recently came across a great story about Adirondack Creamery. Adirondack Creamery produces all natural ice cream using simple ingredients and milk from local family farms.
Paul Nasrani is the founder and CEO of Adirondack Creamery. Paul’s passion for ice cream began on a small Pennsylvania farm where he spent summers as a youth. After a long work day on the farm, he could always find enough energy to help churn a batch of fresh homemade ice cream. The ice cream tasted great. Paul dreamed of creating a company to share it with the world. Paul’s passion for ice cream was also fueled by trips every year to Lake George where he ate ice cream at the Silver Bay Store.
Paul spent his years after college in accounting and finance in New York City and eventually became CFO of a mid-size corporation. However, Paul still had a strong passion for ice cream and did not give up on his dream. In 2002, he began producing homemade premium ice cream in his Manhattan apartment. He produced far more than he could eat himself and began to share it with co-workers and friends. The response was very positive. To learn more about ice cream production, Paul stopped into every ice cream shop he could find to speak with the proprietor. He also completed the Penn State University Ice Cream Short Course.
On a cold winter Sunday while passing through Grand Central Station, he stopped at an ice cream/custard shop and found an auction was taking place. He walked (literally pushed) away with a batch freezer for ice cream production. It did not take long for the rest of the story to unfold and within a year Paul left his finance career to make ice cream in the North Country and pursue his dream of sharing his ice cream with the world.
In 2006, Adirondack Creamery began using the Boice Brothers dairy in Kingston, NY, as a base of production. Adirondack Creamery was now able to design and make their own ice cream based on an old-fashioned recipe of cream, milk, sugar and egg yolks. Today Adirondack Creamery operates directly inside the dairy and makes ice cream from the hormone free milk which arrives at the dairy each day from 8 family farms. They work closely with local suppliers on ingredients. Adirondack Creamery is sold in over 200 stores within 150 miles of the dairy in Ulster County. They compete directly with Ben and Jerry’s and Haagen-Daz. They believe that locally made products taste better, are better for us and are better for the environment. Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream is sold in a variety of flavors including Chocolate, Barkeater, Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom, and Whiteface Mint Chip to mention a few.
Have you tried Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream?