ORMONDSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. The East’s homegrown creamery is Simply Natural.
“It was started by 2 brothers, David and Neil Moye,” said Michael Fulcher, marketing director at Simply Natural Creamery. “About 10 years ago, Neil bought 3 Jersey calves for his boys to learn how to handle livestock, and they milked them right behind their house in a barn. And they fell in love with the cows and decided to start a dairy.”
These cows are all natural. But the story behind the creamery’s name isn’t as obvious as you might think.
“When the family was trying to decide what to call the creamery,” said Fulcher. “They all got together one night and wrote down a name and they put it in a pot and they decided whatever name they picked out they were gonna call it. And they picked out Simply Natural Creamery.”
What started as three cows has now grown to over a hundred. And keeping the cows happy and healthy is a full-time job.
Twice a day at 5am and 5pm, over a hundred cows funnel into this station to be milked. It’s one of many things that goes on behind the scenes at Simply Natural.
“What makes us unique is they’re Jersey cows, so they fell in love with that breed,” adds Fulcher. “The only way to keep it strictly Jersey milk was to do it ourselves. So that’s where the creamery vision/dream began.”
Simply Natural opened in 2014 and now offers 40 flavors of ice cream, all homemade.
Susie Pearson, who visited from Deep Run, said her favorite flavor of ice cream is salted caramel.
Aaron Williams of La Grange added: “It’d have to be either the egg nog, but that’s seasonal, or chocolate.”
“Our signature flavor, it’s called cow pattie,” said Fulcher. “It’s a mixture of chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips, and Reese’s cups. So, if you can get past the name, it tastes really good. It’s one of our top sellers.”
But the Moye brothers’ vision was for this to be much more than just an ice cream shop.
“I love their front porch sitting on the rocking chair and eating my ice cream,” said Pearson. “We’ll go out and see the cow, the calf, and we’ll go by the swings and let the children play on the swings.”
“Sit outside on the porch or just come in here and eat ice cream and enjoy myself. Take pictures of it,” added Pearson.
It may be a bit of a drive for most down country roads, but Pearson said: “It’s well worth the ride over here.”
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