Dairying is in Mark’s blood. Mark grew up on a dairy farm that has been in his family for four generations. He has experienced the joy and hard work of caring for over 500 animals 365 days a year and striving for the highest quality product possible. Mark’s father, Ed, is a true role model for the value of hard work, humility, and striving for excellence. There is no doubt that Mark inherited these character traits and will put his whole heart into the ice cream business!
How did Mark’s passion for ice cream become a potential business venture? Several factors worked together to spark his interest. The first is his before-mentioned connection to the dairy industry. Secondly, as young children, Mark and his sisters listened to audio stories about a man who had an ice cream parlor. Running the ice cream parlor gave the owner many opportunities to build relationships with his customers and share his faith, which resonated with Mark. Finally, in high school, Mark was asked to write a paper about a future goal, so he chose to write about opening an ice cream shop. Who could have guessed that researching and dreaming about this venture would prompt him to make it a reality?
Mark’s Homemade came on the scene in 2016 when Mark took a leap of faith and bought his first ice cream batch freezer (machine). After experimenting with the machine and a few flavors, we began taking special orders for batches of ice cream. (Chocolate ice cream was particularly difficult to perfect.) People ordered ice cream for parties and cook outs, and we delivered it to them. In fact, Mark’s ice cream was a hit at his sister Lindsey’s wedding in July of 2016!
After meeting with our Advisory Team, it was decided to go mobile and take the ice cream to the ice cream lovers instead of opening a brick and mortar shop. Being unique and creating our own recognizable brand was a priority. After much research, our first ice cream truck was purchased in December 2016. We started selling out of our truck in the summer of 2017, and haven't looked back!