When the partners behind MilkMade--a new ice cream delivery service--set out to make ice cream using local ingredients, they were thinking about milk and eggs sourced from the Union Square Greenmarket.
But soon it became apparent that they could take the notion further. When co-founder Diana Hardeman was dreaming up a "Coffee and Donuts" flavor, inspiration struck: She took Crop to Cup's Uganda Bugisu coffee and combined it with Doughnut Plant doughnuts.
This mash-up of morning flavors beget more creative combinations. Tuthilltown Spirits' bourbon spiced up a frozen hot-toddy flavor, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine bakery supplied cupcakes for red-velvet ice cream. This month, subscribers can opt for "Twist & Stout," made with Sixpoint brewery's Otis Oatmeal Stout.
Hardeman and her business partner, Michelle Truong, have met more small purveyors at the Greenpoint Food Market, where they've been selling their ice cream. At the moment, they're dreaming up a way to use Pumpkin & Honey Bunny soda and are set to link up with Sigmund Pretzelshop. "We look at it as an opportunity to collaborate," Hardeman says. "We focus on companies that we think are doing something great."