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She Sells Gelato From Family Dairy
Maartje Murphy is on a mission to introduce hand-crafted, locally-made gelato to North Dakota consumers. Within a couple of years, she’s managed to hook customers in every direction from the Carrington, N.Dak., farm where she makes the Italian ice cream. With her Duchessa Gelato carts, she attracts customers at farmers markets and delights wedding guests with the unexpected treat.
The gelato and her parents and brothers’ 1,500-cow dairy are unique in the east central part of North Dakota. Murphy’s parents owned a dairy in the Netherlands before emigrating to Canada in 2001, and then North Dakota in 2008. Most of the milk is sold to a creamery in Fargo, but after taking a week-long gelato-making workshop with her mother, Murphy began using some of the milk to pursue her dream of running her own business, and make a product she loved in her native country.
Starting with fresh milk from her family’s dairy, she pasteurizes the milk and makes the base to cool overnight before adding flavors the next day and churning the gelato for about 10 minutes.
“I’ve created over 100 different flavors,” Murphy says.
Initially she took her gelato cart to farmers markets and other events, serving gelato from elegant stainless steel tubs, scooping the treat into cones or cups. After posting photos on social media of the gelato cart at her own wedding, she got requests and started catering to weddings, graduations, and other family and business events.
Pints sell for $12/each or five for $50. She also sells Gelato cakes (layers of frozen gelato between Graham cracker crust) for $60.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Maartje Murphy, Duchessa Gelato, 7321 1st ST. NE, Carrington, N. Dak. 58421 (ph 701-650-0153; hello@cowsandcocreamery.com; www.cowsandcocreamery.com; Facebook: Cows & Co Creamery).

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