Podcast Air Date: September 3, 2021
An entrepreneur and innovator, Katey is the female face of farming in Delaware after her appearance on ABC's critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated television show "Shark Tank," for her business The Frozen Farmer.
Katey is passionate about her role as a "farHER," and her platform of reducing food waste at The Frozen Farmer by sourcing "misfit fruit" in her line of frozen confections. Katey is a past recipient of the USDA Value Added Producer Grant, has earned a Blazing New Trails Award from her local Chamber of Commerce and has been featured as a speaker at the Delaware Women in Agriculture Conference, the Grow + Fortify Summit, Delaware Social Media Conference, Sussex County's Today and Tomorrow Conference, Delaware Ag Industry Week, and was recently invited to participate in the Global Food Forum with USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, where she was the only female farmer representing the industry.
Katey and her family were featured in a national ad campaign for being good stewards of the land for Global Fertilizer Day by The Fertilizer Institute and their faces can be seen in any Giant Food store as you walk in during the summer season as they are part of a chain wide "know your local farmer" campaign, featuring their family on life-size standup posters throughout the store. Katey is a member of Delaware Women's Workforce Council, aimed to achieve gender equality in the workplace in the First State.
A mother of three, Katey is heavily involved in growing the farm-to-school partnership with local school districts in Delaware who serve her fresh homegrown produce in their school cafeteria. Furthering her farm-to-school efforts, Katey hosts field trips on her family farm and is passionate about agriculture education and agritourism in Delaware.
"On of the nicest surprises from our getting a deal and airing on Shark Tank was the over whelming response and support we received from farmers all over America. It was amazing... hand-written letters and emails — we started printing them out and putting them in a photo album for our kids to read when they're older."
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The Frozen Farmer ice cream is the richest, the creamiest, and the most delicious homemade super-premium ice cream in Delaware. Why? Because it is made from scratch with only the most premium cream from local Delaware dairy farmers and boatloads of luscious homegrown ingredients straight from the fields of our own third generation family farm, Evans Farms in Bridgeville. That's field to cup goodness and that's why everyone loves it. But that's not all.
The Frozen Farmer has perfected fruit-based frozen confections like sorbet (a dairy-free, gluten-free and fat-free treat that'll make your taste buds swoon) and "frobert" (a part sorbet, part ice cream blend) to provide a farm-to-cup treat with an epic explosion of farm fresh flavor. We use as much imperfect produce in our fruit based confections as possible, helping build a more sustainable and effective food system, helping fight food waste, and ensuring local farmers (like us!) are rewarded for their full harvest with less waste. Our mission to incorporate ugly produce into our line of ice cream, nice cream and sorbet is our way of producing a value-added product that's as delicious as it is beautiful.