Four years ago, Kelvin Morgan of Dallas Center had an idea.
“I had bought a machine from a tractor club and thought about (hooking that machine to an ice cream maker),” Morgan said. The machine was a hit-and-miss motor, commonly used on farms in the “olden days” to run all kinds of things.
Morgan, who grew up on a dairy farm, had an interest in the motor and in a dairy product like homemade ice cream, which he loves. So, he rigged his ice cream maker to the hit-and-miss motor and came up with a “hit.” After all, who doesn’t like homemade ice cream?
This past weekend, Morgan was in Maxwell at the annual Old Settlers Picnic festival, selling his homemade vanilla and chocolate ice cream alongside other vendors. He also offered floats, which he made by pouring favorite flavors of canned pop over the homemade ice cream. “Root beer is the most popular, but peach and orange Crush are real popular as well,” he said.
Morgan likes going out to the small-town festivals and fairs. His next event will be the Dallas Center Fall Festival, which he said is right after the state fair finishes. He’ll do the Beaverdale Fall Festival, too. And also this fall, he will be at Deal’s Orchard at Jefferson for three weekends, selling homemade ice cream.
One of the best things he helps with each year is making 40 to 50 gallons of homemade ice cream for the Victor Christian Academy in Indianola to serve a la mode with their homemade pies during the Warren County Fair.
In running his stand, Morgan is happy to have good friends like Jeanne Petro of Altoona and 16-year-old Gabe Hintzsche of Elkhart, who will be a junior at North Polk High School this fall, to help him.
Hintzsche comes along just about every weekend to help make the ice cream, and he’s very honest when he’s asked what he likes best about helping. “Free ice cream,” he said.
Morgan loves that he’s able to share a great product and a little history in his style of making it with the people who stop by the stand. Right now, he’s in the process of constructing a second ice cream maker in the same fashion, and he’s also working with another guy to try to figure out how to use a hit-and-miss engine to make a machine that can churn butter. “I love that old kind of stuff,” he said.
You can follow Kountry Boys Homemade Ice Cream on the business’ Facebook page under the business name.