Adam Brackbill, founder of Urban Churn, started his venture into craft ice cream to create a product that people wanted, rather than needed.
“I was working on the web design projects and realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do at the time,” said Brackbill. “I was giving people something that they needed, and I wanted to give the community what they wanted.”
Brackbill said the idea for Urban Churn came when he noticed other craft markets begin to pop up around Harrisburg. Beyond local, commercial brands like Hershey’s and Turkey Hill, he noticed a considerable lack of ice cream options.
“I wanted to create flavors that you wouldn’t normally find on the shelves,” said Brackbill.
Urban Churn’s latest venture is a home-delivery service called “Pint Club” that will deliver four new flavors right to your house every month.
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Pint Club valid within a 10-mile radius of Urban Churn.
Creating something different
While Urban Churn offers your go-to flavors of vanilla and chocolate, expect wilder combinations at the stand at Broad Street Market.
Some of the creamery’s out-of-the-box flavors have included Troegenator Oat, Lavender Honey Lemon, and Beach Peach, an Old Bay and peach flavor that took some people by surprise.
“When I tried out Beach Peach, people didn’t want to try it because they saw it had Old Bay,” said Brackbill. “Once I just put the name up, people bought it and loved it. Their reactions once they found out it was Old Bay were great.”
Brackbill said kumquat and balsamic has been his favorite.
Intern Jimi note: My personal favorite is salted caramel, while my dad is all about the mint chip.
No matter what you’re looking for, Urban Churn can hook you up.
“People like that they can come to the market and give feedback or maybe suggest a flavor,” said Brackbill. “I like Urban Churn to be transparent that way, and I think people like to see the results.”
Brackbill said that there’s no real secret to how he comes up with his recipes. Some are tried and true like salted caramel, and others, like grapenut, are old family recipes.
“It’s just all about what you’re craving at the time,” said Brackbill.
Where to find Urban Churn
Currently, you can find Urban Churn ice cream Thursday through Saturday at their stand at Broad Street Market plus at The Garlic Poet, Grain + Verse, Red Sky Cafe (Camp Hill and Outer Banks locations), HMAC, and soon Dalicia Bakery.
Urban Churn is also the sole provider of ice cream for all Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar locations. They supply them with 300 gallons of ice cream every two weeks.
Brackbill has plans to continue to expand his ice cream through a new deal with U.S. Foods, which will get their products to more restaurants.
“When we got the Arooga’s contract, we had to pull out of a few local markets,” said Brackbill. “I always kick myself and wonder if I could have made it work.”
He worked long hours, sometimes running 24-hour-plus churning days to meet demands. Now, he has help from friends and an employee, Kyle Komada, to help with his effort.
Komada started a few months ago and now does the brunt of the churning at their new production location off of Paxton Street.
He has a background as a pastry chef in New York City and brings that expertise to Urban Churn.
With Komada’s assistance and their new production facility, Urban Churn has been able to get back into the local markets while still being able to experiment.
A new assistant and a new location where he can produce 25 gallons of delicious ice cream in an hour help Urban Churn continue to grow and delve into different ventures.
Along with expanding as Arooga’s expands, Brackbill hopes that the deal with U.S. Foods helps get Urban Churn to restaurants across the country.
Keep an eye out for new flavors coming at the market and new sorbet popsicles made with fresh fruit.