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  • 'Dream' come true

    Talent family's ice cream featured in Eat Local Challenge 2012
  • Like many startup businesses founded on family recipes, Lemon Dream Ice Cream first got the thumb's up from proprietors' friends.
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  • Like many startup businesses founded on family recipes, Lemon Dream Ice Cream first got the thumb's up from proprietors' friends.
    "I always have friends asking me for more," says Talent resident Courtney Stiemert.
    Unlike so many other endeavors, the dessert already had endured more than 50 years of refining and testing by one of the country's foremost quality-control experts.
    "My grandfather came up with this recipe about 75 years ago," says Stiemert, 48.
    Her grandfather was W. Edwards Deming, a statistician who worked as a consultant to manufacturers, consumer researchers, transportation companies, hospitals, legal firms, government entities and universities. He lives on through his namesake institute, based in California, a prestigious prize awarded to Japanese companies that excel at quality control and — since June — Lemon Dream Ice Cream.
    "Once he conquered the lemon, he pretty much stuck with that," says Stiemert. "We mostly made it for holidays."
    Since Lochmead Farms in Junction City started making Lemon Dream to Stiemert's specifications late last year, fans can enjoy it year-round. Lemon Dream will be among the featured, local vendors at a free Saturday fete at Ashland Food Co-op. The chance to sample and meet about 20 artisan producers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. coincides with the annual Eat Local Challenge.
    A free sneak peak of Lemon Dream is planned for noon to 3 p.m. today at the culinary kiosk inside the Co-op, 237 N. First St., Ashland. The Co-op has stocked the ice cream since July. Harry & David Country Village has sold Lemon Dream since late last year when it was packaged in plain, white cartons. Pints retail for $5.99.
    Inside the new, sky-blue container with cloud-shaped logo and yellow accents is evaporated milk, cream from Lochmead's own cows, sugar, pure lemon and vanilla extracts and fresh lemon juice.
    "It's six ingredients, and you can pronounce all of them," says Stiemert. "It's not too sweet."
    Locust-bean gum, a natural stabilizer, was added to Lemon Dream's commercial recipe. A half-cup serving has 120 calories and 4 grams of fat.
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