Long before the world heard of country music singer Luke Bryan’s farm tour, locals and tourists alike were learning about where milk and cheese come from by touring what is now Rock House Dairy Farm and Creamery in Newborn, Ga.
Newborn is located between Atlanta and Athens, just outside the antebellum town of Madison Georgia, and is probably the nearest dairy farm to Atlanta. The 100-acre dairy farm dates back to the 1940’s and was started by J.H. Johnston.
In addition to producing all-natural, farm-fresh dairy products, Johnston gave dairy tours to local kids and families. It’s that tradition now owner Keith Kelly aims to continue, with a modern twist that entertains and educates both kids and adults while teaching them about local agriculture and how milk and cheese are made. The kids (ok and adults) love playing dairy farmers for an afternoon.
Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to plan your visit to this amazing family farm.
Wickedly Delicious Rock House Creamery (& Farm Tour)
What to Expect on the Dairy Tour. Every farm tour is a bit different, but expect to learn all about milk production and how raw milk goes from the cows to the bottle, sample some creamline milk and some of Rock House Creamery’s famous cheese curds. Rock House is a working farm, so be sure to dress appropriately for a farm tour and the weather. Each tour takes about 1.5 hours and must be booked in advance.
Book a Private Tour. In addition to group tours, Rock House Creamery hosts private farm tours that include products to take home.
Meet the Cows. As you would expect with a dairy farm tour, it starts with the dairy cows. Rock House Creamery cows are a Jersey, Holstein, Swedish Red cross which means the milk is higher in butterfat, providing a richer, creamier milk and buttermilk.
While there, notice the different sizes and colors of cows. There is even one with tiger stripes in the current milking herd. She is quite unique. And be sure to say hello to our favorite ‘moo’del Emily.
Interactive Fun at Rock House Creamery and Farm Tour. Rock House isn’t like other local dairy farms where you just watch the process. Here you may have a chance to make your own ice cream or feed the Rock House calves. You’ll definitely have a chance to see where the milking is done on this interactive tour, and learn about the creamline milk process.
Taste the difference of Creamline Milk. Creamline milk is a very natural form of farm fresh milk. It is pasteurized, but not homogenized, so the milk has a rich creamline top, where the cream separates from the milk.
That means that you shake it before drinking. And we promise, once you’ve tasted creamline milk, you’ll want to bypass your local grocery and start asking where are the closest local dairy farms near me.
Creamline Chocolate Milk. What could be better than creamline milk? Making a milk mustache with award-winning creamline chocolate milk made with West African cocoa beans that’s what. One variety uses spices from a recipe that dates back hundreds of years!
This chocolate milk is so good it won the 2018 UGA Flavor of Georgia Food Product contest in the dairy category, beating out several other products from dairy farms in Georgia.
Rock House Creamery Cheese. In addition to creamline whole milk, Rock House Creamery makes cheese. The cheese curds are called Clack’s Curds for Kelly’s late grandfather, Clack Broach, and they squeak when you bite into them, eliciting tons of giggles from kids of all ages.
In addition to curds, Rock House Creamery makes other dairy products including a delicious spreadable fromage. Recently the dairy added aged cheddar and Tommes to the inventory, a perfect appetizer for your next barbecue.
Take a Farm Tour of the Rock House Gardens. It’s not just about the cows. In addition to learning about the milking process on the dairy farm tour, guests also visit the 11-acre, certified naturally grown farm next door to the Creamery. If you’re lucky, you might even get to harvest a few seasonal fruits or vegetables as you learn what it takes to be a farmer.
Where can you get Rock House Creamery products besides the Dairy Farm Tour?
The Creamery usually has products for sale after the tours, but if you can’t make it out to your local dairy farm there are options. Rock House Creamery products don’t offer home delivery (yet) but they are available at the nearby Farmview Market, as well as these local stores.
- Alon’s Bakery and Market, Atlanta
- Five Daughters Bakery, Atlanta
- Blackwell Grocery, Mansfield
- Bread & Butter Bakery, Covington
- Kiki’s Bake Shop, Watkinsville
- Piggly Wiggly, Eatonton
- The Cork Boutique & Gifts, Covington
- Town Square Olive Oil, Covington
- Big City Bread, Athens
- Ideal Bagel, Athens
- Mama’s Boy at the Falls, Athens
- Burge Plantation, Mansfield
- The Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee
- 5&10, Athens
- Heirloom Cafe, Athens
- Good Earth, Augusta
Want more Farm Tours and Local Dairy Farms?
In addition to Rock House Creamery, check out these farm tours in Georgia.
- White Oak Pasture, Bluffton
- Southern Belle Farm, McDonough
- Georgia Buffalo Ranch and Trading Post, near Statesboro
- Mayfield Dairy, Brasleton