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. It is one of several Farm Tours Atlanta must try!!
Newborn, Georgia 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 1940s 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 AND FARM TOUR
What to Expect on the Dairy Tour. Every creamery 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 operation, so be sure to dress appropriately for a farm tour and the weather. Each guided 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.
ROCK HOUSE CREAMERY PRODUCTS BEYOND THE DAIRY FARM TOUR
Definitely don’t skip the tour, but did you know that Rock House has tons of partnerships across Georgia that carry their wickedly delicious products? This link includes a list (scroll down to the very bottom)! There are partners in Savannah, Brasstown, Columbus, Blue Ridge and more! Or visit Farmview Market (an online farm market).
BEYOND THE CREAMERY
Are you up for more tasty exploration? We thought you might enjoy some other Georgia-made, Georgia-grown treats. Peach picking season is our favorite as Georgians and Dickey Farms has been growing peaches in the heartland of Georgia for over 120 years and is home to the state’s oldest, continuously operating peach packinghouse. They also host special events and field trips! Don’t forget to try the peach ice cream! Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont, Georgia also offers farm tours. They invite you to come to meet the cows!
Georgia is home to several Farmer’s Markets offering the best of the local, regional, and state.
If you have the little ones in tow and need something more kid-friendly there are tons of places across the peach state that offer season corn mazes, petting zoos, pumpkin patches, and more!
*All photos are courtesy of Rock House Dairy Farm and Creamery.
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