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4193 Haywood Road 
Mills River, NC 28759
April 26, 2017

http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/north-carolina/exhibitors/On the 1st Saturday of May “The Mills River Creamery” will be selling ice cream and fresh dairy products.  Come try out a free sample of our products and check-in on the latest news about our Dairy, located in Mills River, North Carolina.   We will be meeting folks of the community at the Mother Earth News Fair on May 6 and 7.  Our booth will be outside across from the Main Stage.

May 6-7, 2017
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C. 28732

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March 16, 2017

Close to Raw Milk

Milk has long dominated the American diet for years, as an essential staple for health and bone strength. It is densely loaded with nutritious fats and proteins that make us strong. In these modern times there are multiple options ranging from heavily processed all the way to raw milk. One milk in particular that has gained some popularity is A2 milk.

The name may be intimidating at first as one wonders, what does A2 mean? Cows milk is loaded with protein: one reason it is a popular drink choice for fitness gurus. These proteins are made up of two types, A1 and A2. For the strong-stomached, there is no significant difference between these two types of protein.

At this point you might have already guessed that A2 milk only contains A2 proteins. This is simply means the protein make-up of the milk is different. However, significant studies have shown one important difference between the two types of protein. People who often reported stomach issues when drinking regular milk (A1 and A2 protein), found that their digestive problems were gone when they only consumed A2 milk (milk lacking the A1 protein). It is now becoming a well-known fact that A2 milk is easier on the stomach than regular milk. In fact, some studies suggest a significant amount of people are improperly diagnosed with lactose intolerance, when in reality they just have a sensitivity to the A1 protein.

Digestive benefits are not the only bright side to A2 milk. Another benefit is the correlation of A2 milk and a high-quality local dairy farm. There is only one way to get A2 milk and that is to get it from a cow that only produces that particular protein. Most cows produce both proteins and cannot be used to make A2 milk. So in order to harvest this milk, the farmers must do a heavily selective process in choosing special cows that only produce the A2 protein. This process is too long and costly for major milk corporations so one will often find only local dairy farms carry A2 milk. This leads to a greater attention-to-detail when making the milk. Dairy farms that make A2 milk are often local and attentive during the dairy making process. When buying A2 milk, or A2 milk products, one can be assured the milk has been through selective and intimate vetting. This results in higher quality milk.

So what is the take away? Well, A2 milk only has benefits—better digestion, and locally produced. Compared to regular milk it wins in taste as well, as it typically comes from local farms with great attentiveness toward dairy products. If you haven’t tried A2 milk before, and have stomach issues, please do. This might fix your problem and allow you to fully enjoy one of nature’s most delicious beverages.

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Mills River Creamery Now Offering New Exciting ProductsMills River Creamery Now Offering New  Exciting Products

For generations, our family has supplied fresh milk to the Western North Carolina area. Throughout the decades, we only produced milk that was processed and sold by larger milk companies in the region, but in the fall of 2014, we opened our own small plant in the Mills River community.

Until this fall, we used milk produced from our Holstein herd, but starting on November 12, 2016, we opened the new dairy in Mills River which is the home to a small herd of registered Jerseys. These cows are being fed all non-GMO feed ingredients and will have grass to be turned out on as weather permits. .

Further, we purposely purchased Jersey cows that tested solely for the A2 beta casein. This will enable us to offer a new and exciting product to our customers; this is somewhat a rare product that’s growing in popularity. We’re very excited about this new phase for our business and for our customers.

The difference between A1 and A2

If you don’t work on a dairy farm or you’re not a nutritionist, you may have not realized there’s a difference between A1 and A2 milk. To explain it simply, casein is the largest group of proteins in milk, making up about 80% of the total protein content. Beta-casein is the second most common protein in milk and comes in two forms, A1 and A2.

A1 beta-casein: Produced by Holstein cows and other breeds originating in Northern Europe. 

A2 beta-casein: mainly found in breeds originating in Southern France and the Channel Islands, includes the Guernsey, Jersey, Charolais, and Limousin.

Regular milk sold in traditional American grocery stores contains A1 and A2 beta-caseins, while A2 milk only contains the A2 beta-casein and is rarely marketed in our country. Some studies have shown the human body cannot digest the A1 protein very well but can digest the A2 type. Countries that only drink A2 milk have significantly less issues with lactose intolerance and other milk-related digestive issues.

Only a handful of U.S. dairy farms produce A2 milk, but many Americans are craving healthier and purer food and beverage products, such as this type of milk. Further, more and more folks are acquiring allergies and intolerance’s to traditional milk which could be attributed to the A1 protein.  Because of these reasons and many others, we’re thrilled about this new adventure at Mills River Creamery and the opportunity to offer this new product to our customers.

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November 15, 2016

Come to our Ice Cream Shop to get your homemade ice cream on a hot summer day – is there anything better? It’s one of the few pleasures of life that doesn’t change from generation to generation. At Mills River Creamery, everything about our ice cream shop, from the décor to how we make it, calls to mind days gone by in western North Carolina.

Those of you who’ve been around Avery Creek for a while may remember the homemade ice cream from Arcadia Dairy Farms served up by “Maw” from the 1940s to the 1980s. At Mills River, we honor Maw’s tradition with every batch we make.  We use our own fresh milk, local berries in season and other natural products, and serve it up in generous scoops. And what better way to eat our ice cream than from a tall, red-topped stool, like ice cream shops used to look in the 1950s?

We make fresh ice cream about three times a week, and if you come at the right time, you can watch it being made through the window near the main counter. We also make butter, too. We offer 20 ice cream flavors, including sugar-free options, milkshakes, smoothies, floats, banana splits and sundaes.

Ice cream shops have always been a popular gathering place for the community and we’ve continued that history at Mills River. Our overflow seating space is located right in the middle between the creamery and Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria, which makes it a great space for special events. With pizza and homemade ice cream, you’ve got all you need for a perfect birthday party! Just give us a call at 828-891-4007 to check room availability.

Everything about our ice cream shop is a sweet treat that takes you back in time and we’re proud to keep the tradition going. Stop in and have a bowl today!

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November 15, 2016

Egg Nog RecipeThere’s a chill in the air and more catalogs in the mailbox, so you know what that means. The holidays are coming and Mills River Creamery will soon be serving up eggnog!

The origins of eggnog, also known as “egg milk punch,” is the subject of some debate. Some folks believe it originated in East Anglia, England, but others say it developed from posset, a beverage made with hot milk, often with eggs added in, that was popular in medieval Europe. The “nog” part may have come from the word “noggin”, an English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. The British drink was also called an Egg Flip, due to the practice of “flipping” or rapidly pouring it between two pitchers to mix it.

Eggnog made its way to our continent during colonial days, where Canadian and U.S. citizens have traditionally consumed it from Thanksgiving through the end of the Christmas season. By the 18th Century, eggnog was so popular it actually caused a riot. In December 1826, whiskey was smuggled into the barracks of the United States Military Academy to make eggnog for a Christmas Day party. Mischief commenced and the incident resulted in court-martial for 20 cadets and an enlisted soldier!

At Mills River, our eggnog doesn’t contain spirits, so we don’t plan to stir up much of a commotion. But we sure hope you’ll have some fun using our fresh-made eggnog for all your holiday festivities. Made with our own “as close to raw as you can get” milk and real eggs, we’ll start offering fresh batches soon and continue through Christmas.
In fact, in the interest of fun and new ideas, we hope you’ll share your holiday eggnog creations with us and other Mills River customers. Eggnog is now used for so many things in addition to punch bowl recipes – like ice cream, coffee drinks and French toast, to name a few – that we hope you’ll use Mills River Creamery Eggnog to try something new this holiday season, or serve up an old family recipe, and tell us about it on Facebook.

From now through Christmas, post your favorite eggnog recipes on our Facebook page for our customers to try out and vote on their favorites. In January, we’ll recognize the winners, and the customer whose recipe gets the most Likes will win some free products from Mills River Creamery in 2016.

To find out when the first batch of eggnog will be available, follow us on Facebook, keep checking the Mills River Creamery website, or give us a call at 828-891-4007. And have a happy and safe holiday season!

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November 6, 2015

Egg Nog RecipeThere’s a chill in the air and more catalogs in the mailbox, so you know what that means. The holidays are coming and Mills River Creamery will soon be serving up eggnog!

The origins of eggnog, also known as “egg milk punch,” is the subject of some debate. Some folks believe it originated in East Anglia, England, but others say it developed from posset, a beverage made with hot milk, often with eggs added in, that was popular in medieval Europe. The “nog” part may have come from the word “noggin”, an English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. The British drink was also called an Egg Flip, due to the practice of “flipping” or rapidly pouring it between two pitchers to mix it.

Eggnog made its way to our continent during colonial days, where Canadian and U.S. citizens have traditionally consumed it from Thanksgiving through the end of the Christmas season. By the 18th Century, eggnog was so popular it actually caused a riot. In December 1826, whiskey was smuggled into the barracks of the United States Military Academy to make eggnog for a Christmas Day party. Mischief commenced and the incident resulted in court-martial for 20 cadets and an enlisted soldier!

At Mills River, our eggnog doesn’t contain spirits, so we don’t plan to stir up much of a commotion. But we sure hope you’ll have some fun using our fresh-made eggnog for all your holiday festivities. Made with our own “as close to raw as you can get” milk and real eggs, we’ll start offering fresh batches soon and continue through Christmas.
In fact, in the interest of fun and new ideas, we hope you’ll share your holiday eggnog creations with us and other Mills River customers. Eggnog is now used for so many things in addition to punch bowl recipes – like ice cream, coffee drinks and French toast, to name a few – that we hope you’ll use Mills River Creamery Eggnog to try something new this holiday season, or serve up an old family recipe, and tell us about it on Facebook.

From now through Christmas, post your favorite eggnog recipes on our Facebook page for our customers to try out and vote on their favorites. In January, we’ll recognize the winners, and the customer whose recipe gets the most Likes will win some free products from Mills River Creamery in 2016.

To find out when the first batch of eggnog will be available, follow us on Facebook, keep checking the Mills River Creamery website, or give us a call at 828-891-4007. And have a happy and safe holiday season!

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August 3, 2015

Come to our Ice Cream Shop to get your homemade ice cream on a hot summer day – is there anything better? It’s one of the few pleasures of life that doesn’t change from generation to generation. At Mills River Creamery, everything about our ice cream shop, from the décor to how we make it, calls to mind days gone by in western North Carolina.

Those of you who’ve been around Avery Creek for a while may remember the homemade ice cream from Arcadia Dairy Farms served up by “Maw” from the 1940s to the 1980s. At Mills River, we honor Maw’s tradition with every batch we make.  We use our own fresh milk, local berries in season and other natural products, and serve it up in generous scoops. And what better way to eat our ice cream than from a tall, red-topped stool, like ice cream shops used to look in the 1950s?

We make fresh ice cream about three times a week, and if you come at the right time, you can watch it being made through the window near the main counter. We also make butter, too. We offer 20 ice cream flavors, including sugar-free options, milkshakes, smoothies, floats, banana splits and sundaes.

Ice cream shops have always been a popular gathering place for the community and we’ve continued that history at Mills River. Our overflow seating space is located right in the middle between the creamery and Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria, which makes it a great space for special events. With pizza and homemade ice cream, you’ve got all you need for a perfect birthday party! Just give us a call at 828-891-4007 to check room availability.

Everything about our ice cream shop is a sweet treat that takes you back in time and we’re proud to keep the tradition going. Stop in and have a bowl today!

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