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4193 Haywood Road 
Mills River, NC 28759

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Raw Milk | Asheville NCEveryone in the Asheville area is either looking for, or talking about raw milk. As a local dairy farmer that grew up drinking fresh milk that came straight from my father’s farm, I can understand why there is so much interest in this. Also, knowing where our food not only is produced, but processed means more than ever. Over the years our food is being brought in from farther and farther away, with less restrictions on what pesticides and herbicides can be used in their food production.

Our dairy and bottling facilities are located in the Mills River Valley just south of Asheville. Having both so close together allows us to produce and bottle our milk in virtually the same day, which allows us to offer the freshest product with the longest shelf life that is available to the area. All of our products are low temperature vat pasteurized and non-homogenized, making it as close to being raw milk as you can legally buying in the state of North Carolina at this time.

We offer gallons and half gallons of whole milk, whole chocolate milk, whole milk buttermilk along with homemade ice-cream, farmstead cheese, and fresh real butter at our store at 4193 Haywood Road in Mills River.

We are proud to be a third generation dairy farming family that has been selling milk products to the public since 1917.

Health Benefits of Raw Milk

The health benefits of raw milk are part of a growing awareness in the Asheville area and across the nation, but we’re certainly not the first ones to figure it out. For close to 10,000 years, cultures around the world have cultivated the use of milk from domesticated cows to nurture and protect their good health.

As early as 8000 B.C.E., there is evidence of cattle domestication in Mesopotamia, but the milking of cows didn’t really catch on until Sumerian civilizations did it around 3,000 B.C.E. Not only did they drink milk, but they also used it to make cheese and butter. In Ancient Egypt, the cow was an important focal point for agriculture and spirituality, while Hebrew Scriptures speak of a land that flows with “milk and honey.” The Bible mentions milk or milk products about 50 times.

And cows aren’t the only creatures who’ve provided raw milk throughout history. There’s also goats, water buffalo, camels and yaks, even horses and donkeys that provided sustenance to humans for centuries.

At Mills River Creamery, we stick with the cows, but we’re proud to be a part of a long tradition of promoting the health benefits of raw milk, a fact that seems to have gotten lost in modern culture. Few people are aware that raw milk from grass-fed cows was considered a medicine in the early 20th Century, frequently used to cure chronic diseases, like scurvy.

That history took a major hit in the 1800s as more people in the U.S. moved to urban areas and many dairies were located next to breweries and distilleries where the other main beverage of the era – whiskey – was made. This brand of raw milk, which came to be known as “brewer’s mash”, was made in highly contaminated and unsanitary conditions that led to a variety of diseases and deaths.

But clean, raw milk never lost its health and medicinal benefits. In fact, even as pasteurization was helping to lower the rates of rampant diseases early in the 20th Century, J.E. Crewe, M.D., co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, was one of many physicians who continued to tout high quality raw milk from pasture-grazed healthy cows as a well-documented cure for diseases. In 1929, he wrote that research he’d conducted over 15 years showed that the results of certified milk treatment had been so “uniformly excellent that one’s conception of disease and it’s alleviation is necessarily changed.”

At Mills River Creamery, our milk is pasteurized in a low temperature vat, but it is not homogenized, making it as close to raw milk as you can get. We believe our products are a safe and completely-balanced food with immense nutritional and medicinal value.

We are proud to be a third generation dairy farming family that has been selling milk products to the public since 1917.

You also can find our products at these local stores in the Asheville area:

Hopey & Co, South French Broad Ave

Hopey & Co, Sweeten Creek Rd.

Hopey & Co, Black Mountain

Earth Fare, South Asheville

Earth Fare, West Gate Asheville

French Broad Food Co-op, Asheville

Fresh Market, Hendersonville

Fresh Market, North Asheville

Fresh Market, South Asheville

Troyer’s Country Amish Blatz, Fairview

Circle M Farms, Swannanoa

Farside Farms Market, Woodfin

TJ’s Market , Marshall

Brush Creek Grocery,  Marshall

Boone’s Corner,  Avery’s Creek

Food Matters, Brevard

Hendersonville Food Co-op, Hendersonville

Fletcher Valley Market, Fletcher

Four Seasons Country Market, Hendersonville

Owl Country Market, Canton

CitiStop, Mills River

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