COVINGTON, GA – (September 15, 2016) – Rock House Farm, a family farm producing grass-finished beef, heritage hogs and heirloom corn, has purchased the Johnston Family Farm dairy operation, a family owned and operated dairy since 1940. Rock House Farm is rebranding the dairy Rock House Creamery. New management is busy updating facilities in order to bring product to market as early as fall of this year.
Johnston Family Farm was started by J.H. Johnston and later managed by sons John Johnston and, most recently, Russell Johnston. Under the Johnston family, this well-established farm milked between 80 and 100 cows a day, producing around 60 pounds a day per cow to create fresh whole milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, cream and half-and-half.
Rock House Farm and its new division, Rock House Creamery, is owned by the Kelly family, owners of Farmview Market in Madison and Kelly Products in Covington. The Kelly’s plans for the creamery include an expanded product line to serve a broader base of customers.
“Our goal at Rock House Creamery is to continue along the path the Johnston family started more than 75 years ago – to offer the healthiest, tastiest dairy products to our local community,” said Keith Kelly, owner of Rock House Creamery.
To make sure they are able to deliver the highest quality products, Rock House Creamery has hired a new creamery manager to provide day-to-day direction of milk processing and cheese making. Tyler Davis, an Atlanta native and Georgia Tech graduate, has a passion for crafting artisan cheese. He came to Rock House Creamery from Caramont Farm in Virginia where he was head cheese maker.
“We are currently hard at work on facility updates. Upon re-opening, we expect to launch a line of exciting products, including the best cream line whole milk, a gourmet chocolate milk, and a variety of fresh and aged cheeses,” said Tyler Davis, manager, Rock House Creamery.
Additionally, Rock House Creamery will be working on a variety of new, innovative products in the near future.
To that effort, the creamery has formed a partnership with UGA’s Food Product Innovation Center. Working directly with Dr. Kirk Kealey, Director of FoodPIC, RHC is developing a variety of unique dairy products featuring locally and sustainably grown Georgia products. Dr. Kealey and the FoodPIC staff possess internationally renowned expertise in food science and technology, along with extensive research facilities and capabilities to help develop new products.
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Kelly Products, Inc.
14481 Lochridge Blvd.
Covington, GA 30014