The Riverbend Creamery makes ice cream and bottles the milk from the Jersey cows on the farm.
LINCOLNTON, NC – Piedmont Jerseys is a 300 acre dairy farm just 40 minutes from Charlotte in Lincolnton. The family who own the farm are trying something new: They use some of the 11,000 pounds of milk they make each day to make fresh ice cream and bottle their own milk.
Corey Lutz said the idea was born when his children decided to join the family’s dairy business.
âMy children were interested and the economics of the dairy industry, especially in the southeast, got to the point that this dairy [farm] was not big enough to support a family, let alone two, âsaid Lutz.
The family have been running Piedmont Jerseys since 1997. This month they added Riverbend Creamery to the family business. The creamery makes ice cream and bottles of milk from the farm, selling the products on the same land they are made and processed.
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The family has more than 200 Jersey cows producing milk.
âThey are known to make richer, creamier milk with a higher buttercream or fat content,â said Lutz’s daughter Olivia Miller.
The freshness of the product also makes a difference in taste, Miller explained.
âI would definitely say our milk and ice cream taste a lot richer and fresher,â Miller said. âWe process the cows here and try to get the product out to consumers within 24 and 48 hours. “
The creamery is open six days a week. It also hosts a fall festival on October 9.
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