Mills River Creamery and Dairy
Contact: Bradley Johnston
Address: 4193 Haywood Rd. Mills River, NC, 28759
Email Address:
Phone: 828-279-7403
About Us
Bradley Johnston is a third generation dairy farmer from the Avery’s Creek area of Buncombe County. He grew up working at his family’s dairy farm, Tap Root Dairy, which relocated to Mills River in 1975. Bradley knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and work at the dairy, which is where he worked until Tap Root Dairy stopped producing milk in 2017. Bradley wanted to continue in the Dairy business and in August of 2014, he and his partner, Nancy Waycaster, opened Mills River Creamery at the corner of Hwy 280 and Hwy 191 in Mills River using milk from Tap Root Dairy. That August of 2014, they bottled their first cream line milk and began to offer it to the community through the Creamery. In 2016 he purchased an old dairy farm off of Hwy 191 in Mills River, and Mills River Creamery and Dairy was born.

Mills River Creamery and Dairy is a grassfed, Jersey cow dairy that supplements with non-GMO corn silage we grow and process ourselves. We practice low-temp vat pasteurization and our products are non-homogenized.

Bradley stocked his dairy with Jersey Cows from the Biltmore Jersey herd which George Vanderbilt brought to Asheville from the Isle of Jersey in 1897. From there, Mills River Creamery and Dairy began producing whole milk products made exclusively with Jersey milk, which is higher in butterfat- the fat content of our milk ranges from 4.5-5% depending on the time of year. All of Mills River Creamery's Jersey cows carry the A2/A2 gene which influences the protein in their milk. The protein A2 beta-casein- the same protein present in goat, sheep, and human milk- aids in the digestion of lactose.

Mills River Creamery and Dairy continues to thrive and we are looking forward to the future. We want to thank all of our customers and the community for your continued support. Without all of you, we would not be able to pursue our passion, which is providing the consumers the highest quality milk products we can. Thank you and when you're in Mills River, visit our Creamery for some delicious homemade ice cream!