As the end of June comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on National Dairy Month and Tennessee dairy farmers. National Dairy Month was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world. Parman Companies celebrated the dairy industry by having an ice cream truck at both Parman Tractor & Equipment and Parman Truck’s customer appreciation days during the month of June.

Dairy’s contribution to milk, cheese, ice cream and many more delicious foods would not be possible without the people behind the dairy products: dairy farmers. Tennessee’s average dairy cow size is 170 milking cows and is home to 226 registered diaries. Dairy products brought in $118.9 million in cash receipts to the state.

Here are a few Middle TN farms that produce farm fresh milk and cheese:

Tennessee Real Milk is the proud product of Groves Family Dairy located in Orlinda, TN. The milk is produced and processed on the farm and shipped to hundreds of different retailers, cafes and restaurants. The Groves family makes Old Fashioned Creamline, Whole Homogenized, Light, Skim, Half & Half, Chocolate, Buttermilk and seasonal Strawberry milk and Boiled Custard. Located on the dairy is Lindsey’s Country Store where we also sell our delicious ALL NATURAL Tennessee Real Milk.

Hatcher Family Dairy is located in College Grove Tennessee and has several varieties of dairy products: Whole Milk Cream Line, 2% Homogenized Milk, Skim Milk & Chocolate Milk, & Gelato(New)! We also offer hayrides & educational dairy farm tours including all aspects of milk production, processing to the finished product of milk in the bottle. Call or check out our web site for more information & farm tour reservations. http://www.hatcherfamilydairy.com

Noble Springs Dairy is a Grade A Goat Dairy and Artisanal Goat Cheese making operation that was licensed in 2009. The dairy farm is just 6 miles from downtown Franklin, TN. Every drop of milk that goes into our products is derived from the natural forages that our goats enjoy on the farm. Our cheeses have distinct flavor that is due to the unlimited pasture grazing and special care our animals receive. Noble Springs goat cheese, goat milk yogurt, goat milk and goat milk soap is currently available at numerous retail locations and restaurants in the Greater Nashville Area. During the tour you will learn about various farm animals, see the milking parlor, see our cheese making facility, and learn about the cheese making process. The tour includes many hands on opportunities. At the conclusion of the tour visitors will have the opportunity to sample and purchase some of our delicious products. http://www.noble-springs.com

Bonnie Blue Farm & Log Cabin Stays is Tennessee’s premier award winning licensed goat dairy located in Waynesboro, TN. Farm fresh and aged cheeses made onsite – naturally cave aged. We are a Grade A Dairy licensed by the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture. Our farmstead cheese is made using only milk from our own herd. We also offer farm stays & farm tours. Tours and log cabin stays are open year-round by reservation only. Call us or check out our website for ordering, reservations, & more information. http://www.bonniebluefarm.com