Updated: Jun 21
If you have never visited a local dairy shop in a small town you need to add it to your bucket list. With it being national dairy month I was able to take a day trip to visit 3 different dairies all within 2 hours of Acres of Grace Farms. Hatcher Family Dairy, Nash Family Creamery, and Shop Springs Creamery are all full of amazing agriculture-based products. The first stop of the day was Hatcher Family Dairy located in College Grove Tennessee (Williamson County). Hatcher Family Dairy has whole cream, half & half, whole milk, 2% milk, chocolate milk, butter, pint-sized ice creams, along with cheeses, eggs, beef, honey, and other farm products from local producers. They sell their dairy products to over 90 vendors! Including grocery stores, coffee shops, bakeries, and markets. Check out their website for information on where their vendors are located. Along with their farm-based products, they also have some knick-knacks, farm-based kid toys, home decor, and shirts. If you plan to visit to pick up some delicious dairy products just know they do not host farm tours in the summer months due to the heat. About 30 minutes down the road in Chapel Hill, Tennessee is Nash Family Creamery (Bedford County). Nash Family Creamery has tons of amazing ice cream flavors, cheeses, cookies and sweets, local beef and meats, along with other ag-based products. Although they do not sell their milk in their store they do sell MTSU’s famous chocolate milk (which is my personal favorite). They have some of the cutest t-shirts, hats, mugs, and other merchandise. Be sure to call ahead you want a tour of their dairy operation, they only host tours on Saturdays. The last dairy shop of the day was the most delicious. Shop Springs Creamery in Lebanon Tennessee has some of the best ice creams. Besides ice cream, they sell milk and local Wilson County meat producers' products. Besides just your normal white and chocolate milk they also occasionally have cookies and cream milk but be sure to check online before making a trip that way just in case. In their shop, they have a window looking into the milk processing and packaging part of the dairy. It's so neat to be able to see what happens behind the glass that processes the milk from large containers into our half-gallon and gallon-sized jugs we use every day. Go out celebate national dairy month and visit some of these amazing dairy operations!