Residents of Northeast Georgia want fresh, local dairy products.
Scott Glover and his wife, Jennifer Glover, owners of Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont, can attest.
“Folks know that our milk and our dairy products come from right here,” Scott Glover said. “…And our community wants that local product.”
Glover is a fourth-generation dairy farmer. He and his wife started Glo-Crest Dairy in 2000, when they began building their herd. In July 2011, they started the creamery.
Since then, they’ve experienced steady, impressive growth. Their products, including all-natural, non-homogenized whole milk, chocolate milk, low-fat milk, buttermilk, ice cream and butter, are now sold in nearly 35 locations in 17 different cities, including Atlanta, Athens, Helen, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch, Dahlonega and many more.
In Gainesville, their products are sold at J&J Foods, Green’s Grocery and the snack bar at Lakeview Academy.
Recently, the Glovers were able to expand the business and its property by 100 acres.
“The dairy where we were milking our cows we were leasing from some guys, a couple brothers,” Glover said. “We really wanted a place of our own, and a year and a half ago we were able to find right at 100 acres about a mile and a half from the creamery. So we were able to buy the land and build our facilities.”
Glover said he credits their success to both the quality of their products and the knowledge of the community.
“I think people have learned and researched enough to know the advantages of non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized dairy products,” he said.
Some of his customers are lactose-intolerant or have Crohn’s disease, but they are able to consume Mountain Fresh Creamery products because they are all-natural.
It’s milk the way Mother Nature intended, he said.
The only major difficulty the Glovers have faced is finding help as the company has grown.
“That’s been a challenge,” he said. “Being a small business trying to grow, we want someone that has the same kind of beliefs and the same goals that we have.”
Glover’s long-term goals for the business aren’t necessarily about growth, however. He appreciates the local niche the company fits into and wants to continue to provide a truly local product.
“We take a lot of pride in the quality of the products we produce at the dairy, and we take a lot of pride in the way we take care of our cows, the housing we provide and the feed,” he said. “In return, they produce a high-quality milk.
“That’s what we want to bring to the table.”