Drink Up: Local milk from Johnston Family Farm

Just as an English clothbound cheddar or a delicate handcrafted chèvre expresses cheese at its highest potential, a gulp of milk from Johnston Family Farm in Newborn, Georgia, makes you realize how sublime this everyday schoolchild’s drink can be. In fact, it tastes like the kind of milk that would be used to make exceptional cheese: complexly sweet and creamy. The cream that floats on the surface of Johnston’s whole milk will invoke nostalgia in those who remember the milkman’s daily deliveries in bottles. (The farm also produces skim milk and 2 percent for the calorie-conscious.)

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