There’s something about an ice cream factory that perks up our ears, calling to attention childhood memories sticky with chocolate residue, sweet with summer sun. Mayfield’s Ice Cream is located in Athens, Tennessee and has a pretty sweet deal in their factory tour – if you ask us, at least.
If you're looking to a down-home answer to southern sweetness, you'll find it here at Mayfield's Ice Cream. The Athens, Tennessee based business has has a history rife with innovation, with the ability to claim that they had the first milk plant that was capable of pasteurizing milk!
Mayfield Dairy Farms was founded in 1923 by T.B. Mayfield, Jr., a family-owned business that grew to employ 2000 employees and distribute amongst ten southern states. Dean Foods has since bought the company as of 1990.
Their factory tour is kid friendly and fun for all ages, with tours running at both the Athens and Braselton, Georgia locations.
You can find this faded ad for the delicious treats in Harriman, Tennessee. We don't mess around when it comes to ice cream loyalty, you know.
Curious about their history with innovation? In 1970, they introduced plastic milk jug in-plant blow molding, and in 1988 they were the first to use an opaque milk jug. The design is meant to protect the milk from ultraviolet light.
The Cumberland Mountain General store is one of the many local establishments that serve this innovative Tennessee brand.
Mayfield Dairy has been a leader in innovation, breaking down walls throughout history with their 2002 Click-Top resealable ice cream carton, their massive social media following and story entrenched in Tennessee history. We love this neat place, and the tour is bound to explore MUCH more.
We’re in love. Have you taken the tour?