Just like the rest of us at Homestead Creamery, milkman Justin Carter is an early riser. In fact most days, he wakes up at 1 or 2 A.M. to head to the Creamery in Burnt Chimney, VA to pick up his load for his routes in Salem, Bonsack, Cloverdale, Westlake, Gretna, and Rocky Mount. He’s been doing so for the past five years.
Carrying A Family Legacy
Justin wasn’t always a milkman. Prior to joining Homestead Creamery through one of our founding farmers, David Bower, Justin worked printing the bags for Scott’s Lawn Care products. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t in his blood to become a milkman.
His grandfather, Oty Dillon, was a milkman for Clover Creamery back in the day. Justin enjoys reminiscing with his mother and grandma about how he’s carried on Oty’s legacy. At one time, even Justin’s son claimed that he’d like to follow in his father and great grandfather’s footsteps.
In 2016, Justin was recognized for his tenure and dedication to delivering farm fresh products with a smile with the title of “Senior Milkman” – something his grandfather would be very proud of.
Life as a Traveling Milkman
As Homestead Creamery has expanded their delivery reach in past years, Justin’s love for the job has only grown. He enjoys the opportunity to see the same people every week and know that he’s helping them fill their fridge with local meat, produce, and dairy. Better yet is the chance to be one with the open road:
“I love the open road and tranquility. Plus, it’s pretty laid back,” says Justin. “It’s like I’m my own boss – other than my 260 customers, of course.”
He loves suggesting new products and thinks everyone needs more Homestead Creamery Butter in their lives.
“You use it every day, so why not choose the best quality?” he adds. “Our local meats from our partners are great, too.”
More Time With Family
Even though Justin has to get up at 1 A.M. to load up his truck before anyone else starts their day, he enjoys the fact that he gets to spend more time with family. He went from working 7 days a week, almost every week, to 4 days a week. He now gets to spend more time with his 6 and 10-year-old sons and coaching the local 10-year-old soccer team.
“It’s just a great company to work for. It’s family oriented and you feel like they actually care about you,” says Justin about working for Homestead Creamery. You can’t beat good ol’ fashioned family values!
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