Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where does the name 'Purity® Dairy' come from?

A: In 1925, Miles Ezell and his new bride, Estelle, lived and worked on a small dairy farm in Nashville. When farm owner, Dr. C. N. Cowden, presented the opportunity to rent the milking operation, Ezell took the offer, and Ezell's Dairy was begun. With 200 dairies in the Nashville area, competition was fierce, but the dairy survived. Despite the difficulties of the Great Depression and World War II, Ezell's Dairy continued to grow. In 1945, after several relocations and a wartime displacement, the dairy merged with Rosebank Dairies, moved to the current Murfreesboro Road location, and Purity Dairies was born. For more information visit our history page

Q: Why do Purity Dairy products always taste so fresh?

A: Our delicious milk comes fresh from local dairies and our other dairy products are prepared in Purity plants right here in the Southeast, where you live. That means Purity products get to you faster and fresher than any other dairy.

Q: Where is Purity Dairy located?

A: We are headquartered in beautiful Nashville, TN. By leading the industry in innovation and quality, Purity, one of more than 150 dairies selling milk in Nashville in 1936, has withstood the test of time.

Q: Does Purity produce more than milk and ice cream?

A: You bet! In addition to farm-fresh milk and ice cream, we offer a delicious line of frozen treats, frozen yogurts, and drinks ranging from tea to fruit punch and orange juice.

Q: At what temperature should I set my refrigerator to keep my Purity milk as fresh as possible?

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A: It's best to keep the temperature in your refrigerator between 33° to 38° Fahrenheit to keep your milk fresh. When the temperature of milk increases above 38° the product life begins to decrease. We recommend keeping a thermometer in your fridge, so you know you're maintaining the best temperature for your dairy products.

Q: Where can I find Purity products?

A: Purity products are available in numerous stores across the Southeast - primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Check out our distribution map to find a Purity retailer near you!

Q: What is your most popular ice cream flavor?

A: Our best selling ice cream flavor is Purity Butter Pecan.

Q: What else can I do to keep my Purity milk tasting fresh?

A: Everyone loves the farm-fresh flavor of Purity milk. And to make that fresh flavor last there are a couple of steps you can take. First, minimize the time your Purity milk is unrefrigerated - your milk should be the last thing you put in your grocery cart and the first thing you put in your fridge when you get home. Second, place your Purity milk jug as close to the rear of your refrigerator as possible to keep it at the coldest temperature.

Q: When were the first dairy cows brought to America?

While cows were first domesticated about 5,000 years ago, the first dairy cows were not brought to America until the 17th century – arriving in Jamestown, Virginia in 1611.

Q: How much food do cows eat each day?

Cows drink about a bathtub full of water and eat around 40 pounds of food a day! Cows spend about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) a day – that’s 14 hours!

Q: Do cows really have four stomachs?

Cows don’t have four stomachs – they have four digestive compartments (rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasums).

Q: How much milk does a dairy cow make in a day?

An average cow, milked twice a day, produces about 10 gallons of milk a day – that’s 160 glasses of milk!
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