KISS ME: Bradley Johnston has worked with cows all his life, so it makes sense that the Mills River farmer feels as comfortable clowning around with the herd as he does with his human friends. Photo by Kendra Topalian

Bradley Johnston brings boutique dairy farming to Mills River

Mills River native Bradley Johnston has worked with cows all his life, but his newest venture — Mills River Creamery — is a departure from the high-volume wholesale dairy trade he used to practice. Johnston’s small herd of Jersey cows eat non-GMO feed and produce a type of milk that many find easier to digest than the usual supermarket fare.

EAT YOUR ART OUT: After a year of growing her artisan popcorn business in Asheville, owner Ginger Frank is ready to party down. Her family-friendly anniversary event will include plenty of popcorn samples and live entertainment for all ages. Plus, supporters can visit Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn's Merrimon Avenue shop leading up to the event for extra freebies.

Small bites: Poppy Handcrafte­d Popcorn celebrates one year

Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn is offering fans free popcorn and more during the company’s first anniversary celebration. Meanwhile Standard Pizza Co., has a new downtown location; Asheville’s gluten-less population convenes for an educational event; Black Mountain Ciderworks is throwing a Halloween bash and Bomba is rolling out a multi-cultural menu.