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Homestead Creamery

All the milk at Homestead Creamery comes from two local farms, both in their third and fourth generations of family ownership.  The milk is free of all hormones and antibiotics, and because the milk is sold in recycled glass bottles it tastes fresher longer and is more environmentally friendly. Note: Our Farm to Market slide shows currently feature farmers and producers from our South and MidAtlantic Regions. We hope to expand to others in the future.

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Ellen Holt says …

Are these grass fed cattle?

Maria says …

I have two questions. 1. What happens to the cows after they are too old to produce milk? 2. What happens to any calves that are born from your cows?

says …

Hi Maria and Ellen, I've reached out to the folks at Homestead Creamery and will get back to you shortly about your questions.

Rick says …

I am trying to get Homestead Creamery milk in Raleigh NC, any chance it is available. I am interested in vat pasteurized milk, not ultra pasteurized. Thanks.

Kay says …

Will you be carrying their ice cream? At what stores in the Northern Virginia area?

Kathy Martin says …

Can you tell me where Homestead Creamery products are sold. I shop at the Duluth, GA store. Thanks

CC says …

Any plans to sell a pasteurized, UNhomogenized (cream-on-top) milk product in stores?

Donnie says …

Hi! My name is Donnie Montgomery and I am the co-owner of Homestead Creamery.I will try to provide answers for Maria and Ellen Holt. Maria: 1.When cows are no longer productive or profitable for our dairy they are sold to 1 of 2 local cattle dealers in Franklin County,Virginia. 2.As much as possible ,our calves are born in the pasture after which we make sure that they are nursed by their mothers or are bottle fed colostrum within the first few hours. We keep all the females for herd replacements and if not, they are sold as 2 yr. olds to other dairies that need them.Male calves are sold at 4-7 days of age,mostly to our neighbors that want the calves to raise. Ellen Holt: 1.Our replacement cows are pasture fed except for winter months when grass is short.Milk cows are pasture fed and also supplemented with our home grown feeds to help maintain healthy bodies as they consistently produce milk for us daily. Thanks so much for your part in making our family farms viable

Daphne Blumenthal says …

Which Whole Foods stores carry this milk? (I visit Bethesda frequently.)

Ellisa says …

Hi there, I just wanted to say that I've really been enjoying your eggnog this holiday season. It is AMAZING! :)

Purvi says …

Hello, I am from India and very much used to getting milk directly from the cow/buffalo before consuming it (not even pasteurize and/or homogenize) :-) However, I have heard that cows are sometimes fed meat so that they can give more milk. Is this true? Thanks, Purvi

Steve says …

I just tried a some of this milk: it's terrific! And it's good to know that we can support local farmers.

Sylvia Brown says …

We have found your product in Va, but we live in NC. Is there any place that we can find your product, Especially the chocolate milk, in the area of Wilmington, NC. Your boiled custard was great also

valerie says …

Hi, I am from Colorado where I get raw milk from a local dairy. I am in NC for a time where I am caring for my mother. Desperate to find a wholesome milk I found your milk at Earth Fare. I was curious if your cows are "organic". A google search lead me to this posting. I loved the video! I know that the lable "organic" can be misleading. I purchased you milk b/c 1.glass bottle 2.minimal pasturizing 3.nonhomogenized (creamline). I was pleased to know the "girls" are grass fed until you have to switch them to a feed in the winter. I am curious what comprises your feed? Thanks in advance for your answer! Valerie in Colorado

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@Purvi All of our dairy cows are on a vegetarian diet. They are never given, antibiotics, growth hormones or animal byproducts. Other than their own milk, of course.

says …

Thanks for your thoughtful questions about our piece on Homestead Creamery. Currently, Homestead Creamery supplies Whole Foods Market stores that are local to their southern Virginia locale. These stores include Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as several Virginia locations including Charlottesville, Richmond, Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria and Vienna. While Homestead Creamery product does not reach our entire southern region, we are pleased to offer Sparkman’s Cream Valley Dairy as a local option in Georgia and Maple View Dairy as a local option in North Carolina. Thanks for viewing!

Donnie says …

Hi Valerie, we are not certified organic however, our goal is to use the resources that we have to sustain our farm in a natural way. Some of our practices include pasturing our cows and raising our crops for feed. We use our manure and waste for fertilizer, practice crop rotations and plant cover crops. These practices help with weed control, fertilization, soil erosion, and also increases organic matter in the soil. We also use natural predators to assist in fly control. Our feed is comprised of the corn shown in the video, mostly in the form of silage made by chopping the whole corn plant. We also feed them hay that is grown on the farm. Thank you for your interest in Homestead Creamery and thank you for trying our products.

Mya says …

Hi I am interested in purchasing Homestead Creamery Milk. I wanted to know if I can return the bottles to Whole Foods and if it is sent back to your farm to be cleaned and reused? Or do I just need to recycle it in my neighborhood. Thanks

Donnie says …

Hello Mya, Yes you can return the bottles to Whole Foods and they return the bottles to us to be cleaned and reused. Thank you.

Joanna says …

Thank you! I've just discovered your milk at the Kroger in Morgantown, WV, and I love it! I have wanted to buy hormone free milk before, but I have always found it to be much more expensive than other milk. After the bottle deposit, yours is actually cheeper than the store brand! I'm guessing that this has something to do with packaging, and I love that I'm not paying for something that I'm just going to throw away! I feel like you are a good company making decisions because they are right, not because they are easy. If there were more compainies like yours in this country, we wouldn't be in the mess that we're in. I think many people are on the verge of realizing that. Thank you again!

Donnie says …

Darlene, You can find our products in the Whole Foods Store in Winston Salem, NC. You can call our office at 540-721-2045 and we will be glad to help you locate our products. Thank you.

Donnie says …

Thank you Joanna, We appreciate your kind words and we hope you will continue to enjoy our products.

Donnie says …

Ryan, Return your bottle to the place of purchase and take it to the customer service desk and they will refund you the deposit. Thank you.

beth says …

Hi, being raised a country girl on a small dairy farm. I am still a farm girl 40 years later and would like to know if you offer tours of your facilities?

Donnie says …

Hi Beth, We do offer tours of the farms. You can also call Homestead Creamery @ 540-721-2045 and we offer tours of the Creamery where you can actually see how the milk is bottled and the ice cream and butter process and you can tour the farm the same day. Thank you.

Brian says …

I just want to say that your Orange Cream Milk is the best tasting treat I've ever had in my life!!!

Rob says …

Your chocolate milk is The BEST EVER!!

Darlene says …

Where in Concord,NC can I find the Homestead Creamery Milk? I went to Harris Teeter in Concord, NC where they use to carry it. They do not have your milk any longer. OH NO!!! Now where can I find my Homestead Creamery Milk? Thanks

Eve says …

Hi! Your milk is simply amazing! I purchase it for my children and myself. My Husband is unable to drink it because of lactose issues. Do you plan to offer a lactose free version in the future? Thanks!

Donnie says …

Cathy, We use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary, and the milk from treated cows is not used for 5 to 7 days. Each load of milk is tested here at our Creamery for antibiotics. Thank you for your interest.

Cathy says …

My young children and I have been enjoying your creamline milk (from the Fairfax store) for a month now and appreciate your great-tasting products. Your bottles say "No hormones", but I'm wondering if you give your cows antibiotics? Thanks!

Donnie says …

Hi Eve, At this time we do not have any plans for lactose free milk in the future. We are always asking for input and I will make sure that this is addressed. In the meantime thank you for your support and continue to enjoy our products.

Marc says …

I am a great fan of organic milk. Since I found your VERY FRESH milk at WF, I am really happy. The Creamline is awesome. There is such a marked difference between "regular" (non-organic) milk and organic milk, and the freshness kicks it up at least one notch, if not more. It would be so great to have fresh milk delivered. I can afford a LITTLE more (than regular prices) for great milk but $1.50 fuel upcharge is pretty harsh, especially for the amount that we would drink as a family. Have you considered either CNG conversions for your vehicles or electric delivery vans? Regular engines can be converted over to CNG, and if you have a CNG pumping station nearby, it is a pretty easy switch. If not, you can get a compressor to run off of the natural gas lines. I just realized... I am assuming that you have NG there. If not, there's also LNG. Electic is an option, and getting more practical every day. There are commercial vehicles that get 100-150 miles / charge, carry a 2 ton payload, and recharge off the mains in < 8 hours. Newer battery formulations will improve this. Estimates are given for < 10 cent/mile equiv fuel costs. If this is interesting, I would suggest plug-in only. Hybrids are not an efficient choice at this point. Do you have gallon jugs, or is that just too large for users? Have you considered the hard, clear plastic (thick, #1)? I don't know how they hold up to physical scrubbing, but gentle sanitizing would serve them well. Lots of stuff all at once, sorry, but I'm psyched.

Donnie says …

Kristen, We are expanding our relationship with Whole Foods and we are distributing our products to new stores on a case by case basis. Please keep in touch with your local Whole Foods store for product information. Thank you.

Kristen says …

I have been buying Homestead Creamery milk and ice cream for over a year now at Kroger in Blacksburg, VA. It is fantastic and I will miss it when I move back to suburban Maryland. Please consider carrying it in your Montgomery County, MD stores - I would certainly shop more at Whole Foods if it was available.

Ren says …

Donnie, I've been buying your creamline milk for a couple of years now and I have to say, it's wonderful. Just about any other milk now tastes awful to me! You guys have ruined me. Anyway. I was wondering, what kind of cows compromise your herd? And have you considered setting up a company website? Thank you.

Ren says …

Whoops, *comprise, not compromise.

Donnie says …

We have Holsteins and a few Jersey cows. At this time we don't have any plans for a website, but if you have any questions you can contact us. Thank you.

Carol says …

I would like to know the nutritional values for the creamline milk. I love it and it tastes just like the milk of my childhood, but for the nutrition program I am on, I need to know calories, fat, etc. Would it be possible to get that information? Thanks, Carol

ryan says …

How do you get the deposit back? Can you return to the place of purchase?

Autumn says …

When I spied Homestead Creamery in the milk section of our local Kroger 2 years ago, I immediately snatched up 3 bottles. Since then, it's the only milk we'll buy. I'm a dairy lover. I'll routinely go through a gallon of milk a day, in addition to byproducts like yogurt and cheese. Unfortunately, we didn't think about the source of our calcium while I carried our first child. The end result was a baby in the 99th percentile who had hair on her arms, legs, armpits and vaginal region just weeks after birth--all those hormones pumped into "factory" cows take their toll on both animals and people. Thankfully, I discovered your wonderful products before my second child, and have never looked back. Homestead Creamery's butter was introduced at our nearby store just last week and I had a strong desire to buy up all the inventory lest it not appear again. All of this to say thank you. Thank you for caring about the animals, about the land, about the future, and about your customers. I've spread the word about Homestead Creamery to all of my family and friends, and will continue to do so for a long time to come. May your farms continue the time-honored tradition of caring for life for many generations to come.

Joan says …

Mr. Montgomery, How do you make your low-fat milk? I am very sensitive to the glutamate that is freed when milk is dried under high heat and then added to mass produced skim milk to make low-fat milk. Do you add milk solids to your skimmed milk to make low-fat milk? If I just skimmed off the cream in your wonderfrul nonhomogonized milk what % milk fat would be left behind? I just found your milk and thank you enough for producing such a great product.

Donnie says …

Joan, We do not dry milk under high heat for any reason. To produce lowfat milk we blend our skim and whole milk to achieve 2% fat. Nothing is added or taken away except the cream. Yes you can skim off the cream from the creamline milk and your fat percentage will be less than 1%. Before removing any cream the milk is between 3.8 and 4%. Thank you.

Donnie says …

Autumn, Thank you for the kind words, we hope you will continue to enjoy our products.

Amy says …

We've been enjoying your milk for years, and having it delivered to our door each week is a wonderful convenience. A friend of mine raised a question that I was unable to answer - is your mild fortified with Vitamin D? Thanks is advance for your response!

Amy says …

oops, I meant to type milk, not mild. sorry!

LAURA says …

Just bought some from a Whole Foods in Washington DC. That is by far the BEST milk my family has EVER had......THANK YOU!!

Chris says …

I wanted to say thank you for putting out such an amazing product. My wife is lactose intolerant but the milk from your farms does not affect her and she is so happy to be able to have it again. The chocolate milk and eggnog are divine and one glass is a great dessert. I have heard rumors that there could be some financial problems with the company and if that is the case raise the price! As evidence here people really appreciate the quality product you are producing and would pay accordingly.

Cherry Gaffney says …

Your response:.Our replacement cows are pasture fed except for winter months when grass is short.Milk cows are pasture fed and also supplemented with our home grown feeds to help maintain healthy bodies as they consistently produce milk for us daily. Thanks so much for your part in making our family farms viable What constitutes "home grown feeds"? Since there is a photo with corn in the background I'm wondering if the milk cows are fed corn? I've been enjoying this product, but I would prefer clear information on the wonderful glass bottle.

Donnie says …

Amy, Our milk is all natural, we do not add anything to it. Thank you.

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