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Shantanu says ...
Hi! I am able to find your creamline milk at the WF in Falls Church and Fairlakes but not at Reston/Herndon. Is there a reason for this? I live near Reston and have to go quite a ways to get your milk. Any plans of supplying to stores in the Reston/Herndon/Sterling area? Thank you.
05/18/2009 12:56:48 PM CDT
Amy says ...
I have purchased your cultured buttermilk in the Fairfax store and loved it. I am glad to find nonhomogonized milk. What process do you use in pasteurizing your milk?
05/21/2009 10:59:37 PM CDT
Barnaby says ...
We just tried Homestead Creamery for the first time a few days ago, purchased at the Whole Foods in Vienna. I have to say it is the best milk I have ever had! Having been born and raised in suburban DC, I was never exposed to good, local milk as a kid. Now I will never go back. Donnie, you and your team do a great job! I am really happy to know that there are local Virginia Farms me and my family can support. Thank you Homestead and Whole Foods.
05/23/2009 4:21:59 PM CDT
Donnie says ...
Shantanu, Please check with the Dairy Manager next time you are in the store. Ask him/her why they do not carry it. It is up to the mangers which products they carry. Thank you
05/27/2009 8:57:44 AM CDT
Donnie says ...
To: Barnaby and all our supportive customers. Thank you all for the wonderful comments, we are happy to provide great products and we hope you will continue to enjoy each of them.
05/27/2009 9:00:35 AM CDT
Eileen Black says ...
I am recently learning about the difference between A1 & A2 milk. Is your milk A2? If not, would you concider offering A2 milk?
06/02/2009 9:34:02 AM CDT
Peta Middleton says ...
I would like to know if your fat free milk is homogenised. The whole milk label states clearly that it is homogenised, but there is nothing on the label of the fat free milk. Thanks, Peta
06/03/2009 7:20:35 AM CDT
Karen says ...
I have been having your milk delivered to our home for about 18 months now. My family and I absolutely LOVE it!! We usually stick with the nonfat creamline milk, but have also tried the chocolate milk and orange cream. They are all delicious!!! The nonfat creamline tastes like 2% to me. I do have one question. I was informed that the chocolate milk is sweetened with molasses. On the label, it clearly states that sugar is the ingredient. Could you please tell me; is the chocolate milk is sweetened with molasses, or sugar? Thank you and thanks so much for providing us with such a wholesome product. They are truely short to come by these days!!
06/04/2009 6:00:08 AM CDT
Donnie says ...
Peta, Our Non Fat milk is non homogenized.
06/09/2009 7:05:18 AM CDT
Donnie says ...
Karen, Our Chocolate Milk is sweetened with sugar. Thank you for being a customer.
06/09/2009 7:07:06 AM CDT
Cecilia says ...
We have been buying your creamline milk for several months now at Whole Foods and loving it. So tasty, love the glass bottles, and I am thrilled to be supporting a local family farm! I see you have mostly Holsteins, with a few Jerseys. Any plans to expand the Jersey herd or branch out into other breeds so you can produce A2 beta casein milk? Also, I didn't see an answer to Rick's question about your pasteurization process. Do you in fact vat pasteurize? Thanks!! Cecilia
06/11/2009 9:21:35 AM CDT
Savio Lobo says ...
I am curious about the corn you feed the animals and plant in your fields. Is this genetically modified corn you have planted and use for feed or normal-natural-non-Gm-corn?
06/15/2009 6:52:05 PM CDT
Dee says ...
What percentage of your herd produces A2 milk? Would you be willing to differentiate and sell only A2 milk? I'd love to have access to A2 cow's milk, but until then have to stick with goat milk. Do you know of any mainly Guernsey dairy farms in Virginia which supply (A2) milk? Thanks!
06/15/2009 8:05:19 AM CDT
David says ...
Hi, i love your chocolate milk. Just wondering, do you have a website or a twitter\facebook?
06/17/2009 9:17:10 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
I imagine the answer is "no" but if I call in advance and came to your farm and creamery for a tour would I ever be allowed to hand milk a cow? I've just always wanted to live on a farm and milk a cow but never have... I know that most dairies - for practical reasons of course resort to milking machines rather than handmilking. Do you have a website? What are the seasons, days of the week and range of hours that people can come for a tour? (just 3-4 people max) How many cows do you have? What other animals do you have on your farm? Do you know if you can make cows milk based soap - just like there are some goats milk based soaps? Have you thought of starting a small restaurant / bed & breakfast where you serve the fresh milk, eggs, ice cream, and other things from you farm? (I'm not sure if the experience would be soiled by the smell of cow manure from a dairy farm, but otherwise, it would be pretty nice...)
06/21/2009 2:55:06 PM CDT
Sara says ...
We just discovered your wonderful milk! I am part of a group of women in a "Go Local' challenge who try to make at least one completely locally sourced meal a week. I was thrilled to see your milk in the Arlington Whole Foods! And even more thrilled after I tasted it. After searching for you on the web and finding this post, I wonder if you have plans to have your own website any time soon (I think your fans would love it). I also wonder: where can we return the glass bottles so they can be reused? Thank you, Sara
06/24/2009 9:16:41 AM CDT
Donnie says ...
Jennifer, We do not have a website. We do offer tours of the Creamery and Farms, you have to call and schedule them in advance as we only offer them Monday thru Thursday. We do not hand milk the cows, but we have two Customer Appreciation Days twice a year where we have lots of activities including a milking cow on hand so the childer and adults can see this process. The kids seem to enjoy it. I don't know about the soap, and we don't have any plans for a bed/breakfast, but we do have a Farm Market where you can pruchase our products along with other local products. Thank you.
06/24/2009 1:18:37 PM CDT
Donnie says ...
Sara, Thank you for trying our milk. We do not have a website or facebook/twitter. You can take your bottles back Whole Foods and they will refund you. Thank you for your support.
06/24/2009 1:21:06 PM CDT
Jan says ...
I love your milk products, especially your chocolate milk. It is a real treat but I've been trying to watch both my budget and waistline lately. I've come up with the Perfect solution. I've given up my frequent trips to Starbucks and make a killer cafe mocha at home. I refridgerate the remainder of my morning pot of coffee (I use fresh ground, high quality, dark whole bean coffee). When I want a little pick me up in the late afternoon. I pour the chilled cofee over ice and stir in a good shot of chocolate milk. Yum!
07/12/2009 2:17:59 PM CDT
Jen Roberson says ...
Just recently switched to your milk because I love being able to get non-homogenized milk with quality and richness right from the glass bottle. You can really taste the difference! It also gives me peace of mind knowing that we are supporting local farms. Thanks for your "natural" practices on the farm. I trust your product and our family is enjoying it.
08/01/2009 2:42:01 PM CDT
Tim says ...
This milk is great. We first started drinking it in Harrisonburg, VA and were so happy to find it at Earth Fare after we moved to Knoxville, TN. Nothing makes a better cappuccino - the amount of foam you can make from 5 oz. of 2% milk is unbelievable. This milk is very creamy - even the skim tastes more substantial than other milk. The only suggestion I have is to put a little basket of those reusable milk pouring bottle tops out near the milk coolers. I'm sure people would be happy to pay a few dollars for something they can use for months on end to keep the kitchen counter a little cleaner. Keep up the great work! We love our Homestead milk!
08/01/2009 6:48:28 AM CDT
Eric says ...
I would like to know what the cows are fed and how they live.
07/31/2009 6:07:19 AM CDT
Eric says ...
I'm sorry. I should have read your responses to the other comments before asking my question. Thanks anyway and feel free to delete these from your post without me caring. My family loves your milk and your practices. We will continue to support you through your products!
07/31/2009 6:13:59 AM CDT
sharon says ...
I think the only thing to say is "thank you". I had stopped drinking milk - I would rather have water than regular fat free milk. Then I tried Homestead milk. I'm lovin' it!
07/29/2009 9:14:01 AM CDT
Mary Kirkpatrick says ...
I have been trying to find a nice local milk to make cheese from. I thought I had hit the jackpot when I found Homestead Creamery's "Creamline" milk, as creamline usually indicates that it has minimum pasteurization and no homogenization. I was very disappointed when I tried to make cheese with Homestead Creamery's Creamline Milk. I couldn't get the curds to set. When I called the company I was very sad to learn that ALL their products are heated to 172 degrees. 145 degrees for 30 minutes is standard pasteurization and all that is necessary to make the milk safe. The excessive heat not only denatures all the proteins in the milk, but it gives it a distinct "cooked" taste. The purpose of heating the milk to 172 degrees is simply for ease in shipping. It extends the milk's shelf life until it is opened- when it is just as perishable as any other milk.
08/10/2009 1:17:02 PM CDT

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