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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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sheryl says …

Does your buttermilk contain live cultures?

mark says …

Now then, if ONLY Homestead could supply RAW dairy products like milk, unsalted cheese and butter! Twenty-four states with visionary legislatures already do. It matters.

laura says …

1.Is the corn you grow to feed the cows in the winter GM corn? 2. Do you use pesticides on the farms? 3.Also- how many cows are there that make Homestead Creamery Milk?

Aimee says …

I love your milk and was super-excited when I went to my local Earth Fare today and saw egg nog! I just tried it and it was really thick. I had never had egg nog like that... it's usually tastes like flavored skim milk. This stuff is awesome though. And I love that you re-use the glass bottles that get returned. I only wish you had nutrition info available!

Kate says …

I love that your milk is local and I love yogurt, so I tried making some yogurt with the Homestead Creamery whole milk. My usual method is to heat your "average" organic supermarket milk to 180F, cool it and throw in my starter. Typically, after 8 hours in a warm spot I have a very thick yogurt, but this time it did not "set". Any ideas? Should I not heat the milk, or should I heat it for a longer time? Thanks in advance.

william treakle says …

We live in Mechanicsville Va and shop at Krogers. We have 4 milk drinkers in the family. Now that we have tried your products we want no other. You have one of the finest products on the market. Keep up the good work.

aileen says …

This milk is absolutely the best milk I have EVER had, and I've drank a lot of milk in my day. :) Thanks for such a quality product.

Marion Cooney says …

I discovered your milk at the local Whole Foods in Springfield, and love the buttermilk, I haven't had buttermilk like that since I was a youngster, when Thompson Dairy would deliver, I remember the evenings when my grandma, mom and I would enjoy big bowls of cornbread and buttermilk. I have Celiac Disease, and have had to avoid ice cream because most contain gluten. My question is does your ice cream contain gluten? If not, I will certainly buy it. You have a customer for life with your milk. I would like to also purchase your cream, but didn't see it at Whole Foods. Thank you. Marion Cooney

Donna Grove says …

I really enjoy your milk products. I have 9 grandchildren and when they are here and I have your milk in my refrigerator Its gone so fast. When I have had the milk in the plastic bottles I can see a difference with my grandkids. Born in the late 40's I remember when milk was delivered to your home and the taste of fresh milk. I will continue to back your products and look forward to your ice cream.( I did not know you made ice cream) Bless you for your products and the best milk I have tasted in years.

Adrienne says …

Dear Homestead Creamery- We love all your products. Last year (I think) we bought a bottle of your fantastic boiled custard, but have not seen any for sale for a while. Do you still sell it? Is it a seasonal thing? Thanks!

Bepkom says …

@Adrienne: Thanks for your question! Our product selection (including Homestead Creamy) varies between the stores. Please check in with your local store directly to find out which varieties they carry and when they're available. Here's a list of all our stores so you can easily find the contact info: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/all/

john says …

The Homestead Creamery quarts at the Durham, nc stores are always past the sell by date, and Krogers continues to leave them on the shelves, and never seem to get any new ones in. It is great ice cream, but the past due date is also poorly printed on the bottom of the container and it gets smudged so that you can not even tell what the date it. Someone needs to tell them to improve their carton, their distribution system and their relationship with a chain that could damage the creamery's reputation.

Kelly says …

Homestead creamery non-homogenized milk is truly delicious. I had a question on whether the milk cows are grain-fed or grass-fed. I had read somewhere that milk that is from grass-fed cows, has a creamish tinge while milk from corn-fed cows is white-white. The Homestead creamery non-homogenized milk I have been buying recently, is of the super-white color. Thanks!

dan s says …

When is homestead creamery going to remove artificial colors from its products? Homestead markets its products as wholesome and healthy, and then adds garbage like artificial colors and preservatives. Such irresponsible behavior indicates that Homestead doesnt really know what its doing, or doesnt care about quality.

Bepkom says …

@Dan: Our Quality Standards do not allow any artificial ingredients, including artificial colors and/or artificial flavors, in the foods we sell. And Homestead Creamery does not add anything to their milk.

Linda Bailey says …

My family members have checked two Whole Foods locations for this Homestead Creamery milk - Durham NC and Chapel Hill, NC - but neither store carries it. Where can I find the milk in the Raleigh/Durham area?

Matthew says …

After doing extensive research into "FDA Approved" procedures regarding Milk Production and GMO seeds, it is a relief to know that Homestead Creamery is nearby and distributes to my local grocery store. After watching videos on Monsanto and their never-ending corruption in the world food market and infiltration into government stemming from FDA, EPA, Major elective branches to even the Supreme Court. It's given me a whole new insight into the "American Farmer" lifestyles and the struggles they face everyday from evil empires such as Monsanto and many other. Myself, being a "city slicker" originally used to never put much thought into the products I would buy from the local supermarkets. I'll never forget the day I heard something through word of mouth that "Milk causes cancer." I laughed. My response at the time was "They say everything causes cancer nowadays." I was such a fool at the time. I now realize the dangers of Monsanto and what these corporations pose to the world and to the "hometown farmers" of America. As long as Homestead Creamery continues to provide a natural growth environment, free of all hormones and continues to use their own natural feed and grass, they have won me over as a customer for the duration of me living within their market area!

Rob says …

Hi Dan, I wished you had answered my earlier question about a raw milk option, even if you said that it's currently illegal to in the state of VA. At the time, I didn't know this but now I do from my own research. I wish your dairy would push for the legalization for raw milk in VA, especially with the growing debate and recent FDA sting operation on the Amish farm in PA. I wish I could support your creamery, but I no longer support pasteurized milk anymore due to the loss of nutrients and enzymes by heating milk. I still purchase your butter however if I don't have a raw option at the moment. It's a by far better, healthier option than margarine and fake spreads. On a side note, are your cows tested for A1 or A2 milk? Rob

Rob says …

Oops, sorry, I meant Donnie. Michael Bepko, if you could answer any of my questions, that would be welcomed too.

linda says …

looking for plain heavy cream not ultra pasteurized...live in barboursvilles, wv shop at Krogers..cannot find...want to make homemade butter with it...can you help? thanks!

Bepkom says …

@Linda: Our product selection varies between stores. Please check in with the store where you shop. Thanks!

Elizabeth Bailes says …

Hello there, Homestead Creamery AND Whole Foods, My husband and I live in Roanoke, Virginia and are quite familiar with Homestead Creamery products. Perhaps we have taken them for granted because they are so available to us. We adore all of the products and use many of them. It is interesting to read comments from people who cannot get the products where they live. We have the opposite problem. We have no Whole Foods grocery store here in Roanoke! We just got our first Chipotle Mexican Grill and business has taken off like a rocket so we hope Whole Foods will give us a look when considering new locations for their wonderful stores. No question about it, we would make Whole Foods our "go to" store for all of our grocery needs. Thanks to both fine companies and keep up the good work! Elizabeth

Peggy says …

Hi, I'm moving from the Marin County to C'ville, VA this summer. I thought one of the things I would miss most was organic milk in glass bottles. Now I am delighted to learn that I can probably buy Homestead Creamery's products in VA. I've read through the comments here to learn more. I think it is wonderful to see the awareness of and desire to have wholesome unadulterated milk from community (local) dairies. Thank you Homestead for providing a stand-up product. Love that you package your milk in reusable glass bottles and thank you, WF, for facilitating this.

Karen says …

One taste of this milk tells the story. It is fresh, creamy and no chemical after tastes. I absolutely love it and hope Whole Foods will continue to carry their products!

JC says …

I just wanted to say I love your lemonade that you offer. My family and I go through at least 3 bottles a week. It's so fresh tasting like it was just squeezed that day. It's sweet but not sugary and perfect for our hot days here in Northeast Ohio. The other lemonades are way too sweet and you offer a great competitive price and after the deposit the lemonade cost just as much as the chain brands. We are hooked to your lemonade and I wish we could try your milk but we have some lactose intolerance issues in our family. Anyways, please keep doing what you are doing because the quality is superb and we will always buy lemonade from you when we're not making our own.

Misty says …

I've noticed that several people have already asked about whether Homestead Creamery's cows are given GM feed, but I can't seem to find a clear answer. Is the corn in the "home-grown" feed non-GM?

Dilia says …

Why do the cows have a number> Is it because they eventually will be killed?

Bobby H says …

@Dilia: The numbered tags are simply a way for ranchers to keep track of their herd.

Erin Brown says …

My husband and I are huge fans of Homestead Creamery milk. I tell everyone I can about how wonderful it is. We are very picky about our foods not containing unnecessary hormones and antibiotics. We are customers for life!

Mary Lou Skillin says …

Hi, I'm just back from a vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains where I sampled your wonderful milk, butter, buttermilk and chocolate milk. I'm wondering if you products are available in New Jersey? Thanks!

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@Mary Lou I'm so glad you enjoyed those products. We like our milks too! Since our product offering differs from store to store depending on a number of variables, the best way to learn if your community's Whole Foods Market offers the milk you enjoyed is to reach out to your store directly. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store. Happy hunting! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/

Elizabeth says …

PLEASE answer the question as to the specific contents of the "home grown feeds" that the cows are supplemented with in addition to grass. Exactly what grains are used, and are they pesticide-free and non-GMO?

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@Elizabeth I reached out to Homestead Creamery and Donnie, President, provided me with the following response. "Our farm is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains so we have a lot of hilly ground which is better suited for grazing so we have 100+ acres of pasture to graze our young stock and 100 milking cows. We also live in an area where we can have cold weather and snow in the winter months and extended dry periods in summer and fall so we have to raise feed to supplement the grazing. In order to insure a steady supply of milk for our customers year round, we balance the diet for our cows by feeding them some of our homegrown feeds along with the grazing year round. We raise corn for silage which is harvested this time of the year while the corn stalk still has moisture and the grain is not hard. The corn is harvested by cutting the whole corn plant along with the ear into pieces about 1 inch long and this is put into a silo where it ferments which enables us to preserve the feed for the year. We also harvest wheat silage in the same manner and sometimes use wheat or other grains as hay. Alfalfa and grass hay are also harvested and stored during the year so our cows are fed a blend of corn silage,wheat silage and hay along with the grazing year round. Since our farm land is rolling and hilly we no-till most of our crops to prevent runoff into the streams and to conserve our soil and nutrients and we use our manure and waste water as fertilizer for our crops. No-till means that we do not work our soil and we try to have a cover crop of winter wheat or rye to protect the soil in winter. This can be grazed some during the winter and then needs to be killed in the spring to prepare for corn or reseeding hay by using a herbicide. We can not guarantee non GMO corn because there can be cross pollination from neighboring farms,so we have started a testing program every 6-12 months to test our feed and milk to insure that there is no residue from the herbicide. We received clear samples of both on last test about 4 months ago and will test again soon. Many thanks to Whole Foods for providing a great outlet for our products and helping to sustain our family farm!" Donnie Montgomery President Homestead Creamery

Margaret says …

To what temperature is the milk pasturized?

says …

@Margaret I apologize for the response delay. I have been attempting to reach out to our department heads as well as the Creamery itself and have not received a response yet. I would assume that the milk is pasteurized in accordance with industry standards. Again, I apologize for the lest than best response.

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@Mark We cannot speak for the products sold at other grocers. For the best, most accurate information on this topic I encourage you to reach out to Homestead Creamery or Kroger's directly. The contact information for Homestead Creamery is below. http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enUS440US440&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1228&bih=783&ix=seb&ion=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=homestead+creamery+contact&fb=1&gl=us&hq=homestead+creamery+contact&cid=9939006404587575660

Kathy says …

Do you offer cream-line milk?

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@Kathy Since our stores source their products differently the best way to learn if your community Whole Foods Market offers cream-line milk is to reach out to them directly. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to discuss your milk options. www.wholefoods.com/stores

says …

@Tony Thanks for your comments and for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not keep that information on hand at the Whole Food Market offices. The best way to get the most complete answer regarding your pasteurization question is to reach out to Donnie at the Homestead Creamery directly. They have a Facebook page and are easy to reach by telephone. I've included that information below. (540) 721-2045 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homestead-Creamery-Inc/152846474769734?sk=info

Melanie says …

Homestead Creamery whole creamline milk is the only milk I allow my children to drink. It's been very disappointing that WF has not had it in stock the last few times I've been in. We really like this milk, and I'd so appreciate seeing it in the store on a consistent basis.

Kelli DeGarmo says …

I really, really wish your products were available in Florida. The absolute best milk I have ever tasted was on a trip to Virginia. It was amazing!! Thank you for making me so happy.

LISA says …

The eggnog is so good - can't stop drinking it!

Tony says …

Ive been getting the Snowvile creamery milk because it is not homogenized. For those who arent fmailiar, homogenization breaks up the milkfat to make for a better consistency. However, this process has been shown to have negatives. I was glad to find homestead creamery (gold top) which is a non-homogenized product. That being said, why does Homestead Creamery choose to pasterurize at a temperature that is higher than needed? The reason why people are purchasing your milk is because its supposed to be as close to the real thing as allowed. I know it cant be raw milk in the state of VA, but I dont know that you can pasteurize at a lower temperature. The reason we go for your milk and snowville at least, is because it is not ultra pasteruized. Thanks!

Lisa DelDonna says …

I love your milk!!!! My family loves it too!! Thanks for a GREAT product, I only wish I could get the milk on a delivery to my home. I go to Kroger for my "milk fix".Sometimes I am lucky, sometimes not. If you ever want to start home delivery in Va beach , I am on board!!

Mark says …

What percent fat is the Heavy Cream sold at Kroger? We enjoy your products.

Fiona says …

We just discovered your milk. Previously, we could not get our child to drink any milk. In fact, our child now drinks almost a gallon every other day and says it is the 'best milk in the Universe'. Thank you for providing us with a wonderful wholesome product that we can feel good about giving to our child. It would be fun to take our child to see where the milk comes from- Is your farm open for visits by the public? Thank you for your product.

Ellen says …

Is this milk pasteurized?

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@Ellen Please check the specific product labeling to learn if the milk is pasteurized. Homestead Creamery offers many different products and the milk they use in their cheese is not pasteurized but the milk offered for drinking may be.

Sybil says …

Thank you Jane Johnson!

Anne says …

I have just finished my 1st bottle of your milk!!!! In love!!! So happy that I tried it and so happy to see how wonderful you are to your cows and the up keep of the farm! My family owns a Dairy farm up in Pa that we have a farmer run for us now since we live in NOVA. It is a joy to be able to help support another small farm. :) Clean eating Thank you and Whole Foods for providing wonderful wholesome products! Annie

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