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Dilia says ...
Why do the cows have a number> Is it because they eventually will be killed?
07/10/2011 7:04:37 PM CDT
Bobby Hawley says ...
@Dilia: The numbered tags are simply a way for ranchers to keep track of their herd.
07/12/2011 2:40:24 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Linda: Our product selection varies between stores. Please check in with the store where you shop. Thanks!
06/24/2011 9:24:35 AM CDT
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!
07/14/2011 8:45:42 PM CDT
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!
10/05/2011 11:46:47 AM CDT
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?
09/06/2011 10:15:32 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@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
09/16/2011 5:08:54 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@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/
10/06/2011 1:15:39 PM CDT
Margaret says ...
To what temperature is the milk pasturized?
11/08/2011 1:44:03 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@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
02/14/2012 9:22:44 AM CST
Kathy says ...
Do you offer cream-line milk?
11/11/2011 11:59:33 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@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
11/11/2011 12:43:18 PM CST
janejohnson 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
01/02/2012 8:21:23 AM CST
janejohnson 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.
11/17/2011 2:52:40 PM CST
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.
11/28/2011 9:31:11 AM CST
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.
01/21/2012 12:52:37 AM CST
LISA says ...
The eggnog is so good - can't stop drinking it!
12/26/2011 11:54:54 AM CST
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!
12/31/2011 5:22:29 PM CST
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!!
02/14/2012 5:21:37 PM CST
Mark says ...
What percent fat is the Heavy Cream sold at Kroger? We enjoy your products.
02/13/2012 11:19:06 PM CST
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.
02/17/2012 6:02:39 AM CST
Ellen says ...
Is this milk pasteurized?
03/24/2012 3:05:25 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@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.
03/26/2012 10:23:37 AM CDT
Sybil says ...
Thank you Jane Johnson!
03/26/2012 3:22:03 PM CDT
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
02/23/2012 10:26:02 PM CST

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