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Homestead Creamery

By Kate Medley, November 28, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
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.
Category: Farm to Market




CC says ...
Any plans to sell a pasteurized, UNhomogenized (cream-on-top) milk product in stores?
11/30/2008 1:36:44 PM CST
Kay says ...
Will you be carrying their ice cream? At what stores in the Northern Virginia area?
11/30/2008 8:50:59 PM CST
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?
12/03/2008 8:00:34 PM CST
Ellen Holt says ...
Are these grass fed cattle?
12/03/2008 9:17:24 PM CST
hsiaw 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.
12/04/2008 2:05:45 PM CST
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
12/05/2008 5:26:50 PM CST
Kathy Martin says ...
Can you tell me where Homestead Creamery products are sold. I shop at the Duluth, GA store. Thanks
12/11/2008 11:12:44 AM CST
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.
12/13/2008 5:20:06 AM CST
Ellisa says ...
Hi there, I just wanted to say that I've really been enjoying your eggnog this holiday season. It is AMAZING! :)
12/14/2008 10:13:08 PM CST
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
12/15/2008 6:54:54 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@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.
12/16/2008 3:50:48 PM CST
Daphne Blumenthal says ...
Which Whole Foods stores carry this milk? (I visit Bethesda frequently.)
12/20/2008 2:56:20 AM CST
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.
01/03/2009 3:34:11 PM CST
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
01/03/2009 4:43:10 PM CST
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
01/04/2009 1:34:26 PM CST
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.
01/13/2009 4:42:20 PM CST
medleyk 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!
01/13/2009 5:24:08 PM CST
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?
01/21/2009 7:25:49 PM CST
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.
01/22/2009 3:14:45 PM CST
Brian says ...
I just want to say that your Orange Cream Milk is the best tasting treat I've ever had in my life!!!
01/24/2009 11:14:48 AM CST
Rob says ...
Your chocolate milk is The BEST EVER!!
01/28/2009 12:54:13 PM CST
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
02/01/2009 5:50:22 PM CST
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.
02/02/2009 12:20:30 PM CST
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!
02/10/2009 5:16:07 PM CST
Donnie says ...
Thank you Joanna, We appreciate your kind words and we hope you will continue to enjoy our products.
02/11/2009 3:12:09 PM CST