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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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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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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!!

Donnie says …

Peta, Our Non Fat milk is non homogenized.

Donnie says …

Karen, Our Chocolate Milk is sweetened with sugar. Thank you for being a customer.

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

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?

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!

David says …

Hi, i love your chocolate milk. Just wondering, do you have a website or a twitter\facebook?

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...)

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Eric says …

I would like to know what the cows are fed and how they live.

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!

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!

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.

Fred Hodges says …

we are enjoying your milk from the Kroger in Christiansburg. I know you deliver in Roanoke area. I think you deliver in Blacksburg now, do you have a route in Christiansburg?

Jane Davies says …

I live just outside Charleston,WV. I have been using Homestead Creamery milk for about two years, ever since my local Krogers started carrying it. It is the only milk in the entire store that is not ultra-pasturized. I like that fact it has no growth hormones, or antibiotics. I also love that fact that it is in glass bottles, I can return them, and put the cap in the recycling bin. I'm so pleased to know that your cattle are pasture feed, and that most of their winter feed is grown on your farms. Continue the good work your doing and I shall remain a loyal customer.

Joel Housman says …

I grew up about 5 miles from Homestead Creamery and have loved their milk for years (since they started about 10-15 years ago). My parent's still live in the same place even though I'm now 27 and live in Alexandria VA and work in DC. Whenever I would be home for the holidays my Dad always knew to make sure to have Homestead Creamery chocolate milk for me while I was there since it's the only place to get it. Within the past year or so I discovered, much to my delight, that the local Alexnadria Whole Foods that I live next to now stocks Homestead Creamery milk. First off, I was ecstatic. Secondly, I was kind of proud that the local hometown creamery was being sold in Whole Foods (as my girlfriend kind of laughed at me when I told the cashier that I am from the town that this creamery is located). Anywho - I cannot recommend their products enough. Their icecream is AWESOME. I've stopped by the creamery for years to buy it (if you stop by, you can get it by the scoop in cones). I also love their chocolate milk and their orange cream milk. I've never actually had their butter, oddly enough, because I don't do a whole lot of baking. Keep up the good work Donnie and for everyone else, don't hesitate at trying any of their products - they're delicious. Joel Housman - from Wirtz VA (Smith Mountain Lake)

Kathleen says …

Hello, I was wondering if all of your milk comes from your two farms or if you also bottle milk from other coops or independent farmers. If so, is it possible to find out the source of that milk. Thanks!

VirginiaLady says …

Hello, This milk is fantastic. I discovered it at my local Whole Foods market in Vienna. What are customers to do with used, empty bottles? There were no instructions provided on either the bottle or at the Whole Foods store. Thank you

Susan says …

Love the eggnog! What a special treat for Christmastime.

Douglas Ladd says …

I have been a dedicated consumer of your whole milk and butter at the Short Pump location. I really enjoy it. That said I wanted to ask if your cattle are tested for Johne ’s disease? Upon reading an article in Countryside Magazine I have become aware and concerned with this type of cattle disease that is linked to Crohn’s disease in children. Since I supply my two 12 month old twin girls along with my wife and I with three gallons a week ($96 a month in milk), I would really like to know your stance and approach to this disease at all your facilities and farms! Thanks So Much, Douglas Ladd

Barbara Dunn says …

I have been buying the creamline Homestead Creamery milk at the Kroger in Blacksburg for many years. It is important to me to drink locally produced minimally processed milk without antibiotics and hormones from cows that are allowed to graze on pastures. The flavor is wonderful I also love the reuseable glass bottles. It's an overall great product, next best thing to fresh raw milk from the farm next door.

Didi Younginer says …

What temperature do you heat the milk to for paturizing? I am looking for 161 degrees in order to make mozarella cheese.

Brian says …

I know this is an old post. But, I can't find information regarding the use of pestidides. Are pesticides used on the grass that the cows graze or their winter feed? I love this milk but my wife keeps pushing back as the glass bottle only claims the milk is hormone free and not antibiotic (which this post says it is) and pesticide free. I need to convince her that this milk is free of these.

Angie says …

Can you tell me do you sell your pumpkin ice cream in the grocery stores at all in roanoke virginia

Candace says …

Hi - is your buttermilk made from skim or whole milk? Thanks!

Carol L. says …

Please provide us with the nutritional information for your products, in particular, the fat and calorie value for a cup of your creamline milk.

Jen says …

What is the Creamline product? Is it your non-homogenized product? Is it whole milk? Thanks! I LOVE your milk AND that it is in glass bottles! Thanks for your commitment to provide natural food to your consumers! Jen

Donni says …

Fred, We do not have a route in Christiansburg. Sorry.

Donnie says …

Angie we do sell our pumpkim ice cream at store in Roanoke, VA, you can call our office and we can give you the names and locations.

Donnie says …

Carol, Please call our office and we will be glad to give you the nutritional information. 540-721-2045 Thank you.

Donnie says …

Joel, Thank you for your nice comments and thank you for your support.

Kelly Brewer says …

Hi, My family has recently started shopping at Earthfare here in Knoxville , TN. and came across your milk. It is WONDERFUL!!! And your egg nog is to die for, and I have never like egg nog in my life! I have three sons, two of which suffer from asthma. We have done a ton of research about the link between dairy products and asthma. We are very careful about the meats and vegetables we consume and had resigned ourselves to drinking soy milk. None of us were very happy with soy.....it's just not milk! But recently I have been reading some studies about the benefits of organic milk to children with allergies and asthma! Amen, milk! I read on your blog that your milk is not considered organic, but your cows are pasture fed during the weather permitting months and grain fed the other months. I saw your video with the corn behind you, so I just wanted to know if your corn or pastures are treated with pesticides? The health of my children is so important to me and we absolutely LOVE your milk. We love the humane treatment of your animals and that you are a family farm!! We also like the glass bottles which are so much better for the environment!! I appreciate your time in reading this question and thank you in advance for your answer.

Barbara Russo says …

I am looking for grass fed lactose free milk in the Princeton, NJ and Winter Park, FL stores. Do you carry this in either place? I understand that the big organic milk producers like Organic Valley, do not allow their dairy cows to eat grass or even go outside. I find that unacceptable.

Kathryn says …

Hi. I love your products! I have read many questions posted by others along with your answers. They lead me to further questions: Besides the corn you grow, what else goes into your supplemental grain that you use in the winter? What would it take to gain the "USDA Certified Organic" and "Certified Humane" labels, and would they be something you would consider pursuing? One post last August stated that "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..." Will you please clarify "denatures" and if/how that might reduce the nutritional values in milk? Thanks very much for your reply.

Kathy says …

I have never been a milk drinker. I've never liked the taste and the aftertaste. I tried numerous brands. I eventually went to Soymilk, Hemp and Almond milk. UNTIL..... I was in Krogers one day and saw your milk in the bottles. It looked so cold and fresh I thought I'd try it. I LOVE IT!! I have been through 3 bottles so far and just bought another today. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful fresh and natural product. PS I just bought your real butter. Great!

Didi Younginer says …

at what temperature is your milk pasturized?

Raine says …

I live in PA and was traveling to GA for the holidays to see family and stayed overnight in Lexington, VA to break up the trip. I had to get ice for my cooler and was directed to the Kroger in town, where I discovered your eggnog. I very rarely drink eggnog, but thought it would be great to share w/the fam. I must tell you that it was the best eggnog I've ever had in my life! It was the perfect weight on my tongue, the perfect amount of spice, and I had a hard time not hogging it all for myself! I made a note in my calendar to buy more on my return trip, and then promptly threw a world class 2-year-old crying fit when I got home and realized I'd forgotten! I wish PA wasn't so far away! Thanks for making an outstanding product and best of luck to you and your (obviously) happy cows!

deborah conner says …

How much grain do you have to feed your cows, and what is their average life span? These things are really important selling points! No one wants to promote suffering or put it in their body. Happy cows with milk made from grass and sunshine. Who would not buy that? If people only knew how rare it is. Thank you for all your work.

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