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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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Audra Williams says …

I bought several different bottles of this milk and it is excellent!

Kate Mooney says …

I am interested in making cheese with your milk. What is the maximum temperature during pasteurization that your milk is heated? How can I tell how fresh the milk is? I found your milk at my local Krogers it is the best. I will always pay the extra to support local farmers who strive to bring quality products to the table.

Kate Mooney says …

After browsing previous comments I found the pasteurization reaches a temp that is not ideal for cheese making. Maybe you could supply a cheese makers special milk. Thank you for your time.

Gayle Henshaw says …

Please continue to bottle your milk in the glass bottles as it taste so much better. Thanks Gayle Henshaw

Sonja says …

Being a new mom to a 5-month old, I have been researching natural foods, since I don't want my son eating or drinking unnatural, pumped with growth hormone-type food and drink. My husband and I also wanted to eat healthier and more natural. I was hesitant to try things and especially hesitant to put your half and half in my coffee, because I'm a coffeeaholic. But I abolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your product! I can't wait to buy the milk! And, I'm thrilled that it's bottled in glass. Along with your farming methods (crop rotation, natural fertilizers, etc), it all seems so simple and easy! From Charleston, SC -- Thank you!!

sj says …

No milk is free of hormones. This milk may be from cows which have not been given any artificial or supplemental hormones, but it is most certianly not FREE of hormones. All commercial milk is free of antibiotics. All milk is tested repeatedly for the presence of antibiotics and there are BIG problems for the farmer when any is found. If you want to claim that your cows aren't given any antibiotics or supplemental hormones, feel free, but don't try to make it sound like regular milk is full of both.

Jenn Jamison says …

I have recently begun purchasing your milk and really enjoy it, and I appreciate your efforts to provide a superior product. What I wanted to know is, I live in Charlottesville VA and would like to know if there is a drop off point for milk bottles once I have finished with them. I am a firm believer in recycling, but rather dropping the glass off to be recycled, I would love to be able to return the bottles to you. I am not interested necessarily in receiving deposit money, just want to keep costs down for you all. Thank you in advance for your reply.

meghan says …

Hi, me and my roommates at college love everything from homestead creamery, especially the ice cream. were curious as to what creamline milk means? also can we return out bottles at kroger? thanks!!

Sharon Hanson says …

I want to try your buttermilk but first want to know if it is homogenized and if it is whole milk and what cultures are in it. Thanks!

Marc Mazzella says …

I just had your milk for the first time yesterday and loved it. I was wondering whether the cattle were grass fed or not? Thanks for the info and I can't wait to visit Whole Foods again.

Kathy M Davis-Litton says …

Are your cows all "pasture-fed"? Thanx,

Terry says …

Hi, I just had to tell you that I LOVE your butter. That is just the best tasting stuff ever.

Lori says …

I just wanted to say thanks so much for a great product! I am 7 months pregnant and have found that Homestead's milk is my main craving. I go through about 2 gallons a week!

Barbara Harrick says …

I am very confused. The Fair Lakes, Vienna and Reston stores that I go to have homogenized milk in bottles (although for years they sold NON-homogenized). I have also called the stores and asked if they were going to get the non-homogenized milk again (I make cheese) and they said no. Many people on this blogsite have mentioned creamline milk. Either they assume that if milk is in a bottle it is creamline and they are not reading the caps or ?? So, how (or can I) get non-homogenized milk from Whole Foods?????

Olive Cooney says …

Thank you so much for selling this delicious milk to Whole Foods. I read about this milk in the Washington Post last week and since my father had a milk route in Pennsylvania in the 30's and 40's I never thought I would taste milk like that again. I used to get up at 2:30 a.m. sometimes and help him deliver. You are bringing back the "good old days".

Eleanor Adams says …

I just want to thank you for keeping your milk free of hormones and anti-biotics and distributed in glass bottles. I used to be able to buy your milk at my local Harris Teeter store, but since the gas crisis several months ago, it is no longer available. I need milk for my digestive tract, and I can't have hormones or antibiotics and milk which is ultra-pasteurized and/or stored in plastic bottles. Currently, I am unable to find milk locally which meets all of these criteria, and it is adversely affecting my health. I wish I could get your milk, it's the best I've had in many years, but I can't. If you happen to have any suggestions for me as to where I can get "good milk" locally, I'd really appreciate it. (I live in Concord, NC.) I hope you will continue to produce such "healthy milk" for generations to come. Sincerely, Eleanor Adams

Donnie says …

Jenn, Please take the bottles back to the place of purchase, they will return them to us. Thank you.

Donnie says …

Barbara, We do sell non-homogenized creamline milk at the Reston & Vienna stores. The bottle cap is gold. If you don't see it ask to speak with the dairy manager, it could be that it is sold out. Thank you.

Donnie says …

Marc, Thank you, and yes our cows are grass fed.

John Ed says …

Hello Donnie, I usually only buy organic and preferably local-organic if possible. Unfortunately that's not an option when it comes to milk at the supermarket. I was really glad to find your milk, although you guys aren't certified organic, you are a sustainable and local company and you have a delicious product. Thank You!

Adam says …

Hi Donnie, It certainly sounds like Homestead Creamery is truly an example for others to follow! I wanted to ask you: how many times can your milk bottles be reused? why do they "wear out"? thanks!

Ted Keys says …

We offer your pasteurized, unhomogenized (cream-on-top) whole milk (with the gold tops), as well as your homogenized 2 percent (blue top) and chocolate milk here at the Sausser Farms Market in Christiansburg, VA. We have had customers request the milk with the green tops. What exactly is that?

Justin Cintron says …

What breed or breeds are your Dairy Cattle?

Wendy Walkup says …

Hi, i have been buying your milk from Kroger, but considering how much the 7 of us drink...my special trips to Kroger are sometimes too much and I was wondering if there is any chance that you will ever deliver to the Forest, Bedford County area. I believe I could drum up quite a few customers and would be happy to try. Thanks! Wendy Walkup

Ian says …

My fiance and I have been enjoying all of your products - we purchase them at the Kroger's in Morgantown. It's hard to buy quality food in a college town / party town. God bless you all from the bottom of our hearts. You are greatly appreciated. MONTANI SEMPER LIBERI

Donnie says …

Adam, Our bottles can be used and reused as many times as possible unless they become really scratched, or get cracked or broken. On average, I'd say that a normal bottle can save around 40 plastic containers from the landfill in it's lifetime. Doug

Donnie says …

Ted, The green-top milk is skim or nonfat milk.

Donnie says …

Justin, Our milk comes from prodominately holstein cows, however there are a few jerseys on one of the farms.

Caren says …

Your Lemonade is the best I have ever had! Thanks for a great product!

Jeff Romano says …

Great milk!! We were wondering if the cows are grass fed at all and if so, how often. Is the feed organic? Thanks, Jeff

vicki brothers says …

Love your holiday egg nog. Is it sold in any stores in the Charleston or Huntington West Virgina area? Last year it was sold in some of the Kroger stores in the area but so far this year I cannot find it. Thank You! Vicki

Margaret says …

From what breed of cows does the milk come? Thanks.

ghetonda mosley-shertzer says …

i purchased a quart of HOMESTEAD CREAMERY BUTTERMILK last week,,i just wanted to say it is fantastic!!!i was born & raised on a farm where buttermilk is a part of every day life,,,in a real glass quart jar,,needless to say my cornbread is phenomenal,,,,please keep up the great work!!!! thank you

J. Williams says …

I just bought some Homestead Creamery milk for the first time and I'm wondering where to take the bottle. I shop at the Georgetown Whole Foods - will they accept it?

Pam Racine says …

We have discovered your milk at the Kroger store close to us here in Virginia Beach and we have "switched" because the flavor is delicious and the glass bottles keep it fresh, plus there is less impact on the environment. Thanks so much for your dedication to a healthy and delicious product! Pam Racine PS I attribute my strong bones to all the fresh milk from glass bottles I drank as a child and which I also gave to my children.

Lesley K. says …

I tried your milk at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg. It is delicious and I bought some. I have some questions: 1. Do you use pesticides? 2. If a cow is pregnant, how many days before the birth of the calf do you stop milking the cow. 3. How is the content of the milk different when a cow is close to giving birth?

Ginger says …

The home delivery dairy that we have been using for some time recently stopped deliveries to our area (Virginia Beach). We were devestated as we not only received their milk but also purchased meats, eggs, etc from this farm. While I am still trying to locate a source of meats and eggs for our family, I was pleasantly surprised to find your milk at our local Kroger yesterday. I rarely go to Kroger however, it seems that will change after drinking your milk. Thank you for a great product. I was disappointed to find that you don't have a website offering info about your dairy. I will call your office and ask that questions not answered in this discussion.

Melissa says …

I have recently started to dabble in home cheese making and have had some semi-good results and not so good results - and I stumbled upon your milk at Earth Fare today and thought...let's give this a try - and withing seconds of starting my mozzarella I noticed a HUGE difference. It's all in the milk! I only wished you had a dairy farm in my neck of the woods and delivered here :) I will definitely use your milk, and only your milk for all my cheese making needs as well as for my family! Thank you so much for providing such a great quality milk!!!!

Barbara says …

Your lemonade and chocolate milk is heavenly. I am so glad my Kroger store is close by to purchase them. Don't change anything about the taste of either of these products.

Bev says …

My husband has completely stopped consuming all milk products because of the antibiotics and hormones. I am trying to convince him to try this product. I love the flavored milks as well as the white. I didn't know you also made ice cream, I guess I'll have to ask my local Kroger about that. Thank you for giving us a wholesome product.

Renee Upchurch says …

I originally purchased your product because I collect glass milk bottles, but now I am hooked on the creamy tasty flavor of your wonderful milk! Keep up the good work and I'll keep working out more because I am drinking so much milk!! LOVE IT!! YOU GUYS HAVE REALLY - GOT MILK!!!

Rob says …

I've been an avid lover of your dairy for the past year since a friend of mine introduced it to me. Your creamline has always been my top purchase. I've recently been researching milk more and found that raw milk is growing more and more support due to more research coming out about its health benefits in comparison to processed milk(homogenized, pasteurized, and ultra-pasteurized). Are you making the push to that direction as well? I would love for a raw option!! Thanks!

Conrad Hunter says …

Hello, We just moved from Chicago where we had bottled milk delivered to our home each week by Oberweis dairy. Hoping you all provid the same service here in Charlottesville, VA. Oberweis had a huge following in Metro Chicago and would love to have you product. We bought egges, cream, ice cream and other farm fresh prducts. thanks, Regards, Conrad J. Hunter

mason powell says …

Can't believe i've lived in Rke since 1970 and am just now really learning about your operation. I wish you had lists of items available on your website. Guess I'll just have to drive out to Wirtz and inspect. Am looking forward to it.

Kathy Lawler says …

Can you let me know the nutritional information for the chocolate milk from Homestead Creamery? Thanks

Dana says …

hi, I have recently moved to Morgantown, WV and found your milk in the Kroger grocery store. However, I was wondering whether you sell milk with cream on top, non-homogenized. Will you do that soon? Or is it just that Kroger does not carry the non-homogenized line? Also, any hope for yoghurt from you with cream on the top in Morgantown grocery stores? Thank you, Dana

om says …

Do you sell Colostrum milk at Whole Foods? We live in San Jose, CA.

Bill says …

This wonderful place we stopped at passing thru the area. Does it have a Website? RSVP...Bill

Larry says …

I just found your milk and cream at a local grocery store and it is fantastic. One question: Well, two: What percentage milk fat is in your heavy cream? Are there any additives, natural or otherwise, such as carrageenan, in the heavy cream?

Kimberly says …

I just wanted to tell you how much my daughter LOVES your chocolate milk! She was born with Down syndrome and within the first 3 months of her life, she had 2 major heart surgeries. Because she was so weak from her heart defect, she did not drink from a bottle. So, we fed her through a g-tube that was surgically placed in her stomach. With the help of a speech therapist, it took us almost a year and a half to finally teach her how to drink from a straw. That was only the 1st challenge. The 2nd challenge was finding a drink that she really liked so that she would want to continue drinking throughout the day. We hit the jackpot when we recently moved next door to a Whole Foods. I bought a bottle of your chocolate milk and the rest is history! She LOVES IT!!! She went from only drinking a few ounces a day to now getting 24 ounces a day- which is the amount recommended by her doctor. We also buy your skim milk and butter and love those as well :) Keep up the great work!!!

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