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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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Jaime says …

I read a comment on this thread that says "We do not add anything to the milk." Does that include vitamins? I am allergic to corn and since many vitamins are derived from corn and the carriers for added vitamins in milk can be corn oil. I looked at your labels in my local Whole Foods but they are not clear one way or the other. Thank you!

cheryl says …

Hi! I live in Elliston, Va about 25 mins to Roanoke. I've seen your milk in area Kroger stores. If you bring back the bottle to the store is there a credit that they give us for bringing the glass bottle back? Just curious. I know y'all deliver to homes in Salem. What about Elliston? We're just 15min down the interstate!

Megan says …

@Cheryl Please contact Homestead Creamery directly for answers to your questions. Here's their info: Homestead Creamery Inc 7254 Booker T Washington Highway, Gills Creek, VA 24184 (540) 721-2045

Sybil says …

Does Homestead Creamery use organic practices? It appears that the cows are pastured but is the supplemental feed non GMO? We love the taste of the milk but cannot seem to find any real specific information on the milk...no website either. I e-mailed the company but got no response. :( At the very least Whole Foods should have this information available for it's customers.

says …

@Sybil I reached out to Cathy Strange, our Global Cheese Buyer. She was able to get in contact with the creamery and here was their response. "The farm is not certified organic but they do- follow organic practices. The animals are grassfed. No pesticides are used. All feed is grown on the farm. The animals are not treated with synthetic growth hormones. The herd is closed (meaning the animals are from within the herd). They use the term “All Natural” on their products." Thanks for reaching out.

Suri says …

I love your milk and butter, after tasting it we will never go back to milk packed in cartons. Do you do home deliveries in Northern Virginia like some farms do around here in some areas or do you have plans to sell in local farms markets ?

says …

@Surl For the best response to your question, we encourage you to reach out to Homestead Creamery directly. Their contact information is below. Homestead Creamery Inc 7254 Booker T Washington Highway, Gills Creek, VA 24184 (540) 721-2045

Minnie Moore says …

I brought a group of students on a field trip to Homestead from Patrick Springs School. They were in heaven and so were the teachers. I bought meat, jelly, cream and butter--I WILL BE BACK!!! Please email me info about fund raisers or call the school 276-694-3396.

Roger Conant says …

MY WIFE AND I STARTED BUYING THIS MILK A WEEK AGO WENT TO THE STORE TO GET ANOTHER JUG OF MILK AND THERE WAS NOT ONE OF HOMESTEAD CREAMERY JUGS AVAIBLE SAID THEY DID NOT KNOW WHEN THEY WOULD BE GETTING ANY MORE MILK SAID IT MIGHT BE MAY 31 OR JUNE 2 ALSO LET ME KNOW IF YOU DELIEVER ICE CREAM TO THE STORE LIVE 24 MILES SOUTH OF MORGANTOWN WV

Sybil says …

Is Whole Foods discontinuing the case discount on Homestead Creamery milk? I've been getting the case discount for over a year and a half but the last 4 times (once a week for a month) that I've bought a case of milk it's been an ordeal getting the discount...doesn't show up in the machine, have to call someone over to figure it out which they eventually do and I get the discount. What's going on?

Beth says …

Homestead Creamery sells its milk in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Just discovered, after a visit to the creamery, that they make ice cream, which I know is carried at least as far north as Charlottesville, both in Whole Foods and in Kroger. Since milk deliveries are being made to DC, I would like to see Whole Foods start stocking the ice cream here as well. Thanks.

Doug Weary says …

Best milk and best ice cream, bar non. Enjoying the peanut butter flavor right now.

Chance says …

I found Homestead Creamery a few weeks ago and have been drinking about a half gallon a day. I had a mild acne reaction, so I checked to see what types of cows are used. It appears that Donnie Montgomery confirmed that it is almost entirely Holsteins. Sadly, Holsteins contain A1 proteins, which is what has been causing my breakouts. Jerseys produce A2 proteins. If Homestead Creamery ever produces a Jersey cows line of creamline milk, I'm all in again. Until then, I'll have to grab a farm producing with Jerseys or other old breed. I loved the glass bottles and the taste they maintain. Everything about Homestead seems quality and humane.

Fred says …

Just wondering if we can get the orange milk back best milk ever

Tom says …

Is this milk homogenized?

Claudia says …

My daughter and I love your chocolate milk. I am concerned about consuming GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) products. Do your cows eat anything GMO? I am also concerned about chemicals and other contaminants in the soil that we may be exposed to, as a result of what we ingest (after the crop absobs it and the animal ingests it). Has your soil been tested for dioxins, PCB, heavy metals, etc? Also, do you spray any pesticides on what the cows eat? It is my understanding that these contaminants can cause some major health problems for animals and humans. Thank You for your time and for your good practices!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CLAUDIA - Thanks for your comment. We have a previous comment posted by Jane that might clarify a few of your questions. "The farm is not certified organic but they do- follow organic practices. The animals are grassfed. No pesticides are used. All feed is grown on the farm. The animals are not treated with synthetic growth hormones. The herd is closed (meaning the animals are from within the herd). They use the term “All Natural” on their products." If you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to Homestead Creamery directly at (540) 721-2045. Thanks!

Igor Kostenyuk says …

Dear people at Homestead Creamery, Recently we discovered your products and we are so happy about your dairy quality. I live in Danville VA and I am coming to Kroger at Martinsville (VA) specifically to get milk and cultured milk. Now they are telling me that cultured milk will be no more available in their store but we really like this product. Would you mind to tell me where else Homestead Creamery products are being sold, closest to Zip Code 24540? Thank you very much, Igor.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@IGOR - In case the folks at Homestead Creamery aren't checking this blog post regularly, I would suggest calling them at (540) 721-2045 for a faster response. Good luck!

Fatima says …

Dear Donnie,love your products, love the glass bottles. What is the reason you are not certified organic? Do you use pesticides on the crops that become feed for cows? Thanks.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@FATIMA - Since this is an older blog post, I would suggest reaching out to Homestead Creamery directly at (540) 721-2045 for your questions. Just in case Donnie isn't on here to reply back. I can give you the information regarding the use of pesticides we received from Cathy Strange, our Global Cheese Buyer, in that "the animals are grassfed. No pesticides are used. All feed is grown on the farm. The animals are not treated with synthetic growth hormones." Hope this helps!

Mary Kuchera says …

I LOVE the Homestead Creamery milk! I always thought I was lactose intolerant, but after picking up one of your bottles at the Kentlands Whole Foods (for a recipe), I decided to try a glass... then I had another it was so tasty! I had no reaction to the milk! I noticed one of the bloggers said something about Holstein's milk containing a different protein, well, it's perfect for me! Why doesn't Whole Foods at North Bethesda Market carry the Homestead Creamery products? That PA, Trickling Springs milk is horrible! It tastes just like the nasty stuff in the plastic containers... in my not-so-humble-opinion.

EVAN says …

What prevents your farm from being certified organic? I've been buying organic, national-brand milks for a while, and just found your milk a month ago and love it! It sounds organic enough for me with the added benefits of being local, so I just wonder how your milk compares or differs to national-brand organic milks in terms of production and processing? Keep up the good work!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@EVAN - Thanks for your comment. Since this post is a few years old, I would suggest reaching out to Homestead Creamery directly at (540) 721-2045 to follow up on your questions about processing! Thanks!

Millard Mathews says …

Is Homestead Creamery milk free of GM corn soy and alfalfa?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MILLARD - I would encourage you to reach out directly to Homestead Creamery at (540) 721-2045 to find out what the cows are fed exactly.

Farah says …

Hi there! Do you add Vitamin D to your milk? Thank you!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@FARAH - I would suggest reaching out to Homestead Creamery directly at (540) 721-2045 since this is an older post and they might not comment on here. They should be able to tell you if they add Vitamin D.

Jani Warren says …

Please bring us Homestead Creamery's ice cream ! Preferably their Chocolate & Pumpkin flavors they are AMAZING!

Mary Anne Lowney says …

Your drinking custard is fabulous! Can you tell me when it will arrive in store #30 Freah Market Clearwater Fl, please? Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

Kristin McGovern says …

I tasted a sample of this milk at Whole Foods about a year ago and found that it tasted like the milk we used to drink as children! We have decided that this milk is worth the extra money because the quality is so much better. Even our kids can taste the difference.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY ANNE - I would suggest you reach out to Homestead directly at (540) 721-2045. They should be able to help you out!

Dan Carney says …

Hi, I discovered y'all's milk after moving to Huntington, WV for college. I love it and the fact that it comes in a glass bottle as well. It is the tastiest milk I have ever drank. I was skeptical of your flavored milks at first because most of the other brands seem like 90% sugar and favoring and 10% milk but I was pleasantly surprised with yours. Go Strawberry!

Sybil Strawser says …

Is the winter feed genetically modified?

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Nina Eagle says …

We are in Virginia and just tried your egg-nog and it was fantastic! It had none of the nasty, artificial aftertaste of the other brands! It was creamy and delicious! Do we return the empty bottles to Kroger for deposit? Thanks for your wonderful, humane products! Nina Eagle

Kelly says …

I'm trying to find non-homogenized milk. Please consider a line of non-homogenized milk! I think you would find people would buy it. Thanks so much!

Marilyn says …

I just bought your egg nog at The Fresh Market in Vero Beach, FL.It's fabulous and I will be returning for more! I plan to use my bottle for dried flowers, since it's rare for me to see anything like it. I wish that they would stock more of your products, I intend to request that if it's feasible at this distance. I hope that if so, they return the bottles to you as Whole Foods does. The closest Whole Foods to me is sevemty miles away.

Linda Hayden says …

I really enjoy your milk products, reminds me of when as a little girl we bought milk from a local farmer.

Kris Disque says …

Is the corn that you feed your cows GMO free?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KRIS - I would suggest reaching out to Homestead directly at 540-721-2045 to better answer your question.

Lee Jackson says …

Will the half gallon size of eggnog be available at Whole Foods during the holidays?

NANCY JOHNSON says …

I am addicted to your milk products, but our local Kroger's in Charleston WV (Ashton Place) has been out of your milk for several days. You haven't stopped delivery there have you? Any other locations near Charleston that carries your products? I can barely drink any other kind now that I've discovered yours! Thank you!

Megan says …

I would like to find out the % of fat that is inside the whole milk bottles. Thank you

Beverly Nickles says …

Dear Homestead Dairy, We love your milk, sold here in Augusta at the Earthfare! My name is Beverly Nickles, and I work for Family Counseling Center. We are sponsoring an event in the spring entitled Family Farm to Family Table, and would like to invite your participation. We are hoping that it will be similar to the St. Phillips Market in Atlanta, and want you to come and promote the message of buying local/regional. The purpose of the event is to promote local farmers and promote healthy eating! Please plan to be a part of the event, here in Columbia County. Let me know who your Point of Contact is regarding such matters, and as we get closer to event time, we will send pertinent info. Gosh! We are excited about the prospects of your attendance. Sincerely, Beverly Nickles

Judy says …

While searching for REAL mint jelly for my husband this past holiday season, I discovered Homestead Creamery egg nog. It's a bit price-y, but I was taken by the old-fashioned glass bottle. Never mind the price: this is the BEST egg nog I have ever had! Rich, creamy, and just sweet enough. (I buy only Borden's egg nog, but this edges out Borden's.) I returned for another bottle to ring in the New Year, but the store was sold out and was not expecting any more. I will be back next Christmas! (And yes, Whole Foods does have REAL mint jelly, too!)

renay logan says …

A never taste egg nog icecream this good. I wish I can get it all year long.

Collin says …

What is the nutritional values of the lemonade? Calories, serving size, and sugar. I cannot find it.

Ash says …

Hi, We recently purchased your whole fat milk with a red cap on the bottle at Whole Foods (Vienna). However, we are not sure if there is any vitamin D added. We are vegetarians and do not consume animal products. The other cap colors had a clear indication of vitamin D being added, but the red cap has not mention of additives. Could you please clarify whether or not the red cap bottled milk contains vitamin D.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ASH - Since you are looking for a response directly from the vendor, I would suggest calling them at (540) 721-2045 so they can better help!

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