the state


– of yellow milk. by vastate
Thursday, 5 March 2009, 12:59
Filed under: -of eats, -of green, -of jhumphrey, -of localism

i was taken aback at kroger yesterday:

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in the words of cookie monster:

still stumped?  here’s a closer look:

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fear not.  it’s just lemonade.  although it took a few minutes of trying to figure out just what new kind of yellow dairy product was available from homestead creamery.

here’s a review from the local food blog, food for thought:

This past month, our local delivery service (Homestead Creamery) added something new to their order sheets – lemonade.
I was curious to say the least and ordered a half gallon. Arriving in the same type of glass bottles reserved for their milk; I fell in love immediately.
One day, just after this yummy lemonade arrived, I bought a frozen concentrate of Minute Maid’s Pink Lemonade to see how it compared. Immediately tasting the artificial sweeteners and flavors, I returned to the real stuff in the glass bottles.
Summer never tasted so sweet!!

i do hope you are buying homestead’s products.  yum.  while not organic, they 1.) are local (from wirtz, va) and 2.) contain no artificial hormones or antibiotics and 3.) are so very pretty in their glass jars (photo courtesy of a neat blog called design mom):

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here’s the blurb:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

sounds pretty great to me.

if you want to know more, they offer tours:

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.

homestead’s products (including half & half, orange cream milk, chocolate milk, and super great butter blocks) are sold at the kroger in spotswood valley square

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(you know, with plan 9, that new crunchy shoe store – the sole source , and t.j. maxx).  midtowne market downtown used to sell their products, but last we talked with them, they were balking about how hard it was to go pick up the delivery…we’re hoping they man up and keep the dairy products coming.

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whole foods also carries the line.  here’s a little video from their website.

and, if you want to stear clear of whole foods, and keep really local – there is a cute little homestead creamery store near smith mountain lake.  this image and caption are from someone’s random flickr stream (click for link):

Virginia is lucky to have an old fashioned creamery near Smith Mountain Lake. They actually have milk trucks that deliver milk like they did when I was a little girl. This is the store near the creamery where you can buy just about any kind of home made ice cream that your heart desires. Gosh, this makes my mouth water. They have some of the best ice cream!!!

Virginia is lucky to have an old fashioned creamery near Smith Mountain Lake. They actually have milk trucks that deliver milk like they did when I was a little girl. This is the store near the creamery where you can buy just about any kind of home made ice cream that your heart desires. Gosh, this makes my mouth water. They have some of the best ice cream!!!

we’ve been digging the creamline whole milk around here…

and will try that lemonade.  maybe this weekend.  it’s supposed to be like 75 degrees or something outrageous, right?

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