We were able to enjoy the first annual Homestead Creamery Farm Day on October 3rd. If you have never heard of Homestead Creamery you don't know what you are missing.
It is a fantastic old style creamery in Wirtz Virginia - just about 15 miles from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast. You can call and schedule a tour or you can stop off in their country store and enjoy some home churned creamery delights - their ice cream has a higher percentage of cream therefore creamier, imagine that! Pick a spot on one of their front porch rockers and enjoy your cone.
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
254 Booker T Washington Hwy Wirtz, VA 24184 - (540) 721-2045
Back to the Farm Day - you will hear this Innkeeper say over and over again "If you come through these Blue Ridge Mountains and don't take the time to meet the people and culture then you have missed it entirely!" I am sad when guests roll in late and roll out again early - they did not get to experience the real Virginia! Sure we have scenic drives, National and State Parks, lakes, seaside and rolling farmland...but it is her people who make her so special!
Homestead Creamery is a family owned and operated business that goes way back in our Franklin County to the Old Order of German Baptist dairy farmers. Locally they may be referred to as Dunkers. You can read more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_German_Baptist_Brethren http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/German_Baptist_Brethren
They are hard working, meticulous people who live a life of faith, family and tradition. They do not go for the typical American vanities of today - but prefer to live simple wholesome lives. Unlike the Amish however, they do utilize electricity and modern conveniences like vehicles and cell phones.
At this Homestead Creamery Farm Day we were able to milk a cow, see live honeybee demonstrations, go on a hay ride, buy some freshly pressed apple cider, pet a newborn calf - and I mean NEWLY BORN - BORN THAT DAY, we made our own butter, and lastly but not leastly enjoyed some of the Homestead Creamery ice cream!
My firm belief is that if you have never touched a cow you have missed out on one of life's greatest and most interesting treasures. We need to know where our food comes from. Thank you farmers of America for all you do!!
(FYI It's not too late! You can still touch a cow behind Homestead Creamery in Wirtz)
VIRGINIA IS FOR DAIRY LOVERS
Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia http://www.claibornehouse.net/