It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, we know it’s not December, it’s June….and June is National Dairy Month!
From a thick slice of Cheddar on a burger to an ice cold glass of milk with warm cookies, there is no denying the enjoyment that dairy can bring to special moments and to our favorite foods.
Dairy tastes great and while there are moments to indulge, milk is also full of nutrients and is good for our health. Not to mention, milk is local and in season all year long!
So pour yourself a glass of ice cold milk or add an extra dollop of whipped cream to your sundae, whatever fits your lifestyle, join in on the celebration!
Here are 5 easy ways to celebrate this month:
1. Learn more about dairy’s undeniable goodness. Dairy is local, sustainable, nutritious and delicious!
2. Make amazing recipes! Check out our recipes page for some ideas, or watch some of our recipe videos!
3. Watch a video featuring a local dairy farming family and learn how milk gets from the farm to you!
4. Visit a dairy farm or a dairy event! Several farms and organizations are hosting events in June. See events by state below.
June 24: Mapleleaf Farm summer farm tour. Meet the farmers, visit the cows and calves, learn about dairy farming, and of course, taste delicious dairy!
All Month Long: Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley is hosting a Dairy Month Lecture Series throughout June to educate the public about the different facets of the dairy industry from experts and professionals. All of the lectures are free and each Saturday involves a free farm tour.
All Month Long: Great Brook Farm in Carlisle is the only working dairy farm located in a state park and only 22 miles outside of Boston! Tours for the public are held on weekends and holidays. Groups that want to book tours during the week can call or email in advance.
June 10-11: Camping for a Cure at Pine Island Farm in Sheffield. This kid’s fair and camp-out is a fundraiser for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon team.
Every Saturday in June: National Dairy Month Celebration at Remick County Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth. Meet, milk, tour and taste your way into the history of dairy!
June 2-4: Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Festival in Brattleboro.
June 4: Vermont Dairy Festival in Enosburg Falls.