Cheese, Yogurt, and Ice Cream: June is Dairy Month!

I grew up on a dairy farm and once a week the milk-truck-driver from Portland Maine picked up our milk and brought it back to the Oakhurst Dairy plant. We had a small farm, about 40 jersey cows. Oakhurst Dairy was actually the first dairy in the nation in which it’s producers pledged not to use  the growth hormone, RBST in production.

Naturally, my appreciate for dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter!) is in my blood, but I was pretty excited to learn that June is National Dairy Month. I collected a selection of books which are display in the lbrary lobby related to milk production and policy. I hope you browse the selection.

Vermont produces lots of wonderful dairy products and most places encourage you to visit–any reason for an adventure, including celebrating national dairy month, is good for me!

Check out Neighborly Farms. They are a small family operation just up the road in Randolph. Their cheese has won national prizes ; they also welcome visitors!

Vermont Butter and Cheese, which was started by the parents of a high school classmate, has some great cheese recipes to check out.

Visit the Vermont Cheese Makers Council for a listing of Vermont Cheese Makers.

If you needed an excuse to visit Ben & Jerry’s you’ve got one!

Now would be the perfect time to visit Billings Farm to see their Jersey Herd!

The Vermont Dairy website has a directory of Vermont Dairy products.

I hope you have fun celebrating National Dairy Month by eating lots of delicious Vermont products!

🙂 Heidi

 

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One thought on “Cheese, Yogurt, and Ice Cream: June is Dairy Month!

  1. Provoked June 12, 2012 / 10:59 pm

    These “happy cows” are sent to slaughter when their “productive” years are in decline.The cows are artificially inseminated to keep them impregnated so they continue lactating.

    The dairy industry steals baby calves shortly after they are born. These infants don’t even drink their own mother’s milk. The “worthless” males are either killed immediately or kept in isolation for a few months to become veal.The females calves follow their mother’s sad lot to the last moments on the kill floor.

    Adult humans do not need cow’s milk any more than they need goat’s milk, wolf’s milk, camel’s milk, giraffe’s milk. Unweaned infants do remarkably better on their own mother’s breast milk which is what our species was intended to consume.

    There’s abundant plant based alternatives that are just as nutritional & just as satisfying.Some even have twice the amount of calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk does.

    There’s absolutely nothing beneficial to the human diet in cow’s milk. It’s also destructive to the environment and a tragic waste of resources. Perhaps it is time for “unweaned” adults to look beyond what deceptiveness and hype the dairy industry is pitching at you in order to keep their profits and their cruel practices in check.

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