As you may know, June is Dairy Month, which means that as Maryland Dairy Princess, I have cause to be super excited! And while we all will definitely enjoy buying plenty of ice cream and milk to celebrate, the best part of Dairy Month is the opportunity to thank a farmer and consider how essential the dairy industry is to our daily lives.
Without dairy farmers and the dairy industry, we wouldn’t have cheese for our pizza or chocolate ice cream for our cones. Our bones wouldn’t be as strong, our vision not as clear and our immune systems not as tough. To celebrate dairy’s huge contribution to our lives, I suggest a good, old-fashioned picnic. You know, picnic basket (or box if you don’t happen to have one lying around), checkered blanket, cold thermoses of milk, creamy slices of cheese on sandwiches or burgers and potato salad made with yogurt. You could even get fancy and have cow-printed napkins! Let the fun times and dairy appreciation roll.
In other news, I will be visiting William B. Gibbs, Jr., Elementary School this week and talking about dairy with the kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade classes. I am planning fun and educational lessons about taking care of dairy cows, how milk gets from the cow to their dinner tables and the importance of dairy to our bodies. I am also looking forward to setting up in several stores and restaurants this month to share dairy recipes, cow trinkets and information about cows and dairy farming.I wish you a happy Dairy Month!