NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. — On a different kind of field than he is used to, former NFL player Thurman Thomas visited with the Almeter family, owners of Breezyhill Dairy Farm, Strykersville, N.Y. Thomas was invited for a tour of the farm two days in advance of Wyoming County’s Agri-palooza, which was held at Breezyhill Dairy on June 8.
“It was just really interesting to be around this type of environment and get a feel for what it takes to run a farm from 5 in the morning until 6 or 7 o’clock at night ... and the people that run it,” said Thomas, who was joined on the tour by approximately 280 students from Western New York schools, including several students in the Fuel Up To Play 60 program. The program, made possibly by the National Dairy Council and National Football League, encourages kids to eat healthy and get 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
Thomas, who never before stepped onto a dairy farm, got to go on a hayride and toured the cow barn, feed bunks and more.
There’s a strong interest by consumers to connect with farmers, noted Beth Meyer, vice president of communications with American Dairy Association and Dairy Council Inc. “They want to see where their food comes from and what life is like on a farm. That’s why we urge farmers to share their dairy story with others.”
Thomas’ visit was arranged by American Dairy Association and Dairy Council Inc.