Today, Tim, the boys and I visited the New Market branch of the Scott County Library to share dairy related stories and to talk about dairy farming with the children and parents. We read two of our favorite agriculture books. Out and About at the Dairy Farm by Andy Murphy and Fantastic Farm Machines by Cris Peterson. Both are very accurate and fun books. Then each of the kids got a sticker saying “I Met a Dairy Farmer.” The parents also walked away with some yummy dairy recipes. Lastly, Cassidy on of our Brown Swiss greeted everyone outside.
Today, less than 1% of our population calls themselves a farmer. Yes, there are many more employed in some way in the agriculture industry, but few truly call themselves a farmer (file a F schedule tax return). Unlike other industries, everyone in the world depends on farmers for survival. We all need to eat. Whether you are a veggie loving junkie or a steak and potatoes fan, you need farmers to grow, care for and harvest that food that shows up on your plate.
I truly believe that the first step in becoming a more healthy nation is learning and appreciating more about where our food comes from. Fellow moms know that if you let your children cook with you, they are more likely to eat what is on their plates. Making the connection works for children and adults. More and more people are seeking the “story” behind their food and I feel this is a positive step in the right direction. Even though there is a lot of marketing hype out there, I enjoy learning about different farming operations and how food is produced. This knowledge often stirs me clear of the highly processed junk and into the wholesome whole foods. The best way to avoid the hype is to learn directly from a local farmer. That is why our farm makes it a priority to get out and tell our story.
Out and About at the Dairy Farm has a great ice cream recipe posted at the back of the book. I know I have posted this before, but it still is a summer time favorite of ours.
Udderly Easy Ice Cream
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1/2 cup whole Organic Valley Milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 tbs salt
- 1 small, sandwich size ziplock bag
- 1 large ziplock bag
- snow or ice cubes
- Mix the sugar, milk and vanilla together in the small ziplock bag.
- Fill the large ziplock bag halfway full of ice
- Add the salt to the large bag.
- Place the small bag inside the large bag and zip the large bag shut (press out extra air)
- Wrap the large bag in the towel
- Shake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the milk mixture hardens (if ice melts in that time add more)
- Remove the small bag from large bag (discard large bag)
I hope that you are enjoying June is Dairy Month. Come see our in house Dairy Princess, Samantha, at the Elko New Market Fire and Rescue Days this weekend. She will be riding in a dairy float and handing out dairy “goodies”.
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com