Celebrate June is Dairy Month and Fuel Your Summer Fun!
June is National Dairy Month and it’s the perfect time to celebrate dairy farmers’ commitment to providing safe, wholesome products for all of us to enjoy! Read on to learn how dairy is good for you, good for your community, and good for Michigan.
National Dairy Month started in 1937 and it’s a great time to reflect on dairy foods and the industry that makes it possible. Over the years, it has evolved and many communities, companies and individuals across the country have embraced it and become involved in a variety of different ways. Here are some fun ideas that you and your family can do to celebrate June Dairy Month and COOL DOWN WITH DAIRY!
- Attend a Breakfast on the Farm event
- Take a trip to your local ice cream shop
- Make smoothies as a family
- Visit Michigan’s Dairy Day at the Capitol
- Bring a new dairy-based recipe to your next summer party
It’s always nice to share some dairy facts when talking about June Dairy Month, and this year will focus on MILK. Whether it’s chocolate, white, strawberry, or any other fun flavor of milk:
- MILK IS A NUTRIENT POWERHOUSE: Milk contains 9 essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, and vitamin D which help build strong bones AND it’s a good source of protein.
- MILK IS A NUTRITIONAL BARGAIN: At less than 25 cents a glass, milk provides a great nutritional bang for your buck.
- CHOCOLATE MILK IS NATURE’S SPORTS DRINK: Many studies have shown that chocolate milk is the perfect recovery beverage for adult athletes. It has just the right combination of carbohydrates and protein to help rebuild, repair, and maintain muscle mass!
- MILK IS LOCAL: Each container of milk (and other dairy foods) is identified by a 5-digit code. The code includes a 2-digit state code followed by a 3-digit processing plant code. Milk produced in Michigan is identified by the state code 26. You can even verify the milk you’re drinking was produced in Michigan.
- MILK HELPS OUR ECONOMY: As one of the state’s leading agricultural products, dairy is an important contributor to the economy, representing 20% of cash receipts statewide in 2013 for dairy farming, dairy processing and the dairy wholesale/retail sector.
To learn more about local hard-working Michigan dairy farmers and their families, please visit Milk Means More.