Talking milk at the grocery store
One of my favorite places to talk to consumers is the grocery store. It is a great place to share quick, easy recipes, talk about my Facebook page, and talk about the wholesome goodness dairy can bring to their diets.
At least once every time I go grocery shopping I get the opportunity to talk about dairy.
Ok, so maybe I take my time getting through the dairy section, and have my ears open listening for anything that might give me the opportunity to share my passion with others, but when I see how the facts affect their lives in positive ways it makes every second of my time worth it!
I have had the opportunity to talk to consumers about healthy choices for their families, my absolute favorite milk – TruMoo – and, just recently, the quality and safety of milk and dairy products. It never ceases to amaze me how many consumers still don’t know that milk is wholesome and safe and contains no artificial growth hormones. So, when the opportunity arises to share this information, I definitely will not pass it up.
My most recent conversation started with a gentleman asking his wife what kind of milk was it they drink, again? And her reply was “The stuff that doesn’t have any of those artificial hormones in it.”
There’s my cue!
I introduced myself as Katie Dellar, a local dairy farmer, and informed them that years ago, dairy farmers in Michigan signed an agreement to discontinue or not ever start using artificial growth hormones because of consumer requests. I also showed them on one of the six gallons of milk I had in my cart how to know if the milk was processed here in Michigan, and I showed them how even on the store brand the label states that their farmers pledge to not use artificial growth hormones. I told them that this is the milk I am taking home to my family; some of it may even be the milk from my own farm and from one of the many other family farms in the area and the state.
I always love the comments that follow, and the look on the face of someone who just learned something from someone they know has the facts.
Even if it is just one consumer at a time, if I can help a family with their bottom line, and help a parent feel good about the choices they make when it comes to feeding their family, my time was definitely well spent!