Does chocolate milk really come from brown cows? I know what you are thinking…what a stupid question! Except its not. OK well maybe it kind of is, but it is still one worth answering. Why? Because 7% of Americans think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows and many more aren’t sure where it comes from. Let me repeat that…MORE 16 MILLION AMERICANS THINK CHOCOLATE MILK COMES FROM BROWN COWS!! You might have seen the Washington Post article about this shocking data. I, personally, could not believe it. It made me realize not only how out of touch consumers are with their food, but how out of touch I am with the consumers. So let me be clear, NO chocolate milk does not come from brown cows. All milk from all cows is whole white milk. Chocolate is a flavor that is added during bottling. You might be quick to think “This is crazy” or “People are idiots” and write it off. But for me, this confirms that people have no idea where their food comes from. Smart people. Educated people. They have no idea. We, as farmers, have to help teach people and explain what we do. And we need to do a better job of it because it looks like at least 7% of our class is failing. This also brings up a point I want to make to the consumers, if you don’t know, ask! And don’t look at the first thing that pops up on a Google search. Ask a real farmer! If I don’t know the answer, I promise you, I will find someone who does!
As the holiday season comes to an end, I find myself looking back over the last few weeks and thinking, “What a whirlwind!”. Balancing work and family time with life and traveling around the holidays. One thing I have learned over the years is life on a dairy makes the holidays a little different than most people’s. There is no paid time off or paid holidays for dairy producers. Work continues as usual on the dairy, making things a little non-traditional. For starters, I have never wished for a white Christmas. While the farmer in me is always glad when we get some moisture here in New Mexico, the dairy side of me knows that it just means extra work for everyone. As a kid, all my friends would dream of snow on Christmas. All I could think was, snow means no presents until Christmas afternoon because my dad would have to work a little longer. As is, we waited to open presents until after all the morning chores were done. And you just had to hope everything went smoothly.
I have been in a little bit of a breakfast slump. I am lucky if I grab a glass milk before heading to work — extra lucky if that is a glass of FairLife Chocolate milk, my favorite! And with G headed to her first day of Mother’s Day Out in a couple weeks, I started thinking how I need some healthy, fast breakfasts for on the go. With school just around the corner, I know I am not the only one thinking about this. Here are a few recipes I will be making to get us out the door fast while making sure we get a serving of dairy and some fruits!
Happy National Ice Cream Month!! I look forward to this month all year! No seriously, I do. It is a great excuse to eat ice cream everyday (not that you need an excuse!). And with a blog, I absolutely have to eat ice cream everyday so I can post about it. I really love ice cream. At one point in high school, I thought I was addicted to it. I would have it every night, every SINGLE night. And if I didn’t, I would be pretty upset. I get my love of ice cream from my Dad. He REALLY REALLY loves ice cream. Just this weekend, I tried to describe his love of ice cream to someone. Their response, “You could write a whole blog post about that!”. While this blog post is not all about his love of ice cream, I do think his nightly ice cream concoction (as we call it) is worth mentioning. The best one I have seen is as follows. He starts with a drumstick. Yes, I know that is a whole dessert for a normal person. My Dad is not a normal ice cream eater. He is expert level. So from there, he adds his favorite ice cream of the moment. He continues with adding different varieties of cereal. And of course he has to add milk because who eats cereal without milk?! If his favorite daughter has made cookies, he will add one of those (whoever makes cookies is his favorite daughter). And finally, if my Mom can convince him, he will add some mixed berries because that is healthy. And he tops it off with whipped cream. UNREAL! So this blog post is for you, Dad, one of the many amazing dairymen in my life!
In the last week, we have heard a lot about the tragedies and losses from winter storm Goliath. They have been numerous and unspeakable. But today, I want to share with you some of the inspiring stories about how the community of dairy women came together to support their farm families throughout the blizzard. There have been many articles about the cows losses and the hard work of the dairymen, and they are true heroes. But many times the work of the dairy women or dairy wife goes unnoticed, and they do their work without a thank you. This is my THANK YOU to all of you.