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!
When you hear the words large dairy farm, what is the first thing you think of? Factory farm? Corporate farms? How about family farm?! No? I didn’t think so. There are so many misconceptions about these dairy farms. Unfortunately, much of what you will read online or videos you watch won’t tell you any of the facts. I am here to tell you, I am apart of a large FAMILY farm and hopefully, after reading this you will have a better understanding of what these farms are really like. Here in New Mexico we are known for our big herd size and dairy farms. New Mexico has the largest average herd size at over 2,000 cows per dairy. Lots of open spaces and the climate are the main factors behind this. But it might surprise you to hear that 95% of all dairies in the United States are family owned and operated. And it is no different here in New Mexico where 96% of our dairies are family owned.
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!
Growing up in our dairy community in Eastern New Mexico, it felt like everyone I knew was Dutch and dairy farmers. So all of my family’s weird quirks seemed normal. It was not until I was older did I realize not everyone did all these things. I have included just a few fun facts. Some are more dairy, some are more Dutch.