Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? As we head into summer (happy first official day y’all), we take time out to appreciate dairy in our lives. It’s more than milk and cookies on a Sunday afternoon y’all. (Or if it’s as HOT where you are today, more likely ice cream than milk and cookies!)
Dairy is an important part of a diet and Florida has more than 122,000 dairy cows, producing 2.34 billion pounds of milk a year. WOWZA! There are approximately 130 dairy farms in Florida and they are primarily owned by second and third generation farmers. Each heard has anywhere from 150 cows to 5,000!! What’s more, on average the milk you buy at the store in Florida came from a farm less than 72 hours ago! (All facts from Florida Milk/Leche de Florida.)
This summer you can learn about Florida dairy farms and milk in Florida thanks to the partnership between Florida Milk/Leche de Florida and MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida!
Every Monday from 2 pm – 5 pm MOSI Tampa now has Milk Mondays! (Not just for dairy month, but this event continues all year long!)
There are events for the whole family.
I got to meet this precious calf:
There’s cow corn hole:
Science experiments using milk:
You can make your own butter:
There’s even ice cream made from liquid nitrogen!
Our batch was blue:
And YES! This ice cream was GOOOOOOOOD:
But the most important thing is to remember that not everyone has access to milk and dairy. That’s why for #JuneDairyMonth Feeding America has a Great American Milk Drive to help provide milk to families in need. Learn more about this important effort on the Feeding America site and donate today to lend your support. Lend a helping hand and provide milk to those who can’t afford it.
Leche de Florida/Florida Milk also wants to GIVE you 100 gallons of milk! Enter by June 30 to win 100 gallons of milk. In addition to the prize for the winner, 100 gallons will be donated to the winner’s local Feeding America Food Bank!! Enter here on the Florida Milk site or here on Leche de Florida.
What is your favorite thing about milk? Did you know there were so many dairy farms and dairy cows in Florida? What’s your favorite way to have milk? Mine is cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, umm….every way humanly possible! I think the “milk, it does a body good” slogan stuck with me from childhood. I just can’t quit you milk! HA! (Not that I want to! I can’t live without cheese.)