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Guest post written by Julia Grimaldi.

 Julia is the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board Coordinator

 

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Happy June Dairy Month! Did you know that milk is the top source of calcium in the diet? Experts recommend that you get at least three servings of dairy every day. Milk, cheese and yogurt all count. With nine essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin, milk, cheese, and yogurt together pack a powerful nutrient punch! Learn more about the health benefits of dairy at http://www.newenglanddairycouncil.org/page/health-professionals.

Yesterday, Governor Patrick proclaimed that June is dairy month in Massachusetts! June Dairy Month originated in 1937 as an annual tradition developed to celebrate the dairy industry and its many contributions to our society.  In June and indeed all year long, we want to recognize all of the positive contributions our Massachusetts dairy farmers have on local agriculture, working 365 days a year to take the best care of their animals, the land and their communities. Learn more about Massachusetts dairy farming at www.massdairy.com.

June is a time when dairy farm families often open their farms to visitors for tours, while stores and other businesses feature delicious dairy products for customers to enjoy.  On Saturday June 2, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln hosted their annual Dairy Day, on Sunday June 12, Whittier Farm in Sutton celebrates June Dairy Month, and on Saturday June 23 Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne Falls hosts their annual “Udderly Delicious Day” and Shaw Farm in Dracut has their annual Ice Cream Festival. Visit http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/calendar.htm for event details.

It’s easy to keep dairy products relevant in your home, and our dairy farmers are happy to supply us with a steady flow of nutritious milk produce right here in Massachusetts all year long. You’ll find a wide variety of dairy products in your local grocery store. Discover wholesome recipes that offer you easy ways to enjoy at least three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt every day – any time of day. Make your dairy connection here: http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/recipes/Pages/RecipeLanding.aspx.

Also, check out this month's ChopChop newsletter for a yummy strawberry banana smoothie recipe!

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