Cathy Isom tells us about a month long celebration of delicious dairy products, and the farmers who produce them. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
The month of June is a time when everyone can show appreciation for the several thousand dairy farms and families. They are responsible for their commitment to producing nutritious milk while protecting the land on which they live and work. They also fund research that leads to dairy product innovation.
Few things are as refreshing, or nutritious, on a warm summer day as a tall glass of cold milk. With essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, and vitamin A, plus protein to help build and repair muscle tissue. Milk is a great choice for many active people. Even more exciting are the foods made from milk. A slice of cheese temptingly melted over a grilled hamburger. Or a dish of ice cream providing the perfect summer dessert.
No wonder the dairy industry chose June as the perfect month to celebrate dairy foods and the family dairy farms that produce them.
U.S. dairy farms produce roughly 21 billion gallons of milk annually. All 50 states in the U.S. have dairy farms. 99 percent of all U.S. households purchase milk. The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk each year. About 72 percent of the calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from dairy foods. To get the amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of milk, you would have to eat seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread.
Fresh milk will stay fresher longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart.
Celebrate National Dairy Month by drinking a tall glass of good, cold, milk. Or you can enjoy your favorite ice cream or other favorite dairy treats.
I’m Cathy Isom…
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