Happy almost National Dairy Month! Marcoot Jersey Creamery has been waiting since last June for this exciting time of year. In order to celebrate, we’re hosting CheeseFest 2019 – our annual Cheese Olympics with interactive games, cheese cooking demonstrations, and free samples. This event will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our farm on 526 Dudleyville Road in Greenville, Illinois.
Why do we love dairy so much? Besides the fact that we make our own, there are so many reasons. To put it simply, dairy is:
Did you know that 97 percent of dairy farms are family-owned and -operated? At Marcoot Jersey Creamery, we’re committed to sustainability. In fact, it is a key component for our family and farm as it guides our methods. Also, the 100 milking jersey cows who graze in our pastures receive no hormones and even get to enjoy our protein-filled whey, a byproduct from our cheese production.
According to IDFA, National Dairy Month is a great way to start the summer with nutrient-rich dairy foods. From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients, which may help to better manage your weight and reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
It’s a fact that dairy farming and the dairy industry are responsible for nearly one million jobs in the United States. This means that the dairy community has a strong, positive impact on local communities across the country. Not only are jobs being created through dairy farming, but more people are also craving local foods in general. That’s because, according to Food Revolution Network, “more and more people want to know where their food comes from and the farming practices of the farmers that grow and produce it.”
Of course, when it comes to food, most people are eating for more than just the battle against starvation. They’re eating for taste. Dairy has remained a staple of the American diet because it just tastes that good. Dry cereal in the morning isn’t the same without milk, just like how a burger is plain without cheese.
Since we’re in the mood to party, help us celebrate the all-new Marcoot Extreme Ice – available for purchase at CheeseFest 2019. In April, we announced the nationwide launch of this new and delicious frozen treat, which contains crushed fruit and fresh sweet cream whey. Marcoot’s whey comes from the creamery’s primarily grass-fed Jersey cows, which are known for producing excellent, rich, and high-quality milk.
Want to learn more about National Dairy Month? Follow us on social media @MarcootCreamery on Twitter and @MarcootJerseyCreamery on Instagram and Facebook as we post fun and educational facts about dairy! Also, don’t forget to also follow Extreme Ice on Instagram @EatExtremeIce.