Celebrate National Dairy Month with Marcoot in June

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.

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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:

Sustainable

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.

Nutritious

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.

Local

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.”

Tasty

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.

What is Extreme Ice?


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Want to enjoy something sweet without worrying while fueling your body? If so, we’ve got just the thing for you – Extreme Ice. It might look and taste like dessert, but it’s more than that. Let’s show you what we’re talking about. Read on to learn the question everyone is asking themselves, “What is Extreme Ice?”

Humble Beginnings

Sometimes the most innovative ideas start with a dream, and other times they start with the words, “What do I have to lose?” That’s where our family was in 2009 when three of us left our jobs to save the family farm in Greenville, Illinois – a.k.a. the Marcoot Jersey Creamery. And with nothing to lose, we started to make cheese. To our surprise, a new product was born.

Sustainability Takes Priority

If you know anything about cheesemaking, then you know that whey is a by-product of cheese. Essentially, the more cheese our family needed to produce, the more whey we would obtain. At first, because of whey protein’s supplemental value, we’d add it to our Jersey heifers’ diet. Over time, our farm’s popularity grew and we began producing more milk and cheese, so the whey was more than we could handle for efficiency. That’s when Audie Wall, our cheesemaker, business partner, and longtime friend, thought up a delicious idea.

Extreme Ice is Born

“Why not feed it to our customers?” The thought stemmed from the fact that larger dairy farms send excess whey to people who want to make protein supplements for humans – like protein powder. After some expected trial and error, it came to us – mix it with fruit and freeze it. When frozen, whey has a similar consistency to shaved ice. Now it just needed a name – Extreme Ice.

Health at the Forefront

How is whey good for you? Well, whey protein contains all of the essential amino acids (or “building blocks”) that your body needs. It’s also easy to digest. Athletes tend to use whey protein to increase muscle mass and recover from workouts. People with specific dietary needs can use it as a supplement, too. There’s even the crushed fruit mixed in with the whey to consider. While Extreme Ice has no added sugar, it does include essential lactose and fructose elements your body can benefit from. 

Off the Shelves and Into Your Hands

Extreme Ice is packaged into a 5 oz. container and is easily consumed with a spoon. One serving provides 20 grams of protein without additional protein powder. After you’ve made your purchase, feel free to add this to your post-workout shakes, morning smoothies, or any other way you currently fuel your body. Experiment with our flavors, too. We currently provide strawberry, mango, and strawberry-banana.

That’s Extreme Ice. Now that you know what it is, what are you waiting for? Extreme Ice is available in our Country Store and Dierbergs Markets. Want to see how our products are made firsthand? Schedule a tour today to visit our creamery! We’re open Monday through Saturday for the public to visit. We also offer guests free samples!

Show us on social media how creative you can get with our product using #MarcootStrong.