Posted by Katie | Posted in Katie, Michigan Dairy, Milk Safety | Posted on Wed, November 13, 2013
Tags: dairy food safety, Greek yogurt, milk, nutrition
My favorite tag line is: “safe, nutritious, delicious milk”, but what exactly do I mean when I say it? For me it is every reason I stand behind the work that my family does. It is why I love what I do and have a passion to continue to do it for the rest of my life.
Let’s break it down, starting with the obvious and work our way into a little education.
Nothing beats an ice-cold glass of white milk, or chocolate, or strawberry, or malted… you get the point. If it’s milk, I love it, and so does my family. In fact, we drink at least a gallon in our house a day; when I buy flavored milk it goes much more quickly! Just as popular for our family are the many things you can make out of milk, like low-fat yogurt, cheeses, and of course ice cream! I always say if everyone consumed as many dairy products as our family, we would never be able to milk enough cows to keep up with the demand!
Milk is a nutrient dense powerhouse. It contains nine essential vitamins and minerals to be exact. My favorite? Protein and calcium! I love to work out and when I do, I love to refuel my body with dairy products like chocolate milk and Greek yogurt. Being on the farm, my kids are really active and milk and yogurt give them the nutrients they need to fuel their growing bodies and keep them going all day long. It is recommended that you have three servings of dairy daily to build and maintain strong bones and bodies, we definitely get that around here!
Safety is extremely important. My family, my neighbors, and thousands of families I have never met drink the milk we produce on our farm every day. I buy my milk from the store just like everyone else, because I can trust that it was most likely made on a farm by a family just like mine. Safety means taking excellent care of my cows, keeping my farm clean, and monitoring the quality of the milk that leaves my farm. You can learn more about what we do on our farm to ensure our milk is safe here.
Milking cows is the last job I ever thought I would have, but no job will ever bring be as rewarding as making safe, nutritious, delicious milk!