A few days ago I was given the opportunity to visit the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, my first county fair. This is one of the largest 4-H county fairs in the nation. One of the most interesting and fun exhibits for families at the fair is the Miracle of Life Animal Birthing Center. The American Dairy Association of Indiana/Indiana Dairy Farm Families has made this exhibit possible again for the second year in a row. Their sponsorship allows families the chance to experience cows giving birth!
July is National Recreation & Parks Month with July 9th being National Recreation Day so let’s get out and enjoy all that God has created for us in our national, state, and local parks. Whether at home or away, try hiking, swimming, rafting, canoeing or whatever form of recreation you and yours enjoy. You’ll be spending quality time together, you’ll enjoy all the natural beauty that is around you, and because you’ll be expending energy, you’ll feel better both physically and mentally!!!
State parks are full all season long with tents, RVs, campfires and the joyous sounds crackling wood while cooking over an open fire. Any way you choose there are some basics you need to remember so the cold foods stay cold and hot foods are cooked to the right temperature and served properly. Prepare a menu and pack it as it will be used to maximize space as well as limit the opening/closing of coolers and/or refrigeration stations. Select foods that can be reworked into other dishes with minimal ingredients.
Today is International Picnic Day! So dust off the baskets, grab the blankets or chairs, and grab a bottle of wine, lemonade or something cold to drink and go! Picnics date back to Medieval hunting feasts and informal outdoor banquets of the social and wealthy. Picnic, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is an outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to eat outdoors. It is believed that originally a picnic was similar to a potluck, where each person present would bring a specific dish. The exact moment when picnic went from meaning everyone bring food, to everyone eat outdoors is unknown. Not only is the food consumed during the picnic important but the spirit and celebration of dining outdoors that makes it special.
Not only is June National Dairy Month but it is also time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. Great Outdoors Week began in 1997 by then-President Clinton and has continued ever since. In 2004, June became Great Outdoors Month, a celebration of a variety of important events and activities that occur throughout the month. Basically, Great Outdoors Month highlights the benefits of active outdoors fun and our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters.
Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo or begin your promise for the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) Start the Movement Day, the Dairy Association is here to help you celebrate activities associated with good health and better fitness. “Make the Movement Day” is a grassroots event that is held today, May 5, and sponsored by Active Life Movement. It encourages you to share ‘Moments’ of healthy eating (Fuel), physical activity (Move), and personal and environmental health (Honor) to promote healthy, ACTIVE lifestyles.
Indiana’s Family of Farmers are exhibiting at Earth Day Indiana 2010 on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at White River State Park at 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.
Dairy farmers work hard every day to bring you fresh, great tasting, wholesome milk products. Almost all dairies are family-owned, and as active members of their communities, farm families take pride in maintaining natural resources. That means preserving the land where they live and work, protecting the air and water they share with neighbors, and providing the best care for their cows—the lifeblood of their business.
“Value” came from understanding how distanced today’s consumer is from the food supply and how important it is for us to share the passion we all have as food producers in providing so many high quality foods for them to choose from.
Beginning today, Indiana residents can register for two grand prizes of “Free Groceries for a Year!”* courtesy of Indiana’s farmers, at www.FarmersFeedUS.org. Upon visiting the site, consumers just register by “meeting an Indiana farmer” through a short video that shows how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food. Consumers can register with each of the eight featured farmers daily through April 11, the end of the 90-day program.