It's June Dairy Month and we're celebrating the hardworking dairy farm families who work around-the-clock to provide us with a variety of delicious and nutritious dairy foods. Tina Peterson, Regional Program Manager with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, joined us on Daybreak with some dairy dip recipes.
The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin said June Dairy Month is a time when all come together to embrace our title as the one and only, America's Dairyland. Wisconsin's dairy industry contributes more than $43.4 billion to the state's economy.
Since the 1970s, communities have come together to celebrate Wisconsin's diary industry with delicious dairy-filled breakfasts. Held throughout the state and open to everyone, these farm breakfasts are a wonderful opportunity to meet our dairy farmers, explore barns, and, of course, enjoy some delicious, homemade cooking. Attendees can also participate in on-the-farm activities including farm, barn and milking parlor tours, wagon rides and interacting with farm animals. We hope to see you there.
· It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese
· It takes 22 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.
· Wisconsin produces over 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese.
· The first dairy breakfast was hosted by a Jefferson County family on their farm in 1970
· 96% of Wisconsin dairy farms are family owned.
· Milk is Wisconsin's official state beverage.
· The average American consumes 36 pounds of cheese per year
· About 72 percent of the calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from dairy foods.
· The most popular cheese in America is mozzarella.
· If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank fourth in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the U.S., Germany and France, and just ahead of Italy.
· The first official Wisconsin cheese was created by Anne Pickett of Lake Mills in 1841. The historic feat was accomplished when Pickett combined milk from her neighbors' cows to that of her own.
· In 1939, the phrase "America's Dairyland" was added to the Wisconsin license plate by the legislature, after earning the title in 1930.
Today's featured recipes: