For the entire month of June, many may have heard about how it was dairy month. Perhaps you even bought a little extra milk, cheese or yogurt to celebrate. Dairy consumption actually drops about 30 percent in the summer month as school breakfasts and early mornings have ended for many. While school may be out of session, three servings of dairy are still needed to support overall wellbeing. Nine essential nutrients of calcium; potassium; protein; phosphorus; vitamins A, D and B12; riboflavin and niacin have made it into just one serving of dairy.
Enjoying dairy months is not done just yet, in fact July is celebrated as National Ice Cream Month! That’s one declaration I can support. Ronald Regan back in 1984 proclaimed July as National Ice Cream month and the third Sunday of July is even National Ice Cream Day. For ice cream manufactures, July is peak season and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy summer.
Michigan is the eighth largest producing dairy state, contributing $5.8 billion to Michigan’s economy. For some Michigan made ice cream to celebrate, be sure to try some of these examples as they are from Michigan dairies and processed right in the state:
Ashby’s Sterling - http://www.icecream-parlor.com/
Baremans - http://www.baremandairy.com/bareman_dairy_website_006.htm
Calder Dairy -- http://www.calderdairy.com/
Cascades Ice Cream Co (Formerly Jackson All-Star Dairy and The Parlour)
Country Dairy - http://www.countrydairy.com/about/farm-store
Country Fresh - http://www.enjoycountryfresh.com/index-static.php
Dean’s - http://www.deanfoods.com/
Great Lakes Ice Cream Company - http://www.greatlakesicecreamcompany.com/
House of Flavors - http://www.houseofflavors.com/
Hudsonville Ice Cream - http://www.hudsonvilleicecream.com/
MOO-ville Creamery - http://www.moo-ville.com/
MSU Dairy Store - http://dairystore.msu.edu/