June is a “Dairy Delightful” Month  

 

By Ron Eichner 

Hi folks, June is a busy month in so many ways. First, the school year ends, and there are graduations at every level, which keeps family and friends on the move. 

               Interestingly, June 1 is National Milk Day, and June 3 is National Egg Day. Whole eggs are the No. 1 source of complete protein, and raw milk is the No. 2 source of protein. Flag Day is June 14, Father’s Day is June 19, and summer begins June 21. Summer Christmas is June 25. 

Most families take vacations in the summer and enjoy exploring our great country. Most farm families are focused on vocations, planting, sowing, nurturing and harvesting. After all the hard work to support our communities, the joys of most farms are our customers that support our family farms. 

National Dairy Month in June celebrates the many contributions of the dairy industry to our health and economy. An eight-ounce glass of whole milk has more nutrients than the same serving size of juices. In addition, good fats are essential for our health. A 2014 study of more than 1,300 people found that those who consumed the highest amount of full-fat dairy were less likely to be obese than those who consumed the lowest. They also have less belly fat. 

In the mid-1960s, we were encouraged to follow a low-fat, high-carb diet. A low- fat diet is supposed to shun whole, raw dairy, and high carbs means avoiding the incredible, edible eggs to make room for our over-processed cereals. However, in recent times, the experts who have misguided us for 60 plus years, now say we need good fats, proteins and fewer carbs. 

So, circle back to whole eggs and whole milk and focus on the top sources of complete proteins and good fats. It truly is a way to keep the laying hens and milk cows employed across our beautiful state of Pennsylvania.  

Currently, agriculture is one of the leading industries in Pennsylvania, with about 59,808 farms and about 5,430 dairy farms. But unfortunately, the numbers have declined each year, maybe because of the joys of vacations and not vocations. 

On April 29, 1982, dairy milk was designated and adopted as the official beverage of Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the average dairy herd is about 90 cows, with 99% of all dairy farms being family owned. Our farm market sells dairy from two local farms: Pasture Maid Creamery of New Castle and Marburger Dairy of Evans City. Feel free to look up Paul Harvey’s God Made a Farmer; it truly reflects a day, a week, and a month of a farmer. 

Summer begins on June 21, and it gives us three months to enjoy all the summer activities before we transition into fall. But, of course, we can’t forget Father’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year, it falls on June 19. So, take time to recognize the contributions of our fathers and father figures in our lives. For many dads, they consider being a father the most important job that they have. Take a minute or two and reach out to those extraordinary men, whether it’s a phone call, a visit, a card, or even just talking to your dad, who may have passed. If you want a great Father’s Day story, visit my August 2021, From the Farm, and see why I feel it’s essential to talk to my dad every day and God our Father, if nothing else, walk in our Father’s light and likeness and welcome our Father to walk with us each day. 

If you want to make a breakfast of champions, our high-energy eggs, bacon and lean pork sausages are a one-two hit. June 25 is Summer Christmas and just putting a few clusters of colorful flowers brings the yard to life. You are welcome to stop by Eichner’s Whole Farm & Greenhouse and let us be one of your year-round destinations. Bring a friend and be a friend at 235 Richard Road in Wexford and get the “rest of the story.”