June is a wonderful month where we can celebrate sunshine, growing fields, and dairy! What better way to have a celebration than with ice cream?!
June Dairy Month was originally started in 1937 by chain stores to promote milk sales during a time when there was a dairy surplus. The event was called National Milk Month and ran from June 10 to July 10. In 1939, the National Dairy Council joined the cause and changed the event to cover the entire month of June, and it was renamed June Dairy Month. June Dairy Month is now celebrated around the United States.
Now, the month is used to educate consumers on the nutritional value of dairy products and how they end up on our tables. Farmers take the opportunity through events and programs to connect with people and teach them about where their food comes from. Consumers can also be educated in the health benefits of dairy products that are high in protein and calcium, with a wide variety of other vitamins and minerals.
One of the favorite traditions of June Dairy Month is the Breakfast on the Farm events. The 4-H club hosted the first farm breakfast in 1970 in Jefferson County, WI. Since then, there are now more than 70 Wisconsin Breakfast on the Farm events each year. These events include home-cooked breakfasts, farm tours, activities, and other educational experiences for people of all ages.
“June is Dairy Month: Facts About Dairy Foods.” Wisconsin Cheeseman
“Kick off Summer in Wisconsin at a Farm Breakfast.” Wisconsin Dairy Days of Summer