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Celebrate by Enjoying a Dairy Recipe & Thanking a Dairy Farmer

Written by: Holly Niefergold

June is Dairy Month! What a great way to start off the month by selecting the 2021-2022 Erie County Dairy Princess and court!

This year Erie County has two young ladies competing for the title of Erie County Dairy Princess. Each lady will present a speech and be interviewed, with the princess selected by a panel of judges. At the Erie County Dairy Princess Coronation, June 4, 2021, the outgoing Dairy Princess, Holly Niefergold, will reflect on her past year as the Erie County Dairy Princess and about being selected as the 2021-2022 NYS 1st Alternate Dairy Princess. Holly will also give an American Dairy Association NorthEast update, the sponsors of the NYS Dairy Princess Program. The new 2021-2022 Erie County Dairy Princess and alternate will be announced and will be joined by the dairy princess ambassadors at the coronation ceremony, held in Eden, NY.

Did you know that World Milk Day is June 1st? So be sure you have a glass of cold, refreshing, nutritious milk to fuel up your body with milks nine essential nutrients. The nine essential nutrients include: Vitamin A, D, B12, Pantothenic Acid, Protein, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Niacin and Calcium. All of these

nutrients are essential to your body and it is recommended that you consume at least 3 servings per day of dairy. Great ways to consume your 3 servings might include: milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Dairy farmers work 24/7, 365 days a year caring for their animals and the land. They take great pride in producing quality, wholesome milk for us to enjoy. They care for their land by being good stewards of the land so the cows can be fed high quality forages. Cow comfort is important to dairy farmers and in return the happy cows are productive cows, providing us with nature’s most perfect food, Milk.

June is Dairy Month! So, remember to consume at least 3 servings of dairy every day. Maybe try a new recipe with dairy and thank a dairy farmer for their dedication to their animals, land and by producing milk that contains 9 essential nutrients. Don’t be shy and give dairy a try!

Creamy 3 Cheese Pasta

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded White Cheddar cheese

1/3 grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup milk

¼ tsp ground black pepper

3 cups of your favorite shaped pasta, cooked and drained

Stir the soup, cheeses, milk and black pepper in a 1 ½ quart casserole dish. Stir in pasta. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until pasta mixture is hot and bubbling. Makes 4 servings.

The Erie County Dairy Princess and her Court are spokespersons for the dairy industry, helping support our local dairy farmers by promoting the nutritional value of milk and dairy products. The Erie County Dairy Princess program is made possible through the support of the American Dairy Association North East, the local planning and management organization funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars and local dairy farms and agribusinesses.

If you would like to communicate with the dairy princess and her court regarding an event or to receive information, please contact Anita Richmond, Erie County Dairy Promotion Committee Chair at 716-725-9919.