I recently attended #BlogHerFood15: Experts Among Us in Chicago, IL. with Elanco. Brooke & Leah of Elanco planned an amazing event, “Milk & Mimosas”. The purpose of the event? Bring the farm to food bloggers.
I was in great company: Annaliese of Modern Day Farm Chick, Laura of Heartwood Farm & Nancy of The Wife of a Dairy Farmer. The event started with Laura giving an amazing presentation, there were tears at my table for sure!
Once Laura was done with her presentation, the bloggers were surprised with a Q&A session with farmers on the farm via FaceTime.
Liz Kelsay had a new bull calf to share with group. He was a huge hit. She was able to explain how calves are cared for on her farm. Will Gilmer was outside in the rain answering tough questions & Ray Prock showed the inside of a milking parlor. He had to answer the toughest question of them all, “Are California cows the happiest in the U.S”. His answer was spot on, all cows are happy if fed well.
Annaliese, Nancy, Laura & myself were there to answer any questions the bloggers might have. We had some great conversations and made some new friends! I caught up with Sandra of “A Dash of Sanity” to get her thoughts on this event:
- Prior to attending “Milk & Mimosas”, had you ever visited a dairy farm or talked with a dairy farmer?
No, the “Milk & Mimosas” was my first dairy farm experience.
- There is a lot of information being shared about farmers & ranchers. Did you have any concerns about what farmers do on a daily basis or about the dairy products you use for your family?
I did. And many of them were addressed. My main concern was the difference between organic and non-organic dairy. Also, how are hormones used? All the hoopla over hormones and antibiotics that has been in the media made me reduce the amount of milk I drink. It was so reassuring to hear and know what actually goes on and when antibiotics are used. The richest part of the experience was hearing the personal stories, meeting farmers and Skyping. I didn’t realize that the majority of dairy farms are family run. That is not what I thought at all. It was beautiful to see the love & care each farm took. Learning of the methods and how you are increasing production. So informative.
- Do you have a recipe (with dairy of course) that you would like to share?
As if this event couldn’t get any better, we danced the night away with food bloggers and met Ree Drummond.