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15 09, 2017

Dairy: From Table to TV

By |September 15th, 2017

We showed you milk in movies before the Oscars and now that the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are here…it’s TV’s turn! This time though, we’re not just stopping with milk. Check out all your favorite dairy treats in the hands of some of your favorite Emmy nominated actors and actresses, on and off the screen.

Lets kick off our list with everyone’s favorite Modern Family.
The Stars
1. Sofia Vergara
Prada in one hand…Breyers in the other. Sofia Vergara certainly has a great sense of style and also knows how to pick a desert. Paparazzi regularly snaps photos of her around town enjoying […]

Michelle Barber
12 09, 2017

Dinnertime with Kids

By |September 12th, 2017

better breakfast month
11 09, 2017

Better Breakfast Month Recipes from Our Dietitian Friends

By |September 11th, 2017

08 09, 2017

Flavored Milk: A Nutrient Powerhouse

By |September 8th, 2017

30 08, 2017

Dairy Aisle Grows with New Products

By |August 30th, 2017

28 08, 2017

The Impact of Dairy

By |August 28th, 2017

I confess, milk is something I take for granted. It takes little effort to reach into the refrigerator and pull out milk, or to run to the store and pick up a fresh gallon. I never considered milk a luxury, until I spoke with the York family from Western Pennsylvania.
Meet the York Family
Margaret York is the family matriarch. Retired, her job is helping to run a nine-person household. She lives in a three-bedroom house with her daughter, LaTonya York, a 43-year-old, full-time working mom. In addition, Margaret helps look after LaTonya’s one child and niece. The seven children are […]

23 08, 2017

Happy “Healthy” National Banana Split Day

By |August 23rd, 2017

17 08, 2017

Top Starbucks Drink Picks by this RD 2 Be and Barista

By |August 17th, 2017

Along with being a college senior in a nutrition and dietetics program, I am also a part-time Barista at Starbucks. Through my 2-and-a-half-year tenure there and my nutrition classes, I have found the best drinks for health-conscious customers.

These drinks are high in protein, with vitamins and minerals that help your body stay strong and healthy. From the vast possibilities of drinks at Starbucks (and believe me, there are THOUSANDS of combinations and options!), I have come up with four of my favorite good-for-you drinks.

The Smoothie

Everyone knows the Frappuccino, but Starbucks offers another type of frozen blended drink; smoothies! They […]

01 08, 2017

Dietitians on a Dairy Farm

By |August 1st, 2017

Cold Soups
17 07, 2017

Cold Soups are Hot!

By |July 17th, 2017

Dairy farmer Ironman completing her race
14 07, 2017

High Time for Tri Time: Tapering for Success

By |July 14th, 2017

Well folks, it’s about that time!

Ironman Lake Placid is only days away and I’m experiencing every stage of race day jitters; anxiousness, nervousness, excitement and… the inevitable second-guessing of my life decisions.

In the spirit of race day preparation, I want to fill you in on my training status (most importantly re-capping Ironman 70.3 Syracuse) and how I plan to  get ready for race day.
Warm Up Race: Ironman 70.3 Syracuse:
A few weeks ago, my sister and I put our training and race strategy to the test at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse (a half-distance Ironman). It was a challenging day with a […]

Portion Control
14 07, 2017

11 Can’t Miss Portion Control Tips

By |July 14th, 2017

13 07, 2017

No Substitute for Real Dairy: Dairy Farmer Opinion

By |July 13th, 2017

Ar-Joy Farms, Cochranville, PA
The following guest editorial written by Pennsylvania dairy farmer, Marilyn Hershey was originally published at PennLive on July 7th, 2017.  Click here for the full article!

Nut, plant-based drinks aren’t a substitute for real dairy: Opinion
I’ve learned first-hand that having a prominent name can lead people to make certain assumptions about you.

When I married into the Hershey family in 1984, some of my friends assumed I had struck the chocolate jackpot.

I had to explain that while Hershey is certainly a renowned and respected name in Pennsylvania, there are many Hersheys who have no ties to the descendants of Milton […]

21 06, 2017

Price Chopper Cheddar – Quality, Connection and Tradition

By |June 21st, 2017

15 06, 2017

June Dairy Month Recipes from Our Dietitian Friends

By |June 15th, 2017

Cows relaxing eating
15 06, 2017

A Different Kind of Triathlete

By |June 15th, 2017

Bodacious Bovines: A Different Kind of Triathlete
Happy June Dairy Month to cows, readers and athletes near and far! Cows have always brought my family together, whether it was daily chores on the farm, at a cow show or conversation around the dinner table.

Once again, I look to cows for inspiration while training for the big 140.6 mile race day. Nutrition, hydration and chill-laxing (Yes, I’m making up words. I think we’re at that level in our blogging relationship 🙂 ) are just a few training tips my bodacious bovines demonstrate daily. Here’s how these lessons translate to becoming […]

dairy food art
13 06, 2017

Dairy Food Art

By |June 13th, 2017

01 06, 2017

Celebrate #WorldMilkDay !

By |June 1st, 2017

boy with chocolate milk in school
19 05, 2017

7 Reasons to KEEP Flavored Milk in Schools

By |May 19th, 2017

03 05, 2017

Planning for Ironman Success

By |May 3rd, 2017

Growing up, my incentive to cook tasty recipes and crush some laundry was driven by getting home early from farm chores.

As a grown-up farmer, triathlete, and business owner, my incentive to plan meals, make lists and think ahead is driven by better recovery and satisfied bellies (let’s be honest – a fed hubby is a happy hubby 🙂 ).

Devoting a whole blog post on planning probably earns me “super boring adult” status, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Here are 3 areas of planning that triathletes focus on (or should focus more on) for ironman success:
Ironman Training […]

Student with milk
30 04, 2017

Milk: It does a college student’s body good!

By |April 30th, 2017

I teach a basic nutrition class at a local college. One of my students’ projects, The Dietary Analysis, is to keep track of all the food they eat for three days and then assess its nutritional quality.

The assignment looks at whether the student is meeting the basic USDA recommendations for each food group from MyPlate (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy). The dairy data from my class was disappointing. Here’s the breakdown for 23 students:

Students with 3 (or more) dairy servings daily

Students with 2 dairy servings daily

Students with 1 dairy serving daily

Students with 0 dairy servings daily


As a registered dietitian, […]

Kelly Springer on processing tour
13 04, 2017

The Power of Processing

By |April 13th, 2017

10 04, 2017

5 Diet Tips that Actually Work

By |April 10th, 2017

06 04, 2017

Favorite Breakfast Dairy Pairings Around the World

By |April 6th, 2017

I love to travel and cannot resist my wanderlust. It’s inherited from my favorite travel companion, my mother. She and I are looking at our next trip. We’re deciding between her choices of an excursion to Hawaii or Alaska. As the matriarch, she gets first dibs.

As I was looking over the latest brochures with my Saturday latte (whole milk, of course), I got to thinking… I have experienced some unique breakfast dairy pairings across the world.

Here’s my unofficial list of my favorite use of dairy in breakfast around the world.
Ukraine: Cornmeal Porridge
Ordering authentic cornmeal porridge in my native language […]

Todder with yogurt
30 03, 2017

Snack Time Sanity

By |March 30th, 2017

23 03, 2017

Fueling Young Athletes: A Sneak Peek

By |March 23rd, 2017

Make Your Own Yogurt Ingredients
22 03, 2017

Make Your Own Yogurt

By |March 22nd, 2017

Stacey Jackson
08 03, 2017

From Dancer to Dietitian

By |March 8th, 2017

24 02, 2017

10 Best Milk Movie Moments

By |February 24th, 2017

When thinking of iconic movie beverages, something ‘shaken, not stirred’ is probably top of mind…maybe even a soda or some sort of “juice cleanse.” But, there’s one classic movie beverage that is full of nutritious goodness…milk!

Milk has been in the hands of movie stars for years – from commercials, to TV shows, to the BIG SCREEN!

With the 89th Academy Awards quickly approaching, we thought it would be cool to highlight milk as a supporting actor and share our favorite milk movie moments!
1. Napoleon Dynamite, 2004

Using milk as his wingman, Napoleon delivered the best pickup line ever!
The struggle is real when […]

21 02, 2017

Food Safety: 5 Ways Dairy is Kept Safe

By |February 21st, 2017

A lot of work goes into making safe, wholesome milk. Ever wonder, what happens on a dairy farm? And how does milk get from the farm to your table?

Providing high quality milk for our tables starts with dairy farmers’ taking good care of their cows. The animals are fed nutritious food, given 24-hour access to fresh water, and get milked 2-3 times a day. It’s a round the clock job!

On a farm tour of Richmond Dairy Farms, John Richmond hosted Buffalo Bills Aaron Williams (#23) and other players.

 1. On the Farm
On the farm, it’s hands off the milk! Milk from cows […]

People posting on social media at the 2017 PA Farm Show
19 01, 2017

Getting Social at the PA Farm Show

By |January 19th, 2017

From Selfies to Shakes – The PA Farm Show
The 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show was full of farming, fun, and, of course, food. The surprising star of the #PAFS17? The hashtags!

Social media channels were booming as people typed, clicked, and shared their way through the farm show experience. Luckily for them, they were equipped with hashtags to serve as the whipped cream on top of a perfect post. Here is a rundown of our favorites:

At a hefty 1,000 lbs this year’s butter sculpture was a center piece for social media posts at the Farm Show. The sweeping landscape paid tribute to […]

19 01, 2017

5 Cheeses Full of Taste but Low in Calories

By |January 19th, 2017

12 01, 2017

It’s All Greek (Yogurt) To Me!

By |January 12th, 2017

With a week of fun at the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, our team has had our fair share of Milkshakes and Fried Cheese.

All the way from Okla @bradonlongwx is LOVING his 1st & 2nd @padairymens #Shakes4Hope @fox43 @AmyFox43 @ChrisFOX43 @Mel_Orlins He’s happy! pic.twitter.com/MVde7WCkLr
— Lucy M. Gnazzo (@GnazzoPromotion) January 11, 2017

Alas, it’s time to honor our New Year’s Resolutions and move to some healthy alternatives – without sacrificing the Yum Factor.

Enter Tina Jackson, head chef and founder of Hey Chef! Personal Chef Service, LLC. On Saturday, her team will share the secret to using Greek Yogurt to make Tina’s Garlic […]

Halloween Cow
21 09, 2016

Fall Events On Dairy Farms That You Don’t Want to Miss!

By |September 21st, 2016

Fall is a time for cooler weather, changing colors and SCARES!  See how the below dairy farms in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Delaware are joining in on the fun with fall festivals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted attractions, open farm days and more!
Franklin County Fall Farm Fun Fest
Greencastle, PA

Saturday, September 24


Join the Franklin County Farm Bureau and have an opportunity to visibly see modern agriculture in action and ask questions about what is done on a farm and why.  This event is sponsored by the Agriculture Promotion Committee of the Franklin County Farm Bureau. This family friendly […]

ice cream
07 07, 2016

I scream, you scream – the scoop on ice cream!

By |July 7th, 2016

Cow on Monday
14 12, 2015

It Was Monday on the Farm

By |December 14th, 2015

It’s 5:00 am and the (many) alarms have been going off for about 30 minutes. We finally turn them off and get out of bed. We’re late. It’s Monday. Every morning is the same for us regardless of the day but some days still feel like a Monday. Chris heads out to the barn while I get Leslie and I ready. When I come downstairs I see Chris left his phone on the counter. I add it to the pile of stuff already on the stroller.

I’m pouring my coffee and I hear the milkhouse door open. I think it […]

Summer Storm
24 06, 2015

Summer Storms

By |June 24th, 2015

Cheesy Quesadillas
04 05, 2015

Cheesy Quesadillas

By |May 4th, 2015

Want a recipe for a fun and easy dinner? Last night our whole family made quesadillas! Using flour tortillas and your choice of fillings, the combinations are endless. We happened to have leftover grilled chicken and steak, but you can use anything from fresh veggies to crumbled sausage—or, to keep it simple, cheese only. Top the cheesy quesadillas with fresh salsa, sour cream and guacamole and serve with a side of Mexican rice for a complete meal.

18 12, 2014

Give the Gift of Warmth this Holiday Season

By |December 18th, 2014

16 12, 2014

Dairy: Your Go-to Ingredient for Planning Holiday Party Foods

By |December 16th, 2014

03 12, 2014

Holiday Shopping for Cheese Lovers

By |December 3rd, 2014

16 11, 2014

National Diabetes Month: Following the DASH Diet

By |November 16th, 2014

06 11, 2014

Field to Fork 2014

By |November 6th, 2014

15 10, 2014

A Grande Mess

By |October 15th, 2014

10 10, 2014

Happy Harvest Treats!

By |October 10th, 2014