Here in Wisconsin, we love our cows. Could you even imagine what life would be without our wonderful cows and dairy products? Birthday cake without ice cream, crackers without cheese... or *gasp* bread without butter. How horrible that would be! That's why I think it's marvelous that we dedicate an entire month to dairy, and recognizing the hard work of dairy farmers across the country.
Here are a few fun facts about Wisconsin dairy:
There are 1.28 million cows in Wisconsin - about 1 cow for every 5 people.
Wisconsin produces over 600 varieties of cheese.
Approximately 25% of cheese in the United States is Wisconsin-made.
Another interesting tidbit of information I came across recently is that Wisconsin is ranked third among the 50 states for quality of life. Not too shabby, I'd say. This U.S. News ranking was based on factors of natural and social environment. And interestingly enough, California landed smack dab at the bottom. Maybe their cows aren't so happy. ;)
Anywho, back to dairy month. I encourage you all to enjoy some ice cream, cheese, butter, etc. in honor of the occasion. One of my favorite indulgences is a cheese plate. About once a week, our family has "snack night," a long-held tradition which involves cheese, crackers, sausage, nuts, chocolate, and a nice glass of wine. Sometimes it's a fancy spread, with asiago and smoked gouda and the really good dark chocolate arranged on a marble tray. Other nights, it's more informal, with colby and pepper jack on personal plates. (See below) Either way, it makes the quality of life in Wisconsin pretty nice. :)
'Til next time,