Farm to Table : The Hatcher Family Dairy Farm + Berry Delicious Smoothie

Disclosure: My trip to Tennessee and attendance at a media workshop was fully paid by SUDIA (Southeastern United Dairy Industry Association). I was not expected to write this post. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid for writing this post.

farm to table, berry smoothieDo you support a positive relationship with food?  If so,  you understand the importance of knowing:

• where food comes from

• what it tastes like

• how it gets from farm to table

• how to enjoy it  after you purchase it and how to serve it in healthy and delicious ways to your family and friends

Believe it or not, less than 2% of  the U.S. population is involved in  farming today and we are 3 to 4  generations removed from the farm. The result is a BIG information gap about modern farming practices.

Last week I had the unique opportunity to visit a family dairy farm in College Grove, Tennessee. So today,  I am happy to write about  my up close and personal visit to the Hatcher  Dairy Farm and provide some insight into how milk gets from the farm to your table plus a recipe for a nutrient rich smoothie made with the goodness of farm fresh milk.   I’d like to share this information with you in the context of  3 things about dairy farming that you probably don’t know, but should consider.

1. Dairy farmers are committed to their animals.  The seventy cows on the Hatcher dairy Tulip the sweet cowfarm are family, not inventory. Cows are named, like Tulip (the cutest calf on Earth).  Cow comfort is a priority and the Hatcher family provides this by ensuring their animals have  a nutritious diet, good veterinary care (2 of the 5 Hatcher dairy farmers are also veterinarians) and healthy and clean living conditions. Note: healthy, happy cows produce more milk; 6 to 8 gallons of milk per day or up to 125 glasses of milk!

2. Dairy farmers are commtted to the land. The Hatchers not only work on their land, they live there too.   Responsiblity for the land, air and water makes them good neighbors and pillars of the local community.

3. Dairy farmers are commited to their product. Strict quality controls ensure freshness, purity and great taste. Milk is one of the  most regulated beverage in America. The Hatcher Dairy farm has fought hard to remain in existence for 5 generations. One huge step this dairy farm took in 2007 was pasteurizing their own milk.  Milk never touches human hands and it takes  2 days or less for the milk to travel from farm to  local grocers such as the Whole Foods chain.

Milk is a smart choice for packing more nutrition into every meal and/or snack because it is a nutrient rich food providing 9 essential nutrients: Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin D , Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin. As a registered dietitian and fitness enthusiast I recommend milk for recovery and I especially like that milk  is a delicious and inexpensive way to meet daily protein needs necessary for maintaining or increasing skeletal muscle mass, and improving body composition (increasing skeletal muscle and decreasing body fat). So pour a glass of ice cold milk or enjoy it with fruit as a smoothie in the recipe below .

Berry Delicious Smoothie (adapted from Kids Eat Right)

Ingredients

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice concentrate
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries (or a combination of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  • honey to taste (Optional)

Instructions

  1. 1.Place ice cubes and frozen banana in blender process to crush ice and break up banana.
  2. 2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. 3. Pour into cups and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 291kcal Calories from fat 22
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Carbohydrate 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 44g
Protein 12g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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