Monday, October 9, 2017

National 4-H Week

More than six million young people across America recently celebrated National 4-H Week.

Here's what I have gained from 4-H-

Exploring new interests and learning new skills 
Giving demonstrations and learning to speak before an audience 
Going on exchange trips to other states to learn independence 
Acting in plays to learn how to express myself 
Hosting Cloverbud Day Camps to learn leadership skills
Serving as a Camp counselor to learn responsibility 
Being a club and County Officer to learn organization 

Helping me choose a career, becoming a better person, being proud of who I've become, that's only a small bit of what I learned in 4-H. 

Thank you 4-H!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

TV Time Talking Malts

If you know me, you know that I can be quite a talker, (alright friends and family- quit snickering) and one of my favorite things to talk about is dairy. Imagine that! So when I get the chance to talk dairy, you don't have to ask me twice.

I recently appeared on a couple television programs introducing this year's Flavor Of The Fair, which is the one-year-only flavor of malts and sundaes served at the Dairy Goodness Bar at the Minnesota State Fair. (Don't worry ice cream lovers- all your yummy favorite toppings are still available.)
I blogged about this year's choices here- Flavor of the Fair.

I then visited WCCO TV so Jason and Kylie could taste the 3 finalists.
See which one they chose by clicking here.

So the votes are in, and ta-dah, the winner is...
Pie n' The Sky.
It's Minnesota dairy farmers secret recipe vanilla ice cream, tart and tangy lemon curd, spicy crisp "airplane" cookies, all topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup, and it is GOOD!

So good in fact that the Minnesota State Fair featured it as one of the New Foods of 2017, a very elite list! So off I go again to talk a little dairy. This time I went to FOX 9 TV to help present the winning malt along with a few other folks that had their food make the elite New Foods list also.

L-R, Mobster's Caviar, Duck Bacon Wontons, Pie n' the Sky Malts, and Maple Cream Nitro Cold Press Coffee
FOX 9's Cody was more than willing to sample the food, and I'm happy to say he gave the Pie n' the Sky Malt rave reviews. Am I surprised? No. After all, it's brought to you by Minnesota's dairy farmers! Did I mention Pie n' the Sky is also available in Sundaes?

So there you have it. TV personalities Cody, Jason, and Kylie all agree that it's delicious!
See you at the Fair!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

'Atta Boy Dairy Farmers!

Don't we all appreciate a pat on the back once in a while?
 Isn't it exciting when your boss says, "Great job!" Or how about "Thanks Mom, dinner was great!" from your kids. We all like to be thanked and appreciated, and recently one of our local bankers gave dairy farmers an 'atta boy!

Frandsen Bank & Trust in Hastings, Minnesota said "Thank you dairy farmers" in celebration of June Dairy Month.  They realize the impact dairy farmers have on our community. 

Dairy farmers purchase machinery, trucks, fuel, and more from local companies. This creates jobs and produces revenue for our area. Dairy farming requires a large investment in land, buildings, equipment, and feed for the animals, so many farmers know their banker very well  :)

Only 2% of the United States population has a connection to farming, so events like this are important for folks to connect with the agriculture community. Thanks to Laura Stiles, local dairy princess, for greeting visitors and treating them to ice cream. Also, thanks to Sorg Farms for bringing Norman (the calf) to visit. And a HUGE thanks to Frandsen Bank!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meet Farmer John

This week I have shared about our children Sara and Michael, and now it's Farmer John's turn to be featured.

  "I'll never marry a farmer. They work long hours and never take a day off." That's what I said as a teen...but as the saying goes, never say never! I've known John our entire life, as we grew up in the same church, but it wasn't until I returned home after graduating from college that we started dating. We've been married for 33 years and I still admire his dedication to farm and family.

Long days and late nights are a part of many dairy farmers lives, but Farmer John never complains. He loves what he does, and hopes to farm forever! He approaches every task with passion and commitment to do the best job possible. His philosophy is "leave everything better than you found it," and that's an important rule to live by for a farmer as he realizes the importance of properly caring for the land as well as our animals. 

 If you don't find Farmer John in the barn milking cows, or in a field preparing the crops, you may find him talking to our County Commissioner about the latest concerns affecting our farming community. Perhaps you'll see him leading the monthly meetings as the chairman of our township planning commission, or maybe serving on our church council. No matter where you find him, it's always with passion and dedication.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Meet Michael...and Nina

"Mom always liked me best!" 
I wasn't about to risk hearing this from Sara or Michael, so since I highlighted our daughter Sara this week, today I'd like to feature our son Michael...and Nina. I've shared this photo of Michael and Nina before, but it still makes me smile, and it describes them both perfectly. 

Nina loves people, and giving cow kisses! She will give you a gentle nudge if you don't acknowledge her as you walk by, and don't even think about her leaving the milking barn until she gets a pat on the nose. Michael is a true animal lover, a comedian, and a farm boy any farmer dad would be proud of.

Michael is a champion skid steer driver, scooping da poop every day to keep our cows happy, healthy, and comfortable. 

 Michael is also the morning milker on Bremer Farms, and right after the cows are milked he heads to Hastings to star on "Take A Hike, Mike!" his TV show where he visits local businesses and lends a helping hand. Perhaps I'm using the term helping a bit too liberally, since at the end of each episode he's told to take a hike! Here's a taste of his show where Michael featured our farm-

A farm boy with a TV show! What else? Even though Michael's off-the-farm job is filming and editing productions each day at his job, it's also his hobby. Whether it's filming while flying a drone, filming with a camera strapped to his head, or filming while following his mom around when she narrates a tour of our farm; you can bet he does it well. He's a perfectionist.

God gave us undoubtedly the best kids ever! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Meet Sara...and Bella

School's out for summer! School's out forever! 
Just ask Alice Cooper...
It's not just the students (and Alice) that are excited for summer break. Our daughter Sara is ready for a little time off too. 

Sara taking a selfie as she is speaking at 8th grade graduation.
Sara is an 8th grade language arts teacher who loves teaching, but even a great teacher needs a break...but not for long, as in just one week, she will be back to teach summer school.

But Sara is more than a teacher-
Sara is a passionate, hard-working farmers daughter too.
Each night you will find her in the barn milking cows, along side Farmer John.

Here she is with Bella. Bella has an interesting history, as she was named by past Minnesota Viking player Toby Gerhardt when he visited our farm.

Sara also helps Grandma Karen with the calves, and names and pampers all our cats and kittens.

When she is not at school or in the barn, you may find her hosting her cooking show, "Aprons Optional" on our local television station. Here is a sample- her Mother's Day episode when I got to make a guest appearance.

Teacher, farmer, local TV celebrity- what more can she do? She can make decorations and adorn our farm for the holidays like you wouldn't believe! Take a look-

Farmer John and I are so proud of Sara and her commitment to school, community, and farming.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Dairy Month 2017

We at Bremer Farms, and dairy farms all across the United States are celebrating! Each June we raise our glass in a toast to dairy farming and dairy foods. June Dairy Month is an annual celebration that began in 1937 as a campaign to encourage people to strengthen bones and build a foundation of good health by drinking milk.

I'd like to invite you to take time this month to learn more about dairy. During the month of June I will be sharing the life of our dairy farm family including who we are, what we do, how we share our passion for dairy, and dairy foods and recipes we enjoy. I'll also be introducing you to some of the "stars" of our herd...the ladies that provide us with that milk you had on your cereal this morning, or that cheese on your grilled cheese sandwich you're having for lunch, or perhaps that bowl of ice cream for your bedtime snack. See? You're celebrating too!