Family fun event on Saturday, June 7 in honor of National Dairy Month
(MYAKKA CITY, FL – 05/06/14) – June is National Dairy Month, and in recognition of this yearly celebration of milk, Dakin Dairy Farms will host its second annual Dairy Day family fun event on Saturday, June 7, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Visitors to the farm will be treated to a variety of fun activities, including calf scrambles, pig races, waterslides, a rock-climbing wall, Strider bikes, and live local music. There will also be plenty of food vendors, including the EXTREME grilled cheese experience, fresh roasted corn with homemade Dakin butter, pulled pork, frappes, milk shakes, and more. In addition, the Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts will be on hand for “Culin-Dairy” demos.
Located on 1,000 acres in Myakka City, Dakin Dairy Farms is a fully sustainable farm, growing its own fresh grass by utilizing a fully integrated composting system to fertilize and create a nutrient rich environment to improve sandy Florida soils. Cows are fed a diet of fresh grass that is cut twice daily and mixed with a well balanced mix of grains, minerals and hay to produce a high quality, sweet, white milk.
The farm produces 100% natural fresh milk, including fat free, 1%, 2% and whole milk, chocolate milk, fresh heavy cream, and half and half, which is shipped throughout the State of Florida. Dakin Dairy Farms is the only dairy farm in all of Florida that produces and bottles its own milk and offers tours to the public.
“Opening the farm for tours has really been a labor of love for our entire family,” explained Karen Dakin. “As the number of Florida dairy farms continues to dwindle, it’s important for the next generation to know how important farming is, and how local farmers play a vital role in keeping families healthy with natural, wholesome products.”
All-day admission to Dairy Day is $15 for adults; $10 for children 2-10; and children under 2 are free. Tours will be available during the day for an additional $5 fee, and parking at the dairy is free.
Dakin will also be holding a 50/50 raffle to benefit two deserving local organizations, Harvest House Centers and Live the Life.
Dakin Dairy Farms is located at 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City 34251. For more information, visit DakinDairyFarms.com or call (941) 322-2802.
About Dakin Dairy Farms
Dakin Dairy Farms has been milking cows in Manatee County since 1973. One of fewer than 140 dairy farms in Florida, Dakin Dairy is the only farm that produces and bottles milk, right on the farm. In 2008, Dakin Dairy opened the farm to the public and added a farm tour path, a farm fun play area, and a milk bottling facility adjacent to the milking parlor. The family-run business operates with a strong sense of efficiency and sustainability, growing its own high protein grass on over 500 acres, providing a food source for cows to make high-quality, great tasting milk. For more information, visit DakinDairyFarms.com.