Dairy Crawl Connects Farmers and Consumers

October 29, 2019

A team from Paulsen attended the Sioux Falls Dairy Crawl this month, sponsored by Ag United/South Dakota Farm Families and Midwest Dairy.

Lead Content Developer Derek Baune and Creative Director Clara Jacob attended the event to capture photos and stories for the sponsoring organizations.

“Today’s consumer is very interested in learning more about where their food comes from, which includes how dairy farmers take care of their cows and the environment to produce the safe and delicious dairy products featured in each chef-inspired course of the Dairy Crawl,” says Midwest Dairy Manager, Programs and Partnerships, South Dakota Whitney Blindert.

“This event really showcased dairy’s farm-to-table journey, connecting guests with local farmers in an informal setting, around the table, sharing a delicious meal and inspiring those conversations about dairy foods and farming,” Blindert adds.

Five dairy producers served as hosts for the Dairy Crawl, eating alongside guests at each of the three stops. Guests were encouraged to ask questions about dairy production; conversations at all tables were lively and informative.

The event began at Myers Deli & More, with milk-braised chicken thigh served over crispy butter potato cake, finished with Gorgonzola cream sauce and spicy micro greens.

The second course at Blarney Stone Pub featured corned beef with creamed cabbage and Champ potatoes with creamy horseradish Dijon, a rustic roll and honey butter.

For dessert, the crowd assembled at Josiah’s Coffeehouse for a choice of pumpkin, turtle or cherry cheesecake.

The dairy farmers represented a broad spectrum of producers, milking from 65 to nearly 5,000 cows. Guests were interested in learning how dairy cows are treated, how dairies are managed and what various aspects of farming entail. Dietitians and nutritionists were also on hand to discuss the nutritional value of dairy.

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