National Dairy Month

National Dairy Month is celebrated every year during the month of June throughout the United States.  It is a month-long celebration of the contributions the dairy industry has made for more than 85 years.

Many organizations use National Dairy Month as a platform to introduce the hard working dairy farmers and families that are behind milk and dairy products making it to your grocery store shelves every day.  It is also a great time of year to help educate consumers about the numerous nutritional benefits associated with consuming dairy products including diabetes prevention, heart health, bone health, sports recovery, weight management, and more!

Whether you celebrate by brushing up on some dairy history, making your new favorite dairy-based recipe, or researching about the nutritional benefits of the 13 essential nutrients in milk, find your own way to celebrate this June!

National Dairy Month: A Journey Through the Years

Originally started in 1937 as National Milk Month, it was created as a way to promote drinking milk to U.S. consumers as there was a production surplus at the time.

The celebration has evolved over time and the name was changed to National Dairy Month after the National Dairy Council got involved to help promote the event.

Now it is celebrated every June throughout the dairy industry as a way to encourage consumers to eat and drink more dairy products. It’s also a great time to introduce consumers on the nutritional benefits of different dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream,  and more!

How To Celebrate National Dairy Month

Here are some fun and creative ways YOU can celebrate National Dairy Month this year!

Watch Videos from the Farm

Learn more about our Virtual Farm Tours and check out one of the recorded farm tours further down on the page to still get into the spirit.

We have a few other video series that you can check out as well including Chef Meets Farm,  Fun on the Farm, and This American Dairy Farmer.

Recipes for National Dairy Month

What better way to participate in the celebration than with your own favorite dairy-based recipe!?  As the temperatures start to rise in June it’s the perfect time to bust out one of these favorite Summer dairy recipes courtesy of Savor Recipes.

These recipes feature a variety of dairy products that play a key role in health and nutrition including:

No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Is there anything sweeter than no-bake treats in summer? Featuring butter, cream cheese, and milk these no-bake mini cheesecakes are a delicious summer treat and best part is you don’t have to turn on the oven!

Two crystal cups filled with cheesecake, graham crackers, and milk. Topped with fresh blueberries and sprinkled with raspberries.

Mango Kefir Smoothie

The sweetness of the mango combined with the tang of kefir makes this smoothie something special! Featuring kefir and Greek yogurt as two of the four ingredients it’s as creamy as it is delicious, and the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.

Crystal Jar filled with Mango Kefir Smoothie, with mango topping, served with a plastic straw on a white marble table and a rounded small bowl filled with mango.

No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

Can’t decide between a pick me up coffee or ice cream as your afternoon treat?  Now you can have the best of both worlds with this delicious No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream recipe.  Featuring heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk this is bound to be a hit with anyone who has a sweet tooth.

A crystal bowl of no-churn coffee ice cream served with a silver spoon on a wooden coaster

Check out more delicious dairy based recipes from our friends from Savor Recipes.

What Does ADA North East do to Spread Awareness and Celebrate National Dairy Month?

Over the years we have had a lot of different ways of celebrating the month and recognizing the hard-working farmers who make it possible for us to have delicious and nutritious dairy products each and every day.

Take a look back at how we celebrated National Dairy Month in 2022, 2021, and 2020.

You can even see some of the farmers that we highlighted in previous years in these blog posts ‘Highlighting 30 Farms in 30 Days During National Dairy Month’ and ‘Local Dairy Promoters and Farmers Celebrate National Dairy Month’

National Dairy Month Resources

Below we have curated a list of additional resources about National Dairy Month to help you as you plan how to celebrate the upcoming month!

However you choose to celebrate this year we hope you have a wonderful time during the month of June with National Dairy Month!