Living in the South comes with some unexpected fun. Most any day, especially during the summer, can be a unique educational experience. So far this month, I’ve spent a morning picking blueberries, had some baking lessons using fresh fruit, picked tomatoes and learned how to can them, spent half a day witnessing cattle and pigs living harmoniously on a lakeside farm, learned about bread making the old fashioned way with no preservatives, visited a state inspected beef and pork plant, eaten many locally farmed meals, and made my own jelly. Just when I think I’ve fit about all I can onto my calendar, I ran across an intriguing event in my hometown of Hurley, Mississippi. Saturday, June 18th was Dairy Day at Middleton Farms.
I loaded up the kids, called my sister in law, and we all met at the dairy farm near the Mississippi/Alabama state line. It was a day filled with fun activities for the kids like racing ducks, milking (decoy) cows, making butter, feeding baby calves and learning about the daily activities on a dairy farm. We took lots of pictures to share with you, cooled off with some homemade ice cream, and called it a day – A “Dairy” Fun Day!
To me, modern farming is the essence of Southern living. It is a part of all our lives. Once truly embraced, it makes each food experience so much more interesting and meaningful. Farming is such hard work, and so essential to our well being. I appreciate farmers like the Middletons that not only run these amazing and complicated modern businesses, but also take time to celebrate the product and invite others to learn about all they do in a transparent and fun way.
Visiting Middleton Farms
Middleton Farms is a multigenerational farm, with over 1,000 acres spanning Mississippi and Alabama. They produce over 460,000 gallons of milk per year! Plan to visit them soon. They are open to the public for tours, so find more information at middletonfarmtours.com and call them at (251) 709-2001 to book yours!