July is National Ice Cream Month and with more of the state opening for business, it’s the perfect time to support your local ice creameries!
To get started, check out local ice creameries in your area with our Oregon Ice Cream Trail Map, an interactive Google Map that shows you the geolocations of over 60 ice cream shops throughout the state.
Most ice cream shops and businesses are still following safe distancing protocols, so be sure to bring your mask.
You can also get your ice cream fix at the Oregon Dairy Women’s Red Barn at theOregon State Fair, later this summer. The Oregon Dairy Women will be serving up their famous cones and shakes to help fund scholarships and dairy education programs in Oregon.
If you’re not able to go to the ice cream, let it come to you! Many local shops now deliver or can be found at your local grocery store, including Ruby Jewel, 50 Licks, Salt and Straw and Tillamook.
Or, churn up your own frozen treats at home! Here are a few recipes to get your wheels “churning”:
Tyler Malek’s (Salt and Straw) Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons
Melissa Clark’s Favorite Ice Cream Recipe
If you want to take a deep dive into ice cream making, here’s something to get you started:
July isn’t just Ice Cream Month, it’s also National Blueberry Month! Combine the two with one of Burgerville’s Blueberry Shakes, made with local blueberries and milk.
Share your celebration with us! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #OregonIcecreamTrail and see ice cream adventures across Oregon!
As we leave 2020 in the rear view mirror, we look back at a year that was unpredictable and exasperating for many. Time and time again, Oregon dairy farmers, processors and those in the dairy community proved to be resilient and rose to challenge after challenge. Among them; the pandemic, temporary supply chain disruptions, increased hunger, and historic wildfires. Throughout it all, Oregon dairy farmers proved they were there for their communities while working to provide nutritious dairy products – all without skipping a beat.
March abruptly impacted any previously made plans for the year. With the beginning of a statewide lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19, toilet paper made headlines as Oregonians began stocking up on supplies, but they also started to clean grocery shelves out of butter, cheese, milk and ice cream. Stores, and all those throughout the supply chain, quickly adjusted to meet the increased demand for milk and dairy foods. As restaurants and retailers closed their brick and mortar locations to the public, people were advised by government officials and medical professionals to Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.
As the shutdown continued, restaurant and retail closures unfortunately followed throughout the year, with notable Portland establishments like Toro Bravo, Beast and the much-loved Cheese Bar closing permanently. The closures impacted dairy and many other locally produced foods that supply restaurants and food service companies.
More people took to making their meals at home, using pantry staples like butter, milk, yogurt and cream. Stacy Foster, from our own team, joined in with her daughter, creating a delicious recipe from Food Hero.
Although though most summer events, like the Oregon State Fair, were cancelled due to the coronavirus, ingenious solutions were created to keep traditions going. The Oregon Dairy Women celebrated the 51st year of their Red Barn Ice Cream event by taking it on the road with the help of Wilco. By the end of the summer, they had visited five cities in Oregon and served hundreds people their famous cones and shakes.
Free summer meals were extended throughout Oregon through the year, resulting in nutritious food boxes and assistance programs that helped kids and families across the state.
And some farmers gave to their communities personally, like Rickreall Dairy, which celebrated the farm’s 30th anniversary by donating several hundred grocery bags full of food and milk to neighbors in need in their community. Tillamook dairy farmer Derrick Josi (aka TDF Honest Farming) bought meals for linesmen following a severe windstorm and for first responders during the subsequent wildfires.
Throughout it all, Oregon dairy farmers have been there, supporting their communities in ways too numerous to count, with delicious and nutritious food, helping their communities and caring for their animals and the earth. In 2020, dairy truly made everything better for a lot of people.
From our families to yours, we hope this next year is a safe, healthy and happy one.