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A Dairy Farm, Craft Breweries and Giant Pumpkins

Dairy farmer Leann Krainick says one of her favorite fall beers has to be a pumpkin IPA or, for a real treat, a pumpkin stout beer with ice cream.  

Leann gives her recommendation on good authority.  After all, she considers her dairy farm to be an important part of the beer community in Washington State. 

A Pumpkin Tradition

October might just be the coziest month of the year.  It’s finally boot and scarf season, leaves are falling, crockpot recipes and Halloween costumes fill your Pinterest feed, and pumpkin has made its way into EVERYTHING.  Yes, October is a very good month.  Thank goodness October has five weekends because we have some serious fall business to attend to.

2016 Summer Dairy Festival Calendar

What better way to celebrate June Dairy Month, and the beginning of summer than with festivals celebrating locally grown produce, local agriculture, tasty food and local entertainment. During June, cities across the state are host to festivals including parades, live music, car shows, cook-offs and so much more! These fun-for-all-ages events are a great way to meet your neighbors, get out and enjoy the sunshine, and create family memories.

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Washington's Favorite Farmers Markets

The weather is warming up across the state and summer is just about here. One of the best things about summertime is all of the fresh, local produce, handmade goods and artisan foods that can be found at neighborhood farmers markets across Washington state. And there’s something undeniably special about mingling with vendors, learning about their crops and crafts and buying ingredients directly from the source.
 
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Meet Your 2015 Washington State Dairy Ambassador

The Washington State Dairy Ambassador program marked its 60th anniversary this year, now a part of our state’s rich dairy tradition since 1955. Over the course of the program’s history, more than 800 young women have participated -- learning valuable lessons in public speaking and community relations. The Dairy Ambassador serves as a public representative for Washington’s dairy industry and its farm-fresh, nutrient-rich products. It is her goal to share information with the people of Washington about dairy’s role in our state’s economy and its role in a healthy diet.

Washington Dairy Summer Festivals & Fundraisers

As part of National Dairy Month, Washington boasts several dairy festivals all across the state to ring in the summer season. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate dairy than by spending time with the family listening to music, playing games, watching parades and, of course, enjoying some of the best dairy food in the nation! Anyone think they can win a strawberry shortcake eating contest? Just pay a visit to the Bellevue Strawberry Festival. Feel like joining a fun run? Try Burlington’s Berry Dairy Days Road Run. There’s a little something for everyone!  
 
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Washington's Best Cheese Destinations

From the Skagit Valley to Pike Place Market to the heart of the Palouse, Washington produces some of the world’s tastiest cheese. Cheeselovers agree that Washington’s artisan cheeses are delicious and worthy of praise; several Washington cheeses have been recognized not only locally, but globally, for their superior flavor and quality. 
 
Below is a list of Washington’s best cheese destinations, where specialty cheeses are sure to satisfy even the most distinguished of cheese lovers.
 
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