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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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Fighting Hunger with the Power of Protein

The human relationship with food is complex:  what we eat, how much we eat, when we eat it and where the food comes from.  Hunger is an even more complex element of that relationship.  While some people have access to the food they need to survive, many do not.  In fact, 805 million people  or 1 in 9  around the world are undernourished.

Drink Egg Nog to Feed the Hungry

In 1920, Benjamin F. Smith started selling milk to a few customers with just one cow. One cow turned into several, and Smith Brothers’ Farms was born. Named for Benjamin Smith’s sons Dan and Howard, Smith Brothers’s Farms now serves over 45,000 customers throughout the Puget Sound area every week, delivering farm fresh milk and other local foods right to their doorstep.
 
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