June is Dairy Month, making it a perfect time to celebrate dairy farmers’ commitment to healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet! June Dairy Month, an annual tradition developed to celebrate the dairy industry and its many contributions to our society, originated in 1937. It was established to help stabilize dairy demand during periods of peak production, particularly spring, as cows head out to pasture.
While Wisconsin is home to 600 varieties, types and styles of cheeses, most would agree that cheddar is still the most common here. Prior to 1850, nearly all the cheese produced in the United States was cheddar. Cheddar production in Wisconsin began in the mid-1800s, and by 1880 more cheddar was produced in Wisconsin than any other cheese variety. Today, it accounts for a large percentage of the cheese made in the state, which makes Wisconsin the leader in U.S. cheddar production.
This month, we celebrate the dairy industry’s hard work and creativity with one of Wisconsin’s finest: 6-Year Aged Cheddar. This particular six-year is rich and nutty. It’s smooth, firm texture has become also somewhat granular and crumbly, as is typically with aged cheddars. A great snack, crumble on salads, melt on sandwiches, or shred into casseroles, soups and sauces.