When I was in school there, I went there a lot. Know why? I had to pass it to walk to class. Right by it! How could I not stop?
As their site puts it, the Dairy Store "is many things—our plant, our stores, an educational and outreach center, and more. We make, package and sell delicious ice creams and cheeses."
They have a viewing balcony of their factory. We watched the workers package up their ice cream. We also watched an educational video up there that told us all about it - even that the Dairy Store sells their excess milk to MMPA, which is the same co-op we belong to as well! (Did I cheer when they showed the MMPA sign? I guess you'd have to be there to know. Okay, yes. Did you hear me?)
I haven't been in a few years, and ... I forgot. Their ice cream, which they make onsite, is the creamiest ice cream I've ever had. And I've eaten a lot of ice cream, all over this land. Every day on vacation. In other countries. For instance, in Costa Rica, they kept serving it to me alongside jello. I don't even like jello, nor did I like it touching my ice cream. But, it was a cultural experience either way.
Trisha's son had a pamphlet called Michigan Adventure. One of the reasons we went there today was for him to get it stamped by the Dairy Store workers. It's a statewide thing - if he does nine of the events he gets entered into a drawing for a bunch of prizes, like an iPad.
But we all won today!
|This was a framed picture up in the store|
|Watching the magic happen|
|Trisha paints her toenails for every occasion, even a Dairy Store visit!|
Thankfully, thankfully, it rained yesterday and all of today. I think we'll probably end up with almost an inch. We needed it so much. I can almost feel the earth sighing with relief. No, wait - that was everyone who lives here. You can tell you're friends with a lot of people in agriculture when every Facebook post is proclaiming: "RAIN! It's RAINING! My rain dance worked! Finally!" Let's hope the crops respond!