Indiana’s 5th annual Brunch on the Farm, Saturday, June 23

Free breakfast and a behind-the-scenes look at modern dairy farming are on the menu at the American Dairy Association of Indiana’s 5th annual Brunch on the Farm, Saturday, June 23.

The event, in celebration of National Dairy Month, takes place from 9 am to 12 noon on the Willemsen Dairy Farm, 6615 W 500 N, Frankton.

Throughout the morning, representatives of the American Dairy Association and radio promotional partner WFMS will join members of the Willemsen Family for festivities – meeting and greeting guests, serving up brunch, handing out a variety of prizes, and leading farm tours for an up-close look at how delicious, nutritious dairy products are produced.

Some of the  brunch menu includes sausage egg and cheese biscuits, string cheese, yogurt, and, of course, ice cold milk.

Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items for contribution to the Frankton Community Food Pantry.

For additional information about this June Dairy Month event, including directions to the Willemsen Dairy Farm, visit,

Easter Breakfast

By Michelle Plummer

Easter sunrise service, breakfast, brunch or dinner all celebrate Spring and the beginning of asparagus reaching out of the ground, spinach begging to be picked and eggs ready to be cracked and whipped or hardboiled to color.  April is a great way to celebrate the wakening of the earth for a new harvest season!  So today in this blog we will celebrate Spring and a few delicious ways to brighten your table after a long winters nap!

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Brunch on the Farm: Connecting Consumers to Agriculture

By Kimmi Devaney

Spending time on a dairy is my idea of a great day. But for most of the American population, this is a very rare occurrence. In fact, the average American is three to four generations removed from the farm. Less than two percent of all Americans work in agriculture, and dairy is an even smaller proportion. That’s why we at the American Dairy Association host Brunch on the Farm during June Dairy Month each year to help connect consumers to agriculture.

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International Picnic Day – Fun in the Sun

International Picnic Day is June 18th

Guest Bloggers:  Amber Swinehart & Cheryl Jones, Ball State University Dietetic Interns

It’s that time of year again when the sun is shining and everyone likes to get out for some fun and fresh air!  Get ready to have some food and fun on international picnic day, June 18th.  It’s time for friends and family to get together to enjoy the outdoors.   Though it’s not an official holiday recognized by Congress, tons of families, organizations, and social clubs gather to celebrate this special day. 

The word picnic comes from the French word “piquer” (to pick or peck) and was joined together with the obsolete word “nique” (meaning to trifle).  These words were put together to form “picnic” where family and friends “pick” at small or “trifling” amounts of a wide variety of different foods brought by everyone to form a meal.

Change it up with a fun new place this year!  Try a riverbank, wooded area, garden, meadow, or even a picnic on a boat.  No matter 2, 4, or 10 people, a picnic can be an enjoyable experience for everyone and every occasion.  Get your friends and family involved in some fun and games like Frisbee golf, a scavenger hunt, horseshoes, charades, or corn hole.  To keep the kids entertained try making a picnic coloring book, playing with bubbles, having a water balloon toss, or setting up a play tent. 

After all the fun and games don’t forget to bring a picnic basket full of delicious foods and drinks for everyone to enjoy.  Some quick and easy ideas could include stuffed pita pockets, wraps, fresh summer fruit like strawberries and melon, cheese and crackers, and potato and macaroni salads.  Cool down with a refreshing beverage like strawberry lemonade, a glass of ice-cold milk, or a glass of champagne for adults.  For a fun and refreshing dessert try a yogurt S’more parfait  or some angel food cake with berries.  No matter what you pack in your picnic basket just relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family.

Improve Your Physique with the Greek!

By Lindsay Martin, Ball State University Intern

Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?”  Whether you have or not, you will find it humorous knowing the Portokalos family, throughout the film, tried to fix everything, including acne, with Windex.  And yes, by Windex I mean the glass cleaner.  Other than these laugh-out-loud moments, the family fully embraced the Greek cuisine.  A particular food that comes to mind is Greek yogurt; which is now becoming increasingly popular.

Most people enjoy this thick, creamy yogurt with fruit, granola, or as the base of numerous dips and sauces.  Personally, a dash of cinnamon stirred into a 6-ounce container of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt is a regular snack in my diet. Other than the delicious taste of Greek yogurt, I’ve had friends and family members question me about the nutrition difference between regular and Greek yogurt.

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Honoring Mom

By Diane Ruyack

The early Christians in England celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. People working out of their homes were expected to return to the “mother” church (the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm). It also became an occasion for family reunions.

What will you do to honor your mother? Food that protects her bones is a great choice as is exercise.  So, let’s plan a menu that anyone can make.

Bagel Portraits

Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day is a tradition that will never go out of style and will allow time to get ready for church.

But it could stand to be jazzed up a bit. So what about: Bagel Portraits of Mom and the kids created by the kids (with a little help from Dad).

For Mom and Dad, use 1 large bagel, cut in half, toasted or raw, spread cream cheese and make a face of black olives, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, parsley, grapes, shredded carrots, chopped nuts, etc

Mini bagels, cut in half, as many halves are there are kids in the family, raw or toasted and decorate.  Use your imagination as to what ingredients you can use for faces.

An easy breakfast casserole that can be made with Dad’s help the day before and baked the following morning.

Ham, Cheese, and Spinach Strata


3 or 4 large day-old croissants or  8 slices of bread without crusts

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup finely chopped onion

8 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped

2 cups grated sharp cheddar

3/4 cup diced ham or cooked and crumbled turkey bacon

6 eggs

2  cups of milk

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon dried basil


Butter a 9- by 13-inch casserole. Using a serrated knife, cut the croissants or bread into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes (you will need 6 cups) and scatter half of them in the casserole. Set the remaining cubes aside for now.

Melt the butter and  add the onion and cook it over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the spinach (you may have to do this in batches) and cover the pan. Let the spinach cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spoon the spinach over the croissant cubes in the casserole. Then sprinkle on half of the cheese and all of the ham. Next, add the remaining croissant pieces and the rest of the cheese.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, salt, pepper, and basil just until blended. Ladle the liquid evenly over the layers in the casserole. Press the croissants down gently with a fork to dampen all of it. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Heat the oven to 350F. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the strata in the center of the oven until it is puffed and golden brown, about 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer the casserole to a wire rack and allow it to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.

Wildflower Hike

Now for an activity, go on a wildflower hike, make an obstacle trail in the back yard, bike to the ice cream store for some more calcium, run and fly kites or play on the neatest playground in the area.

Osteoporosis- Know the Facts

By Diane Ruyack

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

Researchers estimate that about 1 out of 5 American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. About half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist, or vertebra (bones of the spine).

Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.

Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. Throughout youth, your body uses these minerals to produce bones. If you do not get enough calcium, or if your body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer.

Usually, the loss occurs gradually over years. Many times, a person will have a fracture before becoming aware that the disease is present. By the time a fracture occurs, the disease is in its advanced stages and damage is severe.

White women, especially those with a family history of osteoporosis, have a greater than average risk of developing osteoporosis. Other risk factors include: Absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) for long periods of time, drinking a large amount of alcohol, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, and too little calcium in the diet. There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

Later in the disease there will be bone pain or tenderness, fractures with little or no trauma, loss of height (as much as 6 inches) over time and even stooped posture or kyphosis, also called a “dowager’s hump.”

Regular exercise can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures in people with osteoporosis. Some of the recommended exercises include: weight-bearing exercises — walking, jogging, playing tennis, dancing and Resistance exercises — free weights, weight machines, stretch bands.