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  • Parenting. So Hard and #SoWorthIt.

    We’ve all been there. The toddler spilled his milk all over the wood floor, the baby’s screaming because she dropped her pacifier, you haven’t showered and forgot to turn on the coffee pot. And it’s only 6am.

    There are so many parts of parenting that are hard. Messes to clean up, budgets to balance, and tough decisions to be made about car seats, daycares, feeding, and so on.  Sometimes it feels right.  Other times, we wonder whether we’re doing it completely wrong.  It’s all part of the journey. But one thing we can all agree on is it’s so worth it.

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    At Oakhurst, we’ve always seen our role as supporting moms and dads as they sacrifice their own time to raise happy, healthy kids.  And like you, in our own small way, we at Oakhurst are faced with choices and decisions.  Whether it’s the little decisions like supporting food drives, community sponsorships, and donations to fund a children’s museum, or the bigger things – like being the first to say NO to artificial Growth Hormone in our milk… and standing up to Monsanto when they challenged our First Farmer’s Pledge.  We believe our actions are expressions of our values and our commitment to do right by the next generation.

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    The #SoWorthIt idea originated from these shared values.  We know you make choices and sacrifices every day to care for your kids and to stand up for what you believe in.  We know you put everything on the line to do right by them.  And in the end, we know that you know that it’s all #SoWorthIt. So the goal of #SoWorthIt is simply to serve as a reminder that amidst all the chaos, exhaustion and unrelenting self-doubt, the unexpected kisses and snuggles are totally, irrefutably, indisputably #SoWorthIt.

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    When we asked ourselves, how can we play a role in making life easier for parents, we came to the fast conclusion that the best way to help another parent is to connect them with other parents. Real stories. Real advice. Real life. So we’d like to introduce you to a couple of amazing moms from Maine and New Hampshire.  We’re calling them our #SoWorthIt Mom Ambassadors.  Their names are Rebecca Spear of Mainely Mama and Angela Paris of Juggling Act Mama. Rebecca is a mom of two energetic young boys and the wife of a lobsterman who’s running a crazy, busy household and trying to keep everyone healthy, safe, and sane. Angela (Ang) is a super busy mom to two young children and a wife who says she thrives on juggling hundreds of things at once.

     

    In the coming months, they will share tips, recipes, giveaways and more on their blogs (and of course on the Oakhurst Facebook and Instagram pages). So be on the lookout – the fun starts in July.  We hope you’ll chat with them, make friends with them (on social media and in real life!) and share with them, and with us, your sweetest, funniest, happiest and most frustrating parenting moments.

     

    Recently, we took a moment to ask them both this question: What makes being a mom #soworthit to you? Here’s what they had to say:

     

    Mainely Mama Blogger, Rebecca Spear

    Rebecca: The journey to and through motherhood has been the most challenging experience of my life, it’s tested me in more ways than I thought possible, but being a mom is also by far the most rewarding and amazing experience and far exceeds anything I could have imagined.  Some days I feel exhausted and discouraged but there are always those moments that make it #SoWorthIt!  It’s usually the little things: when I see my boys becoming best buddies and caring for one and other, when I see them be a good friend, when we can spend an unstructured day as a family, and when I tuck the little rascals in at night and read stories and get hugs and kisses, it makes the craziness of the day SO worth it. 

    Juggling Act Mama Blogger, Angela Paris

    Ang: On the “good days,” being a mom is easy.  It’s all fun and smiles and hugs and happiness, right?  Spending quality time with my family is my favorite thing to do, but we all know not every day is perfect.  We get but a handful of those.  It’s the challenging days that put it all into perspective for me.  The days when no one wants to listen, the days with tears or yelling, or the days when you just want to go back to bed and start over. Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had – and the most rewarding one, too.  There is no substitute for an unprompted hug or impromptu “I love you” from your child, and that’s what makes it all worth it to me. Every day I remind myself that my children will only be this exact age today; tomorrow they will be a day older – and that much closer to being ‘all grown up.’  Today with my children is a precious gift.  There are magical ‘perfect’ moments in every day, and finding them is part of the joy of being a mother.

     

    What makes raising a family #SoWorthIt for you?

  • So Many Resolutions, So Little Time

    If you look up “Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions” on Google, you are guaranteed to find “get fit (or lose weight)” and “spend more time with family” very high on the list of things to tackle in the New Year. It’s no secret both of these things will lead to a healthier mind, body and soul and many of us are lucky to accomplish just one of the ambitious (and sometimes unrealistic) goals we set for ourselves. So, the thought of trying to tackle two resolutions at once can seem a bit overwhelming. The good news is, we’ve found out you CAN do it- just ask our friends at WinterKids! They helped us come up with a list of 12 outdoor activities that engage the whole family AND help you get fit at the same time!

     

     

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    12 Fun Things to do in Winter

    1. Go hiking on your favorite trail with snowshoes or cross-country skis.  While you’re on your hike, be sure to keep an eye out for animal tracks.  You can use the WinterKids Animal Track Tracker to identify which animals were on your trail.  http://www.winterkids.org/media/uploads/wk-animal-tracks-tracker-student.pdf
    2. Build a snow sculpture.  Bring the whole family together, burn some calories, and build a sculpture!  Be creative!  The snow is good for building more than just snowmen!
    3. Make a snowball target.  Make a circle in the snow, and use snowballs to target the circle.  The one who hits the circle the most times wins!  Of course, be sure to stay out of the way of the thrower!
    4. Geocaching is fun in the winter too!
    5. Make a winter carnival.  Planning a winter party?  Make it a winter carnival!  Winter obstacle courses are easy to create.  You can set up a slalom course with ski poles and run through the course.  You can also use two buckets and a pole as a hurdle or limbo.
    6. Go on an adventure to find a sledding hill.  If you don’t have a sledding hill at your house, that doesn’t mean you can’t sled.  Contact your local school, recreation department or golf course.  Often, they have a place where you can sled!
    7. Make a snow maze!
    8. Snow painting!  Mix liquid and water based Tempera non-toxic paints and make snow paintings!  On colder days, you can add a little rubbing alcohol to the paint to make sure it doesn’t freeze.
    9. Disc golf on snowshoes or cross-country skis!
    10. Get a WinterKids Passport!  The WinterKids Passport is the ultimate ticket to winter fun for Maine 5th, 6th and 7th graders!  The Passport offers free and discounted tickets, lessons and rentals at 50 areas all over Maine!  http://www.winterkids.org/kids-and-families/passport/
    11. Get a WinterKids FunPass!  Not old enough for a Passport?  Try the WinterKids FunPass!  The FunPass offers Maine’s youngest children, from preschool through 4th grade, the chance to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails for free! http://www.winterkids.org/kids-and-families/funpass/
    12. Remember, most of the things you do in the summer, you can also do in the winter.  Be creative!  Think about your favorite summer activities and adapt them to winter!  You can also check out the WinterKids events calendar to find out what’s coming up in your neck of the woods.  http://www.winterkids.org/events/

     

  • Wreaths Across America: Part 3

    It’s safe to say the final leg of the Escort to Arlington journey went smoothly and everything went off without a hitch. In fact, some may even say the trip was wildly successful. Maybe “wildly successful” isn’t the right term for such an emotional and at times, somber, week. However, if you measure the trip in terms of whether or not the Wreaths Across America mission to, “Remember. Honor. Teach.” was realized – “wildly successful” would be an accurate way to describe the 2014 trip, at least from Oakhurst’s point of view.

    In 2013, the Wreaths Across America organization had the intention of laying wreaths at every single grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Unfortunately, they did not get enough wreaths sponsored and as a result, only laid down as many wreaths as they had in their possession. After the last wreath was put down that day, Wreaths Across America Chairman of the Board, Wayne Hanson wanted to pay his respects to those markers that did not have a wreath. As he was walking a woman tapped him on the back and asked, “Why don’t you have one for my son?”

    This year, along with Morrill Worcester, the founder of Wreaths Across America, Hanson made sure every hero laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery was honored. When the end of the journey was approaching and it looked as though there weren’t going to be enough wreaths to meet their goal, Worcester matched every incoming “sponsorship” until they received enough wreaths to fill the entire cemetery.

    We caught up with Joe Masse, the Oakhurst truck driver, after his long journey and he was bursting with pride (and even a few tears at times). He was proud of the other drivers in the convoy, who all shared what the WAA experience meant to them at the final dinner the night before making the delivery to Arlington.

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    He was proud of the fact each ceremonious stop along the way had more gracious people in attendance than the year before.

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    He was proud of his grandkids who volunteered at the wreath laying ceremony in Arlington and made sure they took a moment to understand the lives of each of the individuals they were honoring.

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    And finally, he was proud that on the 150th anniversary of the first fallen soldier buried there, every life laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery was honored with a wreath.

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    The reason the organization gains momentum year after year is because of dedicated people like Joe Masse who not only return as volunteers each year, but truly understand how important this cause is.

    “I never served for our country, so this is how I can serve.” Joe said. And “serve” he has, by embodying the Wreaths Across America mission to “Remember. Honor. Teach.”

     

    Feeling like you missed out this year and want to sponsor a wreath or volunteer at Arlington next year? Find out how you can do your part by visiting http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/act-now/.

  • Wreaths Across America: Part 2

    The Wreaths Across America journey continued on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Joe Masse, a seasoned veteran in the driver’s seat of an Oakhurst tractor-trailer truck, was lucky to have Jeff Reinold join him on the second day of the Escort to Arlington. Reinold is a 35-year Sales Representative at Oakhurst also happens to be a United States Marine Veteran and served in the Vietnam War.

    Reinold’s experience as a part of the WAA convoy started in Westbrook and ended in Kittery on Monday. He was touched by the display of patriotism at each stop along the way. “There were hundreds and hundreds of kids at some of these assemblies,” he said. “It was amazing how intuitive these kids were and they seemed to fully comprehend the purpose and mission of the Wreaths Across America program.” He continued, “Kids were cheering, Veterans were saluting, and people were saying thank- you” as Joe and Jeff rolled through towns where there was no planned stop. Reinold said, “I want to come back next year in a larger capacity. I just don’t feel like I did enough- I want to do more. It would be great to go to Arlington for the wreath laying ceremony.” After a day filled with pride and sentiment Jeff gave up his passenger seat to Joe’s grandson, Parker.

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    Parker continued on with Joe for all of Tuesday and Wednesday where he was able to see New York City for the first time. Parker was witness to only part of the Escort to Arlington route last year and missed out on the trip through New York City. It’s no surprise that Parker asked his grandfather if he could join him again, this time for a longer period of time. After two and a half days of driving, they travelled from Kittery all the way to Bordentown, New Jersey stopping a total of seven times for various assemblies and ceremonies. “The highlight was going to Ellis Island, we sailed right by the Statue of Liberty, which I had only seen in pictures. We also went to the Vietnam Memorial which was really well preserved and had murals on the wall and pictures from the time period,” Parker said.

    There seems to be a common theme, here:

    -Joe who drove the Oakhurst truck last year, wants to continue to do so every year until it’s physically impossible for him to do so.

    -Parker quickly volunteered to ride along again this year after a powerful and moving trip with his grandfather last year

    -Jeff who only experienced a small portion of the trip this year, wants to be involved again next year and in a bigger way.

    Whether you are driving a truck that is transporting the wreaths, hitching a ride as a passenger, part of the convoy as a Patriot Guard Rider bearing a cold December road trip, attending one of the many ceremonious stops along the way, you can’t help but want to be a part of this powerful tribute again and again.

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    Stay tuned for the final blog post from the last leg of the journey. In the meantime, follow along on Oakhurst’s interactive map and watch the “Escort to Arlington” streamed live at http://waa.oakhurstdairy.com and be sure to take a look at the Dashboard Camera – you’ll feel as though you’re on the road with Joe and the rest of the convoy. Want to see who Joe has riding along with him? Check out the Cab Camera.

  • Wreaths Across America: Part 1

    The Wreaths Across America journey is a powerful tribute to America’s fallen heroes. Anyone who has witnessed it first-hand would echo that sentiment. That is why Joe Masse, a 38-year Oakhurst truck driver, wanted to share this experience with his family. Last year was Joe’s first year driving the Wreaths Across America truck for Oakhurst and when he was asked to do it again this year, he couldn’t have been more enthusiastic.

    “I have attached myself to this cause,” Masse said. “I plan to drive the truck every year until it’s physically impossible for me to do so. And when I can’t drive the truck anymore, I’ll volunteer my time each November to make wreaths in Harrington.”

     
    Oakhurst driver, Joe Masse (far left) and his family.

    Oakhurst driver, Joe Masse (far left) and his family.

    The very first ceremony of the trip began early on Saturday morning with a sunrise service at Quoddy Head State Park where the U.S. Atlantic coast meets the Canadian Atlantic coast. The trip starts here to represent the program’s reach from ‘sea to shining sea’.

    The first leg of the “Escort to Arlington” started after a breakfast in Harrington, ME on Sunday morning – where Morrill and Karen Worcester, along with the help of several volunteers (many of whom are veterans) finished making the thousands of wreaths that will eventually be placed on the graves of our fallen soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.

    This year, Joe’s granddaughter, Paige joined him all day Sunday, where they made a total of six stops from Harrington to Scarborough. After attending one ceremony after another, with some time to reflect in the passenger seat between each stop, it’s only natural that 14-year old Paige described the day as, “emotional”. Joe’s wish for his grandkids to, “understand the importance of the ‘Remember. Honor. Teach.’ mission of the program” was seemingly comprehended by Paige.

    Cabela’s in Scarborough was host to several proud citizens who braved the bitter cold and welcomed the convoy to their final stop of the day. After a moving tribute to fallen hero, Christopher Cash by the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine’s, Pam Payeur – a wreath was presented to Cash’s mother. At the end of the ceremony, a very humble Morrill Worcester put the magnitude of heroism and bravery, like Cash’s, into perspective when he said, “I’m just a wreath-maker from Maine”. A simple, yet resounding statement that reinforces the purpose of the ceremonial stops each day, like the one at Cabela’s. Each stop on the way to Arlington, reminds people to never forget those who have sacrificed for their country, how important it is to show respect by honoring the lives that have been lost and to teach others that because of that sacrifice, we have freedom.

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    A patriotic welcome.

    Follow along on Oakhurst’s interactive map and watch the “Escort to Arlington” streamed live at http://waa.oakhurstdairy.com and be sure to take a look at the Dashboard Camera – you’ll feel as though you’re on the road with Joe and the rest of the convoy. Want to see who Joe has riding along with him? Check out the Cab Camera. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog for more notes from the road – including the trip through Southern Maine with former United States Marine Veteran and 35-year Oakhurst Sales Representative, Jeff Reinold as Joe’s passenger.

    For more information about the “Escort to Arlington” and how you can sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

  • PSST… HAVE YOU HEARD?! OAKHURST NOW HAS ALMONDMILK! PASS IT ON…

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    Here at Oakhurst, we love our dairy milk but we know not everyone has the same taste, that is why we are proud to introduce Oakhurst Almond Goodness almondmilk. Naturally, this new addition has some people in the industry buzzing, and we understand why. Why would a local company who sources their milk from Maine dairy farms get into the plant-based milk business? And why would we even dare to compete against the larger, more well-known brands already in the market?

    Here’s the scoop: with 93 years of history in the milk business, we are certainly not advocating that traditional milk lovers give up on dairy. It’s core to our business and accounts for a whopping 92% of our sales but we do want to be responsive to changing consumer trends and needs. Research shows that consumer demand is driving increased interest in plant-based foods and dairy alternatives. In the last 12 months, almondmilk sales are up 43% and now account for more than 5% of the total milk category.

    We have the responsibility to remain a strong, competitive company, supporting both our employees and the nearly 60 Maine dairy farmers who supply our company each week. Recognizing and responding to consumer demand is critical to this goal. These individuals have already made the decision to move away from traditional dairy but we know many of them would prefer an Oakhurst alternative to the national brands, and after three years of development we are ready to deliver. We want to become the local brand that helps New Englanders find the right milk for them – whether it’s traditional dairy milk, lactose free milk or a non-dairy alternative like almondmilk.

    While we expand into the alternative milk category, we want to reassure Maine’s families and farmers that we remain committed to sourcing our fluid milk from our current Maine farmers, just as we’ve done for generations and will continue to do for generations to come.

  • Who’s Ready for Some Good College Hockey? The Oakie’s Corner Experience at UMaine and UNH

    Oakhurst is once again teaming up with the UMaine Black Bears and UNH Wildcats Men’s Hockey teams to offer a unique experience for young hockey players across the two states. It’s an exciting program we started last year called The Oakie’s Corner Experience. What is it and how can your young player participate?

     

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    Here’s How The Oakie’s Corner Experience Works

    Oakhurst will select a youth team to be its guest at seven (7) UNH and seven (7) UMaine Hockey home games (see below schedule for games). Each youth team will receive 20 free tickets, special Oakie’s Corner seating in each of the arenas, a visit from Oakie, an opportunity to engage with the University hockey teams, special recognition and gifts the night of the game. Sounds fun, right?

     

    It’s Easy to Become the Oakie’s Corner Experience Team

    • Enter at oakiescornerexperience@oakhurstdairy.com
    • Tell us the name of your team, your town, age and provide a person to contact (email and phone)
    • List the top 2 games your team would like to attend
    • Winning teams selected on a first-come first serve basis and notified at the beginning of the University hockey season
    • Eligible teams must not have players in 8th grade or above, therefore we are looking for teams in Mite, Squirt and Peewee age groups ONLY

     Transportation to and from the game is not provided. Any souvenirs or food items purchased at the arenas will be the responsibility of the teams.

     

     

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    Oakie’s Corner Experience Home Game Schedules

    UMaine                                               UNH

    Oct. 25 vs. Alaska at 7PM                 Oct. 25 vs. Colorado College at 7PM

    Nov. 1 vs. Massachusetts at 7PM       Nov. 8 vs. Michigan State at 7PM

    Nov. 29 vs. Vermont at 7PM              Nov. 22 vs. Providence at 5PM        

    Jan. 3 vs. Canisius at 7PM                 Jan. 17 vs. Massachusetts at 6:30PM          

    Jan. 18 vs. Boston College at 3PM      Feb. 14 vs. Boston U at 7PM            

    Jan. 30 vs. Connecticut at 7:30 PM     Feb. 21 vs. Connecticut at 7PM

    Feb. 7 vs. Notre Dame at 7 PM          Feb. 28 vs. Merrimack at 5PM

     

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    Aspire. Perspire. Restore.

    Refuel with Oakhurst Lowfat Chocolate Milk After Exercise

     Aspire.     Most kids who hit the ice every week or participate in any other sport want to achieve a certain goal

    Perspire.  And they work hard trying to achieve their goals

    Restore.   We want coaches, parents and all the athletes out there to take care of their bodies during their sports seasons. One simple way is to drink 16 ounces of lowfat chocolate milk within one hour of training and games in order to refuel.

     

    Research suggests lowfat chocolate milk is superior to drinks like Gatorade for muscle recovery after tough training sessions, workouts and games because it has the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates, which have been shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles, better after heavy exercise. And chocolate milk is great for rehydrating – it’s a delicious, nutrient-laden liquid that will help replace lost fluids after exercise due to sweating.

  • Oakie Fan Club Snowman Drawing Contest

    In the winter issue of In a Nutshell, our Oakie Fan Club newsletter, we featured a snowman drawing contest for our youngest fans. We received so many wonderful and creative entries and thank every family that participated. At this point, we’ve narrowed it down to 10 finalists and now need your help to select our two winners. Simply post a comment in this blog or on our Facebook page. All you have to do is select your favorite drawings using the letter indicated and we’ll tally them up. The two drawings that receive the most votes will be the winners and our young artists will receive a goodie bag filled with an Oakhurst water bottle, coloring book, hakisak, t-shirt and a coupon for our chocolate milk.

    If you have a child or grandchild 12 years old or younger, we encourage you to sign them up for the Oakie Fan Club. Members of the Oakie Fan Club receive lots of great Oakhurst goodies, information on healthy eating and staying active and our In a Nutshell newsletter four times a year. You can sign them up here.

    Below are the snowman drawings from our 10 finalists. We’ll announce our two winners on Facebook on Friday morning.

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  • Honoring Our Maine Farmers for Quality

    More than 90 years ago we began a journey that we continue today – to bring to the people of Northern New England The Natural Goodness of Maine one glass at a time. And to do that we depend on our 70 independent Maine farms to supply us with fresh, high-quality milk that is also free of artificial growth hormone — a commitment we made to consumers in 1997 and continue to live by today.

    We reward our farmers financially for taking our pledge not to use artificial growth hormone and for overall quality. Annually, we evaluate each farm for milk quality, cow health and farm cleanliness and select our top 10 farms. We recently gathered with many of our farmers at the University of Southern Maine in Portland for our annual producers meeting and announced our top ten list for overall quality and our Producer of the Year for 2013. For the second year in a row, Chartrand Farm, operated by Elroy and Constance Chartrand and located in Somerset County, claimed the top honor. Below is a list of the top 10 farms that received recognition for overall quality:

    • Producer of the Year — Chartrand Farm of Norridgewock
    • #2 Overall Quality Award — Smith Farm (Larry Smith) of Bangor

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    • #3 Overall Quality Award — Twin Meadow Farm (Keith Scott) of Charleston
    • #4 Overall Quality Award — R.E. Hemond, Inc. (Noella Hemond) of Minot

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    • #5 Overall Quality Award — Broadcrest Farm (Andrew Sevey) of Ripley

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    • #6 Overall Quality Award — Misty Meadows Farm (John and Belinda Stoughton) of Clinton
    • #7 Overall Quality Award — Hemond Hill Farm (John and Irene Hemond) of Minot

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    • #8 Overall Quality Award — Highland Farms, Inc. (Libby Bleakney) of Cornish
    • #9 Overall Quality Award — Silver Maple Farms (The McKeen Family) of Albion
    • #10 Overall Quality Award — Leary Farm (Tim Leary) of Saco

    Four farms also received our Perfect Farm Score, which means they earned flawless inspection reports in 2013 — two from Oakhurst and two from the Maine Department of Agriculture. Our Perfect Farm Score farms are Smith Farm (Larry Smith) of Bangor; Halledge Farm (Russell Hall) of Windham, Hemond Hill Farm (John and Irene Hemond) of Minot and Gold Top Farm (John Ingraham) of Knox.

    Farms were also presented with certificates for having earned the highest marks in our individual milk quality categories. Smith Farm (Larry Smith) of Bangor walked away with two individual category awards and Twin Meadow Farm (Keith Scott) of Charleston rounded out the individual category awards.

    The farmers who supply our milk play an extremely important role in our business and their work is unrelenting. For those that don’t know it, dairy famers usually rise by 4 a.m. to milk and feed their cows. By 4 p.m., the cows must be milked again. In between milkings, the days are devoted to cleaning the barn, fixing fences, farm buildings and machinery, haying and taking care of newborn calves. Dairy farming requires an unwavering dedication to the cows, seven days and week, 365 days a year. There’s always plenty to do on a dairy farm and there’s always a never-ending chore list.

    At Oakhurst we have relied on that dedication since 1921. Congratulations to all our farms and thank you for your dedication and enduring commitment to quality every day!

  • Oakhurst Acquired by Farmer Owner Cooperative; Company to Remain in Maine and Operate Independently

    Bennetts_Bill_081017You may have heard….Oakhurst has been acquired by Dairy Farmers of America, a national farmer owned cooperative. While this may be surprising to some, our family felt this decision was best to ensure the continuation of Oakhurst values and the long-term success and growth of the company.

    For us at Oakhurst it will be business as usual. Oakhurst will remain in Maine and all 200 employees will retain their positions. Our family and the current management team will run the day-to-day operations independently. Our milk will continue to be supplied by our 70 independent Maine farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormone. We will continue to bottle our milk locally here in Portland, Maine.

    Oakhurst will remain the Natural Goodness of Maine!

    For the last 92 years, our family and a talented team of managers and employees (all of who will remain with Oakhurst) have stewarded this business and made it into the leading milk brand in Maine and Northern New England.  Some say it’s the family’s ownership that built the brand. Our family believes it’s the “Oakhurst Values” that built our success. Those “Oakhurst Values” aren’t changing!

    We know some of you may be asking why. Well, in today’s rapidly consolidating retail and manufacturing environment, the investment by Dairy Farmers of America in our Maine-based company will help ensure Oakhurst achieves its long-term growth plans and remains a vibrant contributor to the community. We remain committed to Maine!

    This was a big decision for our family, but we believe it is what is best for the future of Oakhurst. As farmers, Dairy Farmers of America understands the importance of supporting our local farmers, our community, and has the financial strength to invest in growth opportunities for the company.

    On behalf of the entire Bennett family, I want to say thank you to our employees for their past and future commitment and dedication to Oakhurst and company values. To our customers, thank you for helping us become the brand we are today. We value your continued support. 

    And to all the families in Maine and Northern New England who have grown up with Oakhurst in your refrigerators and those young parents that are now raising their families with Oakhurst as your milk, we thank you for your trust!  We have always understood that each and every time you reach into your grocer’s cooler, you have a choice. Your past and continued loyalty and trust is deeply important to us.

    We hope you will understand that while the ownership is changing, we are still here, the same local brand you trust will be right here working every day to do the right thing by you, the community, our farmers, and our shared environment.