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  • Head, Heart, Hands and Health: Why We Love 4-H

    Summer in New England is in full swing and that means state fairs all around Maine and New Hampshire are ready for prime-time, and with them, the incredible young men and women of 4-H.  For those of you who might not be familiar, 4-H is a national youth program created to empower children and teens to become confident and capable contributors to their community, especially in the fields of animal science and agriculture.

    Through the 4-H program, children and teenagers learn how to care for all sorts of animals, including livestock and dairy cows.  Many motivated 4-H youth have steered much of their time and learning towards maintaining agriculture through family farms, an effort we believe is definitely #SoWorthIt.

    4-H Winner & Oakie

    In Maine in particular, there is a large effort to encourage learning through 4-H Animal Science and Agriculture.  These farm-oriented programs help young people learn about caring for animals and how they directly contribute to the quality and quantity of our food supply.  4-H youth Ellie Pendleton says the farms she attends “hosts agricultural events and activities where visitors learn about cattle, sustainable agriculture, and land conservation.” Family farms feed a huge percentage of our community and world at large, and the families who operate them understand the importance of nurturing and maintaining the land and the animals – exactly the thinking that 4-H instills.

    Lydia Elwell, another 4-H’er, explains that “due to the positive experiences I’ve gained from my 4-H group, my main aspiration in life is to help as many people as possible.”

    This amazing organization continues to have an incredible impact on the lives of children and the betterment of our communities. It gives future dairy farmers the hands-on experience they need to be successful, and teaches children about being active members of their community. In fact, 4-H members are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities, two times more likely to be civically active and two times more likely to make healthier choices. Girls participating in 4-H are also two times more likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other extracurricular activities. Outcomes like these are why we at Oakhurst continue to make it a large priority to support 4-H programs in Maine and New Hampshire.

    4-H Winner

    Throughout the summer we will be donating $100 awards to winners of state fair dairy cow contests (a total of over $3,000) and in addition offering them the affection of our beloved mascot Oakie.  This year marks the eleventh consecutive year in Maine and ninth in New Hampshire that Oakhurst has supported and recognized the achievements of these young dairy farmers.

    Each summer, all of us here at Oakhurst are thrilled to see so many young people take an active interest in the business we’ve loved for more than 90 years. We look forward to following this year’s group of competitors!

  • Splish Splash! 5 DIY Hacks to Turn Your Backyard into a Waterpark

    Summer in New England is no joke. We go from sub-zero temps and 4-foot snow banks to 100 degrees and 100% humidity in about 60 seconds. There’s hardly time to get the swimsuits out, much less let our bodies adjust to the heat – so we’ve got to be creative in finding ways to stay cool.

    If you’re an adult, standing 6” in front of the fan is a common pastime, but fan blades and tiny fingers aren’t a great mix, which is why we turn to H2O to keep the little ones cool and entertained.

    Don’t have a pool or live near the water? No worries! We’ve gathered 5 of our favorite DIY hacks for turning a regular old backyard into a 5-star waterpark.

    Check ‘em out below, and don’t forget to cool down and fuel up afterward with a little Oakhurst Chocolate Milk. #SoWorthIt!

     Backyard Hacks to Keep the Kiddos Cool

    1.  Homemade Slip N’ Slide:

    With just a $5 roll of plastic, a hose and some sandbags you can be slip slidin’ all day long, right in your own backyard.

    2.  Giant Water Blob:

    Sounds weird, but this is SO cool! All you need is some painter’s plastic sheeting, an iron and a hose to create this super cool summertime splash pad.

    Giant Water Blob

    3.  Soda Bottle Sprinkler:

    A 2-liter soda bottle, a couple of holes and a hose and you’re good to go with your very own DIY sprinkler.

     4.  Pool Noodle Water Blasters:

    Way more fun than a squirt gun, these pool noodle water blasters are made out of PVC piping and foam pool noodles. Bring it on kids!

    Pool Noodle Water Blasters

    5.  Tricycle Car Wash:

    Seriously how fun is this DIY backyard tricycle car wash? Made out of PVC piping, sponges, pool noodles and a hose – this incredible creation is pretty much guaranteed to upgrade your status to supermom.

    Tricycle Car Wash

  • Family Farmer Spotlight – Fisher Farm


    You might recognize this sweet family from TV – they’re featured in one of our most recent television ads. The Fisher Family and their 150 dairy cows have been making milk for Oakhurst for over 17 years. They’ll tell you that they’re proud to be an Oakhurst producer – but really it’s Oakhurst that’s proud to distribute fresh, healthy milk from Fisher Farm.


    Farming at Fisher Farm is a complete family affair. Alden Fisher (dad) runs the farm, and is the fourth generation of his family to do so. His wife, Lisa, helps him out, along with his mother, Alma, and daughters Carmen and April. Carmen’s husband is also a dairy farmer at fellow Oakhurst producer R.E. Hemond’s Farm. And April’s daughters, Emma and Aaliyah, enjoy helping out on the farm as well. If they decide to take it over someday, they’ll be the sixth generation of Fisher farmers! Pretty cool, huh?



    It’s always so much fun to visit our family farms and get to talk and interact with the beautiful cows that produce Oakhurst milk. Running a family farm is a tough, tough job – but all the farmers tell us it’s #SoWorthIt.


    Thank you family farmers for giving us all the opportunity to drink fresh, healthy, happy-cow milk!


    Have you ever lived or worked on a farm? Share your photos and stories with us for a chance to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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!




    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.
    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!
    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!
    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.


  • 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.


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


    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.


    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.

     Arlington National Cemetery

    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

  • 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.

    Oakhurst WAA Truck

    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.

    A view from the passenger seat


    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 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.


    A patriotic welcome.

    Follow along on Oakhurst’s interactive map and watch the “Escort to Arlington” streamed live at 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




    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?


    UNH Oakies Corner Experience


    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
    • 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.



     Spartans with Oakie and Wildcat


    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


    UMaine Oakie Shake 


    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.