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  • Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Our Keep Cool Giveaway

    Do you love the refreshing taste of lemonade? Well if you do then today is your lucky day. It’s National Lemonade Day, which means it’s time to take a few minutes to honor this traditional summer drink. So grab your favorite lemonade, find a shady spot, put up your feet and savor the remaining days of summer. To celebrate, we’re announcing our third and final Keep Cool Giveaway — it’s an Oakhurst branded cooler (52-quart) filled with our delicious lemonades and our iced teas. One lucky customer will win. Here’s how it works:

    1. To be eligible for the random drawing, you must be 18 years or older and answer the below question in the comment section of our Natural Goodness blog in conjunction with this blog post.
    2. Please leave your name and email address so that we can be in touch if you are the winner.
    3. And, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook so that you can learn about future special offers and giveaways.

    Question: Where is your favorite place to enjoy a glass of Oakhurst Lemonade?

    Take your pick of eight Oakhurst Iced Tea and Lemonade flavors including: Original Lemonade, Iced Tea & Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Iced Tea with Wild Blueberry, Raspberry Flavored Iced Tea, Pomegranate Flavored Iced Tea as well as our traditional Sweetened Iced Tea and our new Diet Iced Tea for anyone looking for a lower calorie option. Our Iced Teas and Lemonades do not contain high fructose corn syrup. They are available in pint and half-gallon containers and our Sweetened Iced Tea and Original Lemonade are now available in one-gallon containers – perfect for family barbeques and gatherings. Look for Oakhurst Lemonades and Iced Teas in the refrigerated section at major retailers and convenience stores throughout New England.

    Cut-off time to enter the final Keep Cool Giveaway is 5pm EST Friday, August 23 2013. We will draw a name at random and be in touch. The winner will be notified with details on how to pick up their cooler from Oakhurst.

    Congratulations to last month’s Keep Cool Giveaway winner – Ersula Steward (pictured below on the right) from Jay, Maine. Ersula and her friend April Willard (left) stopped by Oakhurst to pick up her cooler and told us she hasn’t enjoyed any Oakhurst teas & lemonades in quite a while, but she was excited to try them again. We hope she is enjoying them and can’t wait to learn her favorite flavors.

    Note: The winner must pick up the cooler from Oakhurst in Portland. Oakhurst employees and affiliates such as producers, retailers and advertising agency representatives are not eligible to win.

  • Fun Summer Dishes With Sour Cream

    Sour Cream is believed to have first arrived in the United States with Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th century. Traditionally, sour cream was used as a thickening agent for stews and soups such as Beef Stroganoff  and Borscht .

    With summer barbecues still in full swing and football season starting up, we thought you might enjoy a few delicious recipes using sour cream. After all, the American Heart Association recommends  eating two to three servings of low-fat or no-fat dairy per day.

    This avocado based dip  from the blog My Baking Addiction is a fun spin on traditional guacamole. Note, if you want a thinner dip, add a bit more sour cream. Delicious with crackers or chips.

    Want to make good use of those herbs, and maybe cucumbers, growing in your backyard garden? Try this recipe for Cucumber-Sour Cream Dip  from Martha Stewart. We are pretty sure this would be as delicious with cut up vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, celery) as in a baked potato.

    Let this recipe from PBS for Grilled Corn with Poblano Lime Crema  add a bit of zest to your next gathering! For extra fun, let your family and guests get in on the fun by letting them get in on the shucking of the corn.

    Oakhurst Dairy Sour Cream can be found in the dairy case at the grocery store. It is available in 1 lb. and 8 ounce sizes.

  • End of Summer Reading List

    According to the news outlets, television commercials, and supermarket promotions back-to-school season is here. We beg to differ, requesting at least two more weeks before the onslaught of school supply trips begin. What better way to transition from the heat of summer to heading back to school, than with well-suited books. Following is our list of reads, we hope will help members of your family prolong their summer experience and/or prepare for the academic year. *Be sure to check out the snack ideas at the end of this post!

    For kindergarten thru 2nd grade:

    Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – How many kinds of green are there? There’s the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book author Laura Vaccaro Seeger fashions an homage to a single color and, in doing so, creates a book that will delight and, quite possibly astonish you. Her new book Bully, about bullying, which came out earlier this year is also supposed to be very good.

    The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman – Fish and Snail live in a book. Fish ventures forth to other books daily and brings back stories. When Fish urges a reluctant Snail to come out and experience the adventures firsthand, they have a fight that threatens their friendship, but bravery and fun ultimately prevail.

    For young adults:

    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – A tale of first loves and young heartbreak in a magical place. Tinkerbell narrates the magical, bittersweet love story between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. Tiger Lily has never been truly accepted by her tribe, and now the elders have decreed marriage to a man she doesn’t love. She spends more and more time alone in the woods, where she meets wild, fearless Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys.
Tiger Lily is intoxicated by the freedom she feels with Peter, and falls under his spell. Their love is all-consuming, and she risks everything to be with him.
Then Wendy Darling arrives in Neverland.

    Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Sixteen-year-old Kali D’Angelo has always known she’s different. Sure, she goes to high school and even attends pep rallies. But every other day, Kali becomes something else, hunting and killing demons, hellhounds and other supernatural creatures. On those days, she is indestructible. When a supernatural creature leaves the mark of death on a popular cheerleader, Kali knows she is the only one who can save her. There is only one problem. Today, Kali is only human.

    For adults:

    The Son by Philipp Meyer – Get a lesson in history from this epic work of historic fiction. A story of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

    Bellfield Hall: Or, The Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) by Anna Dean. In 1805 Dido Kent inhabits a world easily recognizable to readers of Jane Austen. Unmarried at 35, she is regarded as a hopeless spinster and entirely at her family’s disposal to help with illnesses, deaths, lyings in etc. But when the crisis of a niece’s broken engagement summons her to Bellfield Hall – and a dead body is discovered in the shrubbery – Dido finds a much more satisfying outlet for her intelligence.

    Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (she wrote the book Circle of Friends). This was a thoughtful gift from my Irishman J. The novel takes place in a small town on the west coast of Ireland where a young woman has taken on an old mansion and is attempting to turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea. Several short stories introduce you to the guests and staff.

    Snack suggestions for reading:

    • Homemade popsicles
    • Crackers with peanut butter, celery sticks or grapes or locally sourced berries and a glass of Oakhurst Low Fat Milk.
    • Cookies and a glass of Oakhurst Chocolate Milk.
    • Oakhurst Cottage Cheese and fruit
    • Pretzels and a glass of Oakhurst Orange Juice

  • Visiting One of Maine’s Children’s Museums

    There are plenty of things to do with young kids in Maine year-round, like learning how to drive a fire truck, climbing inside a whale, measuring dinosaur fossils, or flossing giant teeth! The Maine Discovery Museum  in Bangor and the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine  in Portland have exhibits and programs that encourage children to explore worlds familiar and distant using lots of hands-on activities designed to inspire them to learn more even after their visit.

    With over a combined 150,000 visitors having been welcomed into the museums since last August, we wanted to learn more about how the museums get their ideas about which exhibits to develop and how they create them. To do this we spoke with Lucy Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, and Niles Parker, Executive Director of the Maine Discovery Museum.

    “Ultimately, we’re looking for concepts that will get children and families excited about learning, and that can be completely interactive,” said Sullivan. “It’s a challenge! At a more traditional museum (one designed for adults), you can expect the visitor to learn by looking and reading. At a children’s museum, your visitor needs to touch, play, climb and explore in a way that’s tactile, hands-on and interactive.”

    The Maine Discovery Museum has plans to develop a new exhibition, Kids in Motion addressing growing concerns about childhood obesity through a focus on movement and fitness. With this addition, they will become a “Let’s Move Museum,” joining over 500 institutions across the country committed to helping get kids moving and eating healthy food. The museum’s staff is working with pediatricians, nutritionists, physical therapists, university professors, musicians, and artists to define concepts and content. Parker said depending on the scale of an exhibit and the budget, the museum will also work with exhibit design companies to help give the museum a better vision with sketches, and measured drawings for the finished product.

    Oakhurst Dairy has sponsored the exhibit Oakie Acres, a child-size farm located in the heart of Our Town, on the first floor of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, since 2001. Our Town was a key component of the museum when it opened in 1993, and the farm was one of the first exhibits within it. “We knew the inclusion of a farm would be important because of Maine’s strong agricultural industry,” said Sullivan. “The farm was placed directly adjacent to the market to encourage children to explore the farm-to-table connection. At the farm, they can gather eggs from our chickens or milk Maggie the Cow (she really milks!); next door at the market, they can buy and sell the dairy products they helped gather!”

    What’s a typical day at a children’s museum in Maine like? According to Parker, the Maine Discovery Museum has about 450 walk-in visitors each day, so variety and exploration are the name of the game. “In the past 24 hours we have had a touch tank with scientists from the University of Maine; fish printing with a biologist from Fish & Wildlife; a 3D printer set up in our lobby by a group of Civic Hackers who created a cool sculpture and explained how the technology worked,” said Parker. “We have made Whoopie Pies, castles, and Egyptian tombs. We have had three summer camps going on. We had a bat house brought in with information about bats and their importance in Maine. We have had our daily animal time when we bring creatures out of their cages for educational programs. We did Funky Art and learned about lobsters (with a live lobster).”

    So, what’s the best way to see one of these museums? In Portland, because of the Museum’s layout, Sullivan said most families start on the first floor (where Our Town and Oakie Acres are located), move through each exhibit there, then make their way to the second floor. “At some point they’ll go to the lower level for a snack or to use the restroom, and of course to play around in the Dress Up Theatre and the Diner (If they have tickets for a play, they’ll go downstairs to see the show),” said Sullivan. If it’s a nice day, visitors will also head outdoors to the backyard and explore the Shipyard and greenhouse/mini farm area (with real vegetables growing in it).

    However, because the museum has more than a dozen programs in a day, every family is different. “Some folks love to make it to every event and program during their visit (our announcements make it easy – just listen for the loudspeaker to announce what’s coming up next and where it will be),” she said. “Other families get thoroughly absorbed in an exhibit and stay there for the bulk of their visit – whether that’s building a campsite in the Discovery Woods, or restocking all the shelves in the Market.” She added that most families like to mix it up by visiting a few of their favorite programs (e.g. a Star Show or a Touch Tank), but leave plenty of time for unstructured, open-ended exploration and play.

    As for the best way to see the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Parker said for some children, seeing the same exhibit in the same place is critical to building learning and familiarity. Others, he said, will head straight to the multi-story tree house and climb, working on their gross motor skills. “It is fun to see repeat visitors and see how their visitation patterns change over time,” said Parker. “There are some definite favorites, like the Treehouse and Dino Dig and the River.” The museum is always trying to find ways to bring in new exhibits (such as the developing “Kids in Motion”) and keep things fresh.

    If your family finds themselves with a free afternoon, check out one of these family-friendly museums and have fun!

    The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor is located at 74 Main Street in Bangor, Maine. Keep an eye out for Family Art Night, a free series of art-making workshops for parents (or grandparents) and children ages 8-11, meeting for three consecutive weeks on Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. The workshops are held afterhours on weeknights when the museum is otherwise closed to the public.

    The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is located at 142 Free Street in Portland, Maine. On the First Friday night of each month (except May), they hold $2 First Friday nights. On those evenings, the museum is open from 5 – 8 p.m. for $2 per person.

  • Keep Cool Giveaway: Cooler Filled with Oakhurst Iced Teas and Lemonade

    Hurray! The heat wave is over for now although the warm temperatures could return at any time. To help you beat the heat and keep cool for the rest of the summer, we have a special giveaway -— a 52-quart Oakhurst branded cooler filled with our delicious teas and lemonades. One of our loyal customers will win. Here’s how the Oakhurst Keep Cool Giveaway works:

    1. To be eligible for the drawing, you must be 18 years or older and answer the below question in the comment section of our Natural Goodness blog in conjunction with this blog post.
    2. Please leave your name and email address so that we can be in touch if you are the winner.
    3. And, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook so that you can learn about future special coupon offers and giveaways.

    Question: When it’s hot outside, where is your favorite place to enjoy an Oakhurst Iced Tea or Lemonade?

    Note: The winner must pick up the cooler from Oakhurst in Portland. Oakhurst employees and affiliates such as producers, retailers and advertising agency representatives are not eligible to win.

    This summer we added an Oakhurst Diet Iced Tea to our line of Iced Tea and Lemonade products. It’s refreshingly delicious yet low in calorie – only five (5) calories per one cup serving (236 mL). It has 90% fewer calories than our regular Sweetened Ice Tea with Lemon. And, if Diet Iced Tea isn’t the best beverage option for you, we have seven other Oakhurst Iced Tea and Lemonade products to choose from including: Sweetened Iced Tea with Lemon, Iced Tea and Lemonade, Pomegranate Flavored Iced Tea, Iced Tea with Wild Blueberry, Raspberry Flavored Iced Tea, Original Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade. Our Iced Teas and Lemonades do not contain high fructose corn syrup. All products can be found in pint and half-gallon containers. And new for this summer, our Sweetened Iced Tea with Lemon and Original Lemonade will be available in one-gallon containers.

    All of our Iced Teas and Lemonades can be found in stores now. Look for them in the refrigerated section at major retailers and convenience stores throughout New England.

    Cut-off time to enter the drawing is 5pm EST Friday, July 26 2013. We will draw a name at random. The winner will be notified with details on how to pick up their cooler from Oakhurst.

    Congratulations to last month’s Keep Cool Giveaway winners – Marcy Tilas of Wiscasset, ME, and Mary Bobetz of Greenville, ME.

    Marcy Tilas and her daughter picking up her Oakhurst cooler. She said she loves the Oakhurst Lemonade and is excited to try the Blueberry Iced Tea!


    Mary Bobetz is exited to try the Oakhurst iced teas!











    Good luck and stay tuned for our final Keep Cool Giveaway in August!

  • Raspberry Picking Season is Here!

    When it’s Pick-Your-Own Berry time, you know summer has arrived in New England and it’s time to make the most of every warm sunny day. On those days when you are not at the beach or entertaining family at home, how about going berry picking with family and/or friends?

    Raspberry picking season in Maine and New Hampshire is mid-July to thru October depending on variety, weather, and location. That gives you plenty of opportunities to get out to a field!

    Raspberries are wonderful in a salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, in muffins (try a couple different kinds of berries e.g. raspberries and blueberries), sprinkle a few on top of a bowl of Oakhurst Dairy’s cottage cheese,  add to buttermilk pancakes, freeze raspberries and eat like candy, or just pop them straight into your mouth (we won’t tell!). Keep your pitcher of Oakhurst Dairy Iced Tea  cool with raspberry ice cubes (add raspberries to water in an ice cube tray and freeze). The whole family will love lemonade and raspberry popsicles (combine Oakhurst Dairy lemonade and raspberries in popsicle molds and freeze).

    For tips on freezing raspberries and preserving them, check out this fun “how to” video by University of Maine Cooperative Extension

    Since raspberries pair well with just about everything, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of places to pick in Maine and New Hampshire. Enjoy!

    List of Places to Pick-Your-Own

    Contact the place you plan to visit the day before you want to pick to verify they will be open to the public for picking. Some stands may have farm stands, bakeries, and even picnic areas. When you contact to verify they are open just ask for more information.

    Portland Area/York and Cumberland Counties
    Maple Springs Farm
    808 Maple Ridge Road
    Harrison, Maine
    Farm open Sunday thru Thursday noon – 4PM
    **Unable to verify if they will have raspberry picking this year.

    Best Berry Farm
    33 Colburn Way
    Lebanon, Maine
    Farm opens Wednesday, July 17. Open farm day Sunday, July 21. In-Season Hours: Tuesdays 8AM – 7PM, Wednesday – Sunday 8AM – 5PM

    Doles Orchard
    187 Doles Ridge Road
    Limington, Maine
    Farm is open daily 6AM – Noon and 5-8PM during strawberry season (now), these hours could change during raspberry season.

    Kelly Orchards
    82 Sanborn Road
    Acton, Maine
    Raspberry picking season is mid-August thru frost.
    Farm is open daily, 9AM-5PM in season, call ahead for what’s available.

    Libby & Son U-Picks
    86 Sawyer Mt. Road
    Limerick, Maine
    Raspberry picking season starts in August and continues into October.

    McDougal Orchards
    201 Hanson Ridge Road
    Springvale, Maine
    Currently closed, will open for the picking season TBD.

    Snell Family Farm
    1000 River Road
    Buxton, Maine
    The farm is open daily starting at 9AM. Raspberry picking should begin July 16/17.

    Spiller Farm
    Route 9A (Branch Road)
    Wells, Maine
    (also try the store daily 7AM – 7PM 207.985.3383)

    Augusta Area/Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties
    Goss Berry Farm
    311 Elm Street
    Mechanic Falls, Maine
    In season, check the web site daily for picking conditions or call

    Roaring Brook Nurseries, Inc.
    639 Gardiner Road
    Wales, Maine
    Raspberry Hotline 207.375.8682

    Belknap County
    Smith Farm Stand
    95 Sleeper Hill Road
    Gilford, NH
    Raspberry picking season is now thru September.
    Farm is open daily, 10AM-6PM in season, PYO begins at 8AM.

    Cheshire County
    Alyson’s Orchard
    57 Alyson’s Lane
    Walpole, NH
    Raspberry picking will be start July 13th.

    High Hopes Orchard
    582 Glebe Road
    Westmoreland, NH
    Raspberry picking now until July 31

    Hillsborough County
    Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc.
    41 Broad Street
    Hollis, NH
    Monday – Friday 8AM – 3PM, Saturday/Sunday 8AM – 5PM

    Merrimack County
    Apple Hill Farm
    580 Mountain Road
    Concord, NH
    Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays 8AM – Noon and Thursdays from 4-7PM (ripe berries and weather permitting)

    Carter Hill Orchard
    73 Carter Hill Road
    Concord, NH
    Raspberry picking is September & October

    Russell’s Blueberries
    289 Maple Street
    Contoocook, NH

    Stafford County
    McKenzie’s Farm
    71 NE Pond Road
    Milton, NH
    Open daily for picking, unless closed for ripening. Call ahead for picking conditions.
    Types of berries by season from now thru fall are listed on link above.

    Tips for Picking
    What to bring:
    Most places supply containers, but just in case throw some totes and a basket in the car.
    Cash, some places will not take another form of payment.
    Sunscreen and bug repellant (depending on the wind the latter might not be necessary).
    Boots or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.

    What not to bring.
    Best to leave Fido at home. While some farms will allow pets on leash in restricted areas, your dog will probably not enjoy sitting in a warm car while you pick.

    Raspberry Jam from Martha Stewart –
    University of Maine – how to freeze and preserve raspberries

  • Stay Cool with Homemade Popsicles

    The best thing about making your own popsicles is that it’s easy – really all you have to do is mix up your favorite ingredients and freeze to create refreshingly delicious child-(and adult) friendly treats. Here’s one of our favorite recipes – pop a few raspberries into our Oakhurst lemonade. Blueberries, cucumber, strawberries, blackberries, or even herbs such as basil or thyme would work just as well. Oakhurst Iced Tea and just about any berry are also delicious. Popsicles are super easy to make so get the kids involved in picking ingredients and making them. They offer a lighter, healthier alternative to ice cream and a fun way to get your kids to eat more fruit.

    For those who like a creamier popsicle, we turned to the new cookbook by People’s Pops for this recipe using blueberries and buttermilk.

    *Blueberries are available year round in the freezer section of the supermarket. For those who want fresh and want to pick your own it’s almost blueberry picking season in Maine. Check out this site for places to pick and picking tips. Note, always call the farm the day before you want to go and check the website the morning of your planned visit. Farms with u-pick berry options will close with very short notice to allow ripening of berries for a day or more.

    You can purchase popsicle molds at specialty kitchen stores, Walmart, Target, or online.

    Blueberry & Buttermilk Popsicles from People’s Pops

    1 pound 2 ounces (4 cups) blueberries
    2/3-cup (5 fl oz) simple syrup (see recipe below)
    2 Tbsp (1 fl oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ½ cup (4 fl oz) buttermilk (Oakhurst Dairy)

    Pick out any stems or leaves from the blueberries and puree them in a food processor. You should have about 1-¾ cups plus 2 Tbsp (15 fl oz) of puree.

    Combine the pureed blueberries, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a bowl or measuring pitcher with a pouring spout. Taste; the precise amount of simple syrup and lemon juice needed will depend on how sweet the berries were to begin with. Be aware that blueberries are one of the rare fruits that you don’t want to oversweeten, because they tend to get sweeter in the freezer.

    If you want to strain out the skins, do so now. Press the blueberry mixture through a colander or sieve using a wooden spoon, a rubber spatula, or your fist (blueberries stain skin, so those choosing the third route might want to wear gloves). Or don’t. Swirl in the buttermilk, minimally if you want a marbled effect, maximally if you want the flavors to coalesce.

    Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds, leaving a little bit of room at the top for the mixture to expand. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Unmold and transfer to plastic bags for storage or serve at once.

    Yield: Makes 10 popsicles

  • Want to Throw Out the First Pitch at a Real Baseball Game: Enter to Win Our “We Want a Pitcher” Sweepstakes

    Sunshine and warm days, grass under your feet, peanuts and Cracker Jack, pitchers filled with Iced Tea or Lemonade and a family outing to a baseball game are iconic summer moments in New England! To celebrate this time of year, we’re launching our “We Want a Pitcher” Sweepstakes on our Facebook page. There will be two (2) grand prize winners selected at random. The prize — throw out the first pitch at either the July 28th Portland Sea Dogs or New Hampshire Fisher Cats games along with a VIP family baseball experience including a hotel stay overnight in Portland or in Manchester (night of July 27th). And to top it off, a branded Oakhurst cooler filled with Iced Teas and Lemonades to help you beat the heat this summer. Grand prize winners will be notified by email on July 22nd.

    Entering is Easy: Here’s How it Work

    1. Like the Oakhurst Facebook page and visit the “We Want a Pitcher” Contest Tab ; if you’re already a Facebook fan simply go to the “We Want a Pitcher” Contest Tab to enter
    2. Simply enter your email address and pick ONE prize package to be eligible to win
    3. SHARE the contest with your friends
    4. DOUBLE your chances to win by inviting friends to participate in the contest. Use the Invite a Friend Ap on the contest thank you page.


    Contest Period:

    Monday, July 1 – Monday, July 22, 2013 (Contest Concludes at Noon EST)


    Each individual who enters the Oakhurst “We Want a Pitcher” Sweepstakes must select ONE desired prize package to be eligible to win. Below are the prize package options:

    July 27-28 Portland Sea Dogs Prize Package ($500+ Value)

    • One night stay at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks for Saturday July 27, 2013
    • Breakfast with the team on July 28th prior to the game
    • 4 tickets to the July 28th game, at which you’ll throw out the first pitch, (Box Seats)
    • 4 Sea Dogs t-shirts
    • A cooler full of Oakhurst Iced Teas and Lemonades

    July 27-28 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Prize Package ($500+ Value)

    • One night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Manchester (special baseball room package) for Saturday, July 27th
    • VIP tour of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium the morning of July 28th
    • 4 tickets to the July 28th game, at which you’ll throw out the first pitch (Premium Box Seats in the seating bowl)
    • An autographed baseball
    • A cooler full of Oakhurst Iced Teas and Lemonades

    The Fine Print (The Rules):

    • Open to legal residents of the United States with a primary residence in the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts
    • Must be 18 years old to enter
    • Limit ONE entry per person
    • Entries must contain an email address and ONE prize package choice
    • 2 Grand Prize winners notified by email on June 22nd. Winners must respond to the notification email within 24 hours. If a response is not received, another winner will be selected in a random drawing from the remaining eligible entries
    • Transportation to and from prize locations and all other costs, expenses, fees and gratuities associated with grand prize are the responsibility of the winner
    • Oakhurst employees and its affiliates and members of their immediate families not eligible to enter
    • Oakhurst has the rights to use the winners’ name, voice, likeness in advertising, promotional and publicity purposes

    Official Rules:

    To view official contest rules, visit:

    Before you start throwing heat be sure to limber up and cool off with a refreshing Oakhurst Iced Tea or Lemonade!

    Good Luck!

  • Summer State Fairs and the Beginning of 4-H Dairy Award Show Season

    The 4-H dairy award season is fast approaching. Each summer across Maine and New Hampshire, youth in 4-H between the ages of 9 and 18 compete at state fairs as part of the 4-H Development program. These young men and women enter the dairy cows they have raised, cared for and groomed and compete in a variety of showmanship classes at various experience levels including novice, intermediate, junior and senior.

    This year marks the eighth consecutive year in Maine and sixth in New Hampshire that Oakhurst has supported and recognized the achievements of these young dairy farmers. At 11 state fairs in Maine and New Hampshire from July to September, Oakhurst provides prizes for the 4-H dairy competitions — $100 for each competition level and a banner to the winners. To date, Oakhurst has contributed more than $31,000 to 4-H competition in this way.  Additionally, our mascot, Oakie often attends these events to congratulate all the competitors.

    Below is a list of the state fairs with 4-H competitions.

    Ossippe Valley Fair – July 11 – 14, 2013
    Bangor State Fair – July 26 – August 4, 2013
    Skowhegan State Fair – August 8 – 17, 2013
    Piscataquis Valley Fair– August 22 – 25, 2013
    Windsor Fair– August 25- September 2, 2013
    Farmington Fair – Date TBD but usually in September
    Cumberland Fair– September 22-28, 2013
    Fryeburg Fair – September 29 – October 6, 2013

    New Hampshire
    Stratham Fair– July 18 – 21, 2013
    Rochester Fair – September 13- 22, 2013
    Deerfield Fair– September 26 – 29, 2013

    With 4-H competition about to get underway, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of the wonderful children participating in 4-H great success this summer, and we also wanted to congratulate the winners from last year’s competition season. Below is a list of the 2012 winners who agreed to allow us to share their names. If your name is not on the list and you would like us to include it please let us know at  and we’ll update our records.

    2012 4-H Winners
    Ossipee Valley Fair (Maine)
    Novice Class — Kaysia Carroll of Lyman, Maine
    Junior Class — Patrick Mussey (Mussey Family Farm) of Limington, Maine
    Intermediate — Allison Merriman of Windham, Maine
    Senior Class — Gregory Mussey (Mussey Family Farm) of Limington, Maine

    Skowhegan State Fair (Maine)
    Junior Class — Mackensie Schofield of Troy, Maine
    Intermediate Class — Kristen Davis of New Sharon, Maine
    Senior Class — Colleen Schofield of Troy, Maine

    Cumberland Fair
    Novice — Caleb Braley of Alton, Maine
    Junior Class — Alivia Stanley of Buxton, Maine
    Senior Class — Brittany Moon of Freeport, Maine
    Intermediate — Allison Merriman of Windham, Maine

    Fryeburg Fair
    Novice — Caleb Braley of Alton, Maine
    Junior Class — Emily Fisher of Pittsfield, N.H.
    Intermediate — Allison Merriman of Windham, Maine
    Senior Class — Gregory Mussey (Mussey Family Farm) of Limington, Maine

    Stratham Fair (New Hampshire)
    Novice Class — Amber Paquette of Mont Vernon, N.H.
    Junior Class — Branon Wolinski of Webster, N.H.
    Intermediate Class — Bram Robertson of Contoocook, N.H.
    Senior Class/Showmanship — Nate Robertson of Contoocook, N.H.

    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.

    We continue to be strongly committed to the 4-H program because it gives future dairy farmers the hands-on experience they need to be successful and because local farmers and dairies are so critical to our business.

  • National Iced Tea Day

    For National Iced Tea Day on Monday, we partnered with five (5) Portland-area food trucks to hand out hundreds of free pints of our Oakhurst Iced Tea. During lunch hour we made our rounds to each of the food trucks and had fun engaging with patrons excited about the promotion. Have you eaten from a food truck before? The food is pretty impressive. People were picking up delicious lobster rolls, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, Caesar salad, and cupcakes. Want to know more about Portland, Maine’s impressive food truck scene, then check out this informative article from The Portland Press Herald.

    Pictures from Our National Iced Tea Day Food Truck Promotion:





















    Missed the food truck promotion and still want to get in on the action? We’re giving away two 52-quart Oakhurst branded coolers filled with our delicious teas and lemonades. See below for giveaway details.

    Now to enter the drawing for the Oakhurst coolers filled with our summer beverages, here’s what you need to do.

    1. To be eligible for the drawing, please leave a comment/answer to the below question in the comment section of our blog.
    2. Please leave your name and email address so that we can be in touch if you are one of the winners.
    3. And, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.

    What is your favorite Oakhurst Iced Tea flavor?

    Note: The winner will need to be able to pick up the cooler from Oakhurst in Portland.

    Cut-off time for entering the drawing is 5pm EST Friday, June 14, 2013. We will draw names at random from the comments/responses and announce the winners the following week on our Facebook page and blog. Good luck everyone and stay tuned for our July giveaway! The winner will be notified with details on how to pick up their cooler from Oakhurst.

    Oakhurst employees and affiliates such as producers, retailers and advertising agency representatives are not eligible to win.

    Happy Summer Everyone!