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  • 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, https://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/sour-cream-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 https://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/drinks/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). https://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/drinks/lemonade

    For tips on freezing raspberries and preserving them, check out this fun “how to” video by University of Maine Cooperative Extension http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/how-to-videos/preserving-raspberries-freezing-jams-more/

    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.

    MAINE
    Portland Area/York and Cumberland Counties
    Maple Springs Farm
    808 Maple Ridge Road
    Harrison, Maine
    207.583.4698
    http://maplespringsfarm.wordpress.com/contact-us/
    https://www.facebook.com/MapleSpringsFarmMaine
    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
    207.457.1435
    http://www.berrybestfarm.com
    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
    207.793.4409
    http://www.dolesorchard.com
    http://on.fb.me/12td7bC
    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
    207.636.1601
    http://www.kellyorchards.com
    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
    http://www.libbysonupicks.com
    http://on.fb.me/1293rDx
    Raspberry picking season starts in August and continues into October.

    McDougal Orchards
    201 Hanson Ridge Road
    Springvale, Maine
    http://www.mcdougalorchards.com
    https://www.facebook.com/McDougalOrchards
    Currently closed, will open for the picking season TBD.

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

    Spiller Farm
    Route 9A (Branch Road)
    Wells, Maine
    207.985.2575
    (also try the store daily 7AM – 7PM 207.985.3383)
    http://spillerfarm.com

    Augusta Area/Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties
    Goss Berry Farm
    311 Elm Street
    Mechanic Falls, Maine
    http://www.gossberryfarm.com
    In season, check the web site daily for picking conditions or call
    207.346.6811.

    Roaring Brook Nurseries, Inc.
    639 Gardiner Road
    Wales, Maine
    Raspberry Hotline 207.375.8682
    http://roaringbrooknurseries.com/u-pick-strawberries/

    NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Belknap County
    Smith Farm Stand
    95 Sleeper Hill Road
    Gilford, NH
    603.524.7673
    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
    603.756.9090
    http://www.alysonsorchard.com/pick-your-own/
    Raspberry picking will be start July 13th.

    High Hopes Orchard
    582 Glebe Road
    Westmoreland, NH
    603.399.4305
    http://www.highhopesorchard.com
    Raspberry picking now until July 31

    Hillsborough County
    Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc.
    41 Broad Street
    Hollis, NH
    603.465.2240
    http://www.brookdalefarms.com/PickYourOwn/
    Monday – Friday 8AM – 3PM, Saturday/Sunday 8AM – 5PM

    Merrimack County
    Apple Hill Farm
    580 Mountain Road
    Concord, NH
    603.224.8862
    http://www.applehillfarmnh.com
    Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays 8AM – Noon and Thursdays from 4-7PM (ripe berries and weather permitting)

    Carter Hill Orchard
    73 Carter Hill Road
    Concord, NH
    603.225.2625
    http://www.carterhillapples.com/pick_your_own.html
    Raspberry picking is September & October

    Russell’s Blueberries
    289 Maple Street
    Contoocook, NH
    603.344.6913
    http://www.russellcertifiedorganic.com
    http://on.fb.me/15wsK6H

    Stafford County
    McKenzie’s Farm
    71 NE Pond Road
    Milton, NH
    603.652.9400
    http://www.mckenziesfarm.com/#!u-pick-raspberries/c7ou
    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.

    Recipes
    Raspberry Jam from Martha Stewart – http://www.marthastewart.com/348926/raspberry-jam
    University of Maine – how to freeze and preserve raspberries http://bit.ly/12QJBg8

  • 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 http://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/drinks 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 http://www.peoplespops.com 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 http://www.pickyourown.org/blueberries.htm 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

    Ingredients:
    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)

    http://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/butter-buttermilk/buttermilk

    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)

    Prizes:

    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: http://www.vontweb.com/clients/oakhurst/fb-pitcher/Oakhurst-We-Want-a-Pitcher-Sweepstakes-Official-Rules.htm

    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.

    Maine
    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:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WIN AN OAKHURST COOLER FILLED WITH SUMMER BEVERAGES

    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!

  • National Iced Tea Day is June 10th! We’ll Celebrate By Handing Out Hundreds of Pints of Free Iced Teas at Portland Area Food Trucks and by Giving Away Two Oakhurst Coolers Filled with our Summer Drinks!

    The dog days of summer are just around the corner and what better way to cool off than with a refreshing Oakhurst Iced Tea. I bet you didn’t know this but Monday, June 10th is National Iced Tea Day and we’re ready to celebrate and hope you’ll join us. We’ve partnered with five (5) Portland-area food trucks to hand out hundreds of free pints of our Oakhurst Iced Tea. The festivities take place rain or shine and will begin at each food truck at 11 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. (Free products available while supplies last)

    If you can’t make it to one of the food trucks on June 10th to pick up a free Oakhurst Iced Tea, you can still join us in celebrating. We’re also giving away two 52-gallon Oakhurst branded coolers filled with our delicious teas and lemonades. See below for giveaway details.

    Here’s the list of participating food trucks and their locations for Monday, June 10th. We hope to see you at one of these fun new eateries – they make some amazing food. Our mouths are already watering!

    Bite Into Maine, famous for its delicious lobster rolls, will hand out free Oakhurst Iced Teas to customers from its Fort Williams location in Cape Elizabeth. (Limit one per customer). The chefs will have just returned from Tasting Table’s Lobster Roll Rumble in NYC where they are competing for the title of America’s Best Lobster Roll.

     

    Love Cupcakes serves up delicious cupcakes and mini cupcakes with a focus on local and organic ingredients from its vintage 1960’s travel trailer located at 48 U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth (parking lot of Foreside Antiques). Customers can pick up a free Oakhurst Iced Tea there and a possible second location in Portland on the Eastern Prom (stay tuned for second location). (Limit one per customer)

    Mainely Burgers will be handing out free Oakhurst Iced Tea from its location at 385 Congress Street (next to Portland City Hall) (Limit one per customer). Mainely Burgers serves gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and sides. Recently, they received an award for Best Burger in Maine from Eater Maine for their “The Mainah Burger” made with cheddar, bacon, sautéed onions, apple slices, and homemade maple mayo.

    Gusto’s Italian Food Truck known for creative street-side cuisine plans to hand out product at its new permanent location in Old Orchard Beach at 16 Old Orchard. (Limit one per customer)

    Portside Picnic will be passing out Oakhurst Iced Tea from its location at Back Cove Park in Portland. Portside Picnic delivers a range of fresh local fare using only the best ingredients from local growers and producers.

     

     

    This summer we’ve added a new beverage to our line of Iced Tea and Lemonade products. Our new Oakhurst Diet Iced Tea is refreshingly delicious and low in calorie having only five (5) calories per one cup serving (236 mL) versus 70 calories for the same serving amount of our regular Sweetened Iced Tea with Lemon Flavor. That’s 90% fewer calories. We created our Diet Iced Tea specifically for those of you who want a delicious tasting and refreshing diet beverage option this summer from a local New England company.

    Our new Diet Iced Tea joins a line up of seven other Oakhurst Iced Tea and Lemonade products 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.

    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!

  • “Mug Shot!” Photo Contest is Coming to a Close: Still Time to Enter and Win!

    A few weeks ago, we introduced a Facebook photo contest called Oakhurst “Mug Shot.” So far, we’ve received some great pictures of your favorite coffee mugs and many of you have already won prizes. If you haven’t entered the contest yet, don’t despair – there’s still time. Our contest ends on June 3rd.

    Entering the Contest is Easy and Winning is Even Easier.
    To enter all you have to do is take a photo of your favorite coffee mug and upload it to the Mug Shot Sweeps Tab on the Oakhurst Facebook page. For anyone who doesn’t want to submit on Facebook, they should send their entry via snail mail to Oakhurst “Mug Shot” at 364 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101.

    Prizes are Free Oakhurst Cream and $100
    During the contest period, (April 22 – June 3), we will randomly select four (4) daily winners (Monday – Friday only) to receive a FREE coupon for one pint of any Oakhurst cream product. Additionally, our judges select a favorite “Mug Shot” at the end of each week and that winner receives $100. The weekly favorite “Mug Shot” will also be featured on the Oakhurst Facebook page cover photo!

    Take a look at some of the great “Mug Shots” we’ve received – some funny, some a little scary, some in support of Mom and many others. Don’t miss your chance to win free Oakhurst cream and $100.

     

     

     

     

     Feel free to share news of this contest with friends and family.

    GOOD LUCK!

  • Oakie Visits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in Portland

    This past week, Oakie made a special visit to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine Riverton Clubhouse. Oakie surprised the children delivering chocolate and plain milk to enjoy at their snack time. This was the first time most of the children had seen Oakie in person and they were excited! 

    For some reason, a lot of the children wanted to touch Oakie’s nose and take pictures. After spending some time inside the center, Oakie joined the children outside on the playground where more children hugged Oakie and again touched Oakie’s nose. It was a really fun and fulfilling day for everyone.

    For information on how we have supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in the past please visit here. http://www.oakhurstdairy.com/about/release.php?nID=1186

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine
    Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, particularly those who need us most, to realize their full potential as responsible, productive and caring citizens. BGCSM has five locations in Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn and serves 2,600 members annually, ages 5-18, with an annual membership fee of just five dollars. Visit us online at www.bgcmaine.org.

     

  • Parenting New Hampshire Family Fun Fair

    Oakhurst recently participated in Parenting New Hampshire’s Family Fun Fair, a day of activities, games and entertainment for the whole family.  A couple thousand people attended the event, which took place at the New Hampshire Sportsplex in Bedford, NH, in late April. It was a beautiful day outside, but there were still so many families attending the event because of all the fun activities.

    This year’s event included entertainment provided by Greg the Bubble Music Man, Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley, magician and balloon twister Brian Christie, Chuckles the Kids Komic, and Henry the Juggler. Children could also choose from a number of activities including the indoor rock-climbing wall, Roaming Railroad, bounce houses, video games, arts and crafts, face painting, and much more.

    Our own Oakie walked the floor saying hello and taking pictures with all the kids in attendance. Oakie also joined Greg the Bubble Music Man on the performance stage, and was a big hit helping get the kids involved. Oakie participated in the limbo contest and lead a dance line around to help encourage kids to stay active and healthy.

    We served samples of our fat free chocolate milk and handed out stickers. We also had our child-sized Oakie cutout and our cow dressed as a milkman cutout for children to pose with. Parents were quickly snapping pictures of their children pretending to be Oakie and our cute little milkman.

    For the last five years, Oakhurst has been a sponsor of this event. This year other sponsors included Catholic Medical Center, Jump Around and Party Palace, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. Media sponsors were WMUR-TV and WZID-FM.

    At the end of the day, everyone had fun – including Oakie! We love going to this event every year.

  • Oakhurst Dairy Annual Producer Awards

    Recently, we recognized our top dairy farms from around the state for outstanding milk quality, cow health and farm cleanliness at our recent annual producers luncheon. Ten farms were recognized for overall quality with the top five receiving awards. We also presented certificates to farms scoring high in four individual milk quality categories.

    The top five overall quality farms included: Chartrand Farm of Norridgewock, R.E. Hemond, Inc., of Minot, Hemond Hill Farm of Minot, Aghaloma Farms of Knox, and Deerfield Farm of Winterport. These farms received a plaque and a cash gift from Oakhurst Dairy. The remaining five producers recognized in the top 10 include: Androscoggin Holsteins of Leeds, The Wright Place in Clinton, Silver Maple Farms of Albion, Martin Farm of Corinth, and Baker Brook Farm in Gray.

    Chartrand Farm, run by Elroy and Constance Chartrand, received the Oakhurst Dairy Producer of the Year Award (their first year). Chartrand Farm has been producing milk for Oakhurst Dairy since 1994. The Oakhurst Dairy Producer of the Year award is presented to the farm that receives the company’s highest quality ratings across all categories.

    R.E. Hemond, Inc., run by Noella Hemond, finished second in the top ten list. The farm had reached the top spot the last four years prior to this year. R.E. Hemond, Inc., has been producing milk for Oakhurst for 25 years.

    John and Irene Hemond of Hemond Hill Farm placed third. The fourth place ranking went to the Larrabee Family of Aghaloma Farms. Paul and Linda Cole of Deerfield Farm rounded out the top five producer list.

    More than 30 farms and Oakhurst staff attended the luncheon at the Elks Lodge in Waterville.