Trick or Treat

It’s hard to believe Halloween is under a month away. If you’re anything like me, all of the candy and pumpkin spice everything in the stores looks delicious, but is overwhelming!  Also, I never know what types of candy kids are into these days either. Sour, gummy, chocolate? If this seems familiar to you, I have several ideas to make this Halloween season unique and healthy, all while supporting local farmers.

While children seem to enjoy receiving candy, it is typically all that they get, so a change in treat might be just as enjoyable for them as the receiver, as it is for you the giver this season!

Ever since a couple of years ago as I was preparing for Halloween, I had the idea I wanted to be able to incorporate my love for the dairy industry into my Halloween treat, to not only provide a different type of treat for the kids, but more often a healthier treat, all while advocating for, sharing and supporting the farm industry. That year in particular I handed out yogurt tubes, pudding cups and string cheese. All of these items were a huge hit with the children! Many of the kids had them opened as soon as they received them. Not only do these types of treats serve as an easy snack while out trick or treating, but they can also easily be put in lunches throughout the week following Halloween. In subsequent years, I’ve switch it up a it and have done individual bottles of milk paired with cookies or granola bars.

As a dairy producer, I tend to incorporate dairy however and whenever possible. But there are also several other ways to be different in your treat giving this year while supporting other local producers. Some ideas for that include: apples, flavored honey sticks, apple cider chugs, or even pair up with a local farm market and provide coupons to be redeemed for a bakery item, ice cream pint, etc. Not only are these very unique treats for the kids, but local producers are also being supported and their business name and product are getting more circulation.

Many children and their families are not directly related to farms. With that, I feel it is extremely important to do whatever we can to support the individual farmers and the products they produce and sell. Not only are we supporting individuals and their families who dedicate their lives to feeding us, but we are also helping to bridge the gap on informing consumers on where these products come from.

Some children may never get the chance on their own to go pick farm fresh apples, or get a specialty flavored milk chug, but if we provide these products for them, or vouchers to go get them, it may be the perfect opportunity to open the door for educating on farm to table.

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