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Green Lake Irwin’s hosts free celebration for National Dairy Month

What do you think? (3 Comments) June 28, 2011 at 11:51AM

By Shelly Najjar

Yesterday (Monday, June 27, 2011), Green Lake residents celebrated National Dairy Month at the Green Lake location of Irwin’s Neighborhood Bakery and Café (301 NE 65th St).

People who visited Irwin’s from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. received their choice of free milk, any-sized lattes, and chocolate chip cookies. Participants loved the fun neighborhood atmosphere of the event, and some posed with milk moustaches in celebration:

Bob and Janeine Green


Leone Spyropoulos

Karen Najjar

Ayumi Kojima

National Dairy Month has been in existence since 1937 (it was first called National Milk Month), and was created to promote consumption of surplus milk. Today, people celebrate it with a variety of dairy products, and for a variety of reasons.

“I think [dairy] is a great choice for easy snacks, like string cheese or a plain low-fat yogurt with some fresh fruit,” says Julie Starkel, MS, MBA, RD.  Julie is co-owner of Green Lake Nutrition in Ravenna and a Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian.

She continues by saying, “I like it to add a little extra flavor to a dish or to use as a protein portion of a snack, using string cheese or yogurt, to boost protein intake throughout the day. That would be my number one [benefit], because […] I think sometimes [people] don’t really realize that certain sources of dairy are really fantastic sources of protein.”

For adults, the USDA recommends 3 cups (or equivalent servings) of dairy per day.

And after the milk is gone and the cartons are left, continue the fun by reusing those containers in the Green Lake Milk Carton Derby!


Irwin’s Neighborhood Bakery and Cafe is a My Green Lake advertiser.


3 Responses to “Green Lake Irwin’s hosts free celebration for National Dairy Month”

  1. Karennaj says:

    Thank you for organizing this great, fun event and introducing me to the Irwin’s cafe at Greenlake.  I would not have found the place and would have missed a really good latte and delicious marionberry scone otherwise.

  2. horseknuckle says:

    One of these days, perhaps after summer when my carbohydrate moratorium is long over, I am going to have to try this place out.  Every time I drive by, it is packed with people who live a life of moderation, unlike moi.

  3. pat says:

    Great mustache pics and article. Thanks, Shelly!