Hello, everyone! My name is Brenda Martin, and I am one of this year’s Wyoming County Dairy Princess Alternates.

This is my very first article.

I have been in the dairy princess program for the past eight years as a dairy ambassador. I am 15 years old, and a junior at Letchworth Central High School, where I am a two-sport athlete. I am also a junior firefighter.

As some of you may know, July is “National Ice Cream Month.” As the temperatures are getting higher, enjoying a few scoops of ice cream is a healthy way to cool off with your friends and family. On average, Americans eat 22 pounds of ice cream a year!

Several ice cream companies are family owned. Along with this, ice cream companies help to support more than 29,000 jobs. Ice cream companies also help to support the economy by more than $13 billion. By having a few scoops of ice cream you can also support your local dairy farmers.

Dairy is extremely important in everyone’s diet. Whether you have some milk, cheese, ice cream or another dairy product, you need to make sure you have three servings of dairy every day. All dairy products have vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. By having your dairy products your body gets calcium, vitamin D, proteins and many more nutrients that your body needs. Dairy products can also help prevent different medical conditions as you get older.

The next time you are driving home from work, or your events from the day make sure you stop at your local ice cream shop.

For some of you it may be harder to go out and enjoy your ice cream. Below I have a delicious recipe for you all to try. This recipe is a great way to enjoy some ice cream and still support your local farmers!

Basic Mason Jar Ice Cream

1 mason jar (16 ounces)

1 cup of heavy cream

A pinch of salt

1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 Tablespoon sugar

Take your heavy cream, salt, vanilla extract and sugar and combine it in the mason jar. Screw the jar’s lid on tightly.

After the lid is secured, shake vigorously for 5 minutes, until the cream thickens and almost doubles in size (about 5 minutes). It should have the consistency of brownie batter.

Freeze for at least 3 hours.

Brenda Martin is one of the alternate dairy princesses in Wyoming County.

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