A Night at the PA Farm Show, Part 1

Pennsyltucky – Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and Kentucky in between.

Have you guys heard that saying before? Well, it’s kind of true… there’s lots of farmland in my home state of PA. While I’m not a stone’s throw away from any farms, it would only take me a quick drive to find myself surrounded by corn fields or cattle.

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of attending my first Pennsylvania Farm Show thanks to PennAg Industries. Although I was born and raised in PA, this was my first time attending the show!

I – along with a group of other PA bloggers – were able to tour the PennAg display. First stop… cattle.

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One of the things that the Beef Ambassadors focused on was nutrition. I know a lot of people tend to shy away from red meat. I used to, too, but it was more because I didn’t love the taste. (I’m happy to say that’s not the case anymore!)

The Ambassadors shared with us that beef is a super-food that contains zinc, iron, protein, and it can help to build muscle. They also referenced the BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) Study which showed a correlation between beef and a successful heart-healthy diet (the key is eating the right portion).

They also shared with us that there are 29 lean cuts of beef – I had no idea! The key words to look for when you’re shopping for lean red meats are round and loin.

Next, we paid a visit to the dairy cows.

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Baby Holstein

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The woman we spoke with – Raechel – was excited to speak with our group as she’s a blogger herself! (You can read her story at Go Beyond the Barn.)

I’ve always been a big milk drinker! (I actually prefer skim, although I know many people find it to be watery.) Raechel reminded us that cow’s milk contains nine essential vitamins and minerals and it’s recommended that a person gets three servings per day. Milk is (obviously) a great way to get these nutrients, but she also pointed out that Greek yogurt – which so many people are loving these days, including me! – is another fantastic source.

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We met with quite a few other people, but I decided to share the rest of the information in another post… stay tuned! :-)

If you’re a local reader, have you ever been to the Farm Show? If you’re reading from another part of the country (or world!) does your area have an event like this?

Did you learn anything new? I felt like I got so much information in just a little over an hour; I was eating it up!

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  1. Lauren says:

    I was so glad they shared so much of the nutritional value of beef. I really had no idea and think that aspect is undervalued. So great to see you Friday!

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