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Why Milk Matters, Then and Now


Once upon a time, milking the cows was a daily chore for children who lived on colonial farms. Historic Bethlehem Burnside Plantation’s Back to Your Roots program is offering today’s youth hands-on learning and historic fun at Dairy Daze, an interactive look at milk, dairy and cows, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 18, at Burnside Plantation, in Bethlehem. 

With the assistance of historic Bethlehem’s Foodways team, kids will interact with a cow and learn how the large animal provides families with milk. Participants will use milk to churn and press butter, and will work together to make cheese. As a takeaway, kids will create authentic butter press ornaments with various molds.

The Back to Your Roots program aims to introduce local children to life on a colonial farm in a hands-on, agrarian context. The program, which runs through October, is funded through the Seeking Excellence Capital Campaign and the Hands on Gallery at Burnside Plantation.

Cost for the event is $7 for adults, free for children. Burnside Plantation is located at 1461 Schoenersville Rd., in Bethlehem. For more information, call 800-360-8687 or visit 

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