Cabot Fit Team in Narragansett Rhode Island
*Disclaimer: My trip and race entry were sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Surfers bobbing in the early morning waves. Ocean air brushing against my cheeks as I run along the oceanfront path. I feel so lucky to have had this experience on the coast of Rhode Island with the Cabot Fit Team. A weekend of running, exploring Narragansett, Rhode Island, hanging out with cows at a dairy and of course cheddar cheese was just what I needed. I will always “Run For Cheddar!” The Cabot Fit Team’s mission is to increase awareness of the importance of wellness through nutrition and exercise and I was so happy to be able represent them Cabot as a team member.
Please check out the other great blogs from the Cabot Fit Team bloggers:
- Christy – 80-20 Nutrition
- Aggie – Aggie’s Kitchen
- Amee – Amee’s Savory Dish
- Heather – Through Heather’s Looking Glass
- Nellie–Brooklyn Active Mama
We were staying in the Ocean Rose Inn right on Ocean Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island. A minor problem with my room allowed for a one night upgrade to a room with a deck directly overlooking the ocean. A perfect welcome to Rhode Island. The sound of the waves at bedtime and the sea air is so relaxing. During the first night of our stay we met up for dinner in Turtle Soup the restaurant in the Inn. I always love meeting new groups of people as it is so fascinating to learn everyone’s stories, their interests and also of course about their blogs. Many of the women were from the south including two women who work for the Florida Dairy Council. We enjoyed a great dinner and Sarah Wing (Cabot’s RD and Director, Wellness & Community Programs) and I even discovered that our husbands are both named after folk singer Jesse Colin Young and that we are only 5 days apart in age. Making connections is always one of the best parts of this type of weekend!
EMMA Acres Dairy Farm
Family farming is such an integral part of our nations food systems and it is so important to know about the process of how your food gets from farm to table and also where and who is producing it. Cabot Creamery is a network of 1,100 Northeast dairy farms providing you and your family with products ranging from their famous cheddar cheese, to butters, to delicious dips. Cabot is also B Corps Certified which means that they work hard to be environmentally responsible as well as to be aware of the social impacts on the stakeholders.
During The Cabot Fit weekend we traveled to Exeter, RI to EMMA ACRES, a Rhode Island Green Pastures award winner where we met Scooter and two of his daughters (the farm is named after all 4 of Scooter’s kids–Elizabeth, Matthew, Maggie, and Alex). What began as a love for cows through 4-H grew into a working dairy farm that is run by the LaPrise Family who also own an operate a logging business. You immediately gain a sense of the love that Scooter and two of his daughters who we met have for their cows. Each of the cows is tagged on its ear and named with names such as Miss America, Lazer, and Aggie (which of course blogger Aggie loved!).
They have a blended herd comprised of Jerseys, Guernseys, and Holsteins. They have milkers and also calves. We even saw a set of twin calves as well as a calf that was only two or so days old. Dairy farmers work very hard. The cows require milking two times a day in addition to the other work around the farm. The chores are shared between family members. The cows are milked in a traditional milking parlor with some automation.
EMMA Acres is a part of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative of farms. They produce their milk on their farm and then sell it to Agri-Mark. Milk from Agri-Mark goes into making all of the incredible Cabot Cheese’s that I cannot resist when I go into my local Co Op food store. Some of their milk also goes to locals as well as being sold under the Rhody Fresh label. As a farmer it is very important to be able to diversify in order to be able to make your farm profitable.
Touring EMMA Acres was a highlight of the trip for me. Not just because of the cute cows but also because I love to see farming in action and the process that goes into food production. If you ever have the chance to visit a dairy I highly recommend it!
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Please join me again soon to hear more about the Cabot Fit Weekend in Rhode Island which included the Ocean Road 10K, a tour around historic Narragansett and a Cabot Cheese and beer and wine pairing!