Who creates these food holidays anyway?
That’s exactly what I asked myself when I noticed that July was National Ice Cream Month (the third Sunday in July, more specifically, being National Ice Cream Day). Driven by curiosity, I had to investigate the backstory.
On July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5219 (which can be read in its entirety here) declaring July to be National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day, praising it as a “nutritious and wholesome food.”
I know, I giggled too.
The funny thing is that such proclamations (since most “national days” are created via presidential proclamation or a resolution in the House or Senate) are meant to be a one-time deal, so there technically hasn’t been an official National Ice Cream Day since the ’80s. And now we know.
But is that going to stop you from celebrating? I know it won’t deter my enthusiasm!
I keep finding myself saying that this summer we are going to XYZ, but the truth is that summer is here, it’s happening right now. The time of lemonade stands, lazy pool days, and mid-week root beer floats are upon us and I’m determined to not let all the fun summer activities we’ve listed out pass us by. Maybe it takes a presidentially-proclaimed food holiday to remind us of that?
For example, last week the girls and I skipped rest time to go blueberry picking.
There were no bells and whistles, just a small, family-owned farm with blueberry bushes that grew taller than our car. It was easy to find the magic of summer’s simplicity while listening to the hum of the bumble bees while we filled our baskets with the sweet berries.
On the way home I called my mom and asked for Nannie’s (my grandmother) recipe for cobbler. I grew up eating it and am excited for my girls to do the same.
I pulled it off and it tasted as good as I remembered. Both David and the girls agreed that it was pure…
So maybe these food holidays make me laugh a little, but in a world where so much of the news makes me want to run and hide, a little whimsical culinary holiday may be just what we all need to remind us of the lighter side of life. A reminder to slow down, savor the sweet summer moments, and celebrate life’s simple pleasures, like National Ice Cream month.
My partnership with Mayfield Creamery this summer has helped me embrace the simplicity of childhood. Watching the girls light up at cobbler and homemade vanilla ice cream makes my heart happy. Mayfield has been making delicious ice cream since 1923 using cream from their own dairy with no artificial growth hormones. After 94 years, they are refreshing their look but still sticking with the same great taste that families have come to know and love.
Mayfield Creamery is fanning out and expanding to new markets across the South and Southwest, offering a whole new generation of consumers the opportunity to savor the genuine southern homemade taste that has made them a beloved family tradition. Grab yourself a carton (using their store locator) and celebrate National Ice Cream Month with me!
Here in North Carolina, you can find their bright yellow cartons at Food Lion, Publix and Harris Teeter!
Now let’s talk ice cream- what is your favorite way to enjoy it?
Purist? (in a bowl or cone)
On cobbler or pie?
In a milkshake or float?
This post is sponsored by Mayfield Creamery and their delicious ice cream!