A simple, savory, Thai-inspired yogurt bowl full of crunchy, colorful vegetables and fresh herbs (with no fish sauce to turn up the kiddos’ noses).  Additional toppings could include: mango, scallions, edamame, red cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, sesame seeds, baby corn, and/or fresh bean sprouts.

Savory, Thai-Inspired Yogurt Bowl

A simple, savory, Thai-inspired yogurt bowl full of crunchy, colorful vegetables and fresh herbs (with no fish sauce to turn up the kiddos’ noses). Additional toppings could include: mango, scallions, edamame, red cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, sesame seeds, baby corn, and/or fresh bean sprouts.

Ready In: 10 minutes

Level: Easy


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Yields: 1 serving

directions

Step 1

In a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, juice, honey, soy sauce, and Sriracha until smooth. Add a little water, if needed, to loosen.

Step 2

Place yogurt in a bowl and top with dressing, the remaining ingredients and any additional toppings, if desired.

Try these mini-Mexican inspired bites for breakfast, lunch, or snack. Add black beans or shredded chicken to make them more substantial.

Mini Smashed Tortilla Chip Casseroles (Easy Chilaquiles)

Try these mini-Mexican inspired bites for breakfast, lunch, or snack. Add black beans or shredded chicken to make them more substantial.

Ready In: 25 minutes

Level: Easy


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Yields: 12 mini casseroles

  • 19 ozbroken tortilla chips + more for garnish
  • 12 ozshredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 CStonyfield Organic Greek Whole Milk Plain Yogurt + more for garnish
  • 3/4 Cmild enchilada sauce
  • 4large eggs
  • 1 tspkosher salt
  • 1/4 Csalsa
  • 3 Tbspchopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard-size 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray. Fill cups with chips.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, whisk yogurt, enchilada sauce, eggs, and salt until combined then pour mixture evenly over chips. Sprinkle with cheese.

Step 3

Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden and bubbling. Let cool slightly, garnish with more broken tortilla chips, salsa, additional yogurt and cilantro.

Grilling pineapple caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, which makes it the perfect complement to cool, tangy yogurt. Serve this as a dessert for a taste of the tropics.

Grilled Pineapple with Yogurt, Mint, and Honey

Grilling pineapple caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, which makes it the perfect complement to cool, tangy yogurt. Serve this as a dessert for a taste of the tropics.

Ready In: 11 minutes

Level: Easy


Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 6 minutes

Yields: 8 servings

directions

Step 1

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Spray pan and pineapple (both sides) with cooking spray.

Step 2

Grill pineapple until slightly softened with dark golden-brown grill marks, about 3 minutes per side.

Step 3

Season pineapple slices with salt (optional), top with a dollop of yogurt, lime juice, honey, zest, mint, and pomegranate arils.

This retro dessert of store-bought “famous” chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream is lightened up with yogurt which also gives it a pleasant tang.  After some time in the refrigerator, these icebox stacks are transformed from crispy cookie stacks to single serving cakes.  Garnish with leftover wafer crumbs, grated chocolate, cocoa, raspberries, or cherries.

Chocolate Wafer Yogurt Stack Cakes

This retro dessert of store-bought “famous” chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream is lightened up with yogurt which also gives it a pleasant tang. After some time in the refrigerator, these icebox stacks are transformed from crispy cookie stacks to single serving cakes. Garnish with leftover wafer crumbs, grated chocolate, cocoa, raspberries, or cherries.

Ready In: 03:00-06:00 (includes chilling time)

Level: Easy


Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Yields: 6-7 mini cakes

directions

Step 1

Whip cream until thickened and then add sugar and vanilla. Continue to whip until soft peaks form; add yogurt and beat until stiff peaks form.

Step 2

Assemble a stack by taking a heaping teaspoonful of filling and laying it on a wafer. Top with second wafer and gently press until about ¼ inch thick (the filling should be flush with sides of wafer). Continue until you have 5 wafers stacked. Finish with a dollop of cream/yogurt mixture. Repeat until you should have 6 or 7 stacks. Chill stacks for at least 3 hours or overnight. Garnish with desired toppings before serving.

Crispy, crunchy, flavorful oven-baked zucchini fries that the kiddos will gobble up. Enjoy these as a healthful side dish or serve as a snack with a simple dipping sauce such as our Easy Yogurt Pesto Dip or our Smoky Paprika Greek Yogurt Dip.

Yogurt Baked Zucchini Fries

Crispy, crunchy, flavorful oven-baked zucchini fries that the kiddos will gobble up. Enjoy these as a healthful side dish or serve as a snack with a simple dipping sauce such as our Easy Yogurt Pesto Dip or our Smoky Paprika Greek Yogurt Dip.

Ready In: 25 minutes

Level: Easy


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large sheet pan with foil or parchment paper. Coat the foil with cooking spray.

Step 2

Place yogurt and panko in separate shallow bowls. Dip the zucchini into the yogurt, shake off excess and coat in the panko.

Step 3

Arrange zucchini, well-spaced apart, on sheet pan and spray with non-stick spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt.

Take your taste buds to Spain with this smoked paprika yogurt dip perfect for French fries, baked sweet potatoes wedges, chips or your favorite cut up veggies. If you can, the dip is best if you can let it rest in the fridge for an hour or so to meld the flavors.

Smoky Paprika Greek Yogurt Dip

Take your taste buds to Spain with this smoked paprika yogurt dip perfect for French fries, baked sweet potatoes wedges, chips or your favorite cut up veggies. If you can, the dip is best if you can let it rest in the fridge for an hour or so to meld the flavors.

Ready In: 10 minutes

Level: Easy


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Yields: 3/4 Cup

directions

Step 1

Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside to rest in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Sprinkle a little smoked paprika on top and serve.

Our favorite Mediterranean sauce lightened up into a flavorful dip to be enjoyed with fresh veggies, chips or our Yogurt Baked Zucchini Fries.

Easy Yogurt Pesto Dip

Our favorite Mediterranean sauce lightened up into a flavorful dip to be enjoyed with fresh veggies, chips or our Yogurt Baked Zucchini Fries.

Ready In: 1 hour 5 minutes

Level: Easy


Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Yields: 3/4 Cup

directions

Step 1

Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate for one hour, for the flavors to meld, before serving.

Rhonda Goodrich, one of our Have a Cow farmers

What’s summer like on a New England organic dairy farm? In some ways, a lot like it has been for centuries! We asked Rhonda Goodrich, one of our Have a Cow farmers, to tell us how her family and cows work and play during their summers.

 

What’s your favorite thing about summer?

Summer is my favorite time of year. The barns are open, the grass is green, and we spend a lot of time outside. The days are long and warm. It is beautiful watching the cows enjoy being on pasture. Their coats are slick as they shed out from winter. Every nook and cranny in the barn is cleaned and made ready for winter. The flowers smell so wonderful. Even the rain in the summer smells good.

Do the cows like summer?

Our beautiful Jerseys love summer. They love eating green grass and feeling the warm summer breeze on their back. They wait by the gate after they milk and you can feel their excitement to get back outside. We enjoy watching them spread out to graze. We have started opening the laneway during milking so they can go to pasture as soon as they are milked. Surprisingly they like to eat a little dirt. It is fun to watch them rub their heads in the dirt. Cows can be very silly sometimes.

At night we keep the laneway to the freestall open. The freestall is a large open barn with eight large fans, beds fluffed with sawdust, motion activated brushes that scrub their back, cool water to drink and haylage with grain for a nutritious snack. However, our cows prefer to sleep outside in the pasture. Early mornings are beautiful as it starts to get light around 4:30am and the cows lay in the grass waiting for us to call them into the barn. They are smart and quickly learn the schedule but love to get a few extra winks before coming in to work (milk) or perhaps the cows have trained us to give them a wake-up call.

What’s your favorite summer activity?

We love time spending time with our children and grandchildren when they visit the farm. We work everyday so it makes having them visit and work with us on the farm very special. I cook hearty farm meals when they visit and we sit around the table talking long after the meal is finished.

Our grandchildren love spending the night and getting up early to go with us to the barn. It is rewarding to watch the gentle way they work with the cows and their love of the outdoors. We are so fortunate that our family loves being on the farm as much as we do.

Do you have any summer traditions?

My favorite summer tradition is our annual family cook-out on the 4th of July with fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert. Family bingo is always fun. This year our 5-year old granddaughter Emma so wanted to win the unicorn prize. Emma’s Mom won a game and told Emma to pick out a prize but Emma said she wanted to win on her own. She did finally win that unicorn.

At dusk on the 4th, Myles hitches the hay wagon onto the tractor. We pile onto the hay wagon with blankets and ride to the top of the hill behind the barn to watch the fireworks. We can see Joe’s Pond and the Town of Peacham’s firework display.

How do the cows stay cool in summer?

On sunny days the cows find shade near the tree line. The pasture on top of the hill behind the barn most always has a gentle breeze. Each paddock has a water tub with cool spring water that we check several times a day to be sure it is refilling fast enough so that our cows always have plenty of water to drink.

However, on hot humid days the cows only go to pasture in the morning and at night. In the afternoon we move them from pasture to the freestall so they can cool down with one of the eight giant fans blowing on them. They also like to scrub their back and butt on the automatic brushes. They love pasture but on those hot days they really do prefer to be in the freestall. Jerseys are smart cows.

What else happens on a dairy farm during the summer?

Summer is a busy time on the farm. We chop and round bale about 165 acres of cropland which is about 320 tons of haylage (chopped grass) and 300 round bales. We do this three times a season and if we are fortunate, we get a fourth cut on some of the cropland. We depend on the weather and when the sun is shining, we are usually haying. We maintain the haying equipment between each harvest to try our best to avoid breakdowns especially when we are racing to get the crop in before it rains. We take good care of our equipment because buying new equipment is expensive.

It is a lot of work mowing grass and trimming around the buildings to help keep the flies down. We also trim miles of fence line. We are always either painting or repairing the barns in the summer. My favorite summer job is cleaning the inside of the barn so that it is fresh and ready for winter.

Do you get to take a family vacation in the summer?

We work on our dairy farm every day. We had a day off a few years ago and spent the night in Maine which was a super treat. Sometimes it would be nice to have some time off but for now Myles and I are fortunate to work together keeping the farm going that has been in the family for almost 200 years. We have journals from as early as the mid 1800’s and it is surprising how much has changed and how many entries are still relevant today especially about the cows and young stock.

We put in a swimming pool about fifteen years ago and that is a wonderful mini-vacation especially when we need to cool off in the middle of the day.

 

Keep an eye on the Have a Cow website for more blog posts like these from other farms! Don’t forget to follow a cow so you never miss an update!

#PlayFree

Londonderry, NH, August 5, 2020 – A new nationwide survey1 from Stonyfield Organic finds that 85% of Americans have sought sanctuary in the great outdoors during COVID-19, with 52% of respondents saying a daily walk outside kept them “sane” and 50% frequently spent time in their yard or a public park. Perhaps the greatest silver lining is that forty-three percent of respondents also said they now appreciate the outdoors “more than ever.” The escape to the great outdoors also applied to the country’s four-legged friends with 64% of respondents saying they took more walks with their dogs during quarantine.

Despite the nation’s appreciation of the outdoors as a sanctuary from the ongoing pandemic, most Americans (56%) say they still use glyphosate or other harmful pesticides to treat their own lawns and green spaces. Additionally, 65% of playing fields in the U.S. are sprayed with harmful pesticides2 like glyphosate, 2,4-D and Dicamba, a source of concern for chemical exposure at a time when many people and pets are relying on them as never before.

Continuing its work to stop the use of harmful pesticides not just in the food we eat, but also in the country’s green spaces, Stonyfield Organic, the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, is announcing the latest phase of its #PlayFree initiative. This year, in addition to providing resources and actionable steps for consumers to make a switch to organic lawn maintenance at home, Stonyfield Organic is also teaming up with 14 new communities to convert outdoor fields and parks to organic grounds management.

Since the launch of #PlayFree in 2018, Stonyfield Organic has contributed over $2 million dollars to the initiative, teaming up with 35 communities nationwide to assist with their transitions to organic grounds management and bringing organic model fields to millions of people.

“With appreciation for outdoor spaces at a high, we want to make sure people know how to enjoy them to the fullest by making sure they are free from harmful chemicals and pesticides,” said Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Organic co-founder and Chief Organic Optimist. “The primary reason Americans continue to treat their own yards with pesticides is because they are skeptical that organic maintenance can be as impactful as chemical maintenance. That’s simply not the case as we have seen tremendous results from our participating StonyFIELD #PlayFree communities, who are reporting not only healthier parks and fields but also a decrease in maintenance costs over time. Given this success and the increasing importance of time spent outside, it’s our continued mission to bring organic maintenance, without the use of harmful pesticides, to as many communities and backyards as possible.”

Each of this year’s selected communities will receive a monetary donation to use toward the purchase of organic inputs and/or landscaping equipment needed for organic grounds management. The communities will also receive technical support and guidance underwritten by Stonyfield from the yogurt maker’s expert collaborators, including Beyond Pesticides, Non-Toxic Neighborhoods, Osborne Organics and Midwest Grows Green.

The newest 14 communities to team up with Stonyfield Organic for organic field conversions include:

· Cambridge, MA
· Chicago, IL
· Great Neck, NY
· Madison, WI
· Manchester, NH
· Northampton, MA *donation will go towards training new staff on organic maintenance
· Philadelphia, PA
· Portland, ME
· Select fields in Hawaii
· South Orange, NJ
· Tempe, AZ
· Tucson, AZ
· Virginia Beach, VA
· Wilmington, NC

Philadelphia Councilmember Cindy Bass, of the 8th District, is proud to team up with Stonyfield Organic and Non-Toxic Neighborhoods to support the City of Philadelphia’s Organic & Regenerative Pilot Park Project. “This project is a continuation of our commitment to creating healthy and clean environments, particularly in underserved communities which have been plagued by issues of enhanced exposure to environmental toxins,” said Bass.
 
Going to the Dogs
Stonyfield Organic is encouraging people to start at home with organic lawn and garden maintenance, both for the health of their families as well as their pets who can be even more vulnerable to the adverse effects of pesticides. In fact, studies have shown dogs have a 70% higher risk of canine lymphoma cancer after herbicide-treated lawn exposure than dogs not exposed.3

In describing the most important ways they care for their pets, limiting exposure to pesticides was ranked as the lowest priority overall and the majority of pet parents (58%) were not aware that public parks are using pesticides to treat the grass where their pups run and play. Paradoxically, 75% of pet owners think it’s important for humans to take their shoes off before entering a house, but 77% don’t wipe their pet’s paws after outside play and walks, leaving the door open for pesticide residue to be tracked inside the home. What’s even more alarming, 74% of dog owners also said they let their dog sleep on the bed or couch!

“From a pet perspective, the issue of pesticides on backyards, parks and fields – and the negative health effects they can have on our pets – is one that I wish more pet parents were aware of,” said celebrity veterinarian Dr. Lisa Lippman, DVM. “In fact, given that pesticides may cause anything such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even seizures or death in dogs,4 I think it’s very important that pet parents take steps to limit their dogs’ exposure and I encourage everyone to check out the great resources Stonyfield has provided on its website for people to make change both in their own backyards as well as local communities.”

Stonyfield Organic’s #PlayFree initiative deepens the mission-led brand’s commitment to issues beyond the food aisle by shedding light on an often-overlooked issue. In a 2018 survey,5 Stonyfield Organic found that while most American parents (69%) are looking to lessen their children’s exposure to pesticides in food, nearly the same number (67%) do not consider exposure at sports fields, playgrounds and parks to be of concern. Stonyfield is eager to bring attention to this issue by empowering everyone to make change locally and at home to protect the health of children, their pets and the environment.

“Several of the most commonly used chemicals on playing fields are either proven or likely endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the development of children’s immune, reproductive, and metabolic systems,” says Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Founding Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and author of the book Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know. “I applaud Stony-field and its collaborators for this initiative and encourage all parents to get involved in their local communities.”

To learn how to take action in your own community and backyard, visit https://www.stonyfield.com/playfree.

 
About Stonyfield Organic
As the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield takes care with everything it puts into its products and everything it keeps out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield has been saying yes to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet for 35 years. Stonyfield, a Certified B Corp, is also helping to protect and preserve the next generation of farmers and families through programs like its Direct Milk Supply and Wolfe’s Neck Organic Training Program as well as StonyFIELDS, a nationwide, multi-year initiative to help keep families free from toxic persistent pesticides in parks and playing fields across the country.

1 Stonyfield Organic and Lab42 surveyed 1,000 adults living in the U.S. age 18 and older in July 2020.
2 Potential Health Effects Related To Pesticide Use on Athletic Fields. R Gilden-E Friedmann-B Sattler-K Squibb-K McPhaul – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22512421
3 Takashima-Uebeloer, B., et al. “Household Chemical Exposures and the Risk of Canine Malignant Lympho-ma, a Model for Human Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.” Environmental Res, 112 (2012): 171-176
4 Pesticides and Your Pet. Texas A&M University College Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences – https://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/pesticides-and-your-pet/
5 Stonyfield and Lindberg International surveyed 1,000 adults age 18 and older, comprised of 500 parents with children living at home, in January 2018.

A fun treat the kids will love.  Get creative with your toppings! These are best enjoyed right out of the freezer.

Fro Yo Apple Pops

A fun treat the kids will love. Get creative with your toppings! These are best enjoyed right out of the freezer.

Ready In: 1:10 (includes freeze time)

Level: Easy


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Yields: 8 pops

directions

Step 1

Place yogurt and your topping in separate shallow bowls. Give yogurt a quick whisk to loosen it. Push a pretzel rod into the apple wedge (use a skewer to make a hole first). Dip wedge in yogurt (use a spoon, if needed), shake of excess and then dip in or sprinkle the topping. Transfer to a parchment-lined platter or small sheet pan. Repeat.

Step 2

Freeze until set, about 1 hour.

Children playing outside in HyattsvilleHyattsville began its quest for organic field care in 2016 by banning the use of toxic pesticides within city limits. However, Hyattsville’s 32-acre park, which is composed of baseball and soccer fields, trails, picnic areas, a swimming pool, and a recreational building, proved to need help with its transition.

In October of 2018, the #PlayFree initiative was introduced to the city’s beloved Magruder Park. The Hyattsville park staff was educated on an organic field maintenance program to care for the fields. And soon, the park had developed a healthy biomass, entirely through the application of organic products.

A year later, with a $5,000 donation from Stonyfield Organic, the City went on to purchase a compost tea sprayer to help organically maintain the fields.

Today, Hyattsville continues to be a pioneer for organic field care. Recently, they met with representatives from counties and other organizations around Maryland to speak about the benefits of banning synthetic pesticides and the steps to transition over to organic field care.

As with most things natural, the transformation of Hyattsville’s parks required patience and consistency. But the final product is a refuge for nature and community alike. Congratulations to Hyattsville, and thanks to everyone in the city for letting StonyFIELDS be part of your journey.

 

Learn more about StonyFIELDS (more…)

“We have yogurt, and we’re here to help.”

 

In April 2020, we invited the public to nominate groups that have inspired them during the fight against COVID-19. Then we sent their heroes Stonyfield Organic yogurt. Here is a taste of what happened next.

 

The Donations (to Date)

Total cases: 65,182
Total organic yogurt products: 756,982
States: 7
(as of August 3)

The Call

 

The Response

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominate Your Heroes