Farmer’s Market visitors enjoy sundaes on Saturday
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ft was all part of dairy day at the market, which also included a mini-petting zoo with baby dairy goats and a calf, cheese and yogurt smoothies from grass fed cows and goats, music by Eco-jan and butter-making.
Helping Ender make the giant sundae – a highlight of the day - were members of the Royal Court, including Dairy jiss Anna Bromley of Pipersville, Dairy Ambassador Niall dellson of Doylestown and alternate Dairy Princess Sandra hron of countainville.
Also joining the fun was Amanda Sautner, the 2011-12 Bucks County dairy princess and the daughter of Carol and Rob Sautner of tarrington.
Ender laughed when asked how much ice cream she had scooped. “Probably 24 – maybe more,” she said, grasping for a number. “This LV Py fiRVW JLDNW VuNGDH. ,W’V pretty cool,” she said.
Ender was there to promote the dairy industry in Bucks County, to spread the word about the nutritional value of dairy products in the diet and to celebrate guly as National fce Cream jonth.
“ft’s important for people to know they need to have three servings of milk a day,” said Ender. “And the dairy industry is big in Pennsylvania. People don’t realize how much money and jobs it brings into the state.”
Sending her scoop deep into the mound of frozen dairy goodness, Ender ran into a temporary glitch when her scoop broke in half.
ft didn’t stop her for long. She quickly found another scoop and continued the process, much to the delight of the visitors lining up in the hot sun for the free sundae treats.
Ender, who will be a senior at Council Rock High School North in the fall, heard about the princess program through her 4-H group in New gersey and decided to compete.
fn jay, the candidates competed for the title by giving speeches, presenting skits and taking part in interviews. then it was over, Ender was wearing the prized tiara.
Since then, the tashington Crossing resident has been nonstop, spending much of her free time promoting the dairy industry throughout the county’s farmer’s markets, nursing homes and preschools. She’ll also be making an appearance at the jiddletown drange cair in August.
And in September, she’ll compete for the title of Pennsylvania Dairy Princess at the Radisson Hotel in Harrisburg.
“f’m basically promoting the dairy industry for the farmers because they’re working on the farm all day long,” she said.
Ender, whose long term plans include attending colOHJH DNG fiNGLNJ D MRE LN WKH animal sciences – maybe as a veterinarian - recently made a trip to the state capitol in Harrisburg to speak with legislators about the nutritional values of milk. The event featured a giant milk shake.
And Ender knows what she’s talking about, right down to the cows in the barn.
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“te all love cows,” said Ruthann joyer of Doylestown, who has mentored Dairy Princesses for years in Bucks County and who coordinated Saturday’s sundae-creating event. “That’s what connects us all.”
joyer, who grew up on a dairy farm in Bucks County, is following in her father’s footsteps in promoting dairy goodness here. He always invited children to the family farm to educate and promote them about agriculture.
“te have two very capable girls this year who are working together as a team. f expect a lot of positive things from them throughout the year,” said joyer.
Helping to mentor Ender in her new royal duties is for- mer Dairy Princess Amanda Sautner, who will be studying animal sciences at North Carolina State.
“Being a dairy princess has so many different aspects. You really get to see how the dairy industry functions and how important it is for the state and for the country,” said Sautner. “You also learn leadership and public speaking skills. f can speak on my feet anywhere.
“The ability to speak, to hold yourself with poise and deliver your message and interact with all ages, it’s all important,” she said.
Sautner’s message to Ender is simple.
“ft’s important to get the message across because the industry meets a lot of criticism and it’s important to have the girls be eloquent and represent the dairy industry well,” said Sautner.
“And the farmers
need someone to advocate for them,” adds Sautner’s mother, Carol.
Ender agrees and has jumped into the position feet fiRVW.
“ft’s important that kids get their three servings of milk and dairy each day,” she said. “And it’s important for parents to know that milk is very safe.”
ft’s checked over 17 times from the cow to the shelf and it never touches human hands, adds Sautner. “And the farmers are very careful. They’re careful with their cows. f know on my farm they take care of their cows better than they take care of themselves sometimes. They’re up at 4 in the morning and the cows get to nap all day.
“jilk is one of the most nearly perfect beverages,” she continues. “ft’s very safe for you.”
From left: alternate Dairy Princess Sandra Kron of Fountainville, Carol Sautner, Dairy Miss Anna Bromley of Pipersville, Dairy Princess Nicole Ender of Washington Crossing, Ruthann Moyer of Doylestown, former Dairy Princess Amanda Sautner and Dairy Ambassador Niall Gellson of Doylestown.