Today Show: Al Roker Wake Up With Al
Al Roker spent the morning with the first of his Wake Up With Al contest winners down in College Grove, Tennessee at Hatcher family dairy farm. Farm owners Sherry and Charlie Hatcher talked with Al about the busy days that they have, the trials and tribulations of a farmer’s life and where chocolate milk comes from.
Sherry and Charlie Hatcher Financial Difficulties & Hard Work
Charlie Hatcher, who is a state veterinarian, told Al Roker that it is very difficult to be a farmer nowadays. Financial pressures are constant, so they were pretty happy about the way things were going with winning the contest and all.
Of course, Al asked about their products, namely the simple pleasure of their chocolate milk, which he said was delicious. To take out the middle man, the family has a creamery on site and plenty of livestock, including 80 hens.
What time do they get up every day to keep this operation running? Well, Sherry said that she has to be up as early as 4:50 a.m. if she’s milking the cows and if you’re feeding livestock, around 6:00 a.m. Sherry also has to get all her chores done before she opens up the store. And to think I groan waking up at 7:00 a.m. every day!
Does Chocolate Milk Come From Brown Cows?
No. Chocolate milk does not come from brown cows. Charlie Hatcher, with all of his experience on a dairy farm, really had to think about it, but he came to the conclusion that this is definitely not the case. The more you know!
What kind of milk is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!