Several young men, from left, including Jamal Hussein, Wyatt Harris, Bralyn Burnett, Dylan Billmeier and Tadyn Burnett, enjoyed a cold glass of milk and some "really good cookies" at Root River State Bank last week. Throughout the month of June, free milk and cookies have been available at the bank.  PHOTO BY GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Several young men, from left, including Jamal Hussein, Wyatt Harris, Bralyn Burnett, Dylan Billmeier and Tadyn Burnett, enjoyed a cold glass of milk and some "really good cookies" at Root River State Bank last week. Throughout the month of June, free milk and cookies have been available at the bank. PHOTO BY GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Milk does a body good.

You can bank on that.

"June Dairy Month has been a long-standing tradition at Root River State Bank for over 40 years - since at least the early 1970s - celebrated annually by offering free milk and cookies for everyone visiting the bank for the entire month of June," said Root River State Bank employee Tim Gossman, speaking of the milk and cookies customers have enjoyed at the bank each June.

Root River State Bank in Chatfield uses about a gallon to a gallon and a half a day, serving one-percent white and chocolate milk and a variety of cookies so everyone can find their favorite, Gossman explained.

That averages out to 45 gallons of milk just in one month, and dozens of cookies to please customers passing by.

"We are lucky to have a very local supplier for our milk, Kappers' Big Red Barn, located just outside the Chatfield city limits," Gossman noted. "It is great to see members of our community enjoying a glass of milk, especially young people. It brings people into the bank that we might not otherwise see."

June's Dairy Month milk and cookies customer appreciation event is one of several that the Root River State Bank hosts throughout the year.

"We hold a Christmas open house in December each year to celebrate the holiday and to thank our customers for their business for another year," Gossman added. "The customers are glad to see the milk and cookies appear in June, and they are missed when July begins."

Serving milk at the bank throughout dairy month keeps the dairy industry on customers' minds and rewards farmers who come to the bank.

"It reminds people of the simple pleasure of eating milk and cookies and how good a cold glass of milk can taste on a warm June day. It gives dairy farmers a chance to see people enjoying the fruits of their labor," Gossman concluded. "This is a small reminder of the fact that our dairy farmers work ALL year, morning and evening, milking their cows, along with raising crops to feed them. The milk, ice cream and butter we enjoy all starts with our local dairy farmers."