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August is What Will Be Your Legacy Month: Celebrate your family legacy

The Cabot Creamery's Farmers' Legacy Contest offers families a chance to share their family recipes while honoring the volunteer organization of their choice
The Cabot Creamery's Farmers' Legacy Contest offers families a chance to share their family recipes while honoring the volunteer organization of their choice
Cabot Creamery

August is What Will Be Your Legacy Month, a time to honor the legacy of your family's past while reflecting on the seeds you want to plant for your family's future.

Honor your family's legacy through the values you pass from generation to generation
Sandy Wallace

Although many people associate the word legacy with money passed down to the next generation, each family has a unique legacy. Some family legacies include: volunteerism within your community, caring for those in need, patriotism, and religious or spiritual beliefs. Nearly all family legacies also include family recipes passed down from generation to generation,

A fun contest from Cabot Creamery offers the opportunity to celebrate your family's legacy and enjoy family time together in the kitchen, rediscovering family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

The grand prize in the contest includes both a cash prize for the family and a monetary bequest to the volunteer organization of the winning family's choice, honoring their family legacy. The deadline to enter the contest is Sept. 5, 2014.

The Cabot Creamery Farmers’ Legacy Recipe Contest invites you to to submit your family legacy recipe. Recipe submissions must incorporate one of the Farmers’ Legacy Collection varieties into your favorite family recipe. The Farmers’ Legacy collection is available in three different varieties that celebrate the European heritage of Cabot’s farmers: Alpine Cheddar, White Oak Cheddar, and Farmerhouse.

The Cabot Farmers' Legacy Collection honors the century-long heritage of Cabot’s 1,200 farm families throughout New England and upstate New York. Through its long history, Cabot has been encouraging families to celebrate their legacy by participating in activities together, reuniting to share favorite memories while creating new ones, and getting together in the kitchen to pass family recipes from one generation to the next.

In July 2014, Cabot Creamery announced the results of a national survey exploring the importance of volunteering as families build and enrich a family legacy. The survey provides insights into volunteering and family reunions, which are events that help bond families.

“As we celebrate the launch of our new Farmers’ Legacy Collection, we encourage people to volunteer and give back as they honor their families’ legacies, as we hope to do with this new line of premium aged cheddars,” said Dr. Richard Stammer, president and CEO of Cabot Creamery. “At Cabot, we are passionate about building and strengthening local communities, and we know this is a value our farm families share with many others across the country.”

The national survey of 1,000 respondents indicates the company is not alone in its desire to extend families’ legacies through giving back. Seventy-five percent of the respondents agree it is important to pass on shared family values to younger generations, according to the survey by Sentient Decision Science for Cabot. Both community service (43 percent) and volunteering (40 percent) ranked among the most important values parents want to share with their children. Three-in-ten respondents (30 percent) are leading by example, reporting they participated in a volunteer activity in the past 12 months. Moreover, nearly half of the respondents (44 percent) said they regularly attend family reunions, and nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of the respondents would consider incorporating a volunteering activity into their next family reunion.

To thank volunteers and community service-based organizations, Cabot began a nationwide tour in July, National Family Reunion Month, with its Farmers’ Gratitude Grille. The Gratitude Grille tour, which continues through the end of the year, will serve items made with the Farmers’ Legacy Collection at select volunteer events.

Cabot has worked with Reunions magazine and Ancestry.com, both strongly rooted in the importance of family values and outings, to raise awareness of the Gratitude Grille events and to encourage attendees to further explore and cement their family legacies. Families participating in volunteer events activities are encouraged to use the Reward Volunteers app, available in the iTunes App Store, to log volunteer hours and share on Facebook.

“We’re seeing a growing interest among families in not only getting together more to celebrate their families, but to look back at where they came from and create a compelling future through volunteering,” said Edith Wagner, editor of Reunions magazine.

“Every day, we work with people around the world who are interested in learning more about their family history, both past and present,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian from Ancestry.com, which will provide free memberships to their site at the Gratitude Grille events. “Helping people strengthen their family and community bonds is our passion, and we are excited to share that passion with Cabot.”

During the month of August, reflect on what values and traditions you cherish from your family's past and what values and traditions you want to pass down to your children and grandchildren.

Celebrate your family's legacy this month and every month through your words and actions. Children mirror what their parents do. Make your legacy one of love, caring, sharing and helping others.