Getting into the Spirit of Love and Luck on St. Patrick’s Day: Finding new ways to celebrate this special day.

You don’t have to be Irish to love the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. What started as a religious holiday has expanded over the years to become a way to honor Irish culture.

St. Patrick’s Day is a well-loved and time-honored holiday in the United States, with more than 35 million Americans claiming Irish ancestry. The vaunted St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a landmark event in New York City since the 1760s. And the city of Chicago celebrates by dyeing the Chicago River green to mark the day.

The @cabotcheese Senior VP of Marketing has a unique skill - Berta is the 4-leaf clover whisperer. Click To Tweet

Following close on the heels of St. Patrick’s Day is the arrival of spring, a perfect time to search for that iconic symbol of Ireland, the four-leaf clover. This rare version of the common clover – it’s said that only one in 10,000 clovers has four leaves – is thought to bring special luck to those who find them. Legend tells us the first leaf represents hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love. The fourth leaf is the one that brings luck.

Four Leaf Clovers

Cabot’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Roberta MacDonald, has a unique skill, one that she developed as a young girl and retains to this day. Berta is the four-leaf clover whisperer. Put her in a field of clover anywhere in the world and in minutes she will have found four-leafers by the handful. She’s so passionate about the love and luck that four-leaf clovers bring that she wrote a book about it.

“Finding Four-Leaf Clovers and Other Precious Things in Life” is a whimsical how-to for finding lucky clovers, but it also offers advice on how to relax and sample what’s meaningful in life. You can download this fun and fanciful book here.

Getting into the Spirit of Love and Luck on St. Patrick’s Day Finding new ways to celebrate this special day.

Creating meaning in life is a goal that we can all embrace. One way to do that is by volunteering. Cabot Celebrity volunteer Beth Lehman is a shining example of what a difference volunteering can make in so many lives. Beth volunteers at homeless shelters in the Bronx, NY, where she reads to young children. Her program, “Bedtime Stories,” helps children improve their reading skills and give them some much-needed one-on-one time with a caring adult.

One of Beth’s favorite books to read to the children is from the B Corporation Little Pickle Press, called “The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen.” (Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, right?) Not only is this book fun to read and filled with engaging illustrations, it explores how food gets from the farm to your plate. We love it for all these reasons, and because…cows! It’s also now an iPad app. Kids can engage with the book with fun interactions & videos from the farm. This adorable interactive book is available on the iTunes store.

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen

RV_Mobile_MagnetIf you would like to find meaning through volunteering, check out Reward Volunteers, a free, easy-to-use web based platform that helps you track your volunteer hours – and to earn rewards for your contributions.

Here are some of our favorite recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:

Cheddar Potato Cakes

Cheddar Potato Cakes

Double Baked Corn Beef Potatoes

Double Baked Corn Beef Potatoes

St. Paddy’s Day Grilled Cheese

St. Paddy's Day Grilled Cheese

Sour Cream Popovers with Corned Beef and Poached Eggs

Sour Cream Popovers with Corned Beef and Poached Eggs

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,200 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!

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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


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