Deadline is Thursday, April 1 for those who wish to sponsor the event
By Lynda Jensen
HOWARD LAKE, MN Last year, an estimated 1,500 people attended the first annual “Breakfast on the Farm,” south of Howard Lake a free event designed to promote understanding between farmers and the general public.
The Dassel-Cokato FFA chapter plans to take part again in this event, commented advisor Seena Glessing. “We’ll be there,” she said.
People came from Baldwin WI, Sioux Falls SD, Duluth, Warroad, and many other Minnesota towns, with even a few international guests from Egypt.
Several sponsors helped to fund the event, which was free to the public except for the $2 breakfast.
“We got a lot of good donations,” Pat said. The proceeds from last year were recently donated to a food shelf. A check of $1,000 was presented for this purpose.
The event is hosted at Goldview Farms south of Howard Lake, and will run from 7 to 1 p.m. this summer (it is being extended two more hours from last year’s schedule).
Last year, throughout the morning, visitors were able to tour the farm, talk with industry professionals, and sample dairy and pork products.
Local FFA chapters Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Dassel-Cokato were able on site to assist with the petting zoo, and hand out coloring books and tattoos. Tonka trucks and a huge pile of sand were able available for children as well.
Last year, local implement dealers, Truman Welters and Midwest Machinery, brought out new tractors for viewing on Machinery Row.
The Wright County Pork Producers were at a booth called “Pork the Other White Meat,” where they were hand out free samples and information about swine.
The American Dairy Association (ADA) and the Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) were provide free samples of ice cream, cheese, and pudding.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau were able on site with its safety trailer and were inform visitors on its role in assisting farmers. Six of the major dairy breeds were also be on display, with information about each.
This year, Greg, Faye and Pat Bakeberg hope to repeat the success, with a few minor improvements, such as more tour guides and a tent with chairs by the petting zoo. They also might include a scavenger hunt with prizes.
For more information or questions regarding the event, contact Pat Bakeberg at home at (320) 543-3848 or by cell at (763) 242-4520.
In 2011, Faye said she hopes another farm in Wright County were host the breakfast, so that people can see other farms in the area as well.
Sponsorship is due by Thursday, April 1
There are three levels of sponsorship for the event. Contributions are due Thursday, April 1.
Checks can be made payable to “Breakfast on the farm.”
Contributions should be mailed to Pat Bakeberg, 9156 Grover Avenue SW, Waverly MN, 55390.
‘Breakfast on the Farm’ set for morning of Saturday, June 19.
For more information, contact Bakeberg at home at (320) 543-3848, or by cell at (763) 242-4520.