Farm Horizons, May 2010

‘Breakfast on the Farm’ is ‘moo’ving along quickly, set for June 19

By Kaley Melville
Student Writer

About 2,000 people are expected this year to visit the Bakeberg farm south of Howard Lake for the second annual “Breakfast on the farm” event Saturday, June 19.

Last year, an estimated 1,500 people attended the free event, which is designed to promote understanding between farmers and the general public.

“A lot of kids think their milk comes from the grocery store,” said Pat Bakeberg. Pat is hoping that by witnessing the inner workings of a dairy farm, people will be more educated about the matter.

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.

The Bakebergs are definitely taking a fun approach to this teaching opportunity. From guided tours to “cow pedicures,” where visitors will be able to witness how the cows get there hooves trimmed, there is a lot to do down on the farm.

The event is hosted at Goldview Farms south of Howard Lake, and will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. this summer (it is being extended two hours from last year’s schedule).

With all their plans, the Bakebergs hope to be successful once again.

Last year, people came from all corners of the region, including 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 all-you-can-eat pancake 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.

Last summer, throughout the morning, visitors were able to tour the farm, talk with industry professionals, and sample dairy and pork products.

Last year and this year, local FFA chapters, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Dassel-Cokato, will be on site to assist with the petting zoo, and hand out coloring books and tattoos. Tonka trucks and a huge pile of sand will be available for children, along with a children’s tent. The most popular event last year was the pie-eating contest which will be happening again this year.

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 handed out free samples and information about swine.

Dairy samples will be available courtesy of the Wright County American Dairy Association, AMPI, First District Association (FDA), Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), and Bongards.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau was on site with its safety trailer and informed visitors on its role in assisting farmers. Six of the major dairy breeds were also on display, with information about each.

In 2011, Faye said she hopes another farm in Wright County will host the breakfast, so that people can see other farms in the area, as well.

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