Farm Horizons, April 2012

Wright County’s Breakfast on the Farm at Goldview Farms again this year

By Jennifer Kotila

For the fourth year in a row, Goldview Farms will host Wright County’s Breakfast on the Farm. The fifth generation dairy farm, south of Howard Lake and Waverly, is owned and operated by Greg and Faye Bakeberg and their son, Pat. The Bakebergs milk about 120 head of dairy cattle, raise dairy steers, and farm about 700 acres.

Each year, about 2,000 people attend the event to witness life on a real dairy farm, seeing where the milk they drink and the food they eat comes from, as well as participating in some fun-filled farmyard activities.

Many of the people who come to Breakfast on the Farm are from the cities, Faye said. Some of them have never been on a working dairy farm, and some children may not know their milk comes from a farm.

Many of the popular events will be returning this year. There will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and dairy sampling booth, where attendees can pick up some free samples of dairy products. The Wright County Pork Producers will also be on hand to answer questions about pork and give out samples.

An area at the farm that attracts many of the young children in attendance is the giant sand pile. Adults and children, alike, take delight in taking a wagon ride through some of the fields at Goldview Farms, or getting their photo taken with one of Bakebergs’ dairy calves.

“Many people who come even like the bus ride from the tar, then around the gravel road to the farm,” Faye said, noting that people from the city’s don’t often travel down a gravel road around a lake.

Along with having fun, people attending Breakfast on the Farm will have the opportunity to learn all they want about raising dairy cattle. Veterinarians will be on hand to educate people about keeping dairy cows healthy, and explore different techniques for breeding dairy cows. People will also have the opportunity to see, smell, and feel the food that cows eat. Another booth will demonstrate the proper way to care for cows’ hooves. Finally, people will be able to tour a milking parlor, and watch a video about milking cows.

A new event this year will be musical entertainment by the Froemming family from Manannah. The family plays gospel and bluegrass music.

Breakfast on the Farm will take place Saturday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast running from 7 a.m. to noon.

Major sponsors for Breakfast on the Farm so far this year are Munson Lake Nutrition, Feed Stuff Bagging, Wright County American Dairy Association, Wright County Farm Bureau, Wright County Pork Producers, Centra Sota, and Trueman Welters.

Of course, Breakfast on the Farm could not be possible without the many volunteers who provide their time and expertise to make the event a success. “We have really good help – a lot of volunteers and sponsors,” Faye said.

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