Farm Horizons, June 2015
Wright County Breakfast on the Farm showcases working dairy farm
By Liz Hackenmueller
Goldview Farms in Waverly has been producing dairy products for more than 140 years, and the public has the opportunity to see how everyday lives are impacted by this and other dairy farms at Breakfast on the Farm Saturday, June 20, from 7 a.m. to noon.
“We hope consumers of our products come and see all the care that goes into getting those products on the grocery store shelf,” Dan Glessing, member of the event planning committee said. “The food doesn’t just appear, it’s about understanding the connection from farm to store.”
The Wright County Breakfast on the Farm includes a pancake breakfast for $5 (kids under 5 are free), petting zoo, farm tour, cheese and ice cream samples, wagon rides, and more.
To attend, park at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School and take the shuttle to the farm. There is a limited amount of handicapped only parking at the farm.
The event has drawn more than 2,000 visitors in previous years. This is the sixth year the event has been hosted at Goldview Farms and the seventh year total for the event.
Greg (“Butch”) and Faye Bakeberg and their son, Pat Bakeberg, own and operate Goldview Farms. They are hoping people who attend the event learn more about what it takes to operate a dairy farm and how dairy products get to them.
“We are hoping they see where their milk and everything comes from, that it’s a wholesome product,” Faye Bakeberg said.
The breakfast brings everyone, from locals to residents of the Twin Cities. In the past, many people from the Twin Cities have brought their children so they can see where milk comes from, beyond the carton in the grocery store.
“I love to see the children’s smiling faces,” Bakeberg said. “People who haven’t been on a farm are amazed at how clean it is . . . and we really do care for the animals and worry about their well-being.”
Bakeberg joined Goldview Farms when she married her husband in 1970. The farm has been in the Bakeberg family for five generations. It includes 110 Holstein, Jersey, and Ayrshire cows; alfalfa; corn, soybean, and oat crops, and big square bailing and hay chopping.
The event is sponsored by the Wright County Farm Bureau, Munson Lake Nutrition, Centra Sota Cooperative, Wright County Pork Producers, Feed Stuff Bagging, Inc., Wright County ADA, Kemps, AgStar Financial services, and more.
All you can eat pancakes for $5; children 5 and under are free
Get up close and personal with many different types of animals, including chicks, calves, lambs, pigs, horse, and more
Take your picture with a calf
View and explore all of the modern machinery used on a dairy farm
Riding Tour of the Farm
Take a ride around the field in a wagon pulled by a tractor
Dairy Food Tent
Free samples of cheese, ice cream, and milk
Perfect for the kids a large sand pile to play in
Visit with a veterinarian
Learn how cows are kept healthy, milking well, and producing calves
Walk through a milking parlor and watch a video of cows being milked
What’s for Dinner
See, smell, and feel the different feeds cows eat
Farming for the Future
See how dairy farmers are sustainable on a daily basis
Going to the farm?
Here are the details:
• When: Saturday, June 20
• Time: 7 a.m. to noon
• Location: Goldview Farms, Waverly
• Cost: Adults $5, Children 5 and under, free
• Menu: Pancakes, sausage, coffee, and milk
• Activities: Tour the dairy farm, enjoy cheese and ice cream samples, wagon rides, educational agriculture booths, and a petting zoo.
• Parking: Park at HLWW High School to take the shuttle to the farm.
• Web: www.breakfastonthefarm.org