The weather in Central Minnesota on Saturday, June 2, was perfect for putting up hay. It was sunny with a slight breeze and no humidity in the air. Some farmers had hay cut, laying in the fields, just waiting to be raked or chopped.
For the folks at Landwehr Dairy in Watkins, that chore was temporarily on hold. Denny and Marlene Landwehr and their son Mike, along with 17 employees and dozens of volunteers were busy hosting more than 2,500 visitors to their farm for the fifth annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm.
The Landwehrs milk 750 cows and raise their own herd replacements.
"Each year, our breakfast has gotten bigger and bigger," said Donna Gregory, a neighbor and a member of the Stearns County breakfast team.
It was easy to spend a few hours at the farm that day. The weather was beautiful and the food was plentiful. After eating a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, milk juice and coffee, visitors were welcomed to tour the farm. Stations set up around the barns were staffed by volunteers who explained cow nutrition, dairy housing, farm conservation, herd health care and calf care. Machinery displays of old and new equipment were set up for children and adults to see and climb on.Several booths were set up in a barn, too, where kids could pet farm animals, have photos taken with a newborn calf, color and pick up educational materials and get an ice cream cone from one of the several dairy princesses on site.
Minnesota Events For Dairy Month
Here is a partial list of other dairy celebrations in the month of June across the state.
June 9 - Lunch on the Farm - Douglas County, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Location: Bill Dropik Farm, Nelson, Douglas County
Activities: FREE cheeseburgers and malts
Clown, face painting, petting zoo and dairy tour
Contact: Bill Dropik - 320-815-7070
June 15 - Breakfast on the Farm - Sibley County, starts at 6:30 a.m.
Location: Daryl & Paula Petzel
The Petzel Farm is located S-SE on Arlington off County Rd 17, Sibley County
Activities: Busing from Chamber of Commerce to Petzel farm; beginning at 6:15 a.m.; every hour
June 16 - Breakfast on the Farm - Mower County, 8-11:30 a.m.
Location: Eugene Anderson Dairy Farm, 30111 620th Ave, Waltham
Activities: Chris Cakes breakfast, educational agriculture displays & exhibits, kids' activities & wagon rides
Contact: Ardis Jensen, 507-567-2296
June 16 - Breakfast on the Farm - Kanabec/Isanti County, 7-11 a.m.
Location: Haubenschild Dairy Farm, Princeton
Activities: Chris Cakes Pancakes are catering
Haubenschild Dairy was the 2010 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year
June 16 - Breakfast on the Farm - Wright County, 7:00 am. -12 Noon
Location: Greg, Faye and Pat Bakeberg, Waverly
Activities: Pancakes, sausage, coffee & milk; $3; children 5 & under are free
Tour an operating dairy farm, cheese & ice cream samples, wagon rides, educational agriculture booths, petting zoo
June 16 - Breakfast on the Farm - Morrison County, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 25162 Hawthorn Road, Pierz
Activities: Morrison County Dairy Princess will be present giving out ice cream cones and root beer floats in honor of Dairy Month; Balloons and coloring books and other handouts for the kids and some for adults too
Facebook - Morrison County Breakfast on the farm
Contact: Chuck Tax, 320-224-5878; firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21 - Breakfast on the Farm - Winona County
Location: Daley Farm, Lewiston
Activities: Brats, hot dogs, chips, beans and root beer floats' Hayrides, children's games, petting zoo and machinery display
Contact: Winona Area Chamber of Commerce - 507-452-2272
June 23 - Breakfast on the Farm - Benton County, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: New Heights Dairy, The Czech Family, 3145 155th St NW, Rice
Activities: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs; Petting Zoo, Kids art station, door prizes
Free will donation box
Contact: Sandy, 320-387-2411
June 23 - Breakfast on the Farm - Olmsted County, 6:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Gar-Lin Dairy, Olmsted County
Activities: Chris Cakes pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, cheese and coffee
Horse drawn wagon rides, free petting zoo, educational displays,
Contact: Beth Lecy, 507-545-0112
June 23 - Day on the Farm - Rice County, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Joe & Karen Korbel Farm, 7350 Jackson Ave., Lonsdale
Activities: Tours, games & crafts for kids
June 23 - Breakfast on the Farm - Steele County, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Clover Glen Dairy Farm
Activities: Pancakes, sausage, cheese, milk and coffee
Milk truck on display, barn tours, crafts and butter making, petting zoo,
Contact: Deb Johnson, 507-528-2699
June 23 - Breakfast on the Farm - Wadena County, 8 a.m.-Noon
Location: Mid-Minn Dairy, Verndale
Activities: Pancakes, sausage, ice cream and strawberries; Farm tours
Contact: Darin Lehmann, 218-639-5364
June 24 - Breakfast on the Farm - Beltrami County, 9-11 a.m.
Location: Beltrami County Fairgrounds
Activities: Pancakes, blueberries, strawberries, ham, coffee & milk; Educational & Safety Exhibits
Contact: Tim Neft, 218-647-8689
June 30 - Breakfast on the Farm - Nobles County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Mike Bousema, 30812 240th Street, Worthington
Activities: Chris Cakes breakfast; Petting zoo,children's games
Contact: Matt Widboom, 507-360-6632
June 30 - Breakfast on the Farm - Cass County
Location: Pine River Fairgrounds
Contact: Sarah Kuschel, 218-587-5531
July 7 - Breakfast on the Farm - Clearwater County, 8-11 a.m.
Location: Gebhardt Farm, Leonard
Activities: Pancakes, sausage, icecream and strawberries
Contact: Al Paulson, 218-694-6520
July 14 - Breakfast on the Farm - Nicollet County, 7 -10 a.m.
Location: Willis and Rachel Anthony Farm, 42505 County Road 15, St. Peter
Activities: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee & milk, Safety activities, petting zoo, farm tour and dairy tour
Contact: Garfield Eckberg, 507-327-3237
July 27 - Breakfast on the Farm - Renville County
Location: Dow Agro Sciences Research Facilities, Olivia
Activities: Chris Cakes; agricultural booths, information about new research facilities, equipment display, in conjunction with Olivia's Corn Capital Days Celebration
Contact: Dick Hagen, 320-894-8046