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39th annual Dane County June Dairy Breakfast |

39th annual Dane County June Dairy Breakfast

The temperature was in the 80’s, the wind was blowing and the sun was bright — a perfect morning for the 2017 annual Dane County Breakfast on the Farm. And some 5600 eager eaters and curiosity-filled young, old and older people made their way to Blue Star Dairy in Middleton to eat their fill and take a look at one Wisconsin’s top dairy farms.

The food? Cheesy scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, yogurt, cheese, custard, milk and coffee and if you went away hungry it was your fault.

As always at Farm Dairy Breakfasts, the food line was long thus giving folks a bit of time to get acquainted and build their appetite. And for sure, the food is fresh being cooked on site just a few feet away from the serving line.

The Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee, sponsor of the event, owns a couple of the 5-foot skillets (frying pans) in which the eggs are scrambled (Green County used them two weeks ago at their breakfast).

I believe Bob Williams, longtime Fair Coordinator at the Wisconsin Ag Department (Bob died last November) came up with the idea of the big pans many years ago and had one made which he carried from event to event. At one time DATCP had several such pans and I’m not sure what has happened to them but several counties now use big skillets to prepare the scrambled eggs.

This was Dane county’s 39th annual Breakfast on the Farm event dating back to 1979 — I’ve attended about 20 of them as I recall and enjoyed every one.

Why did you come?

I always ask people; ‘What brought you to the breakfast?

The answers usually center on: I want my children (or grandchildren) to see a farm and the cows; I haven’t been on a farm for many years and wanted to see a modern dairy; It’s fun; I wouldn’t miss it; and I came for the food. Of course, those are the reasons the Breakfasts on the Farm have become so popular over the years ever since the first one was held in Jefferson county in 1970.

Star Dairy at Middleton was a great place to host the 2017 breakfast: Lots of parking in a harvested wheat or rye field across from the farmstead, a big lawn with trees, a huge machine shed for the eaters, plenty of exhibitor space and cattle barns nearby for easy viewing. It is also a three generation farm business and this is the second breakfast experience for the Meinholz family having hosted the 2002 breakfast at their DeForest dairy.

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