Farm Horizons, June 2018

Breakfast on the Farm is June 16

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

Farming is often associated with work, but Breakfast on the Farm is all about fun.

The 10th annual event is set for Saturday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poppler Dairy Farm in Waverly. The public is welcome to learn about life on a working dairy farm and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Visitors should park at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, where a free shuttle will take them to the farm.

Harlan and Jennifer Poppler, along with their children – Brett, Halli, Dani, and Shayne – are looking forward to hosting this event for the first time. They have lived on their farm since 2003.

The Popplers operate the farm with Jennifer’s parents, Roy and Danita Marschall. They milk 300 Holsteins, employing milkers and other help throughout the year.

In previous years, Breakfast on the Farm always took place in Wright County. Now, organizers plan to switch locations between Carver and Wright counties. The new name for the event is Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm.

A letter from the organizers states, “As always, our objective is to provide a positive farm experience for consumers and to build the connection between farmer and consumer while promoting agriculture.”

A few of the many things to do at Breakfast on the Farm include: tour the farm, taste free cheese and ice cream samples, take a wagon ride, visit educational booths, listen to live music, stop by the petting zoo, view modern machinery used on a dairy farm, play in a pile of sand, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Cost is $5; children ages 5 and under are free.

The Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm is organized by local farmers and agricultural supporters who are passionate about sharing their story with consumers. At last year’s event, breakfast was served to more than 2,000 people.

“In addition to volunteers, local FFA students assist by facilitating tours and educational activities,” organizers noted.

The Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm committee includes Greg “Butch” and Faye Bakeberg, Pat and Joanna Bakeberg, Tony and Kathy Bakeberg, Brad and Jenna Davis, Katie Davis, Dan and Seena Glessing, Rick Haler, Eric Hoese, Jillian Koch, Charles Krause, Larry Marquette, Cindy Munn, Tracy Nelson, Harlan and Jennifer Poppler, Alison Rickeman, Karin Schaefer, James Weninger, and Barry Visser.

To learn more about Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm, go to www.breakfastonthefarm.org or email wrightbotf@gmail.com.

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