Supporting Michigan agriculture is a passion of mine and something I have enjoyed learning about since marrying my husband who grew-up on a farm.
My kids absolutely love visiting my in-laws farm. From checking out the tractors, to sticking their hands in the corn crib and grabbing feed for the cows — it truly is such a great learning and sensory experience for them, and I love watching them run all over the yard with excitement.
We recently had the opportunity to visit another cattle farm in Manchester, Michigan — Uphaus Farms — through the Michigan State University Extension Program, Breakfast on the Farm. We all had a ball! OK, the baby just slept the entire time, but he got lots of stimulation in the form of moo-ing, baa-ing and lovely cow smells 😉
If you aren’t familiar, Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) gives consumers and farm neighbors a first-hand look at modern food production, and the farm families who work hard to produce a safe, wholesome food supply for Michigan communities and the world.
The night before the event, power outages swept across the region, leaving thousands without power, including the farm. That didn’t stop the event from happening with the help of generators. Because of mud and outages, they had busses transporting us from a parking lot to the farm. While we weren’t thrilled with needing to bring a stroller on board, the girls were SO excited to ride a real school bus – ha!
When we arrived, we were shuffled into the food line. I was happy because I was hungry! Good thing too, because they had LOTS of food: Eggs, pancakes, sausage, yogurt, muffins and milk. We all ate like kings — especially the girls who really seemed to enjoy it all 🙂 Woohoo for a FREE farm-fresh breakfast!