Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 26: Breakfast on the Farm

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 26, if you're interested in enjoying a free Michigan-made breakfast while experiencing family fun and a chance to learn about local farm families who produce the food you eat.

Breakfast on the Farm is a family-oriented program that welcomes neighbors and area residents to enjoy a complimentary breakfast along with a self-guided tour of a family-owned farm. Attendees will be able to visit various educational stations and have opportunities to ask local farmers questions about raising animals, growing crops and living on a farm. The June 26 breakfast and farm tour takes place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon) at Horning Farms, 11834 E. Pleasant Lake Road, near Manchester.

The event is hosted by Earl and Diane Horning, winners of the 2010 Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Farmer of the Year award, along with their son, Jeff, and his wife, Lynda, at the family's six-generation family dairy operation started in 1877. Today, the farm consists of 360 milk cows, 410 head of young stock and 700 acres of cropland.

Domino's Pizza will be supplying and preparing the food for the breakfast, which will include the introduction of a new breakfast pizza product that has, up until now, only been sampled in school meal programs. We are expecting 1,500 to 2,000 attendees.

Tickets are not required to participate in the farm tour, but they are required to receive the free breakfast. For tickets or more information about Breakfast on the Farm or to download directions to the Horning farm, call the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office at
734-997-1678, email thelenn@ewashtenaw.org, call directly at 222-3825, or visit the Washtenaw County MSU Extension web site at http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension/breakfast-on-the-farm
or go to www.breakfastonthefarm.com.

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