Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Kim Samuelson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

A great way to start your day

 

Kim Samuelson

Doreen and Duane Laveau, hosts of the 2018 Breakfast on the Farm and Carlton County's 2018 Farm Family of the Year.

About 1,000 adults and children started their Saturday, June 23 the right way: with a great breakfast of eggs, sausage and pancakes, a chance to visit old and new friends and neighbors in the community, a beautiful sunny and warm day, and the opportunity to get up close to some cute little and big animals.

The numbers of people who enjoyed Breakfast on the Farm at Duane and Doreen Laveau's farm in rural Wrenshall was more than doubled from the 400 who attended last year. Many thanks to those who were involved in the diligent planning, promotion, and work to make this a highly successful day!

Although there were lots of people and lots of children, nobody felt crowded or rushed, and there was lots of time to enjoy watching the animals and children react to each other and, of course, to learn more about life on a farm.

Kim Samuelson

Rainwater demonstration by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) drew quite a crowd!

Besides breakfast and animals, at this year's event, you could: sample different kinds of locally-made cheeses, find out about joining a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) farm, make a few children's crafts; purchase local honey; pick up some freebies, including cow balloons; watch a milking demonstration; entice your kids to milk a "wooden" cow; and, of course, pet lots of different animals. There was even an awesome demonstration that showed how much rain water runs off or sinks into different types of fields, from a hayfield to fields with corn stubble to fields bare of any vegetation or stubble.

All in all, it was a wonderful day with lots to see and touch and learn! What a better way to start a summer morning than with blue skies and sunshine, great conversation, happy families, cute kids, contented animals, and a delicious breakfast made by someone else.

 

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