We are looking for host farms for our 2018 Breakfast on the Farm Events. Interested in hosting? Download the application here! Applications are due October 31st.
Record Crowd Makes First 2017 ‘Breakfast on the Farm’ Event a Success!
In just minutes, hundreds were in line, waiting for a delicious pancake breakfast to start their day of food, facts, and fun. This year Breakfast on the Farm kicked off at Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier on June 17th. And boy did the first event of 2017 set the bar high!
A record crowd of 1,200 turned out to learn about everything from cow comfort, to environmental stewardship on a self-guided tour.
Fairmont Farm is owned and operated by the Hall, Purchase, and Ayer families. Established in 1992, the farm consists of three separate locations, two in East Montpelier, and one in Craftsbury. The group milks 1,500 cows and care for over 3,600 acres of land.
Their appreciation of the environment and love of their animals was on full display in mid-June. Just a day before the event, Fairmont Farm was named Vermont’s 2017 “Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year.” The selection is made by the New England Green Pastures Program and is bestowed upon a farm which demonstrated a dedication to their herd, pasture, crop management, environmental practices and local community.
With a quick stroll through the breakfast tent it was easy to see appetites and excitement levels were high. Breakfast on the Farm is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals which help produce Vermont’s top quality dairy products. Visitors got a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in the Green Mountain State — home to over 850 dairy farms which make 63% of the milk for New England.
Fifteen different educational stations were located throughout the self-guided tour of Fairmont Farm. Those stations covered everything from what cows eat, to how much milk they produce, to environmental techniques like cover crops, which dairy farmers use to protect the land and as well as water quality.
As a free, public event, Breakfast on the Farm could not take place without the help of generous and knowledgeable volunteers. More than 100 of them from the community, many with experience in the dairy industry, joined Fairmont Farm staff and helped answer visitors’ questions about farming practices.
In Vermont, agriculture lives at the core of our society. Breakfast on the Farm is one way we, Vermonters, can help ensure future generations maintain a connection to the land and an appreciation for the importance of agriculture in our state. Help keep that connection alive and thriving!
If you missed the June 17th event don’t worry, you’ve got another chance! A second Breakfast on the Farm is set for July 22nd at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont. Make sure to reserve your free tickets!
“Although many Vermont business owners recognize the need for renewable energy, they do not have the financial wherewithal or knowledge as to how to go about it. Not so with Green Mountain Dairy in Sheldon, Vermont. Since 2007, this dairy farm has used an on-site methane digester to produce the farm’s power needs…”
Learn more about the Rowell family of Green Mountain Dairy, the host of our 3rd Vermont Breakfast on the Farm event, by reading the Vermont Fences article.
“How many farmers does it take to serve breakfast to one thousand people? Admittedly, that’s a rhetorical question. We know that American farmers each feed 155 people worldwide each day…and today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with two percent fewer inputs than they did in the 1950s. Those are interesting facts that we learned first-hand at last year’s celebration of Vermont’s Breakfast on the Farm.”
The Vander Wey family is gracious enough to host Vermont Breakfast on the Farm once again in 2016! Learn more about this tasty, fun, educational event from Vermont Fences magazine.
Breakfast on the Farm is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained here.
The hosts of our first ever Vermont Breakfast on the farm were recently highlighted in the Spring edition of Vermont Fences Magazine from the Vermont Farm Bureau.
“Today, almost forty years later, Raymond and Linda and their five children and their families, will share their story, their struggles, their successes and their beautiful farm with their neighbors for Vermont’s first “Breakfast on the Farm” celebration on Saturday August 22. Sponsored and coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the event is designed as an educational effort with the delicious and nutritious addition of breakfast.”
Learn more about this farm family by reading the full article here. The Vander Wey family will be hosting the Vermont Breakfast again in 2016! Reserve your free ticket today to visit their farm on June 25th.