Q: Who should attend Vermont Breakfast on the Farm?
A: Everyone! These are great events for anyone who is interested in learning about dairy farming and how dairy is made in Vermont. Over 100 volunteers from the dairy community in Vermont are stationed throughout the farm to answer all of your questions. This includes dairy farmers, educators, veterinarians, cooperatives, brands and more. You can ask them real questions about how dairy farming works and get real answers. For many people who come to the event with concerns about dairy farming – a chat with a farmer helps them to share their concerns, ask questions, and often they leave the conversation with a new perspective. There are also many kid-friendly activities including a sandbox full of corn seeds, games, free dairy-themed giveaways, and lots of opportunities to pet the cows and calves.
Q: How do I get my ticket?
A: Tickets are free and required for the breakfast. We want to be sure we have enough food and space for everyone. Tickets are only available online via our Eventbrite page.
Q: Do I need to print my Eventbrite tickets and bring them to the event?
A: No, you do not need to print your tickets. We will have your name saved in our online database with Eventbrite and will check you in using the name(s) you used to book your reservation. If you booked multiple tickets, all tickets will be under your name. You’ll just need to let us know the number of people in your party and your name when you arrive.
Q: What time is breakfast served? How long will I be at the farm?
Breakfast is served every 15 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the last seating at 11:00 a.m. After you eat breakfast, you should plan at at least 1 hour to walk through the farm, for a total of 2 hours at the event.
Q: I have small children. Do they need a ticket?
A: This is a great event for children of all ages! Tickets are free for adults and children, but please get a ticket for everyone in your party who will need a seat. If you plan to have your child sit on your lap or in a stroller during breakfast, they do not need a ticket.
Q: What is the breakfast menu?
The menu typically includes local yogurt, sausage, fruit, wheat pancakes, and maple syrup. We’re also exploring other continental breakfast options including granola, donuts, bagels, etc. As the event date gets closer we will finalize the menu and post it here. The pancakes are not gluten free unfortunately. If you have dietary restrictions, such as gluten free, we’d be happy to give you extra of the other menu items.
Q: What will I see and do at Vermont Breakfast on the Farm?
A: Each Breakfast on the Farm event is a little different, but many of the activities are similar. No matter where you go you will get to tour the farm, see animals, talk with farmers and enjoy a great breakfast filled with Vermont-grown and Vermont-made products! Check out the farms page for more detail on the farms.
Q: What should I wear to Vermont Breakfast on the Farm?
A: Remember: this is a farm and you will be spending time outside. We recommend comfortable, temperature-appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes and you should be prepared if there is rain. Farms will also provide booties to go over your shoes when touring the grounds. This will keep your shoes clean and keep anything that might harm the animals out of the barns.
Q: What should I bring?
A: It depends. If you are bringing young children, you may want to consider bringing a stroller or carrier as there will be some walking involved. Sunscreen and a camera are recommended. You may want to bring an umbrella or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Q: What COVID-19 precautions will be in place during the event?
We’re fortunate our event is held outside where people are able to be socially distant. In addition the following precautions will be in place.
- Breakfast will be served in an open-air tent. We do not plan to put walls on the tent unless the weather requires it.
- Hand sanitizer and washing stations will be placed throughout the farm.
- Volunteers in the breakfast tent will wear gloves and serve food to you to reduce the number of people handling serving utensils, etc.
- The barns are open-air buildings with air flowing through the side walls and large open ends. They also have large fans to move air throughout (to keep the cows cool in the summer, too!).
- Volunteers and guests are encouraged to say home if they are sick.
- Additional precautions will be considered and put into place as the event gets closer.
Q: I have traveled out of the United States recently. Can I still attend?
A: Our Vermont farmers prioritize the safety of the food that they produce. If you plan to travel outside of the United States in the week before the event, please contact us to verify if you can attend.
Q: What if I’m disabled? How will I be able to enjoy the experience?
A: On many of the farms, there will be concrete throughout the barns which will make maneuvering in a wheelchair easier. However, there will be unavoidable dirt or grass areas, as well. For those unable to navigate the farm, there will be golf cart tours available that will be driven by our volunteers. If you are comfortable riding in a golf cart you can request one when you arrive at the welcome tent.
Q: Can I bring my dog to Vermont Breakfast on the Farm?
A: With the exception of service animals, dogs and other pets are not allowed on the farms during the events. This is a biosecurity practice aimed to prevent disease transmission; protecting the health of the livestock and other animals on the farm. We also will not allow your dog to wait in the car! There is no access to shade in the parking areas. Please leave the family pet at home.
Q: Can I campaign at a Vermont Breakfast on the Farm program?
A: We invite elected officials and candidates to take this opportunity to increase knowledge about modern agriculture production and issues, and actively participate in the farm tour. However, political campaigning is not allowed at a Breakfast on the Farm program.
– Elected officials and political candidates are invited and encouraged to attend and are welcome to help out as a volunteer if desired. All volunteers wear the provided Breakfast on the Farm t-shirt, and can wear an individual nametag, button or hat.
– Literature, flyers, buttons, brochures or the like cannot be distributed, handed out, or put on vehicle windshields.
– Elected officials and candidates are not allowed to make a public presentation.
– No political signs are allowed anyplace on the farm/premises.
– All vehicles must be parked in the designated public parking area.
– Contributions from political candidates will be recognized in the individual’s name (without the wording “Committee to elect XX”)
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