Breakfast on the Farm

By Jonathan Eckelberg
Staff Writer

One of the best perks of weekends is going out to eat for breakfast. Often you may find yourself at your favorite local restaurant, but if it’s springtime or summertime in Wisconsin, some of the best weekend "eating-out" spots are found on the farm!

June Dairy Month

Both the National Dairy Council and the Midwest Dairy Association honor the month of June as Dairy Month and, with Wisconsin being crowned America's Dairyland, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has worked extensively to help people discover first-hand what makes Wisconsin’s dairy products so special!

Located on various family dairy farms throughout the state, Wisconsin’s Breakfast on the Farm events offer the opportunity to sample country hospitality, enjoy a fantastic home-cooked meal and reconnect to the rich source of our bountiful sustenance! See personally how a modern dairy farm works, where some of your food comes from and the importance of the dairy industry to Wisconsin.

Enjoy sizzling scrambled eggs, golden hashbrowns, ham and, of course, ice cold milk, while getting an introduction to the places, people and animals involved in getting food to the table. Most locations also include wagon rides, petting zoos, games and live musical entertainment – bring the whole family!

So leave the city and those citified restaurants behind for a good, old-fashioned breakfast on the farm! Here are just a few of the spots you can visit to join in this deliciously delightful tradition!

Breakfast on the Farm events in Wisconsin

Green County Breakfast On The Farm
Blanchardville, WI
May 28, 2016

The Green County breakfast doesn't just have scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, coffee cake and ice cream. See this year's Fairest of the Fair crowned and dance along to the music stylings of The Soggy Prairie Boys. To kick off crafting season, the breakfast also has its own craft show. This breakfast has grown immensely over the years and can now expect to use approximately 1,800 dozen eggs, 1,300 pounds of sausage, 5,000 half-pints of milk, 110 pounds of butter, 480 pounds of cheese and 26 jars of coffee.

Brown County Breakfast On The Farm
Greenleaf, WI
June 5, 2016

Brown County kicks their day of festivities off with church service before breakfast is served. As you're perusing the breakfast line, don't miss out on the delicious cinnamon rolls or try some deep-fried cheese. Stick around after breakfast to tour the farm, enjoy Culver's custard, get up-close views of the dairy cows and even pictures with the cute little calves!

Rock County Dairy Breakfast
Janesville, WI
June 11, 2016

You'll think the cows are out when arriving at Rock County's breakfast. Their ever-popular crafty cow contest brings together local businesses, clubs and individuals to design a plywood cow - some of which even wear costumes. All of these designed, "crafty cows" are "grazing" at each year's breakfast for attendees to vote on their favorite. Prizes are then awarded to top vote-getters. The musical stylings of the Rainbow Bridge Band and Heatwave 4-H Choir will keep you entertained through the day.

Dane County Breakfast on the Farm
Blue Mounds, WI
June 11, 2016

Dane County brings it all when it comes to celebrity appearances! Come listen to Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Jahnke as she speaks to this year's farm hosts. Enjoy live music from The Soggy Prairie Boys; meet Dane County's Fairest of the Fair and the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair; bump paws with Bucky Badger and ruffle the feathers of Maynard the Mallard. Learn all about the dairy industry while you're here including the calves, milking area, feeding and the freestall barn where the cows are housed.

In addition to their breakfast on the farm event, Dane County also hosts Cows on the Concourse the weekend before. To kick of June Dairy Month, local dairy farms bring some of their cows right down to the Capitol Square for a meet and greet with people of all ages.

Manitowoc County Breakfast on the Farm
Two Rivers, WI
June 12, 2016

Drawing more than 4,000 people annually, Manitowoc County invites you to come tour a local dairy farm and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast. Their Holstein cows are housed in a freestall barn, meaning they're free to roam around in their pen. Complete with children's games, cow-shaped bounce house and activities, check out the crowning of the Dairy Princess and Miss Farm Bureau as well. 

La Crosse County Dairy Breakfast
Barre Mills, WI
June 18, 2016

There's quite a kids' carnival at this year's La Crosse County breakfast, complete with inflatibles, games and hay rides. Check out the inside of a real MedLink helicoptor and farm machinery. Although there is limited parking at the farm itself, buses will be running continuously from the fairgrounds in West Salem. 

Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast
Burlington, WI
June 18, 2016

Kenosha County makes a festival out of their annual dairy breakfast. Spend your morning on the farm where not only will you be fed a big farm breakfast, but get an up-close view of milking demonstrations. If you've ever been to the Wisconsin Products Pavillion at State Fair, Kenosha brings a smaller version to their dairy breakfast in their Wisconsin Products Tent. At this year's event, hosted on a three-generation family farm, you'll have the chance to see multiple dairy cow breeds: Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Guernsey and Dutch Belted.

Sheboygan County Breakfast on the Farm
Sheboygan Falls
June 18, 2016

Meet Alice in Dairyland at this year's Sheboygan County breakfast, as well as the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair and June the Milk Marketing Board Cow! Bring the kids to join in on the pedal tractor pull, check out the fire trucks and visit with the animals in the petting zoo. Self-guided farm tours allow you and your family to venture around at your pace and see what this year's host family is all about. Don't miss out on those ice cream sundaes!

Pierce County Dairy Breakfast
June 18, 2016

Don't miss out on Dad's Belgian waffles at this year's Pierce County breakfast! Even grab some deep-fried cheese curds. Who says those can't be for breakfast? The dunk tank and "cow parade" auction are popular activities. The auction features ceramic cows painted by local high school students. 

Price County Dairy Breakfast
Phillips, WI
June 18, 2016

Something unique about Price County's breakfast is it's FREE! Free-will offerings are accepted. This year's hosts include two neighboring farm families that are celebrating 20 years in a partnership that created United Pride Dairy. Enjoy a hearty breakfast complete with pancakes and cheese curds, while listening to local musicians. 

Ozaukee County Dairy Breakfast on the Farm
West Bend, WI
June 25, 2016

This year's Ozaukee County breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes and Wisconsin ham and cheese omelettes. While waiting in the breakfast line, you'll have the opportunity to try a sampling of new dairy products, many of which are not yet for sale. You'll sure want to join in on the ice cream eating contest or the cow milking contest. Have even more fun with a farm scavenger hunt, and if you're into antiques there will be an antique tractor display to peruse. This year's host farm is also the location of ag-tourism destination, Roden Barnyard Adventures.

Shawano County Brunch on the Farm
Bonduel, WI
June 26, 2016

Before scarfing down a delicious home-cooked meal, start the day off with a 5K run/walk at Shawano County's brunch on the farm, which includes both field and road terrain. After filling your belly, enjoy a farm tour and wagon ride. Let the kids burn off some energy with the bounce house, sand pile, or the ever-popular, kids' dairy bake-off. Even watch chainsaw wood-carving and all the creations they come up with. 


Click to see a complete listing of Wisconsin Dairy Breakfasts and Breakfast on the Farm events. You haven't experienced summer in Wisconsin until you try dining on a farm!

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