By Jonathan Eckelberg
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 spring or summertime in Wisconsin, some of the best "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 connect with one of the places where our delicious dairy products are sourced! 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
The Green County breakfast doesn't just have scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, coffee cake and ice cream. Dance along to the music stylings of The Soggy Prairie Boys, or browse through ag equipment displays. 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 more than 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 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 and get up-close views of the dairy cows and the cute little calves!
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 live entertainment will keep you tapping your foot through the day.
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.
Drawing more than 4,000 people annually, Manitowoc County invites you to come tour a local dairy farm and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast. 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.
Be sure to come hungry to the Marinette County breakfast, where they’ll be serving up pancakes, eggs, cheese curds, and ice cream sundaes all morning long. Enjoy live music and the Moo-Mania comedy show, get a farmers-eye view of the land with tractor rides, and round up the kids for the farm’s newest activity- a candy drop from an airplane!
There's quite a kids' carnival at the La Crosse County breakfast, complete with inflatibles, games and hay rides. Check out the inside of a real MedLink helicoptor and farm machinery. Knab yourself a pile of squeeky cheese curds and finish off with that ice cream sundae!
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.
Meet Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair and June the Milk Marketing Board Cow at Sheboygan County's breakfast. Bring the kids to join in on the pedal tractor pull and visit with the animals in the petting zoo. Farm tours allow you and your family to venture around and see what this year's host family is all about. Don't miss out on those ice cream sundaes!
Don't miss out on Dad's Belgian waffles at Pierce County's 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.
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 dirt 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.
Rise early for a full morning of fun at the Jackson County farm breakfast, featuring live music, cheese making demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides and, of course, a delicious meal. Be sure to bring your gardening questions to ask their Master Gardener, and stop by the petting zoo to get up close and personal with the farm’s furry friends!
Celebrate Rusk County with a morning of music, history, and farm-fresh food. It’s all happening at the Rusk County Fairgrounds, where you can enjoy a dairy breakfast, listen to the sounds of the Northwoods Bluegrass Festival, and tour the historical buildings and antique farm equipment of the Rusk County Historical Society, as part of their annual Log Cabin Days.