Ice cream

Ice cream — and visiting — are just two of the treats that await visitors to the annual Dunn County Dairy Breakfast.

Nothing says summer like the annual Dunn County Dairy Breakfast. I grew up in Marshfield on a dairy farm. Marshfield is located in Wood and Marathon County and near Clark County. This area is in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairy farming and local dairy breakfasts are held almost every Saturday and Sunday in June.

I have been a long-time dairy breakfast-goer and was even named Marshfield’s Dairyfest Ambassador many years ago. Whether you’re attending the Dunn County Dairy Breakfast for the first time or this is an annual ritual, here are a few reasons why you should attend the 24th Annual Dunn County Dairy Promotion Breakfast on Saturday, May 20, at Prestrud Dairy LLC hosted by the Marv Prestrud Family (N14255 190th St., Prairie Farm).

Family-friendly, educational event

Dairy breakfasts are a great opportunity for the public to join the dairy farming community in celebrating America’s Dairyland. When you attend the Dunn County Breakfast on the Farm, you will enjoy all-you-can-eat waffles, sausages and fresh Wisconsin-made dairy products while learning about the farm animals and the Prestrud family.

The cost of the dairy breakfast meal is $6 per person and children 5 and under are free. The Prestruds are excited to showcase their farm that has roots going back to the 1890s and their efforts on soil and water conservation.

This year’s breakfast will feature different activities for the kids, such as a giant corn box, Wisconsin Spudmobile and a petting zoo. The whole family can ride the tractor-driven hay wagons to tour the 500-cow dairy operation and stop by the tractor and antique car displays.

Wisconsin dairy products

Wisconsin has some incredible dairy products and there is no better place to enjoy them than at a dairy farm. At this year’s breakfast, you can expect to find milk, fresh cheese, deep fried Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery cheese curds, and ice cream.

The Dunn County Dairy Breakfast is supported in part by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), a nonprofit organization funded by dairy farmers that promotes the more than 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin Cheese and other dairy products from America’s Dairyland. WMMB’s June Dairy Month promotion and website, www.DairyDaysofSummer.com, features dairy recipes and listings of the many farm breakfasts and events that you can attend all summer long.

WMMB also provides some fun dairy facts, including:

On average, each American eats about 34 pounds of cheese every year. That adds up to more than a ton of cheese during a lifetime.

90 percent of Wisconsin cheesemakers use about 90 percent of Wisconsin’s milk supply to make more than 3 billion pounds of cheese every year.

The average dairy cow in Wisconsin generates $34,000 a year in economic activity. These dollars circulate throughout the local community, helping to support schools, roads and local businesses.

Event held rain

or shine

The Dunn County Dairy Breakfast is being held rain or shine. In case there is rain, be sure to check our Facebook page (Dunn County Dairy Promotion Breakfast) for parking details and possible alternative busing to the farm.

To attend this year’s breakfast on the farm from Menomonie: Travel north on State Hwy 25. Turn west (left) onto State Hwy 64 for 9 miles. Turn north (right) onto County Road V for 4 miles. Turn west (left) onto 1410th Avenue and follow signs for parking.

With dairy farming being one of the most important aspects of the Dunn County economic picture, the Dunn County Dairy Promotion Committee wishes to show the community what a modern dairy farm operation looks and feels like.

With your attendance at the dairy breakfast, the committee hopes that you will leave with a positive feeling about how important agriculture and dairy farming is to Dunn County. Make plans to attend this year’s on-farm breakfast and make it an annual tradition.

Katie Wantoch is an agricultural agent specializing in economic development for the Dunn County UW-Extension, Menomonie office. She can be reached at 715-232-1636 or via email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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