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Those attending the Huron County event will be able to enjoy a home-cooked breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon featuring Michigan-grown and -produced menu items before setting off on a self-guided farm tour featuring numerous educational exhibits hosted by local farmer volunteers.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dairy Good Fun for All Ages at Huron County Breakfast on the Farm


A Huron County family will host Breakfast on the Farm, a family-friendly event that gives consumers and farm neighbors a firsthand look at modern food production. S&M Dairy, a family-owned and operated dairy farm located at 9175 Toppin Road in Harbor Beach, hopes to welcome more than 2,000 visitors on August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

S&M Dairy is a centennial farm owned by Steve Schulte and his son Paul with help from another son Brian. Steve and his sons Paul and Brian are the third and fourth generations of their family, respectively, to farm. In addition to milking more than 900 cows, they grow forages and raise calves and heifers. Through Breakfast on the Farm, Steve hopes to show visitors how they care for their cows and where dairy products come from. He encourages everyone to stop by – whether you grew up on a farm or have never seen one!

“I really look forward to seeing families visit us for the day,” Steve Schulte says. “We love showing people around our farm and sharing our stories about the safe, wholesome food we supply for Michigan communities and the world.”

Those attending the Huron County event will be able to enjoy a home-cooked breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon featuring Michigan-grown and -produced menu items before setting off on a self-guided farm tour featuring numerous educational exhibits hosted by local farmer volunteers. There will be a chance to see a milking parlor, a calf nursery, and tractors and other farm equipment. In addition to learning about all the jobs that must be done each and every day on a dairy farm, local farmer volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions or to share their firsthand expertise about farming. You will be able to easily identify them by their Breakfast on the Farm T-shirts.

The event is free, but tickets are required to eat breakfast. Free tickets can be obtained from the following businesses:

  • Eastern Michigan Bank – all branches
  • Farm & Town Agency – Bad Axe
  • Huron County Farm Bureau – Bad Axe
  • McDonald’s Food & Family Center - Bad Axe
  • Drs. Keith & Rita Messing – Bad Axe
  • MSU Extension – Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties
  • Northstar Bank – Bad Axe
  • Ubly Meat & Grocery – Ubly

Breakfast on the Farm is a statewide Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program. More than 150 local volunteers help organize the event.

In addition to the Huron County Breakfast on the Farm scheduled for August 20, seven other breakfast events have taken place or will take place in 2011:

  • June 18 hosted by Jef-Len Dairy Farm, St. Johns (Clinton County)
  • June 25 hosted by Raymond and Stutzman Farm, Morenci (Lenawee County)
  • July 9 hosted by Circle K Farms, West Branch (Ogemaw County)
  • July 16 hosted by Pasch Dairy, Mount Pleasant (Isabella County)
  • August 13 hosted by Daybreak Dairy LLC, Zeeland (Ottawa County)
  • September 17 hosted by Taylor Creek Farm LLC, Pickford (Chippewa County)
  • September 24 hosted by Benthem Brothers Inc., McBain (Missaukee County)

The statewide sponsors for 2011 are the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and the Michigan Corn Growers Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairyland Seed Co. Inc., Dairy Marketing Services, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, the Michigan Ag Council, Michigan Milk Producers Association, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Pioneer and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

For more information about the Huron County Breakfast on the Farm, visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com, or contact Jeannine Schweihofer, MSU Extension educator, at 989-269-9949 or grobbelj@anr.msu.edu, or Nancy Thelen, MSU Extension agriculture literacy educator, at 734-222-3825 or thelenn@anr.msu.edu.