Celebrating all things dairy

Another successful Breakfast on the Farm is in the books

Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com

Dozens of volunteers helped serve up a hearty farm breakfast Sunday at the annual Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm event. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Soggy Prairie bluegrass group entertained at Breakfast on the Farm. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

This miniature horse was one of the stars of the petting zoo at Breakfast on the Farm on Sunday at Peterson Dairy north of Lena. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A steady stream of wagons tractored people from the parking lot to the big tents, and at peak times the line stretched impressively over the grass at Peterson Dairy LLC north of Lena, but the 2019 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm generally ran smoothly.

“The food was great,” said Joan Denis, one of the approximately 5,000 people who was served a big farm meal Sunday, June 9. “They’re very well organized; we ate right away.”

A light rain came through around mid-morning, but Mother Nature generally cooperated with temperatures in the mid-60s under cloudy skies.

Visitors were split into three lines of servers ready to dollop out scrambled eggs and ham, sausage and cheese, pancakes, yogurt, apple slices, milk, orange juice and coffee.

Once they were finished eating, there was still plenty to do at the annual celebration of June Dairy Month in Oconto County.

School buses took 70 people at a time on tours of the farm. Antique tractors and farm equipment were lined up on display, the Lena and Coleman fire departments had their trucks on display; and ongoing demonstrations were performed by a chain saw artist, Oconto Electric Cooperative, and working dogs.

For kids and families, there were bounce houses, a petting zoo, educational exhibits, face painting and balloon animals.

Kaylyn Styczynski, a veterinary technician for Peterson and one of several tour guides who took busloads of visitors around the premises, explained that the dairy’s 1,100 cows are milked three times a day, producing an average of 12 gallons (about 96 pounds) of milk per cow.

Established in 1973 by Arne and Judy Peterson — son John joined the operation in 2002 — Peterson Dairy raises its own heifers with the help of a contract grower and farms 2,000 acres for corn silage, alfalfa, grain corn, soybeans and other crops.

Signs around the grounds invited visitors to come back for next year’s Breakfast on the Farm at Alsteen Farms in Lena on June 14, 2020.