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Feast on a Farm-Fresh Breakfast — and Meet the Cows

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COURTESY OF NEW ENGLAND DAIRY & FOOD COUNCIL
  • courtesy of new england dairy & food council

Want to know where your food comes from? This summer, you can go right to the source. At Breakfast on the Farm, families spend the morning at Nea-Tocht Farm, a 500-cow dairy farm in Ferrisburgh run by Raymond and Linda Vander Wey, their five children and their grandchildren. When kids arrive, they'll receive a scavenger-hunt sheet listing 10 stations they must visit to receive a prize. The not-so-tough challenges include milking a pretend cow with a realistic udder, riding a smoothie-blending bicycle, exploring a Lego farm and playing in a corn-seed sandbox. When they've finished the hunt, families can chow down on a pancake feast, then take a self-guided tour of the property, checking out the farm's robotic milkers and wind turbines. Organized by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the event aims to give people a firsthand look at modern food production. Can't make the June date? In August, a similar event will be held at Green Mountain Dairy Farm in Sheldon.

Breakfast on the farm takes place on Saturday, June 25, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Nea-Tocht Farm at 28 Vander's Way in Ferrisburgh. The event is free but reservations are required. Visit vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com to reserve tickets.

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