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“Last year, we were here on the grounds at Elora (Grandway Events Centre) sharing Breakfast from the Farm, and this year, for the first time in a number of years, we are back on the farm, thank goodness,” said Alicia Becker, the organization’s community engagement manager.
Three Breakfast from the Farm events were held in 2022 at the Paris, Grand River and Milton agricultural societies, which fed approximately 2,500 people and launched the FFCO back to in-person events.
Why it matters: This summer marks a complete return for FFCO’s popular Breakfast on the Farm events.
This year, Becker said Breakfast on the Farm will feature a farm crawl involving eats on two farms instead of one.
Breakfast on the Farm — Farm Crawl Edition will be held June 17 and begins at the Prior operation.
Turkey sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches will be served on the Brussels area Grazing Meadows Wagyu Farm from 9 a.m. until noon. Wagon pasture tours will be provided.
The Priors graze 60 head of Wagyu cattle on pasture from spring through fall and say they are excited to show off a recent barn expansion.
Then it’s a 15-minute drive to the Hallahan Dairy in Blyth, where visitors can enjoy ice cream, tour the barns and milking facility and get an up-close and personal introduction to the herd from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Tickets are for staggered entry to ensure all participants can talk directly to the farmers and access the interactive displays and family photo opportunities on both farms.
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Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said the FFCO Farm Crawl is an ideal way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend.
“There are generations of families that have been removed from the farm, and it emphasizes the fact that we need to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Thompson.
Senator Rob Black congratulated the FFCO’s innovation in developing interactive ways to engage people outside the agriculture sector.
He joked that for at least one weekend in June, ice cream is for breakfast.
“We’ve got to leave room for ice cream,” said Black while lauding the FFCO Farm Crawl.
A second Breakfast on the Farm will be held in August on Kevin McLean’s Ripplebrook Farm near Napanee, said Becker.
All events will require volunteers. About 40 people are already signed up, but Becker said more will be needed and they can register online.
The event is free but reserving a space requires a $5 refundable deposit. Tickets are available online until 4 p.m. June 16, or until space sells out, for the rain or shine event.