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

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Published May 31, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


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.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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