Breakfast on the Farm event set for Saturday

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:56 am on Thursday, September 05, 2013

Black Locust Farms LLC in Stanton is a third-generation family farm owned and operated by, from left, Jack and Kellie Jeppesen, and Pam and Tom Jeppesen. — Courtesy photo

You wouldn’t think making breakfast would be such a big deal. But when you’re doing it for well over 1,000 people, that can change in a hurry.

Volunteers for this year’s Breakfast on the Farm, slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, have already distributed 1,389 tickets, and that number is expected to grow by the day of the event.

The annual breakfast will be held at Black Locust Farm, owned by Jack and Tom Jeppesen and their families, at 5644 N. Derby Rd. in Stanton. The farm has been in the Jeppesen family for three generations.

The event is intended to allow non-farmers a chance to experience modern food production up close and personal.

“We are really looking forward to sharing what we do with our community,” Jack Jeppesen said. “We want to educate people that we care for our animals and for the land, that we live and breathe our occupation.”

“This event is not to showcase our farm, it’s to showcase agriculture in general,” Tom Jeppesen added. “It’s not just about producing food; it’s about animal husbandry and being good stewards of the land.”

For months, volunteers have planned for the breakfast, meeting every month or so to go over details in an effort to make sure the event comes off without a hitch.

Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon, with self-guided tours of the farm continuing until 1 p.m. The tours allow visitors to get a first-hand look at the day to day operation of a modern dairy farm.

Several educational exhibits, staffed by volunteers, will be set up at various points around the farm. Many of the exhibits are interactive, allowing children a chance for a hands on farm experience. Everything from large equipment demonstrations to a live ultrasound performed on a pregnant cow will be available for the perusal of visitors and volunteers will be on hand to explain procedures and answer questions.

Black Locust Farms maintains 180 head of cattle in addition to crowing and harvesting soybeans, wheat, corn, oats and alfalfa on the farm’s 900 acres.

According to Jack Jeppesen, he and his brother are glad for the chance to share their work experiences with the public.

“I love being outside and working the ground,” Jack Jeppesen said. “We pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with the most modern practices. We love what we do.”

The Breakfast on the Farm event is sponsored by the Michigan State University Extension program and is made possible with the help of more than 175 area volunteers who help organize and present each annual event.

The event is free to the public, as is the breakfast, however tickets for the breakfast must be picked up prior to the day of the event.

Tickets for Breakfast on the Farm at Black Locust Farm are available at: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists, in Alma; Alvah N. Library and Chemical Bank, in Belding; Big Rapids Community Library, in Big Rapids; King’s Trading Post, in Blanchard; Chemical Bank, Harvey’s Milling, and Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists, in Carson City; Vanderhyde Ford, in Cedar Springs; Candle Cottage and Chemical Bank, in Crystal; Chemical Bank and Home Township Library, in Edmore; Bader & Sons, in Grand Ledge; Chemical Bank, Flat River Community Library, Petersen Oil and Tractor Supply Company in Greenville; Reynolds Township Library, in Howard City; Ionia Community Library, MSU Extension Office and Wolbers & Possehn, in Ionia; Chemical Bank, Lakeview Animal Clinic, Lakeview Elevator, Leppink’s, and Tamarack District Library, in Lakeview; King’s Trading Post, in Mecosta; Walton Erickson Public Library, in Morley; Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists, in Mt. Pleasant; Bader & Sons, in Portland; Wheatland Township Library, in Remus; Krause Memorial Library, in Rockford; Chemical Bank and the Village of Sheridan Offices, in Sheridan; Sidney State Bank, in Sidney; Sparta Township Carnegie Library and Sparta Animal Clinic, in Sparta; Bader & Sons, in St. Louis; and Anderson & Girls Orchard, Chemical Bank, Leppink’s, MSU Extension Office, and White Pine Library, in Stanton.

For more information, call Nancy Thelen at (734) 222-3825 or Ashley Kuschel at (586) 337-4985.

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