STANTON — It takes more than a little rain to put a damper on Breakfast on the Farm. The annual event came off without a hitch Saturday despite a thunderstorm that squalled through early in the day.
According to Jack Jeppesen, whose family owns Black Locust Farm in Stanton, where the breakfast was held, turnout was considerably better than organizers anticipated.
“There were people already lined up when we opened at 9 a.m.,” Jeppesen said. “It didn’t really slow down until around noon.”
Volunteers working the event estimated more than 2,000 adults and children came throughout the day.
In addition to Jack Jeppesen, his brother Tom Jeppesen and their families, dozens of other volunteers — including State Senator Judy Emmons — helped make the breakfast a huge success.
Emmons, who grew up in an agricultural environment, boasted that the sausage served at the breakfast was made from the “whole hog,” rather than the parts left after commercial processing.
“You can tell the difference,” Emmons said.
Planning for Breakfast on the Farm has been ongoing for several months and involves dozens of volunteers. The event is intended to educate “city folk” on the particulars of life on a farm, specifically with regard to food production.
Many volunteer-manned exhibits were set up throughout the Jeppesen farm, several of them interactive in nature. A crowd favorite was an artificial udder, which allowed visitors the chance to experience the task of milking a cow without the danger of being inadvertently kicked or stepped on by a 1,000-pound bovine.
Seven-year-old Sarah Byron, who rode with her parents from Grand Haven to attend the breakfast, said she had never seen a cow up close before.
“They’re big,” she said.