Tony and Peggy Knorn signed up five years ago to be the hosts of the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm in 2018, the year their Junion Homestead Farm would be 150 years old – and that kind of foresight and planning was on display all day Sunday.
The lines were long but moved quickly, whether it was to take the short ride from the parking area, to eat the farm-fresh ham and eggs breakfast or to board trams for an informative tour of the farm first settled in 1868 and now being worked by its fifth, sixth and seventh generations.
“We wanted to not only open the farm to a 150-year celebration with everybody, but we also wanted to be able to share our dairy story and show everybody all the hard work and dedication we put into our animals to produce good, quality products,” said Amanda Dolphin, the Knorns’ daughter and herd manager.
The tour included a look at the farm’s innovative compost bed pack barns, built in 2007 to improve cow comfort and manure management. All of the farm’s 250 black-and-white and red-and-white Holsteins, Guernseys, Brown Swiss cows are raised on site.
In addition to the big meal and tours, families were able to visit a kids tent, an animal tent where they could listen to a calf’s heartbeat, a petting zoo, see a timeline of the farm’s history, or bounce in a couple of busy bounce houses.
Next year’s Breakfast on the Farm is planned at Kinnard Farms in the town of Lincoln.