A chance to spend some time on the farm, watch a milking display, enjoy a hearty breakfast and learn a bit more about what goes into food production will be offered when Breakfast on the Farm comes to the Tim and Joan Goedken farm in rural Hopkinton Saturday, June 8.
The Goedkens and the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee are sponsoring the event.
For Tim Goedken, the day is a chance to help educate people about what goes into farming. “I hope people take away what just one cow can produce. They will see how much a cow eats and drinks and how much cottage cheese one cow can produce in a day. We just want people to be educated about what goes into farming and how we care for our animals.”
The event is free and open to everyone. Visitors can watch a milking demonstration from 7-8 a.m. and enjoy a free breakfast of pancakes, sausage and milk from 7-11 a.m. Hay rides will be offered weather permitting.
Goedken, a 1983 West Delaware graduate, has been in the dairy business at his current farm for 27 years.
According to Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jessica Pape, the chamber hopes to make it an annual event. “This is the first year of it, but we hope to turn it into an annual event at a different farm in Delaware County every year.”
Pape said the message of the event is important for everyone. “This really fits with our chamber mission of connecting agriculture to our greater business community. We hope to tell the story about farming and agriculture. We want people to come out, have fun and see the story of how and where their food comes from.”
Goedken said the day can serve as a reminder of the past. “A lot of people are three and four generations away from the farm. We just want them to come out and see what we are still out here doing. We’re just here to educate.”
The Goedkens’ farm is located at 2856 Quarter Road, Hopkinton, off Highway 38 between Delhi and Hopkinton.