Ferry Farms LLC, in Hillsdale County, will host a free Breakfast on the Farm event Sept. 21. This family-friendly event gives consumers a glimpse of what modern production agriculture is all about. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ferry Farms LLC, 9211 Litchfield Rd., Litchfield. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon.
In addition to a free (with ticket) pancake breakfast featuring Michigan-made products and self-guided tours of the farm, visitors will learn about what it takes to be a dairy farmer as well as a crop farmer.
"We're most excited to be able to give the public an opportunity to connect with where their food comes from," Ali Ferry says. "We want to open up our doors and help remove any misconceptions folks might have about food and agriculture."
Ferry Farms is environmentally verified through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. MAEAP is a voluntary and proactive program that helps farms prevent or minimize risks of agricultural pollution.
The Ferry family invites visitors to check out the farm online by visiting their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ferryfarms, and says they look forward to greeting visitors in person on their farm this fall.
The farm tour and breakfast are free, but tickets are limited and required to eat breakfast. Free tickets can be obtained at the following locations:
Adrian: MSU Extension, Lenawee County.
Ann Arbor: MSU Extension, Washtenaw County.
Branch County: All Southern Michigan Bank and Trust branches.
Calhoun County: All Southern Michigan Bank and Trust branches.
Coldwater: MSU Extension, Branch County.
Hillsdale: Hillsdale Community Library.
Hillsdale: MSU Extension, Hillsdale County.
Hillsdale County: All County National Banks.
Hillsdale County: All Southern Michigan Bank and Trust branches.
Hudson: County National Bank.
Jackson: MSU Extension, Jackson County.
Jackson County: All Jackson District Library branches.
Jackson County: All County National Banks.
Jonesville: Jonesville District Library.
Manchester: Wacker Oil and Propane.
Marshall: MSU Extension, Calhoun County.
North Adams: North Adams Community Library.
Breakfast on the Farm is a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program. More than 175 local volunteers help organize and implement each event.
The statewide sponsors for 2013 are Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan Corn Growers Association, Dairyland Seed Co. Inc., Michigan Ag Council, Farm Bureau Insurance, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan Wheat Program, Northrop Trucking Inc., Pioneer and United Dairy Industry of Michigan. In addition, the Litchfield event received generous support from local sponsors.
To find out more about Breakfast on the Farm, to learn how to apply to be a host farm or to see pictures from past events, please visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com
Questions can be directed to Nancy Thelen at 734-222-3825 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Ashley Kuschel at 586-337-4985 or email@example.com