Tony Korn of Junion Homestead Farm in Casco, Wis., expects to have thousands of visitors show up for breakfast on Father’s Day.
“We chose to host the 2018 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm to celebrate Junion Homestead Farm’s 150th anniversary of family farming,” Korn said of the June 17 event. “I volunteered about five years ago to secure the 2018 date. We have been planning for the last two years to ensure that everything on the farm is ready to go for the event.”
Korn is one of several dozen farmers across Wisconsin who open up their barns to members of the public during June Dairy Month.
Visitors usually receive a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausages and more. Dairy products are featured heavily, including ice cream. (Yes, ice cream for breakfast.) Community members also receive a tour of the facility and learn more about the farm. There are also games and activities for children.
Breakfast on the Farm is not a one-family show. Korn worked closely with the Kewaunee County Dairy Committee to plan this year’s event.
“They are a great group with years of experience. The Kewaunee Dairy Committee puts on a great Breakfast on the Farm and we are excited to be a part of the experience this year,” he said, adding the family previously hosted the event in 1998.
Junion Homestead milks 225 cows and has around 250 total cows, including dry cows.
Korn also raises all of his own heifers, around 200, on the farm. He has a variety of cow breeds, including Holstein, Red and White Holstein, Brown Swiss and Guernseys. Milk from the farm is used in BelGioioso Cheese dairy products.
Junion Homestead was established in 1865 by his wife’s ancestors, Korn said.
“We are the fifth generation on the farm,” he said. “As a young boy, I always wanted to be a farmer.”
Korn grew up on a Taylor County farm that was not only home to dairy cattle, but also a custom planting and harvesting business.
For a full list of June Dairy Month events, including Breakfasts on the Farm, click here.