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POPLAR GROVE, Ill. — The 17th Annual Boone County Farm Bureau Foundation Farm Breakfast will be Saturday, June 14, at Friendly Franseen Acres, 22799 Hwy. 76, Poplar Grove, Ill. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 until 11 a.m.
The Franseen family has been on the farm for three generations. After selling the dairy cows in 1997, Jeremy and his father, Rick, converted their dairy operation over to dairy goats. They sell their milk commercially to a cheese plant and milk about 130 to 220 total goats on the farm. Jeremy and his wife, Kristen, also make and sell goat milk soap and lotion.
This year’s activities include a craft show featuring some of the area’s most talented crafters and vendors; goat-milking demonstrations (6-8 a.m.); horse-drawn wagon rides provided by local team drivers; educational activities provided by Winnebago-Boone Agriculture in the Classroom; cheese tasting; children’s games; a petting zoo; Cow Pie Bingo; antique tractor, farm equipment, and Model T car displays; and more.
All proceeds of the breakfast and the Cow Pie Bingo will go to the Boone County Farm Bureau Foundation. The foundation was established for the purpose of providing scholarships and increasing agriculture awareness through educational means, such as Agriculture in the Classroom and Summer Ag Institute.
The menu consists of all-you-can-eat pancakes, whole hog sausage, applesauce, ice cream, milk and coffee. Prices are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and younger.
For more information, call the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau office at (815) 962-0653 or visit www.winnebagoboonefarmbureau.org.
Posted June 11, 2014