June is National Dairy Month, a friendly reminder that the white liquid in those impossible-to-open little cartons from the school cafeteria does not just magically appear.
In Wisconsin, many rural areas commemorate the occasion with Brunch on the Farm, a chance for city folks to see for themselves where their food comes from and why farmers play such a vital role in keeping most of the world well fed. Having grown up in a rural community, I learned long ago that the meat we eat and the milk we drink come from animals, but I still enjoy participating in this ritual.
This year’s Brunch on the Farm was particularly special because I got to bring my boyfriend along for the experience. Like I’ve said before, Todd grew up in more of a city atmosphere, although he is adjusting well to country life, and this event was one more opportunity for him to understand my history and why I love the wide open spaces.
Todd was definitely impressed with everything, from seeing the cows to standing in line for the food. Brunch on the Farm always brings out a lot of people, and if you don’t get there early, you’ll find yourself waiting in line.
Dining on a farm is much different from going to a restaurant or eating at home. The parking is on grass instead of blacktop or gravel. Dressing up might be nice on other occasions, but casual is definitely the way to go on the farm. Eating under a tent can be fun, especially when you hear future meals mooing from the nearby barn.
Growing up on a farm, you discover that in order to feed and nourish our bodies, something must die. Grains must be harvested to make the bread for sandwiches, rolls and toast. Vegetables must be picked to give us salad fixings. Farmers have to go out daily and milk cows so we can enjoy milk and cheese. Finally, an animal has to lay down its life for bacon, sausage, steak, hamburgers—the list goes on.
It’s certainly a shame that there are some people out there who don’t realize the facts of life, especially when you consider we all have to eat to survive. That makes events like Brunch on the Farm all the more important, as it’s a chance for the ignorant to realize the value of their food. I think fewer people would waste food if they knew what had to happen for it to reach their mouths.
In the meantime, if you ever get the chance to have brunch or any kind of meal on a farm, I highly recommend it. Todd definitely wants to go back again and told me to remind him when next year’s Brunch on the Farm rolls around. Is it any wonder why I love this man?