Take a bus to Breakfast
BLANCHARDVILLE - Parking will be limited at Green County's Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, and attendees and volunteers are encouraged to take advantage of free bus shuttles that will run all morning starting at 5:30 a.m. The last shuttles will leave the farm at 11 a.m.
The farm breakfast will be served from 6 to 10 a.m. at Jeglum's Twayne Valley Farm, N8879 Sunnyside Road, north of Blanchardville, off Wisconsin 78.
There are four park-and-ride locations in the county:
Monroe Walmart, 300 6th Ave. West, Monroe
New Glarus High School, 1701 2nd St., New Glarus
Argyle High School, 14665 Wisconsin 78, Argyle
Blanchardville Village Hall, 208 Mason St., Blanchardville.
Sponsors of the free shuttle service include Woodford State Bank, Sugar River Bank/Bank of New Glarus, First National Bank and Trust Company, Town Bank and Wisconsin Bank and Trust. The Bank of Brodhead also is sponsoring a bus for customers.
Green County Breakfast on the Farm
WHEN: 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Jeglum's Twayne Valley Farm, N8879 Sunnyside Road, north of Blanchardville, off Wisconsin 78.
COST: Breakfast tickets can be purchased at the door and are $6 for adults, $4 for children 6-10 years old and free for children under 5.
Tammy and Wayne Jeglum have operated Twayne Valley Farm along Sunnyside Road since spring of 1986. Wayne's father purchased the homestead in 1968 before the couple took over the farm, located near the Lafayette County line.
Tammy was raised in Argyle while Wayne graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1982. Both have invested their lives in the family farm of 44 dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs and crops. The Jeglums now look forward to sharing their knowledge with people who don't understand how a farm operates.
"They say 80 percent of the people who come are city people," Wayne said of the annual farm breakfast. "They want to see the animals, bring the kids."
Typically the event is hosted closer to Monroe, with last year's taking place in Monticello, but this year visitors will get the chance to see how the other half of Green County lives. The Jeglums originally halted their plans to host Breakfast on the Farm because of their youngest grandchild: Tammy said when her seventh grandkid arrived, she knew they wanted to wait roughly four years before hosting the event in order to ensure it was memorable for all of the children.
However, Tammy said once they agreed in March of 2015 to host the 37th annual breakfast, everyone in the family got to work. Since fall, projects have been worked out to clean up buildings, white wash and clear rocks. Finishing touches have been completed throughout the week. The Jeglums said they expect 4,000 to 5,000 people to attend. While the number is similar to previous years, the thought is still a bit overwhelming.
"To have that many people going in and out is crazy," Tammy said. "I've tried not to think too much about it."
While the title of the event implies there will be a meal, a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, cheese, coffee cake, sundaes and an assortment of beverages, there are other components to the event. Sponsored by the Green County Ag Chest, Breakfast on the Farm includes information and activities.
The Jeglums said an educational tent will be set up to explain farm life. Face painting will be available for children, as well as a petting zoo with a donkey, ducks, cows, piglets and other friendly animals. Antique tractors will be on display and a woodmill demonstration in place, all while live music plays from the Greenfield Brothers at 7 a.m. followed by John Komperda on guitar and Donna Watts playing the fiddle. Tents roughly 150-by-60 feet and 40-by-60 feet and tables will be set up to accommodate guests.
"We just like the idea of getting people out on the farm, presenting the dairy industry and our county," Tammy said. "And showing off all the hard work we've put into the farm."
The Jeglums added that bus service would be wise given the lack of parking space. Free shuttles will pick up interested attendees in Argyle, Blanchardville, Monroe and New Glarus. Handicap shuttles will drive those who need assistance directly to the door.
The Ag Chest and the Green County Dairy Queens will act as official host and hostesses. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit agricultural scholarships and grants for Green County youth.