News: Neillsville Dairy Breakfast (Boon Farms - 2015)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Boon, Schultz
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 5/27/2015
Neillsville Dairy Breakfast (Boon Farms - 2015)
Neillsville Dairy Breakfast set Sunday at Boon Farms
The 2015 Neillsville Dairy Breakfast will be held at Boon Farms, located at N6634 STH 73 approximately seven miles north of Neillsville. The proud hosts are (l to r) Brad, Fletcher, Natalie, Kristine, Brenda and Duane Boon. (Contributed photo)
It’s time to celebrate June Dairy Month with breakfast on the farm.
This year’s Neillsville Dairy Breakfast will be held Sunday, June 14, 2015, on a farm on STH 73 approximately seven miles north of the city. Brad and Kristine and Duane and Brenda Boon are ready to welcome area residents, as well as visitors from far and wide, to their farm in central Wisconsin.
Duane Boon started farming in high school with the purchase of 14 heifer calves. He and his wife Brenda eventually grew the milking herds from those calves, purchasing very few cows to supplement their herd over the course of 40 years.
Duane and Brenda have three grown children, Stacy, Erick and Brad. Brad joined the family farm operation after he left the military in 2010.
In 2014, Duane and Brenda partnered with Brad and his wife Kristine to form Boon Farms, LLC. Brad and Kristine have two children, Natalie, 3, and Fletcher, 1. They have a third child due this fall.
Today, Boon Farms, LLC has grown to over a 1,000 owned and rented acres, 300 cows, 300 young heifers and seven employees.
Duane and Brad, along with their team of dedicated employees, carry out the various daily tasks of the dairy; milking, feeding, breeding, building, fixing or hauling, not to mention the fieldwork that comes with growing nearly all of their own feed.
He farm produces over 8 million pounds of raw milk annually. Their top priorities are ensuring excellent animal health and comfort, as well as being great stewards of the land.
“As sponsors of the Dairy Breakfast, the Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC), along with the Neillsville FFA and FFA Alumni, recognize the effort required to prepare the farm for this event and are grateful to the Boons who generously offered to host this year,” said Lori Schultz, NACC executive director.
Breakfast will be served in their newly constructed 70-foot by 160-foot pole shed from 7 a. m. to noon, with a menu full of tasty items, including gluten-free pancakes. The gluten-free batter will be mixed in a separate area using separate utensils and prepared on a brand no grill.
Also being served are the traditional buttermilk and blueberry pancakes, special recipe scrambled eggs, sausage links, applesauce, che3ese curds, ice cream, juice, milk and coffee. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for children kindergarten through fifth grade. Preschoolers eat free.
After indulging in a delicious meal, attendees are encouraged to tour the grounds on foot or by hay wagon ride and enjoy live music by the Danish Peasant, a petting zoo, an antique tractor display, and activities for kids.
Parking is available this year on the farm, which is located at N6634 STH 73, Greenwood. Follow signs to the parking area.
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