Black Locust Farms LLC hosts free Breakfast on the Farm Sept. 7 in Stanton

A Montcalm County dairy farm will host Breakfast on the Farm, a fun, family-friendly event that gives non-farmers a chance to see what modern food production is all about.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – A Montcalm County dairy farm will host Breakfast on the Farm, a fun, family-friendly event that gives non-farmers a chance to see what modern food production is all about. This free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Black Locust Farms LLC, 5644 N. Derby Road, Stanton. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon.

A day full of fun and learning is in store for visitors to this Breakfast on the Farm event. Consumers will enjoy a free (with ticket) pancake breakfast featuring Michigan-made products and be able to take self-guided tours of the farm to get a firsthand look at how this modern dairy farm operates.

Tours will include educational exhibits where volunteers will be available to answer questions. Children will enjoy bottle-feeding dairy calves, seeing an ultrasound performed on a pregnant cow, and learning how the large equipment they’ll see comes in handy for growing and harvesting corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and alfalfa on the family’s 900 acres of land.

“We are really looking forward to sharing what we do with our community,” said Jack Jeppesen, one of the farm’s owners. “It’s not just about producing food -- it’s about animal husbandry and being stewards of the land.”

Conservation is a main priority for Black Locust Farms LLC, and Jeppesen is eager to show off his farm.

“I love being outside and working the ground,” Jeppesen said. “We pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with the most modern practices. We love what we do.”

The farm tour and breakfast are free, but tickets are limited and required to eat breakfast. Free tickets can be obtained at the following locations:

Alma: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists

Belding: Belding Library, Chemical Bank

Big Rapids: Big Rapids Community Library

Blanchard: King’s Trading Post

Carson City: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists, Chemical Bank, Harvey’s Milling

Cedar Springs: Vanderhyde Ford

Crystal: Candle Cottage, Chemical Bank

Edmore: Chemical Bank, Home Township library

Grand Ledge: Bader & Sons

Greenville: Chemical Bank, Flat River Community Library, Peterson Oil, Tractor Supply Company

Howard City: Reynolds Township Library

Ionia: Ionia Community Library, MSU Extension Office, Wolbers & Possehn

Mecosta: King’s Trading Post

Morley: Walton Erickson Public Library

Mt. Pleasant: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists

Portland: Bader & Sons

Remus: Wheatland Township Library

Rockford: Krause Memorial Library

Sheridan: Chemical Bank, Village of Sheridan Offices

Sidney: Sidney State Bank

Sparta: Sparta Animal Clinic, Sparta Township Carnegie Library

St. Louis: Bader & Sons

Stanton: Anderson & Girls Orchard, Chemical Bank, Leppink’s, MSU Extension Office, White Pine Library

The dates and Breakfast on the Farm host farms for 2013 are:

·    Aug. 17, Humm Farm LLC, Breckenridge (GratiotCounty).

·    Sept. 7, Black Locust Farms LLC, Stanton (MontcalmCounty).

·    Sept. 21, Ferry Farms LLC, Litchfield (HillsdaleCounty).

Breakfast on the Farm is a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program. More than 175 local volunteers help organize and implement each event.

The statewide sponsors for 2013 are Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan Corn Growers Association, Michigan Ag Council, Dairyland Seed Co. Inc., GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau Insurance, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan Wheat Program, Northrop Trucking Inc., Pioneer and United Dairy Industry of Michigan. In addition, the Stanton event received generous support from more than 50 local sponsors.

To find out more about Breakfast on the Farm, to learn how to apply to be a host farm or to see pictures from past events, please visit

Questions can be directed to Nancy Thelen at 734-222-3825 or, or Ashley Kuschel at 586-337-4985 or

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