Zwerk and Sons Farm to host the first 2016 Breakfast on the Farm event on Aug. 13

Join us in Tuscola County for the first Breakfast on the Farm event of the year. Learn about how your food is grown and raised, and meet the farmers dedicated to bringing your family safe and nutritious meals.

Michigan State University Extension will host this year’s first Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) event Saturday, Aug. 13 at Zwerk and Sons Farm in Vassar. BOTF is a free, fun and family-friendly event for people of all ages to enjoy.

This Breakfast on the Farm event will give visitors a chance to see how their food is grown and raised. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with breakfast served until noon. Zwerk and Sons Farm is located at 7647 W. Sanilac Rd. in Vassar.

Zwerk and Sons Farm is a family run farm co-owned by cousins Dave Rupprecht, Jeff Schluckbier and Marty Zwerk. The staff is comprised of 12 full-time employees who are mostly family members or close family friends. They farm 7,500 acres of corn, sugar beets, dry beans and wheat. A few years ago, they became a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verified farm as well. Visit the Meet the Family page at our BOTF website to learn more about the Zwerk family.

At this BOTF event, harvesting and planting equipment will be on display for the public, as well as technology that Zwerk and Sons use for custom planting and spraying. Strips of the crops grown on the farm will be featured in the educational tents. Visitors will get the chance to see farm animals as well.

“We hope people leave here with a better understanding of how their food is grown and how it’s harvested, but mainly how safe and nutritious the food is, no matter whether it’s grown on a 7,000 acre farm or a very, very small farm,” Dave Rupprecht, co-owner of Zwerk and Sons Farm, said.

This event provides an opportunity to learn how Michigan farms bring your family safe and nutritious meals. Representatives from the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn will cook the breakfast served inside at Zwerk and Sons Farms.

Breakfast on the Farm is free, but tickets are required to eat breakfast. Free tickets are available at the following businesses:

Bad Axe: GreenStone Farm Credit Services; MSU Extension

Bay City: GreenStone Farm Credit Services; MSU Extension

Birch Run: Frankenmuth Credit Union

Brown City: Tri-County Bank

Caro: Caro Area District Library; Farm Bureau; GreenStone Farm Credit Services; MSU Extension

Cass City: Frankenmuth Credit Union

Fairgrove: Fairgrove Township Library

Frankenmuth: Frankenmuth Credit Union; True Value

Hemlock: The Maple Grille

Imlay City: Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library

Kingston: Beagio’s Restaurant

Lapeer: Marguerite De Angeli Library; MSU Extension

Marlette: Marlette District Library; Tri-County Bank

Millington: Frankenmuth Credit Union

North Branch: Tri-County Bank

Pigeon: Northstar Bank

Reese: Dunn Hardware

Richville: Frankenmuth Credit Union; Norm’s Market

Saginaw: Bader Bros; Frankenmuth Credit Union

Sandusky: GreenStone Farm Credit Service; MSU Extension

Sebewaing: Ace Hardware

Vassar: Bullard Sanford Memorial Library; Central Shop-Rite; Frankenmuth Credit Union

After the Tuscola County BOTF, the final BOTF event for the summer takes place Aug. 27, in Lenawee County, at Hartland Farms in Clayton.

The sponsors for the 2016 BOTF events are Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Michigan Wheat Program, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance, Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Dairyland Seed, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Zoetis and Crystal Flash.

For more information about the Tuscola County BOTF or other events, please visit the Breakfast on the Farm website. Questions can be directed to Ashley Kuschel at 586-469-7616 or, or Mary Dunckel at 989-354-9870 or

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