I’ve written about barns and quilts before. From the quilt I made in the early 90’s, using fusible web to recreate the barn on my in-laws Iowa farm (fused – jigsaw puzzle style).
To my getting caught up in the Painted Barn Block craze on our own shed:
Well, this post isn’t actually about quilting, but it does have a connection to barns, and I hope you’ll find it interesting.
If you’re not from Wisconsin, you may not know that a bubbler is a drinking fountain and everyone goes out for Fish Fry on Friday nights. If you’re a city dweller, even in Wisconsin, you may not know what a Dairy Breakfast is, so I’d like to share some pictures of a truly rural Wisconsin tradition! They are a Saturday/Sunday event on different weekends throughout the Summer, in different counties around the State. Families around Wisconsin volunteer to spruce up their dairy farms and host these Dairy Breakfasts. The Watertown Agri-Business breakfast was this past weekend and it is always a lot of yummy fun! Mike and I invited our daughter-in-law, Betsy, and and the kids to join us (Brad had to work 🙁 ).
Then it was our turn to eat. We watched them make eggs and pancakes Wisconsin style:
Then we held out our plates – and they were loaded up by the friendly volunteers:
and don’t forget the cheese (it was going fast!):
We sat down to eat in the huge barn and were entertained by the ever-present polka band – complete with cow spotted hats.
Afterwards we looked at the model railroad, and model farm displays, while grandpa saved our place in line for the hay wagon tour of the farm. Here we are loading into the wagon.
It was a great tour and very informative. This farm has 450 milking cows in one barn! That number doesn’t include the calves and young cows who haven’t had a calf, residing in a different barn.
They grow hay, corn and soybeans to feed the herd, and it takes 1000 acres to feed this crew! I was impressed.
By the end of the tour our tummies were full, we’d learned a lot, and Trey was worn out.
Next week I promise to include quilt content 😀 !