Junion Homestead ready to welcome community for breakfast

By MaryBeth Matzek, for Peninsula Pride Farms

Tony Knorn of Junion Homestead Farm in Casco expects to have thousands of visitors show up for breakfast on Father’s Day.

The family chose to host the 2018 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm to celebrate Junion Homestead Farm’s 150 anniversary of dairy farming there, Knorn said of the June 17 event.

“I volunteered about five years ago to secure the 2018 date. We have been planning for the last two years to ensure that everything on the farm is ready to go.”

Knorn is working closely with the Kewaunee County Dairy Committee to plan the event.

“They are a great group with years of experience,” said Knorn, whose family previously hosted the event in 1998.

Visit dairypromo.com online for tickets and other information.

Junion Homestead milks 225 cows and has about 250 total, including dry cows. Knorn also raises all of his heifers, around 200, on the farm. He has a variety of cow breeds, including Holstein, Red and White Holstein, Brown Swiss and Guernseys. Milk from the farm is used in BelGioioso Cheese dairy foods.

The family farm has a total of 450 acres.

Junion Homestead was established in 1868 by his wife’s family, Knorn said. “We are the fifth generation on the farm,” he said. “As a young boy, I always wanted to be a farmer.”

Knorn grew up on a Taylor County farm that was home to dairy cattle and was a custom planting and harvesting business.

“I have always enjoyed being at home with my family farming together. I enjoy working together striving to do the best we can,” he said.

Knorn was a founding member of Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led organization that develops and promotes best practices to preserve and protect water quality in Kewaunee and southern Door counties.

“Peninsula Pride Farms is a way for farmers to share ideas and work together to improve our environment and water quality, both surface and ground,” he said. “I have learned each of us can make a difference. We can all be good stewards of the land and work with all our neighbors, both farm and urban.”

Breakfast on the Farm information:

What: Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm

When: 8 a.m. to noon (7 a.m. non-denominational church service)

Where: Junion Homestead Farm, E1939 County Road K, Casco, WI

Tickets: $7 ages 12 and up, $3 ages 4 to 11, free ages 3 or under; on sale in advance o at the door.

More: Visit dairypromo.com for advance ticket locations and other information.

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