Breakfast offers down home on the farm experience
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Brothers Mike and Steve Bousema hosted the sixth annual Nobles County Breakfast on the Farm on June 30.
The event lasted into the afternoon, with the Rock-Nobles County Cattlemen serving up free cheeseburgers.
Jeff and Amber McNickle brought their 2-year-old daughter along.
"We want her to experience a farm," said Amber as they watched her play and walk along the tractors on display.
The Bousema brothers have a tractor collection.
"They are utility and standard tractors," said Mike Bousema. "The prize one being a JD non-turbo 6030. There were only 45 made, and this one is the first one that was made. They were only manufactured one year. It's obvious that they didn't catch on."
Bousema, his wife, Jennifer, and their four daughters, Olivia, Alyssa, Erica and Angela farm with Mike's brother, Steve. They grow corn and soybeans using conventional farming techniques on 3,500 acres.
The Bousema brothers also sell Precision Planting parts and Capello corn heads through Worthington Ag Parts.
Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones, of Pierz, and Noble County Dairy Princesses Kalene DeBoer, of Ellsworth, and Morgan Wieneke, of Lismore, helped during the breakfast. They handed out dairy information and ice cream treats.
Minnesota State Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain staffed a display and offered a video on pork production.
Four-year-old Caleb Oppel and his 2-year-old brother, Aiden, live on a farm near Fulda. Caleb said he was having a fun time climbing up and down tractors. His parents, Jason and Heide Oppel, are crop farmers.
More than 1,000 people visited the farm.
An unusual tractor collection in the shed had many folks talking. The Bousemas have amassed 89 pedal tractors of all brands. A sanctioned kid's pedal tractor pull took place at 11 a.m.
"The kids really seemed to enjoy the pedal pull," said Mike Bousema. "From the comments I heard, people really did have a good time."