Laprise farm to host mega brunch

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Breakfast for 500 to 1,000 people is on the menu later this month near Pain Court.

The Laprise farm will host Breakfast on the Farm Oct. 21.

Organized by Farm & Food Care Ontario, Breakfast on the Farm takes place three times a year on farms throughout the province. It provides a unique opportunity for farmers and non-farming Ontarians to have a conversation about food and farming. It gives guests the chance to visit a working farm and the opportunity to have their questions answered by farmers.

The event in Chatham-Kent will be a brunch edition, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and has a team of more than 75 farm volunteers to help make it happen.

As well as enjoying a breakfast made from Ontario-grown products, guests will have the chance to explore the greenhouse, watch Brussels sprouts processing and learn more about food and farming through the exhibits of agricultural organizations.

Farm & Food Care’s Jessica McCann said the pandemic torpedoed face-to-face events for the organization in recent years, but this year marks the return to on-farm events. Previous renditions have been drive-by events on fairgrounds, for example.

Christa Ormiston, communications manager for Farm & Food Care Ontario, said nothing compares to letting the public set foot on a working farm for breakfast and learning.

As for the Chatham-Kent event, she looks forward to it being a bit different than what they’ve run so far this year.

“We’re pretty excited. Most of our events are focused on livestock. Whereas in Chatham-Kent, we are highlighting horticulture. We’re excited to be on a farm that grows vegetables,” she said.

This is the final Breakfast on the Farm event of the year, as previous renditions took place in Huron County at a beef farm, and at a dairy farm near Napanee.

Ormiston said for $10 (free for children under age 12), people can enjoy breakfast, ask farmers about their work, see interactive displays, and get up close to some heavy-duty farm equipment.

People do need to register for the event and can do so at farmfoodcareon.org.

Farm & Food Care Ontario is a coalition of farmers, agriculture and food partners working together to ensure public trust and confidence in food and farming.

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