By Bob Strohm
Wynford High School was filled with people getting their bellies full Saturday morning for the Farmers Share Breakfast.
The Farmers Share Breakfast, put on by the Crawford County Farm Bureau, fed attendees a menu of sausage, eggs, pancakes, milk, juice and coffee from 7:30 until 10:30 Saturday morning. Cost of the meal was one dollar, or the price a farmer receives for the food before it gets distributed to the rest of those in the food industry.
“The Farm Bureau approached the Wynford FFA about 15 years ago, and said, ‘Hey what do you think about doing a Farmers Share Breakfast?,’ which is basically the amount of many that the farmer gets which is 50 cents for a $5 to $6 breakfast meal to promote the public on how much a farmer makes from the meal.” said Mike Hoffman, Wynford FFA Director of 29 years.
Crowds at the breakfast snaked around from the kitchen to the entrance doors as a steady stream of individuals waited for their meals. Hoffman marveled at the crowd size.
“We started out with 100, or 200, last year we were up to 660, and I’m guessing we are going to run out of food today, or people, because it is the biggest crowd we have ever had,” Hoffman said.
Brenda Kocher, Crawford County Farm Bureau president from 2010-2013, explained that the money raised from the meal would be going to a good cause.
“Half the money that we receive is going back to the local food banks,” Kocher said.
FFA member Dalton Benson summed up his day at the breakfast. “It has been really fun.”
Weston Marrow another FFA member helping in the kitchen said, “It’s been a good experience. Mr. Hoffman has said it is a really big crowd, so there have been a couple issues. Every once in a while we have run out of sausage or eggs, but we have been able to overcome it. It has been fun; having great laughs.”
FFA member Jack Reed enjoyed the breakfast. “It’s been fun I really like it, and we have had a really good crowd today.”
Breakfast wasn’t the only activity at the Farmers Share Breakfast. Booths lined the perimeter of the cafeteria giving information on farm safety, natural resource conservation, Ohio Pork, the Humane Society Serving Crawford County, and Wyandot Tractor.
Visit the Photos page to see a photo gallery from the Farmers Share Breakfast.