Saturday, March 23, 2013

This Farmers Vacation

This past week our local school district observed Spring Break. Many of our co-workers and students (remember Sara and I teach) were sharing their travel plans. Would it be a trip to Mexico, Florida, a cruise?  

Dairy farmers have a bit trickier time of  leaving the job behind. The biggest question I get, as a farmer, is "who milks your cows when you are gone?" Well, we don't often leave the job. I'm not complaining, mind you. This is the profession we chose, and we knew about the commitment and the long hours when we signed on. We are proud and happy with the career choice we made. So who does step-up when we are gone? Since we are completely owned and staffed by family, we don't usually take more than 2 or 3 days away from the farm. When Sara and Michael were younger, and John's parents were younger too, his parents would do-it-all and we would take our do-it-all turn when they traveled. But with age comes change and now we plan daycations rather than vacations.

This Spring's daycation was spent at the Mall of America, a mere 20 minutes from our farm. After finishing our morning milking, we "ag-splored" the Mall. Here's a peek at our day. Won't you join us?

Let's start with an agriculture related question...

This farm boy loves his milk. Drink Up!

"Farm Girls have Nice Calves."

 "Don't Tip the Cows." A game we had to have!

Ending our daycation with malts. 
Our family has decided it's not where you go, but who you're with. 
Good times!

To learn about other folks that have chosen the Dairy way of life, 


  1. That sounds like a wonderful day with your family!!

  2. Thanks Brooke. Any day spent with family is a good day!