Crawford County to offer drive-through dairy breakfast Saturday

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Brothers Tim (left) and Terry Steger and their families will host the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast on their farm just a few miles outside of Prairie du Chien, off Highway 27, June 5. It will be drive-through only. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

The Crawford County Dairy Breakfast is back Saturday, June 5, as a drive-through only breakfast, at the Terry, Tim and Char Steger Family Farms just a few miles outside of Prairie du Chien, off Highway 27 (60724 Irish Ridge Rd.).

Enter off Highway 27, at fire number 34520, and follow the field road through the pick-up area. No bus will be provided this year for attendees wishing for transport to the event.

Breakfast will be served, rain or shine, from 6 to 11 a.m. and include pancakes, sausage links, cottage cheese, cheese curds, string cheese, milk, Culver’s Frozen Custard and Vesperman Farms ice cream. Pudding and applesauce will not be part of this year’s menu, since the cost of carryout containers presented the need to cut back some.

In addition to supporting the dairy industry, one of the reasons the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast is so well-patronized is that it proudly offers all the great food at a low price of just $2 per meal. This is thanks to its sponsors: Crawford County Dairy Breakfast Committee, Crawford County Dairy Producers and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, as well as Culver’s and Southwest Tech along with many others who will be recognized on banners along the drive-through.

The Steger family has previously hosted the dairy breakfast five times, in 1993, 2002, 2009, 2013, and 2017, and will host the county’s first drive-through breakfast.

Twin brothers, Tim and Terry Steger, joined the family farm with their parents in 1980 to become the third generation to farm in Crawford County. Over the years, the farm has grown and changed to the current diversified operation with 40 beef cow/calf pairs, 20 registered Holsteins, and 498-acres on which they grow corn, alfalfa and oats. 

Tim and his wife, Char were married in 1994. They have two daughters, Jessica, 24, and Emily, 22. The girls both earned degrees in agriculture, and the family is proud knowing the girls are the fourth generation involved in the agriculture industry. 

The Steger family’s passion for agriculture is evident in the many awards and honors they have received over the past 41 years, including Conservation Farm Family Of The Year, numerous milk quality awards and Crawford County Honorary June Dairy Month Chairman.

When COVID-19 concerns were still considered during the breakfast planning, the Stegers actually approached the dairy breakfast committee, knowing they had a good setup for a drive-through option, according to committee member Mary Jo Johnsrude.

Like the Stegers, most of the dairy breakfast hosts over the years have been families that “want to share their love of their farm and their animals,” Johnsrude said. 

Though there won’t be the typical farm tours or dairy prizes, “it’s still getting people out to the country,” she added. “Next year, we hope to do it the good old-fashioned way on the farm.”

The very first Crawford County Dairy Breakfast took place in 1981 on the Gale and Glen Beneker farm in Prairie du Chien. It’s only been canceled two times—once in 2001 after a hand, foot and mouth disease scare, and twice because of COVID-19. 

“We could not continue to do this without our generous sponsors,” Johnsrude said. 

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