Breakfast teaches valuable lesson on farm value

By WEEK Reporter

March 8, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria County Farm Bureau hosted their 14th annual "Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast."

The goal of Saturday's meal is to educate the public on farm value--how much farmers actually make for certain products in today's market. Guests ate a meal that retailed at about $10. Guests paid the amount that farmers actually get from this meal.

"Breakfast today is 90 cents, which represents two sausage patties, to eggs, two pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. The 90 cents is what the farmer would get if he sold it that way. That's what goes back to the farmer," said organizer Bob Janssen with the Peoria County Farm Bureau.

"I think it's really important to support the farmers," said Peoria resident Dar Mathison who brought his whole family to the event. "Farmers are the ones who are out there making the food we all eat that we take fore granted. The small farms are the ones I think produce some the best foods and crops. The more we support them, the better we all are."

There were also exhibits on farm animals and equipment. Hundreds of families attended.