DIXON – During these tough economic times, everyone can appreciate a good value when it comes along. On Saturday, March 23, approximately 300 people turned out to the Loveland Community Building to enjoy the Lee County Farm Bureau’s Annual Farmer’s Share Breakfast. Customers were able to enjoy a two-pancake and two-sausage breakfast, complete with orange juice, milk and coffee for only $0.50 per plate.
In honor of Illinois Farming Month, the Lee County Farm Bureau hosted their annual breakfast to illustrate to consumers that a farmer would, on average, receive only 50 cents from this breakfast, when prepared at home and in a restaurant. The remainder of the cost that the consumer pays comes from a variety of places, including labor, transportation, and packaging.
“We hope that this breakfast can show consumers that there are a lot of factors that can contribute to rising food prices, and that farmers actually have very little to do with the price you pay in the grocery store. Many don’t realize that the farmer only receives a very small portion of what you pay,” said Danelle Burrs, manager of the Lee County Farm Bureau.
Farmers today are producing more food on less land. Despite the decline in the number of active farmers in America, farmers are able to produce more food today and at a lower cost. In 1940, one farmer produced enough food to feed 18.5 people. In 2010, the American farmer was feeding 155 people.
Burrs stated, “Through events like this, we hope that we can create a connection with farmers and consumers, build that relationship, and cultivate trust in the food that the farmers are producing.”
The mission of the Lee County Farm Bureau is to be a positive voice for agriculture through leadership and education to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of its members and community. If you would like more information about the Farmer’s Share Breakfast or about the Lee County Farm Bureau, visit their website www.leecfb.org or contact the Farm Bureau at (815) 857-3531 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.