Get Out of Town

Farm-City Day aims to foster agricultural appreciation

Tom Giffey

Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day: More than just adorable baby calves.
Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day: More than just adorable baby calves.

Admit it: It’s been a while since you got out into the country. Sure, you cruise through the countryside going from Point A to Point B, and maybe you visited a campground or a lake cabin this summer. But when was the last time you stepped onto an honest-to-goodness farm, saw where your food really gets harvested, and maybe even tiptoed around a cow pie? If you’re answer to this question is, “way too long,” then the annual Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day is the antidote to your urban isolation. Organizers describe Farm-City Day, now in its seventh year, as a “free event about fun, sharing and educating, as well as fostering a mutual understanding between our agricultural and non-agricultural residents.” That means getting you down on the farm for food, demonstrations, exhibits, a petting zoo, a kiddy tractor pull, and more, and most of all to get city folks talking and thinking about the importance of agriculture. It all takes place at GJ Jerseys near Brackett, about 5.5 miles south of Eau Claire just off U.S. 53. Hosted by Gary and Josh Olson and sponsored by a number of agricultural agencies and businesses, Farm-City Day is sure to fill your lungs with fresh country air and your heart with a stronger appreciation for the rural lifestyle.

Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day • Sat., Sep. 20, 10am-2pm • GJ Jerseys, S12055 County Road D, Strum (about 5.5 miles south of Eau Claire – see website for map) • FREE • (715) 839-4712 • katie.wantock@ces.uwex.edu • farmcityday.com