MECOSTA COUNTY \u2014 On Saturday, Aug. 16, people will have the opportunity to see where their food comes from during the annual Michigan State University\u2019s \u201cBreakfast on the Farm\u201d event. Breakfast on the Farm is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at De Grins Oer Dairy, at 2386 Adams Road, in Blanchard. The free pancake breakfast featuring Michigan products is available to some 3,000 people with tickets. The food and the farm tour are free, but a ticket is required for breakfast, said Ashley Kuschel, the Michigan State University Extension Breakfast on the Farm program coordinator. \u201cThe tickets help us plan on how much food to serve,\u201d Kuschel said. \u201cTickets are available until the day of the event.\u201d More than 50,000 people have attended the breakfast event since it began in 2009. This year marks the first time "Breakfast on the Farm" has happened at a Mecosta County farm. \u201cIt is the first time visiting a modern farm for nearly 45 percent of the people who attend,\u201d Kuschel said. Attendees will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours to see how the farm\u2019s cows are milked and housed, as well as the daily practices that go into running a dairy farm. The farm was established in 1999 and is owned and operated by Tjerk and Ramona Okkema and their children, Dirk-Thomas, Cora and Evelyn. \u201cWe are hoping for favorable weather,\u201d said Ramona Okkema. \u201cThe goal is to introduce the non-farming public to the life of farming, and give them an opportunity to learn where their food comes from before it arrives on grocery shelves.\u201d Okkema\u2019s farm is Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program-verified, which is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. The farm currently houses approximately 700 head of cattle and farms 900 acres of alfalfa and corn. The dairy cows are the stars of the farm and the \u201cgirl's\u201d hooves are maintained every six weeks, Ramona added. \u201cWe will demonstrate the hoof trimmer,\u201d Ramona said. \u201cLadies like to get their nails done and our four legged ladies get the\u00a0opportunity\u00a0to get theirs done that day,\u201d she said. The equipment used to farm the acreage will also be on display for people to learn about and view. \u201cWe have educational stations set up through out the farm to explain the processes and procedures the Okkemas use on their farm,\u201d Kuschel said. \u201cThe family farm also features a small flock of Suffolk sheep and they will educate people about other aspects of Michigan agriculture.\u201d Besides the breakfast and education stations there will be wagon rides and children will have the chance to participate in fun, educational activities. \u201cThere will be plenty of fun activities designed for kids,\u201d Ramona said. \u201cIt will be a fun morning to spend with your family.\u201d For more information about the event and where tickets are available, go to breakfastonthefarm.com.