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6/10/2010 10:10:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
JIM DIGANGI and the employees at Darlington Ridge Farms are ready to welcome the public to the 34th annual Lafayette County Dairy Breakfast this Saturday, June 12, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 24425 St. Peters Rd.
Down on the farm for breakfast

Hillary Dickerson

DARLINGTON - It's back to the farm this year for the 34th annual Lafayette County Dairy Breakfast. The breakfast will be held this Saturday, June 12, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., rain or shine, at Darlington Ridge Farms, LLC, 24425 St. Peters Rd.

The family-friendly event will feature a menu of scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, sausage links, cheese, donuts, milk, juice, coffee and strawberry sundaes. There will also be music by "Gambler," a children's corner and petting zoo, antique tractors, pedal tractor pull, the Lafayette County Health Department will offer tetanus shots and the Lafayette County Land Conservation Department will hand out their annual awards.

Jim DiGangi, managing partner of Darlington Ridge Farms, said he and the 18 full-time employees of the 1,450 cow dairy are excited to play host Saturday morning to breakfast goers.

DiGangi, a third generation farmer, moved to Darlington Ridge in 2008, when he took over the dairy. Originally from upstate New York, where his family remains on the farm, DiGangi grew up on a 40-cow dairy. Growing up in New York and then living in California, where he also milked cows, 32-year-old DiGangi never lost sight of his goal to eventually live in the Midwest, where the people, the climate and the good ground attracted him.

Darlington Ridge Farms, it seems, was where DiGangi was meant to be.

"It's worked out real good for us," said DiGangi, who lives right on the farm.

In addition to the staff milking 1,450 cows three times a day, DiGangi manages 1,600 acres of ground in the area for alfalfa and corn that's fed to the cows.

DiGangi is new enough to the area that he's not attended a dairy breakfast here before. He's looking forward to Saturday and said the members of the Lafayette County Dairy Promotion Committee have been incredibly helpful in making sure all the pieces fall into place.

Members of the committee, he said, approached him about hosting the 2010 breakfast.

DiGangi was pleased to oblige, moving the breakfast back to the farm after the annual event was held for a couple years at the Lafayette County Highway Department in Darlington. As a newcomer to the area, he sees this as a great way to become more familiar with the county and the people who live here.

Those who attend the breakfast will have the opportunity to take hayride tours of the large dairy facility, DiGangi said, to give people a chance to see how a dairy functions.

Cost for the breakfast is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 10 and preschool age children are free.

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