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On the Road: Goodhue


GOODHUE, Minn. (KTTC) -- An early summer morning in Goodhue isn't exactly a busy one.

Inside the town you'll find relatively empty roadways. Quiet street corners. Just an occasional grocery shopper. That's because all the action is on the farm. Breakfast on the Farm to be exact. An annual event bringing together families from all over the region to the epicenter of farming country -- Goodhue.

Far from the big city, these mostly are people who've chosen tractor over Toyota. Moos over mansions. And the big prize for pageant winners?

"Getting your head carved in butter at the state fair." Mikayla Piller is a Goodhue County dairy princess. On this June morning she wears her tiara with pride, and love for Goodhue farm country on her sleeve.

"For dairy farmers it's a lifestyle, and for many families its a tradition that's lasted generations and generations. That means a lot to families and farms," says Piller.

And just a mile up the road, we found a family operation that's been going for generations. 4 of them to be exact. Green Acres is the place to be for Chris O'Reilly. He and his brother run this organic dairy farm.

"I've got a brother who's an organic dairy farmer, cousins who are organic dairy farmers," says O'Reilly. "It's really growing, and the consumer is more aware of what's going on."

He hopes it eventually becomes a 5 generation farm, with his kids following in his footsteps. It's turning into a comeback year for the O'Reillys, who like most in Goodhue felt the pain of last year's very late, cold and wet spring.

"That's the way it goes. It's part of the dairy farming business."

A season that would've been even tougher if it weren't for those around him.

"Everybody helps each other out if they need a hand," says O'Reilly.

It's fitting that when you pull into Goodhue the first thing you see is a lot of farm equipment. Because if you drive a little farther down the road, you'll find one of the most tight knit farming communities in the state.

"It's home. You can't ask for much more."

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