Dairy farmers Andrea Brossard and Patti Roden went to the West Allis Farmers Market on Saturday to help bridge the urban and rural divide.
Brossard is a third-generation farmer from Dodge County, where she and her family milk 350 Holsteins and have about 750 acres of crops.
Roden’s farm, near West Bend, milks about 600 cows and has 1,800 acres of cropland.
The two farmers went to West Allis to ask urban consumers for their views on dairy farming at a time when sales of milk, as a beverage, have soured.
They also went to share their stories with people who may never have been on a dairy farm and with those who haven’t been on one in a while.
“We need to have these conversations, engaging with consumers,” Brossard said.
“I am like everyone else. I want good-quality, healthy, nutritious food.”
Brossard has been farming full time since 2015. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a degree in dairy science, she previously worked for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.