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Combine Playground Popular At On-Farm Creamery Store
“It gives kids the experience of sitting in a combine and getting a feel for driving it,” says Jeff Metz about the combine playground he built for his family’s on-farm creamery business. While parents shop for honey, gelato, cheese curds and other cheeses at Metz’s dairy store, their kids can climb in the combine cab and check out the levers and panel. There are also a couple of slides, a swing, and sandbox.
Metz purchased the International cab from a combine salvage operation. Metz built a treated post and lumber platform about 4-ft. tall to support it.
“We have a lot of events and people post photos of the playground on Facebook,” he says.
He and his wife, Mariann, started their on-farm creamery in Rushford, Minn., 5 years ago and sell about 40 percent of the milk from their 200-head herd through products they make. The Metzes sell them at their farm store, to local stores and restaurants and online at their website.
“We’re a family-owned operation. We have four children and their spouses involved,” Metz says.
Check out the website or Facebook for information on products and upcoming events.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Metz’s Hart-Land Dairy, Creamery, and Honey, 25909 Co. Rd., 102, Rushford, Minn. 55971 (ph 507 864-2627; www.metzhartland.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4