Without a doubt, Gin no Saji has taken the lead in food porn this season.
Shingo (Konishi Katsuyuki). Shingo arrives in grand style - showing up on his motorcycle just as Hachi and the Mikages are trying to separate a herd of stray cows from their own, and promptly (quite literally) corralling them - and then proceeds to (quite literally) fall flat on his face when he slips on cow dung and lays the bike down.
ramen - and terrible ramen at that - his own perceived failings should take some of the pressure of Hachiken for a while.
still playing the jealous father role to the hilt (especially when Hachiken finds himself musing on the difference between fully-developed udders and developing ones). Hachiken is obviously smart and talented, and when he sets his mind to something adept at picking it up quickly. 4 AM wake-up calls and backbreaking labor are nothing new to him anymore, and he picks up the routine and procedures of dairy farm life expeditiously. And for all his self-doubt and perceived lack of goals, Hachiken is possessed of a self-awareness few boys his age have - he understands his trip-wires and his limitations, even if he doesn't always know how to overcome them.
forgetting to reconnect a hose to the raw milk tank after getting a taste of just how umai raw milk can be, resulting in the loss of about 40000¥ (400$) worth of milk. Of course Hachi-kun is horrified and ashamed, but the Mikages - even Dad - don't hold it against him. The contrast between the accepting farm family and the uptight cityfolk might be a bit heavy-handed here, but it plays as realistic - the Mikages have seen Hachiken busting his tail for them for three weeks, exceeding the expectations they'd set for him, and in their value system an honest mistake where no one was hurt (which the mother quite compassionately tried to blame on Dad and Grandpa) doesn't nullify the good will engendered by all that hard work.
pay to atone for his mistake, he was effectively disrespecting his employer just as Lucy disrespects those who think highly of her when she disparages herself. Even Great-Grandma (107 years old) finally breaks her silence to tell him to take the money, and professes to Aki later that Hachi-kun is a smart enough boy to spend that money wisely, not frivolously ("You can judge a man by how he spends his money.") It's altogether a lesson in humility and loyalty for Hachiken - and I'd be remiss in non mentioning that it's also a lesson in how good fresh-picked sweet corn tastes. If you've never had it, you can't imagine how much better it is than supermarket corn - whether it be simply boiled in salted water or fire-grilled with a soy glaze as Dad and Grandpa did (which is how they serve corn at matsuri during the summer). Really fresh corn is so good you can literally eat it raw - and not for the first time, Silver Spoon has left me with my stomach growling and a new item on my next day's shopping list...