Homemade Reuben Sandwich with Corned Beef and Sauerkraut

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Farmhouse Restaurant!

Deck yourself out in green and swing by The Farmhouse on Saturday, March 17th, for an Irish-American-inspired feature menu! The menu will feature traditional fare, as well as contemporary dishes and Saint Patrick’s Day themed drinks.

Entrees include:

  • Irish Egg Rolls

A contemporary twist on the traditional corned beef meal. Corned beef, Fair Oaks Farms’ Swiss Cheese, and 1000 Island Dressing, wrapped in a delicate egg roll wrap and fried to a flaky-crisp.

  • Traditional Corned Beef Sandwich

For those that want a mix of classic and new, our corned beef sandwich should hit the spot. Housemade corned beef and Fair Oaks Farms’ Swiss make up the traditional taste, but Cowboy Mustards gives this sandwich a complimentary kick!

  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

A dish for those that want to stick to comfort, this corned beef and cabbage recipe is for you. Once again our Housemade Corned Beef is used, married with Cabbage, Carrots, and Red Potatoes.

  • Fish and Chips

If corned beef isn’t your thing, we’ve got a flaky Pale Ale Beer Battered Cod just for you. Served with French Fries and Cole Slaw, this entree could never disappoint.

Libations include:

  • Green Beef (Miller Lite)
  • Guinness
  • Jameson “Caskmates”
  • Irish Mule
  • James and Bushmills Cocktails
  • South Side Smash
  • Irish Maid

Doesn’t this sound like the perfect way to spend an evening? Call in or visit The Farmhouse’s website today to make your reservation!


South by Southwest Not Your Usual Dairy Destination

By Sue McCloskey

At first glance, South by Southwest (SXSW) might be the last place you think the dairy industry would be. The event is billed as a way to “celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries.” 

Sounds like miles away from our farms, doesn’t it?

But, the purpose behind SXSW and the people who attend it in droves every year are exactly why we need to keep this event circled on our dairy calendars.

Every March, people from across the globe converge on Austin, Texas, for a 10-day glimpse into the future. This is the second consecutive year the dairy industry has participated in the interactive portion of SXSW, thanks to the vision of the farmer-founded Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. 

The interactive portion of SXSW has become a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies and typically draws nearly 40,000 attendees.

I have known about SXSW for some time, so there was no hesitation on my part when I was asked to be part of a panel discussion hosted by the Innovation Center titled “We Love Technology … Why Not When it Comes to Food?”

Is there anything more relevant than the use of technology – and consumers’ misunderstanding of it — for those of us who farm every day?

The level of innovation in our country and on our farms defines us as Americans. We’re innovators, big thinkers and we challenge the status quo. That’s what has made this country – and farming – great. Yet, that doesn’t always resonate with a skeptical public who feels technology compromises the integrity of the food they consume.

So, our panel’s goal was to explore this complex relationship between food, technology and consumer trust to an audience of people we know are generations removed from farming. Our discussion was open, and it allowed me to address misperceptions in food production and why farm technology matters to them.

My message is one you are familiar with: we farm, so they don’t have to. We are the 2 percent of the nation that rises each day to assure food security. We have the safest, most affordable and most abundant food supply in the world and technology allows this to happen. Farm technology means they don’t have to think about growing their own food and they are free to pursue the careers they choose. Many people nodded in agreement as I shared these words.

The people at SXSW are influencers and early adopters of change. Many also represented a younger generation, and they’re more open-minded than we sometimes give them credit for. In most cases, we were the first farmers they have ever met, and the reception was absolutely positive. They wanted to learn about us and have an exchange of ideas.

What may have been most surprising is I didn’t find people who had a disposition against dairy or the “big ag” claims we sometimes hear. Instead, I met people who were open to talking with me and the other eight dairy farmers in attendance. When people can look a farmer in the eye and have a conversation, there is a level of trust built, and that’s what we need more of.

The vibe at SXSW is contagious. There is such energy through a collaboration of open discussion and thought among some of the brightest people you may ever meet. Our industry opened new doors there.

There is great value of inserting ourselves in unexpected places.


Sue McCloskey is the founder of Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana and Fairlife milk.

female farmer looking for eggs

Happy International Women’s Day to Women in Ag!

The UN reported in 2011 that women make up an average of about 43% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, there are 969,672 women farmers in the United States, meaning 31% of American farmers are women. Of those women, a combined 301 million acres are being farmed, and a $12.9 billion economic impact. In Indiana alone there are 23,989 women farmers, farming just over 4 million acres and making a $294.6 million impact. And those are just the statistics from 2011 and 2012 – imagine how those numbers have grown! The numbers speak for themselves; women hold their own in agriculture.

Agriculture helps feed people from all over the world, and women are playing a crucial role to get the job done. From on and off the farm, the impact women have in agriculture is undeniable. One of our owners, Sue McCloskey, has been featured in Food & Wine and Good Housekeeping magazines, detailing her crucial position in the agriculture world. Not only does she own Fair Oaks Farms with her husband, Michael, where we strive to educate and inform others on the present and future of farming. She also is a founder of Fairlife, a company that produces top-quality milk that is unfiltered, free of lactose and rBST, and contains 50% more proteins, 30% more calcium, and half the sugars found in other brands of milk. We’re proud to be a product of Sue McCloskey’s great mind and to be a part of her story in ag.

Agriculture has come such a long way, and even though it is still mainly dominated by male farmers, women are making names for themselves and making their farming passions known across the world! So on this International Women’s Day, we want to give a big thank you to all the women that are supporting agriculture, educating others, and pushing the industry forward. We appreciate all that you do, no matter what part you play!

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You Could Win an Adventure Pass!

Do you consider yourself a total foodie? Does trying a new dish excite you? Do you photograph your meal before ever taking a bite? Do you scour Instagram for new foodies and food trends to follow? We need you!

Throughout the whole month of March, we’re hosting a Foodie Photo Contest! One lucky winner will be awarded a FREE Adventure Pass! All you have to do is:

  1. Follow @fairoaksfarms on Instagram.
  2. Upload your Cowfé foodie photo to Instagram.
  3. Tag @fairoaksfarms.
  4. Include #cowfefoodie in caption.

Adventure Passes are essential for any lover of Fair Oaks Farms! With your Adventure Pass, you’ll get free admission ALL YEAR! You’ll also enjoy the benefits of 10% off food and drinks at the Cowfê, 10% off any retail purchases at the gift shop, select free ticket days, birthday surprises, and free access to the Ropes Course! Plus, we offer special discounts and offers for all Adventure Pass holders from July to August. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have the chance of being featured on the Fair Oaks Farms official Instagram!

We love to see your photos when you visit Fair Oaks Farms, so we can’t wait to see all of your cheese pulls and milk mustaches!


Happy National Pig Day!

National Pig Day is celebrated annually on March 1st, in the United States. It’s a great day to come to Fair Oaks Farms and take a Pig Adventure, which includes the Pork Education Center and Pig Adventure bus tour.

In our Pork Education Center, you can learn all about how pigs are changing the world, from food to medical advances. Did you know that some people can elect to get a pig valve when getting a heart valve transplant? Pigs are literally saving lives! You can find our Pigterest kiosk, which allows visitors to scroll through pork recipes and email them so you can cook up something delicious at home! There are tons of photo opportunities, like our pig pop culture wall and the custom treehouse! If you’re brave, on select weekends you can pay an additional fee to experience our Ropes Course!

On our Pig Adventure bus tour, you’ll learn all about the past and present of pig farming in our Welcome Center. Read about biosecurity and find out why all of our farmers and technicians must shower at the facility before and after work every day! You’ll get a birds-eye view of how we raise our pigs to prepare for breeding, and see the step-by-step process of how we inseminate our pigs. Try your hand at the pig sonogram to see how many piglets you can find! Step through the birthing hall to see families of piglets being born, and to get up close and personal with a special piglet!

The Pig Adventure is truly a once in a lifetime experience. On Thursday, March 1st, we’ll be open from 9 am to 5 pm CST, so come by to appreciate pigs in the best way!

Bride to be and bride tribe at bachelorette party

Bridal Show Preview

If you somehow haven’t heard, Fair Oaks Farms is hosting our Annual Spring Bridal Show on March 4th! Compete with giveaways, vendors, and a fashion show, it’s sure to be an afternoon to remember. We sat down with Megan Rogers, the coordinator of events at the Farmhouse Restaurant, to learn a bit more about the Bridal Show.


How many years has the bridal show been running?
Megan: This is our 3rd Spring Bridal Show. I started this show when I began working here.

What can guests expect from the bridal show?
Megan: We are anticipating at least 125 brides with approximately 500 guests in attendance total.

What kind of vendors/businesses will be present?
Megan: We have a variety of vendors that could be useful to brides. From photographers to DJs, to florists, we even have a realtor if couples are looking to purchase their first home together!

What is the schedule for the day?
Megan: The show begins at 1 PM CST, and we will have a fashion show throughout the day, presented by Elegance Wedding and Evening Wear, that will spotlight wedding dresses and tuxes. We will also have three different raffle drawings throughout the day. We are expecting some pretty fabulous prizes!

What kind of giveaways will take place? How can guests sign up for them/participate?
Megan: Each bride and groom will receive a ticket upon arrival. They will be able to pick the time slot they would like to enter in for the raffle. There will be a lot of gift cards from vendors, and the Farmhouse is giving away a $1000 grand prize gift card!


Is the event space for the bridal show available for weddings and receptions?
Megan: Yes! We are excited to be booking for 2018, 2019, and 2020 at this point. We still have multiple dates available at this time. We can accommodate up to 200 guests in our beautiful ballroom, and beginning in the spring of 2019 we hope to have our hotel available to our guests as well!

How can guests inquire about booking the ballrooms for a wedding or reception?
Megan: They can set up a private tour or visit us at our booth at the show. Just email meganrogers@fofarms.com for more information. We will have complimentary discounts and items for booking your wedding the day of our show. Please stop by our booth for more details!

In past years, what has been the most popular/fun part of the bridal show?
Megan: Personally, it would be seeing the excitement all of these brides have for one of the most special days of their life. They are so excited, and it is an honor to help them plan their special day! For the show itself, our guests love the fashion show and all of the fun giveaways and such.

Can guests still register for the bridal show?
Megan: We do not have a limit on the number of brides that we are taking. We want all that we can get. We will be accepting walk-ins as well. Even if they do not pre-register, they are more than welcome to join! The more, the merrier.


The Fair Oaks Farms Spring Bridal Show takes place March 4th, 1 PM CST to 4 PM. To register and for all other details, please visit the Farmhouse’s website.

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Family Chili!

Don’t let this gloomy weather get you down. If you’re stuck inside with your family, put your heads together to come up with the best chili recipe ever! Below we’ve given you some suggestions, instructions, tips, and tricks. The best part about chili is it’s a dump recipe — meaning you dump all the ingredients in a pot and let it cook! It’s the perfect time to teach children about tastes, textures, and cooking.

Best Chili Ever

We've given you a make-shift recipe below, but don't be afraid to get creative and add your best ideas!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 people


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large onion
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 46 oz tomato juice
  • chili powder & other seasonings (to taste)


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot, then set off to the side and drain.

  2. Chop the onion.

  3. Combine ground beef, onion, light & dark red kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, and tomato juice, in the pot. Add chili powder and other seasonings.

  4. Bring to a boil, stir occasionally. Then drop the temperature to low and simmer until beans and onion are tender.

  5. Continue to season until you've reached the desired taste.

Recipe Notes

  • If you'd like to add pasta to your chili, add a cup of two of dry pasta ten minutes before serving.
  • Serve with peanut butter sandwiches, saltines, and a Fair Oaks Farms' shredded cheese of your choice!
  • Feel free to get creative with your ingredients, adding different kinds of beans and vegetables is encouraged!
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Join Us for Italian Wine Tasting!

Have you ever attended an event at the Farmhouse Restaurant℠? Every once in a while, our staff puts together a special evening for guests to taste unique spirits and a specially-curated menu. Coming up on March 1st, we’ll be holding an Italian wine tasting with the guest of honor, Annalaura Tili!

Annalaura Tili is an owner and operator of Tili Vini Winery, located in Assisi, Italy. She will be guiding guests through a tasting of seven different Tili Vini wines and their award-winning olive oil. The Farmhouse’s Chef Jorge Sullon has created a menu to complement the imported wines as well, ensuring for a delicious evening!

The wine tasting begins at 6 pm CST on March 1st. Reservations must be made by calling (219) 394-3663. Tickets are $35 per person and include wine tasting and appetizers.

Wine list includes:

  • Assisi Grechetto
  • Marilu Umbria Roso Passito
  • Assisi Young
  • Sacreterre Umbria Rosso
  • Assisi Rosso
  • Assisi Pinot Nero
  • Assisi Rosato

Appetizers by Chef Jorge Sullon:

  • Caprese Crostini
  • Arancini
  • Fair Oaks Farms’® Cheese Board, Assorted Bread, and Charcuterie
  • Prosciutto e Melone
  • Caesar Salad Bites
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Antipasto Skewers

From our Farm to your Fundraiser

Fundraising can be tricky, specifically picking out what products to sell. You have to pick something in demand, that customers will need to buy, but it has to be affordable to those in your target audience. You also have to think about brand image, for instance, will this product reflect well on my group or club that I’m fundraising for? There is one local product that hits all of these criteria – a quality, fresh cheese that originates from a trusted farm in the community! Let Fair Oaks Farms provide the inventory for your next fundraiser with our cheese and sausage!

We’re known across the nation for our quality control in all aspects of the cheese making process beginning with growing the feed that our cows receive, providing incredible cow comfort and harvesting the freshest milk, which is the main ingredient of our cheeses. Our cheeses have consistently won awards at the World Dairy Expo and American Cheese Society. We also boast a line of aged cheddars up to 10 years! Our inventory hosts a wide range of flavors such as smoky, sharp, smooth, mild, and spicy, sure to impress any palate. We also provide Fair Oaks Farms sausages that use beef and pork to create the perfect complement to any cheese your customers’ order – one sausage even includes jalapeños for a nice kick!

Break away from the classics and fundraise with a new and exciting product. Not many groups use locally grown fresh food made with the absolute purest ingredients and attention to detail to fundraise, here’s your chance to get an edge on other fundraising groups and make money for your group or club! For more information, call our sales department at (219) 394-2275, or shoot them a message at gregj@fofarms.com.

Cropped shot of a woman wearing an engagement after getting proposed to

Top 6 Places to Propose at Fair Oaks Farms

Some people might not think about a farm as a romantic setting, but what’s more romantic than making memories with that one special person in your life? Thousands of people propose marriage at tourist destinations across the world, such as Walt Disney World and theme parks like Kings Island. We’ve even been the host to a promposal! Fair Oaks Farms® would be the perfect spot to propose, as we have naturally beautiful landscapes, intimate settings and places for you to celebrate afterward with family and friends! Below we’ve listed the Top 6 places to propose on Fair Oaks Farms campus. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Farmhouse Restaurant℠ Dining Room

Perhaps the most obvious place to propose to your soul mate is our Farmhouse Restaurant. The Farmhouse boasts a large dining room, complete with unique lighting, glass walls along the kitchen to get a clear view inside, a pub area, fireplace and a private dining room. Request a seat by the fire to warm up to the big question! Or speak to a member of staff to place the perfect ring on top of a bowl of Fair Oaks Farms’ Ice Cream, a slice of Brûléed Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, or a dish of Belgian Chocolate & Raspberry Bread Pudding. Dessert isn’t your thing? We have a full menu of sparkling, white, and red wines that might please your spouse-to-be. Our staff at the Farmhouse would love to help you make this an unforgettable moment for all!


Farmhouse Restaurant Porch at Sunset

Now, this might seem specific, but it’s only because it might be the most beautiful view we’ve ever seen! During the warmer months, guests are welcome to dine on the porch of the Farmhouse – and even bring along man’s best friend! There’s no better view on Fair Oaks Farms’ campus than a gorgeous sunset from the porch, right as the sun hits the tree line and turns the sky a gorgeous mix of purples, oranges and yellows. Tables are even offered around the back of the restaurant to provide privacy, but you can also reserve a group of tables if you’d like to make it a family & friend affair! Again, you can speak to the staff to discuss the ring’s special placement on one of our dishes, or get down on one knee with your back to the sun, giving your partner a beautiful view to go along with their most cherished memory.

Hands and paws together round an engagement ring

A Special Event

If you’re looking for something public and exciting, you might consider one of our special events! Four times a year we bring in thousands of guests to visit campus and partake in some of the most fun festivals northwest Indiana has to offer! Fair in the Air™ is our kite-flying festival, and how neat would it be if you requested a kite team to fly an improvised and synchronized routine to you and your partner’s favorite song! Are you and your special someone dog lovers? Bring your pups to Dog-a-Palooza™ and tie the ring to your dog’s collar – we’d be happy to help and turn attention to you for this special moment! Cowtoberfest® is our most popular event of the year, and if you and your significant other love Halloween and fall, this is the place to slip on your couple’s costume and pop the question! Lastly is Holiday Farm Frenzy™, and there are plenty of opportunities to make them yours, like on our holiday wagon ride or during the acapella choir’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Whichever event fits you and your partner perfectly, our staff would love to help. Speak to one of our Adventure Guides or a member of our marketing team to make your dream proposal come true!


Pork Education Center™ Ropes Course

This spot is definitely for our adventure seekers! We’re known for adventures, but those that are seeking a thrill always gravitate towards our Ropes Course! This could be the perfect place to excite your sweetheart as you two are climbing through ropes and pedestals up in the air. You can work together, enjoy each other’s laughter, and bring your friends and family along to snap tons of photos! Whether you decide to propose up in the air or when you’re both safely back on the ground, you’ll have a story to tell in the future.


Crop Adventure™

Do you come from a farming family? Has your present been impacted by the long history of farming in the United States? Do you and your loved one intend to carry on the tradition? We have the perfect place for you. Our Crop Adventure takes you through the history of farming from the very beginning, leading up to modern advances and how we all use crops today to make everyday items. If you come from a long line of farmers and plan on carrying agriculture through your family, the Crop Adventure might be the perfect place to make the next big step towards your future! As you go through the exhibits, remind your significant other of the history that you two have together, where you are now, and dreams you have for your future. The last room in our Crop Adventure is outlined with walls of glass, providing a great view of our event field and Green Gate Garden®. Remind your loved one what brought you together, what you enjoy, and how you intend to carry your future through agriculture.

Man taking a selfie after proposing to his girlfriend.

Green Gate Garden in Bloom

There’s nothing more picturesque than our Green Gate Garden in full bloom. Our gardening team strives to create a unique experience with different kinds of grains, crops, and flowers to amuse our guests. You’ll always see a few people meandering through when it’s in full bloom, admiring our well-tended garden. It’s the perfect place to remind your partner how beautiful and unique they are to you! We have multiple benches throughout the garden, making it easy for you to take a breather from our Adventures, pluck a flower, and proclaim your love. Afterwards, you’re in the perfect setting to take a hundred selfies to send to your family and friends, and post on your social media – just don’t forget to tag us!


Of course, these aren’t the only places you could propose on our campus, after all, we’re a pretty big deal! Keep in mind that after you propose, you can come back and host your wedding or reception at the Farmhouse Restaurant! We offer multiple dining and party packages to fit your vision of the perfect, fairytale wedding. For information on packages, photos, and ways to contact our wedding team, visit our website. You can also attend our Annual Bridal Show by registering here!