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Cowtoberfest: Fall Festival & Crafts

It’s almost FALL, y’all! This means that Cowtoberfest® is right around the corner! Our 14th annual fall festival will take place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! This two-day event is jam-packed with trick-or-treating, kids activities, dance-offs, carving competitions, concerts, crafts, and more!

Fair Oaks Farms® is still accepting vendor applications for Cowtoberfest! Vendors will be able to showcase their array of talents to Cowtoberfest-goers at our craft show. Also, vendors can participate in Trick-or-Treating from 10 AM – 12 PM (CST) on both days.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2018 Cowtoberfest, please contact Cori Lane at coril@fofarms.org and request additional information.

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Fair Oaks Farms’ Muenster Awarded First Place Honors at the 2018 ACS Judging and Competition

Fair Oaks Farms® Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Muenster took home first place honors at the 2018 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held in Pittsburgh, PA on July 27th! Fair Oaks Farms’ Muenster has continually won honors at the competition since entering in 2005.

“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to producing the highest quality, best-tasting products by growing our own feed, providing exceptional animal comfort and leading the charge in groundbreaking sustainability efforts” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms COO, “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms’ Fine Cheeses have maintained championship recognition.” The 2018 ACS Judging and Competition saw 1,954 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 259 companies.

Click here to read the official press release: ASC FOF Press Release.

Stop by the Cowfé for a free tasting, or order online here: Online Store.

Click here to try these delicious recipes using our award-winning Muenster: 10 Best Muenster Cheese Recipes.

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Step right up folks and claim your ticket to the #1 Agritourism Show in Northwest Indiana!

In celebration of the Indiana State Fair, guests can purchase admission to an individual Adventure (Dairy or Pig) for $8! This special starts on Friday, August 3rd and will run until Friday, August 17th!

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Take the famous Dairy Adventure and…

  • Ride the bus through our free-stall barns, milking parlor, and digester.
  • Discover exhibits featuring the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition, and the safety & nutrition of milk.
  • Watch our 3D/4D movie.
  • Witness the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn.

Please allow 2 hours for the Dairy Adventure.

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Or choose the marvelous Pig Adventure and…

  • Learn about the past & future of pig farming.
  • Visit our Growing, Breeding, and Farrowing Barns to see our pigs from birth to adulthood.
  • Conquer our interactive ropes course ($5 additional cost with admission).
  • Let your imagination out of the pen in our tree house.

Please allow 2 hours for the Pig Adventure.

Check out these stunning bonus attractions included in any adventure!

Crop Adventure

Explore the Crop Adventure: Burrow deep underground to see bugs and roots. Catch virtual raindrops. Meet the farmers why grow your food. Learn about amazing facts regarding seed technology.

Please allow 1 hour for the Crop Adventure.

Mooville

Play in Mooville: Dairy Air Jumping Pillow, Udder Heights Rock Climbing Milk Bottle, Moo Choo Train, Holstein Hauler Toddler Tractors, and Cowabunga Bungee Trampolines.

Please allow 1 hour for Mooville.

Note: This promotion is only valid Monday through Friday. Also, this discount cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. In addition, tickets must be purchased in-person at the Admission Building.

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Special Announcement: Horses at Mooville

Below is a special announcement regarding the horses at Mooville:

The safety of our visitors, staff, and animals always comes first. After a great deal of observation, Fair Oaks Farms has made the heartbreaking decision to retire the horses for the summer. We understand this is a big disappointment to you and offer our sincere apologies. We hope you will continue to visit and enjoy the remaining amenities Fair Oaks Farms has to offer. Please contact Attractions GM, Jamie Miller, at jamiem@fofarms.org should you have additional questions or comments.

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Bourbon Tasting Event with Old 55 Distillery!

Fair Oaks Farms® and Old 55 Distillery is excited to hold a Bourbon Tasting event on Thursday, August 2nd (6:00 PM CST) at The Farmhouse Restaurant! Master Distiller Jason Fruits will be on hand to serve his world-class spirits with appetizers by Chef Jorge Sullon!

Located in Newtown, Indiana about an hour south of Fair Oaks, Old 55 Distillery is a true family business. Every part of their spirit is permeated with lessons passed down to them from their grandfathers. Family, hard work and the appreciation of something truly handmade embody the essence of what they create.

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The following “From Field to Bottle” spirits will be on hand for bourbon enthusiasts to taste:

Single Barrel Bourbon

Indiana bourbon made from Hoosier corn and wheat. Distilled and aged in new American Oak-charred barrels and stored in Newtown ’til perfected.

Corn Whiskey

Made from the same mash-tun as the Single Barrel Bourbon and uncomplicated by the barrel. Sweet and innocent like your first love. Made from only the “heart cut.” No “heads” or “tails” here.

100% Sweet Corn Bourbon

A completely new take on bourbon. True 100% sweet corn off the cob. Grown on the family farm, harvested, and distilled by to make something truly unique.

As mentioned above, appetizers by Executive Chef Jorge Sullon will be available for guests to enjoy!

Are you interested in attending our Bourbon Tasting event? Tickets are available for $40 per person. Space is limited, so please call 219.394.3663 and make your reservation!

For more information about this event, click here: Bourbon Tasting.

For more information about Old 55 Distillery, click here: Old 55 Distillery.

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Calling All Chocolate Lovers!

Calling all chocolate lovers! Did you know that this Saturday, July 28th, is National Milk Chocolate Day? Celebrate accordingly with these delicious Fair Oaks Farms® fine chocolates!

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Deluxe Assortment (8pc. –  $10.95 / 15pc. –  $18.95) 

Bite into one of these gorgeous candies made from white, milk, and dark chocolates and filled with caramel, nuts, coconut, almond butter toffee, and candy chips.

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Cream Assortment (8pc. –  $10.95 / 15pc. –  $18.95)

A delicious combination of white, milk & dark chocolates made with the finest ingredients including Fair Oaks Farms’ milks’ cream and butter.

Nut & Chew Assortment

Nut & Chew Assortment (8pc. –  $10.95 / 15pc. –  $18.95) 

Full of sweet flavor and incredible texture, this delicious assortment gives your nut and caramel lover everything they desire.FOF Chocolate Covered Cherries

Fair Oaks Farms Chocolate Covered Cherries (8 pc. –  $11.95)

Top off any occasion with our decadent chocolate covered cherries.

Does this post leave you with a craving for Fair Oaks Farms’ chocolate? You can purchase our fine chocolates on campus at the Cowfé or online here: Chocolate.

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Avoid These Cheese Storage Mistakes

We don’t know about you, but we LOVE cheese! Aged Gouda, Butterkase, Sweet Swiss – there are so many mouthwatering options available at Fair Oaks Farms®! Avoid these three common missteps when storing cheese to ensure that your purchase maintains its flavor and appearance for as long as possible!

Mistake #1: Wrapping your cheese in plastic material.

At home, wrap cheese using porous materials, such as cheese paper, butcher paper, or wax paper. These materials are breathable and eliminate the plastic flavors that can permeate cheese.

Mistake #2: Storing cheese in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

Store cheese in the produce drawer of your refrigerator. Cheese thrives in warmer temperatures. Plus, the cold slows down the ripening process and tends to dry out cheese at a quicker rate.

Mistake #3: Not using an extra layer of protection.

It is essential to give your cheese an extra layer of protection before storing. As mentioned above, do not use plastic! Instead, use a paper material or a container with holes. Holes allow the cheese to breathe.

Does this post have you craving Fair Oaks Farms cheese? You can purchase our cheese on campus at the Cowfé and Dairycatessan or online here: Online Store.

Source: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/cheese-storing-mistakes.

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Drink Chocolate Milk for Exercise Recovery

Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or a student-athlete, research shows that those who drink chocolate milk during or after exercise recover just as quickly as they would consuming sports drinks.

Post-workout consumption is a crucial indicator of muscle recovery and fluid/electrolyte repletion rate.

According to authors at the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, previous studies have failed to draw definite conclusions as to which beverages are the best option for exercise recovery.

In their most recent study, researchers analyzed 12 cases that “compared how chocolate milk influenced several marks of exercise recovery” as opposed to placebo beverages and sports drinks.

Researchers examined athletes’ exhaustion levels, exertion rates, heart rate, and lactic acid levels.

According to Dr. Amin Salehi-Abargouei (Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences), chocolate milk contains the necessary “carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavonoids, electrolytes, and some vitamins” for exercise recovery.

Overall, the research concluded that chocolate milk extended time to exhaustion, improved exertion and heart rates, and lowered lactic acid levels.

“The take-home message is that chocolate milk is a low-cost, delicious, and palatable option for recovery and provides either similar or superior effects compared with commercial drinks,” said Dr. Salehi-Abargouei.

Visit Fair Oaks Farms® and purchase your bottle of chocolate milk today!

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hydration-chocolate-milk/chocolate-milk-may-be-better-than-sports-drinks-for-exercise-recovery-idUSKBN1K236Q.

 

 

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Christmas in July

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

At Fair Oaks Farms®, Christmas is in July! Get ahead of the Christmas shopping game and purchase admission for your loved ones this year! If you buy their admission before Labor Day, they will receive FREE access during the 2018 Cowtoberfest, 2018 Holiday Farm Frenzy, 2019 Fair in the Air, and 2019 Dog-A-Palooza! Plus, they’ll receive FREE admission to the newly renovated Dairy Adventure, opening Fall 2018! For a family of 4, that’s a $112 savings!

Purchase your Christmas gifts today at the Admission building! Can’t make it to the farm? Visit our website to plan your visit or purchase admission online!

 

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Handcrafted Weathervanes for the New Hotel!

Last week, Fair Oaks Farms® unveiled the specially handcrafted weathervanes that will go on top of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel, which is scheduled to open in Early 2019.

Fair Oaks Farms has put a lot of consideration in every piece of hotel artwork, and the weathervanes were no exception. West Coast Weather Vanes handcrafted these beautiful copper vanes. Continuing the mid-1800s tradition, West Coast Weather Vanes “always includes a penny from the year the vane is completed inside each sculpture for good luck.” Therefore, the hotel weathervanes have a 2018 copper penny inside each one. How cool is that?!

According to their website, West Coast Weather Vanes uses a similar process to that of the Hellenistic period in Greece. Each weathervane is made individually, meaning that no two are the same. Also, each vane is formed by an individual weathervane maker from start to finish. First, West Coast Weather Vanes starts with an approved design. Then, weathervane makers “hand cut, texture, and shape each individual piece of metal that will become the weathervane.” Afterward, the weathervane will be soldered, leafed with gold or palladium, and polished before being packaged and shipped to its new home.

To watch the “Behind the Weather Vane” video, click here: Vimeo

For more hotel information and updates, visit fofarms.com.

For more information about West Coast Weather Vanes, click here:  West Coast Weather Vanes