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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
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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Valentine’s Day at the Farmhouse Restaurant

We understand if the last thing you want to do on February 14th is cooking a meal. In fact, we encourage you to focus on your loved ones and spend time with them instead of slaving over the stove. You can still have a delicious meal with quality, fresh ingredients without cooking it yourself. The Farmhouse Restaurant has a feature menu on the evening of February 14th that’s sure to satisfy you and your sweetheart’s hunger! To make a reservation, please call the Farmhouse or visit their website to make a reservation.

Our Valentine’s Day menu will feature the following items:

  • Grilled Corn and Lobster Bisque
  • Herb Crusted Prime Rib served with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, and Au Jus
  • Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin served with Truffle Potato Cake, Cabernet Reduction, and Grilled Asparagus
  • Pan Seared Scallops & Shrimp with Beef Ragout served with Saffron Risotto
  • Surf ‘n’ Turf including 6-ounce Filet Mignon & Jumbo Shrimp served with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus

For dessert the Farmhouse will serve:

  • Chocolate Fudge Molten Lava Cake a la Mode served with Fair Oaks Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Strawberries
  • Creme Brulee served with fresh berries
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Fondue for Two

This Valentine’s Day, don’t stick to the simple favorites you’ve had every single year. Use a blast from the past to make your V-Day exciting this year, with Fondue for Two! Use Fair Oaks Farms cheese to ensure melty, gooey, quality deliciousness!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into approximately 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Sweet Swiss Cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. After shredding Fair Oaks Farms Sweet Swiss, place in a bowl or resealable plastic bag and coat with all-purpose flour.
  2. Add garlic and wine to a fondue pot or large saucepan, simmer and then stir in lemon juice.
  3. Add cheese and flour mixture slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to prevent lumps.
  4. Keep warm on a low setting while serving, to prevent cheese from hardening. Use fondue forks to spear bread and begin dipping!

Tips & Tricks

  • Not a fan of our Sweet Swiss cheese or looking for a different flavor? No problem! Use any Fair Oaks Farms cheese to get the exact taste you want. The above recipe might need to be adjusted slightly, but ultimately it’s about what satisfies you! We recommend trying Asiago, 5 Year Cheddar, or even Havarti Pepper for a kick!
  • French bread is just a suggestion! Any kind of crusty bread will do, such as sourdough, ciabatta, or Italian. Or use anything that marries well with cheese, like cubes of ham, bacon, or steak, fresh mushrooms, broccoli florets, carrots, or apple wedges. Be creative!
  • There are many deviations of simple fondue all over the internet. Look up your own recipes and try to find something that tickles your fancy, such as adding spices and other ingredients to the cheese.
  • If the cheese starts thickening, add a bit of wine (or milk, if you choose to keep your cheese nonalcoholic).
  • Most importantly, have fun! Fondue is meant to be experimental and customizable!
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Super Bowl Sunday Party Prep

Some consider Super Bowl Sunday to be a holiday — and some would call it their favorite! No matter your love or indifference towards football, it’s a great time to get your family and friends together, eat some good food, and enjoy each other’s company! We’ve got some suggestions to make sure the day goes smoothly, so leave the menu to us and focus on your loved ones and your favorite team!

  • Super Bowl Sunday Cheese Tray

If you don’t want to do any cooking for Super Bowl Sunday, we get it. Some weeks Sundays are our only days to relax! But we don’t want you to be left with an empty stomach. That’s why our Cowfé is offering a special on Fair Oaks Farms Cheese Trays just for Super Bowl Sunday! Choose from Best Sellers, Best of Class, or All Time Favorites. Each style comes in small ($34.99, serves 15), medium ($54.99, serves 35), or large ($84.99, serves 55). Pick up a sausage and a roll of crackers at the Cowfé to complete the spread, and you’re all set! To place an order, call (877) 536-1194, extension 419. Please order by Saturday at the latest to guarantee freshness!

  • Dips Galore

Keep it easy, fun, and creative — make dips! Dips can please a wide range of tastes from salty, spicy, smoky, garlic-y, and so much more! Check out Fair Oaks Farms unique variety of seasonings in our Cowfé and Dairycatessan to create your own dips, or search the internet for some inspiration. Serve with a veggie tray, crackers, a diced baguette, and potato chips.

  • Apps on Apps on Apps

Cheese and dips alone might not do it. In this case, we say bring out the appetizers! Pick up your favorite Fair Oaks Farms cheeses, sausages, bacon, and other ingredients, and get creative! Try out a cheese, sausage, and fruit kabob, or even some bacon-wrapped micro potatoes. The more-indulgent, the better, let’s be real! Go wild on the cheese and bacon for some messy loaded cheese fries, or pick up some of our special seasonings to make the best pulled pork ever. Whatever you make, be certain you have enough for the entire day so your guests can continue to graze no matter how long the halftime show is!

Our Cowfé is currently open from 8 am to 5 pm, and all of our products can be found there or at our Dairycatessan.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — 16 days away, to be exact. Don’t leave your sweetheart’s gift until last minute, put some thought into it! And some chocolate! And some cheese! Below are some of the best gifts available at Fair Oaks Farms, and all can be purchased at our Cowfe or our online shop.

  • 15-Piece Deluxe Chocolate Assortment – $10.95

Nothing says “I love you,” better than chocolate. The perfect gift for your significant other or friend, our 15-piece deluxe assortment showcases the finest chocolates that Fair Oaks has to offer. The box includes pieces such as a peanut butter cup, almond cluster, white cream, toffee, and so much more. Check out the full list on our website.

  • Fair Oaks Farms Chocolate Covered Cherries – $11.95 (8-pieces)

A decadent treat for anyone that loves the sweet mix of cherry and chocolate. All of our chocolate is made from own our butter, milk, and cream, so we can ensure that our chocolate covered cherries will be creamy and satisfying to any sweet tooth.

  • Select Assortment of Fair Oaks Farms Chocolate – prices vary

Celebrate your unique loved one by handpicking their own assortment of delicious chocolate. Our chocolate counter is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm for you to curate your own particular arrangement for that special someone.

  • Any of our Gourmet Gift Collections – prices range from $34.95 to $94.95

Not everyone is a chocolate fan, and that’s ok! For those that wouldn’t be interested in our specially made chocolate, our cheese gift collections would be the perfect gift. We offer seven different ready-made collections, complete with a variety of cheeses to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Complete with a branded hat box or a Fair Oaks Farms sausage, this is the perfect spread to entertain your Valentine before dinner or to indulge them for days.

  • Select Assortment of Fair Oaks Farms Cheese – prices vary

Of course, there may not be just one collection that fits your Valentine’s fancy. In this case, stop by our Cowfé for a tasting and select your own cheeses to build an exclusive gift collection. Tie your gift together with a branded hat box and box of crackers, and you’re all set! A heartfelt, thoughtful, and cheesy gift.

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Calling All Scouts and 4H-ers!

Are you looking for a new Adventure? We can help! Now through March, take part in a special promotion for all Scout Troops and 4H Clubs! That means Brownies, Eagle Scouts, Daisies, Boy Scouts — you’re all welcome! Any Scout Troop or 4H Club that wants to visit is encouraged to come!

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Now through March, all Scout Troops that schedule an Adventure will receive a special price — $8 for one Adventure, $12 for the Whole Adventure! Prices are per guest and must be part of a group of at least ten people. Not only will you receive a discounted Adventure, but you’ll also get a fun passport to commemorate your trip, an ice cream cone, and a badge! You’ll be a real Fair Oaks Farms Adventurer!

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4H Clubs are also welcome to take part in this promotion. They can take advantage of the discount pricing, passport, and ice cream cone. It’s an excellent opportunity for your 4H-ers to learn how a major farm operates and how we’re using technology to improve farms across the world! It can strike inspiration for projects and new farmers of any age.

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To schedule your trip, just call Lisa at 877.536.1194, extension 322. Remember, there is a minimum of 10 guests per group to receive the discount!

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Cheese Counter Exclusive!

Have you had the chance to visit our cheese counter at the Cowfé? At the counter, you can sample as many Fair Oaks Farms cheeses as you please! The cheese counter attendants are there to answer your questions and help you select your new favorite cheese. This week we have an exclusive interview with our cheese counter manager, Kim! (Keep in mind, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love cheese?!)

What is the most popular cheese purchased at the cheese counter?
Kim: Sweet Swiss is the most popular purchased cheese.

What cheese do people sample the most?
Kim: The three top kinds of cheese that are sampled are Sweet Swiss, Batterkase, Aged Gouda.

What is the most popular gift collection purchased at the cheese counter?
Kim:
This year the box that sold the most in the Cowfé was the Heartland.

Have you tried all of the cheeses?
Kim: Yes, when you train in cheese you get to try all of the cheeses to help you with learning the descriptions.

What is your favorite cheese?
Kim: My favorite cheese is our 9-Year Cheddar, it has the most aged crystallization and a citric after-flavor.

Are visitors allowed to create their own collection with a branded hat box?
Kim: Most definitely, our hat boxes are $10, and you can put anything you would like in them.

What are the most frequently asked questions at the cheese counter?
Kim: The most frequently asked question is, what cheese are you known for here at Fair Oaks?

Approximately how many people sample cheese per day?
Kim: We sample to about 250 people on a slow day!

How can visitors improve their sampling experience?
Kim: Try all different kinds of cheese — you never know what you will like!

What is the spiciest cheese we have?
Kim: Our spiciest cheese is Havarti Habanero, it has a little kick right at the end.

What is the mildest cheese we have?
Kim: The mildest has to be our Butterkase, it’s a Danish cheese that pairs well with apples and grapes.

What is the smokiest cheese we have?
Kim: Our Smoked Gouda is our smokiest, it’s been smoked in a smokehouse with hickory smoke. It actually won first place at the World Dairy Expo in 2017!

How does the taste of the cheddars change from year to year?
Kim: Each year our cheddar is aged it gets more age crystallization and a citric after flavor.

Are all of the cheeses made from Fair Oaks Farms milk?
Kim: Yes, all of our cheeses are made with our products, Fair Oaks Farms milk and cream.

Where are the cheeses made?
Kim: Our Fair oaks cheese is made at one of our off-site facilities in Verona, Wisconsin.

 

Our Cowfé is currently open 8 am to 4 pm CST, stop by anytime to sample your new favorite cheese! For 24-hour access to purchase our cheese, check out our online store!

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Classic and Quick Cheesy Entrees for National Cheese Lovers Day

Picking out the unique recipes that appear on this blog isn’t always easy. There are so many incredible recipes that come across our desks, and so many perfect Fair Oaks Farms products to choose to exhibit. When it comes to National Cheese Lovers Day, we wanted to pick a recipe that everyone could enjoy, but we couldn’t settle on just one. We’ve chosen two different recipes, a sandwich and a steak, that use Fair Oaks Farms cheeses creatively. Our cheeses add to the depth of flavor in each dish, so whichever you choose to make you won’t be disappointed!

Cheesy Crusted Steak Rolls

Ingredients

  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups of mushrooms, diced
  • 2 small red onions, diced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 pound beef sirloin steak
  • 8 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Provolone cheese, sliced
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Flatten out steak, using plastic wrap and a meat tenderizer. After, season both sides with salt and pepper or other seasonings of your choosing. Set to the side.
  3. Heat skillet and add butter or vegetable oil. Once hot, add onions and mushrooms and cook until tender. Turn off the stove and add spinach, cooking until wilted.
  4. Spread spinach, onion, and mushroom mixture onto flattened steak, careful not to reach the edges. Leave about an inch border.
  5. Place slices of provolone over steak and mixture.
  6. Roll steak tightly, then secure with skewers or twine, about 2 inches apart. Cut between each skier or twine so that each slice is even.
  7. Using the same skillet you used for spinach, onion, and mushroom mixture, add another teaspoon of oil or butter and heat. Once warm add the steak rolls and cook each side for about 3 minutes. Then place in oven for about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with salad or side dish of your choosing.

 

Monte Cristo Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Sweet Swiss
  • 4 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 white sandwich bread slices
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Raspberry jam, for serving

Instructions

  1. Divide mustard, cheese, and ham evenly between two bread slices, placing the second slice on top of each.
  2. Whisk eggs and milk.
  3. Place butter in medium skillet, then dip sandwiches in milk mixture and place on skillet. Cook until golden brown on each side.
  4. Serve warm with powdered sugar on top and raspberry jam on the side.