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July 4th on the Farm

In 2012, two-fifths of all American soil was claimed as farmland. That equates to 915 million acres and boils down to 2.1 million farms and ranches, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. This means just over 40 percent of the United States was farmland – almost half!

Farming is a huge part of American culture and even though those numbers above seem big, the number of farms in the USA has been in decline since the early 1900s. Here at Fair Oaks Farms our mission is to teach every generation about the importance of agriculture through our interactive Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventures. America was built on farming and agriculture, and we know it’s important for every visitor to learn just how much it affects our everyday lives!

So what better way is there to celebrate July 4th and America’s independence than exploring one of our most important industries? On July 4th, we will be open during our normal business hours to all visitors who want to attend our Adventures. Come with your family; learn all about where your food comes from, what products are made from crops, and which careers fall into the agriculture field. Take our bus tours to our pig and dairy barns to learn about gestation, birth, and so much more! Stop by our Cowfe for lunch and enjoy classic menu items such as our quarter-pound all beef hot dog or our perfectly toasted grilled cheese, made with Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheddar, Sweet Swiss, or Havarti Pepper. The Farmhouse porch will also be open for lunch and dinner, serving fresh beef and pork items produced on our farms such as The Ribeye Burger, our famous Fair Oaks Farms Pork Porthouse, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, and the Farmhouse Bacon Sampler.

You can find out about our ticket prices, hours of operation, and all other information here. We can’t wait to spend Independence Day with you!

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Free Admission Days for Jasper & Newton County Residents

For thirteen years, Fair Oaks Farms has been a part of a small area of farmers, business owners, educators, factory workers and so much more. Being part of Newton and Jasper Counties in Indiana has given us a real sense of community. We have been welcomed and given a home where we can blossom as a business and hopefully leave them (our neighbors) with a business that they can be proud of.

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For thirteen years we have continued to grow. We have welcomed new animals as part of our destination, new restaurants, new services and new experiences. We have been innovators in sustainability, we have been creators of delicious cuisine and we have been entertainers to both young and old. We have been educators in agriculture, bridging the gap between farmers and consumers and continue to strive to make those connections.

Visitors check out all of the new and exciting exhibits at The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms.

Visitors check out all of the new and exciting exhibits at The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms.

As a thank you to our two home counties, we will be offering two free admission days this summer (July 3 and August 7) to all residents of Jasper and Newton Counties in Indiana. We invite them in to experience the Dairy Adventure, the Pig Adventure and the WinField Crop Adventure at no cost, with a form of ID proving their residency.

 

We encourage these residents to bring their families and their neighbors and enjoy time together at our farms sharing and creating new memories this summer. We hope that these two days will bring joy to those who have supported us for so many years and hopefully for years to come.

 

We hope that this summer, all of our neighbors and friends have the opportunity to Start Your Adventure and Feed Your Curiosity.

 

Thank you for all of your support,

 

Fair Oaks Farms

Classic Burger at The Farmhouse

Grillin’ Tips for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up quick and with the weather as beautiful as ever, we wanted to bring you some grilling tips to give Dad the best meal ever!

All products mentioned below can be found at our Dairycatessen, open Monday to Sunday, from 4 AM to 11 PM CST. Our cheeses can also be found in our online store — use code DAD20 to receive 20% off all online purchases until Father’s Day!

  1. To keep your burgers nice and level for all your favorite toppings, use a spoon or your thumb to push a small indentation into the top middle of each raw burger. Then you can add a staple like our Farmstead Fresh Bacon and Cheddar Mild, keep it smooth with our Provolone, or give it a kick with some Havarti Habanero.
  2. Don’t add your toppings too soon! You don’t want our Smoked Sweet Swiss stuck to your grill, you want it stacked on top of a juicy patty and some sautéed mushrooms! Add your toppings when your burger has only a minute left to cook, so your cheese can melt perfectly. The same goes for adding sauces to ribs, because sauces can easily burn. Steak sauce should only be added after the steak is cooked. Need some recommendations? Try out our Sweet Bourbon Glaze, Spicy Cajun Steak Sauce, or Portobello Mushroom Finishing Sauce.
  3. Get creative and make your food your own! It’s going to taste best if it’s the way you like it, so make sure your meat is cooked to the desired temperature and topped or mixed with whatever condiments you choose! Some people aren’t afraid to get bold and add peanut butter, spices, or some of our handcrafted Smoked Gouda cheese straight into their patties!
  4. Never put your raw food on a cool surface. Make sure your grill is hot by preheating it 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to prevent sticking and to lock in moisture.
  5. Always season your meat before you cook it. The simplest way to season is with simple salt and pepper, but you can also try our All Purpose Seasoning. If you’re looking for a rub for your ribs, give our Cinnamon Chipotle Rub and Original Pork Rub a try. Maybe you want to go for a marinade? Our Robust Ribeye Marinade is right up your alley.
  6. Cooking ribs can be delicate work! Keep the heat low and slow for the perfect set of tender ribs.
  7. Certain foods may need cooked on direct heat, while others cook better on indirect heat. For instance, boneless chicken breasts will be perfect grilled quickly over direct heat, but bone-in thighs take longer so direct heat alone would burn them.
  8. Knowing if your beef is done can be tricky and you don’t want to cut into the meat while it’s still cooking or you’ll lose its natural juices. Instead, use this hand trick if you don’t have an instant-read thermometer around.
    1. Hold your hand out with your palm up and touch the base of your hand, by the base of the thumb. This is how a steak will feel if it is raw.
    2. Keep your hand in the same position but make an “OK” sign by touching the tip of your thumb and pointer finger together. Now touch the same spot on your hand. You’ll notice it’s a bit firmer. This is how a steak will feel if it is rare.
    3. Now touch the tip of your thumb to your middle finger and press into the same spot on your hand. This is how a steak will feel if it is medium-rare.
    4. Touch the tip of your thumb to your ring finger and press into the same spot on your hand. This is how a steak will feel if it is medium.
    5. Lastly, touch the tip of you thumb to your pinky finger and press into the same spot on your hand. This is how a well-done steak will feel.
  9. On a similar note, making sure you give your meat time to rest is key to keeping the juices locked inside. Preferably, it is best to rest your meat for up to ten minutes after it’s done cooking – the longer it rests, the more juice it holds in, which means more flavor!
  10. Flare-ups can happen, to prevent them make sure to trim your meat and remove poultry skin. You can also keep a squirt bottle of water near your grill for any out of the blue flames.

If grilling isn’t your idea of a good time, don’t worry! The Farmhouse has an extra special Father’s Day menu that you can check out here — and don’t forget to make your reservation!