Monthly Archives: December 2017

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Entertaining 101: Side Dishes

You may think they’re unnecessary or even a waste of time and money. Say what you will about side dishes, but they can carry a meal. Side dishes are important to entertaining as they provide guests with a variety of tastes that compliment the main dish. They can inspire, entertain, and introduce your guests to a new flavor. Below we’ve outlined a few side dishes to turn it up a notch, easy to pair with almost any main dish and sure to please the crowd.

Mashed Potato Souffle


  • 8 ounces Farmstead Bacon
  • 2 pounds potatoes (any kind)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 Farmstead Eggs
  • 8 ounces Farmstead Emmentaler Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet, cook Farmstead Bacon until crispy. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard drippings.
  2. Boil your potatoes in a large pot with one tablespoon of salt, until potatoes are soft. Drain, then spread onto a baking sheet to dry. Either use a ricer or a fork to smash potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk half and half with Farmstead Egg yolks, add a teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Add Farmstead Bacon and all but 2 tablespoons of Farmstead Emmentaler. Pour over potatoes, then combine.
  4. Use the Farmstead Egg whites to beat into soft peaks, then fold into potato mixture.
  5. Pour into baking dish, add remaining Farmstead Emmentaler, then bake for around an hour. Serve warm.


Cheesy Corn Casserole


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded Farmstead Havarti Habanero
  • 10 slices Farmstead Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped chives for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cream cheese, Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk, heavy cream, flour, paprika, and garlic powder, until evenly combined.
  3. Fold in corn, 2 1/2 cups of Farmstead Havarti Habanero, and Farmstead Bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle remaining Farmstead Havarti Habanero on top to taste, then bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle chives on top and serve.


French Onion Bake


  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 ounces shredded Farmstead Lacy Swiss Cheese
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix, prepared according to package instructions for soup


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange sliced bread on baking sheet and bake until bread is dry and crispy.
  2. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to line baking dish.
  3. Place half of the sliced bread on baking dish, sprinkle with Farmstead Lacy Swiss then place a second slice on each bottom slice. Pour onion soup mix over bread, then sprinkle with more Farmstead Lacy Swiss.
  4. Bake around 30 minutes, or until soup has been absorbed and cheese is golden.


Cheesy Mushroom & Broccoli


  • 3 tablespoons Farmstead Butter, and more for lining baking dish
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded Farmstead Calico Cheese
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line casserole dish with Farmstead Butter.
  2. Over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons Farmstead Butter and flour to create a roux, until medium-beige in color. Add mushrooms, onions, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, heavy cream, stock, broccoli, 1 cup of Farmstead Calico, and rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour into baking dish, sprinkle remaining Farmstead Calico on top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve warm.
Santa Claus playing with cute African American Child at Home

Make Memories at Holiday Farm Frenzy

Holiday cheer is infectious and can create lasting memories for generations. People can recall looking at Christmas light displays, doing family activities, and spend time together, for their entire lifetime. We appreciate that the holidays are so important to our visitors and community members, and that’s why we created Holiday Farm Frenzy four years ago.

This year’s Holiday Farm Frenzy is built on those same values: family, holiday cheer, and memory-making. On December 16th, we’ll transform our campus into a winter wonderland fit for anyone’s fantasies. Admission is free to the event, but most activities will take place in the Adventures. Luckily, the Whole Adventure is discounted for this special day for only $15 per person! This price includes the Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventure, admission to the vendors, and a wristband to go indoor ice skating! The first 100 children to buy admission will also receive a Holiday Farm Frenzy Santa hat.

Indoor ice skating will be in the FeedBarn, along with Christmas crafts and light displays. There’s no need to bring your own skates, as they will be provided. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance from noon to 3pm so make sure you have your Christmas lists ready! There will also be a Christmas wagon ride to take you to the FeedBarn and Crop Adventure so you don’t have to walk in the cold! We’ll be packing our Crop Building with vendors, selling a variety of handmade gifts, personalized items, florals, clothing, and cosmetics. The Uptones will join the party in the Crop Adventure IMAX theater for a special performance at 10am.

If you were lucky enough to get a reservation for Breakfast with Santa, you’ll have bacon and eggs with the guest of honor from 9am to 11am. The first 100 kids that registered also receive a commemorative mason jar. If you do not already have a reservation for Breakfast with Santa, please be advised that they are SOLD OUT.

Fair Oaks Farms operates 9am to 3pm on Saturday, December 16th, but Holiday Farm Frenzy does not begin until 10am! The Cowfé will be operating with regular hours and service a special hot chocolate treat to guests! The Farmhouse Restaurant will also be open during regular hours, so stop by to get some warm soup or comfort food!

We hope you can all make it for Holiday Farm Frenzy, a truly unique opportunity to spend some time with your family and friends. For more information, please refer to our Facebook page.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Ingredients: Emmental (swiss) cheese.

Comfort for Lunch

From now until February the Fair Oaks Farms blog will bring you comfort food recipes to cure the winter blues. Watch this space to get weeknight dinner ideas that won’t break the bank or take up too much time! This food is sure to keep you warm and happy — and please the whole family! Today, we’re focusing on lunch. Ditch your cold salad or boring lunchmeat sandwich for these Ham & Cheese Turnovers. Simply bake ahead of time and microwave for a taste of comfort in your office. These turnovers can be frozen for up to 3 weeks!

Ham & Cheese Turnovers and Side Salad


  • 1 pound package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 8 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Farmstead Lacy or Sweet Smoked Swiss, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into thin rings
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pizza dough into a 14 inch circle and cut into 8 triangles.
  2. Lay a slice of ham, then a slice of Farmstead Swiss, and a few slices of onion on the bottom of each triangle and roll the dough up around the filling. It’s OK if some sticks out of the ends.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the rolls on top. Bake until golden and crisp.
  4. Combine the mustard and oil in a bowl and toss with the romaine as a small side salad.

All Farmstead Cheeses are sold online or at the Cowfé.

Friends having dinner party at home. It is a feast of food of all color and they are enjoy in every moment of the evening. They are happy and well dressed. Home is decorated with festive string lights and candles. Evening or night.

Entertaining 101

The party is at your house this year, which means your family and friends are coming and bringing their picky eaters and grumbling stomachs along. Hosting can be a headache, so welcome to Entertaining 101 – a series on the Fair Oaks Farms’ blog for tips and tricks about hosting this holiday season. We’ll give you recipes for appetizers, side dishes, and main dishes, that will blow all of your guests out of the water. Today, we’re tackling appetizers. Below is a small round up of dishes that all include Fair Oaks Farms’ products.

Bacon-Tomato & Cheese Open-Faced Sandwiches


  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 8 strips Farmstead Bacon
  • 4 slices thick sandwich bread
  • ¾ grated Farmstead Mild Cheddar
  • ¾ cup granted Farmstead Mozzarella
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 5 scallions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ small zucchini, thinly sliced or spiralized
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Core the tomatoes and thinly slice. Place in a colander and sprinkle with salt, then let drain for at least 15 minutes.
  2. While tomatoes are draining, cook the bacon until crisp and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate for draining. Pour off and reserve the drippings, leaving 1 tablespoon in the skillet.
  3. Grill your bread on one side in the drippings until golden. It helps to do this one or two slices at once, replenishing the dripping as you go. Place the bread, toasted side down, on a baking sheet.
  4. Stir together the cheese, mayonnaise, scallions, and parsley. Spread the mixture on the toasts, saving about 1/3 cup. Crumble the bacon on top of the mixture. Shake off any remaining liquid from the tomatoes, then distribute evenly with the zucchini on the toasts. Dot the open-faced sandwiches with the remaining cheesy mixture and season with pepper.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.


Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos Stuffed with Cheese


  • 12 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded Farmstead Havarti Pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 slices Farmstead Bacon, cut in half
  • 24 toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place baking rack on top of the baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Cut the jalapeno peppers in half, lengthwise. Remove seeds and center. Set aside.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, Farmstead Havarti Pepper cheese, garlic, and paprika, together until combined. Add salt to taste. Spoon the mixture into the halved jalapenos equally.
  4. Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with half-slice of Farmstead Bacon, then stick a toothpick through the center to keep the bacon in place. Place wrapped peppers on the baking rack, bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Serve immediately.


Cheesy Garlic Herb Crack Bread


  • 1 loaf Sourdough bread
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • ¾ cup shredded Farmstead Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the melted butter, garlic, salt, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
  2. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the bread diagonally into 1-inch diamonds, being careful not to slice all the way through. Pry open each crack and stuff bread with butter mixture and shredded cheese.
  3. Wrap the entire loaf in foil. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, bake for 15, or until cheese is melted. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes or until crusty. Serve immediately.


Cheesy Caramelized Onion Dip


  • ½ pound Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon Farmstead Butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 8-ounce cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded Farmstead Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Farmstead Mozzarella Cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • toasted baguette slices, for serving
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook Farmstead Bacon until crispy, drain, and set aside. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings.
  2. Melt butter in the same pan. Add sliced onions and cook until tender and golden.
  3. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Beat until light and fluffy, then season with salt and pepper. Crumble Farmstead Bacon, then fold into cream cheese mixture with Farmstead Cheeses and sliced onions.
  4. Transfer mixture to small baking dish and bake until bubbly.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve warm with bread for dipping.


Olive-Asiago Flatbread


  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • 2 flatbreads
  • ½ cup shredded Farmstead Asiago
  • pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine green olives, parsley, olive oil, and garlic. Season with pepper.
  2. Spread evenly onto each flatbread, top with Farmstead Asiago.
  3. Bake until crisp, approximately 12 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.


Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms


  • 1 pound Italian pork sausage
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8-ounce cream cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Farmstead Gouda cheese
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 30 large mushrooms, stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic, over medium heat. Break up sausage into crumbles while cooking, until sausage is no longer pink and onion is soft. Drain.
  2. Combine sausage, onion, cream cheese, and Farmstead Asiago. Cook and stir until melted. Stir in bread crumbs, basil, and parsley.
  3. While fillings are cooking, place mushroom caps in greased baking pan, stem side up. Brush with melted butter. Spoon fillings into mushroom caps.
  4. Bake, uncovered until mushrooms are tender.


Cheese & Bacon Micro Potatoes


  • 12 small Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded Farmstead Havarti Veggie
  • 4 slices Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon chives, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil potatoes, add salt, continue cooking until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Slice a small piece from top and bottom of each potato. Transfer to bowl to toss with oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place potatoes on baking sheet, then score each top. Top with equal amounts Farmstead Havarti Veggie and Farmstead Bacon. Bake until cheese melts.
  4. Sprinkles with chives and serve.


You can purchase all of our Farmstead Cheeses at our online shop and the Cowfé. Farmstead Bacon is sold at the Dairycatessan. If you cook up a mean appetizer with one of our Farmstead items, comment below!

Christmas decorations of tinsel, baubles and dog whistles line a rural farm fence

25 Days of Fair Oaks Farms Christmas!

It’s the moooooo-st wonderful time of the year! We love the holiday season – the decorations, the special times with loved ones, and most importantly, giving back! We put our heads together this holiday season and thought up the perfect gift for our visitors and fans.

This year, we’ll be giving away 4 VIP passes to our Whole Adventure! One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to check out our Whole Adventure – which includes the Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure, Crop Adventure, Mooville*, and the Pig Adventure Ropes Course*! I bet you’re wondering how to enter…

Mooooove on over to our Facebook page, where each day leading up to Christmas Day we will post facts and behind-the-scenes info that you might not know. In each post, there will be a question, simply comment your answer on the post and you will be entered into the contest! At the end of December, we will enter all of your comments into a raffle and randomly select a winner. Each day presents a new opportunity to win, so the more days you comment, the more chances you have!

We will promote the contest on all of our social media channels, but only comments on our Facebook page will be counted, so make sure to like and follow so you can stay up-to-date!

If you have any questions about 25 Days of Fair Oaks Farms’ Christmas, please comment below.

*Mooville and Pig Adventure are not open year-round. Please visit our website for tentative schedules.