Monthly Archives: April 2018

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It’s National Pigs in a Blanket Day!

You read that right, there’s an official day set aside to celebrate Pigs in a Blanket! We can’t believe it either, but then again we won’t pass up the opportunity to make one of our favorite childhood snacks! Down below we’ve included a recipe for a classic Pig in a Blanket, spiced up with some Fair Oaks Farms fresh ingredients, of course. Whip these up for a delicious, comforting snack for the whole family!

Fair Oaks Farms Pigs in a Blanket

A delicious Fair Oaks Farms take on the simple and tasty classic.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Pepper cheese thinly sliced
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slit each hot dog with a sharp knife, being careful not to completely split them in half.

  2. Stuff each hot dog with thinly sliced Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Pepper cheese, or any other Fair Oaks Farms cheese of your choosing.

  3. Roll out the dough, separating into the pre-cut triangles. Rest each hot dog on the widest side of the triangle, then roll towards the opposite corner.

  4. Place wrapped hot dogs on a baking sheet, cheese side up. Bake until dough becomes golden brown and the cheese is melted.

  5. Cut into halves for an afternoon snack or leave whole and whip up an easy dipping sauce for dinner!

Recipe Notes

Any kind of Fair Oaks Farms cheese can be used, Havarti Pepper is suggested above to give your Pigs in a Blanket a kick!

Sweet little boy (5 years) in community garden, holding a seedling in his hands.

Celebrate Earth Day at Fair Oaks Farms!

On Saturday, April 22nd, join us for our Earth Day celebration! Earth Day is an annual event to support and spread awareness about environmental protection and sustainability. At Fair Oaks Farms, part of our mission is to reduce our carbon footprint. Cow manure creates methane, which we convert into usable energy for our farms. You heard that right, we’re powered by poo! We’ll be teaching you all about our sustainability along with other lessons to help the Earth on Earth Day. Read below to find out what you can experience on this special day.

Each Adventure will have their own activities, each teaching you a new way to help the environment. You’ll find out how to reduce your carbon footprint at home, learn about ways to reduce and reuse common household items and see how composting becomes rich fertilizer to feed crops! A passport will be handed out at Admissions on Earth Day and you can travel to each Adventure to get an exclusive sticker when you’ve completed the activities!

At the Dairy Adventure, you’ll learn exactly how we reduce our carbon footprint, and how you can use similar techniques at home to help the environment. You’ll learn all about green energy and how farmers help protect the environment.

At the Pork Education Center, you’ll learn all about bees, colony collapse disorder, and how important these insects are to our environment! Did you know that honey bees are a vital part of our ecosystem? We’ll teach you all about pollination and how to grow plants that will support the life and health of honey bees. 

In our garden, you can learn growing tips from our garden team! Our team members grow beautiful flowers in the middle of campus and keep our orchard and vegetable garden thriving for the Farmhouse Restaurant! You’ll learn how to grow your own sunflower with household items by reusing, reducing and recycling. Learning these basic techniques can help you grow your own plants, vegetables and fruits at home. 

Last but not least, the Crop Adventure will be teaching visitors all about vermiculture. Vermiculture can create a very rich fertilizer. Composting is a great way to reduce waste and creates feed for critters that keep our ground healthy! You’ll learn how to create your own worm farm at home, so you can create fertilizer for your own lush garden.

Make a toast with a beer.

Beer Dinner at The Farmhouse Restaurant

Join us Thursday, April 26th at 6 PM for a beer dinner, hosted by The Farmhouse & St. John Malt Brothers! The menu is set with South American inspired cuisine and each dish is paired with brews from St. John Malt Brothers.

Bartenders will start the evening with a blackberry mojito, but then Chef Jorge will take the reigns for an amuse-bouche course of Leche de Tigre. Fish marinated in citrus, fried calamari, and a sweet potato mousse, make this a course you can’t skip out on. It’s the perfect entrance to an evening of unique tastes from plate to glass. The second course of the evening is a Quinoa and Octopus Salad served with a mixture of roasted corn and poblano pepper that rests on a bed of quinoa and topped with an aioli dressing. The third course is a modern twist on a classic, the Papa Rellena, a potato stuffed with Fair Oaks Farms’ filet mignon, with hard egg and a bell pepper crema. Next up is Arroz con Pollo, a dish full of comforting chicken, beer braised rice, cilantro, English peas, and carrots. The last entree for the night is an extravagant Jales de Mariscos with fried seafood, yucca, tartar sauce, aji aioli, and salsa criolla. To finish the evening, a chocolate cake dessert will be served, topped with Coconut Whip, Chocolate Sauce, and Fair Oaks Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Each dish is paired with a delicious beer from St. John Malt Brothers.

The Beer Dinner is $55 per person and space is limited. Call The Farmhouse today to reserve your spot, this isn’t an evening you want to miss!

kitchen

A Farmhouse Story

By Victor Reis, an employee at The Farmhouse Restaurant

“Are you always this busy? How do you do it?”

“Oh my gosh, look at that steak! I know what I’m ordering!”

“These desserts! Do you think they’ll mind if I get more than one?”

This is what we hear as we stroll through the aisles between the tables and booths, flanked by the massive fireplace everyone wants to sit by and our windowed kitchen everyone wants to look into. We see hungry families, business colleagues, travelers, students and friends. We hear your laughter, and see your smile and your wide eyes as you see how much food is on your plate, wondering if you can finish it all. This fine-dining experience produces the best, whether ordering a filet or one of our gourmet burgers — and we recommend both! Half of the time, we don’t know what to order ourselves when looking at the menu! There is only so much room in our stomachs, after all, and it is all amazing.

We receive everyone, no matter if they’re wearing a suit or t-shirt. We treat our guests as if they were in our home, and if you ask some of our servers they’ll tell you The Farmhouse may as well be. Please come as you are. Tell us where you’re traveling from, where you’re going, what you saw on your visit to the farm and our many attractions, from the Birthing Barn to the Crop Adventure. We took these tours ourselves and were as impressed as you are. We know the ladies and gentlemen running the natural gas plant, and how driven they are to providing the cleanest and most efficient transformation of raw material to usable energy.

Secretly, while you watch us in the kitchen, we look back and see your community sitting together. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, the dining room floor with its many tables and booths warmly invite everyone to sit together and cast aside the worries of the world. Servers delightfully squeal with glee, seeing young visitors stare wide-eyed at the food and big cow and pig decorations, sitting cheerfully together above our spiral staircase. You’ll find the employees are as diverse as you are, and our differences are secondary to working together, to making your experience the best we can. Never saying “no” to a request, the servers will do whatever is needed to make their guests happy and to help one another. If you love our food, which we know you will and work hard to make sure of it, you might notice you’re not the only one. “Oh, I want that! I’m ordering that after work,” is exclaimed more often than you might expect from a server gazing at what our expert cooks and chefs are preparing for you. Our servers love our food and if you ask them what their favorite dish is, they will tell you with full sincerity if it’s the ribeye or the mac & cheese. You need to try both. You also need to try our Brussel sprouts, fried then topped with honey. Our fried cheese curds or freshly cut cheese board showcase what Fair Oaks Farms produces. The chocolate milk is by far the best! Try Fairlife chocolate milk — it has double the protein and half the sugar of regular milk and doesn’t sacrifice taste.

The encouragements given by our servers to the cooks when they studiously craft your dish is what this is all about, and why people come here to work and eat. Our chefs delegate to their team with trust, are always ready and willing to patiently explain how to deliver the finest food and are somehow able to take care of hundreds of people filing in throughout the day. They simultaneously host fantastic banquets, spearheaded by our management staff that is second to none in making our guests happy. You’ll find our management walking around and laughing with guests, making sure their experience is the best because you selected to dine with us. You matter to them, and to us, more than I can accurately convey here in text. You should come by and see for yourself.

This place is different, and that’s why you came to visit instead of stopping by at a run-of-the-mill restaurant. The education on how important farming is and how few feed us all, the peaceful and pleasant settings our animals live in, it all sets us apart from other eateries. We are you, from your communities, and equally inspired by the promise of Fair Oaks Farms’ mission that has servers driving an hour to work here. I have never in my life heard coworkers and colleagues work and push themselves so hard to make the experience of someone passing by as memorable and pleasant as we do.

And if you’re tired from driving all day, spend some time at our hotel that will open soon. Yes, we will have our own hotel. I am as impressed as you are.