Monthly Archives: May 2018

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Meet the Farmer

Have you ever met a farmer? This summer at Fair Oaks Farms®, you can! Meet the Farmer is a new talk series hosted at Fair Oaks Farms, aimed to educate visitors on the work of a farmer and innovations in the agriculture industry. Each Meet the Farmer day consists of two, 2-hour sessions with a break between sessions. Jamie Miller, the Adventure Manager, recently sat down to answer some questions about the new program. Read below to find out how you can attend!

 

What can visitors learn during Meet the Farmer?
Jamie: Who [the farmers] are, their background, why they chose agriculture as their field, what they love about their role, some of the challenges in their role and industry, what they want folks to know, fun facts about their industry, lots of in-depth info, why they think innovation [in agriculture] is important and other random questions!

Will visitors be able to ask the farmer questions?
Jamie: Of course! These farmers are excited to talk about their role in agriculture and would love a chance to speak with consumers!

Who are some of the speakers?
Jamie: Here is what we have so far…Iris Ordoñez, an assistant manager at Prairie’s Edge Dairy. Fun fact: She has her pilot’s license and loves to fly. Kasey Sheldon, a former manager at Legacy Farms. She enjoys showing pigs with her young sons and husband. Lance Barton, a pig farmer at Belstra Milling for over 20 years. Matt Kallemeyn, the current caretaker of the Fair Oaks Farms Orchard and gardens. Nick DeKryger, who has spent most of his life working with pigs at Belstra Miller. He also spent time in DC lobbying for pig farming while getting his Master’s. Doug Moulder, the current manager at Legacy who has over 20 years of pig farming experience!

What is the goal of Meet the Farmer?
Jamie: To give visitors a chance to directly speak with the people feeding us and give them a rare chance to ask questions.

When and where does Meet the Farmer take place?
Jamie: Dairy farmers will be in the Dairy Adventure Interactive Area, pig farmers in the Pig Adventure Gestation Barn, and agronomists/crop farmers in the Crop Adventure. (You can see a full schedule below.)

Do visitors need to buy tickets? How can they attend?
Jamie: Visitors must have a wristband for admission, but there are no additional fees to attend.

Are these talks for visitors of all ages? What can a child or an adult learn from a farmer?
Jamie: Absolutely for all ages! Children can learn where their food comes from. Milk doesn’t exactly come from the store! Most pigs actually live in comfortable indoor farms. Adults will be able to learn about the innovation that today’s farms use while still caring for the land, the animals, and safety of the food they’re producing.

Are there any speakers you’d like to have in the future?
Jamie: My favorite speakers are the ones that can entertain while educating. Speakers that have lots of action behind their words. I’d love to continue the program and offer visitors the opportunity to speak to a wide range of agricultural leaders.

 

Calendar

All talks begin at 10 am and 2 pm.

  • Saturday, May 26th – Iris Ordoñez in Dairy Adventure Interactive Area
  • Friday, June 1st – Kasey Sheldon in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn
  • Thursday, June 14th – Lance Barton in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn
  • Thursday, June 28th – Matt Kallemeyn in Crop Adventure
  • Thursday, August 2nd – Nick DeKryger in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn
  • Thursday, August 16th – Doug Moulder in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn

You will notice that some dates are open. If you would like the opportunity to speak please contact Jamie Miller at jamiem@fofarms.com or (219) 394-2025, extension 315.

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HEAT ADVISORY

One of our priorities is the care, comfort and quality of life for our animals. Due to the extreme heat, we can not offer the horseback riding in Mooville today, May 27, 2018.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope you still enjoy everything else we have to offer both indoors and out! Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

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Start Your Adventure with Summer Perks!

This summer we have a variety of new and exciting attractions coming to Fair Oaks Farms®! You’ll be able to enjoy Meet the Farmer talks with local thought leaders in agriculture and our limited time inflatable slide in Mooville! Enjoy these added perks all summer long with the Adventure Pass! An Adventure Pass is only $55 for unlimited annual admission AND a lengthy list of year-round perks from all over campus. During the summer we also have weekly Summer Perks that give our Adventure Pass members even more discounts and advantages, view our schedule below!

  • June 4 to 10

Bring a friend for free*! With the purchase of an Adventure Pass, bring your friend along and they get FREE admission! That’s seven free Adventures! You can choose from our Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure, or Crop Adventure – or see them all on the Whole Adventure! 

  • June 11 to 17

Free Kiddie Cone at the Cowfé*! Enjoy a single scoop of Fair Oaks Farms Ice Cream every day this week. People travel far and wide to get a scoop of our ice cream, and you could get yours for FREE! 

  • June 18 to 24

Free fountain drink with the purchase of a sandwich at Dairycatessan*! At the Dairycatessan we stock an array of freshly made grab-n-go sandwiches. During this week, when you purchase one with your Adventure Pass, you could also get a FREE fountain drink! That’s lunch under $7 each day this week!

  • June 25 to July 1

Free appetizers with the purchase of an entrée at the Farmhouse Restaurant*! Fair Oaks Farms’ Cheese Board, Farmhouse Bacon Sampler, Fair Oaks Farms’ Cheese Curds, and more – take your pick, you can get one for free with the purchase of an entrée! You’re allowed one free appetizer per table.

  • July 2 to 8

Bring a friend to Mooville for free*! In the first week of July, take a trip to Mooville with your best friend and you can both enjoy it for free! Climb our milk jug rock wall, bounce around on our bounce pillow, and take a ride on our kiddie train!

  • July 9 to 15

Free refills with the purchase of a souvenir cup at the Cowfé! You can find all of our merchandise at the gift shop in the Cowfé, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and stuffed animals. But this week, pick up a souvenir Fair Oaks Farms cup and receive free refills every day! 

  • July 16 to 22

Bring a friend for free*! Once again you can bring a friend every day this week for a free Adventure!

  • July 23 to 29

10% off chocolates at the Dairycatessan! Cure your sweet tooth with Fair Oaks Farms Fine Chocolate! All purchases with an Adventure Pass are 10% off ONLY at the Dairycatessan.

  • July 30 to August 5

Free appetizers with the purchase of a meal at the Farmhouse Restaurant*! In the last week of Summer Perks, stop by the Farmhouse and try out a new appetizer for FREE when you purchase an entrée. 

All discounts are only available to Adventure Pass holders. You can purchase you Adventure Pass TODAY at the Admission building at Fair Oaks Farms. Check out our year-long discounts on our website!

* Perks are only allowed one per Adventure Pass, per day. For instance, you can bring one friend for free per Adventure Pass, per day. Or you could get one free Kiddie Cone per Adventure Pass, per day.

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The Cheesiest Pizza Ever

Did you know May 18th is National Pizza Party Day? There’s no better way to celebrate than a homemade cheese pizza! We love cheese, so we wanted to come up with the cheesiest pizza ever — and we think we’ve done it! Read below to see how it’s made.

The Cheesiest Pizza Ever

Whether you use boxed macaroni and cheese or your homemade recipe, this pizza is sure to indulge your cheesy cravings!

Servings 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 box macaroni and cheese
  • 3 slices Fair Oaks Farms® Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 1 premade pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Prepare your macaroni and cheese, following the box instructions or your own recipe.

  2. Add 3 slices of Fair Oaks Farms Cheese and 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk to the macaroni and cheese. Stir until combined.

  3. Roll out pizza dough and brush with olive oil.

  4. Top the pizza dough with the macaroni and cheese.

  5. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of shredded Fair Oaks Farms Cheese on top of the macaroni.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Use any kind of Fair Oaks Farms Cheese! We have over 20 cheeses for you to make this The Cheesiest Pizza Ever! We suggest Mozzarella, Asiago, Cheddar, Gouda, or Havarti Pepper!

Fair Oaks Farms boasts over 20 types of cheese! Sample them at our Cowfé or order from our online cheese shop at shop.fofarms.com!

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What’s For Breakfast?

Fair Oaks Farms Yogurt!

This morning we’re whipping up a delicious and filling breakfast to put all other breakfasts to shame! Smoothie bowls are easy to prep, assemble, and eat on the go. We’ve included a recipe of one of our favorite bowls, but try out your own combinations at home to please your tastes. Most smoothie bowls are sweet, making it the perfect alternative to a sugary bowl of cereal for your children.

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl


Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries set 2 strawberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries set 4 blueberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup raspberries set 4 raspberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup blackberries set 4 blackberries aside
  • 1 cup almonds sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend Fair Oaks Farms Strawberry Greek Yogurt, Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Pour mixture into a bowl.

  2. Slice the strawberries that were set aside, then place all remaining fruit on top of the smoothie mixture in bowl.

  3. Sprinkle sliced almonds and chia seeds on top. Enjoy!

 

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Fair in the Air Cancelled

FAIR OAKS FARMS’ FAIR IN THE AIR CANCELLED
Event canceled due to thunderstorms.

FAIR OAKS INDIANA, (MAY 11, 2018) – Fair Oaks Farms’ announced the cancellation of the May 12, 2018 Fair in the Air Kite festival at 11am CST on Friday, May 11.

Due to the weather reports of 80% chance of thunderstorms throughout the duration of the event it is in our best interest to cancel the event. Fair Oaks Farms has explored countless options and all scenarios posed a safety risk for performers and attendees.

“Our organization has worked hard the past five months to present an exhilarating kite show for our guests,” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms’ COO. “But because of the safety challenges presented by the thunderstorms, we know the event would not come close to meeting the expectations of everyone involved – the Fair Oaks Farms staff, Fair in the Air performers and our guests.”

Though the 2018 Fair in the Air kite festival is cancelled, Fair Oaks Farms is offering 50% off admission both online with the code: RAIN, and on site admission purchases for Saturday May 12, and on Mother’s Day May 13. In addition Mother’s will receive free admission all weekend May 12 and 13.

For information on Fair Oaks Farms’ or other family-friendly events, visit www.fofarms.com. For questions regarding the cancellation of Fair in the Air, contact Leslie Rusk, Marketing and Events Director for Fair Oaks Farms, by calling 219-394-2025 or online at lrusk@fofarms.com.

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About Fair Oaks Farms:
Fair Oaks Farms is the nation’s premier agritourism destination located in Northwest Indiana and provides the public with the opportunity to learn about modern farming and agriculture practices. Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet. For more information, fofarms.com

Contact:
Leslie Rusk
MARKETING & EVENTS DIRECTOR | FAIR OAKS FARMS
lrusk@fofarms.com
219-394-2025

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You’re Invited to Our House for Mother’s Day ♥︎

On Sunday, May 13th, join Fair Oaks Farms® for a Mother’s Day to remember. We’ll be showcasing Mother’s Day deals across our entire campus, so don’t miss out!

Show your mom just how much you appreciate her with gifts from the Cowfé, like our Mother’s Day Cheese Basket for only $29.99 — a basket filled with Fair Oaks Farms’ best-selling Sweet Swiss and Mild Cheddar, award-winning Havarti Pepper, and crackers. Give these cheeses a try on our Almost Famous Classic Grilled Cheese, because on May 13th when you buy a full-size Classic Grilled Cheese, you can get a half Classic Grilled Cheese for free! Mom can also enjoy free admission on Mother’s Day, so bring your entire family along for an Adventure! The Farmhouse Restaurant will be serving up a Mother’s Day Buffet as well. You can choose between Brunch or Dinner and we’ve included the menus of both below so you can make your reservations today!

For brunch, The Farmhouse will be serving up a breakfast classics such as fresh fruit, Fair Oaks Farms’ yogurt, cereal, pastries, bagels, muffins, breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and a build-your-own omelet station. You can also indulge in a few lunch options as well like roasted garlic mash potatoes, Farmhouse Mac ‘n’ Cheese, full salad bar, orange-glazed ham, bourbon-glazed salmon, herb-crusted roasted pork loin carving station, prime rib carving station and assorted desserts. Brunch will be served from 10:30 am to 3 pm.

On the dinner buffet, you’ll find a multi-course menu including appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts. Dishes available will include shrimp cocktail, spinach dip, Fair Oaks Farms’ Fine Cheese, meatballs, tater tots, chicken strips, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, Cajun chicken and rice, Farmhouse Mac ‘n’ Cheese, baked tilapia, Farmhouse Fried Chicken, build-your-own pasta station, sausages, bourbon-glazed salmon, herb-crusted roasted pork loin carving station, prime rib carving station, full salad bar and assorted desserts. Dinner will be served from 3:30 pm to 8 pm.

Reservations are highly recommended as we’ll be very busy! You can indulge in either buffet for only $35, while children 12 years and under are only $16. This price includes coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Our regular menu will not be served. Call (219) 394-3663 to reserve your space today or visit the Farmhouse’s website.