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Drink Chocolate Milk for Exercise Recovery

Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or a student-athlete, research shows that those who drink chocolate milk during or after exercise recover just as quickly as they would consuming sports drinks.

Post-workout consumption is a crucial indicator of muscle recovery and fluid/electrolyte repletion rate.

According to authors at the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, previous studies have failed to draw definite conclusions as to which beverages are the best option for exercise recovery.

In their most recent study, researchers analyzed 12 cases that “compared how chocolate milk influenced several marks of exercise recovery” as opposed to placebo beverages and sports drinks.

Researchers examined athletes’ exhaustion levels, exertion rates, heart rate, and lactic acid levels.

According to Dr. Amin Salehi-Abargouei (Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences), chocolate milk contains the necessary “carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavonoids, electrolytes, and some vitamins” for exercise recovery.

Overall, the research concluded that chocolate milk extended time to exhaustion, improved exertion and heart rates, and lowered lactic acid levels.

“The take-home message is that chocolate milk is a low-cost, delicious, and palatable option for recovery and provides either similar or superior effects compared with commercial drinks,” said Dr. Salehi-Abargouei.

Visit Fair Oaks Farms® and purchase your bottle of chocolate milk today!

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hydration-chocolate-milk/chocolate-milk-may-be-better-than-sports-drinks-for-exercise-recovery-idUSKBN1K236Q.

 

 

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Christmas in July

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

At Fair Oaks Farms®, Christmas is in July! Get ahead of the Christmas shopping game and purchase admission for your loved ones this year! If you buy their admission before Labor Day, they will receive FREE access during the 2018 Cowtoberfest, 2018 Holiday Farm Frenzy, 2019 Fair in the Air, and 2019 Dog-A-Palooza! Plus, they’ll receive FREE admission to the newly renovated Dairy Adventure, opening Fall 2018! For a family of 4, that’s a $112 savings!

Purchase your Christmas gifts today at the Admission building! Can’t make it to the farm? Visit our website to plan your visit or purchase admission online!

 

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Handcrafted Weathervanes for the New Hotel!

Last week, Fair Oaks Farms® unveiled the specially handcrafted weathervanes that will go on top of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel, which is scheduled to open in Early 2019.

Fair Oaks Farms has put a lot of consideration in every piece of hotel artwork, and the weathervanes were no exception. West Coast Weather Vanes handcrafted these beautiful copper vanes. Continuing the mid-1800s tradition, West Coast Weather Vanes “always includes a penny from the year the vane is completed inside each sculpture for good luck.” Therefore, the hotel weathervanes have a 2018 copper penny inside each one. How cool is that?!

According to their website, West Coast Weather Vanes uses a similar process to that of the Hellenistic period in Greece. Each weathervane is made individually, meaning that no two are the same. Also, each vane is formed by an individual weathervane maker from start to finish. First, West Coast Weather Vanes starts with an approved design. Then, weathervane makers “hand cut, texture, and shape each individual piece of metal that will become the weathervane.” Afterward, the weathervane will be soldered, leafed with gold or palladium, and polished before being packaged and shipped to its new home.

To watch the “Behind the Weather Vane” video, click here: Vimeo

For more hotel information and updates, visit fofarms.com.

For more information about West Coast Weather Vanes, click here:  West Coast Weather Vanes

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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Celebrate accordingly with a tour of our famous Dairy Adventure – a MOOvelous time for all ages! You can ride the bus through our free stall barns, milking parlor, and digestor; discover exhibits featuring the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition, and the safety & nutrition of milk; watch our 3D/4D movie, and witness the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn.

Purchase your tickets today at the Admission building or online here: Purchase Tickets.

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July is National Ice Cream Month!

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? We’re celebrating by sharing our favorite homemade chocolate ice cream recipe made with Fair Oaks Farms® milk – so good you can taste the nostalgia! Please read below to see how it’s made.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

An easy-to-make ice cream recipe that will be sure to bring back childhood memories!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 352 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Fair Oaks Farms Milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 egg yolk lightly beaten
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips chopped

Instructions

  1. Whisk unsweetened cocoa powder, Fair Oaks Farms milk, salt, and sugar in a pot over medium heat until mixture simmers.

  2. Place egg yolks in small mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of hot mixture in with egg yolks.

  3. Once combined, return the mixture to the pot. Heat until mixture thickens. Be sure not to boil it!

  4. Away from the heat, stir in chopped semisweet chocolate chips until melted.

  5. Pour mixture into a chilled bowl. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Be sure to stir the mixture every 30 minutes.

  6. After the chocolate mixture has cooled, mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and let the machine do its work!

  7. After mixing, store the chocolate ice cream in a freeze. Time varies by machine manufacturer's directions.

  8. Serve in a bowl, cone, or in between 2 cookies. Enjoy!

However, if you don’t have the time or an ice cream machine to make this recipe, you can always stop by Fair Oaks Farms and try our famous scoops of ice cream and delicious milkshakes, located at the Cowfé and Dairycatessan! Happy National Ice Cream Month!

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One & Done Deal

July is finally here, and we’re excited to announce our One & Done Deal!

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, when you purchase admission to an individual Adventure or the Whole Adventure, you’ll automatically receive FREE access to that Adventure for an entire year with our One & Done Deal! In other words, you can buy admission to the Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure, or the Whole Adventure (including Crop) and get free admission for 365 days! That’s an average savings of $59.99!

Also, this offer includes FREE access to the Adventures during Cowtoberfest, Holiday Farm Frenzy, Fair in the Air, and Dog-a-Palooza!

Plus, you’ll get FREE access to the newly renovated Dairy Adventure! Opening late Fall 2018!

One price. One year. Unlimited Adventures. What are you waiting for? Visit our website to plan your visit or purchase admission online!

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Pick the Perfect Cheese for Your Picnic!

It’s officially summertime, and what better way to celebrate than with a picnic? So round up the family, grab a blanket, and start packing your picnic basket!

Everyone knows that cheese can make or break a picnic basket. The days of merely packing orange and white cheese are long gone! Now, we know that standing in line to buy cheese can be nerve-racking – there are so many options! Here at Fair Oaks Farms®, we have cheese connoisseurs that will gladly assist you with your cheesy needs! Check out these Fair Oaks Farms award-winning cheeses that are sure to be a picnic favorite!

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Havarti Dill ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

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Havarti Pepper ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

Muenster

Muenster ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

SmokedGouda

Smoked Gouda ($7.45 per 1/2 lb.)

SmokedSweetSwiss

Smoked Sweet Swiss ($7.45 per 1/2 lb.)

You can purchase all of our award-winning and best-selling cheeses right here on the farm at the Cowfé or Dairycatessan. If you live a little further or would like to send cheese to a friend, you can shop our online selection here: Shop Now.

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Start Your Adventure with our new Summer and Annual Passes!

For years Fair Oaks Farms® has offered a unique educational experience to enlighten the public about agriculture and to promote transparency in the farming industry. We have a range of admission options to tailor your Adventure to what you want and need! Our Adventure Pass offers free admission for a year along with special discounts across campus and Summer Perks, for only $55. But if you’re not ready for that commitment we’re happy to announce we now have Summer and Annual Passes for a limited time!

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From Memorial Day until Labor Day when you purchase admission to an individual Adventure or the Whole Adventure, you’ll automatically receive free admission for that Adventure for an entire year with our Annual Pass! That means you can buy admission to the Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure, or the Whole Adventure and get free admission for 365 days! Remember, the Crop Adventure comes with admission to the Dairy or Pig Adventure. That’s unlimited Adventures for a year, for prices as long as $15!

If you have already purchased admission to one of our Adventures of the Whole Adventure since Memorial, stop by our Admissions building today to see if you qualify for an Annual Pass voucher.

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We also are offering a special deal on Mooville and the Ropes Course! You can purchase a Summer Pass and receive unlimited admission to Mooville and the Ropes Course from Memorial Day until Labor Day for only $18! Stop by and enjoy our popular jump pillow, milk jug climbing wall, and soar above the ground on our Ropes Course.

Plan your trip today and purchase tickets online on our website! If purchasing tickets online, make a stop by our Admissions building to receive your voucher for an Annual Pass. Summer Passes can only be purchased on site.

 

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National Vanilla Milkshake Day – Celebrate with a Classic Recipe!

Did you know that June 20th is National Vanilla Milkshake Day? There’s no better way to celebrate than with a classic vanilla milkshake recipe! Please read below to see how it’s made.

 

Classic Vanilla Milkshake

An easy-to-make recipe that your family will be sure to enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 glasses
Calories 269 kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 c Fair Oaks Farms milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine ice cream, Fair Oaks Farms milk, and vanilla extract.

  2. Blend until mixture is smooth and frothy.

  3. Pour into two tall glasses and serve.

 

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Cheesy Go-To Tools

Cheese, cheese and more cheese.  Boy, do we love our dairy products but our award-winning cheese is one of our favorites.  From snacking cheese to spreadable cheese, we have you covered with flavorful, top-notch, incredible-tasting cheese!

But in order to enjoy your cheese, you need the right tools.  We are here to help guide you in the right direction.

Cutting Boards.  Make sure you have a cutting board on hand.  This comes in handy when you are cutting the cheese (ha ha) for company or just snacking.  Protect your countertops with this handy tool.  If you want a great gift for your cheese-loving friends, be sure to stop by our Cowfé for beautiful marble cutting boards!

Cheese Graters.  Need to add flavor to a recipe or top a salad with some shredded cheese?  You’re going to need a cheese grater!  We have mini graters available in our shop. Grab our Mozzarella cheese for a great addition to an Italian-inspired dish.

Check out this great article by the Washington Post about how to use all four sides of your cheese grater! Read here: How to use all four sides of your cheese grater.

Cheese Slicer. Lunch time?  Let’s make a scrumptious sandwich with a sweet slice of cheese!  You’ll need a cheese slicer for this process.  Create thick and thin slices, whatever your heart desires.  Slice up some Provolone or Calico for all your sandwich needs.

Cheese Spreader. A cheese spreader is a must-have for your kitchen gadget arsenal.  These small tools come in handy when you have softer cheeses.  Spread some cheesy goodness onto your favorite cracker for a quick snack or to create some lovely hors d’oeuvres for guests!

Cheese Knife.  Lastly, you will need a good cheese knife for all of those great semi-soft cheese varieties such as our Farmers cheese or Swiss cheese!

You can purchase all of our award-winning cheese in our Dairycatessen or Cowfé right here at the farm.  Or, if you live a little further or want to send some cheese to a friend or loved one, you can shop here: Shop Now