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Top 3 Cheesy Items from the Farmhouse!

In case you’ve been in hibernation, hiding away from this cold weather, Saturday is National Cheese Lovers Day! And if there’s anything we love here at Fair Oaks Farms, it’s cheese! You can taste that love when you bite into any of our award-winning cheeses, and one of the best ways to try our cheeses is at the Farmhouse Restaurant! Not only is our menu packed with meat options that come straight from our farms, but there are plenty of dishes that showcase our creamy, perfected cheeses as well! Below we’ve chosen the top 3 cheesiest items you MUST try the next time you make a stop at the Farmhouse!

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Fair Oaks Farms’ Cheese Curds

Our grilled cheese is almost famous, but our cheese curds have also made a name for themselves in Northwest Indiana. They’re the perfect starter — but we wouldn’t judge if you wanted to make a meal out of them! Fair Oaks Farms’ cheddar cheese curds are battered and deep-fried to perfection until they’re crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle. Curds are piled high in a small basket, then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. These curds are terrific on their own, but we serve them with jalapeño ranch and marinara just in case you want a flavorful touch. Share them with your table or keep them to yourself, either way, you’ll be happy you indulged in one of our best recipes!

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Ribeye Burger

It’s the most popular burger on our menu, leading the pack with a half-pound of dry aged ribeye, chipotle mayo, baby arugula, tomato, and Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Pepper cheese. It’s hard to pick a frontrunner-ingredient that takes the sandwich over the top, but many claim it to be the Havarti Pepper cheese. The smooth taste of beef mixes perfectly with the spicy tang of chipotle mayo and Havarti Pepper cheese, giving it the ideal level of heat for anyone who desires a bit of a punch on their burger. Havarti, in general, is the most popular cheese to use on burgers because of how perfectly it melts. Adding the kick of the pepper only heightens this burger’s flavor profile, making it one of the most popular cheesy items on our menu.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

It wasn’t until this fall that the Farmhouse decided to try their hand at the best grilled cheese. Our Cowfé has always held it down with the simple classics, but the Farmhouse took it to the next level when they premiered the Ultimate Grilled Cheese this fall. It’s made up of buttery Texas Toast, bacon, tomato, pesto aioli, and three different kinds of Fair Oaks Farms cheeses: our award-winning Muenster, fan-favorite Cheddar, and the spicy Havarti Pepper. Three types of cheese team up to take this grilled cheese to the top, adding a mix of smooth, sharp, and spicy flavors to compliment the salt of the bacon, juiciness of the tomato, and fresh taste of the pesto aioli. All the ingredients come together to form the apex comfort food, the grilled cheese of our dreams.

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Honorable Mentions

We couldn’t leave these foods out of our tops choices either, it all just tastes so good!

  • Onion Soup (using Emmentaler cheese)
  • Fair Oaks Farms Mac ‘N’ Cheese (using a mix of Fair Oaks Farms cheese)
  • Fried Chicken Salad (using Cheddar curds)
  • Smokehouse Pizza (using Farmers cheese)
  • Fair Oaks Farms Cheese Board (using a mix of Fair Oaks Farms cheese)
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Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk for National Milk Day

While searching the internet far and wide for some of the best recipes involving milk, it was clear there was a frontrunner. On many websites and food blogs, Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk has been awarded the best chicken dish. Reviews of the recipe proclaim its milk sauce adds a creamy, delicious touch that completes the meal. We thought we’d share the recipe with you to celebrate National Milk Day. Add your touch with side dishes displaying complementary taste profiles, such as jasmine rice, greens, or cheesy potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 3-pound whole chicken
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh sage
  • 2 lemons
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2.5 cups Fair Oaks Farms Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then fry in a pot with a little oil until golden, turning the chicken to get an even color.
  2. Remove chicken from heat, place on a plate, then discard oil left in the pot.
  3. Place chicken back in the pot with cinnamon, sage, lemon zest, unpeeled garlic cloves, and Fair Oaks Farms Milk.
  4. Cook in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until cooked throughout. Baste with cooking juices occasionally. The lemon zest will split the milk, but this is ideal and makes the sauce more flavorful.
  5. When finished, pull the meat off the bones and serve with plenty of juices and lemon curds, spooned from the pan.
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2018 Bucket List!

We’ve had a hard time coming up with a single 2018 Near Year’s resolution. Have you? It’s hard to come up with something that’s fun, rewarding, and could teach you something new! Then it came to us, what better resolution is there than to go on an Adventure? We’ve come up with a New Year’s resolution that will satisfy an entire family, from young to old, first-time visitor to experienced Adventurer. We didn’t come up with just one resolution, but a whole list— a bucket list of activities to make sure you complete to have the best 2018 ever! Read on below and keep us updated on Instagram and Facebook by tagging us in your posts!

  • Climb the milk jug climbing wall in Mooville
  • Bounce on the jumping pillow in Mooville
  • Witness a live calf birth in our Birthing Barn

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  • Eat a classic cheddar grilled cheese out on the lawn
  • Try a new flavor of Fair Oaks Farms ice cream
  • Take home a jug of Fair Oaks Farms milk
  • Challenge your family to a Fair Oaks Farms Cheese Curd eating contest at the Farmhouse
  • Fly a kite at Fair in the Air
  • Bring your dog to Central Bark
  • Watch the professional trick dogs at Dog-a-Palooza
  • Dress up in a costume for Cowtoberfest

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  • Bring your Christmas list to Santa at Holiday Farm Frenzy
  • Ride the carousel in the Dairy Adventure
  • Watch the IMAX movie in the Crop Adventure
  • Learn all about biosecurity at the Pig Adventure
  • Complete the ropes course in the Pork Education Center

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  • Celebrate a birthday or special occasion on campus
  • Listen to live music at Live! At the Farmhouse
  • Try at least five different kinds of cheese at our cheese counter
  • Take home at least five different types of chocolates at our chocolate counter
  • Take pictures with your family and friends in Golden Gate Garden while it’s in full bloom
  • Take photos with every faux cow on campus
  • Follow Fair Oaks Farms on Snapchat and Instagram to stay up to date on more fun activities throughout the year
  • Try at least three different dishes at the Farmhouse that originate from our farms (indicated by a cow or pig icon on the menu)

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  • Post a photo of your trip on Instagram and tag @fairoaksfarms with the hashtags #startyouradventure or #feedyourcuriosity
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Cheddar Bacon Beer Soup

The temperatures are dropping lower by the day, so keep yourself warm with this creamy soup, filled with smooth and spicy flavors!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 bottle lager or pilsner
  • 2 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound Fair Oaks Farms Cheddar 1 Year Cheese
  • 4 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic bread to serve

Instructions

  1. Cook the Farmstead Bacon until the fat is rendered and bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pan, but use drippings to cook onion, jalapeno, garlic, and thyme, until soft. Add half the beef and cook until reduced by half, then the chicken broth until simmering.
  2. In a small skillet, melt butter. Add flour and cook over medium heat, stirring until lightly browned. Whisk roux into soup mixture until incorporated and simmering. Cook until thickened.
  3. Add heavy cream, Fair Oaks Farms cheeses, and remaining beer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy. Add bacon, stir, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more broth if the soup is too thick, bit by bit.
  4. Serve warm with garlic bread.
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New Year’s Eve Tips

If you’re hosting for the party of the year, we know you have a lot on your shoulders. So we’ve taken all the stress out of New Year’s Eve without New Year’s Feast – handpicked, delicious drinks, a yummy dinner, and breakfast for the morning after! Read on and get the party started!

 

Drinks
Keep it simple with your drinks — no one wants to spend all evening mixing and whipping up fancy cocktails! Buy the ingredients for some unique, simple beverages and let your guests work their magic.

Sherbet Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

  • assorted sherbet
  • chilled champagne or sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Chill glasses in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until very cold.
  2. Fill with chilled champagne or sparkling wine, then use a melon baller or small ice cream scoop to dole out about 2 or 3 scoops of sherbet for each glass.
  3. Serve cold.

Classic Moscow Mules

Ingredients

  • vodka
  • fresh lime juice
  • ginger beer
  • ice
  • lime wedges for serving
  • mint for serving

Instructions

  1. Use the classic Moscow Mule copper mugs. Fill halfway with ice, then one shot glass of vodka and a half-shot glass of lime juice. Fill rest of the way with ginger beer. Stir.
  2. Top with lime wedge and mint if desired
  3. Serve chilled.

 

Dinner
The evening is about the party, not necessarily about the meal! Encourage your guests to bring finger foods and snacks to keep people nourished throughout the night, while you whip up an easy pulled pork recipe in the crockpot if someone is looking for something more filling!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin (shoulder or butt could be used as well)
  • 1 can brown soda (root beer or Coca-Cola work best)
  • 1 bottle favorite barbecue sauce
  • hamburger buns for serving

Instructions

  1. Place pork in slow cooker and pour brown soda over it, then cook on low for 6 hours or until meat is tender enough to be shredded with a fork.
  2. Move pork to cutting board, drain soda. Shred pork with the fork then return to slow cooker. Pour barbecue sauce over shredded pork, stir.
  3. Keep pork on low while people graze and serve themselves.

 

Brunch
Again, the chances of you wanting to whip up a full breakfast or brunch the day after you’ve hosted a party is slim. Make this casserole ahead of time, chill in the refrigerator, then pop it in the oven in the morning!

Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Farmstead Bacon
  • 2 pounds frozen hashbrowns
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 8 Farmstead Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms shredded Cheddar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook Farmstead Bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove bacon but reserve about 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute hashbrowns in dripping until defrosted and golden. Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs and Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk, stir in potatoes and chives. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place half the potato mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. Sprinkle with Fair Oaks Farms Cheese and crumble 3 slices of Farmstead Bacon on top. Continue to add layers until dish is full. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, cook for around 30 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.
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Look Out, 2018!

Can you believe 2017 is nearly over?! In just a few short days it will be 2018! Another year on the farm behind us, but we’re always looking towards the future! 2017 brought us a lot of fun events, below we’ve detailed our top four, so you have plenty to look forward to in 2018!

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Fair in the Air

Fair in the Air is our annual kite celebration. If you’ve ever visited us for Fair in the Air, you’ve enjoyed competition kite teams flying choreographed or improvised routines to popular songs. It’s like synchronized swimming – but with kites! Out in our events field we host show kites, which are giant kites sometimes as big as or larger than a school bus! These kites take fun and creative shapes such as an alien on a UFO, a large fish or cow, and even a giant gecko! We also have fun kite craft stations where you and your children can build a fun memento to remember the day! Last year we made homemade kites – who knows what’s in store for this year! And of course, like all of our events at Fair Oaks, vendors will line the grass to sell you everything you could need to start your spring!

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Dog-a-Palooza

Our furriest paw-ty of the year is held in June, out by our newly built dog park! You can bring your pups for a day full of fun with contests such as Best Bark, Owner & Pup Look-a-Like, Best Costume, and Best Trick! A team of professional trick and dive dogs spend the afternoon entertaining with several shows, while your pup can run around Central Bark or take a break in one of the many cooling pools. Of course, there are crafts for all shapes and sizes – paints for your pups to leave their marks with and your kids to decorate a canvas or prize dog house. It’s all leading up to the 2K glow walk in the evening, with all the proceeds going to benefit the Shelter of the Year! You can visit the chosen shelter in our row of vendors, where they’ll be setting up shop with adoption applications and pets you could take home with you that day! Make sure you follow our social media pages to apply for Shelter of the Year.

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Cowtoberfest

We take a few months off after Dog-a-Palooza, but we’re not sleeping! We’re planning the biggest and best fall festival northwest Indiana has to offer. Visitors drive from all over the Midwest to experience Cowtoberfest, the perfect fall festival for a family. Every year we bring in competitive, celebrity pumpkin carvers to treat us to a unique show of how they carve giant pumpkins into masterpieces! Across the field are weekend-long concerts from a variety of artists that play different genres such as pop, electronic, country, and acoustic covers! We take a break from the music only on Saturday, where we hold our annual dance contest for local high schools! Dance teams can compete for first, second, and third place prizes that come along with a cash award! You’ll also find fall crafts, a straw maze, corn bin, and the largest selection of vendors that we offer all year round. Keep an eye out on our social media pages to see when we’re accepting dance team applications and vendors!

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Holiday Farm Frenzy

After all the excitement of Cowtoberfest, we deserve a break…but we don’t take one! We want to bring you one last perfect event of the year, and we do that with Holiday Farm Frenzy. Taking place in December, when there’s a chill in the air that puts us in the holiday spirit! We fill the FeedBarn with children’s activities such as crafts, holiday light displays, and a visit with Santa! If you attended in 2017, you were even able to take part in indoor ice skating! Santa attends a breakfast in his honor, served by The Farmhouse Restaurant, and boy reservations went fast! You can hitch a ride on our holiday wagon ride that takes you from the FeedBarn, all the way back to the Crop Adventure where we house a special acapella choir and our vendors for all your holiday shopping needs. Our Adventures are discounted for Holiday Farm Frenzy, making it the perfect event to see all we have to offer!

 

We can’t wait to start planning out 2018 events. Which one is your favorite? Which one are you looking forward to the most? Do you have any ideas that would make our events even more special? Leave a comment below!

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Christmas Morning Sliders

Christmas should be all about spending time with your family and friends, so don’t stress out and spend a bunch of time in the kitchen Christmas morning! Here’s a recipe for a pleasant and straightforward Christmas morning breakfast that you can prep and stick in the oven while you’re opening presents!

Ingredients

  • 1 package slider buns or Hawaiian bread buns
  • 8 Farmstead eggs
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 2 tablespoon sliced chives
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 slices Farmstead Bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 4 cups shredded Farmstead Mild Cheddar
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice slider buns in half lengthwise so there’s a bottom and a top.
  2. Place bottom layer of slider buns in a baking dish, after lining it with cooking spray. Sprinkle 2 cups Farmstead Mild Cheddar on the bottom layer.
  3. Beat eggs with milk and chives, season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in skillet, scramble eggs to desired consistency.
  4. Place scrambled eggs on top of bottom slider buns and cheese, then top with Farmstead Bacon. Sprinkle remaining Farmstead Mild Cheddar on top, then place the top slider buns on top.
  5. Brush top of sliders with 2 tablespoons of softened butter and maple syrup. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the slider tops are golden.
  6. Serve warm.
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Entertaining 101: Main Dishes

We’ve come to our last lesson for Entertaining 101, the main dishes. Below we’ve outlined four main dishes, three meat dishes and one vegetarian recipe, that will impress any group of guests. We’ve kept most of these recipes pretty simple, as we believe you’re now pros for hosting! Add your own distinctive marks with these dishes, using Fair Oaks Farms’ spices, cheeses, and sauces — all found on campus in our Cowfé.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

Ingredients

  • 1 8 to 10-ounce filet steak (make as many as you need by multiplying the rest of the ingredients by the number of guests you’re serving)
  • 1 piece Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, and any other spices desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Season steak with salt, pepper, and any of Fair Oaks Farms’ spices sold at our Cowfé. Wrap the steak with the slice of Farmstead bacon and stick two toothpicks into either side to hold in place.
  2. Heat a skillet that is safe for the range and the oven, add butter and olive oil. Once the butter is melted, add the steak and sear on both sides until really nice color.
  3. Take the skillet from the range and place into oven until medium rare. This should take around 7 to 10 minutes, use a meat thermometer for precise cooking time.
  4. Let your steak rest for 5 minutes before serving; this ensures the juices will stay in the meat rather than on your plate!

 

Baked Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian)

Ingredients

  • 3 eggplants, sliced into 1/2 to 1/4 inch pieces
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 8 ounces breadcrumbs
  • 30 ounces marinara sauce
  • 16 ounces Farmstead Mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Farmstead Emmentaler, shredded
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 245 degrees. Season eggplant with salt, then place on paper towel lined plate to allow them to drain any excess liquid. Rinse with water, and rest on clean paper towels.
  2. Line baking dish with cooking oil. Bread eggplant slices with beaten eggs and breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet in a single layer, then cook for about 10 minutes. Flip the slices over and cook for another 10 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are nicely browned.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  4. Pour 1 cup of marinara sauce into clean baking dish, then place breaded and baked eggplant in the sauce. Cover with more marinara, then slices of Farmstead Mozzarella, shredded Farmstead Emmentaler, and basil. Repeat until all slices are placed in baking dish and covered with the sauce, cheeses, and basil.
  5. Bake until it is warmed through and cheese on top is melted. Sprinkle with any remaining basil before serving.

 

Glazed Christmas Ham

Ingredients

  • 1 fully cooked whole ham, about 10 pounds (boneless or bone-in)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place ham on a roasting racket in a roasting pan and diagonally score. Cover with foil and bake until warmed throughout — 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  2. Make glaze near the end of cooking. In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together brown sugar, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and apple cider. Simmer until reduced by half, then brush on ham every 10 minutes during the last hour of cooking.
  3. Remove from oven and rest. Serve warm.

 

Roast Beef and Shallots Served with Horseradish Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons mixed peppercorns
  • 1 boneless rump or rib roast
  • 1 1/2 pound medium shallots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Crush the peppercorns in a plastic bag, using a rolling pin.
  2. Prepare beef and place it in a large roast pan. Season with the crush peppercorns and desired amount of salt, pressing the seasoning gently onto the meat, so they stick. Roast for 40 minutes.
  3. While the beef is in the oven, peel the shallots, cut in half, and place in large bowl. Toss with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Scatter shallots around the roast and continue roasting to the desired doneness. Transfer to roast board and rest for about 15 minutes.
  5. Make horseradish sauce by combining sour cream, horseradish, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Fold in parsley.
  6. Slice beef and serve with shallots and horseradish sauce.
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook Farmstead Bacon until crispy. Transfer to a 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 mash 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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 the 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
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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 3 pm 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 10 am.

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 9 am to 11 am. 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 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, December 16th, but Holiday Farm Frenzy does not begin until 10 am! 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!