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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.

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Don’t Miss Cinco de Mayo at the Farmhouse!

From May 4th to 10th, we’ll be serving up a special Cinco de Mayo menu at The Farmhouse Restaurant!

 

All week long you can enjoy $5 Margaritas and $4 Mexican Beers. On the menu, we’ll showcase Margarita flavors such as Blood Orange, Watermelon and Ginger. We’ll also be serving more traditional flavors such as a Classic Margarita, Deep Blue Sea and Fresh Berry. For our beer lovers, we’ll have Corona, Modelo Especial and Dos Equis, available for only $4 throughout the week.

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’ll be featuring lunch, dinner and dessert specials from May 4th to May 10th. During lunch hours you can enjoy a special Chilaquiles Burger, piled with our own ground beef burger, egg, tortilla strips, salsa, queso fresco, and a torta roll. You’ll also see Tex-Mex classics such as a Steak Quesadilla, made with jack cheese, pico de gallo, and marinated skirt steak; Farmhouse Nachos, topped with black beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, nacho cheese, jalapenos, and taco meat; and a Carnitas special, served with rice, beans, tortillas, limes, sour cream, and pico de gallo. The same Carnitas special will be available for dinner, along with Chicken Enchiladas and Chile Relleno, both served with rice and beans. Save room for dessert, as we’ll be serving exclusive dishes such as Fried Ice Cream and Flan.

On May 5th and 6th only, you can also take part in a Cinco de Mayo inspired brunch! Chilaquiles will be served, a classic Mexican dish with layers of tortilla chips, salsa, queso fresco, and scrambled eggs. Set your alarms, you don’t want to miss this brunch special!

Call (219) 394-3663 today to make your reservation for our week-long Cinco de Mayo celebration!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Easy Easter Ham Recipe

A holiday should be about family time, so prep this ham in 20 minutes then roast it in the oven for 3 hours while you hunt for Easter eggs!

Easy Easter Ham

A simple recipe to serve for your Easter celebration.

Course Easter, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 25 people
Calories 390 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 pound fully cooked bone-in ham
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, placing a rack in the lower third of the oven. Remove all packaging and netting from the ham before trimming away the rind. Rest the ham at room temperature for about 1 or 2 hours.

  2. If you prefer an easier cleanup, line a baking dish with several sheets of aluminum foil or parchment paper.

  3. Score the ham with a sharp knife, in a 1-inch wide diamond pattern, making sure not to cut more than 1/4-inch deep. Place the ham in the prepared baking dish, then pour 1/3 cup of water into the base of the dish. Cover the ham with another layer of foil or parchment paper, then bake for 30 minutes.

  4. While the ham is baking, heat the butter in a small pot until golden brown. Add the brown sugar, honey, and mustard, and stir well until combined. Reduce heat and add the garlic. Cook until it begins to simmer, then set the sauce aside and cool to room temperature.

  5. After 30 minutes, remove the ham and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees. Pour 1/3 of the glaze all over the ham, then use a brush to get in between the cuts. Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.

  6. Remove the ham from the oven, then brush another third of the glaze on top. Use some of the pan juices to brush on as well. Place back in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, repeat these steps. At this time a dark golden-brown crust should form on the top of the ham. If it does not form, turn on your broiler for about 5 minutes.

  7. Let the ham rest for around 15 minutes, then slice and serve.

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Easter at Our House

Easter is a wonderful time to get your family together and spend some quality time together. This year you can make a reservation at The Farmhouse Restaurant and enjoy one of our two specially curated buffets!

The Farmhouse’s brunch menu includes:

  • Roasted Leg of Lamb
  • Herb-Crusted Pork Loin Carving Station
  • Prime Rib Carving Station
  • Cedar Plank Salmon
  • Fresh Fruit and Fair Oaks Farms Yogurt
  • Freshly Baked Pastries and Muffins
  • Build-Your-Own Omelet Station
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • French Toast
  • Country Potatoes
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Farmhouse Mac & Cheese
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Dessert Table

The Farmhouse’s dinner menu includes:

  • Roasted Leg of Lamb
  • Herb-Crusted Pork Loin Carving Station
  • Prime Rib Carving Station
  • Ced Plank Salmon
  • Build-Your-Own Pasta Station
  • Pork Belly
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Cajun Chicken with Rice
  • Beer Battered Cod
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Shrimp Ceviche
  • Spinach Dip with Crackers and Pretzels
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Farmhouse Mac & Cheese
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Dessert Table

Call The Farmhouse today to find out more about pricing and times, and to make your reservation, at (219) 394-3663. The Easter Bunny will be making the rounds through campus and stopping by The Farmhouse at 10:30 am to 1 pm CST and 4:30 to 7 pm.