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CowtoberFest: Fall Festival & Crafts

It’s almost FALL, y’all! This means that CowtoberFest® is right around the corner! Our 14th annual fall festival will take place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! This two-day event is jam-packed with trick-or-treating, kids activities, dance-offs, carving competitions, concerts, crafts, and more!

Fair Oaks Farms® is still accepting vendor applications for CowtoberFest! Vendors will be able to showcase their array of talents to CowtoberFest-goers at our craft show. Also, vendors can participate in Trick-or-Treating from 10 AM – 12 PM (CST) on both days.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2018 CowtoberFest, please contact Cori Lane at coril@fofarms.org and request additional information.

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Bourbon Tasting Event with Old 55 Distillery!

Fair Oaks Farms® and Old 55 Distillery is excited to hold a Bourbon Tasting event on Thursday, August 2nd (6:00 PM CST) at The Farmhouse Restaurant! Master Distiller Jason Fruits will be on hand to serve his world-class spirits with appetizers by Chef Jorge Sullon!

Located in Newtown, Indiana about an hour south of Fair Oaks, Old 55 Distillery is a true family business. Every part of their spirit is permeated with lessons passed down to them from their grandfathers. Family, hard work and the appreciation of something truly handmade embody the essence of what they create.

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The following “From Field to Bottle” spirits will be on hand for bourbon enthusiasts to taste:

Single Barrel Bourbon

Indiana bourbon made from Hoosier corn and wheat. Distilled and aged in new American Oak-charred barrels and stored in Newtown ’til perfected.

Corn Whiskey

Made from the same mash-tun as the Single Barrel Bourbon and uncomplicated by the barrel. Sweet and innocent like your first love. Made from only the “heart cut.” No “heads” or “tails” here.

100% Sweet Corn Bourbon

A completely new take on bourbon. True 100% sweet corn off the cob. Grown on the family farm, harvested, and distilled by to make something truly unique.

As mentioned above, appetizers by Executive Chef Jorge Sullon will be available for guests to enjoy!

Are you interested in attending our Bourbon Tasting event? Tickets are available for $40 per person. Space is limited, so please call 219.394.3663 and make your reservation!

For more information about this event, click here: Bourbon Tasting.

For more information about Old 55 Distillery, click here: Old 55 Distillery.

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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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Father’s Day at the Farm!

Not sure what to get your dad for Father’s Day? How about a day of adventure at Fair Oaks Farms®! This Sunday, June 17th, we have plenty of Father’s Day specials and discounts to make your dad and your wallet happy!

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Dads are free on Father’s Day! All dads receive free admission to any Adventure on their big day! And anyone that purchases Adventure admission can take advantage of our One and Done promotion. When you purchase admission to any Adventure or the Whole Adventure, now through Labor Day, you’ll automatically receive free admission to that Adventure for an entire year! That’s 365 days of FREE Adventures!

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Cowfé

Does your dad love our grilled cheese? Then bring him by the Cowfé for buy one get one half-off on whole grilled cheeses! Only on June 17th, when you purchase a whole grilled cheese, you’ll get 50% off a whole classic grilled cheese as well. Don’t forget to treat your dad with ice cream afterward!

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Farmhouse

The Farmhouse Restaurant is pulling out all the stops for dad this Father’s Day! They’ll have a week-long features menu, starting June 15th and lasting until the 21st. Try our Bacon Burger Dog, a bratwurst wrapped with hamburger and bacon, topped with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and served on a french roll with fries. If burgers are your style, try The Ultimate Burger, a ribeye burger with sliced prime rib, bacon, Lacey Swiss, cremas, arugula, onions and an over-medium egg, served with frees. There will be several other features for your dad to choose from such as our Cowboy Ribeye, the Pork Tomahawk Ribeye, and a Surf & Turf dinner with Filet and grilled shrimp!

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Your dad will love what we’re serving up for Father’s Day, so plan your trip today! Dads only get in free with admission purchases in person, but you can start planning your visit on our website today! Don’t forget to make your reservation at the Farmhouse, spots will go fast!

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Your Dog Deserves a Treat!

Dog-a-Palooza is THIS SATURDAY and we couldn’t be any more excited! In just a few days over a hundred dogs and their humans will be gathering at Fair Oaks Farms® to celebrate man’s best friend with an Amateur Dog Show, Canines in the Cloud, an on-site vet and groomer, vendors, contests, and our 2K Dog Walk to benefit the Shelter of the Year! This year we’ve got the cream of the crop when it comes to vendors, and lots of them will provide pet products or services for your pup! One of those great vendors is Uncle D’s Homemade Dog Treats, a small business out of Lafayette, Indiana, owned and run by David Cripe. Read below to see why we’re excited to have David join us, and why your dog should get excited too — hint: these treats are going to be pawesome!

 

How did you get into the dog treat business?
David: I started making treats for my dogs and eventually started making them for family and friends. When their dogs liked them so much they suggested I should try to sell them. My father-in-law does woodworking and had a booth at a local festival and told me I could set up a table at his booth and see what happens. I sold out of the treats I made and the rest is history!

What is your favorite part about having a dog-centric business?
David: I love talking about my dogs and hearing about other peoples dogs. Also, how people love to spoil their dogs.

What was the process for creating your own dog treat recipe?
David: I actually found the recipe in a church recipe cookbook from when I was a kid. There was a recipe for chicken treats and peanut butter. The lady who contributed the recipe is no longer with us and she had no family, so I thought I would use them.

Do you have multiple recipes/flavors? If so, what are they?
David: Yes, I have 5 flavors right now, Apple/Cinnamon, Beef, Chicken, Peanut Butter and Turkey. I am hoping to also have Pumpkin and Sweet Potato. I should also add that I make 4 different sizes in all 5 flavors. I have treats for every type of dog.

Do you use any special ingredients?
David: No, all the ingredients I use are what you would use to cook things with at home. I even tell people that if their kids should happen to eat one it wouldn’t hurt them. I even tell some women that if their husbands should happen to get into the doghouse with them they could give them to their husbands!

Do you own dogs?
David: Yes, my wife, Lori and I have 3 dogs, Addison, Clark and Sheffield. All 3 are rescues. Addison is a Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix. Clark and Sheffield are both Pomeranian mixes but not related. Actually, they are the reason why I started making the treats in the first place, I call them my Quality Control Department! If they don’t like it then I wouldn’t make that flavor anymore, but so far I haven’t found anything they don’t like.

What is your favorite part about being a vendor at festivals and events like Dog-a-Palooza?
David: Seeing how other people light up when they talk about their fur babies! I have a couple of people who come to the festivals and craft shows just to buy my treats. That really makes me feel good. I tell my dogs when I am making all these treats that a lot of other doggies are going to be happy just like they are. I should also say here that I ONLY sell my treats at festivals and craft shows. Because of my full-time job, I don’t have time to do special or online orders. So if you don’t come out to the festivals, unfortunately, you won’t be able to get any. I do have a Facebook page that I use to advertise when and where I will be selling treats. I usually post on there a couple of weeks ahead of time. The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/uncledsdogtreats.

What are you most looking forward to at Dog-a-Palooza?
David: Meeting new people and their dogs and hopefully creating some more repeat customers. Hope to see you there!

 

Dog-a-Palooza takes place June 9th from 5 to 10 pm at Fair Oaks Farms. You still have time to register for our 2K Dog Walk! Check out our website for all the infurmation!

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Dairy Devotion ♥︎

June 1st is World Milk Day and the beginning of Dairy Month! Dairy is such a big part of our mission and purpose here at Fair Oaks Farms®, so all through June, we’ll be sharing stories of devotion on our social media accounts. All month long we’ll be sharing stories from our employees about how dairy has positively impacted them, what they’ve learned from dairy, what they love about dairy, and more! Below we’ve included a story of devotion from Jodie Evans, our Dairy Adventure Manager. Follow our Facebook page for more stories throughout the month and to hear about all of our Dairy Month discounts!

You can also join in on the fun and follow us on Instagram, then send in your own milk mustache photo for a chance to win a FREE Adventure Pass! Check out our Instagram for all the info.

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“Working at the Dairy Adventure has really impressed me because I got to see that there’s more than going to the store and getting a gallon of milk. What it really tells me is that farmers are unpaid. There is so much that goes into every drop of milk — so many hours — and I just have a better appreciation. And I’m glad the Dairy Adventure is here to share it.” — Jodie, Dairy Adventure Manager

 

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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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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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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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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.