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Family Time at Holiday Farm Frenzy!

October was a busy month for us at Fair Oaks Farms, between Cowtoberfest, the Masquerade 5K hosted by the North Central Rural Indiana Crisis Center, and our official hotel groundbreaking, there was barely any time to breathe! But never worry, we’d never leave our visitors and community out to dry around the holidays! This November we’re hard at work, planning, building, and tinkering away on our fourth annual Holiday Farm Frenzy!

There’s no better way to spend time with your family than planning a trip to Fair Oaks Farms on Saturday, December 16th. You can get all of your holiday shopping done early by visiting our vendors in the Crop Adventure, checking out our gift shop for souvenirs, or stopping by the cheese counter for gourmet cheese for the finest foodie! A holiday wagon ride will take you around our campus and light displays will be brightening up the FeedBarn. Also in the FeedBarn will be a station to make holiday crafts and an iceless skating rink (wristband required)!

The guest of honor, Santa Claus, will also make an appearance at The Farmhouse Restaurant for Breakfast with Santa! Tickets can be purchased through The Farmhouse by calling (219) 394-3663. Enjoy a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fruit, French toast, pastries, coffee, iced tea, and Coke products, while visiting with Mr. Claus! Reserve your spot as soon as possible due to limited seating.

The best gift of all? On December 16th, you can get the Whole Adventure (including Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventure) for only $15 a person! It’s the perfect time to see our Adventures and spread some holiday cheer at the same time. This price does NOT include Breakfast with Santa.

If you need more information before you plan your visit, check out the Holiday Farm Frenzy page here. Make sure to watch our Facebook for special announcements leading up to the event.

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Give the Gift of Cheese!

Gift shopping just got a whole lot easier! It can be a pain to find the perfect gift for someone. Traveling to different stores and dealing with the holiday crowds are enough to make some people stay inside and do all their shopping online. We understand that struggle, so we’ve created the perfect solution – our Fair Oaks Farms’ gourmet gift collections!

Each collection holds a variety of cheeses in 8-ounce servings. Our Heritage Collection boasts ten different cheeses including our award-winning Gouda and the fan-favorite Havarti Pepper. If you’re looking for a more classic selection, try our Prairie Collection, which includes Mild Cheddar, Calico, Muenster, and Havarti. Want something smoky and spicy? Check out the Heartland Collection containing Havarti Pepper, Havarti Habanero, Smoked Sweet Swiss, and Smoked Gouda. We have six collections to choose from, ranging in size and flavor profile. The prices of our gift collections range from $34.95 to $94.95. You can also order a wooden hat box, entertainment crackers, or summer sausage to complete your gift! Our summer sausages come in Premium Beef or Premium Beef Jalapeno to pair perfectly with your cheeses.

Of course, it’s totally understandable if you want to keep some of this delicious cheese for yourself! Purchase a collection for a holiday party, a family get together, or for game day. Every occasion is the perfect time for gourmet Fair Oaks Farms cheese!

It gets better – now until November 7th you can easily get 15% off of your order using code EARLYBIRD17! The holidays are quickly approaching, don’t miss your chance to get a great deal! If you’d like to come in and sample our cheese, you can always do so at our Cowfé!

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Unmasking Domestic Violence

On October 28th, Fair Oaks Farms is happy to host the second annual 5K Walk/Run Masquerade in partnership with the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center. On this day, people will join together at our campus to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. Funds gathered from registration for the walk will go to benefit the Crisis Center and the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault that they help.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It began as a “Day of Unity,” that was first held in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Day of Unity evolved into a week, but by 1987 October was named Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the original events were focused on three specific goals:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

The North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center is continuing these goals, working to help and serve those directly affected by domestic violence. Their facility is always open, providing temporary shelter and services to victims and children of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. They offer education, advocacy, and community intervention services as well. Their slogan is simple; “Turning victims into survivors, helplessness into hope.” Fair Oaks Farms is happy to support them and give them a venue to raise funds for their essential efforts.

The Masquerade 5K will take place 9am to 1pm, CST. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and/or costumes, and children under 12 are free. You can find all the information for our event at fofarms.com/masquerade, but if you want to skip straight to registration you can find it here. Registration is $25 per person and includes a t-shirt.

Please join us in assisting important efforts in our community, lead by the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center.

If you’d like to read more about how Domestic Violence Awareness Month began or facts on domestic violence, go here.

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Farm-to-Table Talk with Richard Arthur

We recently sat down with Richard Arthur, the Restaurant Manager at the Farmhouse Restaurant here at Fair Oaks Farms. We spoke about the importance of farm-to-table food and the unique culinary experience that is offered at the restaurant.

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What’s your favorite dish on the menu and why?
Rich: There are quite a few favorites. If I had to name one, it would be the Espresso Crusted Pork Ribeye. First of all, it’s the best quality pork chop I have ever experienced. I know exactly where the pig was raised. We use a ground espresso/spice blend rub, grill it to order, then drizzle with honey. Mouthwatering for certain.

What is the most popular dish with guests and why?
Rich: Dishes that showcase our Fair Oaks Farms dairy products, local pork and beef are the most popular. Our Bacon Sampler, cheese curds, pork chops, ribs and burgers are very popular. We also serve a “world class” pizza here! In addition, we feature many craft beers and spirits that are produced locally. Our guests are very interested in things they can’t get back home.

Are there any new & exciting dishes coming soon? What are they?
Rich: We’re reviewing a menu change and update for the fall that should be in place by October 1. We have featured “Pig Wings” several times this summer on our Weekly Specials menu. It’s a very popular item with our guests, and we should see that on the new menu. They are pork shanks, marinated and smoked, then lightly breaded and fried. Delicious!

What’s your favorite thing about working at Fair Oaks Farms?
Rich: Well, there are two things.. I get the opportunity to meet people from all over the globe. It’s amazing how our guests travel from very, very far away to visit Fair Oaks Farms and The Farmhouse. Once they’re in the restaurant, it’s a privilege to have the chance to show them what we do here. Secondly, I’m lucky to work with some very passionate people that have a sincere interest in the dairies, other venues, and Fair Oaks Farms in general.

Are there any secret ingredients in any of the foods? Can you give us a hint as to what they are?
Rich: We’re happy to share recipes with any guest that’s interested. We get requests all the time for our mac & cheese, meatloaf, espresso rub, rib seasoning and many other recipes. So, no secrets here.

Who has been your favorite guest over the years?
Rich: That’s a tough one. Our job here is to make people happy. I enjoy meeting our hardworking local farmers just as much as the many guests we have from Chicago, California, Indianapolis and all over the world.

Why do you think farm to fork food is important?
Rich: It’s all tied in with the transparency concept here at Fair Oaks Farms. We know where our food comes from. That allows us to produce high quality food seven days a week. For example, the pork we serve in the restaurant is raised two minutes from here. We work closely with local producers, and know the care they give their animals.

How has using local, fresh ingredients changed the way you cook/work?
Rich: It gives myself and all our staff a very high level of confidence about what we serve here. We know where our food comes from. That’s very important. Our staff is very passionate about educating our guests and enhancing their experience here.

What do you think sets The Farmhouse apart from other restaurants that use local, fresh ingredients?
Rich: We all share the belief that knowing where your products are raised or grown offers a higher level of confidence about the quality of food served in a restaurant. Most “farm to table” restaurants are fairly small. At the Farmhouse, we can accommodate 300 guests! Because of our very talented staff, we are able to deliver the same quality as a 50-seat restaurant — that gives us the opportunity to give many guests a great experience.

Have you ever been on an Adventure? What’s your favorite part?
Rich: Yes, I’ve visited all the venues here at Fair Oaks Farms. I’ve also gotten to know many of the dairy operators and am extremely impressed with the sincere care they give their animals. On the “fun” side, the milking carousel at Prairie’s Edge Dairy is always very entertaining.

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You can find menus, hours of operation, and all about the Farmhouse Restaurant’s special events, by accessing the website here.

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Fair Oaks Rocks!

We’re sure by now you’ve heard about the fun trend that’s working its way across Indiana, where people of all ages can paint and decorate rocks, hide them, and hunt for them. If you haven’t, take a stroll around your local park or playground and you could probably find a few of these creatively decorated rocks yourself!

We wanted to get in on the fun, too, so we decided to decorate a few rocks of our own. We started out by collecting some rocks from around campus and painting them our favorite colors, then we Mod Podged on some of our Fair Oaks Farms symbols like our logo, brandmark, and cartoons of our animals and products. We also sealed the rocks to protect them from the elements like sun, heat, and rain!

Now comes the most exciting part — the hunt! We’ve hidden the rocks all over our outdoor campus and we want you to find them. You’re welcome to rehide them in your own town, somewhere far away, or keep them for your collection! Be on the lookout for a few special rocks that include coupons such as a discount off admission for the Whole Adventure and a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée at The Farmhouse!

When you find a rock, shout us out on Facebook or Instagram by tagging us in the photo and using the hashtag #FairOaksRocks! Happy hunting!

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July 4th on the Farm

In 2012, two-fifths of all American soil was claimed as farmland. That equates to 915 million acres and boils down to 2.1 million farms and ranches, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. This means just over 40 percent of the United States was farmland – almost half!

Farming is a huge part of American culture and even though those numbers above seem big, the number of farms in the USA has been in decline since the early 1900s. Here at Fair Oaks Farms our mission is to teach every generation about the importance of agriculture through our interactive Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventures. America was built on farming and agriculture, and we know it’s important for every visitor to learn just how much it affects our everyday lives!

So what better way is there to celebrate July 4th and America’s independence than exploring one of our most important industries? On July 4th, we will be open during our normal business hours to all visitors who want to attend our Adventures. Come with your family; learn all about where your food comes from, what products are made from crops, and which careers fall into the agriculture field. Take our bus tours to our pig and dairy barns to learn about gestation, birth, and so much more! Stop by our Cowfe for lunch and enjoy classic menu items such as our quarter-pound all beef hot dog or our perfectly toasted grilled cheese, made with Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheddar, Sweet Swiss, or Havarti Pepper. The Farmhouse porch will also be open for lunch and dinner, serving fresh beef and pork items produced on our farms such as The Ribeye Burger, our famous Fair Oaks Farms Pork Porthouse, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, and the Farmhouse Bacon Sampler.

You can find out about our ticket prices, hours of operation, and all other information here. We can’t wait to spend Independence Day with you!

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Pawesome Way to Start off Summer — Dog-A-Palooza 2017!

Are you and your dog going absolutely mutts inside? Fair Oaks Farms has the cure! On June 10th, from 4 to 9 PM, we’ll be hosting our fourth annual Dog-A-Palooza festival!

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It’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your pup. You can shop some of the best dog-gone vendors that will offer dog-specific items and services, or watch some of our live dog performances. In the evening, we will hold a 2K Dog Glow Walk, because we know how much man’s best friend loves walks. This year’s proceeds from the Dog Glow Walk will go to the Shelter of the Year, to be announced May 30th.

The most exciting part of this year’s Dog-A-Palooza is the grand opening of our dog park, Central Bark! The park is currently open to the public and your four-legged friends. Here at Fair Oaks we’re happy to be a dog-friendly campus, and with the addition of our dog park we hope your furry companions will feel much more welcome! And on June 10th there will be plenty of time for your pooch to grow acquainted with their new favorite dog park.

This all sounds great, doesn’t it? To register for the Dog Glow Walk, check out our rules and guidelines for the event, and get all the in-fur-mation you could ever need, visit the event page at www.fofarms.com/dogapalooza. We can’t wait to see you all there!

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New Year, New Building.

Here at the farm, we are constantly growing and bringing in not only different animal groups but also new experiences and services for our guests. Recently, we have added a new building to our destination that you may or may not have noticed.

 

Next to our Admissions Building (which was new as of 2016) is now a cute little building named the Feed Barn. Nope, it’s not another café or restaurant. The Feed Barn serves as a lunchroom and cafeteria for our groups such as students on field trips and/or larger pre-booked groups.  The building is equipped with educational resources on agriculture and sustainability.

 

The building began being built in late 2016 and is now open for pre-booked groups. The groups must be 20 people or more to enjoy this special building. It houses a small kitchen, large dining room, bathrooms, mother’s lounge and first aid center. Not only is it a great place for groups to eat lunch but if you are planning a larger meeting or event, the space is also available for rent.

The Feed Barn is brought to you by Cargill and Farm Credit.

The Feed Barn is now open to guests.

To pre-book your Adventure dial 219-394-2025 ext 322 and ask for Lisa.

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Season’s Eatings

FROM OUR FARM TO YOUR FAMILY TABLE

The Holidays are so close, you can TASTE it. Time to treat the people on your list to a gift of wholesome goodness from the families at Fair Oaks Farms. A gift from Fair Oaks Farms is more than just another gift basket.

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Our Farmstead cheese and now chocolates are made in small batches one at a time with our fresh milk, cream and butter right from our farm.

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These products will melt different, taste different and feel different. If you like locally grown fresh food made with the absolute purest ingredients and attention to detail- then stop by for a tasting and visit the cows that put the magic in the milk.

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Your friends will be delighted. Your clients will be impressed, and be sure to treat yourself. We deliver FREE anywhere in the U.S. Taste the difference and enjoy!

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Looking for a meaningful Christmas present this year for a new addition or in memory of a loved one? Now we offer the chance to become part of the Adventure! Dedicate a brick to a loved one, family member, friend or business. Visit our Admissions Building to order.

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LIVE from the Farmhouse!

Enjoy live music in the Farmhouse Pub every Thursday from 6:30p with local beer and wine specials.

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Here is our current fall and winter line-up! And you can stay up to date on our Events Calendar.

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November 2016

3rd – Ashby & Horgash

10th – Gerry Hundt

17th – Chad Clifford

24th – Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

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December 2016

8th – Gerry Hundt

15th – Chad Clifford

31st – NYE Crawpuppies

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