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Fair Oaks Farms’ Smoked Gouda Awarded First Place Honors at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship

Fair Oaks Farms® Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Smoked Gouda took home first place honors at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest held in Madison, WI on August 21-23! Fair Oaks Farms has been the recipient of numerous awards at the World Dairy Expo Championship since first entering in 2004.

“Fair Oaks Farms is so humbled to receive such high recognition at the World Dairy Expo,” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms COO, “We are very proud of Bruce and his talents. We continue to control all aspects of the farm and truly believe that the Magic is in our Milk.” The 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship Competition saw more than 1,400 entries.

Stop by the Cowfé for a free cheese tasting, or order online here: Online Store.

Who doesn’t love a good Mac and Cheese recipe? Try this easy-to-make recipe featuring Fair Oaks Farms’ award-winning Smoked Gouda cheese! WARNING: It has a kick to it!

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Source: AllRecipes.com

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (16 oz.) package seashell pasta
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Fair Oaks Farms milk
  • 4 oz. Fair Oaks Farms' Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Lightly grease a 15x10 baking dish.

  3. Boil a large pot of lightly salted water.

  4. Add package of seashell pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain.

  5. Over medium heat, melt butter in a small saucepan. Mix all-purpose flour. Cook until a roux forms. Stir in the Fair Oaks Farms milk, salt, and ground white pepper. Stir until sauce thickens.

  6. Remove from heat. Stir in shredded Fair Oaks Farms' award-winning Smoked Gouda cheese.

  7. Combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Transfer to prepared dish.

  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until heated.

  9. Serve dish to guests. Enjoy!

 

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Fun Things To Do: New Dairy Adventure Coming Soon!

In case you haven’t heard, we’re putting on a brand MOOOO face beginning Tuesday, September 4th, 2018! Pardon our dust as we flip our barn at the Dairy Adventure to bring brand new experiences for you and your herd!

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Don’t worry, you and your family can still purchase admission to the Dairy Adventure and…

  • Ride the bus through our free-stall barns, milking parlor, and digester.
  • Watch our 3D/4D movie.
  • See the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn.

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Plan your trip today and purchase your Dairy Adventure tickets at the Admissions Building or online on our website! If you bought a One & Done pass, you can visit the newly renovated Dairy Adventure for FREE! Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page (@ Fair Oaks Farms) for renovation updates!

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Fair Oaks Farms’ Muenster Awarded First Place Honors at the 2018 ACS Judging and Competition

Fair Oaks Farms® Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Muenster took home first place honors at the 2018 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held in Pittsburgh, PA on July 27th! Fair Oaks Farms’ Muenster has continually won honors at the competition since entering in 2005.

“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to producing the highest quality, best-tasting products by growing our own feed, providing exceptional animal comfort and leading the charge in groundbreaking sustainability efforts” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms COO, “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms’ Fine Cheeses have maintained championship recognition.” The 2018 ACS Judging and Competition saw 1,954 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 259 companies.

Click here to read the official press release: ASC FOF Press Release.

Stop by the Cowfé for a free tasting, or order online here: Online Store.

Click here to try these delicious recipes using our award-winning Muenster: 10 Best Muenster Cheese Recipes.

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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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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.)

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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

 

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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!