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From our Farm to your Fundraiser

Fundraising can be tricky, specifically picking out what products to sell. You have to pick something in demand, that customers will need to buy, but it has to be affordable to those in your target audience. You also have to think about brand image, for instance, will this product reflect well on my group or club that I’m fundraising for? There is one local product that hits all of these criteria – a quality, fresh cheese that originates from a trusted farm in the community! Let Fair Oaks Farms provide the inventory for your next fundraiser with our cheese and sausage!

We’re known across the nation for our quality control in all aspects of the cheese making process beginning with growing the feed that our cows receive, providing incredible cow comfort and harvesting the freshest milk, which is the main ingredient of our cheeses. Our cheeses have consistently won awards at the World Dairy Expo and American Cheese Society. We also boast a line of aged cheddars up to 10 years! Our inventory hosts a wide range of flavors such as smoky, sharp, smooth, mild, and spicy, sure to impress any palate. We also provide Fair Oaks Farms sausages that use beef and pork to create the perfect complement to any cheese your customers’ order – one sausage even includes jalapeños for a nice kick!

Break away from the classics and fundraise with a new and exciting product. Not many groups use locally grown fresh food made with the absolute purest ingredients and attention to detail to fundraise, here’s your chance to get an edge on other fundraising groups and make money for your group or club! For more information, call our sales department at (219) 394-2275, or shoot them a message at gregj@fofarms.com.

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Calling All Scouts and 4H-ers!

Are you looking for a new Adventure? We can help! Now through March, take part in a special promotion for all Scout Troops and 4H Clubs! That means Brownies, Eagle Scouts, Daisies, Boy Scouts — you’re all welcome! Any Scout Troop or 4H Club that wants to visit is encouraged to come!

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Now through March, all Scout Troops that schedule an Adventure will receive a special price — $8 for one Adventure, $12 for the Whole Adventure! Prices are per guest and must be part of a group of at least ten people. Not only will you receive a discounted Adventure, but you’ll also get a fun passport to commemorate your trip, an ice cream cone, and a badge! You’ll be a real Fair Oaks Farms Adventurer!

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4H Clubs are also welcome to take part in this promotion. They can take advantage of the discount pricing, passport, and ice cream cone. It’s an excellent opportunity for your 4H-ers to learn how a major farm operates and how we’re using technology to improve farms across the world! It can strike inspiration for projects and new farmers of any age.

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To schedule your trip, just call Lisa at 877.536.1194, extension 322. Remember, there is a minimum of 10 guests per group to receive the discount!

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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!

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25 Days of Fair Oaks Farms Christmas!

It’s the moooooo-st wonderful time of the year! We love the holiday season – the decorations, the special times with loved ones, and most importantly, giving back! We put our heads together this holiday season and thought up the perfect gift for our visitors and fans.

This year, we’ll be giving away 4 VIP passes to our Whole Adventure! One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to check out our Whole Adventure – which includes the Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure, Crop Adventure, Mooville*, and the Pig Adventure Ropes Course*! I bet you’re wondering how to enter…

Mooooove on over to our Facebook page, where each day leading up to Christmas Day we will post facts and behind-the-scenes info that you might not know. In each post, there will be a question, simply comment your answer on the post and you will be entered into the contest! At the end of December, we will enter all of your comments into a raffle and randomly select a winner. Each day presents a new opportunity to win, so the more days you comment, the more chances you have!

We will promote the contest on all of our social media channels, but only comments on our Facebook page will be counted, so make sure to like and follow so you can stay up-to-date!

If you have any questions about 25 Days of Fair Oaks Farms’ Christmas, please comment below.

*Mooville and Pig Adventure are not open year-round. Please visit our website for tentative schedules.

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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 kinds of cheese 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 9 am to 1 pm, 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 on 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!