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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.)

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Muenster ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

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Smoked Gouda ($7.45 per 1/2 lb.)

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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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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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Meet the Farmer

Have you ever met a farmer? This summer at Fair Oaks Farms®, you can! Meet the Farmer is a new talk series hosted at Fair Oaks Farms, aimed to educate visitors on the work of a farmer and innovations in the agriculture industry. Each Meet the Farmer day consists of two, 2-hour sessions with a break between sessions. Jamie Miller, the Adventure Manager, recently sat down to answer some questions about the new program. Read below to find out how you can attend!

 

What can visitors learn during Meet the Farmer?
Jamie: Who [the farmers] are, their background, why they chose agriculture as their field, what they love about their role, some of the challenges in their role and industry, what they want folks to know, fun facts about their industry, lots of in-depth info, why they think innovation [in agriculture] is important and other random questions!

Will visitors be able to ask the farmer questions?
Jamie: Of course! These farmers are excited to talk about their role in agriculture and would love a chance to speak with consumers!

Who are some of the speakers?
Jamie: Here is what we have so far…Iris Ordoñez, an assistant manager at Prairie’s Edge Dairy. Fun fact: She has her pilot’s license and loves to fly. Kasey Sheldon, a former manager at Legacy Farms. She enjoys showing pigs with her young sons and husband. Lance Barton, a pig farmer at Belstra Milling for over 20 years. Matt Kallemeyn, the current caretaker of the Fair Oaks Farms Orchard and gardens. Nick DeKryger, who has spent most of his life working with pigs at Belstra Miller. He also spent time in DC lobbying for pig farming while getting his Master’s. Doug Moulder, the current manager at Legacy who has over 20 years of pig farming experience!

What is the goal of Meet the Farmer?
Jamie: To give visitors a chance to directly speak with the people feeding us and give them a rare chance to ask questions.

When and where does Meet the Farmer take place?
Jamie: Dairy farmers will be in the Dairy Adventure Interactive Area, pig farmers in the Pig Adventure Gestation Barn, and agronomists/crop farmers in the Crop Adventure. (You can see a full schedule below.)

Do visitors need to buy tickets? How can they attend?
Jamie: Visitors must have a wristband for admission, but there are no additional fees to attend.

Are these talks for visitors of all ages? What can a child or an adult learn from a farmer?
Jamie: Absolutely for all ages! Children can learn where their food comes from. Milk doesn’t exactly come from the store! Most pigs actually live in comfortable indoor farms. Adults will be able to learn about the innovation that today’s farms use while still caring for the land, the animals, and safety of the food they’re producing.

Are there any speakers you’d like to have in the future?
Jamie: My favorite speakers are the ones that can entertain while educating. Speakers that have lots of action behind their words. I’d love to continue the program and offer visitors the opportunity to speak to a wide range of agricultural leaders.

 

Calendar

All talks begin at 10 am and 2 pm.

  • Saturday, May 26th – Iris Ordoñez in Dairy Adventure Interactive Area
  • Friday, June 1st – Kasey Sheldon in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn
  • Thursday, June 14th – Lance Barton in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn
  • Thursday, June 28th – Matt Kallemeyn in Crop Adventure
  • Thursday, August 2nd – Nick DeKryger in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn
  • Thursday, August 16th – Doug Moulder in Pig Adventure Gestation Barn

You will notice that some dates are open. If you would like the opportunity to speak please contact Jamie Miller at jamiem@fofarms.com or (219) 394-2025, extension 315.