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Drink Chocolate Milk for Exercise Recovery

Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or a student-athlete, research shows that those who drink chocolate milk during or after exercise recover just as quickly as they would consuming sports drinks.

Post-workout consumption is a crucial indicator of muscle recovery and fluid/electrolyte repletion rate.

According to authors at the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, previous studies have failed to draw definite conclusions as to which beverages are the best option for exercise recovery.

In their most recent study, researchers analyzed 12 cases that “compared how chocolate milk influenced several marks of exercise recovery” as opposed to placebo beverages and sports drinks.

Researchers examined athletes’ exhaustion levels, exertion rates, heart rate, and lactic acid levels.

According to Dr. Amin Salehi-Abargouei (Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences), chocolate milk contains the necessary “carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavonoids, electrolytes, and some vitamins” for exercise recovery.

Overall, the research concluded that chocolate milk extended time to exhaustion, improved exertion and heart rates, and lowered lactic acid levels.

“The take-home message is that chocolate milk is a low-cost, delicious, and palatable option for recovery and provides either similar or superior effects compared with commercial drinks,” said Dr. Salehi-Abargouei.

Visit Fair Oaks Farms® and purchase your bottle of chocolate milk today!

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hydration-chocolate-milk/chocolate-milk-may-be-better-than-sports-drinks-for-exercise-recovery-idUSKBN1K236Q.

 

 

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Christmas in July

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

At Fair Oaks Farms®, Christmas is in July! Get ahead of the Christmas shopping game and purchase admission for your loved ones this year! If you buy their admission before Labor Day, they will receive FREE access during the 2018 Cowtoberfest, 2018 Holiday Farm Frenzy, 2019 Fair in the Air, and 2019 Dog-A-Palooza! Plus, they’ll receive FREE admission to the newly renovated Dairy Adventure, opening Fall 2018! For a family of 4, that’s a $112 savings!

Purchase your Christmas gifts today at the Admission building! Can’t make it to the farm? Visit our website to plan your visit or purchase admission online!

 

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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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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Celebrate accordingly with a tour of our famous Dairy Adventure – a MOOvelous time for all ages! You can ride the bus through our free stall barns, milking parlor, and digestor; discover exhibits featuring the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition, and the safety & nutrition of milk; watch our 3D/4D movie, and witness the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn.

Purchase your tickets today at the Admission building or online here: Purchase Tickets.

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July is National Ice Cream Month!

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? We’re celebrating by sharing our favorite homemade chocolate ice cream recipe made with Fair Oaks Farms® milk – so good you can taste the nostalgia! Please read below to see how it’s made.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

An easy-to-make ice cream recipe that will be sure to bring back childhood memories!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 352 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Fair Oaks Farms Milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 egg yolk lightly beaten
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips chopped

Instructions

  1. Whisk unsweetened cocoa powder, Fair Oaks Farms milk, salt, and sugar in a pot over medium heat until mixture simmers.

  2. Place egg yolks in small mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of hot mixture in with egg yolks.

  3. Once combined, return the mixture to the pot. Heat until mixture thickens. Be sure not to boil it!

  4. Away from the heat, stir in chopped semisweet chocolate chips until melted.

  5. Pour mixture into a chilled bowl. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Be sure to stir the mixture every 30 minutes.

  6. After the chocolate mixture has cooled, mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and let the machine do its work!

  7. After mixing, store the chocolate ice cream in a freeze. Time varies by machine manufacturer's directions.

  8. Serve in a bowl, cone, or in between 2 cookies. Enjoy!

However, if you don’t have the time or an ice cream machine to make this recipe, you can always stop by Fair Oaks Farms and try our famous scoops of ice cream and delicious milkshakes, located at the Cowfé and Dairycatessan! Happy National Ice Cream Month!

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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!

HavartiDill

Havarti Dill ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

HavartiPepper

Havarti Pepper ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

Muenster

Muenster ($6.48 per 1/2 lb.)

SmokedGouda

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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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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HEAT ADVISORY

One of our priorities is the care, comfort and quality of life for our animals. Due to the extreme heat, we can not offer the horseback riding in Mooville today, May 27, 2018.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope you still enjoy everything else we have to offer both indoors and out! Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

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The Cheesiest Pizza Ever

Did you know May 18th is National Pizza Party Day? There’s no better way to celebrate than a homemade cheese pizza! We love cheese, so we wanted to come up with the cheesiest pizza ever — and we think we’ve done it! Read below to see how it’s made.

The Cheesiest Pizza Ever

Whether you use boxed macaroni and cheese or your homemade recipe, this pizza is sure to indulge your cheesy cravings!

Servings 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 box macaroni and cheese
  • 3 slices Fair Oaks Farms® Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 1 premade pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Prepare your macaroni and cheese, following the box instructions or your own recipe.

  2. Add 3 slices of Fair Oaks Farms Cheese and 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk to the macaroni and cheese. Stir until combined.

  3. Roll out pizza dough and brush with olive oil.

  4. Top the pizza dough with the macaroni and cheese.

  5. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of shredded Fair Oaks Farms Cheese on top of the macaroni.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Use any kind of Fair Oaks Farms Cheese! We have over 20 cheeses for you to make this The Cheesiest Pizza Ever! We suggest Mozzarella, Asiago, Cheddar, Gouda, or Havarti Pepper!

Fair Oaks Farms boasts over 20 types of cheese! Sample them at our Cowfé or order from our online cheese shop at shop.fofarms.com!

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What’s For Breakfast?

Fair Oaks Farms Yogurt!

This morning we’re whipping up a delicious and filling breakfast to put all other breakfasts to shame! Smoothie bowls are easy to prep, assemble, and eat on the go. We’ve included a recipe of one of our favorite bowls, but try out your own combinations at home to please your tastes. Most smoothie bowls are sweet, making it the perfect alternative to a sugary bowl of cereal for your children.

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl


Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries set 2 strawberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries set 4 blueberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup raspberries set 4 raspberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup blackberries set 4 blackberries aside
  • 1 cup almonds sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend Fair Oaks Farms Strawberry Greek Yogurt, Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Pour mixture into a bowl.

  2. Slice the strawberries that were set aside, then place all remaining fruit on top of the smoothie mixture in bowl.

  3. Sprinkle sliced almonds and chia seeds on top. Enjoy!