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dogapalooza

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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Mother’s Day Cheesy Pinwheels

Surprise Mom this year with a yummy treat complete with award winning products from the farm.  Cheese is available for purchase online, in the Cowfé or Dairycatessen!  Butter is available for purchase in the Cowfé.  Check our Dairycatessen for available deli meats!

Mothers Day Cheesy Pinwheel

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) tube crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 lb. deli sliced ham
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 oz. sliced Fair Oaks Farms Sweet Swiss Cheese
  • 4 oz. Sliced Fair Oaks Farms Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 tbsp. Fair Oaks Farms Butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-x-8" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll dough and separate the sheet into rectangles. Pinch the perforations to seal. Spread mustard onto each rectangle. Top with sliced ham and Fair Oaks Farms' Award Winning Cheese. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle. Pinch edges to seal. Cut each roll into 5-6 slices. Place cut side up in baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together melted Fair Oaks Farms Butter, garlic powder and parsley. Brush over pinwheels, then sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the rolls are golden.
http://fofarms.com/blog/2017/04/mothers-day-cheesy-pinwheels/

Friends playing with pinwheels in a park

Spring into our Special Events!

Spring is here and you know what that means? Our exciting family events are quickly approaching and we can’t wait to share the fun with you.

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Our annual kite festival, Fair in the Air is back in action this year. Can you believe this is the third year of beautifully displayed show kites, synchronized kite dances, family fly zone and inflatable play area! You won’t want to miss this on May 13th.

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We are excited to announce that we will be opening a dog park late this spring. It will be here just in time for the event near and dear to our hearts, Dog-A-Palooza, happening on June 10th. Prepare yourself for many impressive dog performances, K-9 demonstrations, specialized pet vendors and can’t forget our annual 2K Dog Walk that raises money for a great cause.

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Our newest addition to our spring event lineup is a variety of sporting events in our large Events Field. Come out and support our local soccer clubs April 1-2, 29-30, May 20-21 & May 27-28. We also will be hosting Collegiate Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments the weekends of March 18-19 and May 6-7. This is perfect for all you spectators out there!

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Easter Mac and Cheese

Easter is fast approaching if you’re in need of a fun side dish to take to your family gathering or make sometime at home, try this flavor filled version of the traditional Mac and Cheese!

This Spicy baked mac and cheese is a great ooey gooey dish that you can change up how much bite you’re wanting to add with our aged cheddar cheese going all the way up to a 7 year! Add in some of our homemade butter, and Lactose free 2% milk and you’ve got a great farm fresh dish to share with all!

 

Spicy Easter Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • •1 lb. of your favorite pasta
  • •2 Tbsp. butter
  • •3 Tbsp. flour
  • •2 cups milk
  • •3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (reserve 1/3 cup of this for topping the macaroni before you bake it)
  • •½ tsp mustard powder
  • •¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, plus 1/8 tsp. for topping
  • •¼ tsp. paprika, plus 1/8 tsp. for topping
  • •¼ tsp. black pepper
  • The Butter, Milk, and Cheese (up to 7 year) can be purchased at our Cowfe!

Instructions

  1. 1.Cook pasta according to package or recipe directions (pasta will continue to cook in the oven, so having very al dente pasta when you put the pasta in to bake will ensure your macaroni isn’t mushy or overcooked)
  2. 2.In a large saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in flour to make a roux and cook for 1 minute.
  3. 3.Whisk the milk into the roux a little at a time, making sure to work out all the clumps so you have a smooth sauce. Cook over medium heat until milk has thickened, about 8 minutes.
  4. 4.Remove sauce from heat. Stir in 2 and 2/3 cups of the cheddar cheese with a spoon or spatula. Stir until cheese is melted.
  5. 5.Stir mustard powder, cayenne, paprika, and black pepper into sauce.
  6. 6.Stir pasta into sauce.
  7. 7.Pour pasta into a baking dish. Top with the extra 1/8 tsp. of cayenne and paprika and the extra 1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  8. 8.Bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes or until cheese has melted and edges are crispy.
http://fofarms.com/blog/2017/03/easter-mac-and-cheese/

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Our Cowfé is the Cow-Finest!

 

If you are listening to your stomach growl or just out on the road and need to stretch your legs then there’s no better place on the long stretch of I65 between Indianapolis and Chicago than the Cowfé at Fair Oaks Farms.

 

Tucked into the cornfields of northwest Indiana, you will find a farm that is unlike any other of its kind.   The first business to occupy the campus of Fair Oaks Farms was the Cowfé, which was erected in 2003.

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Originally the Cowfé was a place where people could grab a bite to eat and also learn about the different cheeses that we produce here fresh from the farm. Since then, it has evolved into its own unique experience that keeps people talking.

 

The Cowfé is now home to our Greek yogurt plant, ice cream and cheese production. You can watch the production through glass windows as you taste your Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, bite into a melted and crispy grilled cheese sandwich or sip a hot cup of Starbucks coffee.

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The Cowfé is normally open from 7:30a until 6:00p CST (currently open winter hours: 8a-5p CST) and offers breakfast, lunch and early dinner options.

 

If you’re looking to remember your experience here on the farm, the Cowfé is also home to the destinations souvenir shop, which has plenty of sweatshirt, t-shirt and other great souvenir options.

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To top everything off and to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Cowfé became the home of our Farmstead Chocolates in 2015. Try a variety of different chews, nougats and candy bars that will melt on your taste buds.

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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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CowtoberFest is right around the corner!

Do you smell the pumpkin spice latte in the air? You know what that means, our 12th annual fall festival, CowtoberFest is right around the corner. CowtoberFest takes place on October 8th and 9th this year and you won’t want to miss it! This two day festival is jam packed with trick-or-treating, costume contests, dance-offs, carving competitions, inflatables, hay mazes, concerts and more!

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Make sure you get here bright and early; CowtoberFest begins at 10am both days. The first 100 children on Saturday receive a commemorative trick-or-treat bag provided by our awesome sponsors. Who doesn’t want an adorable free bag that you can fill with all of your favorite treats?

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This year celebrity pumpkin carver, Jon Neill will be returning for his 3rd year in a row! We’ve added a little friendly competition between him and fellow pumpkin carver David Smith. Who do you think will win the carving competition of the year? Come on out and cheer on your favorite star!

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Calling all the Monsters to the dance floor! Come out and support the local high schools and watch their dance teams compete for the chance to win $500. Be prepared for scary costumes, eerie music, and awesome dance moves! I wonder what stunts they will have up their sleeves this year?

So throw on those Halloween costumes, grab your kids, and come out for some fall farm fun!

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Treat Your Taste Buds

Ice Cream:

Everyone’s favorite summer time treat is one of our most top selling items here at the farm. With fresh from the farm cream, our ice cream is one of a kind. If you haven’t tried some, be sure to taste a bit of our Butter Pecan – it’s our most talked about flavor! Our ice cream can be sampled at the Dairycatessan and the Cowfé and can be purchased at the Dairycatessan, the Cowfé and the Farmhouse Restaurant.

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Award-Winning Cheese:

Our award-winning cheese is one of the best experiences here at the farm. If you have never been a cheese connoisseur before, now is your chance. We have over 25 varieties of mouth watering, melty, buttery cheeses that will win you over. If that doesn’t fancy you, how about a cheddar test? We now feature 8 varieties! Challenge yourself and start with Mild and build your way up to our sharpest variety: 8 Year!

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Almost Famous Grilled Cheese:

This is one of the most talked about sandwiches on northern I65. Featured at our Cowfé, our Almost Famous Grilled cheese is compiled of 3 different choices of our delicious cheeses and is served on a toasted ciabatta. If you want a different take on your grilled cheese, you have the choice of adding some turkey or ham for bonus flavor!

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Fair Oaks Farms Bacon

You can’t get any fresher when it comes to bacon than purchasing your breakfast favorite from the very farm where the pigs were raised. Our bacon is one of our newest products, which is now being sold in our Dairycatessan.

 

Fair Oaks Farms Premium Pork Summer Sausage

Take home Fair Oaks Farms’ signature summer sausage made with pork raised right here on our farms.  This savory treat is great for entertaining and makes a great holiday favorite!  Pair our signature pork summer sausage with one of our award-winning artisan cheeses for a delectable snack. Our summer sausage is being sold in our Cowfé, the Dairycatessan and/or online.

 

 

The Farmhouse Mac N Cheese

Ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness is being served up in our Farmhouse Restaurant. This delicious American staple food features our award-winning cheeses and is one of the Farmhouse favorites. Being served in a small cast iron ramekin, our mac n cheese is loaded with flavor and farm personality.

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Farmstead Chocolates

How perfect is this? Chocolates with farm fresh milk, cream and butter? Our Farmstead Chocolates are handmade using century old techniques in small batches. The chocolates are being sold in both our Cowfé and our Dairycatessan. With a variety of nougats, creams and chews, our chocolates make the perfect treat of gift for any holiday or loved one. Stop by the chocolate counter in the Cowfé and check out our chocolaty display!

 

Farmstead Fresh Eggs

You heard me right. Beginning on August 12, we are officially selling our own farm fresh eggs! Our eggs are large brown eggs laid by cage free chickens. Pair our eggs with our bacon and there you have it, the perfect breakfast combination. Don’t forget the milk!

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The Adventure Has Officially Grown

With summer upon us, we are excited to announce that our newest Adventure is here! The WinField Crop Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms officially opens today, Monday June 20, 2016!

We are opening our doors to guests to get the first look. In this new installment you will Start Your Adventure by watching a short video on where farming is headed in the near future.  What can generations to come expect with modern technology and innovation?

You will get to move around the globe to get a better idea of how crops and the environment effect our daily lives with interactive maps. Check out where different crops come from! Then you will make your way underground through the roots system where you can learn about different types of soil, hear and see a virtual rainstorm, and see down into the roots of corn (after all, we are located right in the corn belt). As you make your way back towards the surface you will play interactive games where you will have a chance to become the farmer!

After a hard season in the fields, take a walk into town and see the fruits of your labor right there on the shelf at the local supermarket.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so take some corny shots with our props, and make your mark at our newest selfie station! After some great smiles and laughs, see the advanced technology that farming is using today, and how the future of farming is growing with our future generations.

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Easter

Create a very Gouda Easter Brunch!

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Fair Oaks Farms' Hashbrown Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes 40 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 (2lb) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • ½ cup melted butter – Fair Oaks Farms Garlic & Parsley Butter
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of asparagus soup
  • 8 ounces of Fair Oaks Farms’ Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup shredded Fair Oaks Farms’ Award Winning Smoked Gouda
  • 1 cup shredded Fair Oaks Farms’ 2 Year Cheddar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups of crushed Kettle Cooked Potato Chips (we recommend Sour Cream & Cheddar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, combine hash browns, ½ cup melted butter, cream of asparagus soup, Greek Yogurt, chopped onion, Cheddar Cheese, Gouda, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a 3 quart casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle Potato Chips over the top of casserole.
  4. Bake covered in preheated oven for 40 minutes
http://fofarms.com/blog/2016/03/rock-your-easter-brunch/