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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
The WinField Crop Adventure is included FREE with the purchase of admission. To see more information visit fofarms.com/adventures/crop-adventure
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- 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.
- Sprinkle Potato Chips over the top of casserole.
- Bake covered in preheated oven for 40 minutes
November is the month that reminds us all to be thankful for everything we have been given. Well, here at the farm, we are thankful for so much this month! Check out everything that is happening in November and mark your calendars!
November 12th – Wine Dinner at The Farmhouse Restaurant featuring Charles Smith wines. Experience 4 courses and 6 different wines created by the rock legend himself! You won’t want to miss this delicious experience! Reserve your spot by calling 210-394-3663.
November 9th – November 13th: If you want to start your holiday shopping early then look no further! Farmstead Gift Collection Early Bird Special is running from November 9th through November 13th. Check off everyone on your list with these Farmstead Gift Collections, which feature award-winning cheese and farm to table sausages! Don’t forget to add on some signature Fair Oaks Farms Beef Sticks or Fine Chocolates to really dazzle your loved ones.
Receive 20% off Gourmet Gift Collections with the code: GIFTBOX
November 22nd – Pre-order your Farmhouse Thanksgiving Feast now through November 22. The feast includes 2-3 pounds of boneless herb roasted turkey breast, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon gold garlic mashed potatoes, citrus cranberry relish, perfect turkey gravy and fresh baked dinner rolls. Feeds up to 4 people for only $50. Visit farmhouserestaurant.com or call 219-394-3663 to order!
November 26th – Thanksgiving Day Hours
- The Dairy Adventure closed
- The Pig Adventure closed
- The Farmhouse Restaurant closed
- The Cowfe closed
- BP open regular hours.
November 27th – 25% off Retail Merchandise at the Cowfe from 9:00am until 3:00pm CST. Grab yourself some hoodies or stuffed toys for the kiddos! Excludes: granite boards, chocolate, cheese, ice cream, food & drinks
For more information about Holidays on the Farm and the upcoming holiday season visit fofarms.com/holidays
Don’t forget that the 2015 Holiday Farm Frenzy takes place on December 19!
Lots of Warm Family Fun Inside!
Temperatures are dropping and the snow is beginning to fall; so what is there to do to escape the cold this winter? Fair Oaks Farms offers plenty of things to do for you and your family to kick the cabin fever and make some toasty memories out at the farm.
Take the day and explore the farm with your kids. Get them out of the house and into a fun and exciting environment full of education and exploring. Watch the 3D/4D movie and learn how our milk goes from Grass to Glass. Check out how strong you are by challenging each other on the magnetic wall in the activity center of The Dairy Adventure. Watch a little calf being born in our Birthing Barn.
Don’t forget about our new Pork Education Center, which features a beautiful, brand new redwood tree house created by the folks at Daniel Woodlands.
Test your balance on our highflying ropes course and learn about pork products. When you’re finished there, ride the pig bus to our Pig Adventure and walk with our virtual pigs, play on our interactive sonogram and find out how many piglets are in your virtual litter.
Grab some delicious hot chocolate and a toasty grilled cheese at our Cowfé or stop by our restaurant for a juicy burger and ice-cold beer.
Don’t forget about our events! Check out our events calendar for all events happening at Fair Oaks Farms!
There’s so much to see and do at Fair Oaks Farms this winter.
This Thursday August 6!
The car show includes awards, DJ and music, food, Fair Oaks Farms attractions and fun for the whole family!
There will be a total of 50 awards given out. They include:
- Top 45
- Best RatRod
- Best Paint
- Best Accessories
- People’s Choice
- and Best of Show
Pre-register by July 30 to guarantee your T-shirt and dash plaque. Pre-registration will be open through August 3, 2015.