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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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Season’s Eatings

FROM OUR FARM TO YOUR FAMILY TABLE

The Holidays are so close, you can TASTE it. Time to treat the people on your list to a gift of wholesome goodness from the families at Fair Oaks Farms. A gift from Fair Oaks Farms is more than just another gift basket.

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Our Farmstead cheese and now chocolates are made in small batches one at a time with our fresh milk, cream and butter right from our farm.

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These products will melt different, taste different and feel different. If you like locally grown fresh food made with the absolute purest ingredients and attention to detail- then stop by for a tasting and visit the cows that put the magic in the milk.

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Your friends will be delighted. Your clients will be impressed, and be sure to treat yourself. We deliver FREE anywhere in the U.S. Taste the difference and enjoy!

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Looking for a meaningful Christmas present this year for a new addition or in memory of a loved one? Now we offer the chance to become part of the Adventure! Dedicate a brick to a loved one, family member, friend or business. Visit our Admissions Building to order.

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LIVE from the Farmhouse!

Enjoy live music in the Farmhouse Pub every Thursday from 6:30p with local beer and wine specials.

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Here is our current fall and winter line-up! And you can stay up to date on our Events Calendar.

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November 2016

3rd – Ashby & Horgash

10th – Gerry Hundt

17th – Chad Clifford

24th – Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

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December 2016

8th – Gerry Hundt

15th – Chad Clifford

31st – NYE Crawpuppies

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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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Get Your Paws on This Event!

Woof! It’s been three years of dog-loving fun here at the farm. With so many more years ahead of us, we are excited that this event keeps getting better and better!

If you’re not familiar with Dog-A-Palooza then let me give you the break down. Dog-A-Palooza was created as a charitable event which raise money for local animal shelters through our 2K Dog Walk. A different shelter is chosen every year so that we can help as many different shelters as possible! This year we are raising money for Natalie’s Second Chance Dog Shelter out of Lafayette, IN.

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We have created a whole new course for the 2K Walk this year that will keep your paws dry and your canine pals happy. When you register you will receive a commemorative Dog-A-Palooza t-shirt. There is also an option for you to purchase a bandana for your pup partners. Make sure to visit the event landing page to check out our event sponsors, see our rules and guidelines and to register for the walk!

Not only is the event charitable, but also it allows dog lovers a place to go and have fun with their furry family members. There’s so much to see any do! We feature several tail-wagging activities such as a trick dog show, a K9 Unit demonstration and an obedience school demo. We feature several pup-related vendors who sell anything from dog treats to dog outfits!

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We also have some other fun things to do such as an agility/obstacle course for both large and small dogs and a kids play zone, not to mention Mooville will be open!

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Dog-A-Palooza is free to attend and is happening on June 11, 2016 from 10am-4pm CST!

 

See you there!!

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The Adventures Warm Up

With Spring in the air, the hope for warm weather is not a far reach. The snow has melted, the flowers are starting to sprout and we are ready to warm up the Adventures for Spring and Summer 2016. So what’s happening? Let’s break it down!

April 20

The Farmhouse Restaurant will be featuring a Chocolate Tasting. They have some pretty amazing and unique concoctions thought up and you get to pair this delicious treat with a beer or wine of your choice. Must be 21 or older and you can reserve your spot by calling 219-394-3663

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May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at The Farmhouse Restaurant! This Lagunitas Beer inspired dinner is sure to be fantastic! More details to come!

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May 8

Calling all moms! Mothers receive FREE admission at our Adventures all day. We are also featuring a Mother’s Day brunch at The Farmhouse. To reserve your spot call 219-394-3663

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May 14

Let’s go fly a kite! The second annual Fair in the Air is happening from 10a-4p CST at our Adventures and will feature professional kite performances along with some of the largest kites in the sky! We will also have a kite making shop open for kids while supplies last. For more information visit fofarms.com/fairintheair

May 30

It’s Memorial Day and Mooville is officially open! Come climb our 25-foot milk bottle, bounce around and enjoy our outdoor play area. Mooville will be open all summer long!

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June 11

Bow-wow! Our third annual Dog-A-Palooza is happening! Join us during our 2K Dog Walk which will benefit a local animal shelter, watch dogs perform some outrageous tricks, see a demonstration from our local K-9 Unit and shop for some goodies for your furry family member. For more information and registration for the 2K Dog Walk please visit fofarms.com/dogapalooza

 

The Winfield Crop Adventure is coming Summer 2016!

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How to Draw a Piglet

Meet Karl.  He’s been one of our piglets for the past few years helping to spread the word about Fair Oaks Farms.  Karl is one of the 250 piglets born every day at our Pig Adventure.

Today we are going to show you how to draw Karl in 8 Easy Steps.  Let’s begin!

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Share your drawings with us on Instagram using #howtodrawapiglet

 

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CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY

The Adventures at Fair Oaks Farms are CLOSED today for Easter Sunday. We will resume normal hours Monday morning. However, the Farmhouse Restaurant is OPEN for Easter Brunch 10:30a-4pCST to enjoy with your friends & families. The Cowfé and BP will be open for your traveling convenience as well. Happy Easter!