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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!

 

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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
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Spring in for a Sweet Treat

Spring Break is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate by staying local.  Yep, that’s right; get your Staycation on in Northwest Indiana.  There are plenty of things to do right here in the area.  Grab a cup of gourmet coffee, walk some trails, see a movie or visit us here at Fair Oaks Farms.

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During the week of spring break, show us your school spirit when you purchase admission to our Adventures and receive FREE ice cream!  We want to see those local team colors, school shirts and mascots visit us here at the farm and we will treat you to some of our delicious farmstead ice cream!

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Make the most of your spring break visit and purchase an Adventure Pass so that you can get unlimited visits all year long, bonus discounts, coupons and even more perks during the summer!

For more information about our Adventure Pass visit General Admission

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Scouts, Earn Your Adventure Patch.

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Venturers…

Scout leaders call to schedule a special time for your group to visit the Adventures.

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We have over 60 interactive, fun, educational exhibits, real working farms, the 3D/4D movie, the Birthing Barn at the Dairy Adventure. The Gestation, Farrowing, and Growing Barn at the Pig Adventure. And now the all new interactive ropes course in our Pork Education building.

Each Scout receives a kiddie cone, and handbook for each active member. Scouts can earn their special Fair Oaks Farms patch! Admission is $6.00 per person per Adventure or $10 for both.

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Must have a group of at least 10. If you have small groups under 10, please call for information. For groups of 10 or more, advanced notice is required. You can do this by using the online booking form or by calling us at 877-536-1194 ext 322.

Click Here for more information online.

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Thankful For So Much in November

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!

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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.

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November 9thNovember 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

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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

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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!

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Get Out of the Cold

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t forget about our events! Check out our events calendar for all events happening at Fair Oaks Farms!

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There’s so much to see and do at Fair Oaks Farms this winter.

 

 

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10 Signs You’re in Need of a Trip to Fair Oaks Farms

Ever wonder what are the tell tale signs that you have spent too much time apart from Fair Oaks Farms? We’re here to help you out with that. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to jump in the car immediately and drive out to the farm!

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  • 1: Your coworker says they’re hungry and your immediate response is “Did you say grilled cheese?”

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  • 2: You’re pouring milk in your morning coffee and you can’t help but think of a 72-cow carousel.

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  • 3: Your kids are reading the Three Little Pigs and your brain goes straight to a beautiful dreamy redwood tree house.

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  • 4: You have sudden cravings for the Farmhouse macaroni and cheese with jalapeno cornbread.

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  • 5: Your dreams are filled with litters of adorable piglets and calves.

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  • 6: When Fall hits, others think of pumpkin spice and you think of CowtoberFest.

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  • 7: It’s a Thursday night and you have a sudden urge to have some drinks and listen to live acoustic music.

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  • 8: Your closet is filled with clothes that are black, white and pink.

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  • 9: You check Facebook every hour to make sure you don’t miss the cheese give away.

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  • 10: You wake up every day ready to Start Your Adventure.

 

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Mooville Withdrawals

What! It’s almost fall and we all know what that means. As of Labor Day weekend, Mooville closes during the week and is only open on the fantastic fall weekend of CowtoberFest.

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I know it’s hard to imagine our lives without this outdoor dairy playground for a grueling 7 months out of the year so let’s just bask in the fact that we still have time to enjoy those moments of Mooville greatness while we still can!

Conqueror of vertical limits, the Udder Heights of our milk bottle is something that can’t be written about- only experienced. How many times have you told someone, “yeah I climbed up a 20 foot milk bottle today, what did you do?” AHH! The look on their faces when we tell them that story, right? I’m going to miss that!

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How many flips did you manage to whip out this summer on our Cow-A-Bunga? I seriously tried three in a row and although I didn’t quite conquer that third diving spiral of a jump, I consider this to be a successful summer and know what I must challenge myself with next year! Ugh…I’m going to miss that!!

I couldn’t get enough of Dairy Air this year. I am pretty sure that I’ve built up my entire summer stamina on that big giant pillow full of fun. It’s hard not to make a friend or two while you’re enjoying that bouncy fun. I am SO going to miss that!

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Don’t forget swirling through the cheese maze, racing each other on the peddle tractors or enjoying a leisurely ride on the Moo Choo Train!! I’m going to miss all of that!!

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The good thing is that we still have time to enjoy those attractions before they are completely closed for the season and when they are…there’s always that crazy ropes course in The Pork Education Center!

Mooville closes after Labor Day and opens one last time for the season during CowtoberFest, October 10-11.

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For more information on CowtoberFest visit fofarms.com/cowtoberfest