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FOF Smoked Gouda

Fair Oaks Farms’ Smoked Gouda Awarded First Place Honors at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship

Fair Oaks Farms® Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Smoked Gouda took home first place honors at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest held in Madison, WI on August 21-23! Fair Oaks Farms has been the recipient of numerous awards at the World Dairy Expo Championship since first entering in 2004.

“Fair Oaks Farms is so humbled to receive such high recognition at the World Dairy Expo,” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms COO, “We are very proud of Bruce and his talents. We continue to control all aspects of the farm and truly believe that the Magic is in our Milk.” The 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship Competition saw more than 1,400 entries.

Stop by the Cowfé for a free cheese tasting, or order online here: Online Store.

Who doesn’t love a good Mac and Cheese recipe? Try this easy-to-make recipe featuring Fair Oaks Farms’ award-winning Smoked Gouda cheese! WARNING: It has a kick to it!

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Source: AllRecipes.com

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (16 oz.) package seashell pasta
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Fair Oaks Farms milk
  • 4 oz. Fair Oaks Farms' Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Lightly grease a 15x10 baking dish.

  3. Boil a large pot of lightly salted water.

  4. Add package of seashell pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain.

  5. Over medium heat, melt butter in a small saucepan. Mix all-purpose flour. Cook until a roux forms. Stir in the Fair Oaks Farms milk, salt, and ground white pepper. Stir until sauce thickens.

  6. Remove from heat. Stir in shredded Fair Oaks Farms' award-winning Smoked Gouda cheese.

  7. Combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Transfer to prepared dish.

  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until heated.

  9. Serve dish to guests. Enjoy!

 

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How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board 101

Are you having a family get-together? Girls’ night? Office party? Do you need a good reason to make a delicious cheese board? At Fair Oaks Farms®, we understand that building a cheese board is like creating a piece of art. Regardless of your skill level, we are here to help you create the perfect cheese board for your next party! Be sure to take notes because How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board 101 is now in session.

Variety

The most critical factor behind making the perfect cheese board is offering your guests a variety of cheeses. According to DiBruno Brothers manager, Sande Friedman, “the foundation of a good cheese plate will showcase several different cheeses of varying textures, milks, and ages.” The key is to find cheeses that will nicely complement and contrast one another. For your cheese board, we recommend purchasing Fair Oaks Farms’ award-winning Habanero Havarti, Muenster, Smoked Gouda, and Sweet Swiss. Spicy – check. Mild – check. Smoky and sweet – check and check. You’re all set!

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Pictured: Fair Oaks Farms award-winning Smoked Gouda.

You can purchase all of our award-winning and best-selling cheeses on the farm at the Cowfé or Dairycatessen. If you live a little further or would like to send cheese to a friend, you can shop our online selection here: Online Store.

Find the Perfect Pairings

It is important to note that your cheese board should not be limited to, well, cheese. To bring a variety of flavors to your board, you must be creative in finding the perfect accompaniments!

First, let’s satisfy our sweet tooth! A cheese board isn’t complete without fruit, both dried and fresh! The Fair Oaks Farms U-Pick Orchard will officially open in 2019 for the public to pick Cameo, Crimson Crisp, Gala, Gold Rush, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Pixie Crunch, and Zestar apples! We highly recommend our juicy Honeycrisp. To give the cheese board color, add dried apricots. Next, have some fun selecting condiments! We recommend adding honey, assorted jams, or homemade Apple Chutney from our very own Cowfé and Dairycatessen to give your cheese board a sweet savor.

To complement that sweet tooth, consider adding an array of salted nuts that will give your board a crunch. For non-vegetarians, try Fair Oaks Farms’ Premium Beef Summer Sausage (or Jalapeño) and tasty Beef Sticks, produced exclusively with our very own beef! You can purchase these products on the farm at the Cowfé and Dairycatessen or online here: Online Store.

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Pictured: Fair Oaks Farms Premium Beef Sticks.

Lastly, crackers are an essential item when creating a cheese board. Fill empty spaces on the cheese board with a variety of crackers and crispy breadsticks.

Presentation

The final step in creating the perfect cheese board is the presentation. Let us reiterate…presentation is EVERYTHING. To make your cheese board even more stylish, we recommend adding garnish, such as flowers or decorations.

Voila! You have successfully created the perfect cheese board! Serve this beautiful masterpiece to your guests at the next family get-together, girls’ night, office party, etc.! Or self-indulge behind closed doors – we won’t judge you! Be sure to share our successful tips with family and friends!

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Best Cheeseburgers to Grill Up for Labor Day Weekend – Fair Oaks Farms Style!

Nothing signals the end of summer quite like a cookout during Labor Day weekend, and no grill session is complete without the perfect burger! Invite friends over, fire up the grill, and check out these Fair Oaks Farms® cheeses that will take your plain ol’ burger to the next level!

Cheddar Mild: This mild cheese has a hint of sharpness that goes well with burgers. Stay on the classic route and add bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles!

Smoked Gouda: This cheese has a smooth, natural hickory-smoked flavor that melts perfectly on a hamburger patty. Don’t forget to top your cheeseburger off with bacon, onion, and sweet barbeque sauce!

ribeyeburger_2017Havarti Pepper: This is a mild pepper variety of this rich, semi-soft cheese with a buttery flavor. With just a hint of pepper, this cheese is not too hot and not too mild for people who like their cheese a bit spicy! Serve with chipotle mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato.

Sweet Swiss: This soft cheese has a mild, sweet flavor. It’s one of the most popular Fair Oaks Farms’ cheeses! Add sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions to this melted cheeseburger.

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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Fair Oaks Farms’ Muenster Awarded First Place Honors at the 2018 ACS Judging and Competition

Fair Oaks Farms® Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Muenster took home first place honors at the 2018 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held in Pittsburgh, PA on July 27th! Fair Oaks Farms’ Muenster has continually won honors at the competition since entering in 2005.

“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to producing the highest quality, best-tasting products by growing our own feed, providing exceptional animal comfort and leading the charge in groundbreaking sustainability efforts” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms COO, “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms’ Fine Cheeses have maintained championship recognition.” The 2018 ACS Judging and Competition saw 1,954 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 259 companies.

Click here to read the official press release: ASC FOF Press Release.

Stop by the Cowfé for a free tasting, or order online here: Online Store.

Click here to try these delicious recipes using our award-winning Muenster: 10 Best Muenster Cheese Recipes.

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Avoid These Cheese Storage Mistakes

We don’t know about you, but we LOVE cheese! Aged Gouda, Butterkase, Sweet Swiss – there are so many mouthwatering options available at Fair Oaks Farms®! Avoid these three common missteps when storing cheese to ensure that your purchase maintains its flavor and appearance for as long as possible!

Mistake #1: Wrapping your cheese in plastic material.

At home, wrap cheese using porous materials, such as cheese paper, butcher paper, or wax paper. These materials are breathable and eliminate the plastic flavors that can permeate cheese.

Mistake #2: Storing cheese in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

Store cheese in the produce drawer of your refrigerator. Cheese thrives in warmer temperatures. Plus, the cold slows down the ripening process and tends to dry out cheese at a quicker rate.

Mistake #3: Not using an extra layer of protection.

It is essential to give your cheese an extra layer of protection before storing. As mentioned above, do not use plastic! Instead, use a paper material or a container with holes. Holes allow the cheese to breathe.

Does this post have you craving Fair Oaks Farms cheese? You can purchase our cheese on campus at the Cowfé and Dairycatessan or online here: Online Store.

Source: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/cheese-storing-mistakes.

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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!

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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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You’re Invited to Our House for Mother’s Day ♥︎

On Sunday, May 13th, join Fair Oaks Farms® for a Mother’s Day to remember. We’ll be showcasing Mother’s Day deals across our entire campus, so don’t miss out!

Show your mom just how much you appreciate her with gifts from the Cowfé, like our Mother’s Day Cheese Basket for only $29.99 — a basket filled with Fair Oaks Farms’ best-selling Sweet Swiss and Mild Cheddar, award-winning Havarti Pepper, and crackers. Give these cheeses a try on our Almost Famous Classic Grilled Cheese, because on May 13th when you buy a full-size Classic Grilled Cheese, you can get a half Classic Grilled Cheese for free! Mom can also enjoy free admission on Mother’s Day, so bring your entire family along for an Adventure! The Farmhouse Restaurant will be serving up a Mother’s Day Buffet as well. You can choose between Brunch or Dinner and we’ve included the menus of both below so you can make your reservations today!

For brunch, The Farmhouse will be serving up a breakfast classics such as fresh fruit, Fair Oaks Farms’ yogurt, cereal, pastries, bagels, muffins, breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and a build-your-own omelet station. You can also indulge in a few lunch options as well like roasted garlic mash potatoes, Farmhouse Mac ‘n’ Cheese, full salad bar, orange-glazed ham, bourbon-glazed salmon, herb-crusted roasted pork loin carving station, prime rib carving station and assorted desserts. Brunch will be served from 10:30 am to 3 pm.

On the dinner buffet, you’ll find a multi-course menu including appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts. Dishes available will include shrimp cocktail, spinach dip, Fair Oaks Farms’ Fine Cheese, meatballs, tater tots, chicken strips, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, Cajun chicken and rice, Farmhouse Mac ‘n’ Cheese, baked tilapia, Farmhouse Fried Chicken, build-your-own pasta station, sausages, bourbon-glazed salmon, herb-crusted roasted pork loin carving station, prime rib carving station, full salad bar and assorted desserts. Dinner will be served from 3:30 pm to 8 pm.

Reservations are highly recommended as we’ll be very busy! You can indulge in either buffet for only $35, while children 12 years and under are only $16. This price includes coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Our regular menu will not be served. Call (219) 394-3663 to reserve your space today or visit the Farmhouse’s website.

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From our Farm to your Fundraiser

Fundraising can be tricky, specifically picking out what products to sell. You have to pick something in demand, that customers will need to buy, but it has to be affordable to those in your target audience. You also have to think about brand image, for instance, will this product reflect well on my group or club that I’m fundraising for? There is one local product that hits all of these criteria – a quality, fresh cheese that originates from a trusted farm in the community! Let Fair Oaks Farms provide the inventory for your next fundraiser with our cheese and sausage!

We’re known across the nation for our quality control in all aspects of the cheese making process beginning with growing the feed that our cows receive, providing incredible cow comfort and harvesting the freshest milk, which is the main ingredient of our cheeses. Our cheeses have consistently won awards at the World Dairy Expo and American Cheese Society. We also boast a line of aged cheddars up to 10 years! Our inventory hosts a wide range of flavors such as smoky, sharp, smooth, mild, and spicy, sure to impress any palate. We also provide Fair Oaks Farms sausages that use beef and pork to create the perfect complement to any cheese your customers’ order – one sausage even includes jalapeños for a nice kick!

Break away from the classics and fundraise with a new and exciting product. Not many groups use locally grown fresh food made with the absolute purest ingredients and attention to detail to fundraise, here’s your chance to get an edge on other fundraising groups and make money for your group or club! For more information, call our sales department at (219) 394-2275, or shoot them a message at gregj@fofarms.com.

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Fondue for Two

This Valentine’s Day, don’t stick to the simple favorites you’ve had every single year. Use a blast from the past to make your V-Day exciting this year, with Fondue for Two! Use Fair Oaks Farms cheese to ensure melty, gooey, quality deliciousness!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into approximately 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Sweet Swiss Cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. After shredding Fair Oaks Farms Sweet Swiss, place in a bowl or resealable plastic bag and coat with all-purpose flour.
  2. Add garlic and wine to a fondue pot or large saucepan, simmer and then stir in lemon juice.
  3. Add cheese and flour mixture slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to prevent lumps.
  4. Keep warm on a low setting while serving, to prevent cheese from hardening. Use fondue forks to spear bread and begin dipping!

Tips & Tricks

  • Not a fan of our Sweet Swiss cheese or looking for a different flavor? No problem! Use any Fair Oaks Farms cheese to get the exact taste you want. The above recipe might need to be adjusted slightly, but ultimately it’s about what satisfies you! We recommend trying Asiago, 5 Year Cheddar, or even Havarti Pepper for a kick!
  • French bread is just a suggestion! Any kind of crusty bread will do, such as sourdough, ciabatta, or Italian. Or use anything that marries well with cheese, like cubes of ham, bacon, or steak, fresh mushrooms, broccoli florets, carrots, or apple wedges. Be creative!
  • There are many deviations of simple fondue all over the internet. Look up your own recipes and try to find something that tickles your fancy, such as adding spices and other ingredients to the cheese.
  • If the cheese starts thickening, add a bit of wine (or milk, if you choose to keep your cheese nonalcoholic).
  • Most importantly, have fun! Fondue is meant to be experimental and customizable!