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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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Fun Things To Do: New Dairy Adventure Coming Soon!

In case you haven’t heard, we’re putting on a brand MOOOO face beginning Tuesday, September 4th, 2018! Pardon our dust as we flip our barn at the Dairy Adventure to bring brand new experiences for you and your herd!

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Don’t worry, you and your family can still purchase admission to the Dairy Adventure and…

  • Ride the bus through our free-stall barns, milking parlor, and digester.
  • Watch our 3D/4D movie.
  • See the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn.

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Plan your trip today and purchase your Dairy Adventure tickets at the Admissions Building or online on our website! If you bought a One & Done pass, you can visit the newly renovated Dairy Adventure for FREE! Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page (@ Fair Oaks Farms) for renovation updates!

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Hurry! Last Chance for One & Done Passes!

Time is running out to purchase your very own One & Done pass! If you buy regular admission to an Individual or Whole Adventure before LABOR DAY, you will receive FREE access to that Adventure for 365 days!

Also, this offer includes FREE access to the Adventures during the 2018 Cowtoberfest, 2018 Holiday Farm Frenzy, 2019 Fair in the Air, and 2019 Dog-a-Palooza. Plus, you’ll get FREE access to the newly renovated Dairy Adventure – opening late Fall 2018!

One price. One year. Unlimited Adventures. Visit the Admissions Building or click the link below to purchase your tickets and get your One & Done Pass TODAY!

To purchase tickets online, click here: General Admission.

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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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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Celebrate accordingly with a tour of our famous Dairy Adventure – a MOOvelous time for all ages! You can ride the bus through our free stall barns, milking parlor, and digestor; discover exhibits featuring the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition, and the safety & nutrition of milk; watch our 3D/4D movie, and witness the birth of a calf in the Birthing Barn.

Purchase your tickets today at the Admission building or online here: Purchase Tickets.

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What’s For Breakfast?

Fair Oaks Farms Yogurt!

This morning we’re whipping up a delicious and filling breakfast to put all other breakfasts to shame! Smoothie bowls are easy to prep, assemble, and eat on the go. We’ve included a recipe of one of our favorite bowls, but try out your own combinations at home to please your tastes. Most smoothie bowls are sweet, making it the perfect alternative to a sugary bowl of cereal for your children.

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl


Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries set 2 strawberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries set 4 blueberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup raspberries set 4 raspberries aside
  • 1 1/2 cup blackberries set 4 blackberries aside
  • 1 cup almonds sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend Fair Oaks Farms Strawberry Greek Yogurt, Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Pour mixture into a bowl.

  2. Slice the strawberries that were set aside, then place all remaining fruit on top of the smoothie mixture in bowl.

  3. Sprinkle sliced almonds and chia seeds on top. Enjoy!

 

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South by Southwest Not Your Usual Dairy Destination

By Sue McCloskey

At first glance, South by Southwest (SXSW) might be the last place you think the dairy industry would be. The event is billed as a way to “celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries.” 

Sounds like miles away from our farms, doesn’t it?

But, the purpose behind SXSW and the people who attend it in droves every year are exactly why we need to keep this event circled on our dairy calendars.

Every March, people from across the globe converge on Austin, Texas, for a 10-day glimpse into the future. This is the second consecutive year the dairy industry has participated in the interactive portion of SXSW, thanks to the vision of the farmer-founded Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. 

The interactive portion of SXSW has become a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies and typically draws nearly 40,000 attendees.

I have known about SXSW for some time, so there was no hesitation on my part when I was asked to be part of a panel discussion hosted by the Innovation Center titled “We Love Technology … Why Not When it Comes to Food?”

Is there anything more relevant than the use of technology – and consumers’ misunderstanding of it — for those of us who farm every day?

The level of innovation in our country and on our farms defines us as Americans. We’re innovators, big thinkers and we challenge the status quo. That’s what has made this country – and farming – great. Yet, that doesn’t always resonate with a skeptical public who feels technology compromises the integrity of the food they consume.

So, our panel’s goal was to explore this complex relationship between food, technology and consumer trust to an audience of people we know are generations removed from farming. Our discussion was open, and it allowed me to address misperceptions in food production and why farm technology matters to them.

My message is one you are familiar with: we farm, so they don’t have to. We are the 2 percent of the nation that rises each day to assure food security. We have the safest, most affordable and most abundant food supply in the world and technology allows this to happen. Farm technology means they don’t have to think about growing their own food and they are free to pursue the careers they choose. Many people nodded in agreement as I shared these words.

The people at SXSW are influencers and early adopters of change. Many also represented a younger generation, and they’re more open-minded than we sometimes give them credit for. In most cases, we were the first farmers they have ever met, and the reception was absolutely positive. They wanted to learn about us and have an exchange of ideas.

What may have been most surprising is I didn’t find people who had a disposition against dairy or the “big ag” claims we sometimes hear. Instead, I met people who were open to talking with me and the other eight dairy farmers in attendance. When people can look a farmer in the eye and have a conversation, there is a level of trust built, and that’s what we need more of.

The vibe at SXSW is contagious. There is such energy through a collaboration of open discussion and thought among some of the brightest people you may ever meet. Our industry opened new doors there.

There is great value of inserting ourselves in unexpected places.

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Sue McCloskey is the founder of Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana and Fairlife milk.

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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!
Ingredients: Emmental (swiss) cheese.

Classic and Quick Cheesy Entrees for National Cheese Lovers Day

Picking out the unique recipes that appear on this blog isn’t always easy. There are so many incredible recipes that come across our desks, and so many perfect Fair Oaks Farms products to choose to exhibit. When it comes to National Cheese Lovers Day, we wanted to pick a recipe that everyone could enjoy, but we couldn’t settle on just one. We’ve chosen two different recipes, a sandwich and a steak, that use Fair Oaks Farms cheeses creatively. Our cheeses add to the depth of flavor in each dish, so whichever you choose to make you won’t be disappointed!

Cheesy Crusted Steak Rolls

Ingredients

  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups of mushrooms, diced
  • 2 small red onions, diced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 pound beef sirloin steak
  • 8 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Provolone cheese, sliced
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Flatten out steak, using plastic wrap and a meat tenderizer. After, season both sides with salt and pepper or other seasonings of your choosing. Set to the side.
  3. Heat skillet and add butter or vegetable oil. Once hot, add onions and mushrooms and cook until tender. Turn off the stove and add spinach, cooking until wilted.
  4. Spread spinach, onion, and mushroom mixture onto flattened steak, careful not to reach the edges. Leave about an inch border.
  5. Place slices of provolone over steak and mixture.
  6. Roll steak tightly, then secure with skewers or twine, about 2 inches apart. Cut between each skier or twine so that each slice is even.
  7. Using the same skillet you used for spinach, onion, and mushroom mixture, add another teaspoon of oil or butter and heat. Once warm add the steak rolls and cook each side for about 3 minutes. Then place in oven for about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with salad or side dish of your choosing.

 

Monte Cristo Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Sweet Swiss
  • 4 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 white sandwich bread slices
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Raspberry jam, for serving

Instructions

  1. Divide mustard, cheese, and ham evenly between two bread slices, placing the second slice on top of each.
  2. Whisk eggs and milk.
  3. Place butter in medium skillet, then dip sandwiches in milk mixture and place on skillet. Cook until golden brown on each side.
  4. Serve warm with powdered sugar on top and raspberry jam on the side.