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Our Cowfé is the Cow-Finest!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Employee Spotlight

You get all of the news about what’s happening with Fair Oaks Farms, but how about the inside scoop from the people that make it all happen?

When you work at Fair Oaks Farms, you’re not a staff member-you’re a herd member. Our herd is a large group of people whose individual talents really make what Fair Oaks Farms is, they’re family!

We thought that this time around, we would look at a couple employees from different parts of Fair Oaks Farms to pick their brains on what they thought about their workplace.

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Sarah Hoek

Where are you from?

Wheatfield, IN

What is your title?

Assistant Manager of The Pig Adventure

What is your favorite part of working at Fair Oaks Farms?

I love seeing all of the families come in, enjoying themselves and learning about the farm.

What are you excited for in Fair Oaks Farms’ future?

I’m excited about the new Pork Education Center. It’s going to be a great addition to The Pig Adventure.

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Jenna Lewandowski

Where are you from?

Demotte, IN

What is your title?

Marketing & Events Assistant

What is your favorite part of working at Fair Oaks Farms?

I love the fun atmosphere that you are constantly surrounded with. There’s always so much going on.

What are you excited for in Fair Oaks Farms’ future?

I’m excited for all of the new Adventures and getting my own desk!


 

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Lisa Roozee

Where are you from?

Rensselaer, IN

What is your title?

Adventure Coordinator

What is your favorite part of working at Fair Oaks Farms?

I love booking all of the groups for the Adventures. It’s both challenging and rewarding.

What are you excited for in Fair Oaks Farms’ future?

I’m excited for new Adventures, more groups and seeing the development of Fair Oaks Farms in years to come.

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New Year, New Attractions!

2014 was a big year for us here at Fair Oaks Farms. We opened our new farm-to-table restaurant, The Farmhouse in early July, our new Market & Bakery in October and added two new events to our calendar: Dog-A-Palooza and The Holiday Farm Frenzy which proved to be a success in their initial year.

With 2014 behind us, what will be in store for 2015?

We are about to go hog wild!

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The Pork Education Center will be opening its doors this spring. This new addition to our Pig Adventure will feature a custom indoor tree house, and a highflying rope maze that will test your knowledge on pork production. This new building will also be the new bus depot to take you out to The Pig Adventure.

The Crop Adventure is also scheduled to open its doors in late 2015. This Adventure will teach you all there is to know about modern farming practices. You will learn about intricate root systems, how weather affects our crops and indulge in amazing and interesting facts about Indiana plants.

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Fair in the Air is scheduled to happen in early May. This new event will take you back to your childhood. The event is all about kites. Yes, you heard that right. Kites of all shapes and sizes will be featured along with synchronized kites, kite making and kites the size of school buses!

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HogustFest will take place during the birthday month of our Pig Adventure, August! While this event is still in its early stages of planning, you can bet by the title, that it’ll be an event not to be missed!

To keep up with everything that is happening, be sure to like our Facebook page or visit our website, fofarms.com.

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Hungry? Eat at Our House

Fair Oaks Farms opened our first family-style restaurant in July of 2014. Many people have already heard about it and some have not, but soon will. This beautiful restaurant is simply hard to miss. You can see it standing stoically from I65 and can smell the aroma of food from the parking lots throughout the campus.

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Why should you try The Farmhouse Restaurant? Did you know that most of the food is grown right here on our farms? The food that is not grown on our farms is harvested locally…and we work with some of the best local partners around! You may even know some of them.

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You step into this gorgeous restaurant and you’re in complete “wow”. The high ceilings, the rustic flair, the warmth of the colors and the enormous fireplace bring charm to this great new addition to Northwest IN.

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The happy and welcoming staff will lead the way to your seat. Note; their adorable farm style uniforms. If you’re of age, choose to sit in the pub because you will get to see Craig if you’re dining throughout the day and he is a wonderful conversationalist. He always has a smile on his face and makes you feel at home. I noticed while I was eating my delicious Classic Burger (with Fair Oaks Farms Mild Cheddar) that he was telling some travelers about how much he loves the Fair Oaks Farms products, especially the chocolate FairLife milk. He even let them sample some. The customers absolutely loved sharing the experience with Craig and with each other and immediately asked where they could purchase some. (Of course, everything is available next door in our Market & Bakery). That’s the kind of atmosphere you’ll find at The Farmhouse. Everyone there makes you feel like part of the family.

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If the food isn’t enough to get you to come back for more, you need to try one of the signature drinks. I tried the Lemonade B and it was just amazing! It was refreshing, delicious and with just the right amount of tang to it. There are several signature drinks to try from and their bartenders are all fully trained to give you the best experience possible.

If you have time, you HAVE to check out the unique bathrooms. I know, I’m talking about the BATHROOMS! But they are absolutely adorable. Each one is unique in its own way. And there have been several accounts where they have become conversation starters at the tables in the dining rooms.

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To top off your experience (and if you have a warm coat during these colder months) walk around the wrap-around porch to the backside of the restaurant. There you will see this beautiful landscaping complete with a custom waterfall. I can picture some lucky couple getting married right there and what a beautiful picture opportunity.

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Fair Oaks Farms Winter Getaway

We Herd You Were Looking For A Winter Family Get Away…

Let us do the planning for you!

The Fair Oaks Farms’ Ultimate Trip Guide

How to get the most BANG for your buck.

Are you looking to get away? Take a break from your every day life and spend some quality time with the family? We know that get a ways can be costly so we have provided this Go To guide for you to get the most bang for your buck and also create an amazing experience for you and your family.

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So what is it about Fair Oaks Farms that would make the experience so unique? Unlike other destinations, we provide wholesome & educational family experiences. We educate while we entertain and so we refer to ourselves as an edutainment tourism destination. The goal for Fair Oaks Farms, is to educate the public about modern farming procedures while providing a transparent look at everything we do, taking care of our animals and our planet and providing the best, most nutritious products to our customers.

So what do we offer? Where to begin! The first attraction that appeared on our campus is The Dairy Adventure. The Dairy Adventure is home to 35,000 dairy cows and counting! Just call us the Duggars of dairy cows! (The family actually visited us in August 2014). The Dairy Adventure consists of over 60 interactive exhibits, a 3D/4D movie experience, a kid’s activity center and an arena-styled birthing barn where you can witness a live birth of a calf! From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we open our outdoor play area which features a sky high milk bottle climb, a giant bounce pillow, riding tractors, a train, and bungee fun!! This whole experience will take an average of about 2-3 hours.

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The second attraction to join our farm family was The Pig Adventure, which opened in August 2013. Our farm full of cute piglets is such a unique experience. You’ll notice the smell of the farm is muted with our special filtration system that we use. But don’t be surprised if you get a small whiff of something piggy…we still are a working pig farm! This portion of your experience is filled with state-of-the-art attractions, which even feature virtual greeters, and a virtual pig that walks around your body!!   Don’t forget to “shower in”, we are a bio-secure farm. This means that we do everything we can to keep disease, bacteria, and residue out of our farms to provide the cleanest home possible to our pigs. Only the cleanest piggies in our pens!

The third attraction to come on board was our Farmhouse Restaurant. This big beautiful farmhouse styled facility is hard to miss. You’ll notice the amazing aroma of delicious food cooking seep into the parking lots (it makes your mouth water). The kitchen in our restaurant has a glass wall, so you can literally see EVERYTHING that is going on behind the kitchen. Don’t forget to try one of our signature adult beverages in the pub while you’re there. The Farmhouse also features a large ballroom suitable for up to 270 guests that makes the perfect venue for business events, weddings and so much more! Ask our event planner, Rachel Main, for one of our event planning guides while you’re in for a visit.

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The latest attraction to open here at Fair Oaks Farms is our Market & Bakery. Seriously! There is fresh homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, salads, fresh produce, local meat products, beer and wine. It couldn’t get much better than that! The perfect take-home items!

So how is this the “ultimate” trip guide? It’s simple. Let me personally break down your visit, that way you don’t miss a thing!

  • Start at The Dairy Adventure.
  • Quiz your dairy knowledge in our Diva Hall.
  • Be surprised in our 3D/4D movie experience.
  • Walk through our exhibit halls.
  • Learn about sustainability.
  • Go on the dairy bus tour and learn about our milking carousel.
  • Try our video games, milking contest and carousel in our activity room.
  • Eat lunch at our café. (I suggest one of our signature grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream for dessert!)
  • Visit our Dairy Birthing Barn.
  • Ride our pig bus to the Pig Adventure.
  • Try out our virtual farm experience.
  • Don’t forget to try our interactive sonogram.
  • Get your picture taken in the farm clothes with our pig.
  • Watch the babies being born.
  • Try our “corn maze”
  • Eat dinner at The Farmhouse Restaurant. The portions are big enough that you’ll have leftovers for the following day! (There’s even a kids menu)

Where are you going to stay? We have two hotel partners that we work along side. You can visit The Holiday Inn Express in Rensselaer (6 miles), or The Radisson Hotel in Merrillville (35 miles). Check their websites for money saving family packages!

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The Radisson Hotel

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So what are the savings secrets? That’s the important stuff, right? How can you spend as little as you can and get the most out of your experience? Well here are the following spending saving secrets…

  1. Fair Oaks Farms is actually featuring a Holiday inspired event called The Holiday Farm Frenzy on December 20, so you get EVEN more for your buck on that day! Admission is more than 50% off that day!
  2. Purchase an Adventure Pass if you live local and know you will visit more than once! After two visits the card pays for itself and comes with some bonus perks in the summertime!
  3. Check our partners, South Shore CVA’s website for money saving coupons.
  4. Plan as a group and receive a discounted rate for groups with 20 or more! But prepare to plan ahead. You need to book at least 2 weeks in advance to get this price.

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Well there you have it, the Fair Oaks Farms’ Ultimate Trip Guide! But stay tuned, because we are still growing! Watch out for the three new buildings going up in the year 2015!!

For more information about hours of operation, admission prices, and special events please visit our website at fofarms.com

Fair Oaks Farms | Start Your Adventure, Feed Your Curiosity

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4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts Months at Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms has announced special pricing for 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts until the end of March 2014. Groups will get a complimentary ice cream cone for the members and Boy and Girl Scouts will get a free patch from the farm! 4-H members click here; Boy Scouts members click here; and Girl Scouts members click here for more information.

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Fair Oaks Farms winter fun

Think Fair Oaks Farms is closed for the winter? Think again! All of the exhibits, cafe and gas station are open for the winter months! Come take a warm tour of Fair Oaks Farms! We will be here to take care of your adventure!