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Handcrafted Weathervanes for the New Hotel!

Last week, Fair Oaks Farms unveiled the specially handcrafted weathervanes that will go on top of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel, which is scheduled to open in Early 2019.

Fair Oaks Farms has put a lot of consideration in every piece of hotel artwork, and the weathervanes were no exception. West Coast Weather Vanes handcrafted these beautiful copper vanes. Continuing the mid-1800s tradition, West Coast Weather Vanes “always includes a penny from the year the vane is completed inside each sculpture for good luck.” Therefore, the hotel weathervanes have a 2018 copper penny inside each one. How cool is that?!

According to their website, West Coast Weather Vanes uses a similar process to that of the Hellenistic period in Greece. Each weathervane is made individually, meaning that no two are the same. Also, each vane is formed by an individual weathervane maker from start to finish. First, West Coast Weather Vanes starts with an approved design. Then, weathervane makers “hand cut, texture, and shape each individual piece of metal that will become the weathervane.” Afterward, the weathervane will be soldered, leafed with gold or palladium, and polished before being packaged and shipped to its new home.

To watch the “Behind the Weather Vane” video, click here: Vimeo

For more hotel information and updates, visit fofarms.com.

For more information about West Coast Weather Vanes, click here:  West Coast Weather Vanes

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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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July is National Ice Cream Month!

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? We’re celebrating by sharing our favorite homemade chocolate ice cream recipe made with Fair Oaks Farms milk – so good you can taste the nostalgia! Please read below to see how it’s made.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

An easy-to-make ice cream recipe that will be sure to bring back childhood memories!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 352 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Fair Oaks Farms Milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 egg yolk lightly beaten
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chips chopped

Instructions

  1. Whisk unsweetened cocoa powder, Fair Oaks Farms milk, salt, and sugar in a pot over medium heat until mixture simmers.

  2. Place egg yolks in small mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of hot mixture in with egg yolks.

  3. Once combined, return the mixture to the pot. Heat until mixture thickens. Be sure not to boil it!

  4. Away from the heat, stir in chopped semisweet chocolate chips until melted.

  5. Pour mixture into a chilled bowl. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Be sure to stir the mixture every 30 minutes.

  6. After the chocolate mixture has cooled, mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and let the machine do its work!

  7. After mixing, store the chocolate ice cream in a freeze. Time varies by machine manufacturer's directions.

  8. Serve in a bowl, cone, or in between 2 cookies. Enjoy!

However, if you don’t have the time or an ice cream machine to make this recipe, you can always stop by Fair Oaks Farms and try our famous scoops of ice cream and delicious milkshakes, located at the Cowfé and Dairycatessan! Happy National Ice Cream Month!

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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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Beer Dinner at The Farmhouse Restaurant

Join us Thursday, April 26th at 6 PM for a beer dinner, hosted by The Farmhouse & St. John Malt Brothers! The menu is set with South American inspired cuisine and each dish is paired with brews from St. John Malt Brothers.

Bartenders will start the evening with a blackberry mojito, but then Chef Jorge will take the reigns for an amuse-bouche course of Leche de Tigre. Fish marinated in citrus, fried calamari, and a sweet potato mousse, make this a course you can’t skip out on. It’s the perfect entrance to an evening of unique tastes from plate to glass. The second course of the evening is a Quinoa and Octopus Salad served with a mixture of roasted corn and poblano pepper that rests on a bed of quinoa and topped with an aioli dressing. The third course is a modern twist on a classic, the Papa Rellena, a potato stuffed with Fair Oaks Farms’ filet mignon, with hard egg and a bell pepper crema. Next up is Arroz con Pollo, a dish full of comforting chicken, beer braised rice, cilantro, English peas, and carrots. The last entree for the night is an extravagant Jales de Mariscos with fried seafood, yucca, tartar sauce, aji aioli, and salsa criolla. To finish the evening, a chocolate cake dessert will be served, topped with Coconut Whip, Chocolate Sauce, and Fair Oaks Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Each dish is paired with a delicious beer from St. John Malt Brothers.

The Beer Dinner is $55 per person and space is limited. Call The Farmhouse today to reserve your spot, this isn’t an evening you want to miss!

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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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Join Us for Italian Wine Tasting!

Have you ever attended an event at the Farmhouse Restaurant℠? Every once in a while, our staff puts together a special evening for guests to taste unique spirits and a specially-curated menu. Coming up on March 1st, we’ll be holding an Italian wine tasting with the guest of honor, Annalaura Tili!

Annalaura Tili is an owner and operator of Tili Vini Winery, located in Assisi, Italy. She will be guiding guests through a tasting of seven different Tili Vini wines and their award-winning olive oil. The Farmhouse’s Chef Jorge Sullon has created a menu to complement the imported wines as well, ensuring for a delicious evening!

The wine tasting begins at 6 pm CST on March 1st. Reservations must be made by calling (219) 394-3663. Tickets are $35 per person and include wine tasting and appetizers.

Wine list includes:

  • Assisi Grechetto
  • Marilu Umbria Roso Passito
  • Assisi Young
  • Sacreterre Umbria Rosso
  • Assisi Rosso
  • Assisi Pinot Nero
  • Assisi Rosato

Appetizers by Chef Jorge Sullon:

  • Caprese Crostini
  • Arancini
  • Fair Oaks Farms’® Cheese Board, Assorted Bread, and Charcuterie
  • Prosciutto e Melone
  • Caesar Salad Bites
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Antipasto Skewers
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Top 6 Places to Propose at Fair Oaks Farms

Some people might not think about a farm as a romantic setting, but what’s more romantic than making memories with that one special person in your life? Thousands of people propose marriage at tourist destinations across the world, such as Walt Disney World and theme parks like Kings Island. We’ve even been the host to a promposal! Fair Oaks Farms® would be the perfect spot to propose, as we have naturally beautiful landscapes, intimate settings and places for you to celebrate afterward with family and friends! Below we’ve listed the Top 6 places to propose on Fair Oaks Farms campus. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Farmhouse Restaurant℠ Dining Room

Perhaps the most obvious place to propose to your soul mate is our Farmhouse Restaurant. The Farmhouse boasts a large dining room, complete with unique lighting, glass walls along the kitchen to get a clear view inside, a pub area, fireplace and a private dining room. Request a seat by the fire to warm up to the big question! Or speak to a member of staff to place the perfect ring on top of a bowl of Fair Oaks Farms’ Ice Cream, a slice of Brûléed Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, or a dish of Belgian Chocolate & Raspberry Bread Pudding. Dessert isn’t your thing? We have a full menu of sparkling, white, and red wines that might please your spouse-to-be. Our staff at the Farmhouse would love to help you make this an unforgettable moment for all!

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Farmhouse Restaurant Porch at Sunset

Now, this might seem specific, but it’s only because it might be the most beautiful view we’ve ever seen! During the warmer months, guests are welcome to dine on the porch of the Farmhouse – and even bring along man’s best friend! There’s no better view on Fair Oaks Farms’ campus than a gorgeous sunset from the porch, right as the sun hits the tree line and turns the sky a gorgeous mix of purples, oranges and yellows. Tables are even offered around the back of the restaurant to provide privacy, but you can also reserve a group of tables if you’d like to make it a family & friend affair! Again, you can speak to the staff to discuss the ring’s special placement on one of our dishes, or get down on one knee with your back to the sun, giving your partner a beautiful view to go along with their most cherished memory.

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A Special Event

If you’re looking for something public and exciting, you might consider one of our special events! Four times a year we bring in thousands of guests to visit campus and partake in some of the most fun festivals northwest Indiana has to offer! Fair in the Air™ is our kite-flying festival, and how neat would it be if you requested a kite team to fly an improvised and synchronized routine to you and your partner’s favorite song! Are you and your special someone dog lovers? Bring your pups to Dog-a-Palooza™ and tie the ring to your dog’s collar – we’d be happy to help and turn attention to you for this special moment! Cowtoberfest® is our most popular event of the year, and if you and your significant other love Halloween and fall, this is the place to slip on your couple’s costume and pop the question! Lastly is Holiday Farm Frenzy™, and there are plenty of opportunities to make them yours, like on our holiday wagon ride or during the acapella choir’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Whichever event fits you and your partner perfectly, our staff would love to help. Speak to one of our Adventure Guides or a member of our marketing team to make your dream proposal come true!

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Pork Education Center™ Ropes Course

This spot is definitely for our adventure seekers! We’re known for adventures, but those that are seeking a thrill always gravitate towards our Ropes Course! This could be the perfect place to excite your sweetheart as you two are climbing through ropes and pedestals up in the air. You can work together, enjoy each other’s laughter, and bring your friends and family along to snap tons of photos! Whether you decide to propose up in the air or when you’re both safely back on the ground, you’ll have a story to tell in the future.

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Crop Adventure™

Do you come from a farming family? Has your present been impacted by the long history of farming in the United States? Do you and your loved one intend to carry on the tradition? We have the perfect place for you. Our Crop Adventure takes you through the history of farming from the very beginning, leading up to modern advances and how we all use crops today to make everyday items. If you come from a long line of farmers and plan on carrying agriculture through your family, the Crop Adventure might be the perfect place to make the next big step towards your future! As you go through the exhibits, remind your significant other of the history that you two have together, where you are now, and dreams you have for your future. The last room in our Crop Adventure is outlined with walls of glass, providing a great view of our event field and Green Gate Garden®. Remind your loved one what brought you together, what you enjoy, and how you intend to carry your future through agriculture.

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Green Gate Garden in Bloom

There’s nothing more picturesque than our Green Gate Garden in full bloom. Our gardening team strives to create a unique experience with different kinds of grains, crops, and flowers to amuse our guests. You’ll always see a few people meandering through when it’s in full bloom, admiring our well-tended garden. It’s the perfect place to remind your partner how beautiful and unique they are to you! We have multiple benches throughout the garden, making it easy for you to take a breather from our Adventures, pluck a flower, and proclaim your love. Afterwards, you’re in the perfect setting to take a hundred selfies to send to your family and friends, and post on your social media – just don’t forget to tag us!

 

Of course, these aren’t the only places you could propose on our campus, after all, we’re a pretty big deal! Keep in mind that after you propose, you can come back and host your wedding or reception at the Farmhouse Restaurant! We offer multiple dining and party packages to fit your vision of the perfect, fairytale wedding. For information on packages, photos, and ways to contact our wedding team, visit our website. You can also attend our Annual Bridal Show by registering here!

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Cheese Counter Exclusive!

Have you had the chance to visit our cheese counter at the Cowfé? At the counter, you can sample as many Fair Oaks Farms cheeses as you please! The cheese counter attendants are there to answer your questions and help you select your new favorite cheese. This week we have an exclusive interview with our cheese counter manager, Kim! (Keep in mind, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love cheese?!)

What is the most popular cheese purchased at the cheese counter?
Kim: Sweet Swiss is the most popular purchased cheese.

What cheese do people sample the most?
Kim: The three top kinds of cheese that are sampled are Sweet Swiss, Batterkase, Aged Gouda.

What is the most popular gift collection purchased at the cheese counter?
Kim:
This year the box that sold the most in the Cowfé was the Heartland.

Have you tried all of the cheeses?
Kim: Yes, when you train in cheese you get to try all of the cheeses to help you with learning the descriptions.

What is your favorite cheese?
Kim: My favorite cheese is our 9-Year Cheddar, it has the most aged crystallization and a citric after-flavor.

Are visitors allowed to create their own collection with a branded hat box?
Kim: Most definitely, our hat boxes are $10, and you can put anything you would like in them.

What are the most frequently asked questions at the cheese counter?
Kim: The most frequently asked question is, what cheese are you known for here at Fair Oaks?

Approximately how many people sample cheese per day?
Kim: We sample to about 250 people on a slow day!

How can visitors improve their sampling experience?
Kim: Try all different kinds of cheese — you never know what you will like!

What is the spiciest cheese we have?
Kim: Our spiciest cheese is Havarti Habanero, it has a little kick right at the end.

What is the mildest cheese we have?
Kim: The mildest has to be our Butterkase, it’s a Danish cheese that pairs well with apples and grapes.

What is the smokiest cheese we have?
Kim: Our Smoked Gouda is our smokiest, it’s been smoked in a smokehouse with hickory smoke. It actually won first place at the World Dairy Expo in 2017!

How does the taste of the cheddars change from year to year?
Kim: Each year our cheddar is aged it gets more age crystallization and a citric after flavor.

Are all of the cheeses made from Fair Oaks Farms milk?
Kim: Yes, all of our cheeses are made with our products, Fair Oaks Farms milk and cream.

Where are the cheeses made?
Kim: Our Fair oaks cheese is made at one of our off-site facilities in Verona, Wisconsin.

 

Our Cowfé is currently open 8 am to 4 pm CST, stop by anytime to sample your new favorite cheese! For 24-hour access to purchase our cheese, check out our online store!

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Top 3 Cheesy Items from the Farmhouse!

In case you’ve been in hibernation, hiding away from this cold weather, Saturday is National Cheese Lovers Day! And if there’s anything we love here at Fair Oaks Farms, it’s cheese! You can taste that love when you bite into any of our award-winning cheeses, and one of the best ways to try our cheeses is at the Farmhouse Restaurant! Not only is our menu packed with meat options that come straight from our farms, but there are plenty of dishes that showcase our creamy, perfected cheeses as well! Below we’ve chosen the top 3 cheesiest items you MUST try the next time you make a stop at the Farmhouse!

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Fair Oaks Farms’ Cheese Curds

Our grilled cheese is almost famous, but our cheese curds have also made a name for themselves in Northwest Indiana. They’re the perfect starter — but we wouldn’t judge if you wanted to make a meal out of them! Fair Oaks Farms’ cheddar cheese curds are battered and deep-fried to perfection until they’re crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle. Curds are piled high in a small basket, then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. These curds are terrific on their own, but we serve them with jalapeño ranch and marinara just in case you want a flavorful touch. Share them with your table or keep them to yourself, either way, you’ll be happy you indulged in one of our best recipes!

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Ribeye Burger

It’s the most popular burger on our menu, leading the pack with a half-pound of dry aged ribeye, chipotle mayo, baby arugula, tomato, and Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Pepper cheese. It’s hard to pick a frontrunner-ingredient that takes the sandwich over the top, but many claim it to be the Havarti Pepper cheese. The smooth taste of beef mixes perfectly with the spicy tang of chipotle mayo and Havarti Pepper cheese, giving it the ideal level of heat for anyone who desires a bit of a punch on their burger. Havarti, in general, is the most popular cheese to use on burgers because of how perfectly it melts. Adding the kick of the pepper only heightens this burger’s flavor profile, making it one of the most popular cheesy items on our menu.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

It wasn’t until this fall that the Farmhouse decided to try their hand at the best grilled cheese. Our Cowfé has always held it down with the simple classics, but the Farmhouse took it to the next level when they premiered the Ultimate Grilled Cheese this fall. It’s made up of buttery Texas Toast, bacon, tomato, pesto aioli, and three different kinds of Fair Oaks Farms cheeses: our award-winning Muenster, fan-favorite Cheddar, and the spicy Havarti Pepper. Three types of cheese team up to take this grilled cheese to the top, adding a mix of smooth, sharp, and spicy flavors to compliment the salt of the bacon, juiciness of the tomato, and fresh taste of the pesto aioli. All the ingredients come together to form the apex comfort food, the grilled cheese of our dreams.

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Honorable Mentions

We couldn’t leave these foods out of our tops choices either, it all just tastes so good!

  • Onion Soup (using Emmentaler cheese)
  • Fair Oaks Farms Mac ‘N’ Cheese (using a mix of Fair Oaks Farms cheese)
  • Fried Chicken Salad (using Cheddar curds)
  • Smokehouse Pizza (using Farmers cheese)
  • Fair Oaks Farms Cheese Board (using a mix of Fair Oaks Farms cheese)