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Shot of a multi generational family cooking together at home

Family Chili!

Don’t let this gloomy weather get you down. If you’re stuck inside with your family, put your heads together to come up with the best chili recipe ever! Below we’ve given you some suggestions, instructions, tips, and tricks. The best part about chili is it’s a dump recipe — meaning you dump all the ingredients in a pot and let it cook! It’s the perfect time to teach children about tastes, textures, and cooking.

Best Chili Ever

We've given you a make-shift recipe below, but don't be afraid to get creative and add your best ideas!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 people


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large onion
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 46 oz tomato juice
  • chili powder & other seasonings (to taste)


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot, then set off to the side and drain.

  2. Chop the onion.

  3. Combine ground beef, onion, light & dark red kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, and tomato juice, in the pot. Add chili powder and other seasonings.

  4. Bring to a boil, stir occasionally. Then drop the temperature to low and simmer until beans and onion are tender.

  5. Continue to season until you've reached the desired taste.

Recipe Notes

  • If you'd like to add pasta to your chili, add a cup of two of dry pasta ten minutes before serving.
  • Serve with peanut butter sandwiches, saltines, and a Fair Oaks Farms' shredded cheese of your choice!
  • Feel free to get creative with your ingredients, adding different kinds of beans and vegetables is encouraged!
Friends playing with pinwheels in a park

Spring into our Special Events!

Spring is here and you know what that means? Our exciting family events are quickly approaching and we can’t wait to share the fun with you.


Our annual kite festival, Fair in the Air is back in action this year. Can you believe this is the third year of beautifully displayed show kites, synchronized kite dances, family fly zone and inflatable play area! You won’t want to miss this on May 13th.


We are excited to announce that we will be opening a dog park late this spring. It will be here just in time for the event near and dear to our hearts, Dog-A-Palooza, happening on June 10th. Prepare yourself for many impressive dog performances, K-9 demonstrations, specialized pet vendors and can’t forget our annual 2K Dog Walk that raises money for a great cause.


Our newest addition to our spring event lineup is a variety of sporting events in our large Events Field. Come out and support our local soccer clubs April 1-2, 29-30, May 20-21 & May 27-28. We also will be hosting Collegiate Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments the weekends of March 18-19 and May 6-7. This is perfect for all you spectators out there!



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.


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.


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.


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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Back to School …Fair Oaks Farms®

It’s almost that time every child is dreading, Back to School! That means summer is almost over and it’s back to early bedtimes, hectic schedules and lots of homework. Why not plan one last fun trip before summer is over? Let’s do a back to school checklist but add a little Adventure to it!


Back to School Fair Oaks Farms checklist:

  • Catch some air on the Dairy Air jumping pillow
  • See if you can conquer the ropes course in the Pork Education Center
  • Enjoy a hot dog kids meal at the Cowfe
  • Ride the “school” bus to our Dairy and Pig Adventures
  • See who’s the fastest on the pedal tractors
  • Adopt a stuffed pig or cow at our Gift Shop
  • Sit and enjoy some T.V. in the Redwood King’s tree house
  • Enjoy dinner and scenery on the porch of the Farmhouse Restaurant
  • Climb Udder heights on our 25 foot milk bottle
  • Watch a baby calf being born
  • Scoop up your favorite flavored ice cream
  • Sample the specialty peanut butter at the Market and Bakery
  • Taste our one-of-a-kind Fine Chocolates


Have your family burn off some energy before school and participate in our Farm15K on August 15th. Our Farm15K offers two different levels: 15K or 5K.  Let’s see who can get the fastest time out of your bunch. Make those summer memories that your family will always remember. Spoil your children before all the hard work begins. Educate them with fun and modern farming.


Even though summer is almost over, we are excited that fall is right around the corner.   Our fall festival, CowtoberFest® is going to be a 2-day event of excitement this year. Jon Neill of Halloween Wars will be returning to wow us with his spectacular pumpkin carvings.


Catch a performance by Indiana native and winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competition, Clayton Anderson. Prepare to be swept away by a magical performance from Dennis Watkins, award- winning magician, mind reader, published playwright, celebrated actor and accomplished director. So come on out, throw on your costume, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and enjoy the fun!



Hardtail, Softail, Curly Tail!

Well it’s time to polish up the ole hawg because HogustFest is right around the corner! This special hogtastic event celebrates 2 years of business for The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms and we are doing it in style!

HogustFest_BikesBe prepared for a giant inflatable playground! With the purchase of a wristband, you little piglets can go hog wild on several bounce houses, obstacle courses and inflatable rides (including a mechanical BOAR!)


while you sit back and enjoy some live music from local bands and a special performance by Tall Walker. Browse our vendors for special crafts, trinkets and more! Hogustfest is August 1 and the perfect time to get out of the house with your family before school starts!


Are you a motorcycle enthusiast?! Well this event is for you! Ride on out to the farm on your custom, vintage or cruiser bike (more categories available through registration) and meet other bike enthusiasts and riders to show off your ride! Register to save your spot and you will receive a complimentary HogustFest t-shirt if you are one of the first 50 bikers to register! Shirts will also be available for purchase on site to benefit a Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.


That’s not all! The Farmhouse Restaurant will be roasting a hog on site and our Cowfe will be serving up some delicious bacon milkshakes so bring your appetite and come pig out!


To register for the Hawg Show or for more information please visit fofarms.com/hogustfest.



Dog-A-Palooza is June 13!

I think one of the best things to do during the summer is check out some of the coolest and most unique festivals. Summers in Indiana are filled with them. Here, is where I shamelessly plug one of Fair Oaks Farms’ most unique festivals; Dog-A-Palooza.


Have you heard of it? If you haven’t, it’s a charitable event that was organized in 2014 to help raise funds for local animal shelters. The folks at Fair Oaks Farms, myself included, are huge dog lovers. In fact, we occasionally have some office dog visitors to play with which is pretty awesome.

Anyway, Fair Oaks Farm’s is hosting the second year of Dog-A-Palooza in a big way. This year we have invited the internationally known Dock Dogs to come and entertain our guests with an all day show. These highly skilled professional performance dogs will absolutely wow you, but be prepared that your little pooch may be envious of these furry stars!


Of course one of the main events of Dog-A-Palooza is the 2K Dog Walk. This awesome activity is the main opportunity for us to be able to help raise funds for the shelter of the year. This year, we have chosen Loving Hearts Animal Shelter of Lafayette IN. Loving Hearts will be on site with information about their shelter and also have pets available for on-site adoptions.


We will also feature a live DJ, an amateur dog show where everyone can participate and some dog obstacle courses. Pay a visit to our on-site veterinarian, Dr. Janice Mallory of Rensselaer Pet Care and pamper your pooch at our on-site dog groomer. Visit some of our amazing doggy vendors which will feature collars, dog toys, and treats of many kinds. We will also have the Jasper and Newton County K9 Units back for an unbelievable demonstration with their highly skilled canines.


We encourage you to bring your dogs out but don’t forget to bring proof of their vaccinations in order to enter the festival. For 2K Walk registrations or more information on festival rules, please visit fofarms.com/dogapalooza