It's a gouda day for Fair Oaks Farms, the growing agritourism attraction at the border of Jasper and Newton counties.
Fair Oaks Farms Muenster, Sweet Swiss and Smoked Gouda all won awards from the American Cheese Society Judging and Competition in Denver. They were crafted by the dairy farm's master cheesmaker Bruce Workman.
“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to offering unparalleled quality in all of its products,” Fair Oaks Farms Chief Operating Officer Julie Basich said. “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheeses have maintained championship recognition.”
Fair Oaks's entries won honors in the highly competitve "Festival of Cheese," which had 2,024 entries from 281 different companies. Since 2005, the Northwest Indiana farm consistently has won awards from The American Cheese society, which bills itself as "the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas."
The farm with many educational exhibits off of Interstate 65 draws more than 600,000 visitors a year, and also produces a wide array of cheeses, including butterkase, Asiago, havarti, mozzarella, provolone, Emmentaler, smoked sweet Swiss and cheddar that's aged for up to six years.
Fair Oaks sells the cheeses it makes at local grocery stores, its "Dairycatessen" gift shop, through a catalog and online at http://shop.fofarms.com