Fair Oaks Farmhouse Restaurant – fresh farm food with flair

  • Restaurant, Market, Bakery
  • Full service bar with locally crafted beer
  • Large conference center
  • Hickory smoked bacon a specialty
  • Nearby Fair Oaks Farm for tours

Farmhouse Restaurant, located just off I-65 at the State Road 14 exit, opened in 2014 and has gained momentum ever since.

The menu at Farmhouse includes typical Indiana meats and vegetables – chicken, ribs, meatloaf, country fried steak, tomato salad – cooked up under the direction of top chefs with sauces, herbs, salads prepared on-site and a full bar serving local craft brews.

“This is the bacon sampler,” Brent Brashier, General Manager, explains as a plate of thick portions of pork in a variety of flavors is set on the table.

“Because it’s our own pork, we cure our own bacon three ways – applewood smoked, hickory smoked, and black peppercorn – each with three sauces.”

The ‘bacon’ includes hickory-smoked with a little rosemary aioli, peppercorn with cowboy mustard like a whole grain mustard, and applewood-smoked with applesauce.

Next is a tomato salad made with large, luscious heirloom brandywine tomatoes shingled across the plate with Fair Oaks Farm mozzarella cheese, and the farm’s own basil, with a little balsamic and olive oil.

“The only thing that doesn’t come from the farm is the olive oil.”

A square of cornbread on the side – also prepared with a flair with just a hint of jalapeño to add zing – tops it all off.

For desert, don’t miss Pastry Chef Nick Krueger’s fantastic carrot cake with maple caramel walnut sauce!

Everything is either grown on the farm, or comes from local sources and is prepared on-site. Even the pickles are homemade from local cucumbers.

“I’ve challenged the chefs with the pickles,” Brashier said. “Sauerkraut is next on the list.”

In the kitchen, nearby farmer, Greg, brings today’s vegetables– tomatoes, potatoes, cabbages, broccoli and whatever else is ready to go.

“This all came out of the ground this morning – it goes into our coleslaw, we’re going to do some broccoli cheese soup, and we have broccoli in our sautéed vegetables,” Brashier explained.

“It doesn’t get any more farm fresh than this. You can cook it anyway you want, but it never tastes as good as when it comes right out of the ground.”

“Our produce will come from our farm and orchard located on Fair Oaks Farms, and we will supplement our lineup with produce from local farmers,” noted Loyd.

“Our Bakery will also be baking delicious cakes, pies, cookies, muffins, and breads – sticky buns to start!” Loyd said.

The restaurant and market work under the concept of connecting farm fresh products and goods with customers who care where their food comes from.

For menu and prices go to fofarms.com/farmhouse.

Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms
754 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943
(219)-394-Food
Farmhouserestaurant.com

Story by Kevin Howell