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Kubota Donates Tractor to Brandywine Creek Farms @BCFIndiana

November 16, 2017 1 comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

This morning I was at Brandywine Creek Farms north of Greenfield, Indiana, for a very special event involving Jonathan Lawler (Executive Director at the farm) and Amanda Mattix Lawler (Director of Volunteer Outreach).

Kubota Tractor Corporation presented Jonathan and Amanda with a donated Kubota L3301 tractor and a Land Pride implement in a special recognition ceremony for their dedication to growing and donating fresh produce to feed the less fortunate in our community.


The 58-acre Brandywine Creek Farms donates the food it produces to local food pantries, including Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc., Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, Flanner House of Indianapolis, and other such organizations.


The tractor was donated as part of the Kubota Cares program, dedicated to powering and empowering those who move the earth.

There were several guests present from the Board of Directors of Brandywine Creek Farms, Kubota Tractor Corporation, McCallister, and local media, including:

  • Steven Payn
    Director, Northern Division Manager, Kubota Tractor Corporation
  • Jeremy Cook
    District Sales Manager, Kubota Tractor Corporation
  • Jon Brookbank
    Regional Sales Manager, Kubota Tractor Corporation
  • Drue Gray
    Parts Merchandising and Training Manager, Kubota Tractor Corporation
  • Tim Kinslow
  • Gabe Nix
    Board of Directors, Brandywine Creek Farms


And I also found that Jonathan and I have a mutual acquaintance in Brandon Cosby! Small world!

Congratulations to Jonathan and Amanda on a most deserving award!


“Sizzling Day of Bacon” at Fair Oaks Farms, June 28, 2015

Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone
On behalf of “Sizzling Day of Bacon”

The grand opening of Fair Oaks Farms’ newest agritourism attraction, the Pork Education Center, will be an over-the-top, family focused event celebrating the only pork education center in the nation focused on transparent pig farming.

The “Sizzling Day of Bacon” will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM, and will attract a wide demographic of individuals from around the nation.

The celebration will be hosted on the event grounds of Fair Oaks Farms, which are adjacent to the new Pork Education Center, and in the center itself, as well as across the rest of the Fair Oaks Farms campus.

“The grand opening celebration for this one-of-a-kind attraction will feature industry leaders, consumer products, great musical entertainment, delicious food and fun activities. It will be an exciting event for the whole family,” said Brian Martin, president of the board of directors for the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure.

The Pork Education Center is a nonprofit facility whose mission is to bring food to the table, educate consumers about the many uses of pork products and set industry standards, as well as offer a transparent look into the world of modern pig farming.

Guests to the center can learn amazing facts about how pork products are used in everyday life, challenge themselves on an exciting ropes course, watch videos about selecting and preparing pork, view a giant storyboard or play pig-related games.

Children will enjoy exploring the center’s tree house featuring a bacon slide and a “real” fireplace. This creative addition to the center was custom-made by Daniels Wood Land, Inc., and will be featured on the Animal Planet show “Redwood Kings.”

“We could have opened this amazing education center with just a ribbon cutting, but the creative minds of our board members and those at Mixdesign wanted to come up with a fantastic way to celebrate such a special building. I think we have planned a very memorable day,” Martin added.

The highlight of the grand opening celebration will be a concert showcasing the world famous Bacon Brothers Band – nothing says “bacon” quite like a performance by Michael and Kevin Bacon!

Additionally, the celebration will include a battle of the chefs’ pork cook-off competition, pork and related product samplings, a “bacon shake” for kids, a full day of kids’ activities and much more.

Tickets for the day’s events are $45 for adults and $21 for kids. The Bacon Brothers Band concert and entrance into both The Dairy and Pig Adventures, as well the educational centers on the Fair Oaks Farms campus, are included in the ticket price.

Fair Oaks Farms is located in Newton County in northwestern Indiana at 856 North County Road 600 East in Fair Oaks, just off I-65 Exit 220. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets can also be purchased online on Ticketweb. For more event details, contact Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone at or call 219-322-7190.

Fair Oaks Farms Takes Top Honors at US Cheese Championship

March 29, 2015 Leave a comment
Havarti Cheese at Fair Oaks Farms.

Havarti Cheese from Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County, Indiana. Photo provided by the farms and used with written permission.

By Jed Stockton
Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Havarti took home first place honors at the U.S. Cheese Championship on March 17-19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Dill and Gouda also took home second place honors, while Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Gouda and Havarti Onion placed fourth.

“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to offering unparalleled quality in all of its products,” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms General Manager, “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheeses have earned championship recognition.”

The 2015 U.S. Cheese Championship saw 1,892 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 28 states.

Fair Oaks Farms product information is available at or at or by calling 877-536-1194.

Fair Oaks Farms, an agri-tourism destination, is located at 856 N County Rd 600 East,
Fair Oaks, Indiana, in Newton County (northwest Indiana).

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Jennie DeVoe at Mallow Run Winery, June 14

Jennie DeVoe

Jennie DeVoe. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Shadday
Mallow Run Winery

Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville, Indiana, will once again be the setting for an evening of the soulful music of a local favorite, Jennie DeVoe. This will be Jennie’s sixth concert at the winery, and her performance never fails to enchant and energize her devoted audience. The show is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 7 pm.

Jennie and wineries seem to go together well; you can catch her the weekend before on June 7 at the Vintage Indiana Wine Festival held in Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. This festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, is a celebration of food and wine and brings together over 25 Indiana wineries, including Mallow Run.

Indianapolis-based Jennie DeVoe is known not only for her captivating voice and music, but her personality and humor that shine through on stage as well. Her critically-acclaimed fifth CD, Strange Sunshine, was released in 2009 and quickly caught people’s attention, making her a celebrated artist both at home and away. Her work has been described as a “fresh, edgy, raw throwback to the soul records that Otis and Aretha used to make” and “a record for listeners who love good lyrics.”

Concertgoers will be treated to an evening of great music, local food vendors, and the award-winning wines of Mallow Run Winery. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening on the lawn with great music and friends.

Mallow Run Winery is located at 6964 West Whiteland Road, Bargersville (two miles east of State Road 37), in Johnson County. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children 12 & under are free. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting or by visiting or calling the Mallow Run tasting room at 317-422-1556.


Calf Days at Cook’s Bison Ranch in LaGrange County, June 14

Cook's Bison Ranch

Cook’s Bison Ranch in Wolcottville, Indiana.
Photo provided by Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB and used with written permission.

By Rene Hostetler
Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB

A big bull at Cook's Bison Ranch

A big bull at Cook’s Bison Ranch.

A full day of family fun is planned at Cook’s Bison Ranch in Wolcottville, Indiana on June 14, 2014.  Events start at 10 am and include musical entertainment, story-telling, free wagon rides (see photo above), cooking demonstrations, games for the kids, and, of course, lots of great food.

Owners Pete and Erica Cook began Calf Days in 2001 with just 250 guests attending.  Since then they welcome over 1,000 guests each spring to celebrate spring and the birth of new calves.  It has also proven to be an excellent way to introduce the public to their unique business.

Of course, the bison which live on this ranch year round are the main attraction and free wagon rides will take guests out to watch them and feed them.  Just as the Native Americans found the bison to be great resources to enhance their lives and well-being, the Cooks educate the public in the many current resources the bison offer.  The itinerary for the day includes demonstrations on bison meat cooking, hair spinning, and the delights of smoked jerky.

The event raises money to support a mission to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Native American Reservations.  There is no entrance fee, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Cook’s Bison Ranch is located at 5645 E County Road 600 South in Wolcottville in northern Indiana. More information can be found at