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Spring into NEW delicious Fit Meals!

Introducing the spring and summer line up of daily Fit Meals at the Magnolia Café & Bakery! All meals are 500 calories or less. Each meal is served with a fresh fruit side (unless otherwise noted) and a 20 oz. brewed iced or hot tea- all for only $5.99 each.

Don’t forget about your loyalty punch card, it’s free! Buy 9 fit meals and the 10th one is free!

My Big Fat FIT Salad with Chicken

(Meals are rotated every two weeks)
Week 1 

Monday
Panini Parmesan Chicken Salad on Multi-grain Bread
 
Tuesday
Turkey Taco Bowl with Rice

Wednesday
My Big Fat FIT Salad with Chicken, Blueberries, Strawberries and Walnuts

Veg Cobb Salad

Vegetarian Cobb Salad with Fresh Beets

 
Thursday
Vegetarian Cobb Salad with Fresh Beets

Friday
Light Egg Salad Florentine on a Bagel Thin with a Cup of Brothy Soup

Week 2 
Monday
Summer Pasta Salad with Ham and Green Beans

Turkey Taco Bowl with Rice

 
Tuesday
Fresh Chicken Burrito Bowl with Rice
 
Wednesday
Roasted Vegetable Pita
 
Thursday
BBQ Ranch Chicken and Romaine Salad with Black Beans and Corn
 

Roasted Vegetable Pita

Roasted Vegetable Pita


Friday
Fresh Avocado Salad with House Made Tortilla Chips

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Pigtale Twist & Wholesale Opportunities

Our Participants who work in the Sugar Maple Country Store were recently filmed in the production and bottling of Pigtale Twist’s Beets All Ranch salad dressing. Pigtale Twist has been a Lambs Farm partner for nearly 10 years!

Did you know Lambs Farm offers Wholesale Opportunities? Be it a Lambs Farm product, private labeling or co-packing, your recipe or one of ours, we are confident you will find our products and service to be of the highest quality. Click here to learn more!

Pigtale Twist

 

 

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Voices of Lambs Farm

Here is the 2015 edition of Voices, creative writing and personal stories written by the men and women of Lambs Farm. Included in this are short stories, narratives and some poetry written by our very own Participants: Voices: A publication written by Participants

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Sweets for Sweetie: Recap!

On February 13th, Lambs Farm hosted their 2nd annual Sweets for Sweetie Event at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery. The Magnolia Café & Bakery was turned into a wonderfully sweet time for people of all ages. Kids and adults alike came out to decorate sugar cookies and put their own artistic spin on it. Lambs Farm Bakery Manager and Pastry Chef was on site during the event sharing decorating techniques as well. Guests also had the option to dip marshmallows and pretzel rods into melted chocolate. Yum!

After decorating treats, guests were able to decorate their own personalized Valentine’s Day card and container for their treats. It was definitely a one stop shop for your Sweetie while benefiting a great organization at the same time! Thank you to all those who attended and helped with the event!

Click here to see all the pictures from the event.

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Lean & Green in 2016!

This year the Wellness Department is starting off the New Year with a brand new program! “LEAN & GREEN in 2016!” The goal of the new program is not only to get both Participants and Staff exercising again but to also help them focus on eating and drinking healthy.

The new program is pretty straight forward. Each month you pick a goal and can either focus on exercising, eating fruits and vegetables or drinking water. We wanted to come up with goals everyone could achieve and even switch up from month to month. We want as many people on the Farm to be part of it as possible. The goals to choose from are simple… try to exercise three times a week, try to eat at least three fruits and vegetables each day OR try to drink at least three 16oz bottles of water a day.

The standards for these areas are a bit higher but we think these goals are a great place to start and great way to keep people engaged!
Brought to you by Kreig Alm, Wellness Manager &
Darlene Holop, RDN, LD, Wellness Dietitian.

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Fall into Fit Meals!

Introducing the fall line up of daily Fit Meals at the Magnolia Café & Bakery! All meals are 500 calories or less. Each meal is served with a fresh fruit side (unless otherwise noted) and a 20 oz. brewed iced or hot tea- all for only $5.99 each.

Don’t forget about your loyalty punch card, it’s free! Buy 9 fit meals and the 10th one is free!

Acorn Squash

Turkey Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

(Meals are rotated every two weeks)
Week 1 – begins November 2
 
Monday
House Made Turkey Burger on a Whole Grain Bun
 
Tuesday
Turkey Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
With a Breadstick

Wednesday
Avocado Chicken Salad on Multigrain Bread
 
Thursday
Chicken Crust Pizza with a Side Salad

Chicken Crust Pizza

Chicken Crust Pizza

 
Friday
Pasta Fagioli with a Side Salad

Week 2 – begins November 9
Monday
Healthy Grilled Cheese
Mozzarella, Avocado, Tomato on Multigrain
 
Tuesday
White Chicken Chili with a Breadstick
 
Wednesday
Tilapia Fish Wrap with Crunchy Slaw
 
Thursday
Light Chopped Salad
With Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette
 
Friday
Caprese Grilled Chicken

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10th Annual Barn Burner BBQ

IMG_5720The haze over the main parking lot at Lambs Farm on October 17th was filled with the aroma of barbeques from almost 40 teams competing for Grand Champion at the 10th Annual Barn Burner BBQ. Sponsored by KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) teams compete for having the best chicken, brisket, pork and ribs. In addition to the meats, a dessert category is optional for teams. Congratulations to this years Grand Champion, Yellow River BBQ and all of the other teams who competed.

In 2014, KCBS announced their mission to feed the homeless and hungry in America. During the Barn Burner competition at Lambs Farm, teams generously accepted to cook additional meat which then is donated to the residents of Lambs Farm. The extra meat which is cooked is purchased and donated by KCBS. This year, Lambs Farm collected 186 pounds of cooked pork butt from our competitors.

Families were able to enjoy activities offered such as a pumpkin bounce house, hay bale maze, face painting, pumpkin painting and more!IMG_5567

 

Click here to view pictures and standings from the event!

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Musical Production of Beauty & The Beast

Lambs Farm Participant Theater performed Beauty & The Beast September 19th and 20th at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. Many months of studying, practicing lines, learning songs, costume changes and choreographed dances paid off for this cast and crew.

Co-Directors Janine Neumann and Alison Zieroff spent numerous months preparing for this weekend. “I was so proud of the cast this year. They really stepped up by memorizing their lines and knowing when to enter and exit the stage,” Neumann mentioned. “We had a lot of new faces in the cast this year and they really showed their amazing abilities on stage. I could not be more proud of the things they have accomplished this year,” Neumann added

Family and friends were highly entertained by the wonderful performance. Hats off to all those involved as the Participant Theater has added another successful play to their repertoire.

Click here to view pictures from the performances!

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Thank you for putting the POP in Popcorn Days!

Dino at CardinalWe were delighted that so many of you pitched in for the 7th Annual Popcorn Days on May 1 and 2 to raise $35,000!

We had 125 volunteers at 75 locations in 23 communities and distributed thousands of bags of popcorn — compliments of The Popcorn Factory. New this year was the engagement of local corporations who tagged during the week of April 27 – in their lobbies, cafeterias and other high-traffic office spots.

Thank you to Trustmark, Sodexho/Siemens Health, Abbvie, Cardinal Health, Zurich NA, UL, Akorn Pharmaceutical, Idex, United Stationers, Allstate, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Brightstar.

Many of these corporations also matched their employees’ contributions and signed on to applaud all Participants working at these locations. We also invited merchants, restaurants and retailers in Libertyville to create popcorn displays during their “First Friday” event. Thank you to Mickey Finns, Julie’s Studio, Townee Square, Lee’s Famous Donuts and so many more.

We are looking forward to next year’s Popcorn Days already!

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The Rogan Tribute Garden Opening in July

From its beginning, Lambs Farm has been a place where people grow – not just the men and women we serve, but also the thousands of people who have visited over the years.

RoganMembers of the Rogan family are among those whose lives have been impacted by their experiences at Lambs Farm. For years, Ed Rogan and his family visited Lambs Farm. He frequently brought his parents for lunch on their way to visit a close relative in a nearby hospital. Those lunches turned into many family holiday celebrations at the Lambs Farm restaurant, a tradition that spanned generations and included many members of his family.

For years, Ed searched for an appropriate way to honor his parents and other late relatives. When he read about our new Tribute Garden, he had finally found just the right opportunity – something that was an important part of their lives. So, he became the Title Sponsor of the project that is now called The Rogan Tribute Garden. Their involvement has been a catalyst in reuniting many of their family members throughout the country, and the entire family will be present for the Tribute Garden’s dedication on July 23.

The Rogan Tribute Garden will be something that will enhance the Lambs Farm campus, and make a wonderful addition to be enjoyed by our visitors as well as the men and women we serve. It will also become a perpetual fundraising endeavor to support the life-enriching programming for people with developmental disabilities for which Lambs Farm is known.

A number of the Tribute Garden’s naming opportunities have already been fund since the project was initiated and many remain available starting at $500. They offer a unique way to honor or memorialize friends and family, as has been the case for the Rogan family, and include a wide variety of specific areas, seating, pathways, wall plaques, objects and plants.

View all of the available Tribute Garden naming opportunities!

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