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Special Olympics Sports Banquet 2016

DSC_0730Last night was the annual Karen Buron Sports Banquet to recognize Special Olympic Athletes, Coaches  and Volunteers from the 2015-2016 year.

Throughout the season, athletes of all abilities participate and compete in the sports they love. Whether it be one sport or eight sports, Lambs Farm athletes are able to participate in as many sports as they would like.

Our men and women practice for weeks and sometimes months at a time for their chance at earning a medal but it’s beyond the medal which makes the reward so much better. It’s the hard work and dedication during practices that make their victories the most meaningful. Wellness Specialist and Special Olympics Coach Eric Kirch mentioned, “These guys are always teaching me things. I’ve been at Lambs Farm for over 14 years and the biggest thing they’ve taught me is to never give up.”

An exciting announcement was made that athletes who participate and earn a Gold Medal in Snowshoeing, will now have the chance to go to State, every year! State Snowshoeing is officially on the Special Olympics schedule for Lambs Farm!

The awards ceremony presented each Participant with a certificate based on the number of teams they are a part of. Volunteers were recognized as well and each of them were given a certificate of appreciation (pictured below). At the end, four athletes were recognized to be this year’s recipients of a few special awards:

Most Outstanding Athlete at State: Peter S.

Big Achievement Award: Wayne S.

Karen Buron Sportsmanship Award: Josh J.

Athlete of the Year: Joe P. (pictured above with sisters Rosalie and Pat)

Congratulations to our Athletes for a great year! A special thank you to our Coaches and Volunteers for all of your time and dedication to making our athletes be the best they can be, on and off the courts!

Check out more pictures from the Banquet here.


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Students Design Count N Sort for Participants of Lambs Farm

8f5f0910-d859-43af-9676-970660f531fdStudents of The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University recently designed a tool to help Participants with their jobs. Out of many applicants, Northwestern chose Lambs Farm because they really liked the original concept that Dietitian Darlene Holop had created and wanted to improve on it.

What the Count N Sort is, is a large board with numbers on it. Participants who are working with sorting items such as food, will put one portion on each number. For example, the picture below shows Dennis putting one muffin on each number. The particular Count N Sort he is working with turns, like a Lazy Susan, which makes the process easier. “I love this idea they came up with,” Holop said. “It’s an improvement to which we had prior and it helps our Participants do their jobs better!”DSC_0676

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Greenhouse is Now Open!

waynepetshoplogoThe Greenhouse at the Dogwood Garden & Pet Center is now open and fully stocked with beautiful flowers and plants!

Choose from an abundance of flowers and plants including perennials, hanging baskets, accent plants, herbs, organic vegetables and even flowers and vegetables grown here at Lambs Farm!

We are located at 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville IL 60048
Hours are 10am – 5pm daily.
Click here for the Dogwood Garden & Pet Center Website

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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 

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

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

Veg Cobb Salad

Vegetarian Cobb Salad with Fresh Beets

Vegetarian Cobb Salad with Fresh Beets

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

Week 2 
Summer Pasta Salad with Ham and Green Beans

Turkey Taco Bowl with Rice

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

Roasted Vegetable Pita

Roasted Vegetable Pita

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
House Made Turkey Burger on a Whole Grain Bun
Turkey Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
With a Breadstick

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

Chicken Crust Pizza

Chicken Crust Pizza

Pasta Fagioli with a Side Salad

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