Bakers don’t need a reason (or a season) to bake, but fall brings out a special zest for all things sweet. The fall is the peak season for harvesting apples, pears, and pumpkins, while the cool, crisp air allows for those sweet treats to cool off quickly. Here are a few of our favorite recipes if you’re ready to enjoy fall flavors even if you are a budding baker.

Two-Ingredient Apple Pie Cups

A new spin on a classic favorite, these apple pie cups are sure to bring a smile to everyone who takes a bite! These cups take no time to make, are 100% vegetarian, and are easy to share with the whole family. Bring them to your next big family get-together if you want to be the star of the show.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can of Pillsbury refrigerated flaky cinnamon rolls with buttercream icing
  • 1 1/3 cups of apples for filling, coarsely chopped

Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. Set icing aside. Separate dough into 8 rolls. Press into and up sides of muffin cups.
  2. Spoon two generous tablespoons of apples into each cup, filling into each dough lining.
  3. Bake 14-18 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer icing to small microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on low (10%) 8-10 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Place rolls on serving plate, spoon icing over rolls. Serve warm.

For fresh, organic apples, check out our market to make your apple pie cups as healthy and decadent as possible!

*Recipe Courtesy of  Pillsbury

Pumpkin Bread

With Halloween just around the corner, there are pumpkins everywhere – so why not have some in your bread? This next recipe takes just five minutes to make and would last you weeks if you could just contain yourself! Pumpkin bread is perfect for your morning toast, to spice up your lunch sandwich, or as a tasty after-dinner treat! Check out this simple recipe for some festive pumpkin bread.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups Libby’ Pure Pumpkin
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • ⅔ cup Water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3⅓ cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 5 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Steps:

  1. Mix Pumpkin, Sugar, Oil, Water, and Eggs in large mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, combine Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Stir well, then gradually pour into large bowl of pumpkin mixture. Stir well to combine completely.
  3. Spray TWO 9×5 Non-stick Loaf Pans with Pam Cooking Spray.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes, or until done and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

*Recipe Courtesy of SERVPRO

And if you haven’t had enough pumpkin after all of that, come check out our pumpkin patches, open seven days a week! Get more information from our website.

S’Mores Cookies

What’s the best kind of snack to have around a cozy bonfire? A s’more! Don’t want to brave the chilly weather just to have a delicious fall snack? Try these s’more cookies! Perfect for family nights, kids’ sleepovers, and celebrating a home-team win, you’ll love how tasty and easy it is to make these little delights.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Hershey bars, chopped
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Steps:

  1. Cream together butter and sugars; mix in egg and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and salt. Mix until smooth.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and chocolate chunks until well combined.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove and quickly press marshmallows into cookies. Return to oven and cook until done, about 3-4 minutes.

*Recipe courtesy of ChocolaTess

Don’t feel like making all of these sweet treats? Come on down to Orr’s Farm Market and check out our bakery! You’ll find fresh baked goodies all season long, including all of the above delicious desserts. You can even order specific items for pick-up in our store! Call 304-263-1168 or send a message to place your order now!

It’s already mid-October, and although summer temps stuck around, it seems like fall weather is finally here to stay! With winter looming in the not-too-far distance, it’s time to take advantage of the breezy weather while you still can. Here are some fun and festive outdoor activities you can do while you can still enjoy the fall weather:

  1. Make Your Own Apple Butter

Apples are a big fall fruit favorite, and they come by the bushels! What can you do with all those apples piling up at Orr’s? Make some homemade apple butter! Apple butter is a great addition to toast and the perfect, healthy topping for a decadent dessert. Afterwards you can make a delectable apple cider to keep up with your fall spirit. Try one of our favorite, simple, low-calorie recipes here.

  1. Pumpkin Picking

What could be more festive than picking pumpkins for your own jack-o-lanterns? Carving them yourself! Hitch a hayride to one of Orr’s Farm Market’s pumpkin patches to find your perfect pumpkin, and stick around for some other fun activities like a corn maze and festive goodies. Check out our website for additional details and pumpkin patch hours, and take a look at our last blog to learn how to carve your perfect pumpkin!

Don’t feel like carving? Maybe you feel like eating! After all that fun fall weather outside, maybe you want to relax with a nice, scrumptious treat. You can cook those pumpkin seeds on a stove top for a light, nutritious snack, or you could bake those pumpkin guts into a pumpkin pie just in time for Thanksgiving!

  1. Hiking

So you really love the outdoors, huh? Fall is the perfect time to explore nature, hiking, and biking trails near you! Grab a friend, pack a lunch, and lace up your boots! Here are some local day hikes in the area that will get your heart pumping, with stunning views that will leave you breathless:

  • Maryland Heights Trail – Harper’s Ferry, WV
  • Annapolis Rock Trail – Boonsboro, MD
  • Black Rock Trail (just past the Annapolis Rock vista) – Boonsboro, MD
  • Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock Loop Trail – Catoctin Mountain State Park, MD
  • Washington Monument Trail – Washington Monument State Park, MD
  • Any of the trails at Gambrill State Park – Gambrill State Park, MD
  1. Ghosting

Ghosting is a best-kept secret played in small neighborhoods with young children. First, you’ll need a few things:

  • A plastic jack-o-lantern bag (like what the kids use to go trick-or-treating)
  • A paper with a picture of a spooky ghost
  • Fun and festive holiday goodies (candy, toys, small decorations, etc.)
  • A paper with ghosting instructions for your neighbors
  • Tape

After you’ve got all that, it’s time to start ghosting. Here’s how to pull off ghosting in your neighborhood:

  • Pack your pumpkin full of goodies
  • Make a copy of the spooky ghost paper and tape it to the window by your front door so that everyone knows you’ve already been ghosted.
  • When it gets dark outside, pick a neighbor and sneakily leave the pumpkin basket of goodies on their front porch. Make sure you don’t ghost someone who has already been ghosted!
  • As your neighbors pass it on, see how many spooky ghosts pop up in your neighborhood over the next few days!

These are just some of the many fun activities for you and your friends and family to try out this fall. Make sure to take advantage of the nice cool weather while it’s still here, and come see us at Orr’s Farm Market, open seven days a week, located at 682 Orr Drive, Martinsburg, WV. Happy Fall!

The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and the kids are in school. Fall is finally here, and there is one thing that’s on everyone’s to-do list this year: carve the perfect pumpkin! So grab your coziest flannel shirt and hitch a ride on the nearest hayride, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know when it comes to carving a plump pumpkin this season.

What You’ll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Pumpkin carving tools (knife, scooper, detail skewer, etc.)
  • Tape
  • Design
  • Candle and lighter
  • Your perfect pumpkin

How To:

  1. Pick your perfect pumpkin! Check out the plump pumpkins at Orr’s Farm Market, open seven days a week with hayrides departing every 30 minutes. Check out our website for additional details about pumpkin patch hours.
  2. Once you get home, put down newspaper where you plan on doing your carving. You don’t want to get those pumpkin guts everywhere!
  3. Using a knife, cut a hole in the top of your pumpkin.
  4. Start scooping! You’ll want to clear out as much of the pumpkin seeds and stringy guts as you can to make sure your candle stays upright. Pro tip: you can bake the pumpkin seeds after for a yummy treat!
  5. Tape your design to the “front” of your pumpkin (the part you want to show off to the world).
  6. Use the detail skewer to poke through the design paper to your pumpkin. Make sure the dots are close enough together that you can follow it once you take the paper off.
  7. Take the design paper off and use that knife to start cutting! Be careful when popping out the pieces, especially with an intricate design.
  8. Once you’re done carving, set the candle inside the pumpkin, take it to the front porch, and light the candle. Violà! It’s time to show off your pumpkin to the world!

The first step is always the hardest, but it doesn’t have to be! At Orr’s Farm Market, not only can you find your perfect pumpkin in one of our pumpkin patches, but you can also navigate our small corn maze, pose for goofy photos as some of our favorite produce, and still walk away with a goody bag full of fun! Our pumpkin patches are open every day! Check out below for patch hours and pricing deals. Happy hunting!

Orr’s Farm Market Hours Pumpkin Patch Hours of Operation:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Patch closes at 6 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Patch closes at 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Patch closes at 6 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Patch closes at 4 p.m.

Pricing ranges from $7.99/person to $3.99/person. Children ages 2 and under can enter the patch for free! Get details on pumpkin patch packages right here.