I think we all remember that Ram Truck’s “So God Made a Farmer” commercial that rocked America from the 2013 Super Bowl. It features Paul Harvey’s like-named speech from 1978, eloquently telling the story of how God needed someone to take care of his planet, someone strong enough to fell trees, tough enough for all the back-breaking work, and gentle enough to tend to his animals. If that commercial didn’t strike a chord with you, then you might need to get a little dirt on your hands.

America was built on farming. When colonists came over from England, there were no perfectly plowed fields with abundant crops waiting for them. They had to get their hands dirty, grow their own food, raise their own animals, and put in all the work necessary to sustain their communities. Once they did that, they moved on to farming crops that would later build empires. In this way, farming became, and remains, the backbone of America.

Farmers are the foundation of their communities. They are the backbone of America – without them, our land and our economy would fall to pieces. Local farming allows community members access to fresh, local food, and it in turn helps them support farmers in their community. As farmers, we make sure we produce quality food so that it can end up on your table.

We continue to build upon this foundation today. When you think of farmers, you might think of cowboys from the Old West, driving cattle across wide open plains, or maybe you think of a corn field that stretches as far as the eye can see in the Midwest. But farming is happening nowand it is happening everywhere. Even here and now, in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

When you pour milk into your morning cereal, you can thank a farmer. When you slice open a bright red watermelon for your Fourth of July cookout, you can thank a farmer. When you choose a leafy green salad for lunch, you can thank a farmer. For every food you have in your home, you can thank a farmer for all the back-breaking work they put in seven days a week, 12 months a year.

Farmers don’t take vacation days. And for that, you can thank a farmer.

America is a land built on freedom, but it was built by farmers. Be sure to thank all your local farmers this Fourth of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite things about summertime is our Blue Grass weekend performances. There’s just something so fun and entertaining about hearing those guitar and banjo players picking and strumming away while you’re enjoying yourself on a bright sunny summer day in the countryside.

Our Blue Grass weekends are a wonderful way to spend the day with your family. You can come out to the market to hear some of the region’s best bluegrass music while shopping, picking your own fresh fruit, or simply relaxing in the summer sun. Sounds like a perfect weekend plan to me!

As always, we invite you to bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy some free entertainment. You won’t want to miss it!

We are hosting Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge this Saturday and Sunday!

Other Performances and Dates Are:

  • June 30 – Copper Canyon Bluegrass
  • July 1 – Stoney Creek Bluegrass
  • July 28 – Copper Canyon Bluegrass
  • July 29 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge
  • August 25 & 26 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge
  • October 27 – Stoney Creek Bluegrass
  • October 28 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge

Each Blue Grass weekend performance runs from 11am to 4pm.

With no holidays these next few weekends, celebrate the summer by coming out to hear the live music, enjoy delicious farm-fresh food, and shop for local, healthy goodies. The Martinsburg Lions Club will also have their food booth open during these weekend performances, so be sure to grab a hot dog and support a great local organization!

We hope you’re picky about your weekend entertainment – so come see our bluegrass performers do what they do best!

To see a complete listing of our 2018 events, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like there’s a national day for everything nowadays! This month, it’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and with it being right smack in the middle of June, there are plenty of fruits and veggies for you and your family to enjoy.

(Before you get started, be sure to read our blog about taking the stress our of cooking! You’ll thank yourself later!)

As there are simply too many recipes to choose from for this month, we’ve included some of our favorites from Pinterest and Better Recipes for you and your family to try! You can even pack these recipes all into one day!

Start your day off with some apple butter pancakes!. These pancakes are sure to start your morning off right with the perfect amount of sweet and savory.

For lunch, try the Santa Fe salsa salad. This recipe includes a LOT of in-season vegetables, like onions, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce. Sure to satisfy, fun to make, and great, nutrient-dense fuel for your body, you and your family are sure to love it!

Try some Italian sausage stuffed peppers for dinner to get some more peppers and tomatoes that are in season and ripe to perfection. Click here for the recipe!

If you’re craving something a little sweet after dinner, try crescent roll apple dumplings or strawberry jam muffins! They’re the perfect sweet treat to end the night, and they’ll be even more delicious knowing these ingredients are at the top of their game this June!

Not sure where you can find the best apples, preserves, or apple butter? Come down to Orr’s Farm Market! Our market has the perfect wholesome ingredients to make your recipes as healthy, delicious, and local as possible! We’re open seven days a week, so be sure to check our hours online before coming in. If you can’t find the time to come in, you can even shop our market online here!

Happy National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month!

Cherry Lemonade Muffins - Perfect for Dad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day is just around the corner, summer is almost here, and it’s just about time for sweet cherry season! Picking fresh sweet cherries is half the fun, and eating sweet cherries is the other half! Not sure where to put them? Look no further! We have the perfect sweet cherry recipe for you and dad to enjoy this Father’s Day.

Ingredients

For Muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet cherries

For Glaze

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F

For Muffins

  1. In a mixer, combine dry ingredients
  2. In a separate bowl, add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and milk. If your milk isn’t room temperature, stick it in the microwave. If it’s too cool it will harden the coconut oil.
  3. Add egg and wet mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add cherries. Fold until combined.
  5. Grease muffin tins and add batter.
  6. Baked for 22-25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).

For Glaze (make while muffins are baking)

  1. Juice lemon into a bowl.
  2. Add and whisk sugar in until it forms glaze.

Drizzle the glaze on top of your muffins just before serving for a satisfying, delicious treat that you and dad will love.

Did you know it’s sweet cherry season here at Orr’s Farm Market? Be sure to stop by to pick your cherries fresh for this recipe! You can make a whole day of it! Because what dad really wants this Father’s Day is to spend time with his loved ones.

Our summer hours are back in session! Stop by any time from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. We can’t wait to see you! Happy Father’s Day from all of us here at Orr’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may have taken Mother Nature a little longer than usual to make it feel like summer, but that hot weather is finally here! What’s the perfect snack to help you and your kids stay cool this summer? Popsicles! And what better, refreshing, summery popsicle than pink lemonade! Follow this super easy recipe for fun and deliciousness the whole family can enjoy – guilt free.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups pink lemonade
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 carton of strawberries

Tools

  • popsicle mold
  • popsicle sticks (make sure they fit your mold)
  • zester

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut water and pink lemonade. Set aside.
  2. Zest the lemon.
  3. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of zest to each popsicle mold.
  4. Slice strawberries lengthwise and place in your popsicle molds (approximately one strawberry per popsicle).
  5. Pour coconut-lemonade mixture into molds, secure lids in place, and position popsicle sticks.
  6. Freeze 4-6 hours, or until completely solid.
  7. Enjoy!

Such an easy recipe for such an enjoyable treat! Be sure to stop by for your fresh strawberries to ensure this recipe has the perfect pop for you and your family.

Don’t forget that our hours have officially changed! We are now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Stop in and say hi! We’d love to see these popsicles!