Our newly added addition is giving us new opportunities for festive decorating and exciting holiday gifts.  Usually we had to shrink our market space as the November weather hit because we were working under a tent, but not this year!  The new space is allowing us to provide exciting local products throughout the winter that customers can pick up for holiday gifts. Customers can also browse inside for longer without the chill of the November winds knocking them over.

One of the new additions will be colorful Christmas trees all throughout our market.  We’ll be using a number of popular themes to decorate the trees in the coming days.  These ornaments make great gifts for friends or family members.  Pets, Woodland Animals, Antique Trucks, and Farmhouse are just a few of the themes we have in mind for our winter décor.

Black Dog Coffee is also a good way to warm a cold November day! This new product for Orr’s has been a HUGE hit since we brought it into the store in August.  Now that the weather is cooler we plan to expand to carry some of their chocolate covered espresso beans and similar products.  Add this to one of our unique coffee mugs for a holiday gift for any coffee lover.

Gift baskets have long been one of our holiday specialties.  The options are endless for mixing fresh fruit, baked goods, and the adorable gift items this season.  I’m especially excited about the WV theme items we are carrying and we could make a really unique WV themed basket for any Mountaineer.  You can find the options on our website under “Shop”.

We look forward to helping you find unique gifts for everyone on your list this year.  Our hope is that the country feel of our market will help you unwind and enjoy your holiday a little bit more.

Our farmers really enjoy spending their time in the great outdoors with mother nature.  The farm has been in the family for three generations, so you could say knowing how to take care of the land to produce the best crops runs in our blood. Every day our farmers tend to the crops and the farm itself to make sure everything is up to par with the standards that were set by the original owner of Orr’s Farm Market, George Orr.

There are always updates in the farming world, so we’re constantly having to educate ourselves about best farming practices and use this knowledge to achieve our goals. At Orr’s, we’re dedicated to growing the best produce, whether that’s by going to conferences or asking scientists what’s the best way to grow a certain plant or fruit. We want to keep the beauty of the farm going for years to come and keep all of our happy customers satisfied as well.

People always seem to ask if Orr’s is organic. Due to the climate of West Virginia it makes it difficult to grow organic produce. Orr’s has something called “integrated pest management,” or IPM, which is the method of how our farmers keep the crops safe from insects by only spraying pesticides when needed. We use traps to catch insects so we know when the right time to spray is. We also help the federal government conduct studies of invasive insects to prevent a large outbreak of a certain insect or a loss of a specific crop. We pick and choose when it’s time to spray — we don’t want to hurt our crops! By taking regular soil samples, we can gauge our fertilizer use, which prevents over-fertilizing or polluting ground waters. This is how we manage the crops as best we can while getting the best results season after season.

Orr’s doesn’t use genetically modified crops, which is another question customer usually have about all the delicious crops we have to offer. Everything is grown right here at Orr’s on non-GMO. However, if we source things into our market from other farms, we cannot promise these crops are non-GMO. Having all these procedures in place helps makes Orr’s the place to be year round. But most importantly, it makes the crops look the best and taste the best for all customers.

Looking for some ripe citrus or apples? Come see us! Our market is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Orr’s pies are some of the best around because they are baked fresh daily.  You can order online for your convenience or stop in to pick one up.  We also accept call ahead orders if you’d like us to bake one fresh for you.  There are at least 12-15 flavors available at any time to choose from.

Our deep dish pies make a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.  They can be ordered for the holiday and we’ll have the pie ready when you arrive.  Why not make your Thanksgiving season easier AND tastier!  We also offer No Sugar Added pies in Peach, Apple, and Cherry which are sweetened with Xylitol.  To learn more about this natural sweetener, click here.

Some of our customers are still looking for apple cider doughnuts. No worries! We keep baking doughnuts all the way through March 31st.  We bake them every day so that we’ll have fresh ones for anyone stopping by before work.  They pair very nicely with a hot cup of Black Dog Coffee!  Sometimes we have folks wanting large quantities of doughnuts for parties or functions.  We’re happy to accommodate these orders with just a few days’ notice.

One of our most popular bakery items this summer was the homemade fudge and coconut and peanut butter patties. Karen’s Candy Kitchen has been supplying us this season with their delicious homemade confections and they are absolutely to die for! Fresh, homemade flavor in a multitude of varieties.  If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re missing out!

As winter sets in…so do our appetites for dessert! Stop in and we’ll be sure to help you find an item that you love!

November is finally here!  Apple harvest season is winding down, and collectively we all take one big sigh of relief as our busy season ends.  This season has been our most challenging yet, due to the many weather-related issues that have affected farmers up and down the east coast and beyond.  Every farmer I meet is especially grateful that this season’s harvest is behind us and we can rest and regroup.  Excessive amounts of rain, along with unusually moderate temperatures, have caused each crop its own set of problems.

I’m not going to dwell on the negatives.  Overcoming obstacles was the name of the game in 2018, and I know we did the best we could.  On the flip side, Orr’s Farm Market had our best month EVER in October 2018.  Our market sales were great and we were very satisfied with our pumpkin patch season.  The staff this year were helpful and able to assist our school groups on their field trips.  We’ve met lots of customers that we loved talking with and showing them our farm.  Our new market addition made our lives much easier this year and many customers mentioned how much they loved the changes we’re making.  I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished this year as a team.

One difference this season has been the customer demand for our products and services.  We’re trying to meet their needs by being open in November on Sundays.  We also are trying to include new local products that excite people.  There are a lot of fun new products hitting our shelves this week in time for Christmas.

There are a few things that I hope our customers know about our family as our busy season ends.  We really appreciate the outstanding community support of all we do here.  The people of our town give us a lot to be thankful for.  I hope they see our family as a group of hard-working, innovative folks who care for the earth that God gave us and make the most of every season.

Many thanks,