Each year parents, students, and employees look forward to their favorite three-day weekend. It gives us a glimpse into warm weather, summer activities, and fresh meals off the grill. Memorial Day is usually celebrated with cook-outs, beach trips, parades, and 5k’s, but it’s also a time to wave your American flags with pride for our country and remembrance of the people who have fought and sacrificed for our freedom. We might not be able to host our typical Memorial Day events this year, but we can still take time to appreciate those who served.

 

Here is a simple, festive recipe we found from the blog “Dessert Now Dinner Later” to help you showcase your patriotic pride!

 

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ – 2lbs (24) fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • Cheesecake filling
  • *Optional* 2 graham crackers – crushed

For the filling:

  • 1 8oz package of Cream cheese
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Cut off the stems of the strawberries so they can sit nicely.
  2. Cut a deep “X” from the tip of the strawberry to the bottom. Make sure not to cut all the way through!
  3. Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract into a bowl. Beat together until fluffy.
  4. Gently open the strawberry and pipe the filling in using a pastry bag.  If you don’t have piping utensils, cutting the edge of a plastic bag works just as well!
  5. Top each strawberry with a fresh blueberry.
  6. *Optional* Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top as a final touch.

 

These strawberries are best served after they have been refrigerated for at least one hour and can be stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container! If you need to purchase fresh fruit in order to make this red, white, and blue ensemble, check out our online ordering system. We grow strawberries on site!

 

Order online at https://orrsfarmmarket.com/store/ or stop by our drive thru. We’re open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

There’s something special about our “pick-your-own” options. It’s similar to the warm feeling you get when you see that a product was handmade. Picking your own bouquet allows you to feel like you were a part of the creation of something beautiful.  Picking your own berries adds an extra dose of fresh to any recipe. Handmade products increase appreciation for the time and effort put into making them. Although social distancing has made it difficult to spend time bonding over finding the ripest raspberries, there’s still a way to feel proud of your purchases.

Buying locally builds a connection between you and your food, just like picking your own, and is more important now than ever before. Knowing where your food comes from and understanding how it’s processed helps to bridge the gap between farm and table. You can learn more about our farming practices by clicking this link!

Local foods are often sold faster, which ensures freshness and allows for longer ripening periods. Most importantly, buying locally keeps your money in your town, stimulating your local economy. We love having our neighbors as our customers and connecting with our community through delicious, fresh foods.

Here at Orr’s, we have a bunch of local options for you to choose from! From the non-GMO crops we grow to the West Virginia maple syrup we sell, there’s a local luxury for everyone at your dinner table. Stop by our drive thru window, or use our online ordering system to pick out fresh berries and your favorite local products. Once you’re happy with what’s in your cart, you can place an order for curbside pickup at https://orrsfarmmarket.com/store/. We’re open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Happiness grows here!

There’s a reason why Netflix stocks are soaring— with everyone hunkered down at home, movies and TV shows are one of our main (and only) sources of entertainment. With so much free time delegated to our couches, people are actually starting to have trouble finding good content. Well, grab your favorite snack and get comfortable because here are some recommendations that won’t disappoint.

Forgotten Favorites

The ’90s and early 2000s might feel as though they were just yesterday, but surprisingly, almost all of these movies are 20+ years old! These are the movies you’ll want to tell your friends about. If you’ve seen them before, don’t fret! They might have premiered the earliest, but they never get old.

  • Catch Me If You Can (2002, PG-13, Netflix)
  • Pleasantville (1998, PG-13, Amazon Prime Video)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997, R, Hulu)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994, R, Netflix)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995, R, Amazon Prime Video)

 

Family Friendly

Are you looking for a movie to bring the whole family together? Well, we know where to find ‘em.  Here is a list of movies for all ages. If we’ve learned anything after watching these, it’s not to discredit a movie because of its intended audience.

  • Coco (2017, PG, Disney+)
  • Moana (2016, PG, Disney+)
  • Matilda (1996, PG, Amazon Prime Video)
  • The Parent Trap (1998, PG, Disney+)
  • Sweet Home Alabama (2002, PG-13, Amazon Prime Video)

 

Seriously Good Series

We all have a series that we finished by binge-watching it for an entire night… or maybe that’s just us.  Some of these shows are so good, you can’t bring yourself to turn them off!

  • All American (Netflix)
  • Stranger Things (TV-14, Netflix)
  • Criminal Minds (Netflix)
  • Big Little Lies (HBO)
  • The Sinner, Season 1 (Netflix)

 

We hope you enjoy this list! If you don’t have time to make a tasty treat, pick out some of your favorites online at https://orrsfarmmarket.com/store/. We’re open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Raw organic apples on wooden background

Have you ever heard the saying “comparing apples to oranges?” It means that you’re comparing two things that don’t actually have anything in common. At Orr’s, we disagree, because apples and oranges have at least one thing in common—they’re both delicious! And they’re even tastier in these recipes.

Apple cake, apple pie and apple crisp all taste delightful, but what if you’re in the mood for something a little more unusual? That’s how we found this recipe for Baked Apple French Toast from Once Upon a Chef. Check it out!

For the French toast

  • One 1-lb challah or raisin challah
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups half & half
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional; replace with apple cider or half-&-half if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the apple topping

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For serving

  • Confectioners’ sugar and/or maple syrup
  1. Wash your hands to avoid the potential spread of germs.
  2. Butter a 9 x 13-inch or 3-QT baking dish. Slice the bread into 3/4-inch-thick slices.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half & half, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Dip each slice of challah into the custard mixture for about 5 seconds. Then, arrange them in an overlapping pattern in the prepared baking dish. Be sure the entire bottom of the dish is covered with the bread. Pour any remaining custard over the bread. Set aside.
  5. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened and the sugar-syrup is thickened. Spoon the apples and sugar-syrup evenly over the bread, making sure not to leave any of the syrup behind. If not baking immediately, cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Otherwise, proceed with the recipe.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  7. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until puffed and golden, about 20 more minutes. Remove from the oven and, using a fine sieve, dust with the confectioners’ sugar. Serve with maple syrup.

One of the best ways to enjoy oranges is in a refreshing glass of orange juice. This recipe for Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice from Earth, Food and Fire is a fresh alternative to store-bought juice.

  • 10 oranges
  1. Be sure to wash your hands and the oranges to remove any potential germs or pesticide residues.
  2. If the oranges are very firm, roll them on the countertop with your palm while applying downward pressure. This helps break up the individual segments and juice-filled vesicles releasing more juice.
  3. Cut the oranges in half with a sharp knife.
  4. Using a hand-held citrus reamer (or an electric juicer) twist the flesh of the oranges on the reamer to extract the juice and pulp.
  5. Pour the freshly squeezed orange juice into a glass and enjoy!

Another thing apples and oranges have in common is that you can buy both at Orr’s Farm Market. Our locally-grown apples and Florida and California citruses are the perfect ingredients for whatever recipes you have in mind.  Order online Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and we’ll have your products ready for pickup at the curbside station.