School has been out for much longer than usual and this fall is going to be anything but ordinary. We love our kids, but let’s face it, sometimes we need a little bit of quiet to focus on work, cleaning, and even ourselves. Here are 5 different nature-inspired craft ideas to keep your kids busy so you don’t have to be!

  1. I remember loving making a bird feeder as a kid. I used the classic pinecone and peanut butter method, but here’s a great list of ideas from Non-Toy Gifts that involve repurposing common household items.
  2. Try out these DIY Twig Triangle Wreaths from A Pretty Fix if you’re looking for a new seasonal decoration. They’re cute, easy, and only take a few minutes to make!
  3. These DIY Dreamcatchers from The Upcycled Family are a great way to make art from nature. You can find most of the supplies right in your backyard. This would be a great  craft idea to share with young kids or college students looking for dorm decor.
  4. Everybody loves playdough! Instead of using artificial colorings, try using dandelions to dye the dough. We learned how to make this nature-inspired playdough from Parenting Chaos. Click here to try it out!
  5. Sustain My Craft Habit shared this gorgeous idea for a maple leaf paperweight! This project doesn’t seem too hard, but you might want to supervise the kids in case it gets messy. Once you’re finished, the kids won’t be able to walk by without picking it up!

Here at Orr’s we feel lucky to spend so much time outdoors. We’re inspired by nature every day and, whether it’s a recipe or a craft, we love to see what you come up with. If you don’t have time to make a craft, check out our online ordering system and see what nature-inspired gifts we have at the market. We’re open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Happiness grows here!

August is one of the hottest months of the year. Thankfully, we have a bunch of different ways to stay cool. Whether it’s a dip in the pool, a fresh glass of lemonade, or a popsicle, there’s nothing quite like the refreshing feeling of something cold on a hot summer day. Here at Orr’s, we love finding seasonal recipes that can spice up (or cool down) our lives. Check out this recipe we found from Oh So Delicioso for Peaches and Cream Smoothie Popsicles so you can be prepared for the next August scorcher.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 4 ripe peaches
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 peach sliced thin

Directions

  1. In a blender blend ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze!

***optional: add sliced thin peaches into the popsicle molds before pouring in the

smoothie liquid.

Recipe Notes

If peaches are out of season you can use canned or frozen peaches in place of fresh peaches. They sometimes will be over sweet (peaches canned in syrup) or not sweet enough (frozen peaches) so make sure to adjust the amount of honey you add to the blender.

Here are a few tips to having a stick straight handles:

  • Let the popsicle freeze for 30-60 minutes, the liquid will firm up and then you can add the stick.
  • Purchase a mold with a lid included.
  • Add fresh fruit. Adding the fruit holds up the stick.

These popsicles are the perfect summer treat! If you don’t have any peaches for the recipe, we’ve got you covered! Go to our website to use our online ordering system and have your peaches ready for pick up! We’re open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and between 10am and 4pm on Sunday. We hope to see you soon. Happiness grows here!

We understand the last few months of school were unconventional to say the least. At the drop of a hat, parents and teachers had to transition lifestyles and lesson plans to ensure students could learn from home. School may be out of session, but there’s always room to learn. Why not schedule a family outing to teach your kids about some barnyard animals? Orr’s provides a safe way for you to interact with all types of animals, all while social distancing.

The Barnyard at Orr’s Farm Market is open, so reserve your spot now. We will be booking 25 spots for time slots of 1.5 hours. You can bring the family and see all the animals up close. We even have some new babies that you can interact with!

Things you should know:

  • Reserve a spot online.
  • $5/person. Children under 12 months are free and no reservation is needed.
  • Park at The Barnyard and pay at the entry gate there.
  • We provide goody bags for kids.
  • No smoking.
  • No pets allowed.

Due to COVID-19 the play area, corn maze, and tractor rides have not started for the season. For the time being, this is only a reservation to see the animals.

We’re excited to be able to continue to slowly reopen. Stop by Orr’s to visit our barnyard, pick your own berries, or check out our market. We’re open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Happiness grows here!

 

Pick-Your-Own is one of our most popular events and draws in people from all over! If you’ve been, you know exactly how much fun it can be. If you haven’t been, grab your family and reserve your spot now for socially distanced picking.

Here are some reasons why our customers love Pick-Your-Own:

  1. Pick your Preference. While we ask you not to eat your pickings on-site, we understand the temptation. Our yummy fruit is too good to resist, and you’re able to pick your perfect piece! From size to ripeness to shape, each piece of fruit is different and picking your own allows you to pick only the pieces that you want.
  2. Prices you can’t beat! According to the Produce Market Guide, in 2018 the average cost for a pound of blueberries was $4.69. At Orr’s, blueberries cost $3.99/lb for up to 10lbs, and then drops to $3.79/lb if you exceed 10lbs. The more you pick, the more you save!
  3. Fun for everyone. Picking your own fruit on a nice summer day is hard to beat, especially after being cooped up all spring. We provide a safe and fun environment for all of our customers!

Right now, grapes and blackberries are in full swing! If you don’t feel up to picking your own or if all our reservations are full, we have pre-picked fruit available in our market along with other goodies.

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 here. We’re open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Happiness grows here!

Back in March, we closed our farm market to the public and quickly switched to online ordering, curbside and drive thru. We weren’t sure when we would be able to open up again and see our customers’ smiling faces. We’re happy to announce that this day has finally come – the farm market is OPEN once again!

For the time being, we have a few changes in place:

  • Shortened hours due to staffing. Open Monday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4.
  • The variety of baked goods will be pared back due to our effort to do both curbside and in store sales. We’re also packaging all baked goods in our bakery, so that staff will not be handling bakery items on the sales floor.
  • Pick-Your-Own is still by reservation only to help us limit our crowds and maintain social distancing throughout the day.
  • No more drive thru due to floor space issues when the customers are in the store. If there is another outbreak, we may switch back to this method for a limited time to better ensure the safety of our staff and customers.
  • No live music dates for the month of August.

Thank you to our wonderful team for your patience, cooperation and dedication. Happiness wouldn’t grow here at Orr’s without your help! Also, a special thanks to our wonderful customers. Your support has been amazing during this time, and we truly appreciate you!

We can’t wait to see you in our market! We’re open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Happiness grows here!

Blueberries

Blueberry season is upon us and we’re in the mood to bake with some delicious berries. Not only are blueberries good for you, but they taste great and add a punch of flavor to any recipe. Plus, did you know July is National Blueberry month? That makes it the perfect time to celebrate this superfruit!

What’s a better way to start the day than with some Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls? This amazingly tasty recipe by Crazy for Crust gives you the perfect chance to change up how you bake with blueberries.

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 2/3 cup warm non-fat milk, about 45 seconds in the microwave
  • 1 package active dry yeast, about 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1/3 cup + 1/2 teaspoon sugar divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 – 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • Paddle attachment & dough hook for your mixer

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest from 1-2 medium lemons
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen (if frozen, make sure they are thawed and drained), see note

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 ounces cream cheese very soft
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3-4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions 

MAKE THE DOUGH:

  1. Place milk in a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat for 45 seconds in the microwave, until it’s about 120°F, think of a hot bath. (The time you heat it will need to be adjusted depending on your microwave. You can use a candy or a meat thermometer to test the temperature.) Add yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes until frothy.
  2. Place sugar, butter, salt, lemon juice, lemon zest, and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until the butter is distributed throughout the liquids, although it may be chunky. Pour in the milk/yeast mixture and stir for a few seconds.
  3. Add 3 cups flour and stir with the paddle attachment just until the mixture starts to stick to the paddle. Then replace the paddle with the dough hook. Continue mixing on low speed until the dough forms a ball in the center of the bowl. The dough will be slightly sticky and elastic. There will be minimal transfer to your finger if you poke it. If it’s still very wet, add up to 1/4 cup more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in it. Spray the top of the dough ball with cooking spray (lightly) and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let sit for 2-4 hours until it doubles in size. Note on rising: if your house is warm, it should rise no problem. If it’s cold in your house, it may take longer for the dough to rise.

PREPARE YOUR ROLLS:

  1. Stir together butter, sugar, lemon zest, salt and flour until it forms a paste.
  2. Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 10” by 14”. Spread the filling as evenly as possible over the rectangle, making sure to reach to the sides so the outer rolls have enough filling. Sprinkle with blueberries. I used 1 cup of mini (or “wild”) blueberries that were defrosted and drained. If you’re using regular sized berries, you might want to use more of them.
  3. Roll the dough up tightly from the long end. Slice it into 12 equal rounds. Place the rolls into a 9×13” pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (Or, if you want to make them the same day, cover with plastic wrap and let them sit for 1 hour until they’ve puffed up a little, then continue as directed below.)
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and let them warm up to room temperature while the oven is preheating. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 23-28 minutes, or until they are golden brown. (Mine took 24, be careful not to over bake. The bottoms will turn golden before the tops do.) Note: the blueberries will drain to the bottom of the pan overnight. That’s not a problem.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

  1. Whisk the melted butter and softened cream cheese until mostly smooth. If your cream cheese is too stiff, you can use a hand mixer. Whisk/beat in powdered sugar and 3 teaspoons lemon juice, adding more as desired for thickness. Pour over warm rolls and serve.

Step outside for some much needed fresh air and reserve your time slot for a socially distanced pick-your-own experience! Now you can enjoy the experience of picking your own crops without the crowds. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Happiness grows here!

Farmer giving box of veg to customer on a sunny day

We are super excited to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month! June is the perfect time to acknowledge these staple products because the growing season is in full swing. Fruits and vegetables are ripening up and in-season. This month we wanted to remind you how important fruits and vegetables are.

  • Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients like calcium, iron, fiber, Vitamin C, and more, which keep your body strong and healthy!
  • They’re low in calories, and because they contain fiber, they actually fill you up.
  • Fruits and vegetables are also delicious regardless of how they are prepared. Fresh, frozen, grilled, steamed, or juiced, there is a tasty way to get the nutrients you need no matter how much time you have.
  • They contain Phytochemicals that protect you from diseases like type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.
  • Some studies suggest that eating fruits and vegetables benefits the environment as well!

Here at Orr’s, we have a variety of local vegetables and fresh fruits, and we can’t wait to see you! Step outside for some much needed fresh air and reserve your time slot for a socially distanced pick-your-own experience! Now you can enjoy the experience of picking your own crops without the crowds. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Happiness grows here— and so do fruits and vegetables!

We didn’t feel right without the pick-your-own experience. We love to see your smiling faces as you fill up your bowls and baskets with our fresh berries. Picking your own fruits and vegetables allows you to form a deeper connection with the earth than grocery shopping. It also sets a wonderful, peaceful environment to talk with your friends and family. Now more than ever, farmers need help and it feels good to know where your food comes from.

We’re so happy that we were able to reintroduce pick-your-own to your summer plans! Here are some steps to safely picking your own produce.

  • Wear a mask!
  • Wash your hands. Handwashing stations will be provided for our customers. Washing your hands helps reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • Stay in your designated area. Picking Assistants will provide each customer with a patch row to pick in once they arrive. Even if you think you see the perfect berry, it’s important to stay in your patch! This will help reduce the risk of exposure and create a more comfortable environment for our customers.
  • Have fun! Enjoy this opportunity to get outside, breathe in the fresh air, and connect with the earth.

We love helping you fill your kitchens with fresh produce. Click here to schedule your pick your own experience. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. We can’t wait to see you. Happiness grows here!

There are tons of fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day, but the most important part of any plan is to show him how much he means to you. Whether your dad likes movies, hiking, cooking, or games, there’s a creative way to make sure he feels valued even during quarantine! Here are some ideas that we came up with to make sure this Father’s Day is special.

  • Surprise him with a hike, even if it’s just through the woods in your backyard. This is a great idea for people who haven’t been quarantining with their dad because you can keep an appropriate distance.
  • Have a family game night. Whether it’s cards or sports, most dads love to play games. Let your dad pick the game or spend some time outside passing a ball between the two of you. This can be fun for the two of you or the whole family.
  • Write him a nice card. Telling your dad that he’s appreciated might be worth more to him than any present you could pick out. Write him a note or draw him a picture and he will most likely cherish it forever.
  • Order his favorite meal. If your dad typically cooks, give him a break from the kitchen and order something you know he likes. This will show him you’ve been paying attention, and is also a great opportunity to support local businesses!
  • Throw him a party over Zoom. Zoom is a great way to connect with the people you weren’t able to quarantine with. Schedule a meeting when the whole family can get together. You can also get creative and play games over zoom, like trivia.
  • Prepare his favorite meal. Everyone loves a home-cooked meal. Show your dad how much he means to you by cooking his favorite meal. This can also be applied to families that aren’t quarantining together. If you want to do something for your dad, but need to social distance, cook for him and drop it off at his door with a loving note.

Father’s Day can still be special during the pandemic! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the men who raised us, so make sure to do something that’s as special as they are. If you need help coming up with a recipe, here’s one for Maple Bacon Double Cheese Burgers that we found from Food Network that sounds delicious!

If you’re short on ingredients for dinner this Father’s Day, check out our online ordering system and see what we have in stock. We’re open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm.  Happy Father’s Day!

Seasonings and spices can turn an ordinary dish into an extraordinary dish. June 10th marks National Herb and Spice Day, so we wanted to share a seasoning with you that has been taking over the internet! Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning has been transforming millions of breakfasts, and other meals that might come as a surprise to you. This salty, savory seasoning adds character to the simplest foods, and it’s surprisingly easy to make! Check out this recipe we found from Two Peas & Their Pod and start adding this seasoning to your eggs, guacamole, vegetables, meats, and whatever else you’re ambitious enough to try it on.

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of dried minced garlic

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of dried minced onion

2 teaspoons of flaked sea salt or coarse salt

Directions:

  1. Combine poppy seeds, black and white sesame seeds, garlic, onion, and salt into a small bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Store in a sealed jar or container.

If you need some inspiration, this blog lists 50 ways to incorporate Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning into your recipes! If you’re missing ingredients or don’t have time to prepare this seasoning, check out our selection in our online ordering system. We have a bunch of unique seasonings as well as fresh herbs and spices. We’re open 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.