Some of Our Favorite Apples Recipes

Around here, when we think fall, we think apples. This deliciously crisp fruit come in lots of varieties, and each one has their own special taste. With all these yummy flavors, it can be hard to navigate which variety of apple should go in what type of recipe. With years of expertise, we feel like we can accurately guide you in finding your new favorite fall recipe. Here are a few of our favorite recipes we’ve collected over the years!

We know some people have issues with pineapple on pizza, but how about apple? At Orr’s, we love all types of fruit on pizza and this yummy Maple Apples, Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza is the perfect comfort food for colder fall days. The sweetness of golden delicious apples with the combination of the creamy blue cheese and salty bacon makes this pizza one to die for.

There’s something about apple butter takes us right to the feeling on fall (even if the weather isn’t cooperating). This recipe turns the best Cortland apples into a delectably sweet spread you’ll want to put on everything. Check out this slow cooker apple butter recipe that’s sure to put you in the fall spirit. If you don’t feel like waiting on this recipe to cook, pick up come apple butter in our market!

Looking for the perfect salad to go with your next dinner or potluck? Look no further! This spiralized apple cranberry salad is yummy to say the least. It’s crunchy, creamy and sweet, so it’s sure to please every crowd. It’s great with granny smith apples or pink lady apples, so you can use either, or mix it up and use both!

These easy caramel apple trifles are a perfect way to end the night. They’re simple to make with just cinnamon apples, cinnamon whipped cream, cinnamon granola and caramel. Each of these items you can buy in a store for an easy dessert, or you can follow this recipe for a more homemade, authentic taste. For this recipe, we recommend Honeycrisp apples because they complement cinnamon and caramel so well.

We hope you enjoy a few of these yummy apple-filled recipes this fall. For all your apple needs, come see us at Orr’s Farm Market! We carry plenty of varieties of West Virginia grown apples and would love to share them with you! Come see us!

 

Come Celebrate the Season with Us!

Fall Farm Fun Days

September has arrived! And with this change in month also comes a change in season. As the crisp air moves into our region and leaves beginning to turn colors, we can’t help but become excited when we think of the possibilities that come with fall. Our summer fruit starts to transition out while our delicious apples start to make their presence known. And we can’t forget about our apple cider donuts too!

Come celebrate the fall season with us at our Fall Farm Fun Days! Be the first to pick some pumpkins from our patch while enjoying live music, visiting our vendors, eating yummy baked goods and seeing Spookley the Square Pumpkin! Fall Farm Fun Days are on Saturday, September 22nd from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 23rd from 10am to 4pm. Take a look at the bluegrass bands we have booked and the list of activities below!

 

2018 Bluegrass Line-up

Saturday, September 22

10:00am -1:00pm • The Hazards

1:30pm -4:30pm • Stoney Creek

Sunday, September 23

10:00am – 12:30pm • Stoney Creek

1:00pm – 4:00pm • Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge Band

 

2018 Activities

*Free Live Bluegrass Both Days

*6+ Food Trucks

*Hayride to Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze-Buy a Bracelet

*Moon Bounce-2 Tokens

*Pumpkin Painting-3 Tokens

*Face Painting- 3 Tokens Small, 5 Tokens Large

Tokens are $1.25 each/2 and under are FREE

 

We hope you join us for Fall Farm Fun Days! It’s a great way to kick off the fall season while supporting local vendors and musicians, and as always, enjoying fresh fruit from Orr’s Farm Market.

Field Trip Options with Orr’s

Fall is an exciting time of year at Orr’s Farm Market! While we are busy picking, packing and processing our apples, pumpkins, squash, etc.… we also welcome groups for tours or school field trips during the season.

Between September 17th and October 31st groups can make appointments for a Pumpkin Patch Field Trip on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays to tour our farm and learn all about the different types of produce we grow. The tour includes a discussion of pumpkin varieties, pumpkin components, the different apple varieties, and how each are grown. The tour also includes a hayride through the orchard and pumpkin patch.

Students will leave with a goody bag that contains one coloring book, crayons, a sticker and a small pumpkin. The ideal age group for this experience is Pre-K through 4th grade, but older groups can be accommodated. Each hayride wagon will hold up to 30 people and it is possible to reserve multiple wagons.

Field trips take approximately 2-2 ½ hours and admission is $7.25 for groups of 16 students or more. Teachers, aides and bus drivers will have free admission. Parents will pay $4.50 for admission which includes the tour and snack.

In addition to our school-aged field trips, we also offer Bonfire Hayride Tours for groups of up to 25 people.  Enjoy a tractor-driven hayride through our beautiful orchards. You can plan this trip during the daylight and see the scenery of the countryside and nearby mountains, or plan it later in the evening for a hayride under the stars. Then enjoy the warmth of the crackling bonfire in our woods. Bring your own refreshments and entertainment and enjoy an evening of fun in the country. Benches are provided, but you may want to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Bonfire Hayride tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays in the fall at 6:30 or 7:30 pm. The fee is $165 per wagon which includes a 45-minute hayride and a 75-minute bonfire. Each group will get one picnic table and a piece of fruit for each person. If you are only seeking the bonfire experience, the fee is $125 for 25 people.

If you have a group that is interested in joining us this year, please visit www.orrsfarmmarket.com or email us at info@orrsfarmmarket.com. We hope to see you this fall on the farm!

Healthy Eating for your College Kid

Congratulations from Orr’s Farm Market!

You did it, Mom and Dad! Your child is now in college. This is a big life transition for everyone and it means that you will no longer get to play as much of a role in your child’s food choices. College is a unique time for students to explore some new food habits, but it can also be a minefield of late night pizza, instant ramen noodles and unlimited portions. How can you best guide your young adult as they navigate through this experience?

Most college students start out in a dorm-room setting with very few opportunities to cook or prepare meals. Savvy students will get creative with their mini-fridges and microwaves, but there aren’t a lot of chances for wholesome, home cooking. Help your college kid become familiar with healthy things that are easy to keep on hand in a dorm room. For example, carrots and hummus, apples, yogurt, and instant oatmeal are all pretty dorm-friendly. Stocking your college student’s dorm fridge with snacks like these will make it easier for them to choose healthy brain fuel and resist the urge to order carryout.

Talk with your college student about their meal plan and help to prepare them for the all-you-can-eat dining hall portions. One simple trick is to select a smaller sized plate. This can help keep portions in check. We like to shift from an all-you-CAN-eat mindset to an all-you-NEED-to-eat mindset. This helps to reframe food choices by need rather than desire.

An easy trick to ensure biodiversity in your diet is to have a colorful plate. Colorful foods are packed with nutrients that bodies need.  While the dining hall can be full of guilty indulgences like french fries and chicken wings, they will also provide a well-balanced variety of veggies and salad options. Remind your child of this and encourage them to eat a rainbow of foods.

Before your child leaves, take him or her shopping for some of their favorite healthy, dorm-friendly foods. Use this as an opportunity to talk about smart food choices and get their input about what they like. This is also a good time for you to take a few mental notes about what they prefer so you can be sure to include their faves when you send the always appreciated care package from home.

Don’t have time to put together a care package? Don’t worry! Here at Orr’s Farm Market we offer seasonal gift boxes and we’d be happy to send a box of our delicious apples or market goodies. Information can be found on our website, or stop into the market Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Summer is a busy time at Orr’s Farm Market, but we know the busy season for most folks will come when the school year begins. Sending kids off to school with a healthy lunch can help to ensure that your young scholar will be nourished and alert throughout the school day.

If your home is like ours, mornings before school starts can be chaotic and challenging. By the time everyone is awake and dressed, it can feel like a daunting task to also pack a healthy lunch in time to catch the bus! Prepping lunch options in advance can make it easier to get the kids out the door and also helps you make sure their meal is well balanced.

We’ve developed a few tricks that help parents pack the best lunch, and hopefully also encourage your kids to eat it!

One tip we like to employ is to include your kids in the lunch packing process. This takes some pressure off of you and provides a good learning opportunity for them. We discovered that kids are more likely to eat a lunch they have played a role in designing. What are your child’s favorite fruits and veggies? What does your kid hate to eat? Let your child have a supervised say in what goes into their lunchbox.

Making food fun to eat is another great way to encourage healthy eating. Cookie cutters are a simple way to jazz up an average sandwich – and, as a bonus, it’s a built-in crust remover for kids that are strictly anti-crust. Letting your child pick out their own reusable lunch box can also make lunchtime more exciting.

It’s best to try to avoid too many processed foods. Prepackaged snack packs are not only less nutritious, but they are usually more expensive too. If you crave the ease of individual packaging, take one night a week and pre-portion crackers or carrots so they’re easy to grab when you’re rushed. This is another area where your kids can participate.

Try to incorporate a variety of food groups in each meal. Fresh and dried fruits, veggies with a little hummus or dressing to dip, low-fat yogurts and cheeses and lean proteins like hard-boiled eggs are all easy packable.

One of the most important things for a healthy body is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important all the time, but it is especially critical in the warmer months or when your child is extra active. Let your kids pick out their own water bottle and encourage them to drink the whole thing at least twice before the school day is over. Kids (and parents!) are more likely to drink their water if they feel like it’s a competition, so join the hydration challenge! If you or your child find plain water to be boring, try adding a few pieces of frozen fruit for a mild flavor element.

At Orr’s Farm Market, we’re always trying to think of new ways to incorporate healthy options into each meal. Come in and pick up some of your favorites Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. We hope to see you soon!

Picking the Best Watermelon

August can be a hot and brutal month in our region, but fortunately, it is also a great time for watermelon! Watermelon is an excellent and sweet way to stay hydrated during hot summer days.

At Orr’s Farm Market, we get a lot of questions about how to choose the juiciest, sweetest watermelon for your family and friends. As experienced watermelon growers (and watermelon lovers), we have a few tips that can help you choose your watermelon like a pro!

Have you ever heard of the “field spot?” This refers to the yellowish spot of the melon that rested on the ground during its growing months. The ripest watermelons will have a creamy yellow or orange spot – not white. Selecting a watermelon with a field spot that is closer to yellow than white will ensure you have a ripe melon.

The next feature we look for is webbing. Some melons will have brown, rough-to-the-touch web-like markings that may at first seem off-putting. These markings a

re indications that bees have pollinated the fruit. More webbing means more pollination which will yield you a sweeter tasting melon.

Did you know that farmers differentiate watermelons based on gender? Boy watermelons are bigger, a bit more elongated and have a waterier taste. Girl watermelons are smaller, more rounded and are usually sweeter.

The size of your watermelon can also provide a clue about its flavor. You want your melon to feel heavy for its size. We recommend the Goldilocks approach to size selection – don’t choose the largest watermelon of the bunch, but don’t choose the smallest either. Something in the middle is usually just right.

The last feature we inspect is the watermelon’s “tail” or stem. A dried tail indicates that the melon is ripe. If the tail is still green, it likely means that the melon was picked too soon and will not be ripe.

So the next time you find

yourself overwhelmed at the watermelon bin, just remember:

  • Check for a yellowish field spot (not white)
  • Say yes to brown webbing
  • Boy melons will be bigger and waterier, girls are smaller and sweeter
  • Choose a size that falls in the middle
  • Pick a melon with a dry tail

We hope these tips will help you find the perfect melon for you, but don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance the next time you visit us here at Orr’s Farm Market. We are open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Just Peachy

From now until the around the end of September, peaches are in season! Bring on all the peach pie, cobbler, smoothies, breakfast tarts, and more!

We often get asked about the difference between some of our peach varieties and the best way to can or freeze peaches so you can enjoy them all year round. Take a look at these explanations and tips we’ve compiled for you to help you better navigate peach season!

Clingstone Peaches vs. Freestone Peaches

Clingstone peaches are peaches that tend to hug the stone, or pit, making them more difficult to remove them from the pit. Freestone peaches separate more easily from the pit, making it easier to pull out once the peach is halved. We tend to carry clingstone peaches earlier in the season typically because they are ready earlier in the season, then transition to semi-freestone, and finally, end with freestone peaches.

How to Can Peaches

Things you’ll need:

  • water bath canner
  • canning jars
  • canning seals and rings
  • jar lifter and canning funnel
  • large pot or blancher
  • bowls
  • large spoons
  • sharp knife
  • towels and dishcloths
  • ladle

Ingredients

  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Water

Directions

  1. Prepare light or medium syrup. Simply heat water and sweetener in a saucepan until sugar dissolves.

Sugar syrup

  • Light – 2 cups sugar to 1-quart water
  • Medium – 3 cups sugar to 1-quart water
  1. Place peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 60 seconds.
  1. Immediately remove the peaches, place in a sink or bowl with cold water to blanch.
  2. Slice the peaches in half and remove the pit. Skins should peel right off. Use a knife for the stubborn spots.
  3. Place peached in jars and cover immediately with syrup.
  4. Wipe the rim of the jar clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lid.

*Instructions courtesy of https://www.simplycanning.com/canning-peaches.html

How to Freeze Peaches

Things you’ll need

  • Large pot
  • Large bowl
  • Knife
  • Pint or quart size freezer bags or containers

Ingredients

  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Cut the skin on the peach. This allows for expansion when you blanch the peach.
  2. Bring a large pot to a boil. In a separate bowl, fill with ice water. Place 3 to 4 peaches in the boiling water and remove in 30 to 60 seconds.
  3. Place peached in ice water immediately after removing from boiling water.
  4. Use a knife or your hands to peel peach skins from each peach.
  5. Half each peach, and remove a pit.
  6. Slice peaches to desired size.
  7. Prepare peaches for freezing. There are three options below.
    1. Water Pack – Pack peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container or bag, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Pour water over the peaches, maintaining the specified headspace.
    2. Sugar Pack – Pack a short layer of peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container. Sprinkle lightly with sugar; repeat layering, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Cover and let stand 15 minutes or until juicy before freezing.
    3. Syrup Pack – Prepare desired syrup. Pack peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container or bag, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Pour syrup over the peaches, maintaining the specified headspace.
      • Very Light Syrup – Use 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4 cups syrup.
      • Light Syrup – Use 1-2/3 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4-1/4 cups syrup.
      • Medium Syrup – Use 2-2/3 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4-2/3 cups syrup.
      • Heavy Syrup – Use 4 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 5-3/4 cups syrup.
  1. Seal and label containers. Place in freezer.

*Instructions courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

When you are ready to use the peaches, take them out of the freezer and place them in your refrigerator or a cool water bath. Then enjoy!

Come get your fresh peaches today! Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Not up for picking your own? We have pre-picked peaches in our market. We look forward to seeing you here!

Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

You worked hard all winter long to be able to lose those stubborn pounds and get your body summer-ready, don’t lose it now that summer is here! This smoothie is great for a mom (or dad) on-the-go or just someone who wants to relax poolside. It is low in fat and calories, but high in protein so you will be able to fight off your cravings and keep the munching to a minimum.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • ½ medium banana, sliced and frozen
  • ¾ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender in the order listed, and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately.

This smoothie is meant to be thick, so you can adjust the ice amount to meet how you like your smoothie.

Come get your fresh blueberries at Orr’s Farm Market! Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Our blueberries are available to pick-your-own or are pre-picked and can be found in the market. Our blueberries are $3.29 per lb for up to 10 lbs and $3.09 per lb for 10 lbs or more. Happy picking!

Small, but Mighty

With it being National Blueberry Month, we were curious about what makes these tiny fruits so special. I mean, what about blueberries is so significant that they have an entire month dedicated to them?  We did some research, and it turns out this “superfruit” is packed full of nutrients, making them delicious and great for you!

Take a look at the top health benefits of blueberries.

  1. High in antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds found in the body that is used to protect cells from damage, as well as from chronic illness like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Compared to other berries, blueberries are highest in antioxidants. According to WebMD, one cup of blueberries has enough antioxidants in it to fulfill your daily need.

  1. Boost weight loss

All around, the nutrients in blueberries make them a great addition to your diet. With 3.6 grams of fiber per cup, this amount of blueberries takes care of fourteen percent of your daily fiber needs. Fiber makes you feel fuller longer and keeps your digestive tract regular and on pace.

  1. Improve brain health

Blueberries help improve memory and cognition, boosting your brain health to new heights. Again, with the antioxidants, these tiny fruits protect the brain from damage and help it to age in a healthy way. So munch on a few blueberries during lunch to keep your brain focused through the workday.

  1. Aid heart health

With coronary heart disease being one of the leading causes of people in the United States, including blueberries in your diet can improve your overall heart health. Your heart pumps blood throughout your entire body, so it’s vital in keeping you alive and healthy. Eating blueberries regularly can result in lower blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol, both important in keeping your heart healthy.

With all this talk about blueberries, it’s time to visit us at Orr’s and get some for yourself! You can pick-your-own blueberries or select from our pre-picked ones inside the market. We have five varieties, each variety with its own flavor and size. Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, so pick some while you can!

July is Here, it’s Time for Blueberries!

July is National Blueberry Month, so at Orr’s we feel the need to celebrate these small fruits accordingly. Packed full of antioxidants, blueberries are great for losing weight, fighting off disease, and are delicious too! From breakfast to dessert and every meal in between, here are an assortment of recipes that will help you to include more blueberries in your diet.

For breakfast, start your morning off on the right foot with these yummy Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries! With blueberries ripe and ready this season, their sweetness pairs so well with the smooth cream cheese spread.

Sure to satisfy, this combination of savory and sweet is perfect for lunch. A spin on a classic grilled cheese, this Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich is sure to delight your taste buds.

Snack time is a great time for more blueberries! And these Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries hit the spot when you get hungry for an afternoon snack. The blueberries give you some antioxidants for an extra bit of brain boost while the Greek yogurt keeps you full until dinnertime.

Dinner is the main meal of the day in most households. It’s a meal where everyone comes together and talk about their day over a fresh, delicious meal while spent enjoying each other’s company. This Best of Summer Kale Salad and Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette is an easy, but healthy recipe that tastes just like summer. You can always add chicken on top too for some extra protein!

Dessert, the best meal of the day! And this light and fluffy Blueberry and Cream Angel Cake is sure to handle your sweet tooth without being too heavy. This recipe is simple to make and your family will be sure to love it.

With all this talk about blueberries, come on down to Orr’s and pick your own! Or purchase some of our pre-picked blueberries in the market. Our fresh berries are sure to compliment any and all of these recipes above, or eaten just by themselves.

Come get your fresh blueberries today! Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Our blueberries are $3.29 per lb for up to 10 lbs and $3.09 per lb for 10 lbs or more. Happy picking!