Orr’s Farm Market’s Favorite Products

There’s just something about our products that you just can’t get in the supermarket. First of all, we don’t want you to think of us as simply a specialty grocery store; we want you to think of us as a grocery store that creates special memories. Our family friendly atmosphere and locally grown produce will please just about any palate in your family.

So what are some of our personal favorites when it comes to our market? We’re giving you the rundown in this blog post. All you need to do is come to the market and check them out!

1) Baking Mixes

Our very own Orr’s Farm Market baking mixes are the perfect treat to complement our homegrown fruits. A personal favorite is the Pie Crust Mix, but we have plenty to choose from so you can find your favorite. These mixes really are convenient for baking in the kitchen and make baking a snap! Plus, with the pick-your-own season in full-swing, we have plenty of berries and cherries to give you the extra incentive to bake a homemade pie with homegrown berries!

 

2) Jams

Our jams are on sale all season long. Get two half pints of for $8. You can also get two pints of jam, salsas, and dressings for $11.

These jams, salsas, and dressing are the perfect summer snacks for your barbecue get together or just to indulge in on your own. Stop by to see our selections today. 

3) Soups 

 Soups are for every season, and at Orr’s we have mixes by Frontier Soups that make lunch or dinner on-the-go quick, easy and delicious.  

Two of Orr’s favorite “summer” soups are Tomato Basil and Tortilla, and we love the corn chowder. Want to make it a seasonal dish? Add some shrimp to the corn chowder mix, and you’ve made quite the summer snack.

So what’s the moral of this story? Not only can you come to Orr’s to pick seasonal fruit, but you can stop by the market to shop for local produce, snacks and West Virginia-made items! Things are heating up around here, and we hope you’ll visit us this summer to stock your fridge and fill your bellies!

 

Blue skies and blueberries!

As one of nature’s chief superfoods, our blueberries are plump and pretty, ready for you and the family to pick, eat and repeat! We look forward to watching the berry-stained faces and fingers as families leave with their baskets of berries at the end of their trip.

Besides being locally grown, our blueberries’ tang will have you coming back for more. You can pick-your-own for $3.29/lb. or $3.09/lb. if you purchase 10 lbs. or more. We’ll also have pre-picked blueberries at the market for your convenience.

Blueberries = Big Benefits

Blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and contain a ton of power-packed benefits for your health mentally and physically. Blueberries are known to:

  • lower blood pressure
  • manage diabetes
  • reduce the risk of cancer
  • improve mental health
  • aid healthy digestion

Plus, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which help ward off malicious molecules that can lead to a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases.

Try this!

If you like to listen to your sweet tooth more than you like to hear what the doctor says, we’re sharing a favorite recipe that at least has this superfood as one of its ingredients. Try this as a Sunday treat, or bring this creation to your next backyard barbecue!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen pie crust, defrosted
  • 4 c. blueberries
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 cornstarch
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Toss blueberries with sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  3. Meanwhile, make the peanut butter-oat streusel. In a medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, oats, peanut butter, cinnamon, and flour. Stir with a fork until you form small crumbles. Place on top of blueberry mixture.
  4. Bake until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown, about 1 hour. If the streusel is browning too quickly, cover with foil.

Recipe courtesy of Delish

We’ll be bountiful with berries now and throughout most of July. We hope you’ll see us, pick berries, and most importantly make memories with your family on the farm. If the Peanut and Butter Jelly Pie looked too good to resist, we want you to comment below and let us know how yours turned out!

Picnic at the Farm on June 18!

Summer is officially in full swing! We hope you’ve made the most of it so far. It’s a season of endless options. The warmer weather makes the outdoors our living room, the land gives us a bounty of wonderful foods, and the sun sticks around a few hours longer.

This time of year is unique because enjoying it can mean packing your days to the brim or doing next to nothing. Most of us spend our time somewhere in the middle, making a point to both relax and plan fun activities. If you’re looking for a perfect in-between option, a picnic fits the bill. Picnicking is a summertime classic. It’s something people of any and every age can enjoy. Why? Because a picnic can happen anywhere and with whatever foods you like! Plus, it requires little planning, it’s inexpensive, and it’s portable.

Did you know June 18 is International Picnic Day? To celebrate, we thought we’d help you out with the two most important picnic decisions: Where to go and what to eat. Spend International Picnic Day at Orr’s! Come on down to the farm, grab your favorite fruits and veggies, spread your blanket on a patch of grass, and enjoy! All you need to do in advance is pack whatever you’d like to accompany your selections at the farm. Some good ideas include tortilla chips, whole-wheat crackers, cheese, nuts, hummus, and Greek yogurt veggie dip.

On June 18, as always, you can pick your own berries or you can check out what our market has to offer. Either way, it doesn’t get fresher than this! If you’ve never been to the farm, International Picnic Day would make for a great first visit. You can see all we have to offer while spending a relaxing afternoon with friends or family. We’d love to see our grounds filled with smiling faces that day. If you have any questions, give us a call at 304-263-1168.

Happy picnicking!

 

Photo Credit: Adam Dachis. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Cherry on Top of Your Summer

Year in and year out, our excitement continues to build as the pick-your-own season reaches its peak. The experience and the bond it fosters between families’ embodies what we believe: growing happiness with good food.

We’re particularly excited about the pick-your-own cherry season this year after we lost last year’s crop to an unusual freeze. This year, we’re looking at the beginning of June for prime cherry picking season to begin. You and your family can enjoy our homegrown West Virginian sweet or tart cherries for only $3.09/lb. or if you pick 10 lbs or more, the price is reduced to $2.79/lb.

So why should pay us a visit for these delectable treats? Not only are they fun to pick, but cherries are one of Mother Nature’s most prominent superfoods.

Set your Sights on this Superfood

Much like other fruits, cherries have huge health benefits. That being said, go ahead and let yourself indulge in a milkshake every once in a while…as long as it comes with a cherry on top!

There a quite a few reasons to keep a bowl of cherries on-hand in your fridge. Eating cherries will help to:

  1. protect against diabetes
  2. promote better sleep
  3. decrease belly fat
  4. reduce the risk of stroke
  5. reduce muscle pain
  6. relieve osteoarthritis

It’s Bittersweet

You may not be into the cherries to cut calories; maybe you’re looking for just the opposite: a sweet treat nobody can resist. If you have your family recipes, give our cherries a shot to add a little homegrown flavor. If you’re coming to the farm to pick, but need a little inspiration, check out one of our favorite guilty pleasures:

Cherry-Vanilla Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsps. unsalted butter
  • 6 cups pitted cherries (thaw if frozen)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. dark rum
  • 2 tbsps. Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsps. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 9-inch square baking dish
  2. Toss the cherries in a large bowl with ½ cup sugar, the rum, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and 2 tablespoons flour. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Whisk the remaining ¼ cup flour, the oats, almonds and the remaining ¼ cup sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in the melted butter until combined, then sprinkle the mixture over the cherries.
  4. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown (50 minutes to 1 hour). Let cool slightly before serving.

Recipe courtesy of:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cherry-vanilla-crisp-2268921

The pick-your-own cherry season is one you won’t want to miss. Stop in our market today to pick up your fresh produce. Visit us online, or give us a ring at (304) 263-1168 for additional crop and produce information. We look forward to seeing you and your family this season down on the farm. 

Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowski. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Memorial Day Cookout Ideas

We’re in the middle of May, and that means the good times are ready to roll. Our beautiful berries are hangin’ out on the vine, waiting to stain your fingers with their sugary goodness. Plus, in a few more days it’ll be Memorial Day—time to get the grills fired up and pile the picnic tables with all your cookout favorites.

The upcoming holiday is a time to remember those who’ve bravely served our country. As a way to thank our veterans for their service and members of the armed forces for their sacrifice, we offer a 10 percent discount daily when they show their military i.d.

Memorial Day is also a day to get together with friends and family and just be simple, soaking up the good company and sunshine. Those good-time gatherings fit right in with our mission to have an important role in our community. We love knowing that our produce and products find their way into your celebrations.

Farming takes a team effort—a big one! From planting season through harvest, we’re in it together here. Whether it’s cultivating crops or sharing a meal, one thing is obvious: Food brings us together. And that’s a very good—or berry good!—thing.

We’re happy we can provide produce and products from the market that you can take home and share at your Memorial Day cookouts. Here are just a few things you can pick up this in preparation for your celebrations:

  • Local steaks from Blonde Farm. Right out of Inwood, this local beef will be a grilling favorite!
  • Bison burgers. Born and raised at Orr’s bison meat is lean and rich in flavor. Get Bison recipes from our Pinterest page!
  • Berries—of course! They’re sweet enough on their own, or dress them up however you like best—topped with whipped cream or in a decadent dessert.
  • Jams and jellies. These are great in desserts or marinades. You can also use them in oil-based dressings for pasta, veggie, or lettuce salads that need to stay fresh in hot weather.
  • If you’re short on time, save yourself the trouble and choose from one of our many varieties. Order by phone or online.

To round out this week’s post, we’ll leave you with a quick and easy berry crumble recipe that’ll be a hit at your Memorial Day cookout:

Ingredients

Butter, for pan

Filling:

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 large lemon)

1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot flour

1 pound medium strawberries, halved

1 1/2 pounds yellow or white peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced* see Cook’s Note

1/2 cup light brown sugar

Topping:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup old fashioned style oats

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

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Directions

Serving suggestion: whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or gelato

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.

For the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and arrowroot until smooth. Add the strawberries, peaches and brown sugar. Gently toss until the fruit is coated. Pour the fruit mixture into the prepared pan.

For the topping: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pulse until mixed. Add the butter. Pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Sprinkle the mixture over the filling and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the filling is bubbling and the top is light golden. Cool the crumble for 5 minutes.

Spoon the warm crumble into bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Big news! Picking Season is here!

We hope you’re planning to visit the farm for pick-your-own strawberry season! This year we’ve planted two varieties, “Sweet Charlie” and “Chandler,” which will be available for about three weeks.  Bring the kids, grandma, grandpa—all are welcome. Picking is a fun family activity with a sweet ending!

Each year, we use our strawberries in all sorts of delicious ways. You can find many of our creations at the market, or you can enjoy the berries the old-fashioned way— plain and simple, piled up in a bowl or the palm of your hand. Of course strawberries and dessert are a perfect pair, but America’s favorite berry is quite the culinary traveler. If you haven’t gone beyond the traditional strawberry uses, it’s a must-do.  And if you need a little inspiration, we’ve got a few simple ideas to get you started.

  • Add sliced strawberries to your salad. Throw in your favorite nuts, some feta cheese, and a protein, like grilled chicken, fish, tofu, or beans.
  • Speaking of salad, you have to try strawberry dressing. It’s so good on spinach or kale, and it’s inexpensive to make your own. Here’s a simple recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/fresh_strawberry_dressing.html
  • Soup is super when it’s strawberry! Try this quick recipe from Southern Living: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chilled-strawberry-soup

The beginning of our harvest time reminds us of why we’re here. As farmers, our work has many components: We want to grow healthy crops, take good care of our land, and be productive members of our community.

We love what we do, and we truly enjoy sharing it with our visitors. By inviting the public to pick berries, shop our market of homemade goods, and take tours, we feel like we’re doing our part to encourage a better relationship between farm and community.  At Orr’s, there are a few ways that relationship comes full circle:

  • Quality. By picking your own berries or selecting from our produce in the market, you know where your food comes from. When food doesn’t travel far, you don’t have to worry about how it was stored and transported.
  • Agriculture. When you take a tour, you get to experience farming up close. You’ll know more about how the food you eat goes from seed to table.
  • Community. You’re supporting a local business, and that’s a great thing. It helps your community thrive by keeping funds local and providing jobs.

There are countless benefits to eating locally grown foods, supporting locally owned businesses, and being involved in your community. We can’t do what we do without you. See you soon!

Spiral Your Way to a Carb-Free Life

We’ve all been there. “I don’t want to give up the carbs; they are too good.”

“Is there a way I can make my favorite pasta dish healthy?” A spiralizer can do just that.

Ever heard of one? These innovative kitchen contraptions can turn fruits and veggies into delicate noodles that are full of vitamins and minerals.

What is a spiralizer?

This culinary gizmo has a razor sharp cutter mechanism that slices and dices fruits and vegetables into the most perfect nutritional noodles.

Here are a few reasons a spiralizer could make a nice addition to your kitchen:

  • Right off the bat, you’re cutting carbs. Consider incorporating spiralized squash or zucchini in your next spaghetti recipe and see how it turns out. You might find that you don’t miss the noodles as much as you thought you would.
  • Saves time. Instead of waiting for water to boil, and for the pasta to reach the perfect “al dente,” all you have to do here is put your veggies in the spiralizer, and your noodles are ready.
  • Getting more fruits and veggies in our diet. A spiralizer incorporates nutrient-rich food into our life in a sneaky way. You would be surprised that an entire apple or two zucchinis make up the spiral noodles in your favorite dish!
  • Adheres to different food lifestyles. A spiralizer aids in the preparation of a ton of different recipes that are vegan, paleo, and gluten-free.

What can you make?

If you need a little inspiration, check out some of our favorite recipes:

Spiralized Apple & Egg Salad in Bell Pepper Red Cups

Chicken “Zoodle” Soup

Carrot “Rice” Leek Risotto w/ Bacon

Chili Cheese Spiralizer Fries

Ready to cut the carbs for good?  You can check out our personal favorite spiralizer on Amazon, or check out some of the internet’s top-rated choices before making a decision.

After your new toy arrives, swing by the market pick up your favorite fruits and veggies and give some of the recipes a try. Comment below and let us know how they turn out!

Photo Credit: Jules. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Eating to Reduce Stress

eating to reduce stress

Life gets crazy. We are pulled in so many directions personally and professionally, and it can lead to our least favorite “s word”….stress. When anxiety and worry take over, it’s all too easy to pick up our favorite comfort food and load up on the sugars and starch.

Unfortunately, our cravings take more of a toll on our bodies and stress levels than you may think. So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed put down the doughnut and consider some other options.

Foods to Fight Stress

  1. Strawberries and blueberries

Any fruit is a great decision because they are rich in antioxidants that boost your immune system and your well-being. But strawberries and blueberries play a particularly important role in stress reduction.

Strawberries: When we’re stressed, sometimes all we really want is a savory, sugary treat. Well, strawberries can satisfy this need, without the negative health effects. Strawberries are also high in magnesium which has been proven to play a complex role in keeping levels at a desirable rate in our body. Stress can lower these levels, and the lower these levels become, the more stressed we will be. Strawberries balance everything out.

Blueberries: This superfood is a power-packed fruit with a ton of benefits for your body. When it comes to stress, these guys are full of free radicals that directly combat stress. To seal the deal, blueberry fans are getting a boost of natural white blood cells that help with immunity, which is important for fighting stress.

Orr’s Can Help!

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries season begins in early May and will continue through the middle of June.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries season begins late June and continues through July.

  1. Milk

Milk is a great source of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that reduced levels of Vitamin D have led to an increased risk of panic and depression. Drinking more milk can certainly reduce this risk and put your best face forward. Warm milk can enhance lowered stress levels by helping to relax the body through its protein lactium, which lowers blood pressure and potassium and relaxes muscles.

Orr’s Has It!

Pick up milk from our market. We carry Trickling Springs Creamery products, from a local operation in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. This dairy farm was founded in 2001 and is certified organic, with grass fed cows and is non-GMO verified.

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If you’re feeling a little edgy lately, make a few changes in your diet to combat the stress.

Here’s a list of additional food and drink that help cut down on your tension:

  • Salmon
  • Pistachios
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Avacado
  • Water
  • Chamomile Tea

We have plenty of stress reducing products at Orr’s to get you started! Come by to see what we have in store!

Photo Credit: Susanne Nilsson. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.  

Spring Gardening Tips

It’s safe to say that a few of us at Orr’s have a green thumb. We may spend time on the farm tending to acres and acres of some of the area’s finest fruits, but we still love to care for our very own flower beds and cover crops.

Now that spring has officially arrived, we’ve started mapping out what our gardens will look like this year. Have you?  If you need a little inspiration to get started, we’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade to share with our readers:

  1. Get your area ready for soil. First things, first. Get the ground ready for your garden. Rid the area of rocks or debris by tilling the area between 8-12 inches beneath the surface.
  2. Use coffee grounds as fertilizer. This is a safe, eco-friendly way to add nitrogen to your garden. Nitrogen is a mineral that is proven to stimulate plant growth, making your garden greener than ever.
  3. Get your seedlings started with citrus. Did you know you can plant a seed in citrus peels to encourage healthy growth? Once your seed germinates, simply plant the seed and the citrus peel in your garden. The peel will compost in the soil and nourish your plants.
  4. Recycle your cooking water. Did you steam something for dinner? Share the love with your garden! There are a ton of vitamins and minerals that are left over once you’ve boiled pasta, potatoes or any other nutritious veggie.
  5. Use eggshells in your garden. Eggshells add calcium to your compost and decompose very quickly. Not only do eggshells stimulate healthy growth, but they also deter snails and slugs that like to chomp away on your hard work.

What will your garden grow?

Introduce some new life into your garden this year. It’s always nice to consider planting more perennials than annuals, because perennials will come back year after year, as opposed to annuals that you will only enjoy for one season. Swing by Orr’s to get your hands on a biennial plant, the pansy! Pansies have a two-year life span, and will surely get your garden up and running for the season. In the event there is an unusually harsh winter, pansies may not come back the next year.

Plant some pansies!

Here are a few of our favorite facts about our favorite flower:

  • Plant pansies in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Pansies like the sun and cooler temperatures.
  • Pansies’ scent is strongest at dawn at dusk
  • Remove dead blooms to encourage new growth
  • Pansy petals are often used in potpourri
  • Pansies can be utilized as a natural dye

If you’re ready to swing into spring, we invite you to enjoy the beautiful peach blossoms on our farm and make some pansies the first additions to your spring garden! To learn more about Orr’s Farm Market, visit orrfsarmmarket.com.

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Well

As one of the most obese countries in the world, it’s time that we start downsizing waistlines and moving the meter toward healthy habits. How can we make a difference? It can start with our most treasured legacy: our kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since 1970 to about one in five school-aged children. So if we begin instilling healthy habits early, we can create lifelong conscious eaters.

How exactly do you get your kids to put down the bag of chips and pick up the right stuff instead? Here are a few pointers from Orr’s:

1. Guide your family’s choices, rather than dictate their meals

It may be easier said than done, but you should try to guide your family into making healthier choices. Consider making it a common conversation to discuss why certain food choices are more beneficial than others.

Then put that stuff in your pantry.

Bring the nutritious stuff to your home and leave the rest at the grocery store. This way your kids can have choices of what to eat at home but aren’t necessarily given the option to eat junk.

2. Encourage your children to eat slowly.

Slow and steady wins the race at meal time. Promoting this type of eating allows for complete digestion, which allows the body to determine hunger and fullness more accurately. When your body can make this decision, it avoids overeating and embraces impulse control. 

3. Have family dinners as often as you can.

This one can be tough to navigate. Juggling an entire family’s schedule is a full-time job in itself. If you can’t have dinner together every night, start by choosing two days out of the week, where you are fully in control of what’s at the table. Making time for pleasant conversations, and a good family checkup helps to curb anxiety, as well as the association of stress to eating food, which is a common coping strategy.

4. Get Your Kids Involved in the Process

Here’s where you can truly make healthy eating habits a lifelong commitment. When you start shopping for meals together, you can learn their food preferences and teach them how to prepare their favorite meals. Not only does this kind of involvement help encourage the best food choices, but also gives children a sense of accomplishment. When a child understands the process from start to finish, they are more likely to gain a better understanding of its importance.

 5. Pay Attention to Portion Size

We’ve seen all of the latest diet tricks and trends, and all of them have an excellent tactic to maintaining a healthy weight: portion control. Pay attention to food labels and prepare meals for your children accordingly.

WebMD has a great tip: if kids want seconds, have them wait 15 minutes before adding extra to their plate. The additional wait time allows for proper digestion of their meal, allowing for a more accurate evaluation of hunger.

Ready to make the commitment to a healthier generation? Consider bringing the whole family to Orr’s to pick out their favorite fruits, veggies, and snacks. Because everyone is allowed to have a sweet tooth, browse the bakery and have a “treat yourself” moment. Make healthy habits a family affair, and start crossing things off your grocery list at Orr’s today.