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.

Happy Pi Day!!

On this day dedicated to the science of circumference, it’s only appropriate that Orr’s highlights one of our favorite circular goodies: pies.

We absolutely love to bake, and we encourage you to come by the market to peruse our selection of flavors. At Orr’s we believe a good pie is always in season.  Don’t just think about us on Thanksgiving, swing by the market and pick up a sweet treat to bring to any special event, or even just for Sunday dinner.

What’s Your Favorite Flavor?

Orr’s Deep Dish 10” Pies

  • Peach Pie
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Strawberry Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Caramel Apple Nut Pie
  • Blackberry Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Dutch Apple Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Wild Berry Blast Pie
  • Peachberry Cherry Pie
  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Coconut Custard Pie

Orr’s Seasonal 9” Pies

  • Apple Berry Delight
  • French Apple
  • Apple Brown Betty Pie
  • Brandied Apple
  • Red Raspberry

Orr’s No Sugar Added 9” Pies

  • Peach Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie

Make a Special Order

If you want to make sure that your favorite flavor will be waiting at our store, you can place an order online or by phone. Please call (304) 263-1168 or visit our website and send us a message. We guarantee your pie will be fresh and flavorful anxiously awaiting your arrival.

Aside from our fresh baked pies, we have a large selection of other sweet treats. Stop in or visit our website and satisfy your sweet tooth today.

Locally Grown, Locally Known

We are thrilled to be back blogging as the 2017 season kicks into high gear! From fresh produce, fun recipes and fabulous events, Orr’s is so glad spring has finally sprung.

In the coming weeks, we’ll have fresh fruits and veggies that come directly from our soil or a trusted local farmer. In anticipation of the coming season, we’ve been thinking about the importance of locally grown food. From fresh fruits and veggies to locally raised meat, here are just a few reasons we love local:

Better for your body and your taste buds

When you buy in your backyard, produce and other products have a reduced travel time to the shelf. That means fewer steps from start to finish that could lead to contamination. Food that makes a long road trip has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution. When you come to Orr’s, you’re getting the cream of the crop, rather than a product that’s traveled thousands of miles with a preservative-packed shelf life.

Shopping local is also better for your taste buds. Our veggies are crisp, the fruit is sweet, and all our products have power packed flavor. Food that takes less time and distance to get to the consumer’s hands hold more nutrients. When food is grown locally, the crops are picked at their peak ripeness instead of being harvested early and then shipped to a retail store. At Orr’s you can pick your own produce and take it home with you all on the same day!

Better for the environment

Encouraging local farming also keeps more green space and open land in your community. Who doesn’t love a beautiful landscape?

Plus, local farm markets require less fuel to transport products to the supermarket, which releases fewer toxins into our atmosphere from travel. Because we’re focused on our community’s preferences, we balance demand based on the local need, which reduces overall waste.

Local farmers keep you in the know

If we grew it, we’ll tell you a lot about it. Our staff will know the exact labor of love that cultivated our fresh produce. Even if we didn’t grow it, our partnerships with local farmers give us a chance to know quite a bit about what you’re consuming when you leave our parking lot. So we encourage you to ask questions as you shop!

Supports the local economy

Buying or shopping local at any business helps to support the local economy. Many of our products use ingredients found throughout the local community. Purchasing local products not only help us continue to provide you with the freshest produce and other food items, but also make relationships with other community businesses across the region.

We want to continue to make connections in our community. When you buy directly from us, you can put a face and even a name to that juicy peach or crisp apple you’re biting into. Become part of the buy local movement and stop by to see us today!

Do you have a favorite reason to shop locally? Comment here and let us know!

Pick, Carve, Repeat.

When October began, we went full speed on pumpkin spirit, and we haven’t stopped since. We can’t help ourselves! One post just isn’t enough to spread all the good pumpkin news. Let’s rehash: So far we’ve told you about all the fun at our pumpkin patch, the important message we support from our partner Spookley the Square Pumpkin, and a handful of crave-worthy pumpkin recipes. We also helped clear up the confusion about what exactly a pumpkin is, fruit or vegetable.

Bear with us—we have one more important pumpkin topic to cover. With Halloween coming up in less than one week, now is prime time for pumpkin carving. For those who’ve already put out jack-o’-lantern, you might find them getting soggy soon. Pumpkins have a porch life of around ten days, maybe a couple more. If your pumpkin isn’t holding up, don’t fret—our patch is still full! If you need a little help with carving, this page has some great templates and carving tips. And don’t forget to save your pumpkin seeds. They’re great for snacking.

In recent years we’ve noticed a new trend, layering, which uses pumpkins of different sizes and colors to decorate porches and yards for fall and Halloween. It’s another great thing about this time of year: Just about every house is home to a pumpkin in some shape or form. It’s fun to walk or drive around and admire our friends’ and neighbors’ creations.

Speaking of admiring, we want to see what you’ve done with your Orr’s pumpkins this fall. Whether it’s in pies or on porches, share your photos on our Facebook page.

Photo Credit: tengrrl. Licensed under CC BY 2.o

 

Pumpkin Spice Makes Everything Nice

We’re pumpkin crazy. Needless to say, it started long before this pumpkin spice business. Who knew a particular collection of complimentary flavors could ruffle so many feathers? It seems most people are either for pumpkin spice or against it. We don’t have an official position on the subject. All we’ll say is if it involves pumpkins and it makes people happy, it’s okay by us.

As we all know, October is prime time for pumpkins. This month, we want to get back to the basics. We want to spread the word that there’s no pumpkin like one plucked fresh from the patch. While we’re at it, we have to address a common question. People often ask if a pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable. Technically, the pumpkin is a fruit because it grows from the flower of the plant. However, pumpkin isn’t sweet on its own, and because of that it’s generally treated like a vegetable. In short, pumpkins are just agreeable! They get along great with casseroles, cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, stews, and soups. They have a longstanding love of ice cream too (who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie milkshake?). They also enjoy hanging out on porches and in place settings.

To sum up our undying love of all things pumpkin, we’ve gathered five recipes you should try this fall. And don’t forget the all-important first step: Head down to the farm to pick your very own!

Try these pumpkin recipes this season!

  1. Pumpkin Soup
  2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
  3. Pumpkin Dip
  4. Pumpkin Chili
  5. Pumpkin Pasta

Meet You at the Patch!

Are you as excited about October as we are? It’s a unique time of year because of its connection to farming. How so? Hayrides and pumpkins, of course. You can’t have either without a farm! We’re ready for a month of carving toothy orange smiles and makin’ tracks to the patch.

Our pumpkin patch is the centerpiece of the month’s activities. Hayrides are a must this time of year, for big kids, little ones, and grownups too. Take a ride to the patch where you can pick your own pumpkin, whether it’s for a jack-o’-lantern to adorn the porch or a pie to satisfy a sweet tooth. The fun doesn’t stop there. We also have a corn maze, fall- and Halloween-themed photo setups, goodie bags, and more. Check out our pumpkin patch page for details.

We’re also excited to partner with Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Spookley is a cartoon character and the official spokespumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month. Throughout the month of October, we’ll feature Spookley in events around the farm to help our younger visitors understand the importance of being tolerant and kind.  It’s a great opportunity for families and educators alike.

October is a special time to visit the farm. Smiles abound, whether carved on a pumpkin, painted on a scarecrow, or spread across the faces of our littlest visitors. Come on down, hop on the wagon, and enjoy the ride!

Fall Fun for Everyone!

Fall’s familiar coziness continues. We’re sipping hot apple cider, snacking on baked goods from the market, and smiling at all the children bounding through the pumpkin patch. As October comes to an end, we look forward to more fun at the farm.

After Halloween, we keep the wagon wheels turnin’ with group bonfire hayrides. Grab your hoodie and hop into a wagon for a 45-minute early (or later) evening ride through our fields and orchards. Then get comfortable on a blanket or lawn chair with your favorite fall snacks and drinks for an hour-long bonfire in our woods. Tell stories. Have some laughs. Enjoy the crackle of the fire and the pretty colors of the evening sky.

Our bonfire hayrides are a unique way to enjoy the season. Try something different this year! This is a great group activity for families, churches, nonprofit organizations, and coworkers. For the Orr Farm family, it’s an opportunity for us to share our beautiful grounds with visitors.

To get more information, click here or email us at info@orrsfarmmarket.com.

As always, we hope to see you soon!

 

Come Visit Us This Fall!

So far September is comin’ through with fall goodness. Warm colors decorate the trees and cool breezes zip through the air. The apples are crisp, the dough is rising, and produce bins are overflowing. The farm is abuzz with preparation for all the upcoming fun. What’s in store? One more Bluegrass Weekend for the season, Fall Farm Fun Days, and pumpkin season.

Another favorite fall activity is our school tours. We welcome classes from preschool through high school, MOPs groups, 4-H, and more. Spending time at a working farm is truly an enriching experience. We could go on and on about how great it is and how the kids will benefit from it, but here are a few highlights:

  • Learning about planting, tending, and harvesting shows how food goes from farm to table and instills an appreciation for farming and good stewardship of the land.
  • Getting a feel for how a local business operates shows the relationship between commerce and community.
  • Seeing the daily operations of a farm teaches the value of dedication, teamwork, and goals.

You can schedule your school tour online or call 304-263-1168. If you want additional info, send us an email.

 Here’s to a happy fall, y’all!

 

Five Fall Faves

Is it just us or can you practically taste all the good cooking in the air? It’s that time of year. Ovens are fired up for bread baking and pie making. Jars are prepped for canning peaches and pears. Pots are brimming with soup and casseroles are bubbling over.

Food is a uniting force. For us, running the farm and market offers a unique relationship to food. We get to experience the life cycle of each fruit and vegetable from field to table. In the fields we plant, tend, and harvest. In the market we proudly display our homegrown produce, which will find its way into our baked goods and onto your tables—and ours—at meal times.

We’re always searching for new ways to use the fruits and veggies from the farm. This September we’re on the hunt again. So far we’ve come across some sure things, like a recipe for restaurant-style salsa (which comes in handy for more than just dipping chips). A few new and creative dishes also made our list. We thought we’d share a few with you. Try ‘em out and let us know your favorites on Facebook!

Five Fall Faves (in no particular order, they are all delicious!) 

 

Get cooking and let us know which recipe was your favorite!

Photo Credit: Nicole Abalde. Licensed under CC BY-ND.

Crispy, Crunchy Apples Have Arrived!

It’s fall. The farm is bursting with apples. Lots of crisp, juicy apples. Eat ‘em raw. Put ‘em in a pie. Dip ‘em. Sauce ‘em. They love to adorn salads. They make a mean salsa. (Never tried apple salsa? Do it now.) They’ve been known to wrap up in a crepe next to a slice of white cheddar. Apples are adventurous. Round up a bushel at the farm and let them take your tastebuds on a trip!

Starting September 16 we will offer mix ‘n’ match apples at a discount that will last until November 26. Our bins are packed with different varieties. Pick your favorites for snacking, baking, and canning. Did you know apples freeze well? It’s a good option for making quick applesauce. You can also prepare and freeze apple pie filling. Here are a few tips for freezing apples.

You’ll be hard pressed to run out of culinary options for apples. While we love the apple’s adaptability, we also warm up to its more traditional side. We’re not the only ones. On September 17, the entire country celebrates the apple in one of its most beloved and classic roles: the apple dumpling! On National Apple Dumpling Day, visit our market for fresh-baked, flaky apple treats. Our bakers will be churning ‘em out that day and throughout the September harvest.

Happy apple-ing!