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.

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As employees at Orr’s, we feel fortunate to be able to spend so much of our time outdoors.  We work many hours each day to keep our land in its best condition. We get to breathe fresh air, smell the sweet scents of nature, and feel the sun and wind against our skin. Every day spend working is a day we appreciate our planet— but it’s not every day that we get to celebrate it with others.

Earth Day is one of the easiest holidays to celebrate! Small actions, like taking shorter showers or turning off lights, can make a big difference. Here are a few of our favorite tips for living an environmentally responsible lifestyle that we found from a website dedicated to this special day, https://www.earthday.org/.

  1. Join a local park, beach, or river clean up group. Once the stay at home order is lifted and it’s safe to be around others, a clean up group would be a great way to get some fresh air and meet new people. This link explains how to find groups like this near you!
  2. Carpool, ride a bike, or use public transportation and reduce your carbon footprint by every mile you don’t spend behind the wheel. Currently, millions of people are working from home, which has reduced the amount of driving and improved air quality. Now is the perfect time to rethink your usual habits and find a carpool buddy for once work returns to normal.
  3. Donate old clothes and home goods. Consider buying used products instead of new products. You can also reuse your shipping boxes by donating to Give Back Box. Learn more here!
  4. Instead of getting paper bills in the mail each month, switch to online services.
  5. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork.

If you don’t have your own garden, we have tons of locally sourced food options that you can purchase by using the online ordering system on our website.  Just go to https://orrsfarmmarket.com/store/, place your order, and after a few hours we’ll have it ready for you to pick up curbside. Don’t forget to stop and smell the hydrangeas! We’re open 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Happiness grows here!

Whether its poured over pancakes, baked in a cake, or in ice cream, theres something special about maple syrup. Orrs Farm Market carries West Virginia-made maple syrup. So, of course weve been searching for recipes to it try out. This Pure Maple Candy recipe from AllRecipes is a delicious, nostalgic treat thats perfect for the cooler early April weather. Just be sure to wash your hands before getting started!

  • 2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally. Boil until syrup reaches 235 degrees F (110 degrees C) on a candy thermometer.
  2. Remove from heat and cool to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) without stirring, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir mixture rapidly with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes until the color turns lighter and mixture becomes thick and creamy. Stir in chopped nuts, if desired.
  4. Pour into molds. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, unmold candy. Store in airtight containers for up to 1 month.

Maple syrup is also a key ingredient in savory recipes, like these Maple Waffle Chicken Nuggets from Host the Toast. While working from home, you might find yourself prisoner to your pajamas. This perfect spin on breakfast for dinner will make pjs at the dinner table even more comfortable.

For the waffle nuggets:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into small chunks
  • Vegetable oil, for frying, plus 1/2 cup for the batter
  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the dip:

  • 1 part honey
  • 1 part maple syrup
  • 1 part honey mustard
  1. Divide the egg yolks and whites in separate bowls. Beat the yolks and set them aside. Whip the egg whites until they’re stiff and set them aside.
  2. In a large, high-walled skillet, heat about one inch high of oil over medium-high heat.
  3. As the oil is heating up, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 1/3 cups milk, the beaten egg yolks, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/3 – 1/2 cup maple syrup, depending on how maple-y you want your nuggets to taste.
  4. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Fold in the stiffened egg whites. Do not over-mix, you don’t want the egg whites to entirely deflate. It’s okay if the batter is slightly lumpy.
  6. Test to see if the oil is hot enough by dipping the end of a wooden spoon into the pan. If the oil bubbles around it after a second or two, you’re ready to go!
  7. Dust the chicken pieces with 2 tablespoons of flour and then dip the chicken into the batter. Let excess drip off and quickly place in the oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, flipping once, after about 4 minutes. If you notice that the outside of your chicken is browning far too quickly, reduce the heat to medium.
  8. Let the chicken nuggets drain off extra oil by setting them on a paper towel as you fry up the remaining batches.
  9. Once all of the chicken has been cooked, mix together honey mustard, honey, and maple syrup for dipping.

Orrs Farm Market is prepared to satisfy all of your sweet cravings. Our bakery is stocked with plenty of goodies, and, of course, you can always pick up some locally made maple syrup! Were open 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Order online and we will have your products ready at the curbside pickup station. We cant wait to see you!   

“Ooo!” is probably what you say every time you bite into one of our tasty treats, but we gave a new meaning to the triple “O” when we created Orr’s Online Ordering system! As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is doing their part to save lives and flatten the curve. Whether it’s working from home, FaceTiming friends, or simply washing your hands, each little action has a big impact.

Because grocery stores remain essential workplaces, businesses and shoppers are making modifications to create safer shopping environments. Here at Orr’s, we are making changes as well! We want to share our new online ordering system with you, which will hopefully make your shopping experience simpler and safer.

Getting your groceries just got even easier. Our new system allows our customers to order online between 10am and 5pm from the comfort of their homes. Then they can pay online and pick their groceries up at the curbside pick up location! Now the journey of our farm-fresh foods to your kitchen starts right on our homepage!

How to order online

Ordering online is quick and surprisingly easy. Follow this step-by-step guide and your house will have your family favorites in no time.

  1. On our homepage, click the tab at the top of the home page labeled “Shop: order online for pick up” or the big blue button at the bottom that says “order online.”
  2. Review Orr’s message concerning COVID-19 and click “OK”
  3. On the left side of the page, click the plus sign to expand the options in the category you’re interested in. Here you’ll find everything from specialty cheeses to freshly baked cakes and homemade scented candles!
  4. Scroll through the list and click on the product you want to purchase.
  5. Adjust the quantity to your desired amount.
  6. Add the purchase to your cart.

That’s it! Once you found your first product, just repeat those steps until your virtual cart is filled with each item you wanted to purchase. Once you’re ready, click the red button on the right-hand side to check out. On this page, you can decide to continue as a guest or create a profile.

How to choose between creating an account and continuing as a guest:

Creating an account will make it even easier and faster to place future orders. After putting in your information one time, you’ll be able to make purchases later on by just entering your email and password.

If you decide to continue as a guest, you’ll be asked to input some information including your name, address, email, and phone number. Remember that if you decide to order online again, you’ll have to reenter all of this information.

Checking out:

After making a profile or checking out as a guest, make sure you choose curbside pick up as your ordering method! You can also pick which time you’d like to pick up your order. Please try to place your order a few hours in advance so we have time to get it ready for you!

Finally, pay online using our secure online payment option. Within a few hours, your items will be packed up and ready at the curbside pickup station!

Is there anything better than curling up under a blanket as the air begins to chill? Add a couple of yummy snacks, a warm drink, and a feel-good movie and you’re set! Read on for the ultimate fall movie bucket list to take full advantage of the autumn ambiance.

1. Dead Poets Society

This Robin Williams classic is chock-full of back-to-school vibes, autumn scenery, and those fun prep school uniforms. Prepare to be ultimately inspired!

2. October Sky

The West Virginia-based tale of how a group of unlikely teens build a rocket is heartwarming, and will make you proud to be a West Virginian! Check out all of the flannels, crunchy leaves, and fall feels.


3. You’ve Got Mail

This classic love story starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks takes place during a New York City autumn and offers the most stunning views of the city during what is (arguably) the most beautiful season.


4. Good Will Hunting

Another film featuring Robin Williams, this one also offers satisfying back-to-school imagery and beautiful fall foliage in Massachusetts. Come for the aesthetic, stay for the touching story.


5. Practical Magic

This witchy tale featuring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman is a look into a small town in the fall, and offers Halloween-y vibes and plenty of candlelight.

Now that you’ve picked out a movie, it’s time to set up the menu. Of course, any movie-watching session needs popcorn, so try Cakies by Rachel ’s spin on this tried-and-true tradition! For this recipe, we recommend using Amish Country popcorn kernels, available at our farm market.. These fun, flavorful kernels come in lots of delicious varieties sure to please popcorn enthusiasts!


Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn

  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the sugar, water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt; cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour butter mixture over popcorn; toss and mix with a spoon till popcorn is fully coated.
  4. Transfer coated popcorn onto the baking tray.
  5. Now that you’ve got your movie snack, it’s time to choose a beverage! Try this fall-ready hot chocolate recipe from All Recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup whipped cream
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg (optional)
  1. Whisk milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat until chocolate chips are melted and hot chocolate is smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated.
  2. Pour hot chocolate into two mugs. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over whipped cream.

No time to make your own snacks? Stop by Orr’s Farm Market to pick up some ready-made snacks that are just as satisfying. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy movie-watching!

Have you been out to our live Bluegrass Weekends yet? This month, we have two amazing bands coming to play. On October 26, Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge will be here, and on October 27 Stoney Creek Bluegrass will be playing! Bluegrass music is a part of Appalachian heritage, and we are so excited to be able to feature these amazing bands and share our region’s traditions.

Before we highlight the bands coming this month, let’s take a closer look at what bluegrass is and where it comes from. According to the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, bluegrass originated from the music that immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and England brought with them to America in the 1600s. As the settlers began to move west and south into the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, they continued to make music about their everyday lives and the struggles they faced. When the phonograph and radio grew in popularity in the 1900s, this “mountain music” was able to be spread across the whole United States.

What sets bluegrass music apart from other country music is its powerful sound, created using traditional acoustic instruments and distinctive vocal harmonies. Bluegrass music also features a three-finger picking style of playing the banjo.

The performers of our last Live Bluegrass Weekend of the year certainly show why this musical style has remained popular for so long!


Ernie Bradley & the Grassy Ridge Band has been playing bluegrass music for almost 40 years. Ernie Bradley, vocalist and banjo player, is also the founder of the band. He learned to play banjo from his father and grandfather, and has performed all over the country since he was a child. The band also features a guitar, bass, and mandolin. You can check out their Facebook page here!


Stoney Creek Bluegrass is a four-member bluegrass band founded right here in West Virginia. Band founder Libby Files brings a signature sound to bluegrass favorites. Around the Panhandle magazine named Stoney Creek “West Virginia’s Classic Bluegrass Band.” Take a look at their Facebook  to get more information about upcoming shows and to preview a performance!


The music lasts from 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chairs to this FREE show! If you are feeling hungry, there will be a local food truck as well as Orr’s Farm Market goods. Hope to see you all there!

It’s here, folks! The moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s . . . pumpkin season! Although most pumpkin recipes get their flavor from a can of pumpkin puree, this season we challenge you to incorporate as much fresh pumpkin as possible. Pumpkins from Orr’s Farm Market are not just for carving: They can be used in a number of recipes to give you all the fall feels! Plus, you’ll feel better knowing exactly where your ingredients are coming from.

Before we dive into today’s recipes, we’d like to remind you of the best pumpkins for baking here in stock at Orr’s. We recommend Field Trip Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Cushaw pumpkins and Neck pumpkins for their robust flavor and tender texture. If you’re looking for a sweeter flavor, you can also mix butternut squash puree with the pumpkin.

We’re also selling Kakai pumpkins, which have large, hull-less seeds. You can save the seeds, which are perfect for snacking on raw or roasted!

We’ve all had our fair share of pumpkin spice lattes, but don’t forget about pumpkin in your savory recipes this fall. This recipe from Will Cook for Smiles  promises nutrition and that irresistible pumpkin flavor.

 


Pumpkin Chili

  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 oz garlic (4-6 cloves)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 12 oz diced pumpkin (half of a small (2.5 lbs) cooking pumpkin)
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 15 oz can white beans
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  1. Start by cutting pumpkin and other veggies. To cut pumpkin: pop the stem off with a large knife (knife always facing away from you) and cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out seeds and membrane. I like to use an ice cream scoop because it easily scoops up the membrane. Cut pumpkin halves in two and peel the tough skin off with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Dice pumpkin, onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes. Try to get the cuts as even as possible.Preheat the put over medium heat and add oil. Add onions and sauté until transparent.
  3. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, and bell pepper. Cook for a few minutes.
  4. Smash garlic, mince it and add it to the veggies. Stir and cook until veggies are softened.
  5. Take veggies out of the pot and set aside. In the same pit, cook ground beef until browned, breaking up all the clumps. Season with some salt and pepper as it cooks.
  6. Add veggies back to the pot and stir.
  7. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in stock, pumpkin puree, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
  8. Strain most of the liquid from the beans and add them to the pot. Gently stir everything well. Bring to boil.
  9. Lower heat to low and stir in sugar, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Taste to check if more salt and spice is desired.
  10. Cover, leaving a small crack for steam to escape, and cook for about an hour. Remember to stir once in a while to ensure even cooking.

Looking for a way to incorporate fresh pumpkin into your tailgate season? This recipe for pumpkin queso from the Food Network  is an ooey-gooey crowd-pleaser.

Pumpkin Queso

  • 1 2-to-3-pound sugar pumpkin
  • 8 ounces dried chorizo, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (remove seeds for less heat), chopped
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or Oaxaca cheese
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for topping
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice off the top 1 ½ inches of the pumpkin and discard. Scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp.
  3. Heat the chorizo in a medium pot over medium-high heat until the fat begins to render, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the jalapeno, green chiles, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the jalapeno softens, about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, until the flour is slightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the cheeses.
  8. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cheese melts and the mixture is creamy, about 3 more minutes.
  9. Place the pumpkin in a small baking dish and fill the pumpkin with the cheese mixture.
  10. Add 1 inch of boiling water to the baking dish.
  11. Cover loosely with foil and bake until the pumpkin is tender, about 1 hour, 20 minutes.
  12. Remove the foil and continue baking until the cheese is golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 more minutes.
  13. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

 

Of course, don’t forget to stop by Orr’s Farm Market for all of your pumpkin needs! We’re open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.