November is finally here!  Apple harvest season is winding down, and collectively we all take one big sigh of relief as our busy season ends.  This season has been our most challenging yet, due to the many weather-related issues that have affected farmers up and down the east coast and beyond.  Every farmer I meet is especially grateful that this season’s harvest is behind us and we can rest and regroup.  Excessive amounts of rain, along with unusually moderate temperatures, have caused each crop its own set of problems.

I’m not going to dwell on the negatives.  Overcoming obstacles was the name of the game in 2018, and I know we did the best we could.  On the flip side, Orr’s Farm Market had our best month EVER in October 2018.  Our market sales were great and we were very satisfied with our pumpkin patch season.  The staff this year were helpful and able to assist our school groups on their field trips.  We’ve met lots of customers that we loved talking with and showing them our farm.  Our new market addition made our lives much easier this year and many customers mentioned how much they loved the changes we’re making.  I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished this year as a team.

One difference this season has been the customer demand for our products and services.  We’re trying to meet their needs by being open in November on Sundays.  We also are trying to include new local products that excite people.  There are a lot of fun new products hitting our shelves this week in time for Christmas.

There are a few things that I hope our customers know about our family as our busy season ends.  We really appreciate the outstanding community support of all we do here.  The people of our town give us a lot to be thankful for.  I hope they see our family as a group of hard-working, innovative folks who care for the earth that God gave us and make the most of every season.

Many thanks,

Katy

The biggest reason to stay healthy during the fall months is to avoid the flu and other illnesses. We hope these tips will help keep your immune system healthy and keep you from getting sick.

Healthy foods to eat during the winter 

Eat fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C such, as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, and citrus fruits. These will give you high energy and keep you from getting sick. Some other vegetables that are high in vitamin C are broccoli and cauliflower.

Having different kinds of soup on hand is a great way to stay healthy, or to enjoy if you do get sick. Different kinds of soup such as chicken noodle, tomato, clam chowder, and potato soup will all warm you up on even the chilliest fall days. All of these will help keep you from getting sick, or if you become sick it will help make you feel better instead of being miserable in your sickness.

Wash your hands!

As it’s getting colder, more people will start to get sick and germs will spread. Make sure to wash your hands at least before and after you eat, but also if you’ve been in close contact with a lot of people as well. It also doesn’t hurt to keep hand sanitizer on hand for when you can’t get to the sink.

Work it out

It’s important to get enough exercise during to keep your immune system healthy. By going for walks and moving each day, you’re more likely to stay healthy while others are combating illnesses.

Calm down

Doctors have now discovered that chronic mental stress is linked to a higher rate of physical illness. If you are stressed out, relieve this stress the best way you know how. Try reading a new book, meditating, going to the gym or hiking, or sleeping. Managing the stressors in your life can go a long way in protecting your health.

At Orr’s, we’ve for your fresh produce and are always looking to keep you and your family healthy, we’ve also heard visits to the farm can be very relaxing. Information about our produce and events we’re having 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!

Enjoy a delicious piece of pumpkin pie with a big dollop of whipped cream on top? We’ve got some recipes you’ll enjoy! Here are some of our favorite pumpkin pie recipes that we make every fall season.

Pumpkin pie is a classic in our household. Everyone knows the season is really starting when they smell the sweetness of pumpkin pie radiate through the house. For a classic, perfect pumpkin pie recipe, look no further!

For those of you that still want to enjoy the pumpkin spice but think it’s a little too flavorful, here is an option for pumpkin pie that’s on the lighter side, but still plenty of flavor to go along with it.  The overall intensity of the flavor won’t be as strong but you’ll still get that flavor you’re looking forward to welcome in October.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy pumpkin pie recipe, this is the right recipe for you. This recipe only requires five ingredients to make so it’s super convenient.  It takes the stress out of baking and makes it fun and easy for even your most stressful days. This recipe could be the alternative to quicker and faster food instead of having to bake all day and prepare for the time to make it.

This recipe is a little different than your classic pie. It’s pumpkin cheesecake, so maybe it’s something that you’re not quite used to. This is a little on the heavier side, but still a delicious cheesecake to try and make for the family, friends or coworkers in your life. Trying new recipes doesn’t hurt, just be creative and enjoy this time of the year.

Not looking to bake? At Orr’s, we’re baking fresh pies daily for our market! Information about our pies 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!

Don’t lose that summer body you worked so hard for now that fall is here! Sure, we can agree that covering up in sweatshirts and sweaters can be more comfortable, but that doesn’t mean that you have to gain any extra pounds in the process. Here are some great ideas for some healthy Halloween party alternatives.

Caramel apples are a great way to bring in the Halloween season.  With the sweetness of the caramel on the outside, the tart of the apple on the inside makes this sweet treat that much better, while still including fruit! Check out our Harvest Apple Bin Specials to see what’s in our market.

Popcorn also makes a nice alternative to other salty snacks like chips. Popcorn is not only less in calories, but you can easily make it at home. We also carry fresh, locally made popcorn in our market in case you don’t feel like making some.

Fight off the urge for candy with a healthy smoothie instead! Smoothies are great on-the-go filling snacks or meals that keep you full and can include lots of fruits and vegetables, like apples and pumpkin, that are great this time of year.

Dip, dip, dip! Get your protein and healthy food in by dipping some of your favorites in peanut butter or hummus! Bananas, apples and celery all go great with some smooth or crunchy peanut butter (or almond butter too). Or if you aren’t into sweet fruits, veggies like broccoli and carrots pair well in hummus.

At Orr’s, we’ve for your fresh produce and are always looking to keep you and your family healthy. Information about our produce 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!

With this warm weather it doesn’t necessarily feel like fall, yet October is here! Last month we kicked off the fall season with our Fall Farm Fun Days, and this month we’re recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month with Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Maybe you’ll be able to find your own square pumpkin in our pumpkin patch!

Is a family member, friend, or special someone having a birthday or big milestone coming up that’s worth celebrating? You’re in luck because fall is our prime season!

At Orr’s, we offer bonfire hayride tours that are a peaceful way to relax and see all the sites that we have to offer. From the orchards to the corn mazes and animals alike, there is a lot to see at Orr’s. With the fall season upon us all the leaves are turning colors and beginning to fade everything is looking so beautiful here.

Times available to schedule hayrides evenings in the fall on Friday and Saturdays in the fall. A maximum limit on the for the hayride is 25 people, and the hayride lasts 45 minutes to make sure you get a chance to see all the different areas of the farm.

Also including in your hayride is an hour and 15-minute bonfire, as well as one picnic table for your use and a complementary Orr’s peach or apple for each person that shares in this experience with you.

Also if hayrides aren’t something that you’re interested in then there is a bonfire only option for your convenience.

Call 304-263-1168 for reservations or email inquiries to info@orrsfarmmarket.com. We hope to see you soon! Schedule your reservation here.

Apple Bin

It’s that time of year again! Fall has officially settled in as the crisp air has moved into the West Virginia mountains and crunchy leaves have started to fall. Our market is full of the sweet smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and vanilla as we’re baking all of the apple cider donuts and scrumptious apple pies our customers enjoy so much.

For our pies and other baked goods, we only use the best ingredients. We know exactly where our apples come from because we grow them! And you can purchase the same apples we use for our pies to make your own delicious desserts – or just eat them on their own!

We’ll be running our Apple Harvest Bin Special from September 20 to November 17 this year. This year we’ll be offering several of our most popular varieties of apples in our bins. Get the chance to mix and match freshly picked apples that come straight from the trees. And, you can pick from these bins at a reduced price!

If you’ve never tried a mile-high apple pie, go for it this year! Check out this recipe using Winesap apples (and a few others) here. Also, find some of our favorite apple recipes here.

Due to limited space, we’ll only be offering three to four of our most popular varieties in the bins at any given time. The availability will be seasonal to what is being picked at that time. Other varieties will be offered in our regular display just like we do all fall/winter/spring. To know what apples are being offered at what times during the season, check our Facebook page for updates, or call our Harvest Hotline at 304-263-1168!

More information about our Apple Harvest Bin Special can be found on our website, or stop into the market Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!

One of our favorite things about fall is welcoming in the season with our annual Fall Farm Fun Days. There’s just something so fun and entertaining about a great festival with some of the best regional bluegrass, local vendors with delicious food and wonderful crafts, children’s activities, hayrides and pumpkin picking.

This year we’re also featuring a LIVE visit from Spookley the Square Pumpkin! You’ve probably seen his popular kids’ movie on Disney Junior. He’ll be walking around both days to greet the children between 11am and 4pm.

As always, we invite you to bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy some free entertainment. You won’t want to miss it!

We are hosting The Hazards, Stoney Creek and Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge this Saturday and Sunday for our Fall Farm Fun Days! These shows are from 10am to 4:30pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Another fall activity that we enjoy are our Bluegrass weekends. They’re a wonderful way to spend the day relaxing with your family. You can come out to the market to hear some of the region’s best bluegrass music while shopping, picking your own fresh fruit, or simply taking in the crisp fall air. Sounds like a perfect weekend plan to us!

Other Performances and Dates Are:

  • October 27 – Stoney Creek Bluegrass, 11am-4pm
  • October 28 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge, 11am-4pm

With no holidays these next few weekends, celebrate the fall by coming out to hear the live music, enjoy delicious farm-fresh food, and shop for local, healthy goodies.

We hope you’re picky about your weekend entertainment – so come see our bluegrass performers do what they do best!

To see a complete listing of our 2018 events, click here.

We hope you join us for Fall Farm Fun Days and other bluegrass weekend performances! These shows are a great way to show support for local musicians, take in the fall weather while it’s still nice out and enjoying fresh fruit from Orr’s Farm Market.

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!

 

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.

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!