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!

Ernie Bradley

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!

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!

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!

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!