I think we all remember that Ram Truck’s “So God Made a Farmer” commercial that rocked America from the 2013 Super Bowl. It features Paul Harvey’s like-named speech from 1978, eloquently telling the story of how God needed someone to take care of his planet, someone strong enough to fell trees, tough enough for all the back-breaking work, and gentle enough to tend to his animals. If that commercial didn’t strike a chord with you, then you might need to get a little dirt on your hands.

America was built on farming. When colonists came over from England, there were no perfectly plowed fields with abundant crops waiting for them. They had to get their hands dirty, grow their own food, raise their own animals, and put in all the work necessary to sustain their communities. Once they did that, they moved on to farming crops that would later build empires. In this way, farming became, and remains, the backbone of America.

Farmers are the foundation of their communities. They are the backbone of America – without them, our land and our economy would fall to pieces. Local farming allows community members access to fresh, local food, and it in turn helps them support farmers in their community. As farmers, we make sure we produce quality food so that it can end up on your table.

We continue to build upon this foundation today. When you think of farmers, you might think of cowboys from the Old West, driving cattle across wide open plains, or maybe you think of a corn field that stretches as far as the eye can see in the Midwest. But farming is happening nowand it is happening everywhere. Even here and now, in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

When you pour milk into your morning cereal, you can thank a farmer. When you slice open a bright red watermelon for your Fourth of July cookout, you can thank a farmer. When you choose a leafy green salad for lunch, you can thank a farmer. For every food you have in your home, you can thank a farmer for all the back-breaking work they put in seven days a week, 12 months a year.

Farmers don’t take vacation days. And for that, you can thank a farmer.

America is a land built on freedom, but it was built by farmers. Be sure to thank all your local farmers this Fourth of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite things about summertime is our Blue Grass weekend performances. There’s just something so fun and entertaining about hearing those guitar and banjo players picking and strumming away while you’re enjoying yourself on a bright sunny summer day in the countryside.

Our Blue Grass weekends are a wonderful way to spend the day 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 relaxing in the summer sun. Sounds like a perfect weekend plan to me!

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 Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge this Saturday and Sunday!

Other Performances and Dates Are:

  • June 30 – Copper Canyon Bluegrass
  • July 1 – Stoney Creek Bluegrass
  • July 28 – Copper Canyon Bluegrass
  • July 29 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge
  • August 25 & 26 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge
  • October 27 – Stoney Creek Bluegrass
  • October 28 – Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge

Each Blue Grass weekend performance runs from 11am to 4pm.

With no holidays these next few weekends, celebrate the summer by coming out to hear the live music, enjoy delicious farm-fresh food, and shop for local, healthy goodies. The Martinsburg Lions Club will also have their food booth open during these weekend performances, so be sure to grab a hot dog and support a great local organization!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like there’s a national day for everything nowadays! This month, it’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and with it being right smack in the middle of June, there are plenty of fruits and veggies for you and your family to enjoy.

(Before you get started, be sure to read our blog about taking the stress our of cooking! You’ll thank yourself later!)

As there are simply too many recipes to choose from for this month, we’ve included some of our favorites from Pinterest and Better Recipes for you and your family to try! You can even pack these recipes all into one day!

Start your day off with some apple butter pancakes!. These pancakes are sure to start your morning off right with the perfect amount of sweet and savory.

For lunch, try the Santa Fe salsa salad. This recipe includes a LOT of in-season vegetables, like onions, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce. Sure to satisfy, fun to make, and great, nutrient-dense fuel for your body, you and your family are sure to love it!

Try some Italian sausage stuffed peppers for dinner to get some more peppers and tomatoes that are in season and ripe to perfection. Click here for the recipe!

If you’re craving something a little sweet after dinner, try crescent roll apple dumplings or strawberry jam muffins! They’re the perfect sweet treat to end the night, and they’ll be even more delicious knowing these ingredients are at the top of their game this June!

Not sure where you can find the best apples, preserves, or apple butter? Come down to Orr’s Farm Market! Our market has the perfect wholesome ingredients to make your recipes as healthy, delicious, and local as possible! We’re open seven days a week, so be sure to check our hours online before coming in. If you can’t find the time to come in, you can even shop our market online here!

Happy National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month!

Cherry Lemonade Muffins - Perfect for Dad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day is just around the corner, summer is almost here, and it’s just about time for sweet cherry season! Picking fresh sweet cherries is half the fun, and eating sweet cherries is the other half! Not sure where to put them? Look no further! We have the perfect sweet cherry recipe for you and dad to enjoy this Father’s Day.

Ingredients

For Muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet cherries

For Glaze

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F

For Muffins

  1. In a mixer, combine dry ingredients
  2. In a separate bowl, add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and milk. If your milk isn’t room temperature, stick it in the microwave. If it’s too cool it will harden the coconut oil.
  3. Add egg and wet mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add cherries. Fold until combined.
  5. Grease muffin tins and add batter.
  6. Baked for 22-25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).

For Glaze (make while muffins are baking)

  1. Juice lemon into a bowl.
  2. Add and whisk sugar in until it forms glaze.

Drizzle the glaze on top of your muffins just before serving for a satisfying, delicious treat that you and dad will love.

Did you know it’s sweet cherry season here at Orr’s Farm Market? Be sure to stop by to pick your cherries fresh for this recipe! You can make a whole day of it! Because what dad really wants this Father’s Day is to spend time with his loved ones.

Our summer hours are back in session! Stop by any time from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. We can’t wait to see you! Happy Father’s Day from all of us here at Orr’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may have taken Mother Nature a little longer than usual to make it feel like summer, but that hot weather is finally here! What’s the perfect snack to help you and your kids stay cool this summer? Popsicles! And what better, refreshing, summery popsicle than pink lemonade! Follow this super easy recipe for fun and deliciousness the whole family can enjoy – guilt free.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups pink lemonade
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 carton of strawberries

Tools

  • popsicle mold
  • popsicle sticks (make sure they fit your mold)
  • zester

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut water and pink lemonade. Set aside.
  2. Zest the lemon.
  3. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of zest to each popsicle mold.
  4. Slice strawberries lengthwise and place in your popsicle molds (approximately one strawberry per popsicle).
  5. Pour coconut-lemonade mixture into molds, secure lids in place, and position popsicle sticks.
  6. Freeze 4-6 hours, or until completely solid.
  7. Enjoy!

Such an easy recipe for such an enjoyable treat! Be sure to stop by for your fresh strawberries to ensure this recipe has the perfect pop for you and your family.

Don’t forget that our hours have officially changed! We are now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Stop in and say hi! We’d love to see these popsicles!

This year seems to be flying by, right? It’s already almost June! And although it took forever for spring to finally arrive, it’s already almost summer. If you’re still trying to figure out what fun things you can do to celebrate the new month, Orr’s Farm Market has some ideas for you!

Rabbit, Rabbit

According to English superstition, saying “rabbit, rabbit!” as soon as you get up in the morning of a new month will bring you luck for the rest of the month! According to NPR (we’re not kidding), the superstition has been around for nearly 2,000 years, but it has only been recorded in writing since the early 1900s, with high profile participants such as Franklin D. Roosevelt!

While it’s a mystery where the tradition stems from, most people surmise it comes from rabbits being characterized as creatures of luck—hence people carrying around a “lucky” rabbit’s foot. Even if it’s just a silly superstition, who couldn’t use a little more luck?

Spring Cleaning

Since winter seemed to drag out this year, I’m sure you—like so many others—used that as an excuse to put off your spring cleaning. Well, now that spring has finally made its appearance, it’s time to start cleaning!

Clean out the old clothes in your closet and donate them to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or see if you can make a quick buck at Plato’s Closet. Dust off the bannisters, throw open the windows, finally wash all the salt and grime off your car, and change all the air filters (especially if you have allergies!). It’s time to put your best foot forward and finally step into spring!

North Mountain Arts Festival

None of that tickling your fancy? Then come on out to the 12th Annual North Mountain Arts Festival! This festival has proven to be the standard in Berkeley County, with more than 50 quality artisans and live musical entertainment for two full days of fun.

And admission is free! Visitors can enjoy handmade arts and crafts, food, our farm market, and picking fresh fruit and flowers. There will be tractor rides that give visitors an up-close and personal view of our picturesque farm—including our scenic berry patches and cherry orchards!

The 12th Annual North Mountain Arts Festival is June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join us for this event that’s perfect for the whole family!

Looking to try something new this Memorial Day? Look no further!

We know just what you need to spice up your Memorial Day cookout—a bison burger! Bison is high in protein and B vitamins, and as easy to make as any other beef burger. Follow this recipe from The Daily Meal to create a truly memorable burger for you and your guests this holiday.

(The following recipe serves four, so be sure to make adjustments as needed to meet the needs of your partygoers.)

Ingredients

  • 1-pound ground bison
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 shakes Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil spray, to coat

Directions

  1. Preheat grill
  2. In large bowl, combine all ingredients and form into 4 patties (or several smaller patties, if you so desire).
  3. Lightly spray or coat the outside of the burgers with olive oil to prevent sticking to the grill’s surface.
  4. Grill on the first side until the juices just start to come through. Turn and cook to desired doneness (160-degree internal temperature).
  5. Let burgers sit for 5-10 minutes to allow juices to settle back into the meat.
  6. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings!

With a total cook time of about 10 minutes, this recipe is a breeze that’s sure to please!

Not sure where to get your bison? Call or stop by Orr’s Farm Market! We’ve been raising bison for over a decade, and we stock burgers that are perfect for your next cookout. These items go fast, so be sure to give us a call before to check our inventories before spreading the word to all your friends!

Happy Memorial Day!

Strawberry season is just around the corner, and we are so excited!

Strawberries are the perfect addition to any summer treat, and we love that they add an extra pop of color to any dish. In honor of strawberry picking season—and to inspire some healthy baking—here’s a recipe for one of our favorite healthy strawberry oatmeal bars, via wellplated.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free option)
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (substitute all-purpose flour or 1:1 baking flour to make gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (substitute melted coconut oil to make vegan/dairy free)
  • 2 cups small-diced strawberries (about 10 oz.), divided
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided

(option for vanilla glaze, if you prefer a sweeter bar)

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk (any kind)

Directions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides (like handles).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until it forms clumps and the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Scatter half the strawberries over the crust. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. You will have some fruit showing.
  4. Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping smells toasty and looks golden. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely (or stick it in the fridge to cool faster).
  5. While the bars cool, prepare the glaze: In a medium bowl, briskly whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth.
  6. Using the parchment-paper handles, life the bars from the pan. Drizzle with glaze, slice, and serve! It should yield about 16 bars.

These 100-calorie bars are sure to be a hit at your next party!

Not sure where to find fresh, delicious strawberries? Come to Orr’s Farm Market where you can pick your own farm-fresh strawberries starting later this month! Be sure to check back with us for updates on pick-your-own season!

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Still stressing about gifts for some of the most important ladies in your life?

Want to get something other than the typical flowers? Look no further, Orr’s Farm Market is here to save the day! Your mom is guaranteed to appreciate any of these gifts this Mother’s Day—and be sure to save some of these ideas for next year!

Spa Day

Between working, caring for your family, and keeping the house together, your mom does a lot. Chances are she’s been feeling a little run-down from all that spring cleaning. Get her a gift card to a nice, reputable spa so she can enjoy some well-deserved “me time”. Be it a massage, facial, or pedicure, she’s sure to love the R&R.

Clean the House

If she hasn’t started the spring cleaning yet, help her out! She looked after you and the family all day every day for years—it won’t kill you to help her out now! You can tackle all the chores in half the time, leaving you with more time with your mom. Better yet, you can surprise her by cleaning the house when she’s not home! She’ll love the surprise and appreciate the gesture—plus, she’ll love coming home to a nice, clean house (for however long it lasts).

Help with the Garden

Maybe we’re biased, but we love gardening! A lot of moms like to celebrate the start of spring by getting their garden all set up—be it laying down mulch, repotting plants, or weeding the garden. It’s hard, rewarding work that makes your house look beautiful and springy! Why not help her out this year? You can spend some quality time together while beautifying her home! And if you find you enjoy getting down and dirty and working with your hands, you can make it a Mother’s Day tradition!

Help Her with the Party Preparations

If you and your extended family, friends, or neighbors throw a get-together for Mother’s Day, ask mom if she needs any help. And if she says no, help her anyway! She might be able to use your help setting up the table or any outdoor games, or she could have a dish or dessert recipe that you can follow while she’s running around getting last minute items. She’ll love the help, and she’ll be able to enjoy her day! After all, she’s the reason you’re here!

And when it comes to dessert, tell her not to worry! Orr’s Farm Market has plenty of baked goods packages, or come by and pick up one of our farm-fresh pies! Our products are seasonal, so it’s sure to be the best of the best! You can order online now at www.orrsfarmmarket.com, or give us a call at 304-263-1168 to place your order. Mom will thank you!