Spiral Your Way to a Carb-Free Life

We’ve all been there. “I don’t want to give up the carbs; they are too good.”

“Is there a way I can make my favorite pasta dish healthy?” A spiralizer can do just that.

Ever heard of one? These innovative kitchen contraptions can turn fruits and veggies into delicate noodles that are full of vitamins and minerals.

What is a spiralizer?

This culinary gizmo has a razor sharp cutter mechanism that slices and dices fruits and vegetables into the most perfect nutritional noodles.

Here are a few reasons a spiralizer could make a nice addition to your kitchen:

  • Right off the bat, you’re cutting carbs. Consider incorporating spiralized squash or zucchini in your next spaghetti recipe and see how it turns out. You might find that you don’t miss the noodles as much as you thought you would.
  • Saves time. Instead of waiting for water to boil, and for the pasta to reach the perfect “al dente,” all you have to do here is put your veggies in the spiralizer, and your noodles are ready.
  • Getting more fruits and veggies in our diet. A spiralizer incorporates nutrient-rich food into our life in a sneaky way. You would be surprised that an entire apple or two zucchinis make up the spiral noodles in your favorite dish!
  • Adheres to different food lifestyles. A spiralizer aids in the preparation of a ton of different recipes that are vegan, paleo, and gluten-free.

What can you make?

If you need a little inspiration, check out some of our favorite recipes:

Spiralized Apple & Egg Salad in Bell Pepper Red Cups

Chicken “Zoodle” Soup

Carrot “Rice” Leek Risotto w/ Bacon

Chili Cheese Spiralizer Fries

Ready to cut the carbs for good?  You can check out our personal favorite spiralizer on Amazon, or check out some of the internet’s top-rated choices before making a decision.

After your new toy arrives, swing by the market pick up your favorite fruits and veggies and give some of the recipes a try. Comment below and let us know how they turn out!

Photo Credit: Jules. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Eating to Reduce Stress

eating to reduce stress

Life gets crazy. We are pulled in so many directions personally and professionally, and it can lead to our least favorite “s word”….stress. When anxiety and worry take over, it’s all too easy to pick up our favorite comfort food and load up on the sugars and starch.

Unfortunately, our cravings take more of a toll on our bodies and stress levels than you may think. So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed put down the doughnut and consider some other options.

Foods to Fight Stress

  1. Strawberries and blueberries

Any fruit is a great decision because they are rich in antioxidants that boost your immune system and your well-being. But strawberries and blueberries play a particularly important role in stress reduction.

Strawberries: When we’re stressed, sometimes all we really want is a savory, sugary treat. Well, strawberries can satisfy this need, without the negative health effects. Strawberries are also high in magnesium which has been proven to play a complex role in keeping levels at a desirable rate in our body. Stress can lower these levels, and the lower these levels become, the more stressed we will be. Strawberries balance everything out.

Blueberries: This superfood is a power-packed fruit with a ton of benefits for your body. When it comes to stress, these guys are full of free radicals that directly combat stress. To seal the deal, blueberry fans are getting a boost of natural white blood cells that help with immunity, which is important for fighting stress.

Orr’s Can Help!

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries season begins in early May and will continue through the middle of June.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries season begins late June and continues through July.

  1. Milk

Milk is a great source of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that reduced levels of Vitamin D have led to an increased risk of panic and depression. Drinking more milk can certainly reduce this risk and put your best face forward. Warm milk can enhance lowered stress levels by helping to relax the body through its protein lactium, which lowers blood pressure and potassium and relaxes muscles.

Orr’s Has It!

Pick up milk from our market. We carry Trickling Springs Creamery products, from a local operation in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. This dairy farm was founded in 2001 and is certified organic, with grass fed cows and is non-GMO verified.

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If you’re feeling a little edgy lately, make a few changes in your diet to combat the stress.

Here’s a list of additional food and drink that help cut down on your tension:

  • Salmon
  • Pistachios
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Avacado
  • Water
  • Chamomile Tea

We have plenty of stress reducing products at Orr’s to get you started! Come by to see what we have in store!

Photo Credit: Susanne Nilsson. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.  

Spring Gardening Tips

It’s safe to say that a few of us at Orr’s have a green thumb. We may spend time on the farm tending to acres and acres of some of the area’s finest fruits, but we still love to care for our very own flower beds and cover crops.

Now that spring has officially arrived, we’ve started mapping out what our gardens will look like this year. Have you?  If you need a little inspiration to get started, we’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade to share with our readers:

  1. Get your area ready for soil. First things, first. Get the ground ready for your garden. Rid the area of rocks or debris by tilling the area between 8-12 inches beneath the surface.
  2. Use coffee grounds as fertilizer. This is a safe, eco-friendly way to add nitrogen to your garden. Nitrogen is a mineral that is proven to stimulate plant growth, making your garden greener than ever.
  3. Get your seedlings started with citrus. Did you know you can plant a seed in citrus peels to encourage healthy growth? Once your seed germinates, simply plant the seed and the citrus peel in your garden. The peel will compost in the soil and nourish your plants.
  4. Recycle your cooking water. Did you steam something for dinner? Share the love with your garden! There are a ton of vitamins and minerals that are left over once you’ve boiled pasta, potatoes or any other nutritious veggie.
  5. Use eggshells in your garden. Eggshells add calcium to your compost and decompose very quickly. Not only do eggshells stimulate healthy growth, but they also deter snails and slugs that like to chomp away on your hard work.

What will your garden grow?

Introduce some new life into your garden this year. It’s always nice to consider planting more perennials than annuals, because perennials will come back year after year, as opposed to annuals that you will only enjoy for one season. Swing by Orr’s to get your hands on a biennial plant, the pansy! Pansies have a two-year life span, and will surely get your garden up and running for the season. In the event there is an unusually harsh winter, pansies may not come back the next year.

Plant some pansies!

Here are a few of our favorite facts about our favorite flower:

  • Plant pansies in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Pansies like the sun and cooler temperatures.
  • Pansies’ scent is strongest at dawn at dusk
  • Remove dead blooms to encourage new growth
  • Pansy petals are often used in potpourri
  • Pansies can be utilized as a natural dye

If you’re ready to swing into spring, we invite you to enjoy the beautiful peach blossoms on our farm and make some pansies the first additions to your spring garden! To learn more about Orr’s Farm Market, visit orrfsarmmarket.com.

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.

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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!