Meet Orr’s Supervisor, Sammy Powers

Name: Samantha Powers
Job Title: Supervisor
Job Description: Customer service, driving forklift, opening/closing the store, etc.
Why I love working at Orr’s: 
Out of the many unique things about Orr’s, I love the true sense of family it provides. This is my third year here, and it’s awesome to see each department working together every day to ensure quality produce is sent out the door to our customers. I’m also grateful for the lasting friendships made here with coworkers, as they truly seem more like family. We go out together often and stay in contact with each other outside the workplace. Orr’s embodies the true definition of family and that is what I love most about working here.

Her favorite fruit: Definitely the cherries. Not only are they nutritious, but they are tasty and easy to pick.

Favorite item from the Market: I have two favorite items here at Orr’s. The first would be the Peach Habenero Salsa. I made pork tenderloin for dinner one night and we used the salsa as part of the marinade before cooking it and as a condiment when serving. It was delicious! My guilty pleasure item would be the chocolate chip whoopie pies; if I could eat one every day I would, but that doesn’t quite fit in my meal plan.

Favorite season at Orr’s: My favorite season at Orr’s is pumpkin season. Not only because we get so many types of pumpkins, but because there is so much going on at the store. We have bluegrass music on some weekends, pumpkin patch field trips, the famous apple cider doughnuts, and our annual Fall Farm Fun Days. I always look forward to that weekend because there are so many neat vendors and everyone working together just makes it have a special kind of energy.
Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy fishing, spending time with friends, and going to the gym to work out. I love fitness and health, so it is fitting that I work at a farmer’s market, where there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to pick from.
How Orr’s has impacted Sammy as a person: Before I was hired at Orr’s, I was very reserved and quiet. Working here has allowed me to “break out of my shell.” Now I thoroughly enjoy running register and answering phones, because it allows me to interact with customers and it is really neat to hear their stories. I also have gained so much knowledge on the produce we sell and the details on each variety, which will greatly aid me when I leave for Marshall University this fall to study Dietetics. All in all Orr’s has taught me so many job skills and life skills that it seems more than “just a job”- it is a special part of my life that I’ll always value.

Farming as a Profession: Katy Orr-Dove’s Point of View

A Trip to Iowa

Visiting the I am FarmHer Convention in Des Moines, Iowa was an opportunity to leave my farm and make connections with other female farmers. I would encourage female farmers, ranchers, ag business professionals, and anyone even considering farming to look to the 2018 convention for motivation, networking, and educational speakers. Not to mention making some lifelong friendships through a shared love of farming.

When Mr. Steve Butler called to ask me if I’d be interested in being one of two female farmers to represent West Virginia at the inaugural convention, I jumped at the opportunity. Normally I wouldn’t leave the farm during harvest season, but I was flattered that he asked me and also excited to see a part of our country I had not seen yet.  Then I asked if I’d be able to take my younger sister, Olivia Orr,   as well. She had recently returned to help at the farm, and it seemed like a great trip for bonding and learning about our family trade together.

Conventions are one of my favorite ways to learn current trends in agriculture, and I try to attend them every year during the off season. I did not study Agriculture in college, which I have regretted.  I returned to our farm in 2006 to manage the retail market after leaving a 5-year career in Elementary Education. Since then I have gained a wealth of knowledge about ag business and agritourism, mostly through trial and error, conventions, classes, and studying what others do well.  I still remember one of my customers asking me, “How do your parents feel about you leaving your profession to work at the farm market?” I politely explained that farming IS my profession and my parents were actually quite happy since they are farmers as well.  Since that day I’ve tried to show that what I do for a living is indeed a profession by trying to better myself and my family business at every turn. As I watch my sister entering the arena of agriculture as a woman, I want to help inspire and educate her to reach her goals as well.

The Only Orchardists out of 100 Attendees!

We boarded the plane, not really sure what to expect. But we knew we had a few days off from work to get to know ourselves and each other better. Upon arrival in Des Moines, we immediately met some ladies who were waiting on the airport shuttle, and we giggled because we recognized that we were all farm girls headed to the convention. As we traveled to the hotel, I noticed that most of the other ladies in our group were in the beef, pork, poultry, and row crop industries.  Later we would realize that we were the only orchardists in the group of about 100 women. There was one other lady from West Virginia, Britney Hervey Farris, who we would later meet at dinner. She has a farm called “Family Roots Farm” and we were able to chat a bit and discuss her maple syrup and her recent venture into the world of pick-your-own berries.

The opening of the convention was a welcome that featured the T.V. series highlights from “FarmHer” that was shown on RFDTV. I had seen it a few times and found it interesting. However, Marji Gyler-Alaniz , the founder of FarmHer left us all speechless when she showed “So God Made A Farmer,” the popular Super Bowl Ad.  She explained that as powerful as the imagery is in that ad, she was struck by the lack of women in that advertisement.  That’s when I felt an overwhelming kinship with these women in the room that is hard to explain. I’ve been the minority so many times. Whether it be as a woman in ag, a farmer amongst many “professionals,” or a West Virginian judged by folks from other regions. Don’t get me wrong, I never give that much thought, but this was the first time I was part of a group of female farmers who were THE SAME as me! Even though we are part of agriculture in different realms of the industry, we all share a love of farming, and it was palpable in that room.

10 Habits of Highly Effective Women in Agriculture

Throughout the three days, I spent in Iowa there was a number of classes and speakers that left lasting impressions on me.  My favorite was called “10 Habits of Highly Effective Women in Agriculture” by Jeanne Bernick.  “Our Political Reality” by Amanda DeJong of the American Corn Growers Association highlighted how we should be more involved in Washington by sharing our voice. We can do this individually through letters and feedback to Congress, but we can collectively share our voice through trade organizations and groups like WV Farm Bureau.  Holly Hoffman held a class called “Lead Simply” which went over leading and communicating effectively.  There was also a tour of The Meredith Corporation, home of many publications including Better Homes and Gardens.  Then we dined in Downtown Des Moines which I found very fascinating.

My take away from this event has been large and lasting. I came home to West Virginia energized by the amount of great advice I received. However, I was astonished by the opportunities I saw highlighted for women just like me in the agriculture industry.  Sometimes farmers become limited to our fence rows due to the large workload that comes along with our career choice. However, getting out in the world to see the opportunity that awaits us is so important.  I know my sister felt energized as well to bring some new ideas to our family farm.  I plan to attend this 2018 FarmHer convention to see the friends that I made this year and continue to educate myself….because farming is a profession!

Get Ready for National Lasagna Day!

What’s a great meal that can be made in a flash and feed quite a few? Lasagna! As an Italian food staple, we can’t wait to celebrate National Lasagna Day on July 29th!

If you’re going to get in on the celebration, want to take your dish to another level? The next time you’re at the market, come by and pick up some homegrown tomatoes.

We’re thrilled that they should be available on July 29 so that you can celebrate National Lasagna Day with your own special sauce. The best tomato varieties for sauce are Opalka and Roma tomatoes. If you want to make sure you’ll have what you need, give us a call to be placed on our canning list.

Email orrsinfo@gmail.com or call 304-263-1168 and let us know which type you prefer! Heirloom Mix, Yellow, Red Round, Roma, or Opalka. You can also specify if you want #1 or canning tomatoes.

Tomato Pricing

$25.00/ half bushel box for #1 tomatoes

$12.50/ half bushel box for Canning Tomatoes

When making your own sauce here are a few tips:

  1. Using whole milk or heavy cream will help thicken the sauce. All you’ll need is a splash of either option and then let it simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
  2. Add a little red or white wine. Adding a little wine gives the sauce a bit of acidity and amazing flavor. The best part is, you can sip on the rest at dinner!
  3. Add red paper flakes. If you like a little spice, some red pepper flakes will give your sauce an extra kick.

If you’re ready to make lasagna dinner on July 29, here’s the recipe we’ll be using:

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

4 garlic cloves, minced

7 cups chopped peeled tomato (about 4 pounds)

2/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided

2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cooking spray

8 cooked lasagna noodles

1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion and garlic. Cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomato; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in 2/3 cup basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. Heat ricotta in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot; stir in mozzarella, stirring until melted. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Spread 2 cups tomato mixture in bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half the noodles over tomato mixture; top with ricotta mixture. Arrange remaining noodles over ricotta mixture; top with remaining 2 cups tomato mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and filling is bubbly. Remove from oven; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon basil. Let stand 5 minutes

**Recipe courteous of myrecipe.com

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 29 so you can come by the farm to prep for National Lasagna Day. Send us comments and let us know how it turned out!

Photo Credit:David Kessler. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Orr’s Farm Market Peaches

Orr's Farm Market Peaches

What says summertime sun more than sweet and juicy Orr’s Farm Market peaches? Whether it’s enjoying them straight out of the market, in a freshly baked pie, or summertime peach ice cream; Orr’s Farm Market peaches are a summertime staple. And we are lucky to have them this year! A couple of southern states like Georgia and the Carolina’s suffered close to a total loss of peaches this year. We’re feeling blessed at Orr’s to have a crop that looks so delectable on our trees.

Our Semi-Freestone peaches are here, and we think they’ll stick around for the rest of the month, while our Freestone peaches will start around July 24 (so mark your calendars!). We expect Orr’s Farm Market peaches to remain in season through mid-September. Our peaches are sweet, juicy and will definitely tantalize your taste buds, but there’s also a bonus: making peaches a regular guest to your diet this summer bring advantages to your health.

Health Benefits Are Just Peachy

Did you know peaches are one of the largest fruit crops in the United States? That’s great news as they provide a lot of nutrients with few calories and no fat.

So what are some other health benefits? Peaches help your body to:

  • Manage weight due to low calories and fat
  • Minimize the risk of blood clotting through vitamin K
  • Reduce the risk of harmful molecules leading to disease due to antioxidants
  • Regulate cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease due to fiber intake

Cool Off This Summer

Orr’s Farm Market peaches are the perfect complement for your family recipes. If you’re one that needs a little recipe guidance on where to start, check out our Pinterest page where you can find some of our favorite peach recipes.  Here’s one of our all-time summertime must-makes:

Contest-Winning Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 cups half-and-half cream

3 – ½ cups of sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

6 eggs, lightly beaten

4 cups heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 to 8 medium peaches, peeled and sliced

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat half-and-half to 175 degrees; stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot cream mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until the mixture reaches at least 160 degrees and coats the back of a metal spoon.
  2. Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Place peaches in a blender, cover and process until pureed. Stir into the custard. Fill the cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze, stirring before freezing each batch. Allow to ripen in ice cream freezer of firm up in the refrigerator freezer for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: about 3 quarts

Recipe courtesy of http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/contest-winning-peach-ice-cream

Peach season is a fan favorite and one you and your family won’t want to miss. Visit us online, or give us a call at (304) 263-1168 to learn more about our other farm market products. We look forward to seeing you and your family enjoying Orr’s Farm Market peaches this summer. Take a picture and tag us on Facebook!

Orr’s Farm Market Farming Practices

Farming for the Future

Farming has been the foundation of our family for over 60 years, but not only is it important to us, it’s crucial to the members of our community. As people with a passion for our land and the community it serves, we want to provide the most ethically sourced products from our fields.

In the world of farming today there are three big techniques: integrated pest management, no-till farming, and permaculture. At Orr’s we use “Integrated Pest Management” or IPM. In order to keep our produce healthy, we need to ensure that nature’s creatures don’t destroy any of our crops. This technique focuses on the most natural ways to maintain our farmland and its crops, spraying as minimally as possible.

How do we spray sparingly? There are a few tricks of the trade:

  • Using bug traps to monitor the insect levels before spraying. If the insect number are not high enough, then we don’t spray.
  • We assist with federal government studies of invasive species. This allows us and other farms to stay ahead of the curve on harmful pests.
  • We use “reduced risk” pesticides, many of which are labeled organic.
  • We regularly collect soil samples that give us information to keep our crops growing in the cleanest purest soils.

Our take on GMO’s

Year after year, we have centered our techniques on providing our customers with the freshest and healthiest crops. This is why we can guarantee that if it’s grown on our farm, then it’s non-GMO. Since we enjoy supporting other local small businesses, there are products on our shelf that haven’t come directly from our farm. In order to minimize any confusion, all of our products are clearly labeled with its state of origin.

There’s controversy surrounding farming practices and the use of hybrid vs. genetically modified crops(GMO). Are they good or bad for you? Should I be feeding my kids these types of foods?

We tend to find this topic often misunderstood. Hybrid crops are the result of crossbreeding between two parent crops. This does not change the genetic make-up of the crop, rather just a different variation of the intended crop. This is typically done when two parent crops have ideal genes or yields. Crossbreeding can allow you to capitalize on those yields producing strong crops in high numbers.

The term GMO is a hot topic in the farming industry that’s been discussed in great detail. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms, and this practice has been used when experimenting with crops. The practice typically takes place in a laboratory with gene splicing. For example, BT Corn is corn that has been paired with a bacteria used in a pesticide. Bio-tech companies experiment with this variation of corn to include genetic make-up that will kill the pests that eat the crop. Why would this technique be relevant in the world of farming? GMO’s reduce pesticide use while increasing food production to feed an increasing world population on less farmland. Although this is an interesting method to consider, Orr’s Farm Market does not use this technique to date.

We have put a lot of thought into the farming practices we’ve adopted. Our family lives and works on the farm, eats the produce daily, and even drinks the groundwater! The Orr family would only use farming practices that are safe for our children, our customers, and our land.  Pay us a visit or give us a call today at (304) 263-1168 to get the latest information on our farm products. We look forward to seeing you at the farm!

How to Motivate Yourself to Eat Well

It’s a new season! As we gladly welcome summer at Orr’s, we know that this is perhaps the best time of year to start truly motivating ourselves to eat healthy because there are a ton of local crops and produce available during peak season. It’s easy to think about eating well, but it’s more difficult to actually do it.

But why is adopting a nutritious lifestyle so difficult?

The truth is, it’s easy to associate healthy living with exercise, but we tend to forget the importance of healthy eating to balance the equation.

When it comes to the decisions we make at meal time, what if we told you there are tricks to staying motivated and committed to a new lifestyle? With our fresh farm products and the tips below, we’ll put you on the path to eating healthy year round.

1. Find Your “Why”

First things first: you should ask yourself what the reason behind altering your eating habits is. If you have a laser focus on your reasons, you can use it to your advantage as you set goals.

2. Talk to Your Doctor

If you are unsure where to begin or are new to the whole eating healthy thing, your doctor can be your number one source for information. He or she can help you identify the health areas to set your sights on improving. Plus, your doctor has access to your detailed health records and can suggest specific foods that could benefit your health.

3. Start Journaling

Writing down what you want to see and do for your healthy lifestyle gives you hard evidence to review during the peaks and valleys of this transformation. It can help reinforce why you are doing something, or set a picture in your mind as to where you want to be later on. Plus, a journal serves as a permanent record of our progress, which helps us recognize our strengths and weaknesses along the way. And even better: a journal helps us articulate the next steps in our healthy eating journey.

4. Pay Close Attention to How You Feel

Before you go on a binge-eating bender, remember exactly what it feels like when you’re eating healthy. We promise it will feel drastically different from an unbalanced diet. When we commit to nourishing our bodies with healthy choices, we get more energy and are less likely to come down with the sniffles.

5. Start Small and Find a Partner

People say to adopt a healthy habit it takes about a month of commitment. Instead of thinking of it as simply eating healthy, the key is to think of it as adopting a healthy lifestyle. Starting small and working your way up into a more intense routine can help you build repetition. Once you’ve committed to this way of life, make sure you have someone in your life that can help motivate you to make the change.

6. Reward Yourself

 You get rewarded when you do things right. So reward yourself along the way. These rewards can serve as benchmarks that propel you into the next cycle. Just because you are working toward a new and improved you, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge every once in a while. Many food companies offer low-fat or lean versions of your favorite dishes. So instead of reaching for what you use to, reach the lean options to keep you on track.

No matter what it is, if you have the willpower to succeed, you will. Visit us down at the farm this summer to pick from the freshest farm products around that can help kick-start a healthy lifestyle!

Orr’s Farm Market’s Favorite Products

There’s just something about our products that you just can’t get in the supermarket. First of all, we don’t want you to think of us as simply a specialty grocery store; we want you to think of us as a grocery store that creates special memories. Our family friendly atmosphere and locally grown produce will please just about any palate in your family.

So what are some of our personal favorites when it comes to our market? We’re giving you the rundown in this blog post. All you need to do is come to the market and check them out!

1) Baking Mixes

Our very own Orr’s Farm Market baking mixes are the perfect treat to complement our homegrown fruits. A personal favorite is the Pie Crust Mix, but we have plenty to choose from so you can find your favorite. These mixes really are convenient for baking in the kitchen and make baking a snap! Plus, with the pick-your-own season in full-swing, we have plenty of berries and cherries to give you the extra incentive to bake a homemade pie with homegrown berries!

 

2) Jams

Our jams are on sale all season long. Get two half pints of for $8. You can also get two pints of jam, salsas, and dressings for $11.

These jams, salsas, and dressing are the perfect summer snacks for your barbecue get together or just to indulge in on your own. Stop by to see our selections today. 

3) Soups 

 Soups are for every season, and at Orr’s we have mixes by Frontier Soups that make lunch or dinner on-the-go quick, easy and delicious.  

Two of Orr’s favorite “summer” soups are Tomato Basil and Tortilla, and we love the corn chowder. Want to make it a seasonal dish? Add some shrimp to the corn chowder mix, and you’ve made quite the summer snack.

So what’s the moral of this story? Not only can you come to Orr’s to pick seasonal fruit, but you can stop by the market to shop for local produce, snacks and West Virginia-made items! Things are heating up around here, and we hope you’ll visit us this summer to stock your fridge and fill your bellies!

 

Blue skies and blueberries!

As one of nature’s chief superfoods, our blueberries are plump and pretty, ready for you and the family to pick, eat and repeat! We look forward to watching the berry-stained faces and fingers as families leave with their baskets of berries at the end of their trip.

Besides being locally grown, our blueberries’ tang will have you coming back for more. You can pick-your-own for $3.29/lb. or $3.09/lb. if you purchase 10 lbs. or more. We’ll also have pre-picked blueberries at the market for your convenience.

Blueberries = Big Benefits

Blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and contain a ton of power-packed benefits for your health mentally and physically. Blueberries are known to:

  • lower blood pressure
  • manage diabetes
  • reduce the risk of cancer
  • improve mental health
  • aid healthy digestion

Plus, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which help ward off malicious molecules that can lead to a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases.

Try this!

If you like to listen to your sweet tooth more than you like to hear what the doctor says, we’re sharing a favorite recipe that at least has this superfood as one of its ingredients. Try this as a Sunday treat, or bring this creation to your next backyard barbecue!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen pie crust, defrosted
  • 4 c. blueberries
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 cornstarch
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Toss blueberries with sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  3. Meanwhile, make the peanut butter-oat streusel. In a medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, oats, peanut butter, cinnamon, and flour. Stir with a fork until you form small crumbles. Place on top of blueberry mixture.
  4. Bake until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown, about 1 hour. If the streusel is browning too quickly, cover with foil.

Recipe courtesy of Delish

We’ll be bountiful with berries now and throughout most of July. We hope you’ll see us, pick berries, and most importantly make memories with your family on the farm. If the Peanut and Butter Jelly Pie looked too good to resist, we want you to comment below and let us know how yours turned out!

Picnic at the Farm on June 18!

Summer is officially in full swing! We hope you’ve made the most of it so far. It’s a season of endless options. The warmer weather makes the outdoors our living room, the land gives us a bounty of wonderful foods, and the sun sticks around a few hours longer.

This time of year is unique because enjoying it can mean packing your days to the brim or doing next to nothing. Most of us spend our time somewhere in the middle, making a point to both relax and plan fun activities. If you’re looking for a perfect in-between option, a picnic fits the bill. Picnicking is a summertime classic. It’s something people of any and every age can enjoy. Why? Because a picnic can happen anywhere and with whatever foods you like! Plus, it requires little planning, it’s inexpensive, and it’s portable.

Did you know June 18 is International Picnic Day? To celebrate, we thought we’d help you out with the two most important picnic decisions: Where to go and what to eat. Spend International Picnic Day at Orr’s! Come on down to the farm, grab your favorite fruits and veggies, spread your blanket on a patch of grass, and enjoy! All you need to do in advance is pack whatever you’d like to accompany your selections at the farm. Some good ideas include tortilla chips, whole-wheat crackers, cheese, nuts, hummus, and Greek yogurt veggie dip.

On June 18, as always, you can pick your own berries or you can check out what our market has to offer. Either way, it doesn’t get fresher than this! If you’ve never been to the farm, International Picnic Day would make for a great first visit. You can see all we have to offer while spending a relaxing afternoon with friends or family. We’d love to see our grounds filled with smiling faces that day. If you have any questions, give us a call at 304-263-1168.

Happy picnicking!

 

Photo Credit: Adam Dachis. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Cherry on Top of Your Summer

Year in and year out, our excitement continues to build as the pick-your-own season reaches its peak. The experience and the bond it fosters between families’ embodies what we believe: growing happiness with good food.

We’re particularly excited about the pick-your-own cherry season this year after we lost last year’s crop to an unusual freeze. This year, we’re looking at the beginning of June for prime cherry picking season to begin. You and your family can enjoy our homegrown West Virginian sweet or tart cherries for only $3.09/lb. or if you pick 10 lbs or more, the price is reduced to $2.79/lb.

So why should pay us a visit for these delectable treats? Not only are they fun to pick, but cherries are one of Mother Nature’s most prominent superfoods.

Set your Sights on this Superfood

Much like other fruits, cherries have huge health benefits. That being said, go ahead and let yourself indulge in a milkshake every once in a while…as long as it comes with a cherry on top!

There a quite a few reasons to keep a bowl of cherries on-hand in your fridge. Eating cherries will help to:

  1. protect against diabetes
  2. promote better sleep
  3. decrease belly fat
  4. reduce the risk of stroke
  5. reduce muscle pain
  6. relieve osteoarthritis

It’s Bittersweet

You may not be into the cherries to cut calories; maybe you’re looking for just the opposite: a sweet treat nobody can resist. If you have your family recipes, give our cherries a shot to add a little homegrown flavor. If you’re coming to the farm to pick, but need a little inspiration, check out one of our favorite guilty pleasures:

Cherry-Vanilla Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsps. unsalted butter
  • 6 cups pitted cherries (thaw if frozen)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. dark rum
  • 2 tbsps. Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsps. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 9-inch square baking dish
  2. Toss the cherries in a large bowl with ½ cup sugar, the rum, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and 2 tablespoons flour. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Whisk the remaining ¼ cup flour, the oats, almonds and the remaining ¼ cup sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in the melted butter until combined, then sprinkle the mixture over the cherries.
  4. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown (50 minutes to 1 hour). Let cool slightly before serving.

Recipe courtesy of:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cherry-vanilla-crisp-2268921

The pick-your-own cherry season is one you won’t want to miss. Stop in our market today to pick up your fresh produce. Visit us online, or give us a ring at (304) 263-1168 for additional crop and produce information. We look forward to seeing you and your family this season down on the farm. 

Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowski. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.