“Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail …”

How many of you remember that song from your childhood? It’s one that makes you immediately think of Easter, the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, chocolate and grass-filled baskets.

This year we will be hosting the Easter Bunny & Spring ScavengORR Hunt from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, here at Orr’s Farm Market.

Bring the kids to meet our Easter Bunny for pictures, as well as participate in a FREE kids craft that they can make, then take home.

Also, make sure to get your ScavengORR hunt card. Prizes for completed hunt cards will include a coupon egg (which will get you 10%, 20% or 30% off) or prize eggs with a toy inside for the kids. 

While you’re here, be sure to shop for items to decorate your home for spring and Easter. We have plenty of decorative bunnies to choose from as well as spring wreaths. 

Looking for something to add to the Easter baskets? We can help you with that, as well. We have Easter candy and homemade peanut butter and coconut chocolate Easter eggs to add to any basket. 

Looking for more surprises for the baskets? Choose items from our market: Karen’s Candy Kitchen Fudge and Chocolate Candy, Mountaineer Popcorn, Black Dog Coffee beans and even our homemade Orr’s Jams.

Those who are looking for an alternative to sweets for the Easter basket, we have plenty of items available at the market. Try something nonfood items to add that special touch such as Hickory Homestead Handmade Soaps, Rocky Bottom Goats Milk Lotion or Primitive Glow WV Made Candles.

This year, Easter will be Sunday, April 21. So hop right into Orr’s Farm Market and help make the Easter Bunny’s life a little easier. We’ll be closed Easter Sunday to spend time with our family. But our normal hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Orr’s Farm Market venture into Bison farming comes to an end.

Owner Mark Orr had always found bison herds intriguing. He said “You always remember the field where you saw a bison herd grazing.” He was definitely correct that the bison would be a big customer draw. People came from distances such as Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. just to catch a glimpse of our bison herd. What began as a group of 6 bison, has materialized into a herd of over 20 animals. Most of the females cows are pregnant with this spring’s babies…due to be born any day now.

Throughout the years we have offered many hayrides down to view the bison herds and customers have enjoyed feeding them apples. We also have processed bison meat products for our customers to purchase. It’s a very lean and healthy meat and has been extremely popular. Our animal attraction has been a nice addition to our farm.

When we purchased the bison we knew that they had an aggressive temperament, which is part of their breed. We’ve always been extremely careful when feeding them and taking wagons of guests down to our barnyard areas. However, as our farm grows more and more we’d like to remove the chance of anyone ever getting injured by these animals. The possibility is always in the back of our minds as we take the safety of our guests very seriously. Our family has made the decision to sell our herd and transform our barnyard into a more people-friendly animal experience. In order to bring in new animals, we have to sell the bison as they don’t take kindly to other creatures in their vicinity.

By April, the bison herd will be heading to a new home where the owner already has a thriving bison business. This farm has agreed to purchase the entire herd, which is another factor we felt was important. We wanted to see them leave as a group and not be separated from animals they have been with since birth.

National Pi Day, which combines the mathematical constant of π — or 3.14 — with a slice of delicious pie, is celebrated on March 14.

Although the concept has been around since 1988, Pi Day wasn’t officially recognized until 2009. So that means it’s been 10 years of ‘Pi-tastic’ eating, and we’re always looking for a good excuse to celebrate pie!

There’s something about pie that is nostalgic. It’s a dessert that’s eaten for all kinds of celebrations. It’s also versatile. It can be eaten cold or hot. It can be served with coffee, tea or milk. It can be topped with ice cream or whipped cream. It can be served on a plate or even in a bowl.

Pies are a favorite here at Orr’s Farm Market. Throughout the year we offer fresh seasonal fruits to make a scrumptious pie. Although it might be a couple of months before we get any fresh crops, we still have apples we picked this fall that have been waiting in cold storage and are perfectly ideal for a good apple pie.

If you’re too busy to make your own pie, we offer a variety of pies you can purchase at our market.

We make fresh deep dish 10-inch pies daily here. The varieties are blueberry; strawberry rhubarb; apple; caramel apple nut pie; blackberry; cherry; Dutch apple; caramel nut; pecan; peach; chocolate cream and lemon crunch. We offer coconut cream pie by pre-order only.

Those of you who must watch your extra sugar intake, we offer three types of sugar-free 9-inch pies: peach; apple and cherry. Each are sweetened with Xylitol.

On March 14 we’ll be offering 15% off pies, so on Pi Day grab a slice of your favorite pie and raise your fork in salute to the beauty of the endless pi and the eating of delicious pie. Order online at https://orrsfarmmarket.com/product-category/order-pies-for-pickup.

At Orr’s Farm Market, every day is Pie Day! Stop by our market to pick up your favorite pie or try one of our flavors. We’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!

Orrs Winter Sunset

Many customers ask us every year what we do during the winter months.  We love that customers are curious about the seasonal operations on our farm. The seasonality of the farm is definitely one of the reasons farming appeals to so many folks.  The daily grind at most jobs just seems never-ending and after a few years, employees tend to feel stale.  However, at Orr’s nothing ever stays static for long! Here’s some of the jobs going on in the farm market right now.

This winter we’ve been working on some indoor market projects.  With our market addition going up right at the peak of harvest last year, there was a lot of organization that got placed on the back burner.  Most people don’t realize just how difficult it is to change things mid-season.  With a staff of about 50 people during the busy season…we have to have our work areas very organized and labeled so our seasonal staff can find items they need.

Staff training usually occurs this time of year as well.  We attend yearly trainings on first aid, farm safety, tractor, forklift, and managing employees…just to name a few!  Our supervisors have a lot of time to talk this time of year and discuss changes we’d like to see over the course of the year.  Once the season moves to being open 7 days a week, we don’t all see each other as much as we’d like to discuss our ideas.

A new register (or Point of Sale) system has also been a very large project that we’ve been working on for over a year.  This project took a year of research, a year of set up, and the past two months we’ve been learning how to checkout customers.  We had purchased one machine to learn on and now we’re working on switching out all of our registers to the new models.  This is a great job for the slow season, because we have to have time to make sure all of our products are set up correctly.  So far we’re loving all of the options and reports this register provides.  We’ll be able to have lots of fun with coupons and promotions once we get rolling!

Searching out fun new items we would like to carry, and placing orders is a big job from January through March.  We have several new lines of garden items and décor coming in every week right now.  All those items have to be entered into our new Clover Station and put up in the store.  Even with the new space, it never feels like we have enough room!  A few of the new products are WV made foods that we’re excited to bring into our market.  Our staff goes out to other markets throughout the tri-state region looking for foods that we don’t already carry.  I’m going to be posting some of these new items on our social media sites…so stay tuned!

Our staff love the slow season because they have more time to form relationships with you and your family.  It’s nice to have time to stop and chat and find out what items you are loving.  However, we feel the spring moving in on us soon, and we can’t wait to feel the sunshine on our shoulders.  Hope to see you at the market soon!

Orrs Winter Sunset

by Lauren Matchett King

Our newly added addition is giving us new opportunities for festive decorating and exciting holiday gifts.  Usually we had to shrink our market space as the November weather hit because we were working under a tent, but not this year!  The new space is allowing us to provide exciting local products throughout the winter that customers can pick up for holiday gifts. Customers can also browse inside for longer without the chill of the November winds knocking them over.

One of the new additions will be colorful Christmas trees all throughout our market.  We’ll be using a number of popular themes to decorate the trees in the coming days.  These ornaments make great gifts for friends or family members.  Pets, Woodland Animals, Antique Trucks, and Farmhouse are just a few of the themes we have in mind for our winter décor.

Black Dog Coffee is also a good way to warm a cold November day! This new product for Orr’s has been a HUGE hit since we brought it into the store in August.  Now that the weather is cooler we plan to expand to carry some of their chocolate covered espresso beans and similar products.  Add this to one of our unique coffee mugs for a holiday gift for any coffee lover.

Gift baskets have long been one of our holiday specialties.  The options are endless for mixing fresh fruit, baked goods, and the adorable gift items this season.  I’m especially excited about the WV theme items we are carrying and we could make a really unique WV themed basket for any Mountaineer.  You can find the options on our website under “Shop”.

We look forward to helping you find unique gifts for everyone on your list this year.  Our hope is that the country feel of our market will help you unwind and enjoy your holiday a little bit more.

Our farmers really enjoy spending their time in the great outdoors with mother nature.  The farm has been in the family for three generations, so you could say knowing how to take care of the land to produce the best crops runs in our blood. Every day our farmers tend to the crops and the farm itself to make sure everything is up to par with the standards that were set by the original owner of Orr’s Farm Market, George Orr.

There are always updates in the farming world, so we’re constantly having to educate ourselves about best farming practices and use this knowledge to achieve our goals. At Orr’s, we’re dedicated to growing the best produce, whether that’s by going to conferences or asking scientists what’s the best way to grow a certain plant or fruit. We want to keep the beauty of the farm going for years to come and keep all of our happy customers satisfied as well.

People always seem to ask if Orr’s is organic. Due to the climate of West Virginia it makes it difficult to grow organic produce. Orr’s has something called “integrated pest management,” or IPM, which is the method of how our farmers keep the crops safe from insects by only spraying pesticides when needed. We use traps to catch insects so we know when the right time to spray is. We also help the federal government conduct studies of invasive insects to prevent a large outbreak of a certain insect or a loss of a specific crop. We pick and choose when it’s time to spray — we don’t want to hurt our crops! By taking regular soil samples, we can gauge our fertilizer use, which prevents over-fertilizing or polluting ground waters. This is how we manage the crops as best we can while getting the best results season after season.

Orr’s doesn’t use genetically modified crops, which is another question customer usually have about all the delicious crops we have to offer. Everything is grown right here at Orr’s on non-GMO. However, if we source things into our market from other farms, we cannot promise these crops are non-GMO. Having all these procedures in place helps makes Orr’s the place to be year round. But most importantly, it makes the crops look the best and taste the best for all customers.

Looking for some ripe citrus or apples? Come see us! Our market is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Orr’s pies are some of the best around because they are baked fresh daily.  You can order online for your convenience or stop in to pick one up.  We also accept call ahead orders if you’d like us to bake one fresh for you.  There are at least 12-15 flavors available at any time to choose from.

Our deep dish pies make a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.  They can be ordered for the holiday and we’ll have the pie ready when you arrive.  Why not make your Thanksgiving season easier AND tastier!  We also offer No Sugar Added pies in Peach, Apple, and Cherry which are sweetened with Xylitol.  To learn more about this natural sweetener, click here.

Some of our customers are still looking for apple cider doughnuts. No worries! We keep baking doughnuts all the way through March 31st.  We bake them every day so that we’ll have fresh ones for anyone stopping by before work.  They pair very nicely with a hot cup of Black Dog Coffee!  Sometimes we have folks wanting large quantities of doughnuts for parties or functions.  We’re happy to accommodate these orders with just a few days’ notice.

One of our most popular bakery items this summer was the homemade fudge and coconut and peanut butter patties. Karen’s Candy Kitchen has been supplying us this season with their delicious homemade confections and they are absolutely to die for! Fresh, homemade flavor in a multitude of varieties.  If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re missing out!

As winter sets in…so do our appetites for dessert! Stop in and we’ll be sure to help you find an item that you love!

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!