Orchard Fresh Blog
May 17, 2013
Spring and early summer weather just makes me want to get in my garden and plant new stuff. I like to think I have a green thumb—I don’t --- but it certainly is in my gene pool. My dad is a very avid gardener. He recently “downsized” his garden and has passionately been experimenting with combining edible plants in his already gorgeous perennial beds. He’s so creative, he can make even an ordinary lettuce planting look attractive!
When he messaged me this picture of his latest creative experiment I just had to share—
May 8, 2013
My early memories of steak night are not happy ones. They involve flames. Flames bursting out of my mother’s broiler pan. Flames shooting up from the charcoal grill. I was convinced that home-cooked steak tasted a lot like charred leather. While I’ve had pretty good success with London Broil over the years, I decided premium cuts should be grilled by experts. I’d order these at restaurants. Why take the chance of ruining an expensive piece of meat?
Well, I’ve become more adventurous lately. And more nutrition-conscious. Convinced that meat from Lone Star Farm was high quality, I thought it might be worth learning to grill their steak. Ernie and Elmina Beiler, owners of the farm, allow their cows to graze freely, so they’re pasture fed for most of their lives. The cows are finished on a vegetarian diet, with no animal by-products. The Beilers even grow most of the feed right on their farm in Gap, and they don’t use any injected or implanted growth hormones or steroids. The animals are healthy, so they rarely need antibiotics.
April 30, 2013
You know you’re growing three kids on an orchard when…
- A shovel and wheel barrel are the required tools to clear off all the mud and rocks from the front porch when company’s coming.
- Your 5 year old brings home a live squawking chicken in a fish net and proclaims it’s what he wants for dinner. (No chickens were harmed in the writing of this blog!)
April 8, 2013
Ever since I began working with Weaver's Orchard three years ago, it has been my dream to have my desk for my home office to be made of recycled apple crates. My husband's industrial design job has led him to design many awesome furniture projects for their clients, including fixtures featuring apple crates, pallets or chandeliers made with antique mason jars and Edison-style light bulbs. We had a lot of those types of projects on our to-do list, and spending time on Pinterest certainly wasn't shrinking that list.
March 25, 2013
I pulled out my old recipe box from the pantry the other day. The wooden box was a shower gift from my husband’s Grandma Ruth. When I opened the box more than thirty years ago, I found a treasure hidden inside—several of Grandma Ruth’s favorite recipes, typed on decorative 3 by 5 cards. Typed. Right on the cards. The old fashioned way. Grandma Ruth was a seasoned secretary and a top notch typist.
March 6, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged—I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth or anything! I just had to take a break to welcome our very special little one—our first baby girl—our little peach—arrived right in middle of peach season on August 3rd.
December 18, 2012
Earlier this year during our cooking classes, we hosted an excellent pie-making demonstration with father-daughter team Elizabeth Weaver and Jeryll Miller. Many people have asked us for their recipes and tips, so we included the recipes and tips below. Enjoy!
December 10, 2012
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but at Weaver's Orchard Farm Market, apple season is still going strong. There are many varieties, and all are crisp and juicy-- great for baking or low calorie snacks.
Speaking of baking, here are a couple of delicious dessert ideas that are easy to whip up when you’re pressed for time.
November 2, 2012
Crisp autumn days and brightly colored leaves stir up my cravings for spicy pumpkin treats. I look forward to Pumpkin Spice Frappucino at Starbucks, Pumpkin Pie Blizzards at Dairy Queen, pumpkin whoopee pies at Weavers. . . and just about everything else pumpkin.
A few days ago, I was wishing I could sip on a spicy frappucino. But since I live 10 miles from the nearest Starbucks, I decided to try making my own. I combined a couple of recipes, and even came up with one that is low in calories and still tastes amazing. Coffee and pumpkin: a match made in heaven!
Here’s the recipe if you want to try it.
October 17, 2012
What if I told you there was an apple out there that was possibly better than Honeycrisp? And I say that with all due respect: the Honeycrisp apple is one of the best-tasting apples around. Its thin, red and yellow striped flesh gives way to a crisp, sweet interior paired with slightly tart undertones. This apple quickly rose to fame and became one of our best-selling apples. But now it’s time to make room for a new apple: Crimson Topaz.
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