Orchard Fresh Blog
December 5, 2013
At Weaver’s Orchard, uniquely built fruit baskets – along with locally grown apples that often ship across the U.S. – are a winning palate-ready opportunity for gift-giving in the winter months.
Twelve different fruit basket arrangements gather eye-attention from those who frequent Weaver’s Orchard, explains farm market manager Dwayne Musser.
And while this dozen is standard in style, “we customize many of them by adding gourmet items such as jams and preserves, honey, cheese and crackers, muffins and cookies, fudge, snack mixes, etc.,” he says.
November 27, 2013
With holiday planning filling our schedule and snow flurries in the air today, Thanksgiving is a good time to celebrate our favorite apple and pumpkin dishes from the fall coupled with welcoming winter's new additions, like locally grown (New Jersey) cranberries and seasonally ripe Florida oranges. I recently learned that the best way to test the ripeness of a cranberry is to see if it bounces when dropped. All the cranberries I purchased from Weaver's Orchard bounced, so I guess they are pretty ripe!
November 22, 2013
With the festivities ahead next week, it's a great time to consider some less expected and creatively autumn-ready recipes as well as some old-styled comfort food dishes you can prepare for your friends and family.
Thinking of dessert first is an easy way to remember the great lure of cider in November thanks to Jolene Shank's cider cupcakes recipe. Shank drives from Lititz, Lancaster County to visit Weaver's Orchard because it's where she finally found fresh apple cider donuts she had been craving after missing the delicious bites she'd first tried 10 years earlier.
"I had been to other orchards in my area and felt they were lacking the atmosphere, and, they all were lacking the fresh apple cider donuts!” Shank admits about why she ventured to the edge of Berks County to see what Weaver's had to offer.
November 13, 2013
A rarely grown fruit in Pennsylvania, the Cameo apple is a unique autumn harvest gem raised by Weaver’s Orchard.
Initially named Carousel apples, Cameo apples originate from the central part of Washington not far from the Wenatchee River in the Wenatchee Valley within the orchards of the Caudle Family during the 1980s.
Darrel Caudle stumbled across what would eventually be the Cameo apple after he discovered a new tree in his orchards near Red Delicious apples he grew and maintained. Once it finally had fruit, he noticed that it didn’t have the solid coloring of Red Delicious apples but instead hints of vertical slivers of red on a backdrop of a creamy yellow and delicately thin skin. And it carried an altogether different taste, too.
November 6, 2013
In mid-summer, a smattering of squash leaves unfurled in my section of my apartment building’s backyard garden. I hadn’t planted them and didn’t know what kind of squash would appear later in the season, but you can’t miss it when a squash is growing—those large, floppy leaves with their scratchy stems and prickly underbellies—so I decided to let the garden surprise me. Such surprises are one of the many perks of composting. Had the fellow tenants eaten acorn squash, or butternut, or pat-a-pan? Had I eaten all of the zucchini I had bought in the spring and early summer, or had there been some leftovers to compost?
October 30, 2013
Known for ripening late as the warm season is slowly disappearing into autumn-turned-winter, Fuji apples are now ready for scooping up at Weaver’s Orchard.
While Fuji apples are American in their origin by their family history, with their parents as the Red Delicious and Ralls Janet (sometimes written as Genet) of Virginia in the 19th century, their delicious lure stems from development at a research station in Morioka Japan in the 1930s.
Some claim the name of the apple is based on the town of Fujisaki where the research station of the apple’s origin is; others believe the apple is named for Mount Fuji in Japan.
October 23, 2013
When it comes to fall fruit, apples get all the glory. I guess they deserve it in many ways. They’re versatile, tasty, and long lasting. Plus, they come in lots of varieties---each one colorful enough to add to a centerpiece.
But even though we love our apples, there’s another fall fruit that’s bursting with flavor and nutrients: the humble pear. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but some recent studies tout amazing benefits from eating pears.
According to the website, The World’s Healthiest Foods, new research has shown that pear skin contains phytonutrients including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. Certain flavonoids in pears also help lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
October 17, 2013
Joining the apple supply at Weaver’s Orchard into this half of October are Crispin apples, known for their greenish yellow toned skin and sharply sweet flavor, first surfacing in the world at the Aomori Apple Research Station in Japan back in 1930.
Back then, the Crispin apple only earned acclaim in the food realm under the name Mutsu. The Mutsu apple, penned for its origin in Japan’s Mutsu Province, took on the new moniker of the Crispin apple several decades after it first took introductions at the research level.
It’s even been known in Japan as the million dollar apple, with its parents as Golden Delicious and Indo apples.
October 14, 2013
Fall is here! One of my favorite sights of the season is seeing the brightly colored gourds poking through the dying foliage in the fields. This past week Daddy needed a little extra help picking gourds and pumpkins so the kids and I teamed up with two of our manager’s kids and we hiked out to the field to do some picking ourselves.
I love just watching all the personalities interact to get the job done, like seeing the oldest one taking leadership and giving instructions. Even our one year old rolled up her sleeves and gave a hand as well!
October 9, 2013
As the author of Spoonfuls of Germany and an avid garden-to-table grower, Nadia Hassani of the Mahoning Valley in Schuylkill County has an avid affection for the German apple pancakes her grandmother used to make for her, and she loves using Stayman apples to make them.
Hassani recently featured her German apple pancakes recipe on her blog, differentiating American German pancakes, otherwise known as Dutch baby, from the kind she grew up on back in her homeland of Germany.
"The American 'German pancakes' are rather a popover, either entirely baked in the oven, or started in a pan and then finished in the oven," Hassani explains on her blog. "Because German pancakes are large, you rarely eat more than one, and they are served as a light meal, dessert, or snack."
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