Orchard Fresh Blog
May 31, 2012
Recently, I left the beautiful place I called home for 24 years of my life and moved approximately five and half hours south (by plane). For nine months I have been adjusting to changes in culture, language, climate, and diet, to name just a few – I love adventure! When I go to my favorite corner store that sells fruit, vegetables and other basic food items, I come home with a bag full of produce that lasts an entire week for my husband and me...
May 18, 2012
Although the cost of living is also much lower, it is still difficult for the average person to earn enough to support a family, own their own homes and vehicles, etc. In an economy where the minimum wage is so low, small business owners have a great advantage at having a financially stable life. I know many people in Pennsylvania (many of who work at Weaver's Orchard, naturally) and other parts of the United States that are increasingly aware of the need to support small businesses, and the many benefits of doing so, both for the producer and consumer. I am happy to be able to support small businesses in the area I live in now.
May 15, 2012
Strawberry season is officially here! For a few weeks now my husband and I have been "sneaking" up to the patch with our boys just to snitch a few of the early berries. Do they ever taste good!
Our two-year-old delights in running up and down the rows and gobbling up anything with a hint of red and sometimes even the white ones. Our four-year-old has more refined tastes and picks the ripest ones. It's so much fun to watch them delight in these delicious berries.
May 11, 2012
It's asparagus season! Thankfully this uniquely flavored vegetable has a pretty long season in Pennsylvania - from April to June. It seems like everyone has their favorite way of preparing asparagus, so we asked our Facebook fans how they liked to eat asparagus. Little did they know, their recipe suggestions would be featured on our blog! Here's what they said...
May 10, 2012
You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean Diet. But what is it, exactly? Well, that depends. Three continents border the Mediterranean Sea. So traditional Mediterranean meals feature foods grown all around the seacoast. Recipes vary from region to region depending on cultural preferences and availability of food.
May 3, 2012
The last time I went into serious diet mode, I lost 20 pounds. After hitting that milestone, I didn't exactly fall off the wagon. I jumped. I'd had enough of artificial food: diet soda, fat-free dressing, imitation sour cream . . . I wanted real food. And so I ate it--too much of it, unfortunately. After a few years, I was back where I started. I had to do something, and buying bigger clothes was not an option. But how could I lose weight without eating fake food? And how could I finally keep it off?