Herb walks us through the extensive preparation that happens during the off season to bring our delicious fruit to the customer.
Herb speaks here about what’s all involved in delivering great fruit to our customers.
This is better than going to the playground!
Here’s a video submitted by one of our great customers. Seeing this makes our work so worthwhile!
At Kempf Orchards, we value customer feedback. On behalf of our team, Herb wanted to shoot this video to respond to some of the compliments we’ve been receiving.
A warm cobbler that serves great with ice cream
- 3 cups pitted fresh cherries
- 1 1’2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
- 3 1/2 tbsp liquid honey
- 1 tsp each, lemon juice & almond extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup each, flour, rolled oats & packed brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a 9″ x 13″ baking pan, combine fruit & drizzle with honey, lemon juice, almond & vanilla extract. Gently toss to combine well.
2. In a bowl, mix together sugar, flour, oats & salt. Using your fingers, cut butter into small pieces & mix with oat mixture until it combines & becomes crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over fruit.
3. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or yogurt.
Makes 8 to 10 servings
A real family pleaser!
- 4 cups fresh cherries (or any fruit that suits)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. Baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- 1 tbsp. Veg. Oil
- 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 2 Lge. Egg whites, lightly beaten
- 3 tbsp. Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine fresh fruit and lemon juice in a 9- inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray, and set aside.
- Combine flour and next four ingredients in a large bowl, make a well in center of flour mixture. Combine oil, vanilla, and egg whites, stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Drop dough onto fruit mixture to form 8 dumplings. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle over dumplings. Bake @ 350° for 35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and dumplings are lightly browned.
Taking a tour through Kempf Orchards with owner Herb Kempf is like watching a great painter apply final touches to a masterpiece.
A few days ago, I followed Herb as he decided to cut the grass on a section of orchard before an anticipated rainshower.
Periodically, he’d stop the tractor to pick up a few dead branches too thick for the mower to mulch. Another few steps further, he’d reach into a tree to snap off a handful of sucker branches, or prop up a cherry-laden branch to expose it to the soon-expected sunshine. Every maturing cherry was treated with profound respect.
I asked him why cutting and clearing the grass or trimming out the suckers was so important.
The bottom line is cleaniness, breathing room and light for the cherries and ensuring that visiting cherry pickers have a great experience when picking their own cherries. Herb and his family want nothing but the best for their guests – no tall wet grass to wade through, no obstacles to stumble over and nothing to distract from the awesome cherries waiting to be harvested.
An energetic group from the Merry Terry Language ESL School visits Kelowna and Kempf Orchards for a fun day including picking some of our delicious cherries.