Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber & Chickpea & Salad

Last summer, a friend brought an amazing cucumber, chickpea and heirloom tomato salad to a barbecue picnic. I asked for the recipe and she said she never really follows one – she just throws together a few simple ingredients and it makes for this incredible combination. I’ve made it a few times since then and…

3 Healthy Recipes to Start off 2017 Right

Did you know Wolff’s website has a HUGE database of recipes? We’ve combed back through our site and realized that many of these delicious recipes don’t have a photo that does it justice! So this year we’ll be highlighting some of these once again, this time with a mouth-watering photo.  I’ve been trying to cook…

Garden Mapping: Crop Rotation, DIY Pallet Fence & Garden Markers

We all know it’s important to rotate our garden crops, but sometimes it just seems like it’s easier to plant the same crops in the same locations every year. After all, you probably chose the most perfect sunny spot for your tomatoes and took the borderline-shady spot for your cool weather crops, right? That’s where…

How to Cook the Perfect Winter Squash

How to cook the perfect winter squash, such as acorn, butternut, carnival, dumpling, delicata, spaghetti, hubbard or crookneck squash. Print Cooking Winter Squash Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  45 mins Total time:  1 hour   Ingredients Use acorn, butternut, carnival, dumpling, delicata, spaghetti, hubbard, or crookneck squash. (Pete Wolff preferred hubbard, Ashley Wolff prefers…

Repurposing Thanksgiving Leftovers and Searching for the Perfect Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Every Black Friday, my husband’s family had the tradition of going Christmas tree shopping. We’d wake up at a reasonable hour (reasonable, that is, for Black Friday), mosey over to the Christmas tree farm together and each pick out that perfect tree for our family’s Christmas décor. Then afterward, we’d enjoy a delicious lunch of…

Grafted Tomatoes: Delicate Heirlooms Made Hardy

By Ashley Wolff A tomato connoisseur knows that heirloom tomatoes are usually the tastiest, juiciest and most oh-so-delicious ‘maters on the block.  But there is a reason that we seldom see abundant displays of these tasty gems in stores: they are often harder to grow than hybrids and have a shorter shelf-life. They were grown…

Gifts from the Kitchen: Cranberries 4 Different Ways

Gifts from the kitchen are almost always my favorite gifts to give and to receive. Last year my extended family exchanged only “edible” gifts, so there were many delicious gifts and recipes passed around! Somehow, dried cranberries seemed to make it into just about everything: granola, cookies and applesauce as gifts, and then into our meals…

Mums in All Shapes, Colors and Sizes

If you’ve spent much time with the Wolff family, one thing is pretty clear: they intimately know the products they sell, and they put a lot of effort into making sure their customers know as much about their products as possible. After a conversation with Peter Wolff, who runs the garden center, I am reminded…

Time for a Tall Glass of Lemonade

During my summer in Provence, France, I’ve been learning to make use of the many abundant herbs, some that grow wild, and some that grow well in our gardens. It’s very hot and dry here, so not everything grows easily in this climate. Since it’s so hot and dry, naturally, one of the first things…

Behind the Scenes of Wolff’s Chef-Made Prepared Foods

Since the summer of 2010, our chef Chuck Smith has been creating delectable new recipes for Wolff’s Apple House. He studied at Baltimore International College and apprenticed at Jeannier’s, a classic French restaurant in Baltimore. No stranger to the benefits of local and in-season produce, he has volunteered at an East Coast organic farm and…

Gardening 101: Planning, Preparing & Planting

When you walk into Wolff’s this time of year, a sea of vibrantly colored flowers greets you. Some of these plants are ready to go in the ground, like Pansies and cold-tolerant annuals like Alyssum, Diascia, Dusty Miller, Lobelia, Nemesia and Snapdragons. Other early season perennials are also waiting for their turn in the dirt,…