On Illinois farms, where labor is tight, foreign workers are welcomed

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Wayne Sirles parks his dusty pickup amid rows of peach trees, where Mexican pickers pluck fruit that a few years ago dropped to the ground to rot for lack of hands to harvest it. Not this year. Sirles, whose great-great-grandfather founded Rendleman Orchards in the tiny town of Alto Pass in […]

Easy Butternut Squash Pie

Courtesy of Taste of Home Prep Time: 10 min Bake Time:  50 min Chill Time: 60 min INGREDIENTS Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches) 1 1/4 cups sugar 4 1/2 taspoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 3 cups mashed cooked butternut squash 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 eggs 1/4 cup water 3 teaspoons vanilla extract […]

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Courtesy of Simply Recipes Do you have leftover pumpkins that you are unsure of what to do with? We have just the (yummy) solution for you, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 Meduim sized pumpkin Salt Olive oil If you want to jazz up your pumpkin seeds, sprinkle with spices […]

Pumpkin Patch Babies… Because, why not?


Spotlight on Sarah Frey-Talley & Tsamma

Watermelons are often associated with crisp, refreshing tastes and summertime. Unfortunately, these delicious fruits are also not always the most convenient to cut up and consume. Sarah Frey-Talley spent her life on a farm, and appreciates the labor that goes into planting and harvesting watermelons. “We do all of the hard work for our watermelon […]

FREY FARMS PUT WATERMELON JUICE ON THE MAP.. and expands the Tsamma line.

Frey Farms is a pioneer in bringing watermelons to the forefront of consumer attention. We don’t miss a beat when it comes to growing melons—we start at the southern tip of Florida and follow the prime season through Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Indiana. But Frey Farms is not just all about watermelon in its native […]

Watermelon Sweet Tea

Recipe Courtesy of Improv Kitchen yields 4 – small glasses   INGREDIENTS 2 c. cubed seedless watermelon 2 c. brewed iced tea 4 T. agave nectar (to add a little sweetness, it is sweet tea after all) PREPARATION In a blender, combine ingredients and puree until combined. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Pour […]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tsamma.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a delicious Tsamma cocktail.  See below for a few of our favorites. Enjoy and Salud! Tsamma Agua Fresca Make in any quantity desired Fill your container with Ice 3/4 the way full. Add 1 part Tsamma Watermelon Juice to 2 parts water. Add Fresh Watermelon Chunks. Stir and Enjoy! TsammaRita […]

Million dollar watermelon crop saved with paper plates.

Our Florida watermelon crop recently faced a chilling scare.  Central and Northern Florida had historically low temperatures and our seeded watermelons, the main ingredient in Tsamma Juice, came dangerously close to being killed by frost.  The creative solution that saved our melons… On Thursday, February 20th the Frey Farms team purchased hundreds of thousands of paper […]

Watermelon Bars

Mouth Watering Watermelon Bars

Recipe Courtesy of Right at Home INGREDIENTS 12 oz. round vanilla wafer 6 Tablespoons butter, unsalted 5 cups watermelon juice, Tsamma 1/2 tsp. lemon zest 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup 2% milk 1 oz. unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar or 1 cup whipped cream, for garnish (not included in […]