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Posted 2/15/2019 10:22am by Gregg Keckler.
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
Fruit
 
   Pink Lady apples
 Granny Smith apples
 Fuji apples
Cameo apples
 
Natural apple cider
 
 
Vegetables
onions (sweet) 
 
SWEET POTATOES
(red, white, purple, orange)
 
 
red beets
 
Acorn squash
Fresh spinach
Fresh lettuce mix
Fresh baby kale
Fresh baby chard
 
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Prepared horseradish
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
ROASTS
 
Chickens- whole broilers
 
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
and Isabelle, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 2/11/2019 3:32pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, February 12
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

York apples

Pink lady apples

Fuji apples

Granny Smith apples

Cameo apples

 

Natural apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
red beets
sweet onions
garlic
fingerling potatoes
Brussels Sprouts
sweet potatoes
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
Fruit
 
   Pink Lady apples
 Granny Smith apples
 Fuji apples
York apples
Cameo apples
 
Natural apple cider
 
 
Vegetables
onions (sweet) 
 
SWEET POTATOES
(red, white, purple, orange)
 
cabbage
red beets
 
Acorn squash
 
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Prepared horseradish
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
ROASTS
 
Chickens- whole broilers
 
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
and Isabelle, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 2/4/2019 3:35pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, February 5
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

York apples

Pink lady apples

Fuji apples

Granny Smith apples

Cameo apples

 

Natural apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
red beets
sweet onions
garlic
fingerling potatoes
Spaghetti squash
butternut squash
cheesecake squash
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
Fruit
 
   Pink Lady apples
 Granny Smith apples
 Fuji apples
York apples
Cameo apples
 
Natural apple cider
 
 
Vegetables
onions (sweet) 
 
SWEET POTATOES
(red, white, purple, orange)
 
cabbage
red beets
 
Winter squash
( Butternut,  Kiri, cheesecake)
 
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Prepared horseradish
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
ROASTS
 
Chickens- whole broilers
 
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
and Isabelle, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 1/29/2019 10:59am by Gregg Keckler.

What's happening on the farm

We are working on our usual winter projects - repairs to buildings, tractors, trucks, land improvement and others

   We are doing serious work right now on the rental property house.  We had neglected it for several years and now we are paying for it.  Literally!

We have torn down a couple  unused, unnecessary buildings that were falling down and are in the process of clearing the debris away.  We are planning a new patch of asparagus for 2020.  So the land is being prepared now. - Well- not RIGHT since the ground is frozen, but it is being worked on.

Of course the tractors always need repairs in the winter.  The Case has new tires.  The Allis is still under repairs for new brakes, the Kubota and Mahindra are both working well.  We purchased a small manure spreader so that we could build compost areas near the fields.  We have built two 30 feet by 12 foot compost areas and we are building up the enclosures with mulch hay, manure, soil and brown manures.  We will probably be working on a third one as well.  We are trying to create our own compost  for the fields and also get the most good out of the hog and chicken manure.

Winter markets

We are still going to two winter markets- St Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA on Saturdays and National Geographic in DC on Tuesdays.  We are growing fresh lettuce, spinach, kale and Swiss chard in the high tunnel this year for these market. 

We still have lots of sweet potatoes, onions, cabbage, apples, red beets and potatoes and winter squash from storage.  We also have horseradish, honey, jams and apple cider and eggs.

CSA

We are looking forward to the CSA again this year.  Thanks to those who have signed up and paid up for 2019.  Last year was a challenging year.  The fall was the most difficult time we have ever experienced in farming.  There was nothing to sell ( because of rot or washed out crops) and the market days were soggy affairs and even snowy days in November.  October and November were the slowest sales we have ever experienced during that season. 

So with all that negative history.  We are anticipating a better year in 2019.  We are beginning to seed lettuces, snow peas, spinach, and bok choi in February  for the early spring markets.

We hope that you will join us for another year of the CSA.  We are keeping everything the same.  All costs are listed on the website.

We have a special price for folks who sign up and pay up through February 28.

$638 for a full 24 week season of fruits and vegetables. 

$324 for a 12 week season of fruits and vegetables.

Check the website www.orchardcountryrproduce  for all the particulars.

Farm Sales at the FARM

We are doing farm sales at the farm through 2019.  Right now we are selling sweet potatoes, apples, and other winter items from storage at the farm.  This spring we will be, Lord willing, having pick-your-own-strawberries at the farm.   We will be letting you know as we get closer.

Market locations for 2019

We will be attending the following markets in 2019.

Tuesdays - DOT Farm Stand DC SE

                 National Geographic Farm Stand - DC NW

Thursdays, - East Columbia Library, Columbia, MD

                    Belle View Condos, Alexandria, VA

Saturdays - Fairfax Community Market - Fairfax, VA

                   St Luke's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA

                   Twirley Top Farm Stand - Gardners, PA  (This is an ice cream and burger place owned by Sarah Keckler Reynolds located 1 mile from the farm.)

 

If you would like to come up and visit us anytime, please give us a call or an email.  We would love to have you come.  If you have a questions about the farm, the markets and CSA, please contact us.

We wish you a good month!

 

 

Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler and Isabelle, too

877 Myerstown Rd, Gardners, PA 17324

Gregg and Louise Keckler

1410 Goodyear Rd, Gardners, PA 17324

www.orchardcountryproduce

ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

717-486-4653

 

 

Posted 1/28/2019 2:53pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January 29
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

York apples

Pink lady apples

Fuji apples

Granny Smith apples

Cameo apples

 

Natural apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
red beets
sweet onions
garlic
Yukon Gold potatoes
fingerling potatoes
Spaghetti squash
butternut squash
cheesecake squash
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
Fruit
 
   Pink Lady apples
 Granny Smith apples
 Fuji apples
York apples
Cameo apples
 
Natural apple cider
 
 
Vegetables
onions (sweet) 
 
SWEET POTATOES
(red, white, purple, orange)
 
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
 
cabbage
red beets
 
Winter squash
( Butternut,  Kiri, cheesecake)
 
Rutabagas
Fresh Salad mix
Fresh Spinach
Fresh Baby kale
Fresh Swiss chard
 
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Prepared horseradish
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
ROASTS
 
Chickens- whole broilers
 
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
and Isabelle, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 1/21/2019 3:30pm by Gregg Keckler.
Because of the very cold weather, we will not be at the Farm Stand on Tuesday, January 22.
We will be back on Tuesday, January 29!
See you then! 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

York apples

Pink lady apples

Fuji apples

Granny Smith apples

Cameo apples

 

Natural apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
red beets
sweet onions
garlic
Yukon Gold potatoes
fingerling potatoes
Spaghetti squash
butternut squash
cheesecake squash
The Good News

We will, Lord willing, be opening a pick-your-own strawberries at our farm beginning this year. 

Many of you may know that our daughter, Sarah Keckler Reynolds, owns a little restaurant in Gardners, PA called the Twirly Top.  It is a seasonal burger and ice cream shop along route 34 at THE intersection to the lakes at Pine Grove furnace.  For years we had considered opening a  little market stand at her restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, but we could not do it because we were all at market on Saturdays. Over Christmas vacation we were talking about it again and decided to open the stand this year.  It will give us a local fresh farm following and direct folks to our farm.

The Bad News

So with all that said, we will not be returning to the Westminster Farmer's Market this year.  We have been there for 13 years and have truly enjoyed the support and especially those who have been part of our CSA for many years. 

We wish you would all take a trip to come to the farm especially during strawberry harvest and peach season - when we are overloaded with good fruit.  You will always be welcome!

Keep in touch!

ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

phone - 717-486-4653

1410 Goodyear Rd - Gregg and Louise Keckler

877 Myerstown Rd - Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler

Gardners, PA 17324