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Posted 1/25/2021 1:57pm by Gregg Keckler.

We are enjoying the winter months and getting a lot of things fixed and ready for our 2021 season to really begin.  We will begin to seed things in the greenhouse in mid-February.  We will be doing some field planting by mid to late March.  We are excited about our new year and we hope you will be also.

Market News

Saturday Markets

St Luke's Episcopal Church- 8009 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA

 This market is happening every Saturday year round.  Hours: 8 - 1

 

Fairfax Community Market - 10500 Page Ave, Fairfax, VA   This market opens on May 8 and ends on October 30.   Hours: 8 - 1

 

Tuesday Farm Stands

St Luke's Episcopal Church- 8009 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  This farm stand will start in June as soon as we have strawberries and end at the end of September.  Hours: 2 - 7 pm

 

Thursday Farm Stands

East Columbia Library-, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD   This market begins on May 13 and ends on November 18.  Hours: 12 noon - 6

Belle View Condos-1204 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA  This farm stand opens on May 6 and ends on November 18.  Hours: 2 - 7 pm

 

CSA Information

 We are now ready to accept CSA subscribers for the 2021 season.  The information for the CSA is on our website. 

The first 12 week session will begin on Monday - June 7 and end on Saturday - August 28. The cost for fruits and vegetable delivered to one of our farm stands (mentioned above) is $360.

The second 12 week session begins on Monday, August 30 and ends on Saturday, November 20.  The cost for the fruits and vegetables delivered to one of our farm stands is $360.

Special full season price!  Sign up for both for 24 weeks of fruits and vegetables for $650.

You can add eggs to any of the sessions as well.

Send us a email to day to sign up for either session or the whole year.  These prices will be available until March 31.

How to sign up: 

Send a check to:

Orchard Country Produce

1410 Goodyear Rd

Gardners, PA 17324

  Let us know where you plan to pick up your share and also give us an email address that we can use to get in touch with you. We will let you know when we receive your check.  You can also drop off your check at St Luke's Farm Stand on Saturdays in Alexandria.

Let us know if you have any questions about our growing practices, CSA or markets.

Attention:  We are going to be changing our web host in the next couple of weeks. You will still be able to view everything and contact us.  We will let you know when everything has been redone.  So sign up today and avoid the hassle.

Gregg and Louise Keckler

1410 Goodyear Rd

Gardners, PA 17324

717-486-4653

 

Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler

Remington and Isabelle, too

877 Myerstown Rd

Gardners, PA 17324

 

Have a great winter!  See you in the Spring!

 

 

Posted 1/22/2021 8:53am by Gregg Keckler.

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, January 23
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Fuji apples
Pink Lady apples
Gold Rush apples
 
 
 
 
 
Vegetables
   kale (Tuscan, green)
 cabbage
sweet onions
garlic
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, January 16
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Fuji apples
Pink Lady apples
Gold Rush apples
 
 
 
 
 
Vegetables
   kale (Tuscan, green)
 cabbage
sweet onions
garlic
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, January 9
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Fuji apples
Pink Lady apples
Gold Rush apples
 
 
 
 
 
Vegetables
   kale (Tuscan, green)
 cabbage
sweet onions
garlic
After December 19th -
We will be back on January 9th!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, December 19
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Fuji apples
Pink Lady apples
Gold Rush apples
 
 
 
 
 
Vegetables
   kale (Tuscan, green)
Posted 12/11/2020 9:01am by Gregg Keckler.

What's Happening on the Farm

Markets

We have had a busy year.  All our markets have been up - meaning there have been more customers and naturally more money.  Folks were interested in buying fresh local produce in an outdoor setting this year.  We have tried to follow all the regulations and proper distancing requirements in order to keep folks safe and comfortable.  This has been a challenge especially at some of the busier markets.  We are so glad for you folks who have been thoughtful and understanding throughout the year.

We intend to come back to all the markets next year.

We have one market that will be open all winter.

St Luke's Episcopal Church on Saturdays from 8 - 1 pm.  We will be there each week except December 26 and January 2.

 

CSA

Our CSA was up in number this year from the previous years.  Again we believe that folks like to get their fresh produce and fruit without having to go to a store.  Thanks to all of the folks who has been CSA subscribers for years and also for those of you who took a chance on us this year and joined.  We appreciate your trust in us.

We will offer the CSA again next year - same prices and same market locations.  I will be changing the dates to reflect the 2021 calendar. 

Farm News

We have added 10 tractor trailer loads of compost to all the fields this year.  Last year we added 5 loads and in each location where the compost was added we noticed significant gains in production.  

We have had great success with new varieties of tomatoes.  We have great tomatoes well into October.  The weather was very cooperative as well with warm temperatures.  We have lots of zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers - too many - actually. We had to sell some to the produce auction.  We do not like to do this because we cannot make very much money on auction sales.  We think the surplus was due to the compost. 

We are growing and picking a lot of spinach, radishes, Swiss chard, Bok Choi, and kale from the high tunnels. We are picking lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts from the field.  We have lots of sweet potatoes and winter squash in storage.

We are working to fix up some of the infrastructure and buildings.  We are  cleaning and fixing the barn for better keeping of hogs and chickens and also improving things in our washing station and storage areas. 

We are making jam - strawberry, peach and raspberry are the varieties right now and also lots of bread and butter pickles. We are mulching berries and planning for spring planting of new plum and Asian pear trees.

We will be getting  another 125 fresh layers in February.  Then we will be back up to our 250 layers.  We are butchering new broilers every six weeks throughout the year.

 

 

We have had a great year and we are looking forward to 2021 selling season.  Our 2021 growing season will begin in February in the greenhouse.

Enjoy your holidays and the quiet time of peace and thankfulness.

 

Gregg and Louise Keckler

Oliver and Elizabeth Keckler

Isabelle and Remington, too

 

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

1410 Goodyear Rd

Gardners, PA 17324

717-486-4653

ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 12/11/2020 7:44am by Gregg Keckler.
We have Fresh Broiler chickens!
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, December 12
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Fuji apples
Pink Lady apples
Gold Rush apples
 
 
 
 
 
Vegetables
   kale (Tuscan, green)
 cabbage
sweet onions
Posted 12/4/2020 11:08am by Gregg Keckler.
We have Fresh Broiler chickens!
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, December 5
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Nittany apples
Fuji apples
Pink Lady apples
WE have Fresh Broiler Chickens!
 
 Gregg will be ready to sell at 8:00am!
 
 
Come out to the Farmer's market!
 
 
Fairfax Community Market
10500 Page Ave. Fairfax, VA
from 8-12 pm
Saturday, November 21
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer!

 

 Fruit

 Nittany apples
Cameo apples
Crimson Crisp Apples
Bosc pears
 
Stayman apples
Natural apple cider
Pink Lady apples
Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples!
 
 

 

Vegetables 
 Kale (Tuscan, green)
 shallots
 cabbage
 sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
Honeynut Butternut squash
Delicata Squash
Swiss chard
Acorn squash
Butternut Squash
Pumpkins
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Lettuce Mix
French Breakfast radishes
turnips
Daikon radishes
Brusssels Sprouts
large winter squash
Bok Choi
Red Beets
 
 
 
 
 

 

  

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
Our own Meats
bacon
 
Fresh Broiler chickens
 

 
 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 11/20/2020 11:44am by Gregg Keckler.
We have Fresh Broiler chickens!
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 Saturday, November 21
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 

Apple Cider
Crimson Crisp Apples
Bosc pears
Cameo apples
Stayman apples
Nittany apples
Fuji apples