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Posted 2/26/2018 12:08pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, February 27
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Fuji apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
 red beets
 carnival squash 
sweet potatoes
potatoes
Turnips
 
  
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
We have FRESH Broilers!
 
         

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/23/2018 1:41pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 February 24 
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 sweet potatoes
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/23/2018 1:39pm by Gregg Keckler.

Wednesday, February 28

Last day to sign up for a CSA fruit and vegetable share with Orchard Country Produce at $638 for the full year or $320 for a half year.

 

Sign up today and pay at least $300 toward your share and you will be in for the season!

 

Spring is just around the corner and we are anticipating a great growing year. 

Don't miss out on your fruits and vegetables!

 

To sign up just send us a check for:

$638 - full year fruits and vegetables

or

$320 - one-half year fruits and vegetables

 

Include your name, email address, and pick up location.

Orchard Country Produce

 1410 Goodyear Rd

Gardners, PA 17324

Contact us if you have any questions. 

ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

 

 

Posted 2/19/2018 1:23pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, February 20
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Fuji apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
 red beets
  butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
Fairy Tales
potatoes
 Brussels Sprouts
Turnips
 
  
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
We have FRESH Broilers!
 
         

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/16/2018 5:56pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 February 17 
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 sweet potatoes
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/12/2018 1:12pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, February 13
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Fuji apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
 red beets
  butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
Fairy Tales
potatoes
 Brussels Sprouts
Turnips
 
  
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
We have FRESH Broilers!
 
         

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/9/2018 10:58am by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 February 10 
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 sweet potatoes
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/7/2018 3:10pm by Gregg Keckler.

February, 2018

What's going on at the Farm this month!

High Tunnel

We decided to try to use our high tunnel more efficiently.  The high tunnel sits empty for a lot of the year.  We wanted to use this space if possible to get some production from it during the winter months. So the high tunnel dirt was scraped, scooped and mixed with high level compost into raised beds within the high tunnel.  There are now five long raised beds for greens, radishes and spring onions.  We are hoping to get some things planted in there within the next week.  Then hopefully they will be available at the market stands in March and April.

Our long term plan is to add a heat source to the high tunnel in September - possibly a woodburning furnace.  Then we will be able to plant greens in the high tunnel for the whole of the fall and winter months.  Thus making money on a structure that is already in place and adding green to the markets and CSA throughout the fall and winter months.

Processing Shed

The processing shed that we are working on is still being finished.  The weather got extremely cold and we were not able to finish it just yet, because of possible frozen pipes and water lines.  So that will be finished as soon as it can be done.  We will keep you posted.

Jams and Jellies

The jam and jellies that you all love are coming along well.  The flavors that are being made this month are blueberry, strawberry and black cherry, with occasional peach intermixed.  Our storage room is beginning to fill up.

Orchards

The fruit trees are being pruned.  We also had to take out about 40-50 apple trees that had gotten San Jose Scale last year because of the very wet, humid summer.  This scale is VERY contagious to all fruit trees and is very hard to control so we felt it would be best to get rid of the trees and start again, since these were big, old trees. We will be letting the land set fallow this year and plan to replant this section next year.  The trees have all been pulled out; now they need to be burnt.

The  other fruit orchards looks good and the peaches look fine.  We will be planting new plums, peaches and apples this spring that were ordered last year.

The berries are getting pruned right now.  Raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, currants, and jostaberries are all looking fine.  We are cleaning up the elderberries and  redoing the posts on the grape vines.

Vehicles

We decided to put our old Chevy pick up back on the road.  It had farm tags and could only be driven between the farms and only in the daytime.  We decided that it would be more cost efficient to get the Chevy up to inspection quality than it would be to buy another truck.  We did buy a second pickup with four-wheel drive that can haul the livestock trailer to the butcher shop and also could go to market if needed. The Chevy does not have enough power to haul the trailer when it is loaded. Now we have two road-worthy vehicles besides box trucks that can run on the roads.

Seeds/Plants

We are purchasing seeds and plants for the new growing season.  We just took seeds to Miller's Plant Farm; they get our seeds started for us.  We usually buy plants from them later for certain vegetables.  We try not to start our greenhouse until March - it is not cost effective to pay for propane in January and February.

Markets in February

The two markets that are still going throughout the winter are doing very well- thanks to all our loyal customers who come out in some of the worst weather to buy from us.

If you can, come to visit one of these markets, we would love to see you. 

National Geographic Society Courtyard Farm Stand - Tuesdays until February 27 7:30-1:30pm

St Luke's Episcopal Church Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA - every  Saturday - all year 8-1pm

 

CSA

Our prices for the CSA will remain the same until the end of February.

Full season - fruit and vegetables $638

Full season - fruit and vegetables plus 1/2 doz eggs $698

Full season - fruit and vegetables plus dozen eggs $758

Half season - fruit and vegetables $320

If you have any questions about the CSA, please contact us. 

Check out our website - www.orchardcountryproduce

email: ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

Thank you to the 16 folks who have signed up for the CSA so far! That is a total of $12,824!  We are continually amazed at your willingness to support us - many of you are new to us and are taking things sight unseen.  Others of you have been with us for many years and yet you still trust us to provide the food for your tables.  We have made mistakes and you have helped us during our learning curves. What a great relationship!  We are enjoying growing, working and marketing our farm products.

 

 

Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler + Isabelle

Gregg and Louise Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

Posted 2/5/2018 11:32am by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, February 6
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Fuji apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
 red beets
  butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
Fairy Tales
potatoes
 Brussels Sprouts
Turnips
 
  
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
We have FRESH Broilers!
 
         

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 2/2/2018 2:27pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 February 3 
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 sweet potatoes
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm