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Posted 11/23/2015 10:54am by Gregg Keckler.
 Dear Folks,

Thanks so much for being part of our farm this year.  Many of you were CSA members; lots of you were market buyers, others were investors, bulk buyers, and just farm friends - no matter which you have helped us to keep the local family farm alive and well.

Our season is winding down with only two markets still going until Christmas, St. Luke's in Alexandria and NGS . 

 

We are now processing the last couple of turkeys, moving chickens around to get ready of chicks, cleaning out fields, plowing, laying plastic for next year, and cleaning up the books.

Clean Up:

Gregg, Oliver and Juan are working at cleaning up Oliver's new farm buildings for the winter.  We had the turkeys up there for the last several weeks.  Oliver is looking forward to working on his house during the winter months.  He and Juan will also be plowing up two new fields for next year.  One field was full of weeds and the other was an ancient hay field. 


They will also be converting an old chicken shed on our property to a chick brooder house.  We would like to begin raising our layers from chicks starting in December and we would like to have about 500 layers instead of 100 layers for next season.  By raising our own chicks we can have more choice on the types of layers we have.

Repairs

Oliver and Juan have been working on major repairs to our  old barn. These are  almost completed. They will be starting on Oliver's barn - replacing glass, creating a shelter for the 500 layers to mature, and tearing down an old implement shed.

 

New plans

Gregg will begin to make jam and applesauce as soon as the holidays are over.  Gregg will also be starting new sweet potato plants from snips and also renovating pig housing.  We are hoping to have a successful pig production this winter, so that we can start out the year with a lot of good, home raised pork.  I will be working on getting the new CSA season up and running so that folks can sign up for the new 2016 season beginning on January 1, 2016.

We had great success with many crops this year.  The eggplant was prolific, the cucumbers, jicama, winter squash, cabbage, zucchini and summer squash were great!  We also had a good year with blueberries and peaches.  The apples were so-so -not the best and not the worst year for production.  We had a complete crop failure with garlic, but we have already bought and planted new sets for next year. 

We are planning new crops, old favorites, great fruits, chicken, eggs, pork, beef, and jams for next year.  We hope that you will keep us in mind as you plan for next year's fruit and vegetables.

Gift Certificates

We also have gift certificates available for holiday giving.  You can purchase gift certificates  or CSA subscription for friends and family on the online store.  Consider it a gift of great food, grown locally - supporting a local farmer and a unique gift!

Family News

We keep growing and also loosing

We had one daughter get married this year - which was a loss.  Sarah married Billy Reynolds.  They did not move to far.  They bought a farm just one and half miles down the road.  Sarah and Billy are the owners of the Twirly Top just down the road.

We also gained almost two grandchildren this year.  I say almost because Tamara is due any day now.  Tamara and Stuart (our oldest son) are expecting number 4 child before the end of November.  Lydia (our daughter) and Mark Wooten had child number 3 in September.  Sawyer came 9 weeks early, but he is doing fine now. 

 

I know that next year will be a very busy one for us.  Virigina will be getting married in April to Dan Shedd and Oliver will be getting married in October to Elizabeth Brown.  So we will finally be empty-nesters!   I cannot say about grandchildren for next year!  We had seven children and it took 11 years (even with a set of twins in there.)  But we have 8 grandchildren in less than 5 years!  Wow! was that ever easier! 

 

Have a great Thanksgiving and remember to truly give thanks.  It has been a great year. 

Tthank you for being part of it. 

 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce AND Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 11/20/2015 3:02pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We Will be there rain or shine!

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

apples -Mutzu Crispin

apples- Gala

Apples- Cortland

apples - Red Delicious

apples - Cameo

Apples - Cox Orange Pippins

apples - granny smith

apples - York

apples - golden Delicious

apples - Pink lady

Apples - Fuji

apples - gold Rush

 

Vegetables 

Kale

lettuce

Swiss chard

sweet onions

cabbage

butternut squash

spaghetti squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

Long neck pumpkins

cheesecake winter squash

fairy tale pumpkins

cauliflower

broccoli

Brussels sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef -  We have beef bologna!

Kielbasa

smoked sausage

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon bread

 

Sweet breads -pumpkin, and apple,banana

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarb pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 11/20/2015 3:00pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow November 21

Rain or shine We will be there to bring you vegetables and great apples !

Oliver will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm. 

  

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market stands.

 

   

 Fruit

apples - Gala

apples - Cox orange Pippins

apples - Cortland

apples - York

apples - Fuji

apples - Cameo

apples- Granny Smith

apples - Mutzu Crispin

apples - Pink Lady

Golden Delicious apples

apples - Gold Rush

Apple cider

 

Vegetables 

Sweet onions

Kale

lettuce

red and white  potatoes

Swiss chard

cabbage

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

neck pumpkins

cheesecake winter squash

Fairy Tales

broccoli

cauliflower

Brussels Sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - WE HAVE STEAKS! Filets, NY strips, Rib steaks, sirloin, fat iron

pork - We have chops and ham steak, bacon, breakfast links and 7 inch grillers

 Pick up your Thanksgiving Turkey NOW!

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread and herb bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - pumpkin, bananai, and apple

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarby pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand!

 

   

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 11/18/2015 12:12pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

 

Come out for the LAST Market of the year!!

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or Cold- We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

 

 

Come out to check out the great vegetables and berries. 

These are some of the items that we will have at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

 Pink Lady apples

Cox Orange Pippins

Fuji apples

nittany apples

Gala apples

Cameo apples

Mutzu Crispin apples

Golden Delicious apples

Granny Smith apples

Gold Rush apples

Great apple cider!

 

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

red beets

Swiss chard

 red and green cabbage

spaghetti squash

sweet Candy onions

red potatoes

 white potatoes

lettuce mix

butternut squash

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

cauliflower

cheesecake pumpkins

neck pumpkins

arugala

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks - rib steaks, NY strip, sirloin, filets !

 

pork- We have chops, fresh ham steaks, 7 in grillers and breakfast links

Order your Thanksgiving turkey now!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads -  apple and bananai - Pumpkin Bread

cookies

Homemade Pies

Apple pies

strawberry rhubarb  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the stand! 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

Posted 11/16/2015 12:36pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, November 17  from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Cox oOange Pippins

Gala apples

Cortland apples

York apples

Fuji  apples

Cameo apples

 Apple cider

Nittany apples

Mutzu Crispin apples

yellow Delicious apples

Gold Rush apples

lady apples

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

lettuce

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

cabbage

spaghetti squash

broccoli

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

delicate winter squash

cheesecake squash

cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Diakon radishes

Turnips

Jicamas

 

 

 

HERBS

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

Order your Thanksgiving Turkey today!

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal, cinnamon bread

Sweet breads

cookies

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 11/16/2015 12:34pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at DOT for the Farmer's Market tomorrow from 10-2 pm  

 

RAIN OR SHINE!!!!!

Come out and get fresh vegetables.  We will have these items available for sale.

 

 

  

 Fruit 

Cox Orange Pippins

Gala apples!!!!

Cortland apples

Cameo apples

Fuji  apples

Mutzu Crispin apples

Nittany  apples

Yellow Delicious apples

apple cider

Pink Lady apples

Qunices

Lady apples

Gold Rush apples

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

lettuce

Swiss chard

cherry tomatoes

red potatoes

broccoli

spaghetti squash

cooking onions

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

delecti winter squash

cheesecake squash

Fairy tales

banana squash

hubbard squash

daikon radishes

cauliflower

turnips

 

 

 

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Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks!

pork - We have chops!

Order your Thanksgiving Turkeys now!

 

 

 

Bakery

Sweet breads - pumpkin, banana and apple bread

cookies

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 11/16/2015 12:33pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

Thanks so much for being part of our CSA this year.  We have enjoyed producing your fruits and vegetables this year.  Keep us in mind for next year's CSA.  We should have the new season up and ready by January 1.

This week;s  shares will include:

Cameo apples

Jam

Sweet potatoes

Baby Kale

Winter squash

broccoli

 

Enjoy the fall produce.  Remember the winter squash will keep for several weeks in a cool dry spot.  The jam will keep on the shelf for up to six months.  after you open it, just refrigerate it.  If you could keep the jars and return them next year that would be great or return them to any of our other markets this year.

This is the last week of markets for DOT, Columbia, and Westminster.

Gregg will still be going to NGS every Tuesday until December 22 and Oliver will be going to St Luke's every Saturday until December 19 ( no market on November 28)

 

All shares will be delivered in bags on Wednesday.

 

Then Gregg will not need to make another pick up.

 

See everyone this week.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 11/13/2015 3:30pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow October 31

Rain or shine We will be there to bring you vegetables and great apples !

Oliver will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm. 

  

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market stands.

 

   

 Fruit

apples - Gala

apples - Cox orange Pippins

apples - Cortland

apples - York

apples - Fuji

apples - Cameo

apples- granny Smith

apples - Mutzu Crispin

apples - Pink Lady

Golden Delicious apples

apples - Gold Rush

plums

Pears - Bosc  

Apple cider

 

Vegetables 

Sweet onions

Kale

lettuce

red and white  potatoes

Swiss chard

cabbage

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

 PUMPKINS!!!!

neck pumpkins

cheesecake winter squash

Fairy Tales

broccoli

cauliflower

Brussels Sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - WE HAVE STEAKS! Filets, NY strips, Rib steaks, sirloin, fat iron

pork - We have chops and ham steak, bacon, breakfast links and 7 inch grillers

 Order your Thanksgiving Turkey NOW!

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread and herb bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - pumpkin, bananai, and apple

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarby pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand!

 

   

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 11/13/2015 3:28pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We Will be there rain or shine!

Come out to check out the vegetables and fruits. We have sweet corn!  .

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

apples -Mutzu Crispin

apples- Gala

Apples- Cortland

apples - Red Delicious

apples - Cameo

Apples - Cox Orange Pippins

apples - granny smith

apples - York

apples - golden Delicious

apples - Pink lady

Apples - Fuji

apples - gold Rush

pears -  Bosc

 

Vegetables 

Kale

lettuce

Swiss chard

sweet onions

cabbage

butternut squash

spaghetti squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

PUMPKINS!!!!

Long neck pumpkins

cheesecake winter squash

fairy tale pumpkins

cauliflower

broccoli

Brussels sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef -  We have beef bologna!

Kielbasa

smoked sausage

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon bread

 

Sweet breads -pumpkin, and apple,banana

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarb pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 11/11/2015 2:09pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or Cold- We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

 

 

Come out to check out the great vegetables and berries. 

These are some of the items that we will have at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

 Pink Lady apples

Cox Orange Pippins

Fuji apples

nittany apples

Gala apples

Cameo apples

Mutzu Crispin apples

Golden Delicious apples

Granny Smith apples

Gold Rush apples

Great apple cider!

 

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

red beets

Swiss chard

 red and green cabbage

cherry tomatoes

spaghetti squash

sweet Candy onions

red potatoes

 white potatoes

lettuce mix

butternut squash

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

cauliflower

pumpkins

cheesecake pumpkins

neck pumpkins

arugala

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks - rib steaks, NY strip, sirloin, filets !

 

pork- We have chops, fresh ham steaks, 7 in grillers and breakfast links

Order your Thanksgiving turkey now!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads -  apple and bananai - Pumpkin Bread

cookies

Homemade Pies

Apple pies

strawberry rhubarb  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the stand! 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce