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Posted 5/18/2015 3:27pm by Gregg Keckler.

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

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

 

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

 

 HERBS

mint tea

catnip

lovage

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink Lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/18/2015 3:25pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We will be at National Geographic Society Tuesday, May 4 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

 

HERBS

mint tea

 lovage

catnip

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink Lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 5/18/2015 3:05pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

Winter turned to summer with very little spring in between.  Gregg, Oliver and Juan are planting lots of plugs from the greenhouse into the fields.  Julie is weeding sweet onions. 

We have very nice radishes, spring onions, lettuce, spinach and kale in the high tunnel. We still are selling some good apples from last year.  Pink Lady and Fuji are the best.  Cameo is still very sweet but getting softer and Gold Rush is tart but soft.  

Gregg has planted several tomatoes in the high tunnel too.  So we should be getting some early tomatoes as well.

The second batch of broilers are now about a week old.  The first batch are almost 6 weeks old.  Our year old pullets are laying well. The new pullets have not begun to lay yet.  They are only 18 weeks, but they should be starting by June.

We took one hog to the butcher last week and we have an appointment for two more this week.  So we should be stocked with pork, chicken and eggs for the summer.

We are going to try our hand at turkeys again this year.  We are getting 100  poults in June. 

We have rows and rows of kale, spring onions, sweet onions, peas, snow peas, snap peas, potatoes, Swiss chard and tomatoes.  Oliver and Juan planting the first planting of green beans.  They are just starting to come up.  All the garlic looks great.  Thanks to all the folks who came for the work day.  You did a great job digging the garlic up so that we could replant it on our own land. 

  We are now using the new farm that we purchased this winter.  Thanks to all who helped with that capital investment.  If you would be interested in helping with future capital investment, please let us know. 

Juan and Oliver got rid of most of the willow trees around the new pond.  They have also convinced the groundhogs to move on.  We do not have the use of the building yet, but the owners are working at cleaning out the buildings.  The worst part is the poison ivy that is growing in the grass.  It is impossible to get rid of unless we spray an herbicide.  Oliver is looking into other options. 

It has been very dry.  We have had to irrigate the lettuce, the new strawberries, and the kale and chard.  We did get a little rain on Saturday and Sunday.  Hopefully more is coming in the early part of the week.

The CSA will start on June 2.  Our markets have already started.  Check them out if you are in the area. 

We have opened a new farm stand at St. Mark's Episcopal on King's Highway, Alexandria, VA  on Saturdays from 8 - 1 pm  Come out or encourage any friends that you have who live in the area to come out and visit Gregg there on Saturdays.

We are still at Westminster Farmer's Market on Saturdays, from 8-12.

St. Luke's Episcopal on Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA Saturdaysfrom  8 - 1 pm

East Columbia Library at the Library on Cradle Rock Way on Thursdays from 2-6pm

NGS Farm Stand on Tuesdays in the Courtyard from 8-2 pm

DOT Farmer's Market on Tuesdays from 9-2 pm

 

We are looking forward to a great year!  Strawberries are right around the corner!

 

Let us know if you have any question or concerns

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Posted 5/13/2015 2:50pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

at the East Columbia Library on Cradlerock Way

from 2-6 pm. 

 

Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and apples.  Say Hello to Oliver and let's start the new year right with great asparagus!

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

 

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads  honey oatmeal bread and baggettes

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink Lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/11/2015 3:17pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We will be at National Geographic Society Tuesday, May 4 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

 

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

 

HERBS

mint tea

 lovage

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink lLdy apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 5/11/2015 2:20pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

If you have been meaning to sign up for the CSA for 2015 and are procrastinating - you have ONLY 4 days left to sign up for the whole season and get a 6 % discount.   After May 15th you will still be able to sing up for the different season, but there will not be a discount.

The deadline to sign up for the spring session will be May 27.

 

Let us know if you have any questions about the CSA.  We would be happy to arrange for CSA pick ups are your apartment building or community.  We can send you flyers to email or hang up.  We can also do deliveries to your business as well.  Let us know if there is any way that we can accommodate you.

Remember a CSA supports local food in your area - where you live. 

To sign up for the CSA go to www.orchardcountryproduce.com to sign up.  You can pay right away with a credit card or you can save 4% by clicking invoice and sending a check.

I will be sending out reminder emails to folks who still owe money for the spring session and the full season discount. 

You MUST pay for the full season by May 15 in order to get the discount. 

At midnight on May 15 the discount will disappear!  So pay up now.  the email that I send will give you either a link to pay with a credit card or you can send a check.

 

Thanks for letting us serve you.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 5/8/2015 7:08pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow May9 we will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm.  Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and apples.  Say Hello to Oliver and let's start the new year right with great asparagus!

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

 

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens ( Get them while they are here!  - Almost gone for this year!)

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink Lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 5/6/2015 3:48pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow May 7 is the first day of the East Columbia Farmer's market at the East Columbia Library from 2-6 pm.  Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and apples.  Say Hello to Oliver and let's start the new year right with great asparagus!

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

 

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - We have a new baker at the market this year.  Come out and check out the breads!

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink Lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/4/2015 2:45pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

If you have been meaning to sign up for the CSA for 2015 and are procrastinating - you have ONLY 11 days left to sign up for the whole season and get a 6 % discount. 

We are picking asparagus  and rhubarb.  We are also picking some very nice kale and lettuce.

The chickens are laying lots of good eggs since they are out in their convertible coop for the summer.

The greenhouse is full and the high tunnel is jammed with red beets, spring onions. kale, lettuce, radishes and early tomatoes.

Let us know if you have any questions about the CSA.  We would be happy to arrange for CSA pick ups are your apartment building or community.  We can send you flyers to email or hang up.  We can also do deliveries to your business as well.  Let us know if there is any way that we can accommodate you.

Remember a CSA supports local food in your area - where you live. 

To sign up for the CSA go to www.orchardcountryproduce.com to sign up.  You can pay right away with a credit card or you can save 4% by clicking invoice and sending a check.

 

Thanks for letting us serve you.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 5/4/2015 2:40pm by Gregg Keckler.

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

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

 

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

 

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink Lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce