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Posted 1/22/2018 1:28pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January 23
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
sugar beets
Fairy Tales
potatoes
SALAD GREENS
 Brussels Sprouts
 
  
 
 
 
 
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 1/19/2018 9:11pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
 January 20 
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
Braeburn 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
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

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 1/15/2018 12:41pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January 16
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

Braeburn apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
 red beets
  butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Fairy Tales
potatoes
SALAD GREENS
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna,
 
 
 

               

 

 

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 1/12/2018 2:59pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
 January 13 
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
Braeburn 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
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

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 1/11/2018 3:30pm by Gregg Keckler.

What's New at the Farm

Oliver and Juan have been working on a new cleaning, processing and packing room for all our vegetables.  Before we were cleaning and prepping produce either in a shed with only half a roof (The rest of the roof was usually flapping in the wind or we were processing on the back of a pickup truck.)  We now have a new addition for all the packing, cleaning, bunching, etc.  It is attached to our larger cooler.  (If you were here last spring - it is the building where we had all the food.)  This addition not only has a new stainless steel sink and storage area, but it also has a restroom for field workers and an area for the water tank and pump.  Now it will not freeze in the winter.  Oliver and Juan are putting the finishing touches on it.  This was our "capital improvement " project for the year.

Gregg has been making lots of jams and jellies.  He was caring for  the new batch of broiler chicks that we got around Thanksgiving. He has also been hauling wheelbarrow- loads of mulch to blackberries and boysenberries.

I have been pruning and generally cleaning up berries and currants.

The weather has been pretty good for winter time.  We are still getting lettuce from the high tunnel.  We have turnips and beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter squash stored in the big walk-in.  We have apples in the cooler.  The really cold weather killed the kale and parsley, but the cold is very needful.  Last year we had too many bugs because last winter was not cold enough to kill them.  Hopefully this year they will be eliminated.

Future plans for the rest of the winter

Oliver and Juan have already started on pruning fruit trees.  They will finish by mid-February. Gregg and Oliver are buying seeds and ordering plants. All the guys will be butchering broilers in a couple weeks for winter sales at markets.  They are also going to be butchering old layers so that we will have some stewing hens. 

I will be trellising grapes and raspberries and rejuvenating gooseberries and elderberries and also taxes.

We are still going to 2 markets each week.  Gregg is at NGS on Tuesdays and Oliver is at St Luke's on Saturdays.  Oliver plans to continue each week with no breaks.  Gregg will go until the end of February and then start up again in April.

CSA update

Thanks to all who have signed up for the 2018 CSA.  We got more shares signed up and paid for in December then we ever had before.  This is a testament to your faith in us.  We are alternately humbled and proud of your confidence.  Thanks so much!  We plan to be worthy of your trust.

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 CSA, please check our website for information or you can email me and I will send you information.

Family news

We are hoping to get a new family photo with Oliver and Lizzie and Isabelle and Gregg and I on the website soon. 

In other family news - In September of last year, Gregg had the unique opportunity to get his picture taken with five pregnant daughters at one time!  Lydia had her baby in October, Katie in December; Martha is having twins in March, Sarah in April and Virginia in May.  Wow! They are coming fast!

Isabelle is growing like a weed!  If you went to St Luke's in December you had the opportunity to meet her and Lizzie.  She loves smiling and "talking" - of course - she takes after her father.  

 

 

Oliver,Lizzie and Isabelle Keckler

Gregg and Louise Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 1/5/2018 12:42pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
 January 6 
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
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 cheesecake squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

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 12/30/2017 7:02am by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
 December 30 
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
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 cheesecake squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
Romanseque
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

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 12/22/2017 12:28pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
December 23
 
Historic Manassas Farm Market
Parking Lot B, across from
 Baldwin Elementary
 
from 9-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Fuji apples
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Wheat bread, Sourdough Bread
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

 

Posted 12/22/2017 12:26pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
 December 23 
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
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 cheesecake squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
Romanseque
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Wheat bread, Sourdough Bread
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 12/18/2017 1:18pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, December 19
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Stayman Winesap apples

Fuji apples

Braeburn apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
Kale
 red beets
  butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Fairy Tales
Brussels Sprouts
Romanesque
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fresh Cut Herbs
 
parsley - curly and Italian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna,
 
 
 

               

 

 

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
 We have Peanut Blossom cookies for the holidays!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

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

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm