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Posted 4/20/2018 12:52pm by Gregg Keckler.
Bedding Plants!
Flowers!
 
 
 
We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!
 
 April 21 
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
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
 
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
 potatoes
 LETTUCE MIX
Spring onions
 
 
 
 
 
 Bedding Plants
Flowers
Vegetables
 
 
 
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 - zucchini, banana
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 4/16/2018 10:23am by Gregg Keckler.
 
An Apple a DAY
Keeps the Doctor away!
 
 We have Apple Schnitz!
 
We have Fresh Broilers and parts!
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, April 17
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

 

  
 
Vegetables 
 red beets
 potatoes
Salad Mix
spring onions
 
  
 
 
 
 
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 4/13/2018 1:45pm by Gregg Keckler.
Bedding Plants!
Flowers!
 
 
 
We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!
 
 April 14 
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
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
 
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
 potatoes
 LETTUCE MIX
Spring onions
parsnips
 
 
 
 
 Bedding Plants
Flowers
Vegetables
 
 
 
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 - zucchini, banana
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 4/6/2018 4:50pm by Gregg Keckler.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 
 
 
 
We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!
 
 April 7 
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
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
 
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
 potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 

 APPLE SCHNITZ!

FRESH!

DELICIOUS!

GREAT SNACK!

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
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 4/4/2018 2:01pm by Gregg Keckler.

If you are Cynthia Whitman or you know her, please contact me!

 

What's happening on the farm

We have all been busy in spite of the difficult weather.  We thought March would come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but not so.  In like a lion and out like a lion.  That makes sense- since when does a lion turn into a lamb, anyway? 

Cleaning out the barn and spreading chicken and turkey manure on the fields was a top priority for this month.  We got a new bactch of 20 week old pullets.  We had a LOT of piglets born.  One sow had 18 (!) piglets of which 12 survived.  They are all healthy and well.  Unfortunately 9 of them were boars so Oliver had to do some surgery.  He did a great job and all barrows are doing great. 

The last of the old apple trees were uprooted and burnt.  We will let that field set fallow this year in preparation for new trees next spring.  There were a lot of trees down this winter so Oliver and Juan were cutting wood and clearing up fallen trees.  The pruning of all trees is finished.  The pruning of all raspberries and blackberries is done.  There have been many seeds planted in the greenhouse during March - vegetables and flowers.  The high tunnel has been filled with salad greens, spring onions, radishes, spinach, kale and peas for spring markets.  Hopefully those who come to the St Luke's and NGS Farm Stands in April will enjoy these great high tunnel offerings.  The rhubarb is just about to pop out of the ground. 

All the fruit trees were sprayed with dormant oil this month to help keep the San Jose Scale which we noticed last year from infecting all the trees.  Last year's very wet growing season was the culprit for this infection.  Hopefully it has been caught in time.

Markets and Farm Stand News

It is hard to believe that April is the beginning of the market season again.  Gregg will be starting at NGS on Tuesday, April 17. 

Oliver has been and will be continuing to come to St Luke's on Saturdays. 

Thanks to all who have continued to buy even when there was very little to buy!  Your support has helped us to keep ahead during the winter months.

Family News

Isabelle is working hard on those first teeth.  They are the worst!

  Gregg and I have had several blessings this month.  Our twin daughters both had babies this month. Sarah Reynolds had a little girl, Lillian on March 21 and Martha Caudill had twins - a little girl, Felicity and a little boy, Benjamin on March 28.  So we now have 15 grandchildren and counting!

CSA News

Thanks to all who have signed up for the CSA for 2018.  All 46 of you!  Thanks so much!  We are stilling taking subscriptions if anyone did not sign up, but wishes to.  Check the website for prices and information or email us.

Health

I hope that you have been outside daily!  The fresh air  and sunshine are the BEST medicine to cure all ills - physical, mental and emotional.  We are enjoying the birds and budding of trees.  In the winter I always bring in sprigs of Red Twig Dogwood and let them come to bud and leaf.  It adds such greenery to the dull winter.  Now I have Forsythia in vases throughout the house to add bits of green and yellow.  Great formula for all ills!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

 

 

Posted 3/30/2018 8:51am by Gregg Keckler.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 
 
We have pies and breads for Easter dinner and breakfast!
 
We have FRESH Broilers - just ready for the oven!
 
 March 31 
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
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
 
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
 sweet potatoes
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 

 APPLE SCHNITZ!

FRESH!

DELICIOUS!

GREAT SNACK!

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
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 3/23/2018 8:48pm by Gregg Keckler.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 
 
 March 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
Fuji apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
Nittany apples - sweet
apple cider
 
Vegetables 
 Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
 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!

 APPLE SCHNITZ!

FRESH!

DELICIOUS!

GREAT SNACK!

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
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 3/16/2018 4:11pm by Gregg Keckler.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 
 
 March 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
 sweet potatoes
potatoes
Acorn squash
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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!

 APPLE SCHNITZ!

FRESH!

DELICIOUS!

GREAT SNACK!

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
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 3/9/2018 3:22pm by Gregg Keckler.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 
 
 March 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
 sweet potatoes
potatoes
Acorn squash
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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!

 APPLE SCHNITZ!

FRESH!

DELICIOUS!

GREAT SNACK!

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, 
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
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 3/2/2018 2:44pm by Gregg Keckler.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! 
 
 March 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
 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!

 APPLE SCHNITZ!

FRESH!

DELICIOUS!

GREAT SNACK!

 

 

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