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February Farm News

Posted 2/5/2013 4:32pm by Gregg Keckler.

Hello all,

We can't believe February is here already! Our famous groundhog here in PA has predicted an early spring, but we're skeptical because every day so far this week we've had snow fall.

January ended on a bittersweet note as our wonderful basset hound Homer (of Homer's Famous Dog Biscuits) died in his sleep one snowy night.  We've had him since he was 9 months old and he would've turned 17 this spring- which is very old for a basset hound.  Homer made friends with everyone- animals and people alike.  He especially loved cats, in fact, at one point, he was running a nursery for the barn cats' kittens in his dog house.  Homer often tried to steal fruits and vegetables from the crates at Orchard Country (see below - Homer caught red-pawed with a Methley plum).  We will miss Homer, but we are grateful for the fond memories and his unrivaled excellence as 'watchdog' at Orchard Country Produce.

Homer and the Plum Homer makes friends Homer on the porch

We've been keeping busy with outdoor activities like maintenancing/repairing equipment and fixing crates. Gregg and Oliver have also been compiling seed order lists for spring plantings.  We are also making between 30-50 jars of jams and jellies nearly every day. As you can see from the photo below- we're concerned that the house might start leaning with all that jam in one room!

Seed catalog time Left: Two generations of farmers, Oliver and Gregg, pour over seed catalogs.

Right: The jams/jellies storehouse at Orchard Country is jammed (pun intended) and this is only half of it!

The CSA sign-ups have been steadily flowing in, thank-you to those who have already signed up and sent  payment! Don't forget to take advantage of our Early Bird discount.  You can learn more about the CSA and sign-up here on our website.  You can also access our CSA information and farm profile at LocalHarvest.org (search for Orchard Country Produce, Gardners, PA).

  • NOTE: We are willing to add new pickups (Neighborhoods, Businesses, Residential Parks, etc.) in the D.C./Alexandria/Arlington and Gaithersburg, MD areas.  We require a minimum of 6 shares to establish a new delivery location.  Please contact us if you are interested in adding a new stop.
We hope you have a wonderful February!

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