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Farm News - Spring

Posted 4/11/2019 9:11am by Gregg Keckler.

Spring has sprung and we are busy!

 We are selling many bedding plants again this year including peppers, herbs, tomatoes, broccoli, eggplant, flowers, and lettuce. 

We seeded in the green house: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, beans, cabbage, broccoli, many herbs and flowers for the field as soon as we can safely get them in the ground. 

We are planting  peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes, Swiss chard, kale, broccoli, red beets, green onions in the field.  Much of it is under rowcover right now because of the chance of cold weather in the evenings.

We are excited about this year's planting and harvest.  We have made some changes in our scheduling and practices which we think will be a big improvement over past years. 

We are harvesting now  lettuce, spinach, some radishes and onions from the high tunnel as well as baby chard and kale.


We are pruning all the trees and berries as well and preparing for the biggest year yet of strawberries in the spring.  We are hoping to have a pick-your-own patch here on the farm.  We will let you know when that will be.  So far everything looks good for a harvest.

We are managing the layers, hogs, and broilers.  We will be getting a new batch of broilers to raise out next week.



St Luke's is open NOW - check out Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm

NGS in the Courtyard is open NOW - check out Tuesdays 7:30 - 2 pm

NEW - Twirly Top Farm Stand will be open  Saturdays -April 20 - 9 - 2pm

DOT Farm Stand will open Tuesdays - May 7  - 9-2pm

East Columbia Library will open Thursdays - May 9  - 12 noon - 6 pm

Belle View Farm Stand will open Thursdays, May 9 - 3 - 7 pm

Fairfax Community Market will open Saturday - May 11  - 8 - 1 pm

Check out one of these locations to see some great fresh spring vegetables!



We are still taking CSA subscriptions for 2019.  CSA starts the week of June 4!

$638 for a full season fruit and vegetable share. (24weeks)

$324 for a half season fruit and vegetable share. (12 Weeks)

add $60 for half dozen eggs each week

add $120 for a dozen eggs each week

Let us know if you have any questions about the CSA

We have information on the website - www.orchardcountryproduce

Family news

We (Gregg and Louise) had another grandchild arrive on April first.  Misael Keckler.  He is the youngest child of Stuart and Tamara (She makes all the breads for the markets.) Number 17 and counting!


Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year


Gregg and Louise Keckler

Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler and Isabelle, too