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December news - Orchard Country Produce

Posted 12/6/2011 9:48am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
     We are keeping very busy with repairs and maintenance of the soil and the buildings.  We have the greenhouse cleaned up and we have some very nice arugala and lettuce mix growing for the winter delivery.  The mild temperatures have been very helpful here.
   We have not been able to get into the fields to plow or clean up the black plastic because of the rain.  We may be dong this in January!  That would be a first - to be plowing in January!  We are sorting apples and taking some to auction each week.  We are saving the best ones for the winter delivery and for spring market sales.  

  NEW WEB ADDRESS- www.orchardcountryproduce .  You can still use the old one for awhile, but we plan to eliminate it so change your bookmark if you have us saved. 

For the winter delivery - you can go to the website www.orchardcountryproduce.com and order from the store and pay with paypal.  If you do not have paypal and do not want to get it, you can still order.  Just send us an email and we can let you know how to do it.  The first delivery is scheduled for December 15.  thanks to everyone who has order so far.  If you would like to get in you must order before December 12.

   We have had three steers butchered in the last two months and we butchered 23 turkeys!  So we are stocked with meat and bologna.
  Gregg is buying seeds, trees, new berry plants, and other plants for spring planting.  We will let you know when we will have our tree planting day this year.  It will be sometime in April.
We are also planning to do some  new companion planting to help with pest control especially groundhogs and deer.  The deer  destroyed many trees last year. and the groundhogs were a constantly  problem in the cabbage. 

I am working on the new subscription form for next year.  There will be a few changes.  The changes will effect only full shares.  We are raising the price of the full shares for 2012.  For the past 5 years we have given a tremendous discount to full shares because we knew that we did not have enough produce or fruit to give the full shares exactly double the half shares.  But this past year we actually had enough of everything to double the half shares completely for the full shares, so we felt it was time to raise the full share prices to reflect this.  The full shares will cost $880 for the full 21 weeks paid before April 30th.  The price for a full share individually for each 7 week  session will be $300.  The half share prices will remain the same.  $450 for 21 weeks paid before April 30th and $160 for each session individually.  I should have the subscription form up by the end of this week. 

Thanks to everyone who bought from us in 2011 and we are looking forward to a better CSA in 2012.
We are also looking forward to seeing our great friends at the markets - rain or shine!  :)

PS - If anyone knows of a good location for a farm stand in Arlington or Alexandria area, please let us know.  We  would like to start a small farm stand in these areas so that we can have another CSA drop off spot for Saturdays. 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country produce and Fruit Farm