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Farms news - March

Posted 3/5/2012 2:28pm by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

   March is here and we are planting up a storm-  lots of bedding plants and some tomatoes and flowers.  We also transplanted kale into plugs.  Cabbage seeda are in the ground.  We have planted arugala and lettuce for the first markets and for the April deliveries.  We planted spring onions and peas outside already.  All the raspberries are pruned. The fruit trees are all pruned as well. 
   
     We are looking at March 24 for a tree planting day.  If anyone is interested in coming please RSVP by March 17.  You can come as a group or individually and bring the family for a great day on the farm!  We will give you a tour of things and host a great dinner and you can get some fresh air!

 We have 2 pigs that should be ready to butcher by the middle  of April and 2 more that are about 100 lbs.  We ordered our chicks and turkey poults for delivery in mid-May. 
           
     ATTENTION!  Folks in the Alexandria area - We will be having a farm stand  on Saturday mornings at St. Luke's Episcipal Church at 8009 Fort Hunt Rd. - Just off the George Washington Parkway.  We will have our farm stand open on May 5 and we will have a CSA pick up there as well beginning the first week of June.  If you have already signed up and would like to change to this location, just send us an email and we will make note of it.  We have added this location to the drop off spots on the CSA sign up page on the website.  I hope this will facilitate more folks in the Northern Virginia area.

    Remember if you would like a CSA drop off in your coummunity or business get 6 shares (any size)  and we will do a drop off for you.  Email us with any questions.
  There are 55 days left to sign up for the early bird special of $450/half share and $870/full share.  April 30 is also the last day to sign up for the spring session which begins in June.

Just to let folks know you can go to the website and sign up for the CSA; you can pay with paypal or if you would prefer you can send us a check by clicking on invoice at the checkout.  

   Thanks to those who signed up and paid up early. We were able to purchase a planter for seeds of any size  - the very smallest lettuce seeds to the larger corn and bean seeds.  This will be a great help because placing and covering the seeds will be more accurate and relaible.  Less chance of crop failure.

FYI:  Most of you know about our family, but for those of you who are new to us.  We have 7 children. 

Stuart- married to Tamara with granddaughter, Tabitha and another on the way.  Tamara does all the baking. 

Katie - married to Ryan Tuckey.  They just purchased a 70 acre farm near us and are beginning their own fruit    and vegetable farm.  We are using 15 acres of their land this year.  

Martha- married to Daniel Caudill.  Martha has her own landscaping business. Those who go to Cedar Lane know Martha.  

Sarah - works for a consulting firm in Old Town, Alexandria, VA.  She would love to go into beef farming some day.  Sarah helps in Columbia and also goes with Katie to Kentlands and helps at Westminster.  

Lydia - married to Mark Wooten.  She is a nurse at Gettysburg Hospital.  Lydia has helped out at the Westminster Market. 

Viriginia - in college.  She always goes to Westminster and Columbia in the summer. 

Oliver - a junior in high school.  Everyone knows Oliver!  He has been to DOT, Columbia, and Cedar Lane.
 
Our children have all been involved more or less in the farming for many years.  They have been a great help  getting things done .
 
We are waiting anxiously for the first asparagus and the beginning of spring vegetables.  
 
Have a great month.  Spring is practically here!

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm