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March Farm News

Posted 3/4/2013 9:55am by Gregg Keckler.

Hello all,

We're beginning to get spring fever here on the farm and are relieved that March has arrived.  Of course it still feels like winter, but 40-degree days will appear more frequently and we can't wait! 

CSA Sign-ups:
The CSA sign-ups are still actively arriving in our e-mail inbox each day.  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.

In lieu of Spring, Gregg & Oliver have been spending a lot of time planting in the greenhouse.  Seed orders arrive in the mail several times a week.  So far they have planted 15 varieties of Lettuce, 2 varieties of Kale, and many herbs including Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Rosemary, Lavender, and even Stevia. Red Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Bell Peppers, and Hot Peppers (Habaneros and Jalapenos) have also been planted in the greenhouse. 

Oliver and Sarah continue to prune the orchard trees and are making great progress.  For the past few weeks, Oliver has been scouring listings for a new market truck.  He finally found one that will suit our needs (and should not break down) for a reasonable price.  The new truck will have more space for loading market goods/produce and will be much more fuel efficient.  Oliver and Sarah will be roadtripping to West Virginia this week to pick it up.

We added a pig to our livestock herd a few months ago.  She is known as a heritage grazing pig and her particular variety is hard to find because they are slow-growing pigs and thrive off of foraging, which is not of value to commercial pork producers. Since the pastures are not prime for grazing yet, we let her wander around foraging in the nearby fenced-off woods. Her diet is also supplemented with loads of unused and/or rotten produce from one of our neighboring farmers who is still cleaning out his coolers and winterized fields.

Our pig Greenhouse labors Kale sprouting

We hope you are all doing well.  Happy March - 16 days till spring!

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler  - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm www.orchardcountryproduce.com