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November Farm News

Posted 11/7/2011 9:37am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We are getting ready for our Winter Vegetable and Fruit delivery.  If you haven't contacted us yet about joining send us an email now - so we can put you on the list.  We will have the E-Store up and running by  December 1 for the first orders.  We will be doing the first delivery on Thursday December 15.   All orders will need to be in by Saturday, December 10.

   We are butchering turkeys, if you would like to order one for delivery to:

DOT Market --  November 8 or November 15
Columbia Market --  November 10 or Novmber 17 
Bethesda Market (UUChurch)-- Novevmber 12 or November 19
Westminster Market -- November 12 or November 19 

Let us know ASAP so we can reserve a turkey for you.  The price is $3.99/lb and the turkeys are mostly between 10 - 15 lbs.  There may be a few smaller and a few larger.  These turkeys ate grass, bugs, nectarines, and cracked corn and enjoyed life in a mobile home with portable electric fencing.

 We had some pretty serious damage from the 15 inch snow that we had on October 29.  Several very large trees either came down or dropped large branches which distroyed fences everywhere.  We are still trying to saw up the big trees and repair the fences.  In the meantime our cow in locked in the barn and she is not very happy about it.
  
     We have started some lettuce in the greenhouse.  We are hoping that it will mature for winter deliveries.  We still have lots of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts and winter squash.  The tomatoes are finished, but we are still selling peppers and alot of onions.  We just picked the Gold Rush apples and we still have the Pink Lady apples to pick yet. 
   We will be making some gift boxes including apples, pears, winter squash, jam, etc  for purchase for the December 15 Winter Delivery.  So keep these in mind if you are planning gifts for the holidays.
 
   Now we are in the middle of serious cleanup  - washing and disinfecting all coolers, storing boxes,  sorting apples, clearing tomato stakes, plowing and planting winter barley and rye for green manure.  Gregg is ordering some new trees and raspberries for next spring planting.
  
   We hope to have our new subscription form on the website by December 1.  We will begin taking subscribers for 2012 after January 1, 2012. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!  Remember the bountiful harvests that we had this year and give thanks! 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm