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Work Day and Visit Day April 11

Posted 3/23/2015 2:43pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This is a reminder about our Annual Spring Work Day.  We will also being giving a  tour as well.  We will begin the work day at 11:00am.  I think that folks will be planting blackberries bushes, onion sets, and possibly strawberry plants.  We will have a tour of all the fields and the animals and especially the new fields that we just purchased with the capital projects money.  We will end the day with a lunch and then folks can take a leisurely trip back to MD or DC.  please let us know if you are planning to come.  So far there are 12 people coming.  We can use a lot more help if you are free and would like to get out in the fresh air and the sunshine (hopefully). 

Gregg is finishing up his jam making with one last batch of shagbark hickory syrup.  Oliver and Juan have been working in the high tunnel.  The greenhouse is just about full of young plants and seedlings.  Today everyone helped to transplant kale into the high tunnel.  I should be getting the first batch of broilers next week.

We are hoping that the CSA sign ups will pick up here in the next couple of weeks.  It is down from last year.  We were thinking it was the weather, but Gregg is sure that it is the economy.  We are not sure which one - or maybe folks are just procrastinating this year.  In any case, if you have not signup up yet for the CSA and you are planning to - please do it soon.  These early numbers will help us to plan how much to plant for early crops for the spring session.

We are looking forward to the first market - National Geographic  in the courtyard will be starting on April 21! 

The great news is that Sarah - our third oldest daughter got married on Saturday!  She owns the Twirley Top Ice Cream and Burger stop near us at the lakes.  We had a busy weekend and now that that is behind us we are looking forward to the spring and the market season.


Let us know if you would like any flyers to encourage folks to sign up for the CSA at your business or neighborhood. 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc