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Posted 12/11/2017 1:42pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, December 12
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Stayman Winesap apples

Fuji apples

Braeburn apples

Cameo apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
Kale
 red beets
  butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Fairy Tales
Brussels Sprouts
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fresh Cut Herbs
 
parsley - curly and Italian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna,
 
 
 

               

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 We have Peanut Blossom cookies for the holidays!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Holly sprigs!
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 12/9/2017 6:15am by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
December 9
 
Historic Manassas Farm Market
Parking Lot B, across from
 Baldwin Elementary
 
from 9-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer!

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Stayman Winesap apples
Fuji apples
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
apple cider
Shagbark Hickory nuts
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Wheat bread, Sourdough Bread
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

Posted 12/9/2017 6:03am by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
 December 9 
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer!

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Stayman Winesap apples
Fuji apples
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
apple cider
Shagbark Hickory nuts
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 cheesecake squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Wheat bread, Sourdough Bread
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 12/4/2017 5:53pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, December 5
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Stayman Winesap apples

Fuji apples

Braeburn apples

Cameo apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
Kale
 red beets
  Yukon Gold Potatoes
butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Fairy Tales
Brussels Sprouts
cauliflower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fresh Cut Herbs
 
parsley - curly and Italian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna,
 
 
 

               

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 12/1/2017 5:15pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
Come out tomorrow
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer!

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Stayman Winesap apples
Fuji apples
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
apple cider
Shagbark Hickory nuts
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 cheesecake squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
cauliflower
arugala
mizuna
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Wheat bread, Sourdough Bread
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 11/30/2017 5:21pm by Gregg Keckler.

Please Read this  if you have not yet signed up for a CSA with us for 2018

A CSA is such a diverse and different experience with each farm.  This diversity is the beauty of it, but it can also be the scary part - what kind of produce will I get? How much? Will these folks come through each week? Will I really use it? and What quality will I get?

Expectations vs. Reality

This email will hopefully bring some clarity.  Orchard Country Produce has been doing a CSA since 2007.  We have changed our own plans since the early years.  We expanded our share sizes; We added delivery services to homes and businesses; We also added online store offerings and egg/flower shares.  We also created different payment options, payment plans and "pay as you go" options.

Sometime during the last several years, we have begun to notice a change in the average CSA subscriber and wasn't for the good.  We were not as happy with folks and we were not excited about making boxes or deliveries knowing that by the time we checked the email there would be problems and complaints.

We were attempting to provide good quality items - understandably, with 300+ boxes we were also making errors or overlooking bad quality.  (When we pick and pack 100+ boxes on Monday for Tuesday deliveries with some of the boxes not being delivered until Tuesday afternoon and folks not actually unpacking the boxes until later, the quality is compromised 

 greatly.

We began two years ago to eliminate stops that did not have a minimum number.  We also began eliminating folks who were chronically dissatisfied with the CSA.

Then we sat down and analyzed the bottom line.

- making deliveries cost truck/gas money, not counting parking tickets throughout the District.

- personal shares were losing us money - box fees, loss of boxes, credit card fees, the cost in time to wash, pack fruit and produce for shares that cost the customer $13/week was not sustainable.

- the costs of maintaining an online store and online credit card processing was costing us in website expenses and upgrading time that was non-farm productive.

This year we are going to a model which is exactly opposite of what our website host is trying to encourage.  This model is the antithesis of what all innovative technology experts suggest will grow your CSA.

All the CSA news articles are suggesting that in order to compete with Pea Pod, Blue Apron, home delivery services, CSA farms should offer smaller share options, online payments and more options, options, options.  We are doing just the opposite.

We are streamlining our CSA, eliminating options, deliveries and online credit card sales.

The New Plan

We are offering only one size.

 - the share is similar to our half share in size.  If you would like a full share just order two shares. 

  - the share will have more items - not more volume/item. 

 - the share will have better quality and variety. 

  - the share will be customized - in other words - if we are loaded with raspberries for Thursday's boxes, they will get raspberries.  If we are flush with cantaloupes for Saturday's boxes, they will get cantaloupe. If the men picked lima beans on Monday, Tuesday's boxes will get lima beans.

 - the shares will not be a total surprise, but we will not be sending an entire list of box contents on Mondays.

- the share sessions have changed.  There will be two 12 week session. 

 - the share sign up windows for 2018 are earlier than ever before.  Truthfully, we need money in January and February, not just sign ups.  We are not taking online payments, but if you want to pay with a credit card, you can still go to National Geographic Society or St Luke's in Alexandria in December, January and February and use your card.  (We are going to charge 4% for this option.)  You can always give us or send us a check with no additional fee.

 - the share payment plan for 2018. We are not unfeeling toward those who would prefer to pay with timed payments.  So we are offering a payment plan.  Sign up in December, January or February with the discounted rate and make an initial payment of $300.  We will bill you in four equal monthly payments. 

Our CSA vs. the TRENDS

We know that all of these changes fly in the face of current trends.  We believe these changes will keep us closer to the earth and to our original intent. 

1. This farm caters to the earth, the sky, the seed and God who watches over all.  We hope that you will join us for the CSA in 2018.  We cannot cater to you, but you can join in the rewards of the labor and the tender loving care that we invest in our soil and our farm.

2. We at Orchard Country Produce personally want to grow and deliver our products to a few families within our market range.  We promise you honesty and fairness as well as quality and variety within our abilities.

 

We do not expect the changes we are making to grow our CSA bigger or make us more money, but the changes will give us the CSA members who trust us and enjoy the anticipation of fresh farm products and the knowledge that they are supporting a truly local, small, hands-on farm.

Sign up is simple

Send a check with total payment or partial payment to:

Orchard Country Produce

1410 Goodyear Rd.

Gardners, PA 17324

Include your name, email address, pick up location and share option.

We will acknowledge receipt of all checks via email.

Costs

CSA 2018

Session 1

June 4 - August 25

Fruits and vegetables delivered weekly at one of our stands or Senate Square or Gangplank Marina

Cost - $324 if paid in January or February, 2018

Cost - $360 if paid in March and April, 2018

Cost - $384 - after April 30th

add $60 for one dozen eggs/wk  or $30 for 1/2 dozen eggs/week

Session 2 

August 27 - November 17

Fruits and Vegetables delivered weekly at one of our stands or Senate Square or Gangplank Marina

Cost -$324  if paid in January and February, 2018  

Cost - $360 if paid in March or April, 2018

Cost - $384 if paid after April 30th

add $60 for one dozen eggs/wk  or $30 for 1/2 dozen eggs/week

Full Year  - Only available at this price until February 28

June 4 - November 17 

Cost- $638 for fruits and vegetables

Cost - $758 for Fruits and vegetables  plus one dozen eggs

Cost - $698 for fruits and vegetables  plus 1/2 dozen eggs

 

Pick up locations

Gangplank Marina - for residents only - Tuesdays

Senate Square - for residents - Tuesdays

St Luke's Episcopal Church on Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA - Saturdays

Fairfax Community Market on Page Ave, Fairfax, VA - Saturdays

Westminster Farmer's market in Westminster , MD - Saturdays

East Columbia Library on Cradle Rock Way, Columbia, MD - Thursdays

Belle View Condos in Alexandria, VA - Thursdays

National Geographic Society on 16th St, DC - Tuesdays

Woodlake Towers in Falls Church, VA - Tuesdays

River Towers in Alexandria, VA - Tuesdays

DOT New Jersey Ave SE - Tuesdays- This location is guaranteed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 11/20/2017 11:52am by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, November 21
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Granny Smith apples 

Gold Rush apples

Stayman Winesap apples

Fuji apples

Braeburn apples

Cameo apples

Nittany apples

apple cider

 
  
 
Vegetables 
Kale
 red beets
  eggplant
Yukon Gold Potatoes
butternut squash
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
Honey Nut winter squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
Fairy Tales
cheesecake pumpkins
arugala
mizuna greens
Brussels Sprouts
cauliflower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fresh Cut Herbs
 
parsley - curly and Italian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna,
 
 
 

               

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, wheat bread, sourdough bread, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 Pies- apple, peach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Great  Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 11/17/2017 11:48am by Gregg Keckler.
Come to the Farmer's Market for great fruit and produce! 
 
 
Come out tomorrow
Westminster Farmer's Market
November 18
8- 12 noon

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer!

 

 Fruit
Cameo Apples
Granny Smith  apples
Braeburn apples
Stayman Winesap apples
York apples
Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples
Nittany apples
Apple Cider
 
Black Walnuts
Shagbark Hickory nuts

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
potatoes
Red Beets
garlic
sweet onions
eggplant
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
delicata squash
Cheesecake squash
 Fairy Tale pumpkins
Sugar beets
Sweet potatoes
cauliflower
arugala
broccoli
collards
celeriac
Hubbard Squash
Sunchokes
 
 
 
 
CUT  HERBS 
curly parsley
Italian parsley
 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Sourdough, Wheat
Dinner rolls, burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

 
Homemade Jellies and Jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 11/17/2017 11:46am by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farm Stand and get great produce and fruit! 
 
Come out tomorrow
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
 in Alexandria, VA

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer!

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
Granny Smith  apples
Stayman Winesap apples
Fuji apples
Braeburn apples
Cameo apples
Pink Lady apples - crisp, tart
apple cider
black Walnuts
Shagbark Hickory nuts
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
Red Beets
Sweet onions
garlic
eggplant
spaghetti squash
butternut squash
 delicata squash
 cheesecake squash
sweet potatoes
sugar beets
cauliflower
arugala
mizuna
broccoli
Hubbard Squash
Fairy tale pumpkins
Brussels sprouts
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Wheat bread, Sourdough Bread
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
cherry Pies

 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 11/15/2017 4:02pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
East Columbia Library Farm Stand
Cradle Rock Way
November 16 12-6 pm

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real  farmer!

 

 Fruit
Stayman Winesap apples - tart
Granny Smith apples - tart
Fuji apples - sweet
Braeburn apples - tart
Gold Rush apples - tart 
Black Twig apples - tart
Cameo apples - sweet
Nittany apples - sweet
Qunice
Apple cider
 
 
Vegetables 
red beets
Kale
Swiss Chard
Sweet onions
garlic
spaghetti squash
eggplant
butternut squash
delicata squash
cabbage
Honey Nut winter squash
sugar beets
arugala
sweet potatoes
cauliflower
 broccoli
Brussels sprouts
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - pumpkin, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
apple Pies
Cherry Pies

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm