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Posted 2/19/2020 3:58pm by Gregg Keckler.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2020 CSA with Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm.  After March 1 the price will increase to the regular subscription price for the rest of 2020.  So get your check in the mail now!

Whole season: June 1 - November 14 - $638    24 weeks

add one dozen eggs per week for $120

add half dozen eggs per week for $72

 

First session: June 1 - August 22 - $324  12 weeks

add one dozen eggs per week for $60

add half dozen eggs per week for $36

 

Second session:  August 24 - November 14 - $324  12 weeks

add one dozen eggs per week for $60

add half dozen eggs per week for $36

 

 You can send a check in the mail or go to St Luke's on Saturdays to give your check to Oliver on February 22 and February 29.  If you let us know that you want in you may also give your check to Gregg on Tuesday, March 2 at NGS Farm Stand.

Let us know if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to a great year! 

 

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

1410 Goodyear Rd

Gardners, PA 17324

(717)486-4653

Gregg and Louise Keckler

Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler

Isabelle and Remington, too

Posted 2/14/2020 2:23pm by Gregg Keckler.
FRESH BROILER CHICKENS
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
 
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 
 Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples
Pink Lady apples
 
 
FRESH APPLE CIDER!!
 
Vegetables
    potatoes - red and Yukon
kale
 Sweet potatoes
cabbage
Butternut squash
Acorn squash
 Swiss Chard
carrots
spinach
Lettuce Mix
Pac Choi
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
 
 Whole Broiler Chickens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
 Isabelle and Remington, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 2/7/2020 11:37am by Gregg Keckler.
FRESH BROILER CHICKENS
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
 
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 
 Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples
Pink Lady apples
 
 
FRESH APPLE CIDER!!
 
Vegetables
    potatoes - red and Yukon
kale
 Sweet potatoes
cabbage
Butternut squash
Acorn squash
 Swiss Chard
carrots
spinach
Lettuce Mix
Pac Choi
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
 
 Whole Broiler Chickens
 
Baked Goods
 
 Honey Oatmeal Bread
Cinnamon Bread
 
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
 Isabelle and Remington, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 2/3/2020 12:39pm by Gregg Keckler.

Farm News

We have the second high tunnel up and running. Well, almost, there is no electric yet, but who needs electric when we are having such beautiful weather! 

We have been planting radishes and lettuce in the new tunnel.  We are still harvesting chard, kale, lettuce, bok choi and spinach for the other tunnel.

We are getting a lot of eggs from the layers and we just sent several hogs to the butcher.  We also are stocked with whole chickens, as well.  We have 100 more that are almost ready to be butchered.

We are making a lot of jams and butter to restock the shelves for 2020 markets.

We have begun to plant lettuce in the greenhouse in plugs for field planting in March.

We are pruning fruit trees. The raspberries, grapes and blackberries are almost all pruned for this year.  We are planning to plant new blueberries this spring.

 

Markets

Saturdays

St Luke's Episcopal Church- Alexandria, VA - YEAR ROUND 8-1 pm

Fairfax Community Market - Fairfax, VA - Beginning in May  8-1pm

 

Tuesdays

National Geographic Society - 16th St, DC NW - Beginning in March  7:30 - 2 pm

 

St Luke's Episcopal Church - Alexandria, VA - Beginning in June  2- 7pm

 

Thursdays

East Columbia Library - Columbia, MD -Beginning in May 12 noon - 6 pm

 

Belle View Condos - Alexandria, VA - Beginning in May 2 -7pm

 

CSA

Thanks to those who have signed up for the CSA for 2020.  There is only one month left for the discounted prices so sign up now!  We intend to keep everything the same as last year.  You can sign up by sending us a check for the whole season 

24 weeks for $638 

12 weeks for $324 - Specify whether you want:

June 2-August 22 or August 25 - November 14

Check out the website for more details and egg shares.

 

We had a very good year last year with lots of strawberries and peaches.  We have a lot of nectarine trees that should be in full production in 2020 so that will add another big fruit item to the list.  We are planning to extend our watermelon and sugar cube season further into September as well.

We had a good year for most vegetables until the fall.  We had not planned for the low rain season in August and September so we had no drip tape on the fall broccoli and cauliflowers and beets.  So they were not up to our best standards, but we had great Brussels sprout which lasted through January  and quite a bit of carrots which we are still selling. 

Does anyone remember the Green Beans!  Wow! Did we have a lot of green beans.  We began picking them in early July and we still had good beans coming in early October.

We are planning for even great successes this year !

We enjoy growing and planning continuous crops and as much as we enjoy eating them!  We hope that you will join us!

 

Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler - Isabelle and Remington, too

877 Myerstwon Rd, Gardners, PA

 

Gregg and Louise Keckler

1410 Goodyear Rd, Gardners, PA

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

1410 Goodyear Rd

Gardners, PA

717-486-4653

 

Posted 1/31/2020 2:47pm by Gregg Keckler.
FRESH BROILER CHICKENS
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
 
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 
 Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples
Pink Lady apples
 
 
FRESH APPLE CIDER!!
 
Vegetables
    potatoes - red and Yukon
kale
 Sweet potatoes
cabbage
Butternut squash
Acorn squash
 Swiss Chard
carrots
spinach
Lettuce Mix
Pac Choi
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
 
 Whole Broiler Chickens
 
Baked Goods
 
 Honey Oatmeal Bread
Cinnamon Bread
pumpkin Bread
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
 Isabelle and Remmington, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 1/27/2020 2:29pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January 28
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT              

 Fuji apples

Gold Rush apples

Cameo apples 

Pink Lady apples 

Bosc pears

 

Fresh apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
  potatoes
 kale
spaghetti squash
Delicata squash
sweet potatoes
Butternut squash
Brussels Sprouts
Swiss chard
Pac Choi
cabbage
carrots
spinach
salad mix
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
 
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, ribs
Chicken - whole broilers
 
 
 
Home Baked Goods
Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread
 
Sweet Breads - pumpkin
 
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 
  
 
 
 

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 1/24/2020 2:33pm by Gregg Keckler.
FRESH BROILER CHICKENS
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
 
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 
 Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples
Pink Lady apples
 
 
FRESH APPLE CIDER!!
 
Vegetables
    potatoes - red and Yukon
kale
Delicata squash
 Sweet potatoes
Brussels Sprouts
cabbage
Butternut squash
Acorn squash
 Swiss Chard
carrots
spinach
Lettuce Mix
Pac Choi
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
 
 Whole Broiler Chickens
 
Baked Goods
 
 Honey Oatmeal Bread
Cinnamon Bread
pumpkin Bread
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
 Isabelle and Remmington, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 1/20/2020 1:35pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January 21
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT              

 Fuji apples

Gold Rush apples

Cameo apples 

Pink Lady apples 

Bosc pears

 

Fresh apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
  potatoes
 kale
spaghetti squash
Delicata squash
sweet potatoes
Butternut squash
Brussels Sprouts
Swiss chard
Pac Choi
cabbage
carrots
spinach
salad mix
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
 
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, ribs
Chicken - whole broilers
 
 
 
Home Baked Goods
Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread
 
Sweet Breads - pumpkin
 
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 
  
 
 
 

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 1/17/2020 1:17pm by Gregg Keckler.
FRESH BROILER CHICKENS
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
 
Farm Stand
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria
 
Saturdays - 8 - 1 pm
 
 
 
 
What's at the stand this week! 
Fruit
 
 Fuji apples
Gold Rush apples
Pink Lady apples
 
 
FRESH APPLE CIDER!!
 
Vegetables
    potatoes - red and Yukon
kale
Delicata squash
 Sweet potatoes
Brussels Sprouts
cabbage
Butternut squash
Acorn squash
 Swiss Chard
carrots
spinach
Lettuce Mix
Pac Choi
 
 
 
Our Own Farm Products
Honey
Sugar-free jams
Jams
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
brown eggs
 
 
Farm Fresh Meats
Beef (steaks, ground beef)
 
Pork
(grillers, kielbasa, breakfast links, chops, bacon)
 
 Whole Broiler Chickens
 
Baked Goods
 
 Honey Oatmeal Bread
Cinnamon Bread
pumpkin Bread
 
 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
717-486-4653
Gregg and Louise Keckler
 Oliver and Elisabeth Keckler
 Isabelle and Remmington, too
 
 
 
 
Posted 1/13/2020 12:30pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, January 14
7:30 am - 2 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT              

 Fuji apples

Gold Rush apples

Cameo apples 

Pink Lady apples 

 

Fresh apple cider

 

 

 
Vegetables 
  potatoes
 kale
spaghetti squash
Delicata squash
sweet potatoes
Butternut squash
Brussels Sprouts
Swiss chard
Pac Choi
cabbage
carrots
spinach
salad mix
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
 
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, ribs
Chicken - whole broilers
 
 
 
Home Baked Goods
Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread
 
Sweet Breads - pumpkin
Shoofly muffins
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
 
  
 
 
 

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