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Posted 7/27/2018 3:54pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
 
We have Grillers and chops for your cook out!
 
 
DUCKS!
 
 St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
from 8-1 pm
July 28
 in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
red raspberries
 peaches
blueberries
Methley plums
Shiro plums
Wizard plums
blackberries
White peaches
white nectarines
 
 
 
 
 
Vegetables  
sweet onions
 Kale
Swiss chard
golden beets
green beans
zucchini
yellow squash
cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
pickling cucumbers
sweet corn
red tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
eggplant
red potatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes
cabbage
peppers
 
 
 
 
FRESH CUT HERBS 
parsley
basil
dill 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
 
 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, sourdough
Dinner rolls and Burger rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
 
blueberryPies

 

 

Great Farm 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 7/27/2018 3:52pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out to the Farmer's market!
 
Come out tomorrow
Fairfax Community Market
10500 Page Ave. Fairfax, VA
from 8-1pm
 

 

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

 

 Fruit
 
blueberries
peaches
Methley plums
Shiro plums
Wizard Plums
blackberries
White peaches
white nectarines
Lodi apples
 
 

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
sweet onions
Swiss Chard
golden beets
red tomatoes
green beans
zucchini
yellow squash
cucumbers
pickling cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
sweet corn
heirloom tomatoes
red potatoes
 Yukon gold potatoes
red onions
eggplant
peppers
salad mix
cabbage
 
 
 
 
 
Cut Herbs
dill
basil
parsley
 
 

 

 

  

Great Farm 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 7/27/2018 3:48pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come to the Farmer's Market for great fruit and produce! 
 
 
Come out tomorrow
Westminster Farmer's Market
July 28
8- 12 noon

 

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

 

 Fruit
peaches
 blueberries
Methley plums
Wizard plums
Shiro plums
blackberries
White peaches
white nectarines
Lodi apples
 
 
 
 
Vegetables
Kale
sweet onions
Swiss chard
golden beets
 red tomatoes
green beans
cherry tomatoes
zucchini
summer squash
cucumbers
pickling cucumbers
cabbage
sweet corn
eggplant
Yukon Gold potatoes
red potatoes
heirloom tomatoes
salad mix
peppers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CUT  HERBS 
dill
basil
parsley
 
 
 

 

Great Farm Products

 
Homemade Jellies and Jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 7/25/2018 11:16am by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
East Columbia Library Farm Stand
Cradle Rock Way
July 26  12-6 pm

 

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

 

 Fruit
blueberries
Red Raspberries
peaches
white peaches
plums
blackberries
 
 
 
Vegetables 
Swiss chard
kale
red beets
yellow summer squash
zucchini
cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
garlic
sweet onions
 green beans
 lemon cucumbers
sweet corn
eggplant
peppers
red potatoes
heirloom tomatoes
red tomatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
 
 
 
FRESH  WHOLE BROILER CHICKENS 

 Our own fresh Ducks

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
blueberry Pies

 

Great Farm 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 7/25/2018 11:14am by Gregg Keckler.
 
Great fruits and vegetables throughout the week! 
 
 
Belle View Town Center Farm Stand
 
1204 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA
 Thursday, July 26
3 - 7 pm
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT

blueberries

red raspberries

peaches

 

white peaches

blackberries

Lodi apples - tart

plums

 

 
 
 
 
Vegetables 
 Kale
 Swiss chard
red beets
 zucchini
yellow summer squash
cucumbers
garlic
sweet onions
green beans
tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
sweet corn
eggplant
peppers
red potatoes
Yukon gold potatoes
 
 
Cut Herbs
basil
dill
parsley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, kielbasa
 
Home grown DUCKS        

Fresh Broiler Chickens 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, dinner rolls
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
 Pies-  blueberry
 
  
 

 

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 7/25/2018 8:21am by Gregg Keckler.

Farm News from Orchard Country Produce

Wow!  What a lot of Rain!

 

On The Farm

I sure it is a good thing, but right now we aren't seeing that. 

Well - No complaining.  Here what is happening on the farm.

We are picking lots of zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers.
We just began picking great sweet corn.

We are still seeding in the greenhouse for fall crops of lettuce, kohlrabi, and spinach.  We bought the plants for broccoli, cauliflower, and fall cabbage, but we can't get them in the ground right now.  We decided to plant golden beets by hand because we cannot get the tractors into the fields.

All the sweet onions and red and Yukon gold potatoes have been dug up.  We also got all the garlic out as well. Unfortunately, the garlic is not as big as in previous years -probably the colder, wetter weather.  So we will probably not save any of these bulbs for next years planting, but we will buy  new stock for October's planting of garlic.

We are picking peaches and plums.  They are very nice this year.  Last year we hardly had any plums or apricots, but this year there are a lot.

We were blessed with a lot of piglets born earlier this spring.  Now we have a lot of pork and more coming throughout the fall.  So keep us in mind if you are looking for great sausage or kielbasa or other pork products.

Our chickens are laying well and the last batch of broilers are about ready to butcher.  We also butchered ducks in June.  If you would like to try something different - try roasted duck!

 

Markets and CSA

The markets have all been doing very well considering the weather.  We have a solid base of loyal customers who come no matter what the weather. - thanks to all of you!

It is hard to believe that in four weeks the first session of the CSA will end.  Mostly all the folks in the CSA are signed up for the whole year. If you haven't sign up for a CSA and like to get surprises - give it a try!  Check the website for costs and details about pickups.

Interesting things

I have been studying the Farmer's Almanac this summer.  I am amazed at the ability to prognosticate the weather based on the moon's phases and the wind direction.  I can't believe how accurate my calculations have been.  Gregg keeps checking me on weather.com and I am more right about the weather then they are!  I am really believing that there is something to this.  There are an awful lot of factors involving the planets, moon, wind direction, and astronomical things that I never considered.  I am finding it very fascinating.  If you have some Free Time (Ha! Ha!) get a Farmer's Almanac and begin studying.  It will surely show you that everything in the universe is clearly connected and you will also be able to astound your relatives and friends with your accurate weather assessments, when the weather stations fail.

 

I saw an Indigo Bunting the other day!  What a treat!  I had never seen one here before.  It was such a dark electric blue color - so stunning!

 

 

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc.

Oliver and Elisabeth and Isabelle Keckler

Gregg and Louise Keckler

 

1410 Goodyear Rd.

Gardners, PA 17324

ocp@orchardcountryproduce.com

www.orchardcountryproduce

717-486-4653

Posted 7/23/2018 4:06pm by Gregg Keckler.
Don't let the rain keep you away!
 
Apricots
Red Raspberries
 
 
 DOT Farmers' Market
1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington, DC. 
(The market itself is located on the Outdoor Plaza at New Jersey Ave and Tingey St. SE)
 Tuesday, July 24
10am - 2 pm

 

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

 

 Fruit
Gold Rush apples
blackberries
red raspberries
 apricots
blueberries
peaches
white peaches
white nectarines
 
 

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
cucumbers
zucchini
summer squash
Swiss chard
garlic
red beets
green beans
sweet onions
sweet corn
lemon cucumbers
 West Indian Gherkins
cabbage
cherry tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
red tomatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops
 
 

Whole  Broiler chickens

Whole DUCKS!

 

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
blueberry pies
dinner rolls

 

 

Great Farm 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 7/23/2018 4:03pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
PEACHES
 
Apricots 
 
Red raspberries
 
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
 
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, July 24
7:30 am - 1:30 pm  
 

 

  Come out and buy local farm products from the real farmer

                                           FRUIT                             

Red Raspberries

apricots

blueberries

 

peaches

white peaches

plums

blackberries
white nectarines

    

 
Vegetables 
green beans
kale
Swiss Chard
zucchini
summer squash
cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
red beets
baby kale
sour gherkins
West Indian Gherkins
lemon cucumbers
sweet corn
red potatoes
sweet onions
garlic
eggplant
tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes
 
 
 
 
 
Cut Herbs 
 mint tea
catnip
parsley
dill
basil
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
 
 
We have FRESH Broiler Chickens!
Whole DUCKS
 
         

 

 

Home Baked Goods

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

 

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 7/23/2018 4:00pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
Washington Farm United Methodist
Farm Stand
July 24
Tuesdays - 4:00 -7 pm

 
What's at the stand this week!

 

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

 

 Fruit
blueberries
red raspberries
apricots
peaches
blackberries
white peaches
blackberries
white nectarines
plums
 
 
 
 
 

 

Vegetables 
Kale
cucumbers
Swiss Chard 
red beets
summer squash
garlic
green beans
zucchini
sweet corn
sweet onions
lemon cucumbers
eggplant
tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fresh Cut Herbs
parsley
basil
dill
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops
 
Chicken - fresh broilers our own home grown!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, Wheat Bread, dinner rolls, sourdough bread
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
blueberry pies
 

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
Our spraying techniques - We do not spray vegetables unless we sense a dire need.  We will let you know if we do spray them.  We do not spray any berries.  We do spray fruit trees i.e.  apples, cherries, plums, etc.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 7/23/2018 3:58pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
 
Woodlake Towers Farm Stand
July 24
Tuesdays - 4:15 -7 pm

3100 S. Manchester
Falls Church, VA 22044
 
What's at the stand this week!

 

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

 

 Fruit
blueberries
red raspberries
apricots
peaches
blackberries
Lodi apples
white peaches
plums
 
 
 
 
 

 

Vegetables 
Kale
cucumbers
Swiss Chard 
red beets
summer squash
garlic
green beans
zucchini
sweet corn
sweet onions
West Indian Gherkins
lemon cucumbers
cabbage
pickling cucumbers
tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
eggplant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fresh Cut Herbs
parsley
basil
dill
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops
Beef Butcher Bologna
Chicken - fresh broilers our own home grown!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon bread, Wheat Bread, dinner rolls, sourdough bread
Sweet Breads - zucchini,  banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
blueberry Pies

 

Great Farm Products

Home grown Eggs from our chickens
Homemade jellies and jams from our fruits
HONEY
Shagbark Hickory Syrup
 
 
Our spraying techniques - We do not spray vegetables unless we sense a dire need.  We will let you know if we do spray them.  We do not spray any berries.  We do spray fruit trees i.e.  apples, cherries, plums, etc.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm