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Posted 8/5/2016 1:46pm by Gregg Keckler.
Come out tomorrow
August 6
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
or
Bush Hill Presbyterian Church - Fraconia Rd
from 8-1 pm
Both in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
apples - Early Gold -
Washington Strawberry apples  - New
William's Pride apples -
Blueberries-
Red raspberries -
Blackberries -
Peaches- 
Nectarines -
Cantaloupe -
Watermelons -

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
Lettuce Mix
Red Beets
zucchini
Yellow squash 
 Swiss Chard -
cherry tomatoes -
Tomatoes
Other odd summer squash
cucumbers -
green cabbage
red Cabbage -
kohlrabi
Garlic --
Green beans - 
Sweet corn - 
carrots
Red Shallot
Bell peppers-
Sweet banana peppers-
spaghetti squash
eggplant
hot peppers
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 Chicken Broilers -

 

 

Herbs

Basil --

Dill -

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
Peach 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 8/3/2016 4:54pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
East Columbia Library Farm Stand
6600 Cradlerock Way
August 4 1-6 pm

 

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

 

 

 Fruit
Apples - Early Gold -
Apples - William's Pride
Blueberries - last week 
Red raspberries -
peaches
nectarines
blackberries
cantaloupe
watermelon
 
 
Vegetables 
Kale
Red beets
zucchini
yellow squash
cucumbers -
Other varieties of summer squash
Swiss chard
Garlic -
Cabbage -
Kohlrabi-
tomatoes -
Cherry tomatoes -
green beans
Sweet corn
eggplant
Sweet onions-
okra
carrots
spaghetti squash
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
Fresh Broiler Chickens
 
Herbs
mint tea
basil
dill
 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini,  banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
Peach 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 8/1/2016 2:32pm by Gregg Keckler.
Woodlake Towers Farm Stand
August 2
Tuesdays - 3:30 -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
Early Gold Apples
William's Pride Apples
Blueberries
Peaches-
Nectarines -
blackberries
Cantaloupes - NEW
 
Vegetables 
Kale
Lettuce Mix
Red beets
Zucchini 
Cherry tomatoes
Swiss Chard 
many varieties of summer squash
Cucumbers -
Kohlrabi -
tomatoes
red and Yukon potatoes
Garlic
Sweet onions -
Sweet corn --
Carrots -
Green beans-
okra
eggplant
spaghetti squash -
 
 
 
Herbs
Mint tea
basil
Dill
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
Chicken - fresh broilers our own home grown!

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - Zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
peach 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
 
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 8/1/2016 2:30pm by Gregg Keckler.
DOT Farmers' Market
 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
 Tuesday, August 2

 

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

 

 Fruit
Williams Pride Apples
Early Gold Aples
Blueberrieps
red raspberries -
peaches
Nectarines -
Blackberries
Cantaloupes -NEW

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
Lettuce Mix 
Red beets
Zucchini 
Swiss Chard
Many varieties summer squash
Cucumbers -
cabbage-
kohlrabi-
tomatoes-
cherry tomatoes
red and Yukon potatoes-
Garlic -
Sweet corn --
Green beans
carrots
okra
eggplant
bell peppers
sweet banana peppers
spaghetti squash
 
 
Herbs
mint tea
Basil -  
Dill
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
Chicken - our own fresh broilers

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
Peach 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 8/1/2016 2:28pm by Gregg Keckler.
River Towers Farm Stand
6621 Wakefield Dr, Alexandria
3:30 - 7 pm
 Tuesday, August 2

 

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

 

 Fruit
 William's  Pride Apples
Early Gold apples
Blueberries
Peaches -
Nectarines -
Blackberries
Cantaloupes -NEW

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
Lettuce Mix
Zucchini
Red beets
Many varieties of summer squash
Swiss Chard
Kohlrabi -
cucumbers -
Cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
carrots-
Sweet Corn -
cabbage
sweet onions
red and Yukon Gold potatoes
garlic
leeks -
green beans-
okra
eggplant
spaghetti squash
 
 
 
 
 
 
Herbs
Mint tea
Basil -
Dill - -
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
Chicken - our own broilers fresh

 

FLOWERS 

cut zinnias by the bunch

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
Peach 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 8/1/2016 2:26pm by Gregg Keckler.
Nat Geo Farm Stand in the Courtyard
1145 17th Street Northwest
 Tuesday, August 2

 

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

 

 Fruit
William's Pride Apples
Early Gold apples
Blueberries
Peaches - -
Red Raspberries
Nectarines - -
Blackberries
Clapp's Pears - NEW
Cantaloupes -NEW

 

Vegetables 
Kale
Lettuce Mix
Sorrel
Red beets
Zucchini 
Cherry tomatoes
Swiss Chard
Many varieties of summer squash
Kohlrabi
cucumbers
tomatoes
cabbage
garlic
red and Yukon potatoes
 carrots
Green beans
okra
eggplant
bell peppers
sweet banana peppers
fennel
spaghetti squash
heirloom tomatoes -NEW
 
 
 
 
 
Herbs
basil--
Mint tea
Dill ---
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
Chicken - fresh broilers our own home grown!

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
Peach 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 8/1/2016 10:42am by Gregg Keckler.
 
What's in the box?
 
Week 3
Summer, 2016
 
half and full shares
mystery item
green beans
bell pepper
cherry tomatoes
leeks
 plums
Peaches
 
 
Personal shares
cherry tomatoes
fennel
potatoes
bell pepper
peaches
 
 
I want to reiterate an early email when I explained to folks that the peaches, necatrines, apples, pears (basically all the tree fruits) were hit with golf ball size hail on June 21.  It damaged ALL the fruit.  Every piece of fruit will probably have pock marks, holes, etc on them for the rest of the year.  If you get any fruit that is not damged it is because it was picked from the interior of the tree and the leaves protected it.
 
We want to apologize for a bad fruit year.  We thought that the tree fruits were the only ones hurt, but when we got to the blueberries and blackberries, the birds had gone wilder than usual and we are literally fighting the birds for every berry.  (When the work crew picks the berries, they have to wear safari hats because the birds are dive-bombing them!)  We realized that because the late frost in May killed off the wild cherries and pears as well as the domestic ones, the birds a ravenous!
 
yesterday Juan went down to look at the blackberries,  there was a black bear which, when he stood up was 6 feet tall.  He waved at Juan and ambled off to another row of berries.
 
I am not sure if this is some sign of more things to come or what - but this is probably our worst fruit year in 10 years. 
 
So I said all that to say this.  We are doing our best to give you decent things.  If you ever feel angry or overly disappointed (I say - overly because we are also disappointed by what we have this year), please let us know and we will try to make things right.  When it comes to fruit though we are limited.
 
With that said you are getting a treat this week-  The ONLY plums of the whole year!  (We may have a few prune plums later in September.)  Enjoy them!  They are rare! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The store is open!  We have new items added to the store each week.  You can add these to your share at any time.   You can pay for these as you go with a credit card or you can choose to wait until the end of the session and get a 4% discount by sending a check.
 
 
If you have any questions, please let us know. 
 
Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc
Posted 7/29/2016 11:56am by Gregg Keckler.
Come out tomorrow
July 30
St Luke's Episcopal Church - Fort Hunt Rd
or
Bush Hill Presbyterian Church - Fraconia Rd
from 8-1 pm
Both in Alexandria, VA

 

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

 

 Fruit
apples - Early Gold -New
William's Pride apples -
Blueberries-
Red raspberries -
Blackberries -
Peaches- 
Nectarines -
Cantaloupe -
Watermelons -New

 

Vegetables 
 Kale
Lettuce Mix
Red Beets
zucchini
Yellow squash 
 Swiss Chard -
cherry tomatoes -
Tomatoes
Other odd summer squash
cucumbers -
green cabbage
red Cabbage -
kohlrabi
Garlic --
Green beans - 
Sweet corn - 
carrots
Red Shallot
Bell peppers-
Sweet banana peppers-
spaghetti squash
 
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
 Chicken Broilers -

 

 

Herbs

Basil --

Dill -

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
Blueberry Pies
Peach 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 7/29/2016 11:53am by Gregg Keckler.
 
Come out tomorrow
Westminster Farmer's Market
July 30

 

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

 

 Fruit
Apples - Early Gold-New
Apples -William's Pride-
Blueberries
Blackberries
Red Raspberries
Peaches
Nectarines 
cantaloupeNew
Watermelons -New

 

Vegetables 
 Spring onions
Kale
Lettuce Mix
Red Beets
zucchini
yellow squash-
kohlrabi
Other odd summer squash -
cucumbers-
green cabbage
Red cabbage-
Swiss chard
white and red potatoes- 
Cherry tomatoes-
red tomatoes -  
Sweet Corn-
bell peppers
sweet banana peppers -
Heirloom tomatoes -New
carrots
spaghetti squash
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- ground beef
Beef Butcher Bologna
 
 
 
 
Herbs
basil -
dill -

 

 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

Raised Breads- Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Sweet Breads - zucchini, banana
Cookies- Chocolate chip, Oatmeal
BlueberryPies
Peach  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 7/27/2016 3:14pm by Gregg Keckler.
 
East Columbia Library Farm Stand
6600 Cradlerock Way
July 28 1-6 pm

 

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

 

 

 Fruit
Apples - Early Gold - New
Apples - William's Pride
Blueberries 
Red raspberries -
peaches
nectarines
blackberries
 
 
Vegetables 
Kale
Lettuce Mix
Red beets
zucchini
yellow squash
cucumbers -
Other varieties of summer squash
Swiss chard
Garlic -
Cabbage -
Kohlrabi-
tomatoes -
Cherry tomatoes -
green beans
Sweet corn
eggplant
Sweet onions-New
 
 
 
 
Meat - our own home grown
Beef- steaks, ground beef, roasts
Pork- bacon, sausage, chops, steaks
Beef Butcher Bologna
Fresh Broiler Chickens
 
Herbs
mint tea
basil
dill
 

 

 

Home Baked Goods

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