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Posted 1/20/2016 3:42pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We are anticipating a great new year for our farming, CSA and Farm Stands.

We will be returning to all the same markets and Farm Stands -except St. Mark's Episcopal in Alexandria will be moving to Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.  We will also be planning to return to all the CSA drop off locations for 2016.

If anyone would like to get a new CSA drop off location added - just get at least 6 shares delivered to the same location and we will add your stop.  Let us know if you would like any information about this.

It is time to sign up for the 2016 CSA season.  You can go to the website www.orchardcountryrproduce.com and sign up.  You will get a 6% discount for signing up for all three sessions if you pay before May 15.  You can pay online with a credit card or you can arrange a payment plan online or you  can pay with a check and save another 4%. 

We look forward to providing you with fresh vegetables and fruit again this year.

 

We are busy into our winter jobs.  Gregg is making jam and applesauce.  He is also the main caretaker for all the hogs, chickens and chicks.  Speaking of chickens, we still have 50 brown egg layers that are giving us lots of fresh eggs.  They are beginning to pile up.  So if anyone wants to make the trip to the farm, we will give you a great discount for buying some eggs.  We also have apples and meat available.  Let us know if you would like to come up.  You could stock up and sell them to your neighbors!

Oliver and Juan are working on Oliver's house.  They gutted the whole thing last month.  Now they are chinking between the logs. (It is log cabin) and putting up drywall.  Oliver loves giving tours and sharing his plans.  Come for a tour!

We have an old three-bottom plow.  It was rather worn and broken in several places.  We tried to purchase new pieces, but they were not available anymore.  So Oliver got his future father-in-law to weld parts and build new pieces for it.  But before we could get it finished the ground froze.  So now we will have to wait until spring to plow this new 3 acre plot that we would like to add to the vegetables.

 

 

Family news!

If you haven't seen it yet, we posted a picture of all of us on FACEBOOK.  We are growing!  We added two grandlchildren in 2015 and in 2016 we will be marrying off the last two children.  Virigina is will be marrying Dan Shedd in April and Oliver will be marrying Elizabeth Brown in October.  WOW! An empty nest!  What will we do!

I made a New Year's Resolution - to add pictures or blurbs to the FACEBNOOK page periodically throughout the year.  So if you keep up with those things follow us on FACEBOOK!

 

Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way.  Have a great month!

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 1/20/2016 3:40pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We are anticipating a great new year for our farming, CSA and Farm Stands.

We will be returning to all the same markets and Farm Stands -except St. Mark's Episcopal in Alexandria will be moving to Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.  We will also be planning to return to all the CSA drop off locations for 2016.

If anyone would like to get a new CSA drop off location added - just get at least 6 shares delivered to the same location and we will add your stop.  Let us know if you would like any information about this.

It is time to sign up for the 2016 CSA season.  You can go to the website www.orchardcountryrproduce.com and sign up.  You will get a 6% discount for signing up for all three sessions if you pay before May 15.  You can pay online with a credit card or you can arrange a payment plan online or you  can pay with a check and save another 4%. 

We look forward to providing you with fresh vegetables and fruit again this year.

 

We are busy into our winter jobs.  Gregg is making jam and applesauce.  He is also the main caretaker for all the hogs, chickens and chicks.  Speaking of chickens, we still have 50 brown egg layers that are giving us lots of fresh eggs.  They are beginning to pile up.  So if anyone wants to make the trip to the farm, we will give you a great discount for buying some eggs.  We also have apples and meat available.  Let us know if you would like to come up.  You could stock up and sell them to your neighbors!

Oliver and Juan are working on Oliver's house.  They gutted the whole thing last month.  Now they are chinking between the logs. (It is log cabin) and putting up drywall.  Oliver loves giving tours and sharing his plans.  Come for a tour!

We have an old three-bottom plow.  It was rather worn and broken in several places.  We tried to purchase new pieces, but they were not available anymore.  So Oliver got his future father-in-law to weld parts and build new pieces for it.  But before we could get it finished the ground froze.  So now we will have to wait until spring to plow this new 3 acre plot that we would like to add to the vegetables.

Investments

Thanks to all who invested in the capital land purchase for 2015.  Your help was greatly appreciated and you helped us to avoid costly bank payments which takes money away from farming. 

Heads Up!  We will be making another balloon payment in September, 2016.  If you have any money sitting in a bank account making no interest and you would like to help us with farming land purchase, let us know and we can give you more information.  We will make it worth your while.

 

Family news!

If you haven't seen it yet, we posted a picture of all of us on FACEBOOK.  We are growing!  We added two grandlchildren in 2015 and in 2016 we will be marrying off the last two children.  Virigina is will be marrying Dan Shedd in April and Oliver will be marrying Elizabeth Brown in October.  WOW! An empty nest!  What will we do!

I made a New Year's Resolution - to add pictures or blurbs to the FACEBNOOK page periodically throughout the year.  So if you keep up with those things follow us on FACEBOOK!

 

Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way.  Have a great month!

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 12/21/2015 2:43pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, December 22 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

 

Come out to buy apples and vegetables and wish Gregg well!  

 

We will be back in April, 2016

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Fuji  apples

Cameo apples

 Apple cider

Nittany apples

Gold Rush apples

Pink Lady apples

Yellow Delicious apples

 

 

Vegetables 

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

cabbage

broccoli

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Diakon radishes

Turnips

 

 

 

 

HERBS

parsley

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads -  dinner rolls, Honey oatmeal, and Cinnamon

Sweet breads

cookies  Peanut blossoms, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin!!!

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 12/18/2015 2:33pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow December 19

 Last Day of the market for 2015

Come out and wish Oliver well!

Oliver will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm. 

  

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market stands.

 

   

 Fruit

apples - Gala

apples - Fuji

apples - Cameo

apples- Granny Smith

apples - Pink Lady

apples - Gold Rush

Apple cider

 

Vegetables 

Sweet onions

red and white  potatoes

Swiss chard

cabbage

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

broccoli

cauliflower

Brussels Sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - WE HAVE STEAKS! Filets, NY strips, Rib steaks, sirloin, fat iron

pork - We have chops and ham steak, bacon, breakfast links and 7 inch grillers

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread and herb bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - pumpkin, bananai, and apple

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarby pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand!

 

   

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 12/14/2015 1:42pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, December 15 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Fuji  apples

Cameo apples

 Apple cider

Nittany apples

Gold Rush apples

Pink Lady apples

 

 

Vegetables 

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

cabbage

spaghetti squash

broccoli

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

delicate winter squash

cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Diakon radishes

Turnips

 

 

 

 

HERBS

parsley

mint tea

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads -  dinner rolls, Honey oatmeal, and Cinnamon

Sweet breads

cookies  Peanut blossoms, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin!!!

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 12/11/2015 3:24pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow December 12

 

Oliver will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm. 

  

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market stands.

 

   

 Fruit

apples - Gala

apples - Fuji

apples - Cameo

apples- Granny Smith

apples - Pink Lady

apples - Gold Rush

Apple cider

 

Vegetables 

Sweet onions

red and white  potatoes

Swiss chard

cabbage

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

broccoli

cauliflower

Brussels Sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - WE HAVE STEAKS! Filets, NY strips, Rib steaks, sirloin, fat iron

pork - We have chops and ham steak, bacon, breakfast links and 7 inch grillers

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread and herb bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - pumpkin, bananai, and apple

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarby pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand!

 

   

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 12/7/2015 2:49pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, December 8 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Gala apples

Fuji  apples

Cameo apples

 Apple cider

Nittany apples

yellow Delicious apples

Gold Rush apples

Pink Lady apples

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

cabbage

spaghetti squash

broccoli

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

delicate winter squash

cheesecake squash

cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Diakon radishes

Turnips

 

 

 

 

HERBS

parsley

mint tea

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads -  dinner rolls, Honey oatmeal, and Cinnamon

Sweet breads

cookies

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 12/4/2015 2:50pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow December 5

 

Oliver will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm. 

  

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market stands.

 

   

 Fruit

apples - Gala

apples - Cox orange Pippins

apples - York

apples - Fuji

apples - Cameo

apples- Granny Smith

apples - Pink Lady

Golden Delicious apples

apples - Gold Rush

Apple cider

 

Vegetables 

Sweet onions

Kale

red and white  potatoes

Swiss chard

cabbage

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

delicate squash

kiri winter squash

neck pumpkins

cheesecake winter squash

Fairy Tales

broccoli

cauliflower

Brussels Sprouts

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - WE HAVE STEAKS! Filets, NY strips, Rib steaks, sirloin, fat iron

pork - We have chops and ham steak, bacon, breakfast links and 7 inch grillers

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread and herb bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - pumpkin, bananai, and apple

cookies

Homemade pies - strawberry rhubarby pies

apple  pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand!

 

   

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 11/30/2015 2:47pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, December 1 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Gala apples

York apples

Fuji  apples

Cameo apples

 Apple cider

Nittany apples

yellow Delicious apples

Gold Rush apples

lady apples

Pink Lady apples

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

red potatoes

cabbage

spaghetti squash

broccoli

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

delicate winter squash

cheesecake squash

cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Diakon radishes

Turnips

Jicamas

 

 

 

HERBS

parsley

mint tea

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads -  dinner rolls

Sweet breads

cookies

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 11/23/2015 11:01am by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, November 24  from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Gala apples

Cortland apples

York apples

Fuji  apples

Cameo apples

 Apple cider

Nittany apples

yellow Delicious apples

Gold Rush apples

lady apples

Pink Lady apples

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

lettuce

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

cabbage

spaghetti squash

broccoli

butternut squash

kiri winter squash

delicate winter squash

cheesecake squash

cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Diakon radishes

Turnips

Jicamas

 

 

 

HERBS

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

 

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal, cinnamon bread, dinner rolls

Sweet breads

cookies

apple pies

strawberry rhubarb pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

Gregg, Louise, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce