Orchard 2 Office
Orchard 2 Office season: April - end of August
The Masonic Village Farm Market has introduced this program to help you and your families eat healthier. Experience has taught us that our families eat less junk food if healthy produce is readily available. Orchard 2 Office will make it quick and convenient for you to stock your refrigerator with wholesome local produce every week.
Dear Orchard 2 Office customer,
This is what we have planned for the next Orchard 2 Office box. Please be advised, there may be some last minute adjustments that are required once the produce is harvested since Mother Nature is in control.
If you like what you see, place your order now at www.MVFarmMarket.com or place your order by speaking with one of our friendly Farm Market sales associates: (717) 361-4520
Please place your order by 7:00 AM Monday for Thursday delivery.
Items in the 6/20/19 Orchard 2 Office box include:
Masonic Village Grown…Sweet Cherries: Bing variety. Wash and enjoy!
Masonic Village Grown…Sugar Plums: Wash and set out on counter-top to get soft. They have a reddish-purple outside and a red inside.
New Jersey Blueberries: Rinse with cool water and enjoy.
Eastern Shore Maryland Grown Sweet Corn: Grown in the sandy soil on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Local corn will be available in a few short weeks.
Local Cauliflower: Charles Farm Maytown
Farmer Tad’s favorite: Place in a glass baking dish, drizzle with Olive Oil. Sprinkle with garlic Salt. Bake at 350 degrees until fork tender.
Local Broccoli: Charles Farm Maytown
Ready to eat raw, just rinse in cold water. Great steamed with some grated parmesan, or added to a stir-fry.
Broccoli is in the cabbage family (Brassica). The floret you eat is actually the flower head of the plant. Look closely, the tips are unopened flowers.
My favorite way to eat broccoli is to steam until fork tender, and then top with a little lemon juice, parmesan cheese and garlic salt. –Farmer Tad
Locally Grown and Chemical Free Red Beets: Stoltzfus farm Marietta
Cut beets in chunks. Toss with olive oil, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, turning once or twice until beets are tender. Remove from oven and toss with vinegar and orange juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve warm.
Local Romaine Lettuce: Charles Farm Elizabethtown
Rinse with cold water.
Try it grilled. Slice head long-ways, lightly drizzle with olive oil, season with steak seasoning, place cut side down on medium heat grill. Cook until lettuce is slightly wilted and charred, about 5 minutes. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice before serving.
Locally Grown Sugar Peas : Charles farm Maytown. Enjoy in salad or eat raw as a snack.
Like what you see? Click here to place your order www.MVFarmmarket.com
When ordering online…Please remember to choose your Pick Up Location.
Under “Select Day and Pickup Location:” Use the pull down menu and select your location.
Next Order Deadline:
Order by This Coming Monday, 7:00 A.M. for Delivery on Thursday
Have a great weekend,
The Masonic Village Farm Market Staff
1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown PA
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Orchard 2 Office FAQs:
Here’s how this simple system works: Each week you place your order by phone or on our website. Pay by check or credit card. The next week you pick up your box as you leave your workplace. Place the items in your refrigerator and just like that; healthy produce is available for the whole family. Remember…5 servings a day keeps the doctor away.
When do I need to order? We will accept orders each week before 7:00 a.m. Monday. Your box will be delivered to a convenient pickup location at your workplace by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
What’s the cost? For only $25.00 you will receive between 15 and 20 pieces of farm fresh produce. We estimate that it would cost you 20%-40% more to purchase the same amount of produce in the grocery store. Delivery is free.
What’s in the box? The items in the box will change as the seasons change. Once you have ordered your first box, we will email you each Friday to give you an idea of what will be included in the following week’s box. We will include recipes and some history on the items in the box. Our goal is to provide you with the freshest produce possible. In many cases the items in your box were hanging on plants only hours before they were delivered. The box size is designed for a week’s worth of healthy snacks and meals for 2-4 people. We think you will be surprised how fast it disappears. Half shares are not available. We would encourage you to share with a coworker if you think the box is too large. On the other hand, if you find it’s not enough, feel free to order more than one box.
Here’s what a box may look like: 2 Gala apples, 2 Ginger Gold apples, 2 Honeycrisp apples, 2 Bartlett pears, bag of baby carrots, 2 tomatoes, 1 pineapple, 4 bananas, 1 bunch of grapes, and a bag of yogurt covered sweet cherries. You will also see items during the year like peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, squash, cucumbers, snow peas, cantaloupe, sweet corn, lettuces, beets, turnips, potatoes, and much more.
Is the produce local and organic? The tree fruit like apples, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries and pears that come from our farm are grown using a sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system.
In addition to our tree fruit, we gather vegetables from 7 growers around Elizabethtown. Some of them are chemical free and some are low input. Because of their small size, none of these growers pay the $5000 annual fee to be inspected so they can use the “Certified Organic” label. We have had a working relationship with these growers for over 20 years, and we fully trust the methods they use.
During the early season when local produce is scarce, we purchase vegetables from southern growers. Everything in the box is collected from growers in the USA with the exception of bananas and pineapples. In the early spring there will be items from GAP certified growers from as far south as Florida. More info on GAP certification (Good Agricultural Practices) can be found online. We get our produce as local as possible as soon as possible by working our way up the eastern seaboard. For example…the tomatoes and berries come from Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland and as soon as they are available from Lancaster County.
What if my family doesn’t like something? There are no substitutions on the produce being offered. We encourage you to find someone to give your undesired item to.
What is the order deadline? Orders must be placed before 7:00 AM Monday for delivery on Thursday.
Do I have to subscribe for a whole season? No. Orders are taken on a weekly basis. Order by Monday for delivery on Thursday. Feel free to skip a week or order for multiple weeks at one time or order for the whole season.
What time will the boxes be ready?
Boxes will be available at the designated location by Thursday at 2:00 PM. Each box will be labeled with the subscriber’s name. When you are ready to leave for the day, look for your name, pick up your box and be on your way. Bring back your empty box each week and leave it at the pick up location and we will reuse them. We recommend you pick up your boxes by 6:00 PM to prevent spoilage. Please ask someone else to pick up your box or notify us 24 hours in advance if you cannot pick up your box. It is not necessary to notify us that you will have a proxy.
There are no refunds for unclaimed boxes. Unclaimed produce will be donated to a local food bank.
Is this available all year?
For 2019 we will be offering pick up days from April 4th through August 29th.
What if I’m not satisfied with something?
The same guarantee applies with Orchard 2 Office as at the Masonic Village Farm Market: We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. If for whatever reason you are dissatisfied with your produce, we will be happy to offer you a replacement or full refund. Orders may be placed online via the links below or by calling the Farm Market at 717-361-4520, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can you pick up your Orchard 2 Office Box?
We have many pickup locations on Thursdays. A complete list of pickup locations is found below:
- Church of the Brethren (Staff & Parents Only)
Elizabethtown College - Jays Nest (Public Use)
- Masonic Village Health Care Center (Public Use)
- U-Grow at Masonic Village (Employees and parents only)
- Masonic Village Freemasons Cultural Center (Public Use)
- Masonic Village Berks Building Basement (Public Use)
- Masonic Village Farm Market (Public Use
- M&M Mars (Employees Only)
- Nordstrom ECFC (Employees Only)
- Hospice & Community Care Mount Joy (Employees Only)
- Elizabethtown Area School District (Employees Only)
- DAS Lawn (Employees Only)
- DAS 1875 Zeager (Employees Only)
- DAS 48 Industrial (Employees Only)
- DAS 1160 N. Market Brittany's Hope (Public Use)
*Hours of operation - 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Harrington Hoist Manheim (Employees Only)
- Harrington Hoist Elizabethtown (Employees Only)