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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.

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Orders must be placed before 7:00 AM Monday for delivery the following Wednesday or Thursday.

Items in this coming week’s (May 31 & June 1) Orchard 2 Office box include: 

  • Lancaster County Strawberries:  Wash and enjoy!  Earliglow variety.  Bursting with flavor.

     Bananas:  Allow to turn yellow before eating.  Do not refrigerate.

    Place the bananas in a paper bag with an apple or pear to ripen quicker.

     Locally Grown and Chemical Free Spinach:  Wash.  Mix in with bibb lettuce for a great, healthy salad.

     Locally Grown and Chemical Free Microgreens Mix:  Packed with nutrition.  Basically you can use them on salads, sandwiches, as a topping, garnish or in stir-fry, even in smoothies.

     Locally Grown Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce

    A little horticultural lesson from Farmer Tad:  Hydroponic farming is the method of growing plants, in this case lettuce, without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.  This process is totally sustainable and almost sterile.  The greenhouse environment and the absence of soil eliminate the source for fungal spores commonly found in nature.  These spores are what cause conventional soil grown lettuce to brown and get slimy.  Hydroponically produced lettuce should keep in your refrigerator in the crisper drawer for a week or more.

     New Potatoes:  Wash.

     Locally Grown Cremini Mushrooms:  Locally grown in Maytown, Lancaster County.  Shaped like regular white button mushrooms, they are darker and drier and offer a deliciously earthy flavor and meaty texture.  When creminis grow to full size, they’re called Portabellas.

     Locally Grown Spring Onions:  Also known as green onion, scallion and salad onion.  Trim off root end. Use the green and white parts in stir fry, soup, or seasoning for meats.  Or do the traditional Lancaster County thing and dip them in salt and eat them raw.

     Locally Grown Tomatoes:  These tomatoes are from the Kreider Family Farm located in Elizabethtown.  Enjoy! 

     

     

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. the following Wednesday or Thursday.

  • What’s the cost? For only $21.00 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 “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 the following Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Do I have to subscribe for a whole season? No. Orders are taken on a weekly basis. Order by Sunday for delivery the following Wednesday or 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 Wednesday 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 2017 we will be offering pick up days from April 5th through August 31st. 

  • 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.

  • Where can you pick up your Orchard 2 Office Box?
    We have many pickup locations on both Wednesday and Thursday. A complete list is below:

    • Burnham Holdings Wellness (Employees Only)
    • Church of the Brethren (Staff & Parents Only)
    • Coresource (Lancaster - Employees Only)

    • Elizabethtown College - Jays Nest (Public Use)

    • InGroup Associates (Public Use)
      448 Murry Hill Circle, Lancaster PA (just off Oregon Pike, adjacent to the Police Station)
    • Lancaster EMS (Employees Only)
    • Turkey Hill Dairy (Main Office in Conestoga - Employees Only)
    • Turkey Hill Dairy (Yard Office in Conestoga - Employees Only)
    • Masonic Village Health Care Center (Public Use)
    • Masonic Village Child Care Center (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)
    • U.S. Boiler Inc. (Employees Only)
    • Hospice & Community Care Good Drive (Employees Only)
    • Nordstrom ECFC (Employees Only)
    • Hospice & Community Care Mount Joy (Employees Only)
    • DAS Lawn (Employees Only)
    • Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (Employees Only)
    • DAS 1875 Zeager (Employees Only)
    • LCSWMA - Harrisburg Pike (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)