We are a small, family-run fruit and vegetable farm in northern Wilmington. We have been growing fabulous fruits and vegetables for the community since 1832! We have a farm market in our big red barn and deliver CSAs to various locations in northern Delaware and Philadelphia. Take a peak at what we do and then stop on by, we’d love to see you visit!
A note from Farmer Matt
Great food and community mark the days at our farm. Growing up on the farm was a special treat, full of hard work, sweat, innovation, determination and love of family, friends and a simpler (and busy) way of life. Connecting with the earth and the magic of caring for crops as they grow is something we have come to eagerly anticipate each season. I joined Ruth again after 25 years apart to work the farm together. Together, we have a vision of great food and a healthy community.
From all of us at the Orchard, welcome to our small farm with big ideas!
What do we grow?
Asparagus, summer squash, winter squash, lettuce, spinach, red & green & russian & spigarello kale, collard greens, swiss chard, slicing & heirloom & plum & cherry & grape & pear tomatoes, kohlrabi, beets, onions, scallions, radishes, green & yellow & purple beans, sorrel, hull peas, snow peas, snap peas, fava beans, lima beans, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, celery, purslane, cucumbers, arugula, mustard greens, okra, rhubarb, brussels sprouts, eggplant, and more.
We have several varieties of red raspberries, black raspberries, amber raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sweet cherries, pie cherries, apples, pears, asian pears, white & yellow peaches, plums, apricots, pluots, kiwi berries, persimmons, currants, gooseberries, grapes, figs, white & yellow nectarines, paw-paws (note - we are building up our paw-paw patch; give us a couple years to have them in quantity), and probably a few other things I've forgotten. We carry local, pesticide-free honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon too
Anise, basil, oregano, thyme, sage, dill, parsley, cilantro, spearmint & chocolate mint, chives, lavender, rosemary, tarragon, bay leaves, etc.
We have peonies, snap dragons, asters, dianthus, daisies, sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, gladiolas, ageratum, tulips, fresias, celosia, straw flowers, gomphrena, carnations, lilacs, cosmos, statice, salvia, baby's breath, gerbera daisies, lilies, roses, and more for our cut flower bouquets. We have just put in a new tulip bed too to have fresh tulips early early in the season!
What don't we grow?
- Corn, melons, and pumpkins. These crops simply require too much land for us to be able to grow them and everything else. So we contract with a couple small Pennsylvania farmers who grow the same way we do – no synthetic chemicals, no GMOs, hand weeding, hand picking, etc. We pick these crops up fresh each morning when they are in-season.
- Mushrooms. Our knowledge of growing mushrooms couldn’t fill a thimble, let alone a mushroom, so we buy from a Pennsylvania farm with a couple mushroom houses. No worries, we made sure they treat their employees and mushrooms right before doing business with them.
- Meat. We do not raise beef, pork, lamb, or chicken for meat. We do not have the land or the setup for that kind of operation. So, again, we contract with a few farmers and commit to buying whole animals. All the animals are on pasture with access to hay and/or grain. The meat is processed at a small USDA-certified slaughterhouse in Maryland.
Farming since 1832
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5 more tips for winter growing:
Alright, dedicated grower, here are some more tips on growing for winter. Remember, patience is key! As you already know, every growing area has its own micro-climate and ecosystem.