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Posted 7/6/2015 10:50am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We are doing some exciting things this week.

  Now is the time to sign up for the summer session which begins on July 20 - September 5.  You can go to the website and sign up and pay with a credit card or you can save 4% by sending us a check in the mail.

YOU CAN GET FREE STORE CREDIT BE SIGNING UP A FRIEND! 

If you get a friend to sign up and they write your name in the box provided on the sign up page, you can get a $20 voucher for items from our online store or at the farm stands.

Help us get new members!

Help yourself to get fresh fruits, vegetables and meats!

Help a friend to get into  good eating, local farming,  and sustainable living

Second special contest of the week!

This week each CSA box will have a zinnia in it.  If you get a yellow zinnia in your box, send us  a picture of the flower next to your CSA box, and we will give you a FREE quart of peaches next week!  They are delicious early peaches.

So get excited about your vegetables and fruits this week.

I am constantly changing items on the store.

Gregg is making zinnia bunches.  Check them out on the store.  These will brighten your day!

  I just added a SPECIAL deal for blueberries.  2 pints for $10.  Stock up on blueberries for the winter. 

 Special - two bunches of kale for $5.00.

We still have sauce apples available as well.

I just added steaks to the store.  We are now stocked with various beef steaks.  Check them out.

 

This week's shares will include:

half and Full shares:

blueberries

gooseberries

red beets

green beans

kale

summer squash/zucchini

slicing cucumbers

 

personal shares:

blueberries

 kale

red beets

summer squash/ zucchini

slicing cucumbers

 

Gooseberries are a great tart summer berry.  They are like a grape in texture, but more tart.  Give them a try.

Red Beets are a great source of iron.  Do not turn your nose up at them because of some old childhood memory.  Give them a second chance.  They are delicious.

I know we have been giving a lot of summer squash and zucchini.

  Here is what happened.  We have always planted our summer squash on zucchini on rented land.  This year we purchased a farm, (which some of you got a chance to see at the spring workday)  We planted the same amount of seeds, but the plants went crazy.  They began producing and are still producing.  We were actually hauling summer squash ahd zucchini to auction.  The pigs and steers have been enjoying them and of course you are eating them and we are eating them too   Obviously this new farm has great soil.  Next year we will only plant half the seeds.  So enjoy. 

We are picking great looking green beans right now! 

Cucumbers are great on any salad and also a good cucumber sandwich with mayo is just right for a lunch!

Have a great week!  Enjoy the goldfinches and the lovely sunflowers! 

 

Sometimes goldfinches one by one will drop

From low-hung branches; little space they stop,

but sip, and twitter, and their feathers sleek,

Then off at once, as in a wanton freak;

Or perhaps, to show their black and golden wings;

pausing upon their yellow flutterings.

                                       John Keats

 

 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Posted 7/3/2015 8:04am by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow JULY 4TH

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

  

Gregg will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on South King's Highway Alexandria on Saturdays from 8-1 pm

 

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples - Lodi

Rhubarb

red raspberries

Sweet cherries

apricots

blueberries

black raspberries

plumcots

gooseberries

currants

 

Vegetables 

patty pan squash

SNOW PEAS!

 spring onions

green beans

Kale

lettuce

red potaotes

Swiss chard

Red Beets with tops

Snap peas

broccoli

cucumbers

zucchini

Yellow summer squash

kohlrabi

cabbage

shall peas

pickling cucumbers

Tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

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

Fresh chicken - just butchered

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

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - banana, zucchini, and apple

cookies

Homemade strawberry/rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blackberry 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 7/3/2015 7:59am by Gregg Keckler.

We will be there on JULY 4TH!

 

Rain or shine - We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

Come out to check out the vegetables and fruits. We have sweet corn!  .

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

 

   

 Fruit

apples - Lodi

Rhubarb

plumcots

Sweet cherries

apricots

blueberries

black raspberries

red raspberries

gooseberries

currants

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

green beans

Kale

lettuce

sweet corn

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snow peas

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

patty pan squash

pickling cucumbers

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef -

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon bread

 

Sweet breads - banana, pumpkin and apple, zucchini

cookies

Homemade strawberry - rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Blackberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 7/1/2015 2:52pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or shine - We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

Stock up for the 4th of July!

 

Come out to check out the great vegetables and berries. We have great green beans!

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

 

   

 Fruit

Rhubarb

Sweet Cherries

Apricots

blueberries

 black raspberries

red raspberries

gooseberries

plumcots

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Kale

lettuce

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

 red and green cabbage

pickling cucumbers

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

English shell peas

green beans

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks - rib steaks, NY strip, sirloin flat iron, filets - Get for your holiday grilling!

 

pork- We have chops, fresh ham steaks, 7 in grillers and breakfast links

chickens - whole

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon

 

Sweet breads - banana,and apple and zucchini

cookies

Homemade strawberry - rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blackberry 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 7/1/2015 7:46am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

 We are back in the beef again.  We have filets, rib steaks, and NY strips again.  We also have pork breakfast sausage links.  Check them out!

Sour cherries are on the store.  We will also have them at the markets on Thursday and Saturday.

Louise

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 6/29/2015 12:57pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at DOT for the Farmer's Market tomorrow from 10-2 pm  

Come out and get fresh vegetables.  We will have these items available for sale.

 

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Rhubarb

Sweet cherries

blueberries

 red raspberries

black raspberries

apricots

pluots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Kale

lettuce

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

zucchini

summer squash

red potatoes

cabbage

snow peas

snap peas

English peas

cucumbers

pickling cucumbers

green beans

 

 

 HERBS

mint tea

catnip

cut basil

dill

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks!

pork - We have chops!

chickens - whole

 

 

Bakery

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

Speical deals on sauce apples!

half bushels of zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers.

email us for information if you would like some tomorrow at DOT!

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/29/2015 12:54pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, June 30 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Rhubarb

Sweet Cherries

red raspberries

black raspberries

blueberries

apricots

pluots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Kale

lettuce

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

snow peas

sugar snap peas

cucumbers

zucchini

yellow summer squash

kohlrabi

French radishes

high tunnel tomatoes

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

cabbage

pickling cucumbers

green beans

 

HERBS

mint tea

catnip

cut basil

dill

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

whole chicken

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blueberry 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! 

 

Special deals on sauce apples

$15 half bushel or TWO half bushels for $20

email us if you would like to have Gregg bring  some for you!

 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 6/29/2015 8:17am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This week's shares will include:

Half and full shares

blueberries

cabbage

zucchini/summer squash

Swiss chard

slicing cucumbers

sweet cherries

 hull peas

 

 

Personal shares:

blueberries

cabbage

zucchini/summer squash

Swiss Chard

slicing cucumbers

 

We are truly into the summer fruits and vegetables now.  Enjoy the squash!  Gregg loves it steamed with just a bit of Old Bay seasoning.  He says it is almost as good as crabs!

The blueberries are sweet.  I had some this morning for breakfast.  Delicious!  They also make great blueberries muffins.

If the cabbage has some rot on the outside - just peel it down a bit.  We are trying to keep it, but it is rotting in the field because of the rain.  Cucumbers are great sliced in sandwiches or in salads. 

Enjoy the hull peas now.  They are nearing the end of their season.

What's Coming. 

We should be picking sour cherries by the end of the week.  We are also picking a few green beans for markets this week.  We are getting a lot  more cherries tomatoes and we are beginning to pick them from the field now. 

The Store

I have added new items from to the store.  Check these out.  I will also be adding steaks to the store by the end of the week.  We had a beef butchered and will be back in steaks soon! 

 

Thanks to all for supporting our farm.  You make our work worthwhile not just financially, but also meaningful.  When people want what you grow and sell it makes it worthwhile.

Have a great holiday.

Vacations

Remember if you cannot pick up at your usual site, you may change your location by sending me an email and arranging to pick up at another site.  You can also have a friend pick up for you. Or if all else fails - you can donate your share to the DC soup kitchen by letting us know and we will arrange for the donation on Tuesdays. 

 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Posted 6/24/2015 1:54pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or shine - We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

Come out to check out the great vegetables and berries. The snow and sugar snap peas are GREAT!  We have lots of summer produce.

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Rhubarb

Sweet Cherries

Apricots

blueberries

 black raspberries

red raspberries

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Kale

lettuce

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snow peas

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

 red and green cabbage

pickling cucumbers

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

English shell peas

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads - banana,and apple and zucchini

cookies

Homemade strawberry - rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blackberry 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 6/22/2015 1:21pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at DOT for the Farmer's Market tomorrow from 10-2 pm  

Come out and get fresh vegetables.  We will have these items available for sale.

 

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES

Sweet cherries

blueberries

 red raspberries

black raspberries

apricots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

zucchini

summer squash

red potatoes

cabbage

snow peas

snap peas

English peas

cucumbers

pickling cucumbers

 

 

 HERBS

mint tea

catnip

lovage

cut basil

dill

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

Bedding plants  SPEACIAL DEALS

flowers

 

 

Bakery

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

Speical deals on sauce apples!

half bushels of zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers.

email us for information if you would like some tomorrow at DOT!

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce