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Posted 9/26/2014 9:08pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

 I just figured out how to get the new session to work.  I believe it is ready to go.  A few of you had emailed me early saying that you were not able to sign up, but I think I have it worked out.  Thanks for your patience. 

I am still working on the turkeys.  I will let you know when you can begin to order them.   Louise

Posted 9/26/2014 7:42pm by Gregg Keckler.

 Saturday Farm Stands!

St Luke's Episcopal Church on Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA from 8-1pm

 

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church  on Cedar Lane, Bethesda from 9-1pm

We will have these items available this week!

 

Vegetables

cucumbers

Mexican gerkins

sweet onions

yellow wax beans

 kale

salad Mix

 zucchini

red beets

Swiss chard

cabbage

green beans

tomatoes  

cherry tomatoes

lima beans

Sweet banana peppers

Garlic

eggplant

Sweet Corn

Hot peppers

carrots

bell peppers

butternut squash

spaghetti squash

pumpkins

gourds

buttercup Winter Sqaush

 

 

 

Fruits

raspberries

plums

cantaloupe

watermelon

Jonagold

Golden Delicious

Rambo apples

nectarines

Heirloom apples

Honey Crisp Apples

Gala Apples

Yellow bartlet pears

seckle pears

blackberries

Stayman Winesap apples

 

 

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 Whole Chickens   

  

 

Baked goods

Blueberry pies

Peach pies

apple pies

Sweet Breads

 

Teas and other herb greens

 mint tea

lemon blam

basil

sage

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/26/2014 7:41pm by Gregg Keckler.

Saturday Farmer's Market across from the High's Store in Westminster

We will have these items available this week!

 

Vegetables

cucumbers

sweet onions

Kale

salad Mix 

cabbage

red beets

Swiss chard

zucchini

Green beans

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

yellow wax beans

lima beans

Sweet corn

heirloom tomatoes

plum tomatoes

garlic

spaghetti squash

Mexican Gerkins

butternut squash

carrots

Roma tomatoes

Pumpkins

Gourds

Buttercup winter squash

 

 

Fruits

raspberries

blueberries

plums

cantaloupe

 nectarines

watermelon

nectarines

Gala Apples

Rambo apples

Honey Crisp apples

yellow Bartlet pears

Seckle pears

Jonagold apples

Jonathan apples

Golden delicious

Apple cider!!!!

Stayman Winesap Apples

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

Chicken 

 

 

Baked goods  at Tamara's stand - She will be next to us!

Blueberry pies

Peach pies

Apple pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

yeast breads

rolls

sticky buns

cinnamon rolls

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

bunches of tea ( great for making a cold pitcher of summer tea)

 

 

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/26/2014 6:15am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Friends of the Farm,

We have been extremely busy this month.  I think that September is truly the harvest month.  We started out picking all the summer vegetables and fruits and also began to harvest spaghetti squash, butternuts and Gala apples.  We were still harvesting tomatoes, raspberries, and okra by mid-month along with broccoli, Honey Crisp apples, and sweet potatoes.  Now at the end of the month we are still harvesting some cherry tomatoes, red tomatoes, bell peppers, plus lots of apples and we have begun to press cider. 

So September is definitely the busiest month of the year.  At least we did not have to do much planting.  Gregg is still planting radishes and lettuce, kale and Swiss chard for the fall, but the main emphasis is on  harvesting!

What a great time!  We are blessed by the number of folks who signed up for the fall session this year.  That is great!  We are glad that you enjoy the fall crops as much as we do.  Today Juan has been picking beans all day.  Yesterday he was picking apples and Oliver was picking okra, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  Gregg has been picking kale, peppers, and planting radishes today.

We are having some very good batches of apple cider so far.  We just picked Ida Red apples and they make a great tart apple for the cider.

Thanks to everyone who contacted us about the farm purchase.  We are checking things out and negotiating on the purchase.  We will get back to the interested folks when we get word on things.  We will probably not be able to make any definite plans until after the New Year.

New Plans:

We have had a Winter Delivery for the last few years, but this year we have decided to do something a bit different.  We are going to have an Extended Fall CSA session.  We will still have many items available after the Fall CSA session ends in October - so we decided to add another session.  It is a 4 week session - It will begin the week of October 27 and run through  Saturday, November 22. 


Sign up for this session is available now! 

You can go to the website and check it out.  There are  half and   personal share options available.  We will be giving 5-6 different items each week for the Half Share and 4-5 items each week for the Personal Share.   Remember a Personal Share is really only enough food for one person.    We also have Egg Share options available for the Extended Fall Session as well.  www.orchardcountryproduce.com

As always you can sign up and pay right away or you can click invoice and send us a check.  If you pay with a check you can take a 4% discount.  We are hoping to keep all the delivery locations, but do check the days.  We are hoping to move all the Friday Deliveries to Wednesday, just for this session. 

Let me know if you have any questions about this new session.

Turkeys:

Again we will be offering turkeys this year from our neighbor,  a Mennonite farmer who raises free range turkeys.  He has a very pleasant farm and all work is done by hand.  We have been partnering with  him for several years and think his turkeys are great.  I will be adding the turkeys to  the store in the next couple of weeks.  If you would like to order one, you can go to the store and order it.  You do not need to pay for it until you receive it or you can pre-pay if you like.  I will need to have your order by November 8.  Price is $3.99/lb for the turkeys.

 

We are so thankful to have so many of you folks interested in our farm.  Your participation keeps us motivated to keep providing food. We could easily lay back and produce just enough for ourselves and to pay the taxes, but we truly enjoy our work knowing that in a small way we are providing food for you and we know you personally.  We would love to have you visit the farm. Give us a call or an email and we can work out a time to show you where the food grows.

Let us know if you have any questions. 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 9/24/2014 1:29pm by Gregg Keckler.

We have great apples!

We will be at the East Columbia Library on Cradle Rock Way Tomorrow from 2-6 pm! 

 

We have SWEET CORN!

 

We will have these items available this week!

 

Vegetables

White potatoes

kale

Sweet onions

 Swiss chard

Red Beets

Zucchini

yellow wax beans

green beans

Sweet corn

broccoli

carrots

sweet banana peppers

bell peppers

egg plant

TOMATOES!!

cherry tomatoes

plum tomatoes

Red Norland potatoes

red and green cabbage

Hot peppers

snacking peppers

spaghetti squash

Butternut squash

Mexican Gherkins

Pumpkins

 

 

 

 

Fruits

raspberries

peaches  -

plums -

cantaloupe

Rambo apples

Golden Delicious

watermelon

nectarines

Jonagold apples

Cox Orange pippins

Gala Apples

blackberries

strawberries

Honey Crisp Apples

Pears

Stayman Winesap Apples

Brussel Sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meat

 Pork - We have chops!

 Beef

Chicken whole

beef bologna

 

 

Baked goods

Blueberries pies

peach pies

apple pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/22/2014 7:04am by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at NGS on 17th Street in the Courtyard from 8 - 2:30

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

 

 

Vegetables

summer squash

zucchini

salad mix

kale

Swiss chard

Red Beets

cucumbers

CHERRY TOMATOES

green beans

red tomatoes

banana peppers

cabbage red and green

bell peppers

Sweet Corn!

Heirloom tomatoes

okra

Mexican gherkins

hot peppers

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

eggplant

potatoes

snacking peppers

sweet potatoes

radicchio

green beans

Buttercup winter squash

 

 

Fresh cut herbs and flowers

basil

flowers

 

 

Fruits

red raspberries

peaches

plums

Summer Rambo apples

Nectarines

cantaloupe

Cortland apples

 Greening apples

Watermelon

blackberries

Yellow Bartlett pears

Stayman Winesap Apples

Gala apples

prune plums!

Honey Crisp Apples

Red Jonathan apples

Cox orange pippins

Liberty apples

Golden Delicious apples

Asian pears

 

 

 

  

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

Chicken whole

 

 

Baked goods

Blueberry pies

peach pies

Apple pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

yeast bread

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

OUR OWN Fresh eggs

Jack - be -Little gourds

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/22/2014 7:01am 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.

 

 

Vegetables

summer squash

zucchini

salad mix

kale

cucumbers

cabbage

Swiss chard

garlic

cabbage

red beets

cherry tomatoes

red tomatoes

bell peppers

sweet corn!!!

 okra

Mexican gherkins

Spaghetti squash

Butternut squash

carrots

hot peppers

green beans

yellow beans

Roma Tomatoes

HOT peppers!

sweet potatoes

broccoli

Brussel sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

Fruits

red raspberries

Honey Crisp apples

Gala apples

peaches

plums

cantaloupe

watermelon

blackberries

nectarines

Rambo apples

Smokehouse apples

prune plums

Greening apples

Asian pears

Golden Delicious Apples

Stayman Winesap apples

 

Cut herbs

Basil 

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

Whole chickens

 

 

Baked goods

Blueberry pies

apple pies

peach pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

OUR OWN Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/22/2014 6:57am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

 We hope you are enjoying early fall.  We still have a lot of summer vegetables, but we are starting to move into our fall things. 

This week we will be giving cider.  Our cider is natural unpasteurized cider.  It has the best flavor and the flavor changes every week depending on the type of apples that we put in.  We like to mix the varieties with some sweet and mostly tart apples in the mix.  Taste it and see! 

One word about unpasteurized cider.  --

If you would like to pasteurize it, you can do it quite easily by boiling the cider for several minutes.  If you do not use all the cider within  a week and it begins to "turn" (meaning it gets a zippy sense - like soda)  you can drink  it like that - turned cider is also very good and has a completely different flavor or you can pasteurize it by boiling it.  When you boil it, it will go back to sweet cider.

Cider should be refrigerated as soon as possible.  It will turn quicker if you leave it set out.

We are picking a lot of green beans right now.  Oliver and Juan picked 10 banana boxes full of green beans on Friday.  So we are stocked.  Enjoy the kale and hot peppers!  I have been eating the bruised nectarines and they are delicious!  We will again be giving you a mystery item.  It is only a mystery because we have so many "little bis of this and little bit of that".  It is not that you will find a vegetable that you do not know.

Shares:

Honey crisp apples

Nectarines

Apple cider

Green beans

Kale

Hot peppers

Mystery item

 

Personal shares:

Nectarines

Apple cider

Kale

Green beans

Mystery item

We still have a lot of items on the store and I am always updating with new things. Check it out!  You can order items from the store and add them to your order and pay right away with your credit card.  Or you can click invoice and save your bill until the end of the session to pay all at once.

Have a great week!

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 9/19/2014 6:05pm by Gregg Keckler.

Saturday Farmer's Market across from the High's Store in Westminster

We will have these items available this week!

 

Vegetables

cucumbers

sweet onions

Kale

salad Mix 

cabbage

red beets

Swiss chard

zucchini

Summer squash

Green beans

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

yellow wax beans

lima beans

Sweet corn

heirloom tomatoes

plum tomatoes

garlic

spaghetti squash

Mexican Gerkins

butternut squash

carrots

Roma tomatoes

Pumpkins

 

 

Fruits

raspberries

blueberries

plums

cantaloupe

Peaches

 nectarines

watermelon

nectarines

Gala Apples

Rambo apples

Honey Crisp apples

yellow Bartlet pears

Seckle pears

Smokehouse apples

Jonagold apples

Jonathan apples

Golden delicious

Apple cider!!!!

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

Chicken 

 

 

Baked goods  at Tamara's stand - She will be next to us!

Blueberry pies

Peach pies

Apple pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

yeast breads

rolls

sticky buns

cinnamon rolls

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

bunches of tea ( great for making a cold pitcher of summer tea)

 

 

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/17/2014 1:54pm by Gregg Keckler.

Between now and the middle of September is PEAK season for fruits and vegetables.  Get them now!

We will be at the East Columbia Library on Cradle Rock Way Tomorrow from 2-6 pm! 

WE HAVE PEACHES!

We have SWEET CORN!

We have Cantaloupe!

We will have these items available this week!

 

Vegetables

White potatoes

kale

Sweet onions

 Swiss chard

Red Beets

Summer Squash

Zucchini

yellow wax beans

green beans

Sweet corn

broccoli

carrots

sweet banana peppers

bell peppers

egg plant

TOMATOES!!

cherry tomatoes

plum tomatoes

Red Norland potatoes

red and green cabbage

Hot peppers

snacking peppers

spaghetti squash

Butternut squash

Mexican Gherkins

Pumpkins

 

 

 

 

Fruits

raspberries

peaches  -

plums -

cantaloupe

Rambo apples

Golden Delicious

watermelon

nectarines

Jonagold apples

Cox Orange pippins

Smokehouse apples

Gala Apples

blackberries

strawberries

Honey Crisp Apples

Pears

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meat

 Pork - We have chops!

 Beef

Chicken whole

beef bologna

 

 

Baked goods

Blueberries pies

peach pies

apple pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce