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Posted 9/2/2013 10:12am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


This is a last week of the summer session.  We are so glad that you joined us for the summer.  If you would like to sign up for the fall session, please so it NOW!  Deadline is Thursday, September 5.  The fall session will begin next week and run through October.

  Please return all the boxes and cartons to the designated spot either this week  or next week  Returning these boxes cuts down on overhead for us so that we can put our resources into plants, seeds, trees, and labor.  Your efforts are helping us to employ others in the most noble profession (in our opinion!) - feeding people.


This week's shares will include:

watermelon

peaches

Zestar apples

Green frying tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

sweet Onion

basil


Personal shares:

Watermelon

green frying tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

sweet onion
 
Zestar apples


Extra bonus - sage


We have a lot of watermelon and many different varieties - be surprised:   seedless, seeded, red, yellow. 

The green frying tomatoes are just that -  great for frying.  If you have a great EASY recipe for them, please send it to me and I will post it on the blog.

The Zestar apple is a new variety for us this year.  They are a great early Honey Crisp.  Good, sweet and crisp!  Try them and decide for yourself! 

The heirloom tomatoes are winding down.  We are starting to see the cherry tomatoes slowing down also.  Enjoy them with the basil. 

Personal shares are getting sage.  Sage is a great spice for soups and sauces.  If you do not want to make soup right now.  Just let the sage sit out and it will dry naturally.  Then you can crush it with your hands or a pestle and keep it for later use.  Right now I am drying sassafras for use in the winter.  I use it as a blood thinner.  If you want to hurry up the drying process, just put the sage on a baking sheet and put in low  oven for 10 minutes, then check until it is dry enough to crush with your hands.


Thanks to all for joining us this summer.  If other commitments keep you from joining this fall, please keep us in mind for next spring. 

Also if you might be interested, we will be doing the winter delivery again this year in November, December and January. 

We will also be taking orders for delivery of fresh turkeys in November and December.          


Have a Great week! 


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

www.orchardcountryproduce.com
Posted 8/26/2013 11:04am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
   

There are only two weeks left in the summer session.  If you have not signed up for the fall session and would like to - please sign up before Thursday, September 5.  I know that sounds like a long way off, but that is NEXT Thursday.  If you are not sure if you are signed up for the fall, you can go to the website www.orchardcountryproduce.com and click on membership status and check what you have signed up for. 


Our fall session has as much summer fruits and vegetables as we can as long as we can. - corn, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, kale and Swiss chard, cucumbers and peppers.  We will have lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts as it gets cooler.  In October we will have sweet potatoes, white potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, turnips. 


We will have peaches, plums and nectarines through September.  We will also have many varieties of apples and pears, Concord grapes and apple cider.  if this sounds interesting to you, please consider signing up for the fall session. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 


This week's shares Will include:


Watermelon

peaches

Tomatoes

cucumber

Green beans

Yummy snack peppers

Mystery item


Personal shares:


watermelon

cucumber

Yummy Snack Peppers

tomatoes

green beans


We raised many types of watermelons this year. - seedless and seeded - large and small, red and gold.  They are all very good and sweet!


We are finally into our second batch of green beans for the year.  These are a great tender beans.


Yummy snack peppers - Do not turn up your nose about peppers until you have tasted these.  Even if you do not like or can not eat regular green bell peppers.  You have to try these.  You can eat them as a snack - like the golden cherry tomatoes. 
These are good!  I promise - Actually Gregg and Oliver do not eat any bell peppers on anything - raw or cooked, but I have gone to the garage to ask a question about something and there they are just chomping down on these peppers!  They call them their candy boost!  They are truly having to refrain from eating too many this week, just so that there will be enough for all of you folks.  I know you will like them.


Again this week are we are giving a mystery item.  We do this when there is a little of this and a little of that.  It will be a surprise!



Have a great week!  Enjoy the last month of summer!


Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc   
Posted 8/21/2013 3:57pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.




      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - August 27
Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday August 27

 
 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, August 24
Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



NEW Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  





  What's New


We have cherry tomatoes and heirloom!!! tomatoes

 Seedless Watermelon

Early apples

Sweet pears 


Winter Squash - butternut and spaghetti squash

Hot PEPPERS!       
   
 


 
This week at the farm stand: 

  
Veggies and Greens


    Sweet corn
 
    bell peppers 

    Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes     

    Red Beets 
 
    Swiss Chard 
    
    cucumbers

    Kale
 
    Sorrel

    Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Green Beans 


Yellow Butter Beans     

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Butternut Squash 

Hot peppers


    


 Fruits      

Plums

Raspberries   
 
Peaches

Cantaloupe

Early Gold Apples

Paula Red Apples


Zestar Apples - Like Honey Crisp 

Clapp's favorite Pears   

Watermelon

Blackberries

Nectarines       

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Mountain Tea

Parsley

Basil

Chocolate Mint tea 

          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, cherry,  blueberry, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  summer vegetables, tomatoes, and delicious peaches!  The cantaloupe is great!  We have a great bi-color and yellow sweet corn!


Let us know if you would like to buy QUANITY of any fruits or vegetables.  We can do a bulk price.  If you are interested in seconds (not perfect) fruits or vegetables, let us know!   
 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 8/19/2013 9:34am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


This week's shares  will include:

Peaches

Tomatoes

Plums

Broccoli

Swiss Chard

Spaghetti Squash

Garlic


Personal Shares


Peaches  

Plums

Spaghetti Squash

Cherry tomatoes

Swiss Chard


The seasons are slowly changing. 

We are beginning to cut broccoli. 

We have already harvested a lot of spaghetti squash and some butternuts.  We love shaghetti squash! Especially with butter and garlic - it is delicious.  I usually boil the whole squash for about 20 minutes or until you can put a fork through the shell.  Then I remove from the pot; cut in half; discard the seeds and let each half drain for a few minutes.  Then I take a fork and fluff up the flesh of the squash.  This is the "spaghetti"  We just add butter and garlic and eat, but you can use it like real spaghetti  with sauce if you like.

  The plum varieties are changing now every week.  They could be Shiro, Red Heart, Black Amber, Santa Rosa, Mountain Royal, or Black Friar.  Enjoy!


If anyone wants to purchase large quanitites of tomatoes for canning - You  can choose between  firsts or seconds.  We also have  peaches in large quanities for canning, please let us know and we can work out a price for you. 


Have a great week!


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

www.orchardcountryproduce.com
Posted 8/14/2013 3:51pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.




      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - August 20
Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday August 20

 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, August 17
Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



NEW Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  





  What's New


We have cherry tomatoes and heirloom!!! tomatoes

 
Sweet Corn!

Eggplant!

Cantaloupe

Blackberries!

Seedless Watermelon

Early apples

Sweet pears      
   
 


 
This week at the farm stand: 

  
Veggies and Greens


    Sweet corn
 
    bell peppers 

    Zucchini
 
   Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes     

    Red Beets 
 
    Swiss Chard 
    
    cucumbers

    pickling cucumbers 

    Kale
 
    Summer Squash
 
    Sorrel

    Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Green Beans   

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Lima Beans

Spaghetti Squash

Butternut Squash 

Hot peppers

Lettuce Mix   
   


 Fruits      

Plums

Raspberries   
 
Peaches

Blueberries 

Cantaloupe

Early Gold Apples


Paula Red Apples


Clapp's favorite Pears
   

Watermelon

Blackberries

Nectarines       

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Mountain Tea

Parsley

Basil

Chocolate Mint tea 

          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, cherry,  blueberry, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  summer vegetables, tomatoes, and delicious peaches!  The cantaloupe is great!  We have a great bi-color and yellow sweet corn!


Let us know if you would like to buy QUANITY of any fruits or vegetables.  We can do a bulk price.  If you are interested in seconds (not perfect) fruits or vegetables, let us know!   
 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 8/12/2013 10:06am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


This week's shares will include:

Peaches

Plums

Pepper

tomatoes

sweet onion

sweet corn

eggplant


Personal shares

peaches

sweet onions

sweet corn

tomatoes

pepper



Last week I know that I said there would be peaches and it turned out to be blackberries!  We realized that the blackberries would not keep, but the peaches would.  So this week I PROMISE there will be peaches!

I have been making fried eggplant almost every week, but this week I made eggplant lasagna.  It is great with the tomatoes.  I also made some chunky  tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce for canning. 

It is very easy to make a chunky sauce.  Pour boiling water over the top of the tomatoes.  Let them sit for a few minutes, peel and core.  Throw them in a pot and put on to boil then simmer until they break down into chunks.   If you want to - you can drain off the water/juice to make it thicker.  I have used this sauce for many dishes especially right now when they are fresh.  It is a great thing to have on hand in the winter so that you do not need to buy the tin can.


We are probably at the height of the season right now for harvesting.  There are so many items!  Check out the store for things that you would normally buy at the grocery store.  You can order it to be delivered with your share. 

We took two pigs to the butcher last week so we should be back into pork by next week. 


Have a great week! 


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

www.orchardcountryproduce.com
Posted 8/7/2013 3:02pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.




      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - August 13

Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday August 13

 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, August 10
Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



NEW Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  





  What's New


Tomatoes!

We have cherry tomatoes and heirloom!!! tomatoes

 
Sweet Corn!


Eggplant!


Peppers


Cantaloupe


Blackberries!

Seedless Watermelon 
 
 


 
This week at the farm stand: 

  
Veggies and Greens


    Sweet corn
 
    bell peppers 

    Zucchini
 
   Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes     

    Red Beets 
 
    Swiss Chard 
    
    cucumbers

    pickling cucumbers 

    Kale
 
    Summer Squash
 
    Sorrel

    Spanish Onions
 
       Kohlrabi

  Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Green Beans   

Red Potatoes

Lima Beans

Spaghetti Squash 


 Fruits      

Plums
 
Peaches

Blueberries 

Cantaloupe

Early Gold Apples

Watermelon

Blackberries

Nectarines       

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Mountain Tea

Parsley

Basil

Chocolate Mint tea 

Dill  

          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, cherry,  blueberry, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  summer vegetables, tomatoes, and delicious peaches!  The cantaloupe is great!  We have a great bi-color and yellow sweet corn!


Let us know if you would like to buy QUANITY of any fruits or vegetables.  We can do a bulk price.  If you are interested in seconds (not perfect) fruits or vegetables, let us know!   
 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 8/5/2013 3:45pm by Gregg Keckler.

Hi Greg,

 

We love Eggplant as well – I have made a very similar recipe to yours but a bit lighter I think –

 

I use Egg Whites and Canola oil – salt/pepper  – Panko Bread crumbs with a little bit of cayenne in the crumbs (we like a bit of heat)

Canola oil for frying in a heavy iron skillet. Same process- soak as your recipe with different ingredients.

 

Also can bake the slices at 350 degrees – spray a flat cookie sheet with PAM - lay out the slices -  flip after 10 minutes, then cook another 10 minutes – timing is approximate, depends on the oven and desired texture, we like golden brown and crunchy outside.

 

No time to give this right now BUT we have also made lasagna with the eggplant – cut eggplant long wise as close to thickness for a lasagna noodle as possible (or whatever your taste is) to use in place of noodles.  ** Same soaking process prior to putting the dish together.  Use your favorite marinara sauce and cheeses. Build like you lasagna in a baking dish. Cover, cook at 350 for about 45 minutes, remove cover, pour extra sauce over the top, add parmesan on top, back in the oven about 10 minutes.

 

Btw – corn last week was outstanding.  Made corn salsa – steam corn; cut corn from the cob, drain and rinse one 16 oz can of Black Beans, dice fresh tomatoes and onion. Mix all together, sprinkle with salt & pepper, mix again, let chill – we have put bits of jalepeno and smoked paprika as well

 

 

Posted 8/5/2013 10:42am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

    Just a word before I launch into this week's share.  If you want to order things from the store throughout the week for delivery with your CSA share, PLEASE use the SAME email that you used to sign up for the CSA.  In other words, use the email address that THIS email goes to.  If you use a different email, the store does not connect you with the person who signed up for the CSA and then we do not know that you ordered things from the store.  This year I have had this happen several times, so I thought I would mention it here.

  If you are planning to purchase items from the grocery store and we have it on the store, please check it out and order from us.  You will be supporting local sustainable farming and you will be getting fresh things.


This week's shares will include:  


Peaches

Cantaloupe

Plums

Limas

tomatoes

eggplant

Kale


personal shares:

cantaloupe

plums

limas

tomatoes

kale

eggplant



This is the greatest time of the season -  peaches, tomatoes,and sweet corn!  We have given sweet corn for a couple of weeks, now for tomatoes and peaches. 

The plums this year are not  sweetest, but do not let that deter you from them.  They are a great summer fruit.  I had some folks say that they were using them to cook with or for spreads or smoothies.  They are just a bit tart this year.  So much has to do with the weather in May and early June.  This year it was cooler and very wet. 

But this year we have lima beans.  Lima beans are one of those crops that depend so much on the weather.  They cannot stand any late frost so they can not be planted until mid-June.  This year the weather was perfect for them.  So enjoy.  They require a bit of work in shelling them, but they are great boiled with salt and butter!

WE LOVE FRIED EGGPLANT!  It may not be the best thing for you, but it is delicious!  If you have any great EASY recipes for eggplant, please send them to me and I  will post the recipes on the blog. 


Fried Eggplant - take a medium- size eggplant, peel and slice in quarter-inch slices.  Soak the eggplant in 1 Tbs salt and enough water to cover.  Soak for 30 minutes.  Drain eggplant, heat 1/4 c oil.  Beat two eggs in a dish and put 1 1/2 cups of flour in a flat second dish.  Dip eggplant in egg and then cover with flour and fry in the oil until a light brown.  Drain on paper towel.  it is GREAT!


Have a great summer week!  I love the cool evenings and mornings - it is letting us know that change is in the air!  Be sure to watch for the meteor showers on August 8.  Should be big.  Look to the North!


Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, Oliver Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm   www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 7/31/2013 3:23pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.




      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - August 6
Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday August 6


 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, August 3
Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



NEW Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  


  What's New


Tomatoes!

We have cherry tomatoes and heirloom!!! tomatoes

 
Sweet Corn!


Eggplant!


Peppers


Cantaloupe


Blackberries!
 
 


 
This week at the farm stand: 

  
Veggies and Greens


    Sweet corn
 
    bell peppers 

    Zucchini
 
   Red Tomatoes


  Cherry tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes     

    Red Beets 
 
    Swiss Chard
 
    
    cucumbers

    pickling cucumbers 

    Kale
 
    Summer Squash
 
    Sorrel

    Spanish Onions
 
       Kohlrabi

  Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Green Beans   

Red Potatoes


 Fruits      

Plums

Apricots

Peaches

Blueberries 

Cantaloupe


Early Gold Apples


Lodi Apples (Great tart sauce apple) 


Blackberries       

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Mountain Tea

Parsley

Basil

Chocolate Mint tea 

Dill  

          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, cherry, and blueberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  summer vegetables, tomatoes, and delicious peaches!  The cantaloupe is great!  We have a great bi-color and yellow sweet corn!


Let us know if you would like to buy QUANITY of any fruits or vegetables.  We can do a bulk price.  If you are interested in seconds (not perfect) fruits or vegetables, let us know!   
 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler