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Posted 5/4/2015 2:36pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We will be at National Geographic Society Tuesday, May 4 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink lLdy apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 4/27/2015 3:20pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We are so glad that you have signed up for the CSA at 77 H this year.  We would like to get a flyer sent out to other residents at the 77H.  We have call the building management; we have stopped and dropped off flyers with the concierge; but nothing seems to work. 

At one of our other drop off spots.  One of the folks who actually is in the CSA contacted the management and asked if she could have the flyers sent to other residents and the management requested copies from us and sent it out to all folks in the building.

So what we are asking - is there any of you folks who would be willing to contact the building management and ask them to send out a flyer or announcement of the CSA deliveries to 77H ?  We would be glad to supply the flyer if any of you would do it. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support and help in this matter.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Posted 4/27/2015 3:05pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We are so glad that you have signed up for the CSA at Senate Square this year.  We would like to get a flyer sent out to other residents at the Senate Square.  We have call the building management; we have stopped and dropped off flyers with the concierge; but nothing seems to work. 

At one of our other drop off spots.  One of the folks who actually is in the CSA contacted the management and asked if she could have the flyers sent to other residents and the management requested copies from us and sent it out to all folks in the building.

So what we are asking - is there any of you folks who would be willing to contact the building management and ask them to send out a flyer or announcement of the CSA deliveries to Senate Square?  We would be glad to supply the flyer if any of you would do it. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support and help in this matter.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Posted 4/27/2015 2:57pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We will be at National Geographic Society Tuesday, April 28 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Beef Bologna

 

Bedding plants

herbs

flowers

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Strawberry rhubarb pies

Cherry 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!  The asparagus is great!  the Pink lady apples are still very sweet and crisp!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 4/27/2015 2:54pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

Thank you for joining the CSA for 2015.  If you clicked invoice in the check out and have not yet sent a check for the season, please send it to us as soon as possible - especially if you signed up for the whole season discount.  you will lose the discount if you do not pay up before MAY 15.

I will be sending separate status emails to everyone who owes money for the spring session or the whole season.  Please be looking for this email.

We are working hard to get all the vegetables planted right now.  We are picking a lot of asparagus and some rhubarb.  We are looking forward to the beginning of the season in June.

If you have any questions, please let us know. 

thanks,

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 4/27/2015 2:49pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

If you have been meaning to sign up for the CSA for 2015 and are procrastinating - you have ONLY 18 days left to sign up for the whole season and get a 6 % discount. 

We are picking asparagus now and rhubarb.  Planting is going well.  Many things are in the fields and many more are being planted in the greenhouse.

Let us know if you have any questions about the CSA.  We would be happy to arrange for CSA pick ups are your apartment building or community.  We can send you flyers to email or hang up.  We can also do deliveries to your business as well.  Let us know if there is any way that we can accommodate you.

Remember a CSA supports local food in your area - where you live. 

To sign up for the CSA go to www.orchardcountryproduce.com to sign up.  you can pay right away with a credit card or you can save 4% by clicking invoice and sending a check.

 

Thanks for letting us serve you.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 4/20/2015 3:10pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

Tomorrow is the first market of the season!  We will be at National Geographic Society Tuesday, April 21 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

Vegetables 

potatoes

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

Meat - our own home grown

beef

stewing hens

pork

Butcher Bolonia

 

Bedding plants

herbs

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Strawberry rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Our spring season is starting slowly, but we are making a start. Come out to buy, say Hi and welcome the beginning of a great growing season!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 4/8/2015 5:24pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Friend of the Farm,

Spring has Sprung!  We are overwhelmed with work.  One month ago we were trying to find things to do to keep busy outside.  Now we are so busy that we cannot keep up. 

Gregg, Oliver, Juan and Julie planted all the sweet onions.  We are hoping to get the leeks planted tomorrow.  Saturday at the work day we are hoping to get a lot of garlic transplanted, blackberry bushes planted and possibly strawberries planted.

Gregg is finishing up with the jam and applesauce for the year.  He is still trying to squeeze in time to make a couple more batches of Shag Bark Hickory syrup. 

We settled on part of the land that we were planning to purchase in March!  Now Oliver will be signing the papers for the second part which is the house and outbuildings this Friday.  The elderly folks who live there will not have to leave until September, 2016, but we will have access to the land and outbuildings.  Thanks to everyone who helped by loaning us money for this capital project.  You have saved us interest money and what is best we have built a trusting relationship with you.  Thanks again.  We will let folks know when we have other opportunities to invest in capital projects.

For everyone who is coming on Saturday if you can - PLEASE BRING EGG CARTONS!  We are desperate!  For folks who are not coming on Saturday, please bring your cartons to the first market that you will be attending this year or save them for the first drop off of the CSA.  These cartons mean a lot to us.  We do not recycle them, we reuse them.  This saves energy, time, pollution, etc.  Please join us in this effort to reuse not recycle!

We got our first batch of 100 broilers today!  They are enjoying their new home in the barn under the heat lamps. 

Gregg has been working in the high tunnel this spring.  He have quite a bit to show for his efforts including lettuce, kale, spring onions and tomatoes - well not exactly tomatoes yet but the plants have been planted!  Our greenhouse is going in full force.  Juan and Gregg were transplanting the small seedlings into larger flats today.  These flats will be then going out into the fields in a couple of weeks.  They were transplanting tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli and flowers today.

If you have not signed up yet for the CSA and are planning to - please do it now!  This year the numbers seem to be a bit low for the CSA.  Gregg is usually the negative one who claims that folks aren't going to be coming in at all.  Oliver is usually the optimistic one who claims that everyone is waiting for April and May to sign up.  I am not sure what to think.  We could have just had a very good couple of years and now things are settling back to the 2012 numbers.  In any case - it will help us greatly to make plans if we know how many folks to expect this year.

 

GREAT NEWS!  We have a new Farm Stand for Saturdays. 

We will still be at Westminster on Saturdays and also St. Luke's in Alexandria on Saturdays. We are also adding a new farm stand at St Mark's Episcopal Church on 6744 S. King's Highway, Alexandria on Saturdays.  This new farm stand will be opening on MAY 2.  The hours will be from 8 am until 1 pm.  If you live in this neighborhood please spread the word and come out to see us on May 2.

Opening of the farm stands and markets -

Farm Stand at NGS in the Courtyard will be opening on April 21 and every Tuesday thereafter from 8 until 2:30pm

 St. Luke's Episcopal Farm Stand in Alexandria will open on Saturday, May 2 from 8 - 1pm

 St Mark's Episcopal Farm Stand in Alexandria will open on Saturday, May 2 from 8 - 1pm

 DOT Farmer's Market on 3rd and M St SW in be opening on Tuesday, May 5 from 10 - 2pm

 Farmer's Market at East Columbia Library will be opening on Thursday, May 7 from 2 - 6pm

Westminster Farmer's Market will open on Saturday, May 16 from 8 - noon

 

The CSA will be starting on June 1 this year for the spring session.  We are looking forward to asparagus, lettuce, spinach, red beets spring onions, apples, radishes, peas and other great spring crops.  We hope you will join us.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR THE CSA IS MAY 15!!!

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.

 

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 4/6/2015 2:51pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We have our annual work day scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at 11;00am RAIN or SHINE!  If you have not already contacted us, please let us know if you are planning to come.

We have blackberry bushes to plant; garlic to transplant, and strawberry plants to plant. 

\We will have a lunch served around 2:00pm. 

We will give folks a tour of everything! 

We would love to have you come.  So if you are not busy that day - come for a great day!

 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler-

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

 

 

Posted 3/23/2015 2:43pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This is a reminder about our Annual Spring Work Day.  We will also being giving a  tour as well.  We will begin the work day at 11:00am.  I think that folks will be planting blackberries bushes, onion sets, and possibly strawberry plants.  We will have a tour of all the fields and the animals and especially the new fields that we just purchased with the capital projects money.  We will end the day with a lunch and then folks can take a leisurely trip back to MD or DC.  please let us know if you are planning to come.  So far there are 12 people coming.  We can use a lot more help if you are free and would like to get out in the fresh air and the sunshine (hopefully). 

Gregg is finishing up his jam making with one last batch of shagbark hickory syrup.  Oliver and Juan have been working in the high tunnel.  The greenhouse is just about full of young plants and seedlings.  Today everyone helped to transplant kale into the high tunnel.  I should be getting the first batch of broilers next week.

We are hoping that the CSA sign ups will pick up here in the next couple of weeks.  It is down from last year.  We were thinking it was the weather, but Gregg is sure that it is the economy.  We are not sure which one - or maybe folks are just procrastinating this year.  In any case, if you have not signup up yet for the CSA and you are planning to - please do it soon.  These early numbers will help us to plan how much to plant for early crops for the spring session.

We are looking forward to the first market - National Geographic  in the courtyard will be starting on April 21! 

The great news is that Sarah - our third oldest daughter got married on Saturday!  She owns the Twirley Top Ice Cream and Burger stop near us at the lakes.  We had a busy weekend and now that that is behind us we are looking forward to the spring and the market season.

 

Let us know if you would like any flyers to encourage folks to sign up for the CSA at your business or neighborhood. 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com