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Posted 12/6/2011 9:48am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
     We are keeping very busy with repairs and maintenance of the soil and the buildings.  We have the greenhouse cleaned up and we have some very nice arugala and lettuce mix growing for the winter delivery.  The mild temperatures have been very helpful here.
   We have not been able to get into the fields to plow or clean up the black plastic because of the rain.  We may be dong this in January!  That would be a first - to be plowing in January!  We are sorting apples and taking some to auction each week.  We are saving the best ones for the winter delivery and for spring market sales.  

  NEW WEB ADDRESS- www.orchardcountryproduce .  You can still use the old one for awhile, but we plan to eliminate it so change your bookmark if you have us saved. 

For the winter delivery - you can go to the website www.orchardcountryproduce.com and order from the store and pay with paypal.  If you do not have paypal and do not want to get it, you can still order.  Just send us an email and we can let you know how to do it.  The first delivery is scheduled for December 15.  thanks to everyone who has order so far.  If you would like to get in you must order before December 12.

   We have had three steers butchered in the last two months and we butchered 23 turkeys!  So we are stocked with meat and bologna.
 
  Gregg is buying seeds, trees, new berry plants, and other plants for spring planting.  We will let you know when we will have our tree planting day this year.  It will be sometime in April.
We are also planning to do some  new companion planting to help with pest control especially groundhogs and deer.  The deer  destroyed many trees last year. and the groundhogs were a constantly  problem in the cabbage. 

I am working on the new subscription form for next year.  There will be a few changes.  The changes will effect only full shares.  We are raising the price of the full shares for 2012.  For the past 5 years we have given a tremendous discount to full shares because we knew that we did not have enough produce or fruit to give the full shares exactly double the half shares.  But this past year we actually had enough of everything to double the half shares completely for the full shares, so we felt it was time to raise the full share prices to reflect this.  The full shares will cost $880 for the full 21 weeks paid before April 30th.  The price for a full share individually for each 7 week  session will be $300.  The half share prices will remain the same.  $450 for 21 weeks paid before April 30th and $160 for each session individually.  I should have the subscription form up by the end of this week. 

Thanks to everyone who bought from us in 2011 and we are looking forward to a better CSA in 2012.
We are also looking forward to seeing our great friends at the markets - rain or shine!  :)


PS - If anyone knows of a good location for a farm stand in Arlington or Alexandria area, please let us know.  We  would like to start a small farm stand in these areas so that we can have another CSA drop off spot for Saturdays. 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country produce and Fruit Farm

 
Posted 11/11/2011 1:51pm by Gregg Keckler.
Please forward this to any list serves in the Bethesda Area.  Thanks!

This week at the Farm Stand

Come out on Saturday morning 9 AM- 1 PM.
 
We are located in the upper parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda. 

Check us out!

Send an email if you would like to order anything for delivery on Saturday.  If you need bulk amounts of apples, pears, pumpkins let us know.  We will try to provide it for you.  We want you to consider us your local farm!


 
For Facebook users, you can "like" our new Facebook page.  We will keep this page filled with updates and PICTURES!


We have great natural APPLE CIDER!  Our own blend.  Taste it for yourself - THE BEST!

Bosc Pears!

Jonagold apples 
Golden Delicious
Stayman Winesap
Ida Red
Sun Crisp
Granny Smith
York Imperial (the BEST baking apple)
Fuji apples
Gold rush
Greening
Black Twig


We have great apples for sauce! One Pound Apples (heirloom),  Smokehouse apples (heirloom), and Greening

  

THE GREENS are coming back!  We have  SWISS CHARD!  Lettuce Mix! 

Broccoli, Kohlrabi, cauliflower  

Brussel Sprouts!   - great fall vegetables!

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers and HOT peppers.

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste 

Sweet potatoes!  Orange and white - very sweet

 Acorn Squash!  Butternut Squash! Buttercup Squash! Kiri squash! Carnival squash!  

Neck Pumpkins!  Small round pumpkins for decorating!  Miniature Indian Corn!

Fairy Tales!  One of the best winter squash for soup!

BIG, RED, WARTY THINGS! - a redish-orange pumpkin 

White POTATOES! 

Good Candy SWEET ONIONS! 

Nice green and red CABBAGE!  also Chinese Cabbage

  Turnips!  Leeks!

BEEF -  Buy grass fed hormone- free beef for your cookouts!  Our own beef. 
       ground beef, round steak, sirloin, Delmonico steaks, fillet mignon,  and NY strip 

OUR OWN BOLOGNA!  Smoked beef bologna!

We have TURKEYS for THANKSGIVING!  Come down and order your turkey for delivery!

 CHEESE- including dill/bacon, cheddar, smoked cheddar, sharp cheddar, smoked jalapeño, farmers, baby Swiss, tomato/basil and goat Gouda. 
The list of ingredients for these cheeses is simple:  unpasturized milk, vegetable enymes, sea salt - refreshingly short.

Free range eggs!  Our own eggs from our own chickens.

PIES - Peach pie and Apple pies , Cherry Pie

Sweet breads - pumpkin and banana bread.  Perfect for tea or a dessert!

Honey - Our honey is straight from the hive to you.  Very flavorful

Jams - We have your favorites - Raspberry, Strawberry and some different ones - fruit and veggie jam, Mint Jelly and others.
   

Send an email if you would like to order anything for delivery on Saturday

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 11/7/2011 9:37am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We are getting ready for our Winter Vegetable and Fruit delivery.  If you haven't contacted us yet about joining send us an email now - so we can put you on the list.  We will have the E-Store up and running by  December 1 for the first orders.  We will be doing the first delivery on Thursday December 15.   All orders will need to be in by Saturday, December 10.

   We are butchering turkeys, if you would like to order one for delivery to:

DOT Market --  November 8 or November 15
Columbia Market --  November 10 or Novmber 17 
Bethesda Market (UUChurch)-- Novevmber 12 or November 19
Westminster Market -- November 12 or November 19 

Let us know ASAP so we can reserve a turkey for you.  The price is $3.99/lb and the turkeys are mostly between 10 - 15 lbs.  There may be a few smaller and a few larger.  These turkeys ate grass, bugs, nectarines, and cracked corn and enjoyed life in a mobile home with portable electric fencing.

 We had some pretty serious damage from the 15 inch snow that we had on October 29.  Several very large trees either came down or dropped large branches which distroyed fences everywhere.  We are still trying to saw up the big trees and repair the fences.  In the meantime our cow in locked in the barn and she is not very happy about it.
  
     We have started some lettuce in the greenhouse.  We are hoping that it will mature for winter deliveries.  We still have lots of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts and winter squash.  The tomatoes are finished, but we are still selling peppers and alot of onions.  We just picked the Gold Rush apples and we still have the Pink Lady apples to pick yet. 
   We will be making some gift boxes including apples, pears, winter squash, jam, etc  for purchase for the December 15 Winter Delivery.  So keep these in mind if you are planning gifts for the holidays.
 
   Now we are in the middle of serious cleanup  - washing and disinfecting all coolers, storing boxes,  sorting apples, clearing tomato stakes, plowing and planting winter barley and rye for green manure.  Gregg is ordering some new trees and raspberries for next spring planting.
  
   We hope to have our new subscription form on the website by December 1.  We will begin taking subscribers for 2012 after January 1, 2012. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!  Remember the bountiful harvests that we had this year and give thanks! 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm 

Posted 10/27/2011 4:14pm by Gregg Keckler.
Please forward this to any list serves in the Bethesda Area.  Thanks!

This week at the Farm Stand

Come out on Saturday morning 9 AM- 1 PM.
 
We are located in the upper parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda. 

Check us out!

Send an email if you would like to order anything for delivery on Saturday.  If you need bulk amounts of apples, pears, pumpkins, or anything let us know.  We will try to provide it for you.  We want you to consider us your local farm!


 
For Facebook users, you can "like" our new Facebook page.  We will keep this page filled with updates and PICTURES!


We have great natural APPLE CIDER!  Our own blend.  Taste it for yourself - THE BEST!

Bosc Pears!

HONEY CRISP APPLES!  

Jonagold apples 
Macoun Apples
Freedom Apples
Cortland
Golden Delicious
Stayman Winesap
Ida Red
Sun Crisp
Granny Smith
York Imperial (the BEST baking apple)
Northern Spy (heirloom variety dating from the Civil War)
Fuji apples


We have great apples for sauce! One Pound Apples (heirloom),  Smokehouse apples (heirloom), and Greening

  

THE GREENS are coming back!  We have ARUGALA!  KALE,  SWISS CHARD!  Lettuce Mix!  Spinach!

Broccoli, Kohlrabi, cauliflower   Brussel Sprouts!
- great fall vegetables!

GREEN BEANS and yellow beans!

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers and HOT peppers.

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste 

Sweet potatoes!  Orange and white - very sweet

 Acorn Squash!  Butternut Squash! Buttercup Squash! Kiri squash! Carnival squash!  

Neck Pumpkins!  Small round pumpkins for decorating!  Miniature Indian Corn!

Fairy Tales!  One of the best winter squash for soup!

BIG, RED, WARTY THINGS! - a redish-orange pumpkin 

White POTATOES! 

Good Candy SWEET ONIONS! 

Nice green and red CABBAGE!  also Chinese Cabbage

EGGPLANT!  CARROTS!  Turnips!  Leeks!

BEEF -  Buy grass fed hormone- free beef for your cookouts!  Our own beef. 
       ground beef, round steak, sirloin, Delmonico steaks, fillet mignon,  and NY strip 

OUR OWN BOLOGNA!  Smoked beef bologna!

WE HAVE CHICKEN!  These are our own free range chickens.  These chicken weigh in at about 3 - 4  lb.  Nice size for grilling or frying  

 CHEESE- including dill/bacon, cheddar, smoked cheddar, sharp cheddar, smoked jalapeño, farmers, baby Swiss, tomato/basil and goat Gouda. 
The list of ingredients for these cheeses is simple:  unpasturized milk, vegetable enymes, sea salt - refreshingly short.

Free range eggs!  Our own eggs from our own chickens.

PIES - Blackberry Pie. Peach pie and Apple pies - We have our own pies.

Sweet breads - pumpkin and banana bread.  Perfect for tea or a dessert!

Honey - Our honey is straight from the hive to you.  Very flavorful

Jams - We have your favorites - Raspberry, Strawberry and some different ones - fruit and veggie jam, Mint Jelly and others.
   

Send an email if you would like to order anything for delivery on Saturday

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 10/18/2011 5:38pm by Gregg Keckler.
Check out our facebook page for updates and pictures.  Go to Orchard Country Produce.  We will add information about our Winter Vegetable and Fruit Deliveries when it is available.  thanks, Louise
Posted 10/17/2011 1:08pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Gregg and Louise,

Here is the recipe as promised:

Pear Upside-Down Cake  (Adapted from KitchenAid recipe)

Rinse and dry two small pears or one large pear.

Grease or spray a 9" square cake pan. Preheat oven to 350.

Topping

1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
1/4 Cup butter or margarine
1 Tablespoon Corn Syrup (Light or Dark)

Combine all in small saucepan. Cook 3-5 min. while stirring over medium-low heat
until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

Cake

1 Cup granulated sugar
1/2 Cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 Cup milk
1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside. In another bowl, use mixer
to cream sugar, butter and vanilla just until mixed. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add dry ingredients
and the milk at low speed. Then beat at medium-high speed for one minute.

If using Bartlett pears, quarter and core the pears (lengthwise.). For Bosc pears (which have a tougher
skin), quarter and core the pears, then peel the quarters. Cut each quarter in half lengthwise and arrange
three rows of five slices evenly on sugar mixture in pan. Eat the sixteenth slice.

Bake for 45 minutes until center of cake springs back when lightly touched. Allow to stand in pan for
several minutes before inverting on serving plate. Enjoy!

Mark Woodworth

(I omit 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped crystallized ginger, one in topping and one in the cake, and
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg in cake, so I can taste the pears.)

Posted 10/17/2011 9:18am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
  This week's list includes:  apple cider, Suncrisp apples, honey, acorn squash, cauliflower, and 2 mystery items.

   We are still not able to get into the place where the potatoes are buried.  We still need some drier weather in order to get a plow into the ground.  So the mystery items will be probably items above ground. 
     The honey is our own raw honey - straight from the hive!  I do not refrigerate it, but just sit it on the counter.  If it should crystalize, you can heat it or just use it crystalized.  Many people prefer crystalized honey because it is easier to spead.  When you finish with the jar, PLEASE RETURN IT!
     Try to find different recipes to use winter squash.  This is their heyday - enjoy them!  I made a side dish with acorn squash, onion, celery, and dried cranberries.  It was a savory dish and was delicious with sausage gravy.  There are many sweet or savory recipes for winter squash.  Suncrisp apples are a nice, tart, crisp, yellow apple.

       We will be butchering turkeys this week.  We do not have many, but we will give the CSA first chance to buy them.  Let us know if you would be interested in buying a turkey.  I am sorry but we do not have a price yet, but they should be mostly 10-15 lb/each.  They will be frozen.  We have had them out on grass and have supplemented with a turkey grower (no animal proteins).     

     We have had a lot of response for the winter deliveries.  We are coordinating delivery areas and possible days.  We need to find a good convenient location near DOT that everyone near there can go to.  If you want a delivlery at/near DOT and you have adequate space for a delivery and a place where folks can pick up their items, please let us know. 

     So far these places will deifintely have deliveries -DOT area,  DC NE(between 10th and 12th St., NGS, Gangplank Marina, Bethesda(near Cedar Lane Church), JBS(North Bethesda), Rockville, Gaithersburg, Columbia/Ellicot City. 
  We have had some response from these places, but need a few more for a delivery:  River Park, Mt Vernon, Reisterstown, Westminster.  Email if you would like to be part of a winter delivery to any of these areas. 

Let us know if your location would like a delivery.

Enjoy the fall!   Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm


Extras:
Basil - $2.00 bunch
Swiss chard - $2.00/bunch
1/4 lb(approx)arugala - $2.50
Butternut squash - $2.00
Acorn squash - $2.00
Bunch of radishes (about 8-10) $1.50
Bunch of celery - $3.00

Eating apples - $4.00/quart  (choose a variety)
    Honey Crisp - Sweet, tart, crunchy
    Jonagold - Sweet crisp
    Sun Crisp - tart, crisp
    Stayman Winesap - tart, crisp
    Nittany - tart, sweet, crisp
    Northern Spy - tart
    Fuji - sweet crisp
    Granny Smith - tart, crisp

Buy Bulk Eating apples
     $20.00 - 1/2 bushel
      $12.00 - peck
      $4.00 - quart

Ghost Chili peppers - $1.00/each
    About the size of a ping pong ball
     (ONLY FOR THE VERY STRONG!)

Red Warty Things -  reddish-orange pumpkin covered with warty bumps
        basketball size- decorative and edible - $6.00


Red Warty Things - $6.00 
Indian Corn bunches of three - $2.50



Neck pumpkins - $5.00
Jack -O-Lantern pumpkins - $5.00

Apple Cider
gallon - $5.00
1/2 gallon - $3.50

Apples for sauce  
Mixed varieties
$3.50/quart
$9.00 / peck
$16.00/ 1/2 bushel



BEEF

 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $3.50/lb
Lean Ground Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                Beef liver (1 lb pk)
                                                                              Flank Steak
                                                
$11.99/lb                                                              $13.99/lb                                                      $15.99/lb
New York Strip (1 steak/pk)                                 Flat Iron (1 steak/pk)                            Filet Mignon (1 st/pk)
Sirloin Steak                                                          Delmonico (2 steaks/pk)  

Sweet Bologna (Beef) $8.00/lb and $4.00/half lb


CHICKEN
about 3 - 4 lb whole chickens    $5.99 /lb   ONLY FOUR LEFT!


CHEESE

$9.99/lb                                                              $11.99/lb                                                       $14.99/lb
Farmers                                                               Smoked Cheddar                                           mild Goat Gouda
Cheddar                                                               Smoked Jalapeño
Baby Swiss                                                          Sharp Cheddar
tomato/basil
dill/bacon
Colby jack

JAMS                                                                    EGGS                                                              BUTTER
$4.50/half pint jar                                                 $4.00/doz                                                     $3.50/half pound
Red Heart Plum
Strawberry
Raspberry
Black Cherry                                                          HONEY
Grape                                                                      $5.00/half pint jar
Orange Marmalade
Blackberry
Pink Lady and Pomegranate


Posted 10/13/2011 7:54am by Gregg Keckler.
Please forward this to any list serves in the Bethesda Area.  Thanks!

This week at the Farm Stand

Come out on Saturday morning 9 AM- 1 PM.
 
We are located in the upper parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda. 

Check us out!

Send an email if you would like to order anything for delivery on Saturday.  Iif you need bulk amounts of apples, pears, pumpkins, or anything let us know.  We will try to provide it for you.  We want you to consider us your local farm!


 
For Facebook users, you can "like" our new Facebook page.  We will keep this page filled with updates and PICTURES!


We have great natural APPLE CIDER!  Our own blend.  Taste it for yourself - THE BEST!

Raspberries!

Yellow Bartlet pears!    Bosc Pears!

HONEY CRISP APPLES!  

GALA  APPLES!  

Jonagold apples,  Macoun Apples, Freedom Apples,  Cortland, Golden Delicious, Stayman Winesap, Ida Red, Sun Crisp, Granny Smith, York Imperial (the BEST baking apple), Northern Spy (heirloom variety dating from the Civil War)


We have great apples for sauce! One Pound Apples (heirloom),  Smokehouse apples (heirloom), and Greening

  

THE GREENS are coming back!  We have ARUGALA!  KALE,  SWISS CHARD!  Lettuce Mix!

Broccoli, Kohlrabi, cauliflower - great fall vegetables!

GREEN BEANS and yellow beans!

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers and HOT peppers.

We have ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste 

Sweet potatoes!

 Acorn Squash!  Butternut Squash! Buttercup Squash! Kiri squash! Carnival squash!  

Neck Pumpkins!  Small round pumpkins for decorating!  Miniature Indian Corn!

Fairy Tales!  One of the best winter squash for soup!

BIG, RED, WARTY THINGS! - a redish-orange pumpkin 

White POTATOES! 

Good Candy SWEET ONIONS! 

Nice green and red CABBAGE!

EGGPLANT!  CARROTS!  Turnips!

BEEF -  Buy grass fed hormone- free beef for your cookouts!  Our own beef. 
       ground beef, round steak, sirloin, Delmonico steaks, fillet mignon,  flat iron and NY strip 

OUR OWN BOLOGNA!  Smoked beef bologna!

WE HAVE CHICKEN!  These are our own free range chickens.  These chicken weigh in at about 3 - 4  lb.  Nice size for grilling or frying  

 CHEESE- including dill/bacon, cheddar, smoked cheddar, sharp cheddar, smoked jalapeño, farmers, baby Swiss, tomato/basil and goat Gouda. 
The list of ingredients for these cheeses is simple:  unpasturized milk, vegetable enymes, sea salt - refreshingly short.

Free range eggs!  Our own eggs from our own chickens.

PIES - Blackberry Pie. Peach pie and Apple pies - We have our own pies.

Sweet breads - pumpkin and banana bread.  Perfect for tea or a dessert!

Honey - Our honey is straight from the hive to you.  Very flavorful

Jams - We have a favorites - Raspberry, Strawberry and some different ones - fruit and veggie jam, Mint Jelly and others.
   

Send an email if you would like to order anything for delivery on Saturday

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 10/10/2011 10:26am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
   This week's shares include:
   Stayman Winesap apples, apple cider, homemade applesauce, Bosc pears, kale/Swiss chard, mystery item and mystery item.

The Stayman are a nice, tart, crisp apple. These are one of the first "keeping" apples.  They will stay firm and good until about January.  They do have some black soot on them because of the rainy year.  You can rub it off and buff them up and they will look great on your table. 

Don't forget - if the cider turns, you can boil it and then it will become sweet again.  You can also freeze the cider for later. 

I made the applesauce with Rambo, Smokehouse, Greening, and Cortland apples.  There is no sugar added to this sauce.  You can let this jar sit on the shelf for years, but once you open it, refrigerate it.  When you are finished with the jars, please return them.  We can reuse them.  Remember when we reuse them, we are not wasting energy costs to recycle.  When you recycle the jars, they have to use a lot of energy to remake them into jars again.  Please return the jars to us! 

The reason for 2 mystery items is that our vegetables took such a beating from the rain that there are not enough of any one vegetable to go around.  You will definitely be getting 2 vegetables.  They may be different from your neighbors vegetables.  We just do not know who will get which ones, so it is as much a mystery to you as it is to us at this point!

     We got a lot of positive response for possible drop offs for our Winter Vegetable and Fruit Delivery.  Please email us if you are interested in participating.  We are working on coordinating places, people, and possible fruits and vegetables for the first delivery in December.  We will keep you posted as we get things figured out.
  

Have a great week!  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

Extras:
Nectarines - $3.00/quart  (great taste, drying a bit)
Basil - $2.00 bunch
Swiss chard - $2.00/bunch
1/4 lb(approx)arugala - $2.50
Butternut squash - $2.00
acorn squash - $2.00
Bunch of radishes (about 8-10) $1.50
Bunch of celery - $3.00

Eating apples - $4.00/quart  (choose a variety)
    Honey Crisp - Sweet, tart, crunchy
    Jonagold - Sweet crisp
    Sun Crisp - tart, crisp
    Stayman Winesap - tart, crisp
    Nittany - tart, sweet, crisp
    Northern Spy - tart

Buy Bulk Eating apples
     $20.00 - 1/2 bushel
      $12.00 - peck
      $4.00 - quart

Ghost Chili peppers - $1.00/each
    About the size of a ping pong ball
     (ONLY FOR THE VERY STRONG!)

Red Warty Things -  reddish-orange pumpkin covered with warty bumps
        basketball size- decorative and edible - $6.00


Red Warty Things - $6.00 
Indian Corn bunches of three - $2.50



Neck pumpkins - $5.00
Jack -O-Lantern pumpkins - $5.00

Apple Cider
gallon - $5.00
1/2 gallon - $3.50

Apples for sauce  
Mixed varieties
$3.50/quart
$9.00 / peck
$16.00/ 1/2 bushel



BEEF

 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $3.50/lb
Lean Ground Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                Beef liver (1 lb pk)
                                                                              Flank Steak
                                                
$11.99/lb                                                              $13.99/lb                                                      $15.99/lb
New York Strip (1 steak/pk)                                 Flat Iron (1 steak/pk)                            Filet Mignon (1 st/pk)
Sirloin Steak                                                          Delmonico (2 steaks/pk)  

Sweet Bologna (Beef) $8.00/lb and $4.00/half lb


CHICKEN
about 3 - 4 lb whole chickens    $5.99 /lb


CHEESE

$9.99/lb                                                              $11.99/lb                                                       $14.99/lb
Farmers                                                               Smoked Cheddar                                           mild Goat Gouda
Cheddar                                                               Smoked Jalapeño
Baby Swiss                                                          Sharp Cheddar
tomato/basil
dill/bacon
Colby jack

JAMS                                                                    EGGS                                                              BUTTER
$4.50/half pint jar                                                 $4.00/doz                                                     $3.50/half pound
Red Heart Plum
Strawberry
Raspberry
Black Cherry                                                          HONEY
Grape                                                                      $5.00/half pint jar
Orange Marmalade
Blackberry
Pink Lady and Pomegranate


                    

Posted 10/7/2011 10:27am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
    We survived the rainest September in our history.  We are finally digging some potatoes and sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips and getting out the remainder of the carrots and red beets.  We had a good year for butternut and acorn squash.  We are picking a lot of apples right now.  Sun Crisp are almost all picked and then Stayman Winesap, Braeburn, and Fuji.  We have a good many acres of these varieties.  We have quite a few Ida Reds, York Imperial, and Red Delicious as well that we are picking right now.  Northern Spy apples were all picked last week.  We are taking some apples and pears to auction because we have run out of cooler space.

 
      New Plans for the winter:  We are making plans for a once a month Winter Vegetable and Fruit Delivery.  If your neighborhood or business would like to have a monthly drop off beginning in December let us know

   Here is how it will work:  You will be able to go to our website and order items from our farm.  You can pre-pay using paypal and or credit card.  Then we will deliver to your business or neighborhood on the designated day.  Weekday deliveries will be either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursday.  We aren't sure which day yet.  We may do a Saturday delivery for neighborhoods if there is enough interest.

   So if you would be interest in the Winter Deliveries - here are some of the things that you can buy.  we have alot of acorn and butternut squash, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, turnips, neck pumpkins, orange pumpkins, some odd and unusual winter squash(hubbard, black forest, kiri and cheesecake),  onions (while they last), apples (many varieties) Bosc pears, apple cider (unitil Christmas) Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.  We will also have lettuce, greens and asparagus in April.
  
     We will have our beef and bologna, eggs, honey, jelly and jam.  We will also have pies and sweet bread for sale.
      We will offer Ed Breckenbill's cheeses and Apple Valley Creamery's butter.

     We are making one stipulation for delivery - that your location have a minium  $50.00 order - not each person, but each location.  We will still bag each person's items separately, but the total for your drop off spot must be at least $50.00.
 
   For Example:  The National Zoo wants a delivery of Winter Vegetables and Fruit.  The monkeys order $5.00 of apples; the elphants order $35.00  worth of pumpkins;  the bird house wants 1 gallon of cider for $5.00 and the lions order filet mignon (of course) for $30.00.  Each critter gets online and pays using paypal and we deliver everything (individually bagged for each customer) to the National Zoo on the designated day. 

I hope this makes sesne to everyone.

FAQ about the Winter Vegetable and Fruit Delivery

1.  How much does it cost?  The costs are determined by what you order.  No additional costs.

2.  How often must I order?   We will deliver once/month.  We are asking each drop off spot to order a total of at least $50.00 each month.  Each drop off location  must commit to the 5 monthly deliveries.

3.  What day will you deliver?  We will deliver either a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (depending on response) and possibly Saturday (depending on response).

4.  When does the Winter Vegetable and Fruit Delivery begin? It will begin the week of December 13.  January delivery will be the week of January 17, week of February 14, week of March 13. and week of April 17.

5.  Can we get a delivery to our house?  Yes, if you purchase $50 worth of things.  You can go together with a friend, etc..

6.  Can I buy meat and cheese as part of all of the $50?  Yes, you can buy anything on the order form that will be on our website by Thanksgiving. (hopefully)

    Please send us an email if you would be interested in participating in Our Winter Vegetable and Fruit Delivery. 

     We may be able to connect you with others near you who would like to participate as well.

We are also working with our webhost to allow folks to purchase shares online beginning in 2012.  Just think - NO MORE STAMPS! and NO MORE NASTY EMAILS from me asking for money!  We will let you know when this will be available.

We hope you enjoy the fall weather, the long evening hours and a bowl of good squash soup!

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm