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Posted 8/18/2011 6:09am 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 UU Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda.  Check us out!

If you haven't been out yet this year, NOW is the time!
We are into the height of the harvesting season.  Come out and enjoy fresh, LOCAL produce.

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


SWEET CORN!  We have yellow and bi-color.  Very sweet! 

WATERMELONS!

CANTELOUPE! 

PLUMS!  We have MANY varieties of plums.  Santa Rosa, Red Heart, and Blue Ribbon!

PEACHES!  THE BEST!  Very Sweet!

Nectarines!

BLACKBERRIES!

Raspberries!

The first pears - KLAPP's Pears - Very nice pears!

GINGER GOLD and WILLIAM'S PRIDE APPLES!  Great eating apples for the summer

We  have HEIRLOOM TOMATOES -  Purple Cherokee, pink Brandywine, Germanhead, Lemon Boy, Beefsteak, Black Tula, and many others.  
Taste them and see if they are not the best tomatoes of the year!

We have lots of cherry, grape, plum and SUN GOLD tomatoes!  perfect for salads or on the grill!

Email us if you would like to purchase large quanities of tomatoes for canning!


Broccoli, Kohlrabi - great vegetables!

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers and HOT peppers.

We have ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH, and CUCUMBERS including lemon cucumbers.

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste

We  have salad mixes, fresh herbs including BASIL and DILL!

  KALE,  COLLARDS, SWISS CHARD!

New red and white POTATOES! 

Good Summer SWEET ONIONS!  Spanish White onions, purple and red onions and Walla Walla onions

Nice green CABBAGE!

OKRA! EGGPLANT!  CARROTS!

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 

PORK -  We have free-range pork for all occasions.   7 inch links for the grill,  and our own pork bologna.  This bologna is very smooth and deliciously sweet.

WE HAVE CHICKEN!  These are our own free range chickens.  These chicken weigh in at about 3 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 - blueberry pie, Raspberry pie and Peach pie - We have our own pies, sweet breads, honey and jams.

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 8/15/2011 9:04am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
     This week's share will include:  peaches, Ginger Gold apples, tomatoes, basil, sweet onions, watermelon, and of course the mystery item.

    We are having a great year of peaches.  They have been very sweet and juicy.  Ginger Gold apples are a good, sweet eating apple. 
     
      The tomatoes keep coming.  Some of the heirlooms are beginning to wane.  Heirloom tomatoes are special because they are so sweet and full of tastel.  They are also determinate which means they will only produce for about a month or 6 weeks.  Then the plant dies back.  That is why heirloom tomotates are so heavy in late July and the month August.  By September we still have some because we try to plant some later in June for a late crop in September.  The red tomatoes are indeterminate.  They can produce indefinitely as long as they get water, sun and warm weather.  So Enjoy the heirlooms now!  I know they get spots and they do not hold up as long, but use them in salads.   They are great with basil, onion and white vinegar and honey.  I was using them in scrambled eggs last week.  I also cut out the bad spots and threw them in the blender and made a V-8 juice with salt, Worchestershire and a drop of hot sauce.

  There are so many varieties of watermemlon out there.  Gregg keeps trying new varieties each year.  So you could get a red seedless, red seeded, an orange seeded, yellow seeded or just about anything!

  I confess that I am not savy with computer stuff.  (I have about 50 new pictures in the photo gallery on the website and I can't remember how to get them tastefully arranged so that you can see them.)   But for those who follow facebook, you can "like" our new facebook page.  Virginia and Oliver created it and are updating it now.  I hope I can keep after it when Virginia goes back to college in two weeks.  There will be updates regularly and pictures.
 
   Have a great week.  Notice the butterflies and the humming birds!  They are prolific! 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce


Extras list

parsley - $2.00/bunch
red heart plums - $3.50/pint
large bell peppers - 2 for $1.50
cherry tomatoes - $4.00/pint
peaches - $4.00/quart
1/2 bushel of tomatoes for canning (seconds)- $15.00




BEEF

 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $3.50/lb
Lean Ground Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                 Beef liver (1 lb pk)

$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)  


PORK
7 inch sausage links $5.99/lb (4 per pack)
Smoked pork bologna $8.00/lb or $4.00/half lb


CHICKEN
about 3 lb whole chickens    $5.99 /lb
chicken broth and stock     $4.00/quart



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 8/11/2011 6:32am 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 UU Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda.  Check us out!

If you haven't been out yet this year, NOW is the time!
We are heading into the height of the harvesting season.  Come out and enjoy fresh, LOCAL produce.

SWEET CORN!  We have yellow and bi-color.  Very sweet! 

WATERMELONS!

CANTELOUPE!  LUNCH BOX MELONS!  HACKACHU MELONS!

PLUMS!  We have MANY varieties of plums.  Santa Rosa, Red Heart, Ozark and Shiro!

PEACHES!  FREE STONE peaches.  Very Sweet!

Nectarines!

BLACKBERRIES!


The first pears - KLAPP's Pears - Very nice pears!

GINGER GOLD and WILLIAM'S PRIDE APPLES!  Great eating apples for the summer

GREEN BEANS! and YELLOW BEANS!

We will have HEIRLOOM TOMATOES -  Purple Cherokee, pink Branywine, Germanhead, Lemon Boy, Beefsteak, Black Tula, and many others.  
Taste them and see if they are not the best tomatoes of the year!

We have lots of cherry, grape, plum and SUN GOLD tomatoes!  perfect for salads or on the grill!

Email us if you would like to purchase large quanities of tomatoes for canning!


Broccoli, Kohlrabi - great vegetables!

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers and HOT peppers.

We have ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH, and CUCUMBERS including lemon cucumbers.

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste

We  have salad mixes, fresh herbs including BASIL and DILL!

  KALE,  COLLARDS, SWISS CHARD!

New red and white POTATOES! 

Good Summer SWEET ONIONS!  Spanish White onions, purple and red onions and Walla Walla onions

Nice green CABBAGE!

OKRA! EGGPLANT!  CARROTS!

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 

PORK -  We have free-range pork for all occasions.  Chops, 7 inch links for the grill,  and our own pork bologna.  This bologna is very smooth and deliciously sweet.

WE HAVE CHICKEN!  These are our own free range chickens.  These chicken weigh in at about 3 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 - blueberry pie, Raspberry pie and Peach pie - We have our own pies, sweet breads, honey and jams.

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 8/10/2011 6:03am by Gregg Keckler.
Several years ago, my friend gave me a great/ easy recipe for chard, so I am looking forward to it (even grew some last year).

Roll your favorite cheese with a piece of pepperoni or salami into each leaf. Place rolls in baking pan. Cover with your favorite tomato sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake until cheese melted and bubbly. A sort of pasta-free manicotti I suppose. Even my husband loves it.
Hope that helps. 
Jane
Ps stems cut up make a great salad, or stir fry.
Posted 8/8/2011 7:46pm by Gregg Keckler.
in my mini cuisinart I chopped the following:
parsley (small handful)
1/2 large heirloom and your other tomatoes
5 cloves of fresh garlic
added 
extra virgin olive oil and 
fresh lemon juice,
a little sea salt... .
 
I love this on my Wasa crispbread crackers or added as a condiment to fish, soup, etc.
 
I Thank God for farmers like you.  I want to eat healthy and farmers like you give me that opportunity.  Sylvia
Posted 8/8/2011 9:03am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
    This week's shares will include: cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes, plums, jam,. sweet corn, and a mystery item.

We like giving the mystery item because it really helps us give different things to each group.  This helps when we have just a few of some things.  The peppers this week could be bell peppers or sweet banana peppers, but no hot peppers, yet.  Use the tomatoes in everything.  I made a very good tomato, onion, cucumber, and pepper salad using red wine vinegar, sugar, dill and oregano.  These kinds of dishes don't require a lot of any one vegetable. 
  The jam is made from our own fruit.  Enjoy some of the mixed varieties that Gregg made this year.
  Our corn is a very good sweet corn.  We pay a neighbor to grow the corn for us.  We buy the seeds and he plants and maintains it for us.  We have Incredible (a yellow variety), Mira (a bi-color variety), and Argent (a white corn)  We love these variety.  The are great sweet corn and will keep their sweetness for several days.
  
Have a great week of good food.

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce

Extras list

parsley - $2.00/bunch
red heart plums - $3.50/pint
large bell peppers - 2 for $1.50
cherry tomatoes - $4.00/pint
peaches - $4.00/quart
1/2 bushel of tomatoes for canning - $15.00




BEEF

 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $3.50/lb
Lean Ground Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                 Beef liver (1 lb pk)

$11.99/lb                                                              $13.99/lb                                                      $15.99/lb
New York Strip (2 steaks/pk)                                 Flat Iron (2 steaks/pk)                            Filet Mignon (2 st/pk)
Sirloin Steak                                                          Delmonico (2 steaks/pk)  


PORK
7 inch sausage links $5.99/lb (4 per pack)
Pork chops $5.99/lb (2 per pack)
Smoked pork bologna $8.00/lb or $4.00/half lb

CHEESE

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

CHICKEN
about 3 lb whole chickens    $5.99 /lb
chicken broth and stock     $4.00/quart


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 8/4/2011 6:07am 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 UU Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda.  Check us out!

If you haven't been out yet this year, NOW is the time!
We are heading into the height of the harvesting season.  Come out and enjoy fresh, LOCAL produce.

SWEET CORN!  We have yellow and bi-color.  Very sweet! 

PLUMS!  We have MANY varieties of plums.  Santa Rosa, Red Heart, and Shiro!

PEACHES!  FREE STONE peaches.  Very Sweet!

Nectarines!

BLACKBERRIES!

Canteloupes!   Very sweet!   We have sugar baby WATERMELONS.

The first pears - KLAPP's Pears - Very nice pears!


GREEN BEANS! and YELLOW BEANS!

We will have HEIRLOOM TOMATOES -  Purple Cherokee, pink Branywine, Germanhead, Lemon Boy, Beefsteak, Black Tula, and many others.  
Taste them and see if they are not the best tomatoes of the year!

We have lots of cherry, grape, plum and SUN GOLD tomatoes!  perfect for salads or on the grill!

Email us if you would like to purchase large quanities of tomatoes for canning!


Broccoli, Kohlrabi - great vegetables!

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers and HOT peppers.

We have ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH, and CUCUMBERS including lemon cucumbers.

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste

We  have salad mixes, fresh herbs including BASIL and DILL!

  KALE,  COLLARDS, SWISS CHARD! Lettuce mixes! 

New RED and white POTATOES! 

Good Summer SWEET ONIONS!  Spanish White onions, purple and red onions and Walla Walla onions

Nice green CABBAGE!

OKRA! EGGPLANT!  CARROTS!

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 

PORK -  We have free-range pork for all occasions.  Chops, 7 inch links for the grill,  and our own pork bologna.  This bologna is very smooth and deliciously sweet.

WE HAVE CHICKEN!  Oliver butchered a few chickens this week.  These chicken weigh in at about 3 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.

BLUEBERRY PIE and Peach PIE - We have our own pies, sweet breads, honey and jams.

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 8/1/2011 10:04am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Friends,
  August is here with sweet corn, canteloupes, tomatoes, and watermelon.  This summer is going quickly.  We are picking Clapp's pears and Summer Rambo apples this week.  Oliver is picking toms of tomatoes.  We hired two men to pick cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, and blackberries for us.  We are going to be digging carrots soon.  Gregg planted turnips last week for fall picking.  We have also planted another batch of green beans for late September picking.  The winter squash, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage look great.  We might even get some lima beans this year.  Tthey are always touchy.  Some years - good and other - bad)

     We hope you are enjoying the summer.

     The deadline to sign up of the fall session is September 2. 

     If your business or neighborhood community would like to arrange a delivery - just get 6 subscribers for the same location and we will make a delivery.  Let us know if you have any questions. 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce
Posted 7/28/2011 6:48am 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 UU Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda.  Check us out!

If you haven't been out yet this year, NOW is the time!
We are heading into the height of the harvesting season.  Come out and enjoy fresh, LOCAL produce.

SWEET CORN!  We have yellow and bi-color.  Very sweet! 

PLUMS!  We have MANY varieties of plums.  Santa Rosa, Red Heart, and Methley!

PEACHES!  FREE STONE peaches.  Very Sweet!

BLUEBERRIES AND red, pink, and yellow RASPBERRIES- here now!

BLACKBERRIES!

APRICOTS!

The first pears - KLAPP's Pears - Very nice pears!


GREEN BEANS! and YELLOW BEANS!

We will have HEIRLOOM TOMATOES -  Purple Cherokee, pink Branywine, Germanhead, Lemon Boy, Beefsteak, Black Tula, and many others.  
Taste them and see if they are not the best tomatoes of the year!

Broccoli, Kohlrabie - great vegetables!

Cherry Grape, and plum tomatoes are here.

Sweet BANANA Peppers and bell peppers.

We have ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH, and CUCUMBERS including pickling cukes and lemon cucumbers.

RED BEETS!  Great size, Great taste

We  have salad mixes, fresh herbs including BASIL and DILL .  KALE,  COLLARDS, SWISS CHARD!

New RED and white POTATOES!  Good Summer SWEET ONIONS!  Spanish White onions, purple and red onions and Walla Walla onions

Nice green CABBAGE!

OKRA! EGGPLANT!

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 

PORK -  We have free-range pork for all occasions.  Chops, 7 inch links for the grill,  fresh pork steaks, chops, and our own pork bologna.  This bologna is very smooth and deliciously sweet.

WE HAVE CHICKEN!  Oliver butchered a few chickens this week.  These chicken weigh in at about 3 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.

BLUEBERRY PIE and CHERRY PIE - We have our own pies, sweet breads, honey and jams.

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 7/25/2011 9:18am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

Welcome to our summer CSA session.  I had a few errors on my "CSA extras and stuff" email that you received last week.
   1.  Wednesday deliveries begin on July 27.
   2. Add 7 inch sausage links @5.99/lb (4/pk) under pork extras
   3.  Add Colby Jack cheese @9.99/lb under cheese items.
  

I want to remind
GANGPLANK
WEDNESDAY deliveries
FRIDAY deliveries
 GAITHERSBURG
That you can order extras at any time to be included in your next delivery.  We will keep a running total and send you a bill at the end of the session and then you can send a check.
   
Tthis week's share will include:  peaches, plums/apricots, bell pepper, new potatoes, yellow squash, tomatoes, Swiss chard, and cucumber.

     The peaches are free stone and delicious.  If they are firm let them sit on your counter to soften them.  If they are soft refrigerate then.  The plums are Methley if they are light purple, Santa Rosa if they are red, and Shiro if they are yellow.
       New potatoes are perfect for the grill.  I put them in the microwave for about 7-10 minutes and then put them on skewers and grill them basting with a mayo, garlic, and oregano mixture.  I also did some creative grilling with squash.  Try new things or make a different marinade for the veggies.

   I know some of you balk at Swiss chard.  Try if in different ways - sautéed, steamed, put a leaf or two on a deli sandwich.  Remember Americans seem to have developed an aversion to greens.  Try to overcome it.  If you don't think you  or your children can handle a whole skillet full of Chard, just throw in a leaf or two in here and there.  Even if the chard goes limp, it is still usable.  Challenge yourself to use EVERY piece of it throughout the week.

    The cucumbers could be large pickling cucumbers or straight eights (the dark skinned ones).  With all the heat and no rain the skins could be getting bitter, if you find them too bitter just peel them.

   The tomatoes this week could be any kind.  We are picking heirloom tomatoes now as well as plum, grape, and cherry tomatoes.  Every tomato is ripe and ready to eat regardless of color.  We have purple Cherokee, black Tula, Germanhead, pink Brandywine, pineapple, Beefsteak, Pink girls and lemon boys big green giants and others.   So enjoy these.  DO NOT PUT TOMATOES IN THE FRIG unless you plan to make sauce with them.  The temperature of the refrigerator is too cold for them.
    We converted an old milk house (where the milk cans were kept in a trough of cold water until the truck could pick them up) into a tomato house.  We insulated the house (6x8) and installed an air conditioner set at about 60 degrees.  The tomatoes love it! and sometimes we sneak in there ourselves since our house is not air- conditioned.

We also have some extra items for sale if you are interested.
  pickling cucumbers - $4.00/quart
  Basil
  Dill
  Sage - $2.00/bunch
  Blackberries - $3.50/half pint
  Plums - $3.50/pint


Have a great week eating healthy!  

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce


Extras List:

CHEESE

$9.99/lb                                                              $11.99/lb                                                       $14.99/lb
Farmers                                                               Smoked Cheddar                                           mild Goat Gouda
Cheddar                                                               Smoked Jalapeño
Baby Swiss                                                          Sharp Cheddar
Dill and Bacon
Tomato and Basil
Colby Jack

BEEF

 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $3.50/lb
Lean Ground Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                 Beef liver (1 lb pk)

$11.99/lb                                                              $13.99/lb                                                      $15.99/lb
New York Strip (2 steaks/pk)                                 Flat Iron (2 steaks/pk)                            Filet Mignon (2 st/pk)
Sirloin Steak                                                          Delmonico (2 steaks/pk)  
Sirloin Tip (2 steaks/pk)



PORK
7 inch sausage links $5.99/lb (4 per pack)
Ribs $5.99/lb  (about 1.5 lbs/pack)  
Fresh pork steaks from the shoulder $5.99/lb (1 per pack)
Pork chops $5.99/lb (2 per pack)
Smoked pork bologna $8.00/lb or $4.00/half lb

CHICKEN
about 3 lb whole chickens    $5.99 /lb


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