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Posted 7/8/2013 5:16pm by Gregg Keckler.

Just wanted to mention that I put some slices of the beets on a pizza with broccoli, bell pepper, and onion and it was delicious. I will definitely do it again.

 

Posted 7/8/2013 5:15pm by Gregg Keckler.

 made this with your sour cherries from last year (or maybe two yrs ago) and it was wonderful!

 
 
(if the link doesn't work, it is the martha stewart sour cherry crumb cake)
Posted 7/3/2013 4:19pm 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-PM Tuesday - July 9

 

Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, July 6

Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9AM - 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  8AM-1:PM  


  What's New


Black and Red Raspberries!

Peaches!

Apricots!

Tomatoes!

Sour Cherries! 




Fresh! Nice Arugala! 

 
This week at the farm stand: 

  
Veggies and Greens


    Lettuce Mix - many greens

    Arugala 

    Zucchini
 
   Tomatoes

    Red Beets with greens
 
    Swiss Chard

    Spring Onions 

    cucumbers

    pickling cucumbers 

    Kale
 
    Summer Squash
 
    Sorrel

    Sugar Snap Peas

   Snow Peas

   Shell peas

   Kohlrabi

  Cabbage          


 Fruits      

Black Raspberries

Sweet Cherries

Red Raspberries

Sour Cherries 

Apricots

Peaches

Gooseberries

Red and Black Currants     

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Mountain Tea

Parsley

Basil

Chocolate Mint tea  

          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Pork - our own

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 squash, tomatoes, and delicious peaches!


Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 6/19/2013 4:03pm by Gregg Keckler.
Here's one of my all-time favorite kale recipes, based on the really raw garlicky kale salad on the bar at Whole Foods.
 
 
Posted 6/19/2013 4:02pm by Gregg Keckler.

Greg -

Keep the good food coming!
The Paxtons (Cedar Lane Saturdays)
 
Posted 6/19/2013 4:02pm by Gregg Keckler.
Here's an easy (and kid friendly) Kale Salad recipe that we love--thanks for posting on the blog: Rip the kale into small pieces removing the stems---then spend 10-15 minutes massage it with your hands with salt  (1/2 t. or so) and lemon juice (maybe juice from a half of a lemon.  Then once the kale looks dark green and is a bit wilted, add  chopped red pepper, chopped red onion, grated carrots, sliced avocado, raisins, and walnuts.   Then finish with about a T of  olive oil.  Toss and enjoy!  **Leftovers will keep in the fridge to be eaten the next day.  ***This is a great recipe to make with kids as they can easily tear the kale and help massage it with salt and lemon--good for fine motor development---and if they help make it, research says they'll be more likely to eat it!
 
Posted 6/19/2013 4:01pm by Gregg Keckler.

I have a very easy way to use kale! I put two or three leaves in the blender with a banana, some apple juice, and either frozen pineapple or frozen mango. This makes a great breakfast smoothie! My next goal is to try adding dairy to see if I can turn it into a delicious ice cream :) Carrmen

Posted 5/8/2013 3:46pm by Gregg Keckler.
  • Check out our Farm markets  -SATURDAY, MAY 11


    Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
      Cedar Lane, Bethesada, MD  9am - 1pm


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



    NEW Farm Market Stand - Staint Mark Presbyterian Church
      Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  8am-1:30pm  



    This week at the farm stand:


      
    Veggies and Greens


        Lettuce Mix - many greens

        Asparagus

        French Radishes

        Potatoes
        Spring Onions 

        Spinach

        Kale


    Fruits      


    Apples



    Meats, Baked Goods and others


    pork - our own


    Beek  - our own

    Honey - our own

    jellies and jams - our own

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


    pies - Strwberry Rhubarb, cherry, and blueberry


    breads               

    eggs - our own 


    Plants



    herbs


    bedding plants 
      


                 






    Come out to stock up on FRESH  spring greens, delicious apples, and great food!   The CSA will start the week of June 3.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.

    Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

    Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 5/6/2013 5:05pm by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


        We have been doing a lot of planting.  Gregg and Oliver have been planting continuous plantings of peas, radishes, onions, and red beets.  They are getting ready to plant the summer crops outside after May 15 incluing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash.   Azerahael and Oliver have been laying mulch in the raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries.  Gregg is picking asparagus and rhubarb now. We are renting an additonal 10 acres this year.  This land was organically cared for for several years so it will be perfect for us.  We are planning to plant all our winter squash and pumpkins there in mid-June.


I have been making some very good dishes with rhubarb lately.  I am sure those of you from the Great Lakes regions can share many good recipes for this great tart spring Fruit?? - not sure if it is a fruit or vegetable.   But either way, it is good.  I made a strawberry rhubarb pie (made with frozen strawberries).  Oliver ate it so quickly I never got any!  Today I made a few rhubarb muffins for the guys to take to market tomorrow to eat on the way down.  

I also grilled asparagus a couple of times so far this year.  We love it grilled with garlic salt and olive oil.  I began to use a little sprig of garlic mustard with it and it is delicious!  Garlic mustard grows wild here.  I introduced it to Gregg and he really enjoys it with a sandwich ( instead of lettuce).  It adds a bit of zip to the sandwich.  If you see him of Oliver at market ask them about it!  I LOVE sauted spinach!  It is sooo goood and sooo good for you!   If I cook it a little crisp Oliver even likes it!  Try it!  It is time to try all the great fresh spring things again! 



Looking forward to great cooking this season!    


The markets have started! 


Tuesdays at DOT and NGS


Thursdays at Howard County Libaray


Saturdays at St Luke's in Alexandria,VA - Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda,MD and NEW MARKET STAND Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda.


Westminster Farmer's Market  begins on May 18.



We are looking forward to the beginning of the CSA.  The CSA will begin the week of June 3.  You will get an email from us the week before explaining the process and pick up information.  We are excited about the new folks joining us this year and we are encouraged by the folks who have been with us for years.  



We just butchered the first two pigs this year.  We are getting our meat chickens next week and the turkeys should be here by the 22 of May.         




If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, do not hesitate to ask! 


Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Oliver, and Virginia Keckler -

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm           


                      



Posted 5/1/2013 3:22pm by Gregg Keckler.
Check out our Farm markets that will be opening this SATURDAY, MAY 4


Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesada, MD  9am - 1pm


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



NEW Farm Market Stand - St Mark's Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  8am-1:30pm  



This week at the farm stand:


Asparagus                         Spinach                               Kale


Spring Onions                     Potatoes                             Apples


Honey                                Jams                                   Baked goods


Bedding plants                    Herbs                                  Flowers


Our own pork                       Our own beef                     eggs








Come out to stock up on FRESH  spring greens, delicious apples, and great food!   The CSA will start the week of June 3.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler