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2010 CSA season info

Posted 5/17/2010 10:32am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
  Welcome to the 2010 CSA season.  If you are getting this email, you should be expecting to pick up a share on June1, June 2, June 3, or June 5 for the first week of the season.  If you don't think you should be picking up this week, let me know.  For some this is a new experience, for others it is a continuation of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
   Gregg, Oliver, Mark, Lydia, and Virginia have been busy planting out hundreds of tomatoes, pepper, squash, and cucumber plants last week.  The fruit looks good.  There might not be as many sweet cherries or apricots as last year, but the plums look better.  It is hard to predict why these fluctuations happen each year.  If the spring is too cold, the trees don't flwoer, if it is too chilly and overcast the bees don't pollinate the flowers, and there are some years that a tree just decides to take the year off and not produce any fruit.  who know!
   We want you to get the most out of the fruit and produce that you get.  We have some simple preparation tips on the website.  Remeber that you do not need to create a dish based on a vegetable ( for example: asparagus)  Asparagus is delicious raw, lightly steamed, or grilled - no other ingredients necessary except a little butter or loive oil and salt.  Preparing simply will give you the best flavor and nutritional value - and it is simpler.
   Logistics:  All folks getting their shares on Tuesday at DOT or Gangplank Marina, Thursday at East Columbia Library, Saturday at Cedar Lane UUChurch in Bethesda, Saturday at 128 Goucher Lane, Gaithersburg, or Saturday at the Westminster Farmers Market will pick up coolers each week.  You will bring back an empty cooler and pcik up a full one.  If you choose you can put youritems in your own bags and just leave the cooler with us. 
      Folks getting shares on Wednesday at NGS, NLC, Clavert Foundation, NIH - Fisher Lane, or Kennedy Center(25th st NW) your produce will come in a box with your name on it.  You can take the produce and leave the box in the designated drop off spot or you can take the box with you.  Please return the bos before the next Wednesday pick up.  I will be in touch with each of you regarding the actual drop off spot.  NGS will be the same as last year.

    Extras:  you can order extras weekly by sending us an email AT LEAST one day before delivery day.  You can pay for the extras at the market with csah, check, or credit card(If over $15.00)  If you pick up on Wednesdays orat the Gangplank Marina, or Gaithersburg you can order items, we will put them in your share and at the end of each 7 week session we will send you a bill by email and you can send us a check by mail.

   We will have our own fresh, free range eggs all year.  Our chickens are young and laying prolificly.  We will have our own hormone-free grass fed beef available.  We are having another steer butchered this week so we should be stocked with all cuts of steaks for a while.  We will also have our own sweet butcher bologna.  We put a whole steer in bologna so the bolonga is Lean and delicious.  Butcher bolonga is stored in 4 in round cloth bags.  we sliced it thinly and put it in 1/2 and 1/4 lb pakcs to sell.
     We also sell butter from Apple Valley Creamery  www.applevalleycreamery.com The butter is from hormone-free pasture fed dairy cows.  We will again be offering Ed Brekenbill's cheese.  Ed has a hormone-free pastured dairy in Chambersburg, PA  He makes all of his cheese at his farm.  He adds no additivies, only raw cow's milk, vegetable enzymes, and sea salt.

Let us know if you have any questions.  See you in two weeks!  Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce


Eggs $4.00/dozen
Butter $3.50 for a 1/2 lb block
Ground Beef $3.50/lb   sold in 1 lb packs

Following items sold in packs of 2  weight varies
Filet Mignon $13.99/lb
del Monaco  $9.99/lb
New York Strip $9.99/lb
Sirloin tip $9.99/lb
Sirloin   $9.99/lb
London Broil $9.99/lb

Honey Butcher Bologna $7.99/lb Sold in 1/2 and 1/4 lb packs
Sweet Butcher Bologna  $7.49/lb sold in 1/2 and 1/4 lb packs

Following items sold in packs approx wieght 4-8 oz each weight varies
Goat Goulda    $12.49/lb
smoked Cheddar $9.49/lb
sharp cheddar  $9.49/lb
Smoked jalapeno  $9.49/lb
Cheddar  $8.48/lb
Farmers $8.49/lb
Baby Swiss $8.49/lb
Italian  $8.49/lb