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CSA week 5

Posted 8/16/2010 10:00am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear CSA,
    This has been a busy week.  We are picking all the sugar baby watermelons this week - so some of you may get one of these.  Blackberries are dropping off fast, raspberries are on the rise - some of you will probably be enjoying them.  We are also picking alot of apples and plums.  We are nearly at the end of peaches.  Remember everything this year is at least two weeks early.
     Gregg is planting the last batch of green beans for the fall.  He is also starting lettuce ans spinach for fall.  Unfortunately the humidity and dry weather has taken its toll on alot of things.  We had to spray brocolli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts extensively so far this month.  A word about berries - we try to sort them.  We don't try to give you moldy berries.  Sometimes it happens.  Take these precautions-  As soon as you can, get the berries in refrigeration.  Take them out of their container and spread them on a paper towel on a flat surface in the frig.  Eat ASAP.
     For many years we have wanted to do it and we finally did!  We bought a second farm!  It was a private deal.  The new farm has 16 acres.  4 acres are fenced with a well.  We are planning to put our beef cattle there.  There are 10 acres of hay which we will probably plant some fruit trees on some of it.  There is a very nice older farmhouse that we will hopefully rent out.
     Other news - Oliver has 10 chickens left for this month.  He will have more in September.  You can order chicken at $5.99/lb by emailing us.  Each chicken weighs approx 3 lbs. 
     Last year we planted some native berries shrub called elderberry.  They have produced fairly well.  There are not enough for all CSA members so we are selling them for $3.00/quart.  Elderberries make great jams, sauces, and wines.
     This week's shares include:  cooking apples(summer Rambo, Smokehouse), plums, peppers, nectarines, tomatoes, mystery items.
There are alot of fruit items in this week.  The cooking apples make great sauce - smokehouse is an old variety used for either sauces or pies.  Both of these are tart apples.  You can just eat them as is, but they are tart and they will get soft quickly.  The mystery items are a true mystery.  Who knows?  See everyone this week.   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