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April CSA News

Posted 4/1/2010 5:39pm by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Friends and Shareholders,
    The weather is beautiful!  We have about 2 acres planted with lettuce, carrots, radishes, peas, snow peas, snap peas, red beets and spring onions.  We will be planting more peas, radishes and beets this week.  We have planted seeds for tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, arugala, head lettuce, kohlrobi, kale, cilantro, eggplant, and fennel in the greenhouse.  We also have new potatoes planted.  We will be planting the Evas this month and Gregg is going to try some fingerling potatoes.  We will also be planting the sweet onions by the third week in April.

    All the grapes, blackberries, black raspberries, pinks, yellows, and purples are pruned.  We are still working on the red raspberries.  We also sorted all the apples in the cooler.  There are a lot of Fuji and Pink Lady.  There are some Cameo and Braeburn as well.  This month Gregg will spray the fruit trees with copper for scab and he will spray for the 3 stages of bloom.  Apricots are in white bloom right now.  Two years ago we lost all the apricots because there was a frost during their bloom, but this year looks good so far.

    Welcome to new folks!  We hope you will enjoy our vegetables and fruit this year.  We are always trying a few new things to add to the standard fare.  I hope you will notice that I put on the website a listing of all our markets and drop offs.  I also finally wrote a bit about size of shares and samples from last year.  This year we will take pictures of the shares and put them up as well.  We still have openings at each market or drop off spot.  The DOT - Tuesday drop off and the Thursday East Columbia Library drop off are filling up fast.  So let us know if you want to get into either of these.

    If you are a Wednesday pickup just write your business in the delivery space on the subscription form - NGS, Calvert Foundation, or Fisher Lane.  If you would like a Wednesday delivery at your business, just get a total of 8 shares for the drop off and we will add you to the list.

    In May I will send specfic emails for each drop off to let you know when, how, and where.  I will also send everyone an updated list of "extras" that we sell.  You can order extras anytime by sending us an email and we will include them in the next delivery.  If you pick up at DOT, Columbia, Bethesda, or Westminster you can pay for your extras when you pick up.  If you pick up at NGS, Calvert Foundation, Fisher La or Gaithersburg we will keep a running total and at the end of each session we will send you a bill and you can send us a check.

   I do hope you can get out and enjoy the birds and plants budding.  We have a wood stove chimney at the back of our house.  Several years ago in order to keep rain from going down the stove pipe, Gregg took an old license plate, bent it into an arch, painted it black, and screwed it into the existing pipe.  This year we have a flicker who loves to sit on the chimney and peck on the license plate.  He sounds like a jack hammer if you are outside and if you are inside he sounds like a telephone ringing.  He does this for one hour beginning at 8:30 am and again at 5:30 pm.  I guess he enjoys sounding different than all the other flickers.  He is definitely taking all the paint off the license plate.  Enjoy those Birds!   
   If you have any questions or need any information, please let us know.  
                                           Growing for you, 
                    Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce