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April Farm News

Posted 4/5/2013 7:45am by Gregg Keckler.

Hello all,

Well, after a series of un-spring-like snowfalls in March, we are finally into April and relieved that the temperatures are beginning to go up, slowly but surely.  This weekend we are looking at 60 degree days at last!

Remember: April 13th is our 2013 Farm day. We encourage you to come on up, visit the farm, and do some planting with us! We'll begin around 12pm and work/tour the farm until about 4pm when we will provide supper.  Of course you are always free to leave whenever you need to.  Please let us know if you plan on attending for the day.

CSA Sign-ups: We are excited about this year's CSA.  Each year we learn new things, try new things, and do a better job of growing and harvesting good food.  Don't forget to take advantage of our Early Bird discount for whole-season shares which is good through the end of April. You can learn more about the CSA and sign-up here on our website.

  • SPECIAL NOTE: We are offering a special discount to any person who can get a new CSA drop-spot established at their place of work, neighborhood, apartment complex, gym, church, etc.  If you can get 10 other individuals signed up for the CSA at that location for at least 1 session, you will receive a free CSA box for that session (7 weeks).  If you get 10 individuals signed up for the CSA at that location for an entire season (all 3 sessions), you will receive a free CSA share for the entire season as well!!

    Please contact us if you are interested in adding a new stop and we will work with you to make it happen!!

Greenhouse Activity:
The greenhouse has been looking VERY green this past week- here are just a few photos below!

Red Beets On Left:  Now we know Red Beets are not the most popular vegetables, but they are looking good in the

On Right: During the spring we often run short on planting containers.  We don't want to buy new planters each year, so we use any plastic containers we can find! Milk jugs, cake lids, etc, we use it!

Farm Stands & Markets: We have added a new farm stand this year.  We will be running a stand every Saturday between 8:30am - 1pm during the market season (May - October) at St Mark Presbyterian church off Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda.  If you know of folks who live that way, help us spread the word!

Time is moving quickly and the Market season is almost upon us!  Here is a list of markets/stands and their starting dates for 2013:

- National Geographic Society Farm Stand begins April 23rd (week of Earth Day)
- DOT Market begins May 7th
- Columbia Market begins May 9th
- St Mark Presbyterian, Cedar Lane Unitarian U, St Luke Episcopal farm stands all begin on May 11th
- Westminster Market begins May 18th

If you have any questions or need any assistance signing up for the CSA please contact us at 717-486-4653

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler  - Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm