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January 2012 - farm news!

Posted 1/2/2012 2:33pm by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

    Happy 2012!  We are pruning, cleaning up the raspberries, mowing, preparing the ground, and staking for new raspberries and new trees.  Oliver and James are pulling up tomato stakes and cages.  Gregg is making jam and building crates and also tending the greenhouse lettuce and arugala.
     We did a few major projects in December includng replacing the water supply line at the barn.  James had to dig a hole about 5 feet deep by 4 feet across to replace the pipe.  Then he and Virginia dug a 12 inch trench in front of the garage across the entire front and put in drainage pipe.  This will hopegfully keep water from running in under the garage doors during heavy rains.

   Our new 2012 CSA sign up is ready to go!  We have changed the price of the full shares to reflect the larger amount of fruits and vegetables.  We have not changed the half shares.
  You can order online.  Go to our website  www.orchardcountryproduce.com.  Go to sign up page and walk through the form.  We are offering two choices for payment.  You can pay with paypal(a small processing fee is charged for this option) or you can pay by "invoice".  If you choose invoice after your sign up you can send us a check in the mail.  No need to download any forms!

      In order to get the $30 discount you must pay by April 30.  We are offering a payment paln if you are getting the entire season (full or half shares).  Just pay the down payment amount now at the checkout. (If you choose invoice you can just send a check for the amount.)  and then pay that amount each month after; February, March, and April.  We will send you reminders monthly.
    If your business or neighborhood would like to have a drop off at your site - let us know.  You must have 6 shares (any size) at your location.  Our delivery days will be Wednesday and Fridays  except for DOT  Farmer's Market - Tuesday
 East Columbia Library Farmer's Market - Thursday
 Westminster Farmer's Market - Saturday
 Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda - Saturday.

  Oliver would like to start a farm stand location on Saturdays in Arlington or Alexandria area.  If anyone knows of a church parking lot or a business location in any of these areas, please let us know.
     If you have any questions about the sign up process or any of our growing practices, etc, please contact us and we will be glad to answer any questions.
 Our daughter, Sarah, was home for a week's vacation from her job in Alexandria and she cleaned up our website and added some new information.  Check it Out!
James, our intern for the year has been keeping after the facebook page.  Check it out for tidbits.
If you signed up for our Winter De;livery, we will be sending you an email soon about the January delivery announcing the store opening for January.
  Enjoy the great cold wintery weather.  stay safe and do what you can to relieve stress and eat healthy!
Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce