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May Farm News!

Posted 5/2/2012 9:36am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
 May is here!  We have little plums and apricots on the trees.  The rhubarb looks great and the strawberries are just around the corner.  This is a very dry spring (the first dry spring for several years).  So the strawberries should be very sweet.  All the fruit trees are about three weeks earlier than usual.  We planted new raspberries and a couple hundred plum, cherry, apricot, and peach trees this spring.

   We are expecting a great season this year.  Each year is unique because we are guided by the weather.  The cherries look a little spotty, but the plums are loaded.  We have over 3000 tomato plants growing in the greenhouse.  We are pulling spring onions and radishes, picking asparagus, cutting lettuce and some spinach and rhubarb!    The cycle has begun afresh!

   We sent two hogs to the butcher.  Our chicks and turkey poults will be here by the end of May.

  We are weeding peas today and transplanting kale, cabbage, broccoli, Swiss Chard, and other things.

The markets are starting this month.

Tueadays - DOT Market -3rd and M St SE - 10:00am-2:00pm

Tuesdays - NEW MARKET! NGS (Natinal Geographic Society) Market in the courtyard-  9:30am-1:30pm

Saturdays - beginning this week May 5

                 Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church Farm Stand  - 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda- upper
                 parking  lot      9am-1pm

                 NEW FARM STAND! St Luke's Episcopal Church  - 8009 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria     8am-1pm

Thursday May 10 - East Columbia Library Farmers' Market - Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD    2pm-6pm

Saturday beginning May 19 - Westminster Farmers' Market  - 8am-12 noon                       

We are looking forward to our markets and farm stands.  Come out and visit us and check out the spring produce and Gregg's assortment of unusual jams and jellies.  

If you are interested in signing up for the CSA there is still time!  We have extended the deadline to May 15 for the early bird special - all 21 weeks full share $870.00 and  half share   $450.00

  The deadline is May 15 to sign up for the spring session which begins the week of June 4.  Cost full share - $300.00 and half share - $160.00.

You can sign up on the website www.orchardcountryproduce.com  go to the sign up page.  You can pay with paypal or you can click invoice at the checkout and send us a check.

Have a Great day.  Get outside and get some natural vitamin D.  Try to shut out the noise and listen to nature.  It will refresh your soul!

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Prpoduce and Fruit Farm