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Posted 5/26/2011 7:11am by Gregg Keckler.
Please forward this to any list serves in the Bethesda Area.  Thanks!

New for Memorial Day weekend!  STRAWBERRIES

Yes, we have our own strawberries fresh from Pennsylvania!

Rhubarb and Strawberries go together in many desserts and salads.  We have rhubarb!

Don't forget to buy fresh salad mixes and spinach for the weekend.  We have asparagus, spring onions, baby French radishes, fresh mint tea.

We still have a good supply of crisp apples (Fuji, Pink Lady, Braeburn, and Cameo) and potatoes.

Even though everyone may be getting tired of asparagus, remember in one month it will be gone for another year.  So enjoy the spring vegetables while they are here.  Eating them fresh will give your body the most nutrients.  Eating with the seasons is fun and helps us appreciate the abundance of the fresh vegetables.  So, EAT YOUR GREENS!  Get them now before the summer heat drives us on to beans and tomatoes.

Grow your own tomatoes and peppers!  We have bedding plants - lots of heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, herbs - basil, dill, cilantro.

FLOWERS!  Buy one get one free on all flower bedding plants!  impatiens, dianthus, balsam, tall impatiens and petunias.

We have the beef!  Buy grass fed hormone free beef for your cookouts!  Also hormone-free cheeses eggs, and  bologna.  We have our own pies, sweet breads, honey and jams.
Come out on Saturday morning 9 AM- 1 PM.
We are located in the upper parking lot of the UU Church   9601 Cedar La, Bethesda.  Check us out!

Gregg and Louise Keckler -Orchard Country Produce
 Gardners, PA
Posted 5/25/2011 9:34am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

     If you are getting this email we assume you are expecting to get a CSA share beginning the week of June 6.    Market pick up begins on Tuesday June 7 at DOT 8:00-2:00PM
Thursday June 9 at East Columbia Library 2-6-pm
Saturday June 11 at Westminster Farmer's Market 8-12 noon 
Saturday at  The Farm Stand at UU Church 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda from 9-1:00PM. 

Come to the stands and we will have either a cooler or a box with your name on it.  Pick up and go.  Please bring the box or cooler back the next week and exchange for a full one.
  Note:  Do not discard any cardboard cartons,  rubber bands or jars, etc.  We reuse these.  It cuts down on our overhead costs.  Just put all the stuff into the empty box and return.
   If you get any fruit or vegetables that you do not know how to use send us an email and we will help you.

     Extras:  You may purchase extras at any time.  Send us an email with your order at least one day before pick up and we will include it in your share.  You can pay for it at the stand when you pick up if the bill is $`15.00 or more you can use VISA or Master card.  We also accept checks.
   Each week you will get an email detailing what to expect in your share.  This price list will be included each week for your convenience.

Now a little about Extras:

Cheese - From Ed Breckenbill - Whispering Brook Farm in Chambersburg.  Ed has his own grass-fed cows and goats.  He uses unpasteurized milk, vegetable enzymes and sea salt.  He uses his own herbs for all his cheeses.  Compare these cheeses to store bought.  The taste is amazing.  Order cheese by the pack - poundage varies.  Refrigerated

Beef - Our own.  We raise our beef the slow way - on pasture and hay only so the beef is lean.  The steaks are great grilled or pan fried.  Round steaks, sirloin and some flank steaks are large.  When you order steaks order by the pack - not the pound.  Poundage per pack varies.  Frozen

Eggs - Our own free-range eggs.  If we run low we supplement with free-range eggs from Apple Valley Creamery in East Berlin.  Refrigerated

Butter - From Apple Valley Creamery   Sold by the half pound.  Apple Valley butter is from pastured dairy cows.  The milk is pasteurized, but not homogenized and no additives.  Check out their website  Frozen

Honey - Our own fresh honey.  We will include honey at least once during the 21 week CSA season.

Jam - Our own - made with our own fruit.  All jams have whole fruit, sugar and sure jell.  Jellies are clear-made from juices.  We will include jam at least 3 times throughout the year.  Sealed and will keep indefinitely

Looking forward to a great year!  Let us know if you have any questions.  Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce

Extras List:


$9.99/lb                                                              $11.99/lb                                                       $14.99/lb
Farmers                                                               Smoked Cheddar                                           mild Goat Gouda
Cheddar                                                               Smoked Jalapeno
Baby Swiss                                                          Sharp Cheddar
Dill and Bacon
Tomato and Basil


 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $7.99/lb
Lean Gound Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                 Flank Steak

$11.99/lb                                                              $13.99/lb                                                      $15.99/lb
New York Strip (2 steaks/pk)                                 Flat Iron (2 steaks/pk)                            Filet Mignon (2 st/pk)
Sirloin Steak                                                          Delmonico (2 steaks/pk)  
Sirloin Tip (2 steaks/pk)

JAMS                                                                    EGGS                                                              BUTTER
$4.50/half pint jar                                                 $4.00/doz                                                     $3.50/half pound
Red Heart Plum
Black Cherry                                                          HONEY
Grape                                                                      $5.00/half pint jar
Orange Marmalade
Pink Lady and Pomegranate
Posted 5/19/2011 9:06am by Gregg Keckler.

We will have baby French radishes, salad mix, spinach, spring onions, rhubarb, and asparagus,  mint tea and cut parsley 

There is still a good assortment of apples (Fuji, Braeburn, Pink Lady, and Cameo) and stored potatoes.

We have bedding plants!  HEIRLOOM TOMATO PLANTS, peppers, herbs (basil, dill, cilantro), flowers

Cheese is back!  Whispering Brook Farm cheeses including cheddar, goat gouda, tomato basil, bacon dill, baby swiss, farmers and smoked cheeses.  The list of ingredients is refreshing- unpasturized milk, vegetable enzymes and sea salt.

Our own pasture-raised hormone-free beef- ground beef, steaks including filet mignon, flank, round, sirloin, sirloin tip, delmonico, flat iron

We have fresh strawberry and strawberry/rhubarb pies, banana and pumkin bread.  MANY jams and jellies and our own local honey

Fresh eggs!

Stop by in the upper parking lot of the UU church on Saturday May 21 from 9am-1pm.  9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda.  Support local farmers and eat good food grown the way it was meant to be grown!

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce
check out our website Send us an email if you have any questions or would like to order anything.

Posted 5/12/2011 7:27am by Gregg Keckler.
This week at Orchard Counrty Produce's Farm Stand  located in the upper parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 9601 Cedar Lane:

Fresh asparagus, lettuce mix and spinach, mint tea, RADISHES, spring onions, rhubarb,

Stored apples (Fuji, Braeburn, Pink Lady and Cameo) and potatoes

Strawberry and Strawberry/Rhubarb pies, banana and pumpkin breads, jellies, jam, and honey

Pasture raised ground beef and steaks, hormone-free cheeses, and eggs

Hours: 9am-1pm

Come out and stock up on fresh local produce and baked goods.
Posted 5/5/2011 7:48am by Gregg Keckler.
       I wish that you would send this email to folks on your email lists.  Thanks, Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce

Orchard Country Produce is Back!

The Bethesda Market opens on Saturday May 7 frrom 9am -1 pm.  We will start the season with fresh asparagus, lettuce mix, spinach, radishes, spring onions, rhubarb and tea.  We will also have our delicious apples and potatoes. 

We have pasture-raised beef - steaks and ground beef, also bologna and free range eggs.  We have our fresh strawberry and strawberry/rhubarb pies (perfect for Mother's Day), banana bread, pumpkin bread, fresh white bread, cimmamon bread, and honey oatmeal bread.

We will again have cheeses from Whispering Brook Farm - made with the best pasture-raised unpasturized milk, sea salt and vegetable enymes.  Hormone free!
This year we have bedding plants including flowers, cabbage, heirloom tomato plants, peppers.

We are located in the upper parking lot of the Universalist Unitarian Church at 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda.  Come out for a look and buy a few healthy local vegetables for dinner!

Posted 5/4/2011 11:46am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

     Greetings from the farm!  Thanks to those who came on Saturday to help plant.  We were able to get two nasty jobs out of the way - transplanting raspberries and putting rodent guards on all the young trees.  Many thanks!  Today Gregg and Oliver are transplanting strawberry plants.  We are daily cutting asparagus, lettuce, spinach,  and pulling spring onions and radishes.  May 15 is the BIG day.  After that date we can plant out cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash without danger of frost.

   We are gearing up for the spring CSA starting  June 6.  Those of you who are signed up for spring, I will be sending you an email about pickup details.  I will also send an email about ordering extras, paying for them and other necessary details.  Look for these two emails around May 20.
    If you are interested in signing up for the summer session  the deadline is July 15.

    Everything is looking good here.  The torrential rains in April did a number on garden # 1 and we had to replant radishes and find (under the mud) some of the spinach and relocate it, but everything else fared well.  Hopefully the old saying is true  - April showers bring May flowers, not more rains!

    If you get a chance - come out to the markets in May for asparagus, lettuce, spinach, radishes, rhubarb, tea, spring onions, apples, potatoes, bedding plants (tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, flowers).  We will also have our honey, jams, breads, pies (strawberry and strawberry/rhubarb), cookies, eggs, beef, bologna, and Ed's cheeses.

DOT                                                                                                 Tuesdays - 10-2
East Columbia Library                                                                     Thursdays - 2-6
Bethesda  Cedar Lane Universalist Unitarian Church                      Saturdays -  9-1
Westminster  beginning May 14                                                     Saturdays -  8-noon

Let us know if you have any questions.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!  
Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce 
Posted 5/2/2011 9:32am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

    Markets start this week.  If you are near one of these market, please stop in.

    -DOT on New Jersey Ave SE starts tomorrow TUESDAY May 3 from 10 am -2 pm

    -East Columbia Library on CradleRock Way in Columbia, MD starts THURSDAY May 5 from 2-6-pm

    -Bethesda located at the Cedar Lane UU Church  upper parking lot on Cedar Lane starts SATURDAY May 7 from  9 am-1 pm

Come out and get fresh spring produce including asparagus, lettuce, spinach, radishes, tea, spring onions, and rhubarb.  We will have our stored sweet apples and potatoes. 

We will have an array of baked goods made by our daughters including cookies, breads, and fresh baked strawberry and strawberry-rhubarb pies plus homemade dog biscuits.

We will also have black walnuts, applesauce, jellies and jams, and HONEY.   We will have our pasture-raised  beef and our own eggs.

At DOT and Bethesda we will have bedding plants (flowers, tomatoes, peppers, etc).  Also at DOT and Bethesda we will again offer Ed Breckinbill's excellent cheeses.  These are cheeses made with unpasturized pasture produced milk and vegetable enzmes.  (No Additives)

Come out to visit and support local farmers.  Looking forward to seeing you again this year.  If you have never been to the market before come and introduce yourself.  Look for Orchard Country Produce.  See everyone this week. 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce
Posted 4/25/2011 4:42pm by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,
    Sorry to keep bugging you, but my last email did not seem to go to everyone and I don't know who did not get it, so I am sending another one.  If you already heard about the planting day on April 30 - just disregard this email.
     We will be having a planting day on this Saturday April 30 at 2:00 pm at our farm.  We will be planting raspberries, asparagus crowns, strawberries, possibly leeks and onions, if they are not already planted.  We will also be planting out small plants from the greenhouse and starting seeds as well.  There are soooo many things to do that it isn't a matter of finding something to do,  but rather trying to decide which to do first.

   We will provide a supper for everyone - definitely grilled asparagus on the menu as well as other good things!

   Let us know by sending a email if you can attend.  We would love to have you come to visit and "materially" participate with us on the farm. 

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce

Posted 4/19/2011 9:03am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks at NGS and NEA,

    Thank you for inviting us this year to present our farm at your businesses.  We will be there on April 21.  At NEA we will be participating in the Earth Day Event as a vendor.  So come, introduce yourself and check out the  display of our farm pictures including Homer, the Basset Hound "Watchdog".  Gregg will be there to meet you with apples!.

       NGS - Oliver and I (Louise) will be in the lunch room entrance as we were other years.  Come to meet us,look at new farm pictures,  and sample some delicious apples from the farm   

    If you haven't signed up yet and wish to do so, you can bring a check and sign up on Thursday.  We will bring subscription forms with us.

     Most of you got our email about the Farm Day on April 30, but if not check our blog on the website   Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday.  Thanks for inviting us to your businesses and taking the time to care about local food, especially when it is so easy these days to go to the local grocery store.    

                                            Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce 
Posted 4/19/2011 8:45am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks, 
       OK, the tree planting day on Saturday was a WASH.  (literally)  We had terrible thunderstorms and road closings.  It was a rough day for tree planting.  So we have scheduled another day.  Unfortunately the trees will have to be planted before that - actually two- thirds of them were planted yesterday and rest will be in the ground today.
   On Saturday, April 30,  we will have a planting and transplanting day.  We have many raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries that need transplanted.  We also have tender little plants from the greenhouse that need to get into the ground.  There are also seedlings that need to go into plugs in the greenhouse,  asparagus crowns to plant and so many other plantings and greenhouse work.  
      So, if you are willing and you aren't busy that Saturday, let us know.  We will begin at 2:00pm.  We will provide a supper.  Definitely fresh asparagus will be on the menu!       

          Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce