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Posted 8/19/2015 1:27pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or heat!! - We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

 

 

Come out to check out the great vegetables and berries. 

These are some of the items that we will have at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

Apricots

 red raspberries- only a couple!

PEACHES

Wickson plums

Red Heart plums

Methley plums

Ginger Gold apples

Summer Rambo apples

William's Pride apples

nectarines

blackberries

cantaloupes

watermelon

Clapp's Favorite pears

Yellow Bartlett pears

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

red beets

Swiss chard

zucchini

cucumbers

 red and green cabbage

Heirloom tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

bell peppers

sweet peppers

Sweet corn - bi-color

spaghetti squash

eggplant

red shallots

sweet Candy onions

red potatoes

 white potatoes

lettuce mix

garlic

Mexican Gherkins

butternut squash

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks - rib steaks, NY strip, sirloin, filets !

 

pork- We have chops, fresh ham steaks, 7 in grillers and breakfast links

chickens - whole  Reduced price $3.99/lb!!!

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads -  apple and zucchini - Pumpkin Bread

cookies

Homemade Pies

Peachy pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

Posted 8/17/2015 1:12pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at DOT for the Farmer's Market tomorrow from 10-2 pm  

Come out and get fresh vegetables.  We will have these items available for sale.

 

 

  

 Fruit

Peaches!!!s 

plums - Wickson, Methley, Red heart

apricots

nectarines

cantaloupes

watermelon

blackberries

red raspberries

Ginger Gold apples

 Summer Rambo apples

Zestar apples

Clapp's pears

 Yellow barlett pears

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

lettuce

red beets

Swiss chard

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

zucchini

red potatoes

cucumbers

sweet corn!

mild peppers

bell peppers

eggplant

spaghetti squash

okra

cooking onions

red shallots

garlic

Mexican sour gherkins

butternut squash

 

 

 

 

 HERBS

mint tea

parsley

lovage

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks!

pork - We have chops!

chickens - whole $3.99/ lb

 

 

Bakery

Sweet breads

cookies

peach pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 8/17/2015 1:09pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, August 11 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Wickson plums

Red heart plums

peaches

Methley plums

blackberries

red raspberries

nectarines

 cantaloupes

Watermelon

Ginger Gold apples

Zestar Apples

Rambo apples

Yellow Bartlet pears

Clapp's pears

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

lettuce

red beets

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

okra

cucumbers

zucchini

sweet corn!

tomatoes

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

eggplant

red shallots

cabbage

bell peppers

spaghetti squash

Mexican Sour Gherkins

hot cherry peppers

mild sweet peppers

butternut squash

 

 

HERBS

mint tea

catnip

lovage

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

whole chicken - $3.99/lb

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal

Sweet breads

cookies

peach pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 8/17/2015 10:39am by Gregg Keckler.

Sorry I forgot to include the winners of the $20 winners and the eggplant twins winner!

Cantaloupe winners are

Emily Lawrence

Danielle Josef

Doug Knight

Alec Dhuse

Colin Fleming

Edna Kamanyire

 

 

$20 winners

Rebecca Willard

Rachel Gutauskas

Vanessa Hostick

Jill Matthews

Kathleen Mannis

Christine O'Neill

Allie Taylor

Posted 8/17/2015 10:34am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We had 6 winners out of 14 possible winners on the eggplant contest.  This means that 6 out of 14 folks actually read the email about the eggplant contest.  That is not too bad!  43% of you read the emails that you get from us. 

So - next contest.  We did this last session and we had several winners.  

This is a kind of contest that EVERYONE CAN BE A WINNER!  Get a friend or neighbor or office mate to sign up for a Fall or Extended Fall session CSA and you will get $20 to spend on the online store. 

 

Remember to get your friend to WRITE your name on the sign up page with the question - "Who recommended our CSA?"  Only new CSA subscriptions will qualify.  If you would rather have a $20 credit toward either the Fall session or the Extended fall session, please send me an email and I can arrange that.

The Extended Fall session is NOT included in the regular Early Bird Special.  So you will need to sign up for it separately.  Thanks to folks who have already signed up.  Just a note about the Extended Fall Session. 

All the FRIDAY DELIVERIES WILL SWItCH TO WEDNESDAY DELIVIERIES ONLY FOR THE EXTENDED FALL SESSION WHICH BEGINS OCTOBER 26. 

Let me know if you have any questions about the Extended Fall or the Fall session.  We only have two more weeks of the summer session. 

The summer has really flown by.

  The Fall session begins on September 7 and runs through October 24. 

  SIGN up now do not wait until you missed the first week.

  Some folks were having trouble with the sign up.  You are already in the season, you just want to make changes to the member types.  Look for this prompt at the top of the first page. 

 

This week's shares will include:

Full and Half

Eggplant

Potatoes

Bell peppers

Tomatoes - large and cherry

Mystery item

Nectarines

Ginger Gold apples

 

Personal shares:

Ginger Gold apples

tomatoes

potatoes

sweet Candy onions

eggplant

 

Eggplant is very versatile - use it grilled (It is excellent with balsamic vinegar).  We love it fried.  (Not as healthy, but SOOO good!)

Tomatoes are everywhere. Enjoy them now.  The heirloom tomatoes have only got about two-three more weeks!  Enjoy their delicious variety of taste.  I love the green ones (Aunt Rubies), the pineapples (yellow with some red) and the yellow Brandywines for sandwiches.  For a great acid tomato - Red and pink Brandywines are great!  Hillbillies are also a great choice.  If you would like to know a variety - just send us a picture of your tomato.

The nectarines are very sweet and delicious.  I love eating them, but you will probably need to eat them over a trash can or with a napkin - They are so juicy.

Ginger Gold is a great early sweet apple.  It is just a reminder that we are on the latter end of summer. 

 

Enjoy the great fruits and vegetables this week.  Use your CSA shares as  meal starters. 

 

We do still have second peaches and second tomatoes available for purchase in half bushels.  These are soft or bruised.  You can order from the store.  Remember theses seconds need to be canned or processed immediately!

 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc 

Posted 8/14/2015 5:53pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

We have a lot of tomatoes.   If you are interested in half bushels of second tomatoes or peaches, please let us know. 

Come out to check out the vegetables and fruits. We have sweet corn!  .

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

apples -Summer Rambo

apples- William's Pride

Apples - ginger Gold

pears

apricots

blueberries

Peaches!!

plums

cantaloupe

nectarines

watermelon

 

Vegetables 

 sweet corn!!

green beans

Kale

lettuce

red beets

Swiss chard

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

tomatoes - heirloom

cherry tomatoes

sweet onions

peppers

pickling cucumbers

 okra

cabbage

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef -  We have beef bologna!

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon bread

 

Sweet breads -pumpkin, and apple, zucchini

cookies

Homemade pies - blueberry pies

peach pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 8/14/2015 5:51pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow August 15

Oliver will be at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 8 - 1 pm. 

  

Gregg will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on South King's Highway Alexandria on Saturdays from 8-1 pm

 

These are some of the items that we will have tomorrow at the market stands.

 

   

 Fruit

apples -Ginger Gold

apples - William's Pride

apples- Summer Rambo

plums

apricots

blueberries

peaches

canteloupe

watermelon

nectarines

 

 

Vegetables 

Sweet onions

green beans

Kale

lettuce

red and white  potatoes

Swiss chard

Red Beets

cucumbers

zucchini

Yellow summer squashi

cabbage

bell peppers

Tomatoes - heirloom!!!

cherry tomatoes

Sweet Corn!

eggplant

spaghetti squash

 hot peppers

pickling cucumbers

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - WE HAVE STEAKS! Filets, NY strips, Rib steaks, sirloin, flat iron

Fresh chicken - just butchered reduced price $3.99/lb we need to clear out the freezers!

pork - We have chops and ham steak, bacon, breakfast links and 7 inch grillers

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread and herb bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - pumpkin, zucchini, and apple

cookies

Homemade pies - blueberry pies

peach pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand!

 

   

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 8/14/2015 8:10am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

 We hope that you are having a great summer!  We are!

  Oliver and Juan and Julie are planting broccoli right this minute for the fall CSA and markets.  Oliver has a bit of arugala to plant yet and he wants to plant a fall crop of lettuce and then eventually plant some lettuce in the high tunnel so that we will have lettuce for the markets in December.  The cherry tomatoes from the high have been tremendous this year - so sweet-so good! 

Gregg has been dutifully picking the okra this year.  He is the only one who can stand the prickly plants and also not miss the okra!

Right now we are overwhelmed with eggplant and tomatoes!  They are everywhere.  The cows are eating them; the pig is eating them; the chickens try to eat them, but they prefer softer juicier stull like rotten tomatoes.  Speaking of chickens they are laying very well right now, even the old chickens are laying at 90-95%  right now. 

We had a tough year for basil.  The cold and wet weather in June and early July did not make for a great crop.  Oliver has planted a second crop mainly for our CSA customers for the fall.

One thing that has grown very well this year on our new farm land is - weeds!  This is one of the worst years for keeping after the weeds.  It could be because this new farm had been left fallow for a number of years and so the weeds have a great seedbed there.  We are trying to get the best of them, but hopefully next year it will look better.  The weeds are taller then the eggplant and the tomatoes.  The only thing taller than the weeds is the corn!

We are half way through our summer CSA session.  The fall session will begin the week of September 7.  If you have not signed up and want to be part of the fall harvest season - you can go to the website www.orchardcountryproduce.com and sign up for the fall. 

We have also added an extended fall session which begins at the end of October and goes through the week before Thanksgiving.  it is a short four week session.  We should have a lot of fall aquash, pumpkins, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, sweet potatoes, potatoes, Brussels sporouts, cabbage, APPLES,APPLES,APPLES and pears. 

We are also raising out our turkeys.  I do not want to "count my turkeys before they are grown", but we have a good many at the present time.  They are three weeks old and very fun to watch.  They are so much more enjoyable to watch then chickens and do such crazy stuff! But as I read in a turkey book once,.  the one thing that turkeys want to do in the first five weeks of life is die.   So I still am afraid to boast too much about them.  I will keep you updated as we get into the fall, but if I do not mention them at all, then you will know that the turkeys got their way and we will not have any for thanksgiving dinners!

We are butchering the last pig this year and we have a date for a steer in September.  We also have another steer that we would like to butcher before the winter sets in.

You are probably wondering if we ever have disasters where everything goes wrong, well not everything hopefully, but we do have our setbacks.

Vehicles break down and cost a fortune to repair;  Tractors break down and we keep jimmy-rigging them to keep them running until the end of the season;  irrigation lines burst apart for no apparent reason;  pumps catch fire and melt down before your eyes!  But these are just common kinds of problems that you all have too.  Thankfully we do not see them as insurmountable obstacles, but just part of living on this earth.  We keep smiling and stuff another rag in the leaky pipe!

 

Have a great month!

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryprouduce.com

Posted 8/12/2015 4:44pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or heat!! - We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

 

 

Come out to check out the great vegetables and berries. 

These are some of the items that we will have at the market.

 

   

 Fruit

Apricots

blueberries

 red raspberries- only a couple!

PEACHES

Shiro plums

Red Heart plums

Methley plums

Ginger Gold apples

nectarines

blackberries

cantaloupes

watermelon

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

red beets

Swiss chard

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

 red and green cabbage

Heirloom tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

green beans

bell peppers

sweet peppers

Sweet corn - bi-color

spaghetti squash

eggplant

red shallots

sweet Candy onions

red potatoes

 white potatoes

lettuce mix

garlic

Mexican Gherkins

lemon cucumbers

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - We have steaks - rib steaks, NY strip, sirloin, filets !

 

pork- We have chops, fresh ham steaks, 7 in grillers and breakfast links

chickens - whole  Reduced price $3.99/lb!!!

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads -  apple and zucchini - Pumpkin Bread

cookies

Homemade Pies

Peachy pies

blackberry pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

Posted 8/10/2015 1:53pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, August 11 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

blueberries

apricots

Shiro plums

Red heart plums

peaches

Methley plums

blackberries

red raspberries

nectarines

 cantaloupes

Watermelon

 

Vegetables 

 Kale

lettuce

red beets

Swiss chard

sweet candy onions

okra

cucumbers

zucchini

yellow summer squash

sweet corn!

tomatoes

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

green beans

eggplant

red shallots

cabbage

bell peppers

spaghetti squash

Mexican Sour Gherkins

hot cherry peppers

mild sweet peppers

 

 

HERBS

mint tea

catnip

cut basil

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

whole chicken - $3.99/lb

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal

Sweet breads

cookies

blackberry pies

peach pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce