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Posted 6/29/2015 12:54pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, June 30 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Rhubarb

Sweet Cherries

red raspberries

black raspberries

blueberries

apricots

pluots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Kale

lettuce

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

snow peas

sugar snap peas

cucumbers

zucchini

yellow summer squash

kohlrabi

French radishes

high tunnel tomatoes

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

cabbage

pickling cucumbers

green beans

 

HERBS

mint tea

catnip

cut basil

dill

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef - we have steaks!

pork - we have chops!

whole chicken

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry 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! 

 

Special deals on sauce apples

$15 half bushel or TWO half bushels for $20

email us if you would like to have Gregg bring  some for you!

 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 6/29/2015 8:17am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This week's shares will include:

Half and full shares

blueberries

cabbage

zucchini/summer squash

Swiss chard

slicing cucumbers

sweet cherries

 hull peas

 

 

Personal shares:

blueberries

cabbage

zucchini/summer squash

Swiss Chard

slicing cucumbers

 

We are truly into the summer fruits and vegetables now.  Enjoy the squash!  Gregg loves it steamed with just a bit of Old Bay seasoning.  He says it is almost as good as crabs!

The blueberries are sweet.  I had some this morning for breakfast.  Delicious!  They also make great blueberries muffins.

If the cabbage has some rot on the outside - just peel it down a bit.  We are trying to keep it, but it is rotting in the field because of the rain.  Cucumbers are great sliced in sandwiches or in salads. 

Enjoy the hull peas now.  They are nearing the end of their season.

What's Coming. 

We should be picking sour cherries by the end of the week.  We are also picking a few green beans for markets this week.  We are getting a lot  more cherries tomatoes and we are beginning to pick them from the field now. 

The Store

I have added new items from to the store.  Check these out.  I will also be adding steaks to the store by the end of the week.  We had a beef butchered and will be back in steaks soon! 

 

Thanks to all for supporting our farm.  You make our work worthwhile not just financially, but also meaningful.  When people want what you grow and sell it makes it worthwhile.

Have a great holiday.

Vacations

Remember if you cannot pick up at your usual site, you may change your location by sending me an email and arranging to pick up at another site.  You can also have a friend pick up for you. Or if all else fails - you can donate your share to the DC soup kitchen by letting us know and we will arrange for the donation on Tuesdays. 

 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Posted 6/24/2015 1:54pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

 Rain or shine - 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. The snow and sugar snap peas are GREAT!  We have lots of summer produce.

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

Rhubarb

Sweet Cherries

Apricots

blueberries

 black raspberries

red raspberries

 

 

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Kale

lettuce

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snow peas

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

 red and green cabbage

pickling cucumbers

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

English shell peas

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads - banana,and apple and zucchini

cookies

Homemade strawberry - rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blackberry 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 6/22/2015 1:21pm 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.

 

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES

Sweet cherries

blueberries

 red raspberries

black raspberries

apricots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

zucchini

summer squash

red potatoes

cabbage

snow peas

snap peas

English peas

cucumbers

pickling cucumbers

 

 

 HERBS

mint tea

catnip

lovage

cut basil

dill

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

Bedding plants  SPEACIAL DEALS

flowers

 

 

Bakery

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

blueberry pies

 

Home grown eggs

Homemade jellies and jams

HONEY

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Cheese Haus

Speical deals on sauce apples!

half bushels of zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers.

email us for information if you would like some tomorrow at DOT!

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the stand! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/22/2015 1:16pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, June 23 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES

Sweet Cherries

red raspberries

black raspberries

blueberries

apricots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

spinach

snow peas

sugar snap peas

cucumbers

zucchini

yellow summer squash

Kohlrabi

French radishes

high tunnel tomatoes

red potatoes

 cherry tomatoes

cabbage

pickling cucumbers

 

HERBS

mint tea

 lovage

catnip

cut basil

dill

parsley

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

whole chickens

 

Bedding plants  SPECIAL DEALS!

flowers

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry 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! 

 

Special deals on sauce apples

$15 half bushel or TWO half bushels for $20

email us if you would like to have Gregg bring  some for you!

 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 6/22/2015 8:29am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

Thanks to all for the boxes or at least the promise of boxes.  You cannot imagine how much these kinds of things add up to in overhead which has nothing to do with actual farming.  Please remember to bring them back each week. 

This week's shares include:

half and full shares:

sweet cherries

hull peas

lettuce heads

summer squash

spring onions

pickling cucumbers

rhubarb

 

personal shares:

sweet cherries

lettuce heads

summer squash

spring onions

pickling cucumbers

rhubarb

 

Enjoy the rhubarb.  This is the last time for this year. 

We are trying to keep ahead of the weeds, but inevitably,  especially with all the rain that is hard.  We have a crew of men coming this week to weed and string up tomatoes.  The tall weeds surrounding the lettuce heads invite the slugs to sneak in and feast without impunity. So if you run into a slug in the lettuce, be thankful that we do not spray and instead we hire real people to weed the lettuce. 

hull peas are great, but you MUST hull them.  You cannot eat the shells!  These are sometimes called English peas.  One quart of hull peas will usually yield about a pint of peas.

 

I have added many new vegetables, herbs and fruits to the store.  Please check these out.  if you were planning to purchase these items at the store any way. please consider adding them to your share.  You will be supporting a local farmer and you will be helping us to sell our items without having to haul them to auction.

You can order and pay immediately with a credit card or you can keep a running total and pay with a check at the end of the session.  If you choose to pay with a check you can take a 4% discount from the price listed on the store.

We have specials! 

We are selling apples for apple sauce - $15.00 half bushel or two half bushel for $20.  This is a mix of good apples - all sweet, just soft.

Our other specials!

$10 a half bushel ( tomato box) for large zucchini and summer squash

$20 half bushel for medium to small size zucchini and summer squash

$20 half bushel for snow peas

$20 half bushel for kohlrabi

$10.00 peck for pickling cukes

$20 banana boxes of kale all varieties - Green, red, Tuscan

$20 banana box of Swiss Chard

 

Let us know if you would be interest in any of these specials.  Go together and buy as a group, Have a party!  Plan a lot of canning, freezing or pickling.

thanks for being part of our farm.  Let us know if you need anything else in bulk, we may have it!

See everyone this week. 

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm ,Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 6/19/2015 2:10pm by Gregg Keckler.
Rain or shine - We will be here to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables as they are picked!

Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and apples. The snow and sugar snap pease are GREAT!  Get the asparagus now - because it is almost over for the year.

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES!!!

Sweet cherries

apricots

blueberries

black raspberries

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snow peas

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

French radishes

pickling cucumbers

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and cinnamon bread

 

Sweet breads - banana, pumpkin and apple, zucchini

cookies

Homemade strawberry - rhubarb pies

Cherry 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 6/19/2015 2:08pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow June 20

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.

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

Strawberries

Sweet cherries - first of the season

apricots

blueberries

black raspberries

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

SNOW PEAS!

 spring onions

Asparagus -  the last week of asparagus!

Kale

lettuce

spinach

Swiss chard

Red Beets with tops

Snap peas

broccoli

cucumbers

zucchini

Yellow summer squash

kohlrabi

cabbage

shall peas

pickling cucumbers

high tunnel Tomatoes

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

Fresh chicken - just butchered

pork - We have chops and ham steak

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and cinnamon bread

cinnamon rolls

Sweet breads - banana, zucchini, and apple

cookies

Homemade strawberry/rhubarb pies

Cherry 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!

 

  Snow and Snap Peas are excellent.  The red beet tops are a great source of natural vitamins and nutrients! 

Strawberries are almost over!  Enjoy!

Rhubarb is Tart!  What a great mix!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 6/18/2015 6:14am by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

East Columbia Library

Cradlerock Way

2-6 pm. 

 

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

Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and apples. The snow and sugar snap peas are GREAT!  Get the asparagus now - because it is almost over for the year.

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

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES!!!

Sweet Cherries

Apricots

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus  Get it now!

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snow peas

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

zucchini

yellow summer squash

cucumbers

small red cabbage

pickling cucumbers

tomatoes from the high tunnel!!!

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads - banana, pumpkin and apple and zucchini

cookies

Homemade strawberry - rhubarb pies

Cherry 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 6/15/2015 1:13pm 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.

 

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES

Sweet cherries

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

snow peas

sugar snap peas

cucumbers

zucchini

Yellow summer squash

kohlrabi

tomatoes ( from the high tunnel)

 

 

 HERBS

mint tea

catnip

lovage

cut basil

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

Bedding plants  SPEACIAL DEALS

flowers

 

 

Bakery

Sweet breads

cookies

Homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies

Cherry 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