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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

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/15/2015 1:11pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

  National Geographic Society - Tuesday, June 16 from 9-2pm in the courtyard.

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES

Sweet Cherries

 

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

 

HERBS

mint tea

 lovage

catnip

cut basil

 

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

 

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!  The asparagus is great!  The Pink  apples are still very sweet and crisp! 
The strawberries are sweet!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

Posted 6/15/2015 10:09am by Gregg Keckler.

I just updated the store for this week.  We are selling Gold Rush apples by larger volume so you can make sauce.  These are great sauce apples for the spring. 

We also have loads of snow peas, zucchini and summer squash.  Let us know if you would like to buy in  larger quantity- say half bushel or peck.  We can give you a better price.  Go together with friend and buy in bulk or have a big party and celebrate summer!

 

Let me know if you have any questions about the store. 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 6/15/2015 9:34am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This week's shares will include:

Half and full shares:

Kale

Jam

Sweet cherries

Snow peas

Sugar snap peas

zucchini/yellow squash

pickling cucumber

 

Personal shares:

Kale

Sweet cherries

snow peas

sugar snap peas

zucchini/yellow squash

 

Kale is a great addition to any smoothie.  Just add a leaf or two and increase your nutrients without even realizing it!  Kale chips are also great.  Just toss the leaves with olive oil and garlic salt.  Put them  in the oven for a few minutes until they are crisp and enjoy!  Delicious!  This is the only way that Oliver will eat kale.

We have lots of snow peas right now.  We are also getting a lot of sugar snap peas.  Remember that snow peas are the flat pod peas and sugar snap peas are full pod peas.  You can eat the pods of both of these varieties  without hulling them.  They are great raw as a snack or lightly steamed or in a stir fry.

The jam is some mix of our own fruits from last year.  Last summer Julie cut up and froze all the fruit that was not sellable.  Gregg used that fruit during the winter to create great jams. 

The pickling cucumbers are smaller than the typical straight eights that you buy for your salad.  You can use them the same as you would a regular cucumber.  But these are also great for  pickling as well.  If you are afraid to try making pickles, here is a easy lazy way to give it a try.  Buy a pickle variety that you really like - dill, bread and butter, etc. use the pickles and keep the brine.  Fill the jar of brine with your little pickling cukes and put them in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or even a month ( the longer they sit in the brine, the more flavorful they will be.)   Most things kept in a vinegar brine will keep in refrigeration for years.

OK- folks - now for the bad news - the box inspector has been at work.  Personal shares are ruining us financially by not returning the boxes.  Each personal share box costs us $1.25 each, the pint boxes are 4 1/2 cents each.  The half pint boxes are 4 1/2 cents each. The quart boxes are 6 cents each. Rrubber bands are 7 for 3 cents.

  Folks - Personal shares are not sustainable unless we can get the boxes back!

 

I am going to publicly mention all the stops that do not return the boxes -

 

NGS Farm Stand

Peace Corps

Cannondesign

AWEA

2800 Woodley Rd

Flats 1430

Senate Square Towers

77H

River Park

Gangplank Marina

Folks - PLEASE RETRUN YOUR BOXES - Do it now!  Put in the designated spot before you forget.  If you know that you will trash it or others will, do not even take it away from the spot, just bring your cloth reusable bags - I know that you have tons of them-  transfer your items into the bags and leave the box in its spot.  Then you will not be the guilty victim.  I am sure that many will write me emails apologizing after the fact for trashing them or forgetting them. 

Do not be one of those folks - instead be empowered to take responsibiltiy for your boxes NOW.

Ok - now I've given my persuasive speech. 

Now for the punitive measures - If we do not see boxes coming back,  we will keep a record of not just each guilty stop, but each guilty person and ask you to pay a box fee. So now that I have threatened you and made you feel guilty, hopefully you will bring back the boxes.  You do not need to feel that you will be called out if you would happen to sneak two boxes back in the same week.  We would be grateful!

Please remember to bring back your jam jars as well.   There is no rush, just remember when you finish with it to return it.

Have a great week!

We are beginning to pick raspberries and I ate a blueberry yesterday.  It was blue, but sour.  So I am sure that blueberries will be here soon!

Gregg, Louise, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 6/12/2015 1:34pm by Gregg Keckler.
ain 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

 

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

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

 

Bedding plants  --Special deals on all plants!!!!

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread and raisin bread

 

Sweet breads - banana, pumpkin and apple

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 6/12/2015 1:31pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow June 6

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

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

SNOW PEAS!

 spring onions

Asparagus - almost the last week of asparagus!

Kale

lettuce

spinach

Swiss chard

Red Beets with tops

Snap peas

broccoli

cucumbers

zucchini

Yellow summer squash

kohlrabi

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

Fresh chicken - just butchered

pork

 

Bedding plants -  Special deals on all Plants!!!

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - Honey Oatmeal and raisin bread

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!

 

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

Strawberries are SWEET!!

Rhubarb is Tart!  What a great mix!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

Posted 6/10/2015 11:51am 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 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!!!

 

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

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

Bedding plants  --Special deals on all plants!!!!

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads - honey oatmeal bread

 

Sweet breads - banana, pumpkin 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! 

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/10/2015 8:52am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  We are having a busy spring.  Juan picked over 8 banana boxes of both sugar snap and snow peas yesterday.  Today he, Oliver and Julie are transplanting young winter squash plants so that there will be those wonderful spaghetti squash, acorn squash and delicati squash in the fall.  It is ironic how we are always thinking one or even two seasons ahead, yet working manually in the current season.

  Virginia is picking asparagus.  We had mowed it off last week because the weeds were too high.  So we were not picking it for a bit. Now it is coming on again like gangbusters.  But the asparagus will only have until June 20, then its season is over until next year.  We will let it go to seed and by mid August it will look like a tropical fern jungle out there.  It is funny to watch the cats prowling through it in August looking for varmints.

I was chatting with a customer the other day at market and we were talking about kohlrabi and how to prepare it.  He mentioned that when he was a child his mother always made creamed turnips for special holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas.  He remembered how he and his sister could hardly wait to eat the creamed turnips.  They were so sweet and so good.  He looked a little sheepish because who would look forward to creamed turnips unless you were starving! 

His daughters have tried to recreate the creamed turnips for him now, but he said that they just do not taste the same.  He wondered why that is - maybe the turnips are genetically engineered differently; maybe the cream is not as rich or the butter, or maybe no one can make them like his mother.

I got to thinking about it and I have come to the conclusion that emotion and experience have a lot to do with how we perceive food.  Why did things always taste better when we were kids or teenagers?  Maybe it was the fact that we were care-free and did not have the pressures (stress) on us.

OR

It could be the varieties. It could be the slow cooking over a slow stove, but it could also have to do with what we eat now. 

Because we tend to eat a lot more sweet things - I mean really sweet with fructose sweetners- maybe the old sugar or honey just doesn't seem to taste the same, not but because the vegetables or fruits changed, but because WE changed.  We are more resistant to sweetness and now it takes a lot more sweetness for something to taste really sweet.

I challenge you to try something.  Try to avoid any artificial sweetners or high sugar content food for a week or even if you are up to the challenge for a month.  Then eat a sweet turnip or a sweet onion or a peach. Wow!  The taste will be amazing. 

The old saying " Just because you can , doesn't mean you should."  comes to mind.  Some times we must deliberately plan to avoid what is so readily available (and sweeter) in order to enjoy what is natural. 

Do not ever compare the natural with the man-made.

Don't worry I am not a stoic (yet:)!

We are hoping that you are having a great year. 

Remember the fruits and vegetables that you are eating NOW were planned last fall when the ground was prepared and in the winter when the seeds were purchased and started in the greenhouse and again in the spring when they were planted out in the fields and began to produce the delicious real vegetables that you love and are good for you.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm , Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

 

Posted 6/8/2015 1:10pm 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

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

snow peas

sugar snap peas

cucumbers

zucchini

Yellow summer squash

 

 

 HERBS

mint tea

catnip

lovage

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

chickens - whole

 

Bedding plants  SPEACIAL DEALS

herbs

flowers

vegetable plants

 

Bakery

Raised Breads

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