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Posted 6/8/2015 1:08pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

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

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

STRAWBERRIES

 

Vegetables 

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

spinach

snow peas

sugar snap peas

cucumbers

zucchini

yellow summer squash

 

HERBS

mint tea

 lovage

catnip

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

whole chickens

 

Bedding plants  SPECIAL 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!  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 6/8/2015 9:32am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

These are items that will be in your boxes this week.

half and full shares

Lettuce mix

Kohlrabi

Swiss Chard

Gold Rush apples

Strawberries

Snow peas

Spring onion


personal Shares

lettuce mix

Kohlrabi

Swiss chard

Gold Rush apples

snow peas

 

Kohlrabi is a great, interesting vegetable.  It makes me think of space aliens. It is in the turnip family and tastes like a sweet turnip.  My family likes it peeled and sliced thinly in a salad.  I also like to steam it and eat it like a turnip.  Give it a try this week!

Swiss chard is a very versatile leafy green.  Use it in a stir fry.  The stalks can also be used, but they must be cooked a bit longer than the leaves.  The leaves make a great addition to a salad.  I usually cut them finely with a scissor.  Also remember whenever you are making a smoothie - just  adding a leaf or two of a green leafy vegetable will greatly increase the nutrients that you are getting without even knowing it!  With sweet fruit in your blender you will not even realize that you are also eating leafy greens.

The Gold Rush apples are ours from last year.  The peels are tough, which is true of all stored apples.  I recommend peeling them.  They will be great as a sauce or baked.  You can eat them as is as well, but they do show signs of aging.  The black spots on some of them are evidence that we do not spray them as well as we should. It is harmless and will rub off. 

Enjoy the strawberries!  Believe it or not, they are nearing the end of their season. 

We have a lot of snow peas right now!  They are great steamed, in a stir fry or even just eaten raw.

Remember that we have the online store open.  Here is how it works.  You can place an order any time.  We will deliver your order with your box.  (If you order any baked goods and we do not have it for this week's delivery, we will make it for the next week.)  You can pay for your order when you place it with your credit card OR you can just wait until the end of the session and pay then with a check.  If you pay with a check you can take a 4% discount. 

By buying from our store you get not only getting the convenience of delivery, but you are also supporting a local farm.

Thanks to all for your words of encouragement.

We are nearing the end of spring.  Enjoy the flowers, birds and butterflies.  I saw the first nasturtium flower, the first  hummingbird last week, and a blue azure butterfly!

Summer is almost here. 

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 6/5/2015 2:03pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow June 6

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

 

Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and strawberries.  

 

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

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

SNOW PEAS!

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

Swiss chard

Red Beets with tops

Snap peas

 

 

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

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 6/4/2015 3:36pm by Gregg Keckler.

Here is the delivery schedule for the Friday.  Please be gracious for the first couple of weeks as Gregg figures out which direction works the best to get all the deliveries done in a timely manner. 

Gregg will be delivering the Gettysburg stops first thing - about 7:00- 7:30am

 

Gangplank Marina - 9:30 - 10:00am

River Park - 9:45 - 10:15 am

77H Apartments  - 10:15 - 10:45 am

Senate Square Towers - 10:30 - 11:00am

Flats 130 - 10:45 - 11:15 am

2800 Woodley Road NW, DC 20008 - 11:15 - 11:45

11408 Newport Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902 - 11:30 - 12 noon 

10681 Weymouth Street, Bethesda MD - 11:45 - 12:15pm

 

 

Hopefully this schedule will be accurate.  If Gregg has any questions, he will call the contact person for each stop before delivery.  Let me know if you have any questions.

  Louise

Posted 6/3/2015 1:03pm by Gregg Keckler.

East Columbia Farmer's Market

at the East Columbia Library on Cradlerock Way

from 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.  Say Hello to Virginia and let's start the new year right with great asparagus!

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 

French Radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets in the bunch!

Swiss chard

Snow peas

Snap peas

kohlrabi

broccoli

 

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

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 6/1/2015 12:55pm by Gregg Keckler.

 

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

  We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb (Is this a Fruit?)

STRAWBERRIES

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

red beets with the tops

Swiss chard

 

HERBS

mint tea

 lovage

catnip

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

pork

whole chickens

 

Bedding plants  SPECIAL 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!  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 6/1/2015 12:53pm 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 

French Radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

red beets with the tops

 

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

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 6/1/2015 12:44pm by Gregg Keckler.

Here is our tentative order of delivery for the Wednesday CSA.  Please be kind to Gregg (only for a few weeks:) until he gets the best route figured out.  We will attempt to keep to this schedule, but try to be understanding.  We do not yet know the traffic patterns for this time of day.  We have added several stops this year as well.

 

The Wyoming - before 9:00 am

BlueLabs- 9:00 -10:00

Peace Corps 9:00 - 10:00

NEA - 10:00 - 11:00

AWEA - 10:00 - 11:00

 

CSPI - 10:00 - 11:00

 

Smith Group - 11:15 - 11:45

Columbia Plaza - 11:15 - 11:45

Navy League Building - 12 noon-12:30

CannonDesign - 12 noon - 12:30

HOK - 12:15 - 12:30

International Baccalaureate - 1:00 - 1:30

JBS - 1:30 -2:00

 

It would be great if it would be this simple - just put places and times on a paper and let it happen.  Inevitably this will not work.  I hate to be a pessimist, but  .....

Let me know if you need any clarification about these times.

 

Louise

 

Posted 6/1/2015 11:10am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This week's shares will include:

Half Shares:

Rhubarb

Strawberries

spinach

kale

asparagus

lettuce mix

spring onions

 

 

Personal Shares

Rhubarb

Strawberries

lettuce mix

kale

asparagus

 

The rhubarb is great!  I love it stewed.  It is especially good with strawberries for a little sweetness.  It also makes great muffins.

Enjoy the spinach.  With the warm weather it will not be here for long.

We have lots of kale - use it in stir fry, add a leaf or two to anything that you are juicing for added nutrition. 

The asparagus is especially good grilled. 

Our lettuce mix is our own blend.  We have buttercup, mizuna, romaine, oak leaf, green crispy, and many more.  The lettuce patch looks like a water color picture!  (Although it does have a few weeds, as well)  Enjoy these throughout the week. 

The spring onions are great.  Use the whole thing, the bulbs and the green tops - great in stirfry, salads, and on sandwiches.

 

THE ONLINE STORE IS OPEN!

If you would like to order any extra items to add to your share - you can go to the online store anytime throughout the week and add things.  We will try to get your items to you on the week that you order, but sometimes we mess up so we will deliver them on the following week. 

You can order and pay with a credit card right away or you can save 4% by sending a check for the amount. 

If you have any questions about the store or the items in your share or about your delivery, please let me know and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Gregg, Louise and Oliver Keckler

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Posted 5/29/2015 2:45pm by Gregg Keckler.

Tomorrow May 30

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

 

Come out to check out the great spring vegetables and strawberries.  

 

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 stnands.

 

    We will have jellies, honey, Shagbark hickory syrup

 Fruit

apples

Rhubarb

Strawberries

 

Vegetables 

French Radishes

China Rose radishes

 spring onions

Asparagus

Kale

lettuce

spinach

Swiss chard

 

 

Meat - our own home grown

beef

Fresh chicken - just butchered on Thursday!

pork

 

Bedding plants -  Special deals on all Plants!!!

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

Strawberries are SWEET!!

 

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

www.orchardcountryproduce