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Posted 8/11/2014 9:56am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

We have some new items on the store that I want to bring your attention to. 

First - Mexican Gerkins aka Barbie's Watermelons.  They actually look like little watermelons- doll house-sized.  They are excellent sliced and drizzled with lemon juice and salt and pepper.  They are cucumbers - not watermelons!  Delicious - check them out. 

We are also offering second tomatoes by the half bushel.  Order them on the store if you plan to do any canning or preserving for the winter.  Last week I made ketchup with some seconds.  I used lovage instead of celery.

  We are offering lovage on the store under herbs.  It is a great substitute for celery taste.  Lovage is not a replacement for a stalk of celery only for the TASTE of celery in soups, stirfries, etc.  Check it out on the store.

I also added okra this week.  We have a lot of it right now. 

I also added strawberries.  Yes, strawberries in August!  We have ever-bearing strawberries and they are producing for the second time this year.  These make a great addition to a salad or fruit tray.  We are selling them by the half-pint since there are not many. 

Speaking of strawberries - we are picking  Strawberry Apples right now!  An old heirloom apple yellow with blush of strawberry color very nice sweet apple.  These are the size of lady apples.

We also have William's Pride apples right now also - just picked sweet apples.

We have added pints of baby carrots to the carrots on the store.  Since everyone is getting carrots again this week, you may not need any this time, but keep it in mind.

 

When you order from the store you can pay immediately with a credit card or you can wait until the end of the session and pay by check ( and avoid the .50 transaction fee) or you can pay when you come to the stand to pick up.

This week's shares will include:

Half and Full shares

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

cantaloupe

blueberries

carrots

kale

red beets

 

Personal shares

cantaloupe

red beets

cherry tomatoes

carrots

kale

 

The cantaloupe are very good this year.  We still have an over-abundance of blueberries - enjoy them!

We are digging a lot of carrots now.  Some are bigger and some are smaller.  Eat them raw or use in cooked stews or with roasts.  Actually I grilled carrots with  mint tea and they was delicious!

Red beets are good for you!  They are great roasted - brings out the best flavor.  They are great boiled - very sweet.  They are great pickled - Pennsylvania Dutch style!  I have never eaten one raw, but if you have good teeth I am sure it can be done. 

Enjoy your week.  It is hard to believe that we are into the middle of August.  Enjoy your summer!

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

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Posted 6/2/2014 9:25am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

  This is it!  We are finally ready to start the CSA for 2014.  This year all  vegetables and most fruits are behind schedule because of the cold, wet spring.  This is good news because we should have spring things later in the  year, but it is bad because its makes for a slow start. 

This week's shares will include:

Personal Shares -

Jam

asparagus,

French Radishes

Rhubarb

Typhon Greens

 

Half and Full shares will include:

Rhubarb

Asparagus

jam

Pink lady apples

spring onions

French radishes

Kale

 

Rhubarb is a great fruit (?) not sure about that, but it makes delicious cobblers and crunches.  I like to just stew it and add sugar and a thickener.  I love the tart taste with the sweet sugar.

I am sure you have probably been eating lots of asparagus already this spring.  It is great grilled or even in a pan with olive oil and garlic.  My family likes to grilled just until the tips are blackened.  It is great!

The jam could be any variety.  Gregg makes many different kinds of jams each winter from fruits frozen the summer before.  So enjoy last year's flavors and get ready for a great harvest this year.  These are jars are sealed so they will keep.  Once they are opened I would store them in the frig if you are not planning to eat them within the week.  PLEASE RETURN THE JARS AND RINGS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THEM!  Thanks for reusing instead of recycling.  Recycling takes much more energy and money then reusing.

Enjoy spring onions - the whole thing, not just the tops or the bulbs.  I use the whole thing in salads, fresh or in stir fry.  These keep very well in the frig.  If the tops start to wilt and dry, just cut them down and keep using.

I love radishes fresh in salad.  As a kid, we had a bowl of them on the table throughout the spring months and we ate them plain with salt.  They add zip to any sandwich.  Just slice them and add them  to anything.  Do not be afraid to add odd vegetables to a salad, sandwich or stir fry.  You will be getting an extra vitamin and nutrient from the vegetable and you will be creating a new way of eating seasonal items that you may not like eating plain. 

Typhon greens are large- leafed green.  The stalk tastes like celery.  Use it in salads and stir fry.  The top greens are an excellent source of iron.  I use them in stir fry or juicing them.

Kale is great in stir fry or juicing- excellent source and vitamins and nutrients for you. 

The Pink Lady apples are stored from last year.  These apples are still in good shape.  They MUST be refrigerated.  They have been in cold-storage so they are used to the cold and will not hold up in the heat.

 

I will be working on the online store this morning and should have it up and running by noon.  If you would like add any of these things to your share you may do so then.  Check an earlier email from me about how the store works. 

Have a great week.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.  If you have any questions, let send me an email and I will try to help.

 

 

Posted 6/2/2014 8:39am 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.

CSA starts TOMORROW!  I will be sending an email to everyone about this delivery in a bit!

 

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

spinach

salad mix

kale

stir fry greens (Typhon, arugala, masoona)

spring onions

French radishes

 

 

Fruits

stored apples

rhubarb

Strawberries (NEW)

 

Plants   Get these now!  We are almost out of all bedding plants!

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 

 

Baked goods

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

OUR OWN Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/28/2014 1:21pm by Gregg Keckler.

If you are getting this email you are on our list to get a share at:

DOT Farmer's Market on Tuesday, June 3  or

NGS Farm Stand in the Courtyard on Tuesday, June 3

You should come to the stands and give your name.  Either Gregg ( at NGS) or Oliver (at DOT) will get your share.  It will be in a cardboard box.  DO NOT TRASH OR RECYCLE THE BOX OR ANY ITEMS INSIDE!   Please bring the box and all rubbe rbands, cartons, etc back the next week and trade in the empty box for a full one.  There will be a check off list at the stand, be sure to check off your name showing that you picked up your box.

 

If you cannot come for any reason, please arrange to have someone else come to pick up your share for you.  We are not able to give double shares or add extra weeks.  If you let us know ahead of time, you can donate your share to the DC Soup kitchen if you will not be able to pick up. 

You may choose to change your pick up spot within the same week that you are missing if this would help you plan your schedule.  For example:  If you normally pick up on Tuesdays at DOT and you will be out of town that day, you can send us an email and pick up your share at St Luke's on Saturday.  You must choose a site that is open to the public, usually one of the farm stands or Farmer'' markets.  We have them listed on our website.  www.orchardcountryproduce.com

 

Extras:   We do offer extras that you can purchase in addition to your regular share.  These items will be listed on the online store on the website.  You can go to the store and order items that will be included in addition to your share.  You can pick these up at the stands and pay for them when you pick up.  The store will be open by Saturday, May 31 for delivery next Tuesday.  The items that are sold by the pound will be weighed out and priced at the stand.

 

Each Monday I will send an email  with the listing of the items that will be in your share that week.  We try very hard to keep to this list, but occasionally we do have to substitute when things do not work out.  If you have any questions about what something is or how to use it, do not hesitate to send me an email and ask.  I will answer your questions as promptly as possible. 

 

Thank you for joining us this year for a great harvest.  We are looking forward to meeting everyone again.  We love what we do and we hope that you will love it too!

 

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 5/28/2014 12:52pm by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at the East Columbia Library on Cradle Rock Way Tomorrow from 2-6 pm! 

Be Patient - Strawberries will be here soon!

We will have these items available this week!

The CSA will start June 5.

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

Lettuce Mix

kale

potatoes

spring onions

French Radishes

 

Fruits

stored apples

Rhubarb

 

Plants

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 

 

Baked goods

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/27/2014 5:51am by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at National Geographic Society in the Courtyard TODAY for the Farm Stand  

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

CSA starts JUNE 3!

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

spinach

Frozen broccoli and corn

onions

potatoes

spring onions

French radishes

Baby kale

Lettuce mix

 

Fruits

stored apples

rhubarb

 

Plants

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 

 

Baked goods

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

yeast breads

sticky buns and cake

 

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

 Our OWN Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/27/2014 5:48am 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.

CSA starts JUNE 3!

 

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

spinach

Lettuce mix

baby kale

potatoes

spring onions

French radishes

 

Fruits

stored apples

rhubarb

 

Plants

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 

 

Baked goods

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

OUR OWN Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/22/2014 12:42pm by Gregg Keckler.

Saturday Farmer's Market across from the high's Store in Westminster

We will have these items available this week!

The CSA will start June 5.

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

spinach

onions

potatoes

spring onions

French radishes

Baby Kale

lettuce Mix (quantities limited)

 

Fruits

stored apples

Rhubarb

 

Plants

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 

 

Baked goods  at Tamara's stand - She will be next to us!

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

yeast breads

rolls

sticky buns

cinnamon rolls

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

 

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/22/2014 12:39pm by Gregg Keckler.

 Saturday Farm Stands!

St Luke's Episcopal Church on Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA from 8-1pm

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church  on Cedar Lane, Bethesda from 9-1pm

We will have these items available this week!

The CSA will start June 5.

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

spinach

onions

potatoes

spring onions

French radishes

Baby kale

Lettuce Mix (limited quantities)

 

Fruits

stored apples

Rhubarb 

 

Plants

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

  

 

Baked goods

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

 

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/21/2014 9:44am by Gregg Keckler.

 We will be at the East Columbia Library on Cradle Rock Way Tomorrow from 2-6 pm!  Sorry about the name problem last week.  I think I got it right now!

Be Patient - Strawberries will be here soon!

We will have these items available this week!

The CSA will start June 5.

Vegetables

Fresh asparagus

spinach

fresh garlic

Frozen broccoli and corn

Baby kale NEW

onions

potatoes

spring onions

French Radishes

 

Fruits

stored apples

Rhubarb

 

Plants

bedding plants

herb plants

 

Meat

 Pork

 Beef

 

 

Baked goods

Strawberry/Rhubarb pies

Cherry pies

Sweet Breads

cookies

 

Other items

jams and jellies

honey

Shagbark hickory syrup

Fresh eggs

Cheese from Whispering Brook Farm

 

Come out and stock up with good food!

 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm, Inc

www.orchardcountryproduce