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Posted 10/21/2013 6:57am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
This is the last week of the fall session. 

If you would be interested in the Winter Delivery, please let us know. 

Here is how it works:  We will open the online store about 2 weeks before the delivery date each month - November, December, and January.  You may order anything you like and pay with paypal or send us a check.  We will deliver your items to your location on the delivery date. 

First deliver will be Tuesday, November 26. 

What you need to do to get a deliver to your location.  First let us know via email that you will be able to make the $50 minimum dollar amount for your location.  Several people can order from the same location just so that the total for the drop off spot is $50 or over.  Then we will deliver on the specified date. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 
 
We will also turkeys for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Email if you would like to reserve one.


This week's shares will include:

Roma tomatoes

Candy Crisp Apples

Bosc pears

bell peppers

Potatoes

Arugala

Neck Pumpkin


Personal shares


Candy Crisp apples

Bosc Pears

Arugala

Roma Tomatoes

Potatoes

Neck pumpkins

                          
We have enjoyed having everyone with us this year.  Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
 
Please keep us in mind for next year's CSA season.  We will begin to take subscriptions for 2014 after January 1, 2014. 
If you would like to coordinate a new drop off spot for the CSA, please get in touch with us and we will work out the details.  

    Thanksgiving at the Kecklers!   If you aren't going anywhere and would like to come for dinner on Thanksgiving, November 28.  We will be having our traditional turkey dinner in the greenhouse!  We would love to have you come share some food, take a tour and visit with us!  Please send an email letting us know that you will be coming.  Meet the family - tour the farm - meet the animals, and enjoy the FOOD!  Don't be shy!  Others have braved the event and have actually enjoyed it!

Have a great week!

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com
Posted 10/21/2013 6:50am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


This is the last week of the fall session.  If you would be interested in the Winter Delivery, please let us know. 

Here is how it works:  We will open the online store about 2 weeks before the delivery date each month - November, December, and January.  You may order anything you like and pay with paypal or send us a check.  We will deliver your items to your location on the delivery date. 

First deliver will be Tuesday, November 26. 


What you need to do to get a deliver to your location.  First let us know via email that you will be able to make the $50 minimum dollar amount for your location.  Several people can order from the same location just so that the total for the drop off spot is $50 or over.  Then we will deliver on the specified date. 

Let me know if you have any questions.  


We will also turkeys for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Email if you would like to reserve one.

This is PICK OFF THE TABLE WEEK!   So bring your bags and you get to pick your own shares!  Personal shares can get $12.00; half shares - $22.00 and full shares - $42 .


Please be sure to bring your boxes or coolers back this week.


If you would like to use your share money for extras - cheese, meat, eggs, please order items on the store or send me an email with what you would like, so that we make sure to bring these items to the market for you.  If you are in a hurry and do not want to shop, let us know and we can make up a box for you ahead of time.


We have enjoyed having everyone with us this year.  Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. 


Please keep us in mind for next year's CSA season.  We will begin to take subscriptions for 2014 after January 1, 2014.  If you would like to coordinate a new drop off spot for the CSA, please get in touch with us and we will work out the details.  
 
 
Thanksgiving at the Kecklers!   If you aren't going anywhere and would like to come for dinner on Thanksgiving, November 28.  We will be having our traditional turkey dinner in the greenhouse!  We would love to have you come share some food, take a tour and visit with us!  Please send an email letting us know that you will be coming.  Meet the family - tour the farm - meet the animals, and enjoy the FOOD!  Don't be shy!  Others have braved the event and have actually enjoyed it!


Have a great week!


Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com

Posted 10/16/2013 4:12pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.



Don't quit Yet!  The season is not over yet.  We have great fall crops of arugala, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage ....    


      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - October 22

Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday October 22 (This market is currently closed until the government goes back to work.)
  

 
 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, October 19

Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



We have closed the Saint Mark stand because of low attendance. 
  
 


  What's New


Pumpkins


ARUGALA

 Honey Crisp Apples

 Bosc Pears

Winter Squash - butternut and spaghetti squash, Pokemon, Kiri, Buttercup, Acorn, Carnival, Hubbards,

Hot PEPPERS!     

Cox Orange Pippins
 
Cauliflower

Apple Cider  (Our own)  


Northern Spy Apples     

 
 
This week at the farm stand: 


 
Veggies and Greens


     bell peppers 

    Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

       Swiss Chard 
    
        Kale
 
    Sorrel

    Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Yukon Gold Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Butternut Squash 

Hot peppers

Broccoli

Snacking Peppers 

Red Norland Potatoes

Kiri/Buttercup Winter Squash

Pumpkins - big and small

Cauliflower

Turnips      

Fairy Tales/Cheesecake Squash        


    


 Fruits      

Raspberries   
 
Bosc Pears

Honey Crisp Apples

Cox Orange Pippins
   
Ida Red Apples

Northern Spy Apples

Cortland Apples

Macoun Apples

MacIntosh Apples

    Blackberries
 
Gala Apples

Rambo (Great sauce apples)
   


We are picking new varieties of apples every week!


We have our own Apple Cider!  It is the BEST!                   

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Parsley 

Sage
          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, apple, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  vegetables and  great apples!  

We have lots of apples for sauce or large quanities of firsts for parties, schools, etc.  Let us know if you would like any! 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 10/14/2013 6:57am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,
    

This week's shares will include:


Brussel Sprouts on the stalk

Roma tomatoes

Sweet potatoes

Cox Orange Pippins

Mutzu Crispins

Bell peppers

Apple cider 


Personal shares:


Brussel Sprouts on the stalk

Cox Orange Pippins

Mutzu Crispins

Bell pepper

Roma tomatoes

apple Cider          



The Brussel Sprouts are great!  We are giving them on the stalk.  Just pull off the amount you want to use at a time and let the rest on the stalk until you are ready to use them.  They will keep better that way. Be sure to keep them in refrigeration.   y

You are getting two different apple varieties this week.  Notice the difference in taste between the Cox Orange Pippins which are very popular in England and Europe and the Crispins.


Roma tomatoes are more fleshy and less juicy.  They make great sauce and they keep longer for use in sandwiches. 


The cider is unpastuerized.  it has a different flavor each week depending on which apple varieties we use.  See if you can taste the difference!


Don't forget to check out the online store.  If you need any items just place an order and we will deliver it with your share.


If you still have not paid for your share for the fall, please do so as soon as possible.  You can check if you have paid by going to the website and clicking on membership status.      

Have a great week! 

For those who have been displaced because of the government shutdown - We are assuming that you will be picking up at the same location as last week.  If you need to change, please let us know ASAP. 

Thanks.


Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com
Posted 10/9/2013 3:55pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.



Don't quit Yet!  The season is not over yet.  We have great fall crops of arugala, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage ....    


      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - October 15

Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday October 15 (This market is currently closed until the government goes back to work.)
  

 
 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, October 12

Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  





  What's New


Pumpkins


ARUGALA

 Honey Crisp Apples

 Yellow Bartlett  pears 

Winter Squash - butternut and spaghetti squash, Pokemon, Kiri, Buttercup, Acorn, Carnival, Hubbards,

Hot PEPPERS!     

Stanley Plums

Cox Orange Pippins
 
Cauliflower

Apple Cider  (Our own)    


 
This week at the farm stand: 


 
Veggies and Greens


     bell peppers 

    Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

       Swiss Chard 
    
        Kale
 
    Sorrel

    Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Yukon Gold Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Butternut Squash 

Hot peppers

Broccoli

Eggplant

Snacking Peppers 

Red Norland Potatoes

Kiri/Buttercup Winter Squash

Pumpkins - big and small

Cauliflower

Turnips      

Fairy Tales/Cheesecake Squash        


    


 Fruits      

Raspberries   
 
Yellow Bartlett Pears   

Honey Crisp Apples

Cox Orange Pippins
   
Ida Red Apples

Red Jonathan Apples 

Cortland Apples

Macoun Apples

MacIntosh Apples

    Blackberries

Nectarines

Gala Apples

Rambo (Great sauce apples)
   


We are picking new varieties of apples every week!


We have our own Apple Cider!  It is the BEST!                   

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Parsley 

Sage
          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, apple, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  vegetables and  great apples!  

We have lots of apples for sauce or large quanities of firsts for parties, schools, etc.  Let us know if you would like any! 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 10/7/2013 6:09am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


   This week's shares will include:

Cider

Fall squash


Cabbage


Jam or jelly


Macoun apples


Mystery item


Mystery item


Personal shares:


Cider

Macoun apples

Jam or jelly

Fall squash

mystery item


As you can see we have a little of this and a little of that.  That is why there are so many mystery items this week.  So BE SURPRISED!  The good thing about the fall things are that they keep so well.  Fall squash, cabbage and apples will last for weeks.  Cider, on the the other hand, will not especially in this warm weather.  So drink it soon.  You can also freeze cider for later use.  Make sure to leave some head space at the top of the jug or you will have a mess in your freezer!

Macoun apples are one of mine personal favorites.  As you can tell from the name - they are a derivative of the MacIntosh, but they are crisper and juicier.  I know those from New England may take offense at the thought that there could be an improvement on the Mac, but at least in OUR climate the MacIntosh is softer and does not keep as well.    Enjoy these apples!


ATTENTION DOT PICKUP - PLEASE respond to our email from yesterday regarding your pick up choice for this week and the rest of the session!  If you do not respond, we will assume that you want us to  donate your shares to the DC soup kitchen.


ATTENTION PEACE CORPS DELIVERY - Please respond to the email from last week regarding your pick up choice for the rest of the session!  Again , if you do not respond, we will assume that you want us to donate your share to the DC soup kitchen.       



Have a great week! 

I will be in touch about Winter Delivery and Turkeys for Thanksgiving later this week. 


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

www.orchardcountryproduce.com
Posted 10/2/2013 4:51pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.


      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - October 8
Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday October 8
  
 
 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, October 5
Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  





  What's New


Pumpkins


ARUGALA

 Honey Crisp Apples

 Yellow Bartlett  pears 

Winter Squash - butternut and spaghetti squash, Pokemon, Kiri, Buttercup, Acorn, Carnival, Hubbards,

Hot PEPPERS!     

Stanley Plums

Cox Orange Pippins
 
Cauliflower

Apple Cider  (Our own)    


 
This week at the farm stand: 


 
Veggies and Greens


    Sweet corn
 
    bell peppers 

    Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

       Swiss Chard 
    
        Kale
 
    Sorrel

    Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Yukon Gold Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Butternut Squash 

Hot peppers

Broccoli

Eggplant

Snacking Peppers 

Red Norland Potatoes

Kiri/Buttercup Winter Squash

Pumpkins - big and small

Cauliflower

Turnips      

Fairy Tales/Cheesecake Squash        


    


 Fruits      

Plums

Raspberries   
 
Peaches

Yellow Bartlett Pears   

Honey Crisp Apples

Cox Orange Pippins
   
Ida Red Apples

Red Jonathan Apples 

Cortland Apples

Macoun Apples

MacIntosh Apples

    Blackberries

Nectarines


Gala Apples


Rambo (Great sauce apples)
   


We are picking new varieties of apples every week!


We have our own Apple Cider!  It is the BEST!                   

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Parsley 

Sage
          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, apple, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  vegetables and  great apples!  

We have lots of apples for sauce or large quanities of firsts for parties, schools, etc.  Let us know if you would like any! 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler                              
Posted 9/30/2013 6:53am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

   This week's shares will include:


Pumpkin (Decorative and it is edible)

Yellow Bartlett pears     

Nectarines

Broccoli

Potatoes

Bell pepper

Cider (natural)        


Personal Shares


Pumpkin (Decorative and edible)

Cider (natural)

Yellow Bartlett Pears

potatoes

bell pepper   



     Enjoy the pumpkin since this is the fall season.  Then when you are finished looking at it, you can use it for soup or a pie.  I always think that the round pumpkins tend to be more watery then the long neck ones.  So I use them in soups.

  Our cider is unpasteurized and natural.  it is very flavorful, but it will turn!  So keep it in the refrigerator.  It should be good for a week at least.  Here is my annual lesson on turned cider.  If the cider does turn and you do not like it with a little zip to it.  Just boil it on the stove. Let it boil for a few minutes, then either drink it warm or put it in the refrigerator until use.  Turned cider is good (if it is not too snappy).  I do know one man up here that waits until the jugs are so rounded that they will not sit up anymore  (meaning - they are so fermented)  before he will drink the cider and he claims that it is good for you!  If you are afraid to drink unpasteurized cider - you can just use my boiling technique as soon as you get the jug - then you would be pasteurizing it yourself!



Enjoy the fresh fruit, especially apples and pears during this season.  We have a lot of apples on the online store.  If you were planning to buy them are the store anyway, check out the items on our store.  You can order anytime throughout the week and we will deliver your items with your share.  We will keep a running total of the amount due and send you an email at the end of the seven weeks.  if you pick up at a stand, you can pay when you pick up.  www.orchardcountryproduce.com


Have a great week!


Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm
Posted 9/28/2013 12:58pm by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,


     It is hard to believe that we are on the last days of September!  I should have sent this email out 3 weeks ago!  When Virginia leaves for college at the end of August we are always scrambling to get the jobs done.  Truthfully we NEED that one extra, very versatile, young and energetic person to keep this place working properly.  So without her, some jobs just don't get done. 

   One job that Ivolunteered to do when she left was care for the chickens and gather the eggs.  I hadn't really had much to do with the chickens for many years.  Usually one or another of my children always took care of them.  I am really getting to know these hens.  They talk, they love company, they are comical as well!  I decided to reread Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens and at the same time I am reading parts of Joel Salatin's Pastured Poultry Profits.  Both books and of course the feathered ladies have inspired me to make some changes in our housing and care of them. 

In more recent years I have become much more concerned about the earth and the soil.  We LOVE chicken manure!  It does wonders for the soil.  But with the way our chicken project is set up most of the chicken manure does not go on the gardens and fields where it is needed the most.   So I have devised a better plan for housing the chickens.  Now we will be able to get good chicken manure with the chickens doing the composting of greens and fruits and veggies as well as getting an addition to their regular meal and grass.  Besides the chickens are enjoying scratching and burrowing into the greens. Then in the spring or fall we will just scoop up their hard labor and put in the right places! 


We are planning to add quite a bit of lime to the one field this year after the tomatoes and the tomato stakes are out of the ground.  We will also be planting Dikon radishes in that field again to help to revitalize it.  We purchased it only two years ago and it was very depleted from having had corn planted in it for the last twenty years straight.                  



We are nearing the end of this year's CSA.  We are planning the winter deliveries for November, December and January.  If you would be interested in participating in the winter delivery, please send us a return email stating so.  Then I will put you on the right email list.


Unfortunately we lost all of our turkeys earlier this year to predators.  So we do not have any turkeys of our own.  However, a Mennonite farmer near us does have his own free range, fresh turkeys. We intend to partner with him to provide turkeys for those who would like them. If you are interested in a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Let us know.  I will let you know the price as soon as I know it.  I believe he is charging the same price as we were last year. 


We have had a very good year.  Evey thing is looking great and doing well.  We did have a bit of late frost around Memorial Day which hurt some of the early apples, but otherwise everything looks good.

We are picking arugala, fall snap peas, and we should soon have spinach.  We just started to make apple cider.  The winter squash is delicious, as are the sweet potatoes and Lima beans. 


Enjoy the change in the season and the weather.  Fall is a good time to revisit those places that you last saw in the spring and enjoy the CHANGES!



Have a great Month!

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, Oliver Keckler

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com             
Posted 9/25/2013 1:51pm by Gregg Keckler.
  If you get this email and you have a neighborhood list serve available, could you please try to get this listed?  We would appreciate the business and your neighbors might appreciate the fresh local fruit and vegetables.


We are at the height of the season - having the MOST variety of produce and fruits RIGHT NOW!  So come out and enjoy the best time of the year!  



      

  
Come to the Farm Stand at National Geographic Society-
in the courtyard - 9 am- 1:30 PM Tuesday - October 1
Farmer's Market at  DOT this Tuesday October 1
  
 
 
Check out our Farm Stands  -SATURDAY, September 28
Farm Market Stand - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 
  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD  9 AM - 1 PM 


Farm Market Stand - St Luke's Episcopal Church 
Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA  8 AM- 1PM    



Farm Market Stand - Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
  Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD  9 AM-1:30 PM  





  What's New


Pumpkins


ARUGALA

 Honey Crisp Apples

 Yellow Bartlett  pears 

Winter Squash - butternut and spaghetti squash

Hot PEPPERS!     

Stanley Plums

Cox Orange Pippins
 
Cauliflower

Apple Cider  (Our own)    


 
This week at the farm stand: 


 
Veggies and Greens


    Sweet corn
 
    bell peppers 

    Red Tomatoes

  Cherry tomatoes

       Swiss Chard 
    
        Kale
 
    Sorrel

    Cabbage 

  Sweet Candy Onions

  Yellow Butter Beans     

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Butternut Squash 

Hot peppers

Broccoli

Eggplant

Snacking Peppers 

Red Norland Potatoes

Kiri/Buttercup Winter Squash

Pumpkins - big and small

Cauliflower

Turnips      

Fairy Tales/Cheesecake Squash        


    


 Fruits      

Plums

Raspberries   
 
Peaches

Yellow Bartlett Pears   

Honey Crisp Apples

Cox Orange Pippins
   
Ida Red Apples

Red Jonathan Apples 

Cortland Apples

Macoun Apples

MacIntosh Apples

   Watermelon

Blackberries

Nectarines


We are picking new varieties of apples every week!


We have our own Apple Cider!  It is the BEST!                   

       


HERBS and TEAS


Mint Tea

Parsley

Basil
 
Sage
          

 


Meats, Baked Goods and others


Beef  - our own

Honey - our own

Jellies and jams - our own

Cheese - Whispering Brook Farm - Great cheese made on the farm! 

Pies - peach, apple, and blackberry

Breads               

Eggs - our own 





Come out and stock up on FRESH  vegetables and  great apples! 

Let us know if you would like to buy QUANITY of any fruits or vegetables.  We can do a bulk price.  If you are interested in seconds (not perfect) fruits or vegetables, let us know!   
 

Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm

www.orchardcountryproduce.com  

Gregg, Louise, Sarah, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler