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Posted 2/23/2017 1:25pm by John and Aimee Good.

We sent you an email yesterday about CSA Day and today is the day! This is the day to support our farm if you have been thinking about, but have not quite gotten around to it. We really appreciate your investment in our farm when we are sowing the seeds and making the investments that will result in a bountiful harvest in just a few short months!

Join the others celebrating CSA Day around the country and Sign up Now!

 

Want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:

The Good Farm is celebrating CSA Day on Feb 24th. Join me in supporting a local farmer: www.goodfarmcsa.com #CSAday

 Thank you!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

 

Posted 2/23/2017 12:37pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

On February 24th, we are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate CSA Day. This is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up because we are in the process of making the investments that will result in a successful harvest many months from now. According to research by Small Farm Central, the website company we use that specializes in helping CSA farmers, this is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA share!

The CSA model is an important model to support our farm, from our inception in 2006 to today, as The Good Farm. We love the meaningful connections to our members; and the sense of ownership and pride members feel about the farm. We also really appreciate member's financial support of the farm in advance of the harvest season, when we incur many costs of production. We love the CSA model because it benefits both members and farmers, and everyone wins!

So thank you for your support on this day and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!

If you are already signed up or just want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:

The Good Farm is celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day on Feb 28th. Join me in supporting a local farmer: www.goodfarmcsa.com #CSAday

You can like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

If you have not yet signed up for the 2017 season, you can become a member here!

Not sure if you have signed up yet? Check your status here.

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 1/23/2017 2:07pm by John and Aimee Good.

Introducing the new website for The Good Farm (formerly Quiet Creek Farm) www.goodfarmcsa.com!

It's cold and rainy out there, but we can start thinking about summer! Want to join the farm for the 2017 season? You can Sign Up Now!

PLEASE NOTE: We are using software that we used during our 2015 season, so if you were a member in 2015, you can click on the "returning member" link to begin your signup. If you were not a member in 2015, DO NOT use the returning member link, and just sign up as a new customer.

You can sign up for vegetable shares, in either size, for on-farm pickup or at a delivery location, as well as the following cooperative shares: bread, cheese, fruit, and mushrooms.

Want more information?  "Membership details" lists prices and samples of each size share, to help choose the right size. "Cooperative shares" describes our extra share offerings. Need help deciding between on-farm pickup and delivery locations? Check out the "On-farm vs. delivered" page. Other questions - check our "FAQ's" first, then contact us!

We are looking forward to growing with you in the 2017 season!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 1/5/2017 8:55am by John and Aimee Good.

Hope everyone had happy holidays! We enjoyed spending time with our families. We were grateful to have a great crew of family and friends come to help us cover the greenhouse in 2 layers of plastic. Lots of help made the job go smoothly! We are busily putting the finishing touches on, to get the greenhouse ready to sow onions in mid-February!

2017 CSA ONLINE SIGN-UPS!

We are now officially becoming The Good Farm, LLC and are working on converting the website at this time. We hope to have the new site with online signup capability ready in 2 weeks. You will receive an email notice from farmers@goodfarmcsa.com when it is ready!

You will be able to sign up for vegetable shares, herb & flower shares, and We-pick shares, with on-farm pickup or delivery locations, as well as some of the cooperative shares, including bread, mushrooms, cheese, and fruit. These shares can be picked up at the farm, as well as at most of our delivery sites. (Pastured poultry and pork shares will be offered from Ledamete Grass Farm in the spring.)

The bread, mushroom, and cheese shares will be offered through the same cooperative share partners. However, the fruit shares will no longer be from North Star Orchard. We are working with County Line Orchard, out of Kempton, to offer fruit shares this year. We have been getting fruit from County Line for years, and have been consistently impressed with the quality and flavor of their fruit. They use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques in their orchard to ensure that they have a healthy biological pest control system and can spray as little as possible. They also have several acres of certified organic apples as part of their orchard. The fruit share will still be a 12 week share, with similar pricing and quantity as last year, and will consist of many varieties of peaches, pears, and apples, as well as possibly blueberries, plums, and apricots.

We hope this answers any sign-up questions you may have as we move forward into the new season! If not, please contact us!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/23/2016 12:26pm by John and Aimee Good.

(The first email was accidentally sent in an unusual font, which may have been illegible for some people Sorry about that! Here is the revised version!)
Winter Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year, and night sky comes on early. We celebrate the passing of the solstice, because it means we are heading back to the time of sunshine, of warmer days, of growing plants. Although we are still in the darkest season, and winter is just beginning, the light will come back and the earth will awake again. We are looking forward to the planting time, a new beginning.

The seed catalogs are coming in and we are contemplating new varieties. The greenhouse is nearly complete. (It would likely be done if not for a vicious flu bug that visited our family this past week!) We have almost completed the move of equipment and supplies from Rodale. The list is still long, but we are taking a few days to enjoy the holidays with family.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season! And remember, the days are getting longer now!

If you do have some time over the holidays, and you would like to renew your CSA membership for next year, here is the link for the The Good Farm CSA Registration form. Any questions, let us know. Thanks!

We look forward to connecting with you from The Good Farm in the new year!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/22/2016 2:33pm by John and Aimee Good.

Winter Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year, and night sky comes on early. We celebrate the passing of the solstice, because it means we are heading back to the time of sunshine, of warmer days, of growing plants. Although we are still in the darkest season, and winter is just beginning, the light will come back and the earth will awake again. We are looking forward to the planting time, a new beginning.

The seed catalogs are coming in and we are contemplating new varieties. The greenhouse is nearly complete. (It would likely be done if not for a vicious flu bug that visited our family this past week!) We have almost completed the move of equipment and supplies from Rodale. The list is still long, but we are taking a few days to enjoy the holidays with family.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season! And remember, the days are getting longer now!

If you do have some time over the holidays, and you would like to renew your CSA membership for next year, here is the link for the The Good Farm CSA Registration form. Any questions, let us know. Thanks!

We look forward to connecting with you from The Good Farm in the new year!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/6/2016 1:42pm by John and Aimee Good.

We have had a successful greenhouse raising, thanks to lots of help from our families, farm crew, and former crew members! Over the last 2 weeks, we dug and pounded all the posts, constructed the bows, and finally raised the frame in two days last week. It is amazing what you can accomplish with many helping hands!

John and I are now busily working to finish the details - doors, extra bracing, fans, endwalls, etc. We plan to get a crew together again to put on the plastic before the holidays!

SURVEY RESPONSES

We have had over 150 responses to the CSA Pickup/Deliveries Surveys. Thank you for this great feedback! It has helped us to plan accordingly for next season, so we can hopefully accommodate as many members as possible. Based on your responses, we have decided to offer the following options for the 2017 season,  which I will explain below. These options are listed on The Good Farm CSA Registration form. You may sign up for the 2017 season by completing this form and returning it with your check payment or deposit. Our new website with online signup and credit card payment options will be available in January, if you prefer to wait. Additional shares, such as Cooperative shares (fruit, cheese, bread, mushrooms) and We-pick shares, can be added on via the website after mid-January. Thanks!

ON FARM PICKUP: On-farm market style pickup will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as a boxed share pickup on Saturday mornings. Because we are harvesting the vegetables for the CSA shares every morning of the week, we are unable to offer a weekday morning pickup. Members' farm store will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays, and cooperative shares will be available for pickup on all days.

Tuesdays, 1-6 pm, market-style pickup. (For late pickups on Tuesday with advance notice, shares will be boxed and left outside the barn.)

Fridays, 2-7 pm, market-style pickup.

Saturdays, 9am - noon, boxed share pickup

UPICK GARDEN: The farm U-pick garden will be open in season to all members, including those with delivered shares, during the following hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 8 pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm.

DELIVERY LOCATIONS: We have 4 confirmed delivery locations in the Lehigh Valley at this time. Deliveries are set for Thursday afternoons in the following locations:

1) Kutztown, 2-7 pm, Young Ones at 26 S. Whiteoak St. Kutztown PA 19530

2) Trexlertown, 2-6 pm, Livewell Integrated Health at 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Breinigsville PA 18031

3) Allentown, 3-7 pm, Sanctuary for Healing Therapies at 2358 Sunshine Rd. Allentown PA 18103

4)Hellertown, 3-6 pm, YogaMos at 410 Main St. Hellertown, PA 18055

The following cooperative shares will be available for pickup at most delivery locations: fruit, cheese, mushrooms, and breads. Additionally, herb, flower, and We-pick sampler shares will be available at most pick-up locations.

Many of you had questions about the delivered shares and the Upick garden. I would like to explain. The full value of the CSA shares comes from the vegetables in the barn. The Upick garden is a bonus, an added incentive to come out to the farm to pick up your share. There is no extra charge for delivery, including packaging, of the boxed delivered shares. We cannot afford the time and labor to pick ALL the items in the Upick and put them in the delivery boxes. We do include a few items from the Upick in the boxes throughout the season, ie. 2 weeks each of berries, beans, and plum tomatoes. However, if you really like getting Upick items every week, we can offer a limited number of shares for an additional charge: Herb share (avg. 2 bunches fresh herbs per week) Flower share (1 bunch fresh flowers per week from July through September), We-pick sampler share (sampling of Upick items from June through September, such as berries, peas, beans, cherry & plum tomatoes, hot peppers, etc.)

OPEN FARM! We will be hosting an OPEN FARM DAY in the springtime, for all members to come out and take a walking tour of the new farm, visit and enjoy some refreshments.

2017 CSA SIGN-UPS! You may sign up for the 2017 season by completing The Good Farm CSA registration form and returning it with your check payment or deposit. Please make checks out to John Good or Quiet Creek Farm, as our new name will not be official until January 2017. Our new website with online signup as well as credit card payment options will be up and running in January, if you prefer to wait. Additional shares, such as Cooperative shares (fruit, bread, cheese, and mushrooms) and We-pick shares, can be added on via the website after mid-January. Any questions or concerns, please let us know. Thanks!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 11/16/2016 1:13pm by John and Aimee Good.


Thanks for the great responses to the survey so far! We have had over 100 members provide their feedback. I have updated the survey questions and fixed a few errors, ie. a few multiple choice questions that were not allowing for more than one response.

If you have NOT already responded to the survey, please take a minute to do so now. Click on the link to access the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D6GJZQ8

We would really like everyone's feedback as we plan for the changes for the upcoming season. We want to continue to be your CSA farm, and will do our best to accommodate all our member's needs!

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/31/2016 3:04pm by John and Aimee Good.

RECIPES

Here are some great recipe ideas featuring the vegetables in your CSA share this week. You can search our RECIPE PAGE by vegetable to find more. (Most posted recipes are archived there.) Enjoy!

Potato Leek Soup

2 large or 4 small leeks, chopped

2 tbsp. butter

4 med. potatoes, chopped

1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

salt and pepper

Optional toppings:Yogurt, sour cream, chives

Saute leeks in butter until soft. Add potatoes. Add stock to cover potatoes. Boil until potatoes are soft. Blend soup. Add more stock or milk to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, with optional toppings if desired.

Serves 4-6

Celeriac Soup Recipe: Creamy Autumn Soupadapted from Your Organic Kitchen by Jesse Ziff Cool

2 tbsp. butter

1 med. onion, finely chopped

4 cups chicken or veg. broth

1 large potato, chopped

1 large celeriac, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme or ½ tsp. dried thyme

1 c. heavy cream

½ c. dry white wine (optional)

1 apple, finely chopped

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot over medium high heat, melt the butter and cook the onion until soft. Add the wine, if using, and cook a few minutes longer. Add the broth, potato, celeriac, and thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 1 hour, or until the vegetables are soft. (I have also made this soup in a hurry and just boiled the roots in the broth until tender, which takes less than half the time.)

Puree soup. Add the cream and stir until just blended. Stir in the apple and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top bowls of the soup with the cheddar cheese. (You can also serve the soup as is and offer the apple and grated cheese on the table to top the soup. It looks very pretty on top and I like the slight crunch of the apple.)

Serves 6

This soup makes great leftovers. You may have to add a bit more broth or water when reheating, and be sure to reheat gently so as not to overcook the cream. This hearty soup is excellent served with a salad and crusty bread.

Celery Root Vegetable Gratin

1 large or 2 small celeriac, peeled

2 large potatoes, scrubbed

1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled*    

1-2 onions, peeled

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp. salt

1–2 tsp. dried thyme

ground black pepper

About 2 c. light cream          

With food processor or by hand, slice celeriac, potatoes, sweet potato, onions, and garlic very thinly. Grease 9 x 13 pan with butter. Layer celeriac, potatoes, rutabaga, onions, and garlic in pan. Repeat layers until everything is used up or pan is near full.  Sprinkle salt, thyme and pepper over vegetables. Pour cream over vegetables until pan is 2/3 full. Bake covered at 375-400 for about an hour.  Vegetables should be tender and cream should have thickened.

Serves 6

*You can substitute other root veggies in this gratin. Thinly sliced carrot or turnip is nice. Also thinly sliced mushrooms are a delicious addition. You can also top it with some gruyere or other creamy cheese.

(A real crowd pleaser – don't tell them what's in it until after they taste it!)

 

 

Enjoy!

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/31/2016 2:54pm by John and Aimee Good.

THE HARVEST

Broccoli

Carrots

Kale

Spinach &/or Asian spinach

Potatoes

Butternut squash

Garlic

Leeks

Onions

Choice: Beets, Celeriac, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes

UPICK: Goodbye Upick garden - see you next year!

 

FARM NEWS: FINAL WEEK OF CSA PICKUPS!

Hard to believe we have come to the end of another season. It is always a bit sad: the gardens being put to bed for the winter, under a nice cover of grain crops and legumes to keep the soil covered and build fertility. But it is also a time to celebrate, and remember what a wonderful harvest we have had!

This year marked the most amazing strawberry harvest in all our 15 years of farming. All the fruits did well actually - muskmelon, watermelon, and tomatoes especially so! Zucchini, summer squash, and peppers had a very long harvest season. This sweet corn season was our best yet! Spring and summer lettuces were particularly bountiful, but the greens were nice all season long. Spring carrots were great. Fall carrots struggled, but we do have a nice amount for everyone this week.

Also, we have leeks, beets, and celeriac for you this week! Leeks are a mild, creamy onion which are delicious when sauteed slowly in butter. Potato-leek soup is the most popular way to cook leeks. (See recipe in next email!)  Celeriac is the most underappreciated root vegetable. It is also called celery root, but it is an entirely different plant than the stalk celery. Celeriac is very common in Europe. It has a wonderful taste and keeps extremely well. It is very versatile. After peeling off the fuzzy and bumpy skin, you can dice it for soup and casseroles, cut it into cubes for roasting with other root veggies, grate it raw for salads, slice it with potatoes for a delicious gratin, boil and mash it with potatoes, etc. Check for recipes in the next email!

2017 CSA Season:

If you have not yet completed our survey about CSA pickups/drop-offs for the 2017 season, please take a minute to do so! We want your input to help us set up next season to accommodate as many of you as possible! The Good Farm CSA pick-up and delivery survey is here! Thanks very much your help!

If you are ready to renew your CSA membership for next season now, please click on the new link for the 2017 CSA membership form. An update: please make checks payable to John Good or Quiet Creek Farm. We will not be officially changing our name to Good Farm until January 2017. Thanks!

I am sure many of you still have questions. We greatly appreciate your patience. We will be providing more information about the 2017 season over the next few weeks.

STOCK-UP PICKUP:

All Quiet Creek Farm stock-up orders must be picked up and paid for in full this week! Other stocking-up orders to be picked up this week include: pizzas from Switchback Pizza (Tuesday only), and Wild Alaskan salmon from Wild For Salmon. Please ask for help to get your stock-up orders!

Cooperative Shares: mushrooms, bread, and pizza

BARN STORE: We still have some items for sale this last week, including yogurt, Greek yogurt, eggs, cheeses, meats, breads, and mushrooms. Check the display cooler and freezer for last chance to pick up items available at the farm!

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

 Quiet Creek Farm

 

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The Good Farm is a certified organic farm raising vegetables, berries, flowers, and herbs for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and farmer's market. We specialize in providing the best quality and most flavorful varieties of the vegetables you love to eat- the staples! We have happy members - over 70% return every year!

 

Many customers say they eat healthier, feel better, learn to cook new things, save money, and even lose weight by joining the farm. We are all connected to farming, as we are all eaters. Experience seasonal eating. Support a type of farm that you can believe in; the kind you imagined as a child; where people pick the produce by hand, the soils are thriving, and the fields are full of life. Become a CSA member or visit The Good Farm at the farmer's market. Because "it's all GOOD!"

 

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