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Posted 9/10/2019 8:48pm by John and Aimee Good.


All the recipes listed below, and many more, are on our Recipe Page. Use the search box on the right to look for a particular vegetable.

Delicata squash

Delicata is a special winter squash. It has very thin skins, which allows it to be used in many ways, and it is not necessary to peel it.

Roasting delicata squash moons:

Cut in half and scoop out seeds, saving to roast if desired. Cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Toss with olive oil and salt and bake on a tray at 350-375 for about 20-30 minutes, until tender and soft and edges just beginning to brown.

 

Mexican style squash skillet (a favorite at our house):

 

1 large or 2 small delicata squash, de-seeded and cubed*

1 onion, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 - 1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 - 1 tsp. paprika or smoked paprika

dash lime juice

pinch sea salt

dash ground black pepper

Other chopped veggies: sweet pepper, cooking greens, hot pepper, sweet corn, etc.

1 can or 2 cups cooked black or other beans

Coconut oil or bacon fat, or cooking oil of your choice

Optional: cooked rice, warm tortillas, salsa, sour cream or plain yogurt, chopped cilantro, chopped fresh tomato, cubed avocado, shredded cheese, etc. for serving

In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and stir for a few minutes, until onion is translucent. Add cubed delicata, lime juice, and spices. Saute for 5- 10 minutes on medium low heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, or reduce heat to low and cover to allow veg. to steam cook. Add other veggies as desired and cook until all are tender. Add beans and salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve with optional accoutrements. My kids love this mixture rolled into a tortilla topped with shredded cheese and sour cream or plain yogurt.

 

Early Autumn Roasted Veggies

 

I love the combination of summer and fall veggies in this dish. I think roasted veggies is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy the vegetables in the share! It is open to endless combinations, and roasting always brings out the flavor. Leftovers are great on a salad the next day.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large sweet potato or delicata squash (or other winter squash)

2-3 medium potatoes

1 onion or 1 leek

2-3 sweet peppers

1-2 slicing tomatoes or a handful of cherry/grape tomatoes

olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

thyme

Optional other veggies: carrot, zucchini, turnip, eggplant, etc.

METHOD:

Scrub all root veggies well and cut into approximately 1 inch chunks. For squash, cut in half and remove seeds and cut into chunks. Peel onion or leek (thoroughly wash leek if using to remove any dirt in upper layers) and cut into thin slices. Cut peppers in half and de-seed. Then cut into larger chunks. Core slicing tomatoes and cut into quarters, if using. Cherry/grape tomatoes can be tossed in whole. Wash and chop any additional veggies desired, smaller chunks for harders, denser veggies, larger for softer ones.

Place all veggies in oiled baking pan. I like a 9 by 13 casserole dish. Pour some more olive oil over veggies and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and thyme. Toss to coat. Roast at 400 for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

SWEET PEPPER FRIED RICE

  • 4 tablespoons peanut or neutral oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 pound sweet peppers, de-seeded and cut into strips, preferably a mixture of colors
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups cooked rice, cold or room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons good soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1-2 hot peppers, minced (optional)

Preparation

  1. Put peanut oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, and turn heat to medium high. A minute later, add onion and cook for a few minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more, stirring all the time.
  3. Add peppers and raise heat to high. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until tender.
  4. Add rice, separating it with your hands as you do so. Cook, stirring and breaking up the rice lumps, until it is hot and begins to brown.
  5. If desired, make a hole in the center of the rice, add a tsp. of oil, and then pour egg in the hold. Stir quickly until egg is cooked, and rice is coated with egg, about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil, taste and adjust seasoning, and serve.

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 9/3/2019 12:12pm by John and Aimee Good.


All the recipes listed below, and many more, are on our Recipe Page. Use the search box on the right to look for a particular vegetable.

Baking Winter Squash:

Slice in half and scoop out seeds. Can save seeds to roast.

To bake halves, simply place cut side down in a baking dish. Add water to cover the bottom. Roast at 350 - 375 degrees for about 35 - 40 minutes, until soft, pierce with a fork to test. Larger varieties, such as butternut, will take longer than smaller varieties.

Turn halves over. Add a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup or a pinch of brown sugar to each one, and allow to melt. A delicious dessert vegetable!

Or stuff cavity and place back in oven until stuffing is heated through. Stuffing ideas include:

- cooked sausage, onions and apples

- cooked rice or quinoa with chopped greens, sweet peppers, or other vegetables and cheese

- bread cubes sauteed in butter with onions, sage, other herbs, topped with cheese

- black beans sauteed with cumin, onion, garlic, and topped with cheese and salsa

Invent your own stuffing. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

Here are a few links to different stuffed acorn squash recipes:

https://www.marthastewart.com/946769/acorn-squash-stuffed-mushrooms-and-rice

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25294/stuffed-acorn-squash/

https://cherishedbliss.com/sausage-and-apple-stuffed-acorn-squash/

 

Potato Leek Soup

2-3 leeks, chopped

2 tbsp. butter

4 med. potatoes, very thinly sliced

1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 - 1 cup whole milk or cream

salt and pepper

Optional toppings:

Yogurt, sour cream, chives, croutons

Saute leeks in butter until soft, over medium low heat. Add potatoes. Add stock to cover potatoes. Boil until potatoes are soft. Blend soup. Add milk/cream to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, with optional toppings if desired.

Serves 4-6

 

Pasta with creamy leeks, sweet pepper, arugula and tomatoes

 

1 box fusili pasta or shape of your choice

1 -2 leeks, washed well and thinly sliced whites

Optional: well-cleaned, thinly sliced tops

2 sweet peppers, de-seeded and thinly sliced

3-4 medium slicing tomatoes, or 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, or combo

handful arugula  or fresh basil(optional)

olive oil & butter

freshly grated parmesan or asiago cheese

salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to directions. In large heavy-bottomed skillet, melt 2-3 tbsp. butter with 2 -3 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks and reduce heat to medium low. Saute gently for about 5 - 10 minutes, until very tender. Add sweet pepper and saute several minutes more, until tender. Add chopped slicing tomatoes or halved grape/cherry tomatoes. Add sea salt and ground black pepper, a good amount of each.

Toss hot pasta with olive oil. Place a mound of pasta on each plate. Top with vegetable mixture, some chopped fresh arugula and/or basil, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve.

 

Cucumber Pancakes

This Recipe was contributed by a friend, an Indian woman. It is her mother’s recipe. Enjoy.  (I have made possible substitutions or additions in italics – Aimee.)

Ingredients

3 Fresh firm medium size cucumbers

Cream of rice or unbleached wheat flour, (enough to absorb moisture after grating and adding salt to taste to cucumber) about 1/3-1/2 c.

Chopped cilantro ¼ cup (or basil, optional)

Finely chopped jalapeno pepper or regular green pepper for milder version

Finely chopped scallion, garlic scape, or red onion, about 1/4 c.

1/2 tsp. curry powder (optional)

Cooking oil

Serves 4 (makes 6-8 medium Pancakes)

Grate cucumbers. Gently squeeze and pour off excess liquid. Add salt to taste. Mix in unbleached flour or cream of rice, until your mixture is a thick batter. Add cilantro or basil, scallion, scape or onion, and pepper.

In a large skillet preheat oil to coat the pan. Add a spoon of the cucumber mix to the pan. Gently pat the mixture to spread evenly about ¼ inch thickness. Cook on medium high heat. When it browns, flip and brown other side.  Serve immediately with Indian lemon or mango pickle, or yogurt sauce, fresh tomato salsa, mango chutney, etc.

This recipe is fun to make when cukes are abundant. Crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Enjoy!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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Posted 8/27/2019 11:44am by John and Aimee Good.


HEIRLOOM TOMATO TUTORIAL!

Because they are so very tender and have a tendency to crack on the vine, we harvest heirloom tomatoes slightly under-ripe. Picking them a bit green allows us to get these amazing little packages of flavor home to you safely! And they will continue to ripen beautifully off the vine, on your kitchen counter. This ability seems to be unique to tomatoes - they are special!

Below, there are ripe heirlooms on the left, and just harvested (slightly green) tomatoes on the right.

From top to bottom, they are Orange Jazz, Cherokee Carbon, Solar Flare, Momotaro, and Grandma's Pick. Such fun names!

Although there's a trick here. One pair is mis-matched, with the ripe tomato on the right. Can you find it?

 

Did you get it? The last variety, Grandma's Pick, has the ripe tomato on the right!  This one ripens to a beautiful deep red.

We hope this tutorial helps you enjoy your heirloom tomatoes at their peak ripe flavor!

 

FARMER JOHN'S FAVORITE FERLINES!

Our special favorite red slicer is also coming in now. Ferline tomato, a late-ripening beautiful red tomato, with great color and flavor all the way through.

Farmer John is showing off these beauties. He discovered this variety, which we import from the UK, in our search for naturally blight-resistant tomatoes. He is currently trying to spread it's popularity in the US, in hopes that more seed companies will offer it. 

Natural blight resistance allows for healthy plants into the fall, as the disease pressure increases, and reduces the need for spraying. As certified organic farmers, we rely on the use of copper to prevent blight when this fungal pathogen is in the area, as it destroys the entire plant and all the fruit very quickly.


THE HARVEST

New - Sweet Italian & Yellow Bell peppers! Specialty sweet Italian peppers have amazing flavor and thin skins. Although they look it, they are not hot!

Red &/or Heirloom tomatoes

Melons (Watermelon and/OR Muskmelon) It's been an amazing melon season! Last big picking this week - enjoy!

Green slicing cucumbers &/or Silver slicers

Sweet onions

Garlic

Asian and/or Bell eggplant

Yellow Sweet Corn - Alas, this final sweet corn planting is not yielding well, so just a sampling for everyone this week. These small ears still have great flavor! Just cut the corn off the cob to use in your favorite salad, soup, or saute!

Also, One or more of the following: carrots, gold potatoes, salad mix, zucchini

Coming Soon: FALL CROPS! arugula, leeks, delicata squash, more potatoes!

EXTRA SHARES: Fruit, Mushrooms, Bread, Eggs, Cheese, Coffee & Biweekly Coffee shares this week!

MUSHROOMS - first week - Shiitakes!

FRUIT SHARES:  First apples this week - Gala! Also, yellow/white peaches. Enjoy the last of summer peaches. Many more apple varieties and pears on the way!

 

Upick at the Farm:  Herbs - Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Sage, Marjoram & Parsley-  pick as needed

Edamame - 3-5 plants per share. Pull entire plant, strip beans and take home. Leave plant in the garden to compost and return to the earth.

Cherry tomatoes - 1 pint-1 quart per share

Paste tomatoes - 1-2 quarts per share

Hot peppers - Jalapeno, Hot Wax, and Cayenne

Cut flowers - 15 stems per share

U-PICK GARDEN HOURS: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 9 am - noon. 

 

*Heirloom tomatoes often come in funny shapes, they are sometimes called "ugly tomatoes". This tendency is called cat-facing. I'm not sure why. I've never seen a cat with a face like this, have you?




Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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Posted 8/27/2019 11:43am by John and Aimee Good.


All the recipes listed below, and many more, are on our Recipe Page. Use the search box on the right to look for a particular vegetable.

Fresh Tomato Soup, with variations

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 med. onion, chopped

2-3 lbs ripe tomatoes (3-4 large or 12-16 small/med.) chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1-2 cups broth (chicken or veg.)

Optional additions: chopped garlic, fresh basil, 1 cup cream, 1 finely chopped carrot, 1 finely sliced potato, 1 stalk chopped celery, etc. 

In soup pot over medium heat, saute onion in oil until translucent. If using garlic, carrot or other veggies, add now. Saute a few minutes. Add broth and chopped tomatoes and simmer until tomatoes are covered in their own juices, about 20 -25 minutes. Puree with immersion blender or in batches in blender until smooth. Add salt, pepper, and cream or basil if using. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

*We love this soup, and make it with fresh tomatoes in the summer, and with frozen tomatoes in the winter. Delicious!

 

Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

adapted from epicurious.com

Ingredients

  • 3-5 ears fresh corn, husked
  • 1-2 pounds tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet or red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or basil
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar

Preparation

Cook corn in large pot with boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.  Alternatively, corn can be grilled for a more smoky flavor. Cool slightly.Cut corn kernels from cobs.

Shortcut: cut corn from cobs and saute gently in pan with butter or oil, with some chipotle powder or smoked paprika added for smoky flavor if desired.

Transfer corn to large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss to blend. (Use more tomatoes with less corn.)

Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally.)

Yield: 4-5 servings.

 

Fresh Garden Soup

*contributed by CSA member Kristine Moser
 
1 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup butter
4 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
1 quart fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 tsp sugar
1/4 cup flour (I use corn starch)
 
Saute celery, onion, carrot and green pepper in butter in large, heavy pan.
Add 4 cups of broth, the tomatoes, curry powder, salt, pepper and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Blend flour with remaining 1/2 cup of broth and stir gradually into the soup. Heat until slightly thickened.
 
 

Ratatouille, adapted from Laurel's Kitchen

Ratatouille is “stew” or “soup” in French. This is wonderful summer stew, easily adaptable, and a great way to use lots of summer veggies. Serve it with crusty bread or over rice or pasta. It also freezes beautifully, for enjoying in the winter.

1 large or 2 small Italian eggplant

1-2 medium zucchini or summer squash

1 large onion

1-2 peppers, green or red

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 large or 6 small tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 tbsp. each chopped fresh basil and oregano

Dice eggplant into 1 inch cubes and slice zucchini into ½ inch rounds. Chop onion coarsely and cut pepper into squares.

Use a heavy-bottomed sauce pan with a lid. Sauté onion in oil until soft. Stir in eggplant, pepper, zucchini, and garlic and sauté a few minutes more. Add tomato, salt, pepper, and herbs. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until all vegetables are well cooked. Uncover and turn up heat to evaporate some of the liquid, stirring as necessary, until you have a nice thick stew.     Serve 6.

*Baked version - alternatively, you can roast all the veggies in the oven, on a shallow baking pan with sides, tossed with some olive oil and salt/pepper. Roast at 400 until tender, about 25 minutes. Then transfer to a serving bowl and stir in fresh herbs. Adjust seasoning to taste.

*We love this recipe and make lots this time of year, adjusting the veggies to what is in the share. I like it warm or cold. When hot, I like to put cheese curd or fresh mozzarella into the bowls and pour over top to serve.


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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Posted 8/20/2019 9:44am by John and Aimee Good.


New Heirloom Tomatoes, Orange Watermelon, Mini- Cheese Pumpkins - so many successful veggie trials this year!

Every year we trial several new varieties of vegetables. We search for delicious, exciting, and productive varieties for the shares, and small field trials are the best way to determine what works AND tastes great!  We love to keep the shares interesting with lots of variety each week!

Some new heirloom varieties are coming in!  Look for these tomatoes of unusual shapes and colors. They may be softer and/or a bit ugly, but they are exceptionally delicious!

 

Eat them within 1-2 days and enjoy truly amazing flavors! Our favorite varieties this year include Orange Jazz (large orange tomato with very sweet flavor), Cherokee Carbon (dark purple-green tomato with smoky flavor) and Grandma's Pick (deep red tomato with fluted edges with very rich tomato flavor).

 

Our favorite new melon - New Queen!  This beautiful bright orange melon has gorgeous color and flavor!  Below, the farm crew enjoys a quick melon break after a HUGE melon harvest. We have to taste-test the trials after all - And this is a real winner!

We will be planting more of this one next year. A very thin rind means more lovely flavor in a small melon. It has a light green, striped skin. There were a few of these in the harvest last week, and a few more this week . . .  Maybe you'll get lucky!

The cutest lil' pumpkin you ever saw -  New mini-Long Island Cheese Pumpkin!

 

Do I need to say more? While we were bringing these in for curing yesterday, I couldn't help thinking about fall and pumpkin pie! 

Limited quantity of 2nds tomatoes this week. Still plenty of cukes for pickling.  

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THE HARVEST

Salad Mix, hopefully! (Hot weather keeps the yields on salad mix low, but we keep trying!)

Red &/or Heirloom tomatoes

Melons (Watermelon and/OR Muskmelon) Last big watermelon harvest, but more muskmelons on the way!

Red potatoes

New -Green slicers &/or Silver slicers

Sweet onions

Zucchini

Garlic

Possibly eggplant, carrots and/or peppers

Coming Soon: Sweet peppers, yellow sweet corn, arugula

EXTRA SHARES: Eggs, Fruit, Coffee shares this week! Mushrooms start next week!

FRUIT SHARES: Peaches should be taken out of the bag and left out on the counter to soften for best flavor. Varieties this week - Summer Pearl white peaches! 

 

Upick at the Farm:  Herbs - Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Sage, Marjoram & Parsley-  pick as needed

Cherry tomatoes - 1 pint-1 quart per share

Paste tomatoes - 1 quart per share

Hot peppers - Jalapeno, Hot Wax, and Cayenne

Cut flowers - 15 stems per share

U-PICK GARDEN HOURS: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 9 am - noon. 

*We got the harvest wagon out yesterday to bring in 2 full loads of melons, and 2 loads of winter squash for curing in the greenhouse! Farm apprentice David Darling snaps a shot with Aimee & Kailey smiling in the background.




Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

instagram.com/goodfarmcsa

Posted 8/20/2019 9:41am by John and Aimee Good.


All the recipes listed below, and many more, are on our Recipe Page. Use the search box on the right to look for a particular vegetable.

Watermelon Sherbert

*shared by farm apprentice Kailey Graver!

6 1/4 cups cubed, de-seeded watermelon*

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk**

1/3 c. lime juice

1/4 tsp. salt

Place the watermelon on a large, rimmed baking sheet in freezer. Freeze until frozen, for about 4 hours or overnight.

In food processor, puree frozen watermelon with all other ingredients, in batches if needed, until smooth.

Transfer to large, seal-able container. Cover and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

Serves 12.

*This recipe would work beautifully with muskmelon as well!

**You could substitute evaporated milk or heavy cream, to better control the sweetness level.

Note - This recipe can easily be halved to use the smaller melons.

Adapted from Cooking Light, recipe by Anna Theoktisto

 

Easy Melon Sorbet

1) To freeze melon chunks: Cut muskmelon in half and scoop out seeds. Cut into wedges and remove peels. Then cut wedges into chunks and place on cookie tray in freezer.

2) To make sorbet: Remove melon chunks from freezer and place in food processor. Let set for about a half hour to thaw slightly. (I usually put them in before dinner and then make the sorbet just after dinner.) Add a splash of lemon or lime juice and about ¼ cup honey or agave syrup. Add about 1/4 c. hot water and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to desired consistency, and add more sweetener to taste. Serve immediately. 

*This recipe would also work beautifully with de-seeded watermelon!

 

Cucumber Melon Salad

  • 4 cups mixed diced watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe
  • 2 cups diced cucumber, seeded if there are seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or mild chili powder (to taste), or 1 serrano chile, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss together just before serving.

 

  • Advance preparation: This is best when freshly assembled but will keep for a day in the refrigerator.

from https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015022-cucumber-melon-and-watermelon-salad

 

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups seeded finely chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Baked tortilla chip scoops

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, onion, peppers and herbs. Drizzle with honey and lime juice; gently toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with chips. Yield: 3 cups.

source: tasteofhome.com

Watermelon Aqua Fresca

1 small watermelon (approx 3-4 lbs)

1 c. water

juice from ½ lime (to 1 lime)

sugar or Agave syrup to taste

1 lime sliced into thin rounds

fresh mint leaves

1) Cut watermelon into chunks, approx 2 inches, discard rind

2) Pulse watermelon in food processor in very short bursts several times (keeping seeds intact)

3) You may need to do this several times in order to get through the entire melon

4) Strain juice into a large pitcher (to remove seeds), you should have 2 ½ -  3 cups juice

5) Mix with water and lime juice, to taste

6) Add sugar, simple syrup or Agave syrup* to taste

7) Serve over ice with lime rounds & mint leaves

Serves 3-4

*Agave syrup is a low glycemic sweetener with a very mild flavor. It can be found at health food stores.

**Variation: You can also turn this into an adult drink by using vodka in place of water. Be sure to use a good quality vodka as the flavor will be prominent.

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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Posted 8/6/2019 6:35am by John and Aimee Good.

The Rise and Fall of Tomatoes. . .

There is a cycle to this sign of summer on the farm, and we are  in the peak of harvest!

In most fruiting crops, like tomatoes, squash & zucchini, cucumbers, etc. there is a harvest cycle that resembles a half moon - A slow start, leading up to a peak of harvest, and a gradual decline. Tomato harvest follows this cycle more than any other fruiting crop.

We have to plant enough tomatoes to provide a good amount for most of the season, but there will inevitably be a few weeks where there is only a few tomatoes, as well as a few weeks where there is a boatload of tomatoes!

Well, it's boatload time folks!

This is the natural cycle of the plants. Being part of a means CSA you get to experience the flow of the farm season.

All this bounty just makes me feel rich!

But it can be overwhelming if you don't know what to do with it . . . so check out this week's storage tips for summer veggies, and freezing/canning/drying tips for tomatoes!

And Recipes! Enter TOMATO into the search box for plenty of ideas!


THE HARVEST

New - White Sweet Corn!

Red &/or Orange tomatoes

Melons (Watermelon and/OR Muskmelon)

Red potatoes

Silver slicer  &/or Lime Crisp cucumbers

Sweet white onions

Carrots

Zucchini and/or Summer squash-

Salad mix

Garlic

Eggplant and/or green peppers

Coming Soon: Sweet peppers, yellow sweet corn

EXTRA SHARES: Eggs, Bread, Fruit, & weekly Coffee shares this week!

FRUIT SHARES: Peaches should be taken out of the bag and left out on the counter to soften for best flavor. Varieties this week - Coral Star - big, beautiful and very flavorful! Some Flavorburst as well - more mild flavor but very sweet.

 

Upick at the Farm:  Herbs - Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Sage, Marjoram & Parsley-  pick as needed

Cherry tomatoes - 1 pint per share

Hot peppers - some Jalapeno & Hot Wax

Cut flowers - 15 stems per share

Note: More green beans & edamame coming soon - Mexican bean beetles are bad this year and this is affecting the bean harvest, so yields are down.

U-PICK GARDEN HOURS: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 9 am - noon. 

*Below, this is a very common tomato pest, the tomato hornworm, a large very hungry green caterpillar who feasts on the green tomatoes themselves.  You can see he is not looking so good.
The body of the hornworm is covered with the cocoons of a parasitic wasp
. The female Braconid wasp, Cotesia congregatus, lays her eggs under the skin of the hornworm, and the larvae feed on the insides of the hornworm, eating their way out and spinning these white cocoons that you see. A bit gross, but really cool!

We do not have to do anything to take care of these hungry caterpillars, except provide a good home for beneficial insects such as this parasitic wasp to live on the farm - harmony in nature!

More ways below, to find what you need to know:

CSA Pickup/ Upick Hours  - lists hours for all pickup sites, as well as Farm Upick times

CSA Pickup Changes & more - change contact info, check your balance, make a payment, schedule a vacation hold and double pickup, switch to a different pickup day or location for a week, etc. (To permanently change your pickup location, you need to contact Aimee.)

News & Blog - Missed an email? Want to review an old one? You can find all our email posts here in our blog archive.

Recipes - Every week we post new recipes highlighting the vegetables in your share. Most recent additions will be at the top of the page, but we have quite a lot of recipes on this page, and you can search by vegetable to find many more ideas!





Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

instagram.com/goodfarmcsa

Posted 8/5/2019 11:14am by John and Aimee Good.

Tips on Storing the Summer Harvest 

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Cucumbers - Store loose in the crisper drawer of your fridge, not in plastic bag or container unless cut. Will keep for 1-2 weeks. Great for preserving and making fresh pickles, lacto-fermented pickles, or canned pickles! 

Eggplant - Eggplant prefers to be stored at warmer temperatures than the fridge. We keep it in our “warm” cooler in the barn, which is set to 50 degrees. However, for household storage, you can store it on the counter for 1-4 days. It may start to get wrinkly skins after that time, but it still fine to use. You can also keep them in the fridge, but it may get dark spots, cold damage, after about 4-5 days.  

Greens - Leafy greens need to have their moisture content controlled. You do not want them to be too wet, or they can get slimy, yet if they are too dry, they will wilt. The dry air of a refrigerator will pull moisture out of greens if left exposed to the air, causing them to wilt. So the best storage is in an air-tight container, ie. a plastic bag, a tupperware container, etc. You may want to place a towel in with them, a dry one if they are really wet, or a damp one if they are dry.

Onions & Garlic - These alliums should be stored in a dry, cool, dark location. In a basket in a kitchen cupboard is a fine location. Sweet onions should be used within 3 weeks. Red onions should keep for 1-2 months. Garlic will keep for many months!

Melons - Watermelons can be kept on the counter until ready to eat. Store any uneaten portion in the refrigerator. Muskmelons can be kept on the counter for 1-2 days only. If not going to eat within 1-2 days, it is best to store them in the fridge. We pick them fully ripe, when they turn color and slip easily from the vine, and they will continue to ripen and can become soft and over-ripe if left out for too long. Muskmelon can also be easily frozen, for “Easy Melon Sorbet” or “Melon Smoothies”. (Recipes are available on our website!)

Peppers - Peppers should be stored in the crisper drawer of the fridge, loose, not in a bag. They will keep for 1-2 weeks. They also freeze beautifully. For short term storage, just de-seed and chop and put into freezer bags. For long-term storage (and highest nutritional content), it is best to blanch in hot water first, then cool in an ice water bath, dry and freeze on a tray. Then transfer to freezer bags, squeezing out the air.

 Potatoes -  Potatoes prefer cool, dry, and dark storage. They can be kept in a brown bag or basket lined with a plastic bag to hold the dirt, in a kitchen cupboard, or dry basement cupboard. Potatoes keep well if unwashed until ready to use. We generally just rub the dirt off before including them in CSA shares. You can wash them when you take your veggies home for use that week, or store them dirty until ready to cook.

 Roots - Roots are grown in the ground, and they prefer a humid environment as well, about 80-90% humidity for most. Roots cannot be stored loose in the fridge, even in a crisper drawer, or they will lose their crispness and become rubbery. They can be stored loosely in a bag or wrapped in a damp towel and stored in an air-tight container. Roots stored properly should keep for several weeks, including beets, carrots, etc. If edible greens are attached, such as beet greens, it is best to remove greens and store separately.

Sweet Corn - It is best to eat your sweet corn soon after getting your share, within 1-2 days it will be at its sweetest. Store in the fridge until ready to eat! Any unused portions can easily be frozen after blanching in hot water and cutting off the cob.  

Tomatoes - For maximum flavor, tomatoes should not be stored at less than 50 degrees. A normal refrigerator is 40 degrees, so it is best to store them on the counter. They should keep for a few days up to a week depending on how ripe they are. 

Tomatoes are very easy to freeze! Just core and half or quarter tomatoes and pack into quart-size plastic ziploc freezer bags, squeezing out excess air before sealing. In the winter, you can thaw and use in any recipe calling for a can of tomatoes. (Skins remove easily when thawed.) I love to make tomato soup with these in the winter, and it has the most amazing fresh tomato flavor! I cook 1-2 bags of frozen, thawed tomatoes with onion, garlic and 1-2 cups of broth. I puree it with a stick blender, and add salt, pepper and herbs, and sometimes sour cream. Amazing!

Zucchini & summer squash - Zucchini & summer squash actually prefer to be stored slightly warmer than the fridge, about 50 degrees is ideal. However, since we don’t generally have a 50 degree space in our modern houses, you can either leave out on the counter in a cool house for up to a few days, or store loose in the crisper drawer. They do not need to be in a bag or container. These should keep for 1-2 weeks.  



Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 7/30/2019 6:20pm by John and Aimee Good.


Picking melons - Everyone seems to have some trick for picking out a good melon. Well, no tricks are needed when it comes to our melons. 

Cause we only pick 'em ripe!

For muskmelons (cantaloupe), the color change on the fruit is the obvious clue. The melons start green. When they ripen, they turn that lovely light orange color. Then they should slip from the vine when tugged.

Picking at this stage gives you melons with true ripe flavor. But since the melons cannot handle shipping in this state, you never get melons picked ripe in the grocery store. Which is why I NEVER liked cantaloupe until I worked on a farm. Now I LOVE it! 

In PA, we actually grow muskmelon, not cantaloupe, but that is the more common name. But when you smell the fragrant aroma of these muskmelons, you will know why they get their name!

For watermelons, we watch for several clues. First the plants themselves begin to die back slightly. Then we check the fruits. The tendril opposite the watermelon should turn brown and dry up. That is an indicator of ripeness. We also pick a few from the patch to test them, as watermelons tend to ripen more evenly than muskmelons.

Yes, our watermelons have seeds. The sugars are concentrated around the seeds, which is why ours are so sweet!  Enjoy good old-fashioned flavor with these varieties.

THE HARVEST

New -Melons! (Watermelon and/OR Cantaloupe)

New - Red potatoes! The digger worked beautifully! Lots of nice red potatoes. Check out a video of it in action on our Instagram page.

Silver slicer  &/or Lime Crisp cucumbers

Sweet white onions

Red &/or Orange tomatoes -Peak tomato harvest this week!

Carrots

Zucchini and/or Summer squash

Salad mix

Garlic

Possibly eggplant and/or Asian eggplant

*This is our best estimate of the week's harvest and is subject to change.

Coming Soon: Green peppers, yellow sweet corn

EXTRA SHARES: Eggs, Cheese, Fruit, Coffee & Biweekly coffee shares this week!

FRUIT SHARES: PEACHES ARE IN! Peaches should be taken out of the bag and left out on the counter to soften for best flavor. 

 

Upick at the Farm:  Herbs - Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Sage, Marjoram & Parsley-  pick as needed

Cherry tomatoes - 1/2 pint per small, 1 pint per regular share

Green beans - 1 quart per share

Cut flowers - 15 stems per share

U-PICK GARDEN HOURS: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 9 am - noon. 

*Below, the U-pick flower garden at the farm is in full bloom! The monarchs and other butterflies are enjoying it as much as we are! 




Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

instagram.com/goodfarmcsa

Posted 7/24/2019 6:44am by John and Aimee Good.


We received over 4 and a half inches of rain in the storms this week!

We were spared any serious damage thankfully, and our shale soils up here by the mountain drain very well.

But, the soil is too wet for digging potatoes.

Hopefully for next week!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

instagram.com/goodfarmcsa

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The Good Farm is a certified organic farm raising vegetables, berries, flowers, and herbs for over 200 "farm share" members. Farmers John and Aimee Good 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!

 

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