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Posted 2/28/2019 3:16pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

Sure, you could sign up for Hello Fresh or any of the numerous meal delivery plans out there today.

But would the veggies be picked the same day you get them? 

Would they be raised locally on a certified organic farm?

Would you actually learn how to use new ingredients and create meals from scratch?

CSA shares can give you all of this, at a much better price! For just $27/week, you get amazingly fresh delicious produce that becomes the focal point of your meals, with recipes and cooking instructions that help you to become a better cook.

We may not come to your door, but we have many delivery locations throughout the Lehigh Valley! I am sure we have one near you.

(And remember, we are open to creating new delivery sites, with a minimum of 10 shares per site. Just contact us!)

Just added - New Bethlehem pickup location!!!

DELIVERY SITES for Boxed Share pickup on THURSDAYS

****WEDNESDAY DELIVERY, Boxed share pickup

  • Jim Thorpe, 4-6 pm, WEDNESDAY, Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St. Jim Thorpe PA 18229. Host: Maya Kowalcyk    (570) 527-5453

Boxed shares offer the convenience of local, quick pickup with all the staple veggies included weekly plus highlights of unusual varieties.

A weekly trip to the farm offers the flexibility of a market-style pickup, plus a visit to the U-pick garden -cut flowers! fresh herbs! and more!

* Market Style pickup: Members pick and pack their own shares. Set amount of staples (ie. tomatoes, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, carrots, etc.) plus selection of greens, and rotating choices of unusual or love/hate veg. (think beets, turnips, radishes).

*** ON-FARM pickups: Tuesdays- 1-6 pm and  Fridays 2-7 pm are market style pick-up; Saturdays 9 am - noon is a boxed share pickup.

Germansville sounds far away, but that's mostly because the only reason to come here is to visit a farm or hike at Bake Oven Knob on the Appalachian Trail!

We are just 30 minutes from Allentown, Emmaus, Trexlertown and Jim Thorpe, and 40 minutes from Bethlehem and Kutztown. And ALL farm members, no matter where they pick up, are welcome to visit the U-pick garden during

Open Farm Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm, plus Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 am - noon

Remember, it's included in your share!

To find us, check the google map.

Click here to SIGN UP NOW!

 

P.S. Don't forget the Spring Sign-up Special is happening now - Sign up before March 10th to get in the raffle for a $25 gift certificate to The Good Farm store!





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 2/25/2019 2:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

We are not ready to be done with the CSA Day fun!!!

Yes! 25 members have won a free jar of Good Farm salsa with their CSA signup!

But, you can still have a chance to win more Good Farm goodies . . . 

Sign-up over the next 2 weeks and you will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate for The Good Farm store! 

Our online store, CSA extras, has all our farm products during the season; such as salsa, tomato sauce, ketchup, and Good Farm tote bags; as well as rotating seasonal veggies, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, and more.

Click on the link to Sign up Today!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

P.S. We want to get you really excited about the 2019 farm season!

We have plans for more sweet corn, more strawberries, early tomatoes & cucumbers, new CSA pickup sites, and new extra shares!

Keep an eye on your inbox - more info coming soon!



John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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Posted 2/19/2019 1:41pm by John and Aimee Good.

Celebrate CSA Day with us!  CSA Day is Friday February 22nd, 2019! 

CSA Day is the most popular time to sign up for a CSA share across the nation. It is also the most important time for CSA farmers to get the support of members, as we are literally sowing the seeds for the harvest now!

Today we started tomato and onion seeds.

On Friday you can "sow the seeds" for a season of healthy eating in 2019, by signing up for your CSA share!

SPECIAL BONUS! Free jar of Good Farm mild Salsa to the first 25 people who sign up on CSA Day!

Bookmark this CSA Sign Up Link, and be ready on Friday February 22nd!

There are so many benefits to a Good Farm CSA share; I will list just some of them here. . .

  • 100% Certified Organic produce, for your peace of mind.
  • 100% Good-Farm grown. Know your farmer, trust your food.
  • Veggies that taste so good, you actually want to eat your veggies!
  • Eating more veggies & fruits comes naturally with a CSA share, which gives you more energy, and sheds the extra winter weight!

The weekly farm share, along with the recipes and cooking tips, helps you expand your cooking skills. You  learn how to combine ingredients, experiment in the kitchen, and create truly delicious meals.

Like all good chefs know, the best meals start with really "good" ingredients!

Once you have had a Good Farm CSA share, with delicious produce picked within 1-2 days of going home to your table, it's really hard to go back to the grocery store.

So get ready to get on board for the 2019 season!

And don't miss out on the chance to get a free jar of Good Farm salsa, just by signing up on CSA Day, this Friday February 22nd!

Here's that CSA Sign Up Link again! 

But don't worry - we will remind 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 2/16/2019 8:08am by John and Aimee Good.


We thought this study was so interesting, we just had to share it with you.

I know we are always talking about how much better organic farming is for the environment, and for producing nutrient-dense healthy food. But it is very interesting to see the actual results of switching to an organic diet in our bodies.

This study, led by University of California researchers and others, tracked four families eating their typical non-organic diet for one week. Every member of the family had detectable levels in their urine of the 14 chemicals tested during this period. After only one week on an all organic diet, levels of all pesticides dropped by more than half!  And Malathion, a probable human carcinogen according to the WHO, decreased by 95%.

To read more, click here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/15/what-the-pesticides-in-our-urine-tell-us-about-organic-food

And thank you for supporting organic farming, keeping your bodies and our earth free from harmful chemicals!

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 1/31/2019 1:33pm by John and Aimee Good.

Cold, crisp snows fill the fields while wintry winds blow. We vegetable farmers take advantage of the cold days to plan for planting season, which is actually right around the corner!

Starting mid-February we will begin seeding onions in the greenhouse, followed by leeks, scallions,  broccoli and cabbage.  The potting soil was delivered; the greenhouse is cleaned up and ready to go.

John pores over the seed catalogs, with their gorgeous pictures of perfect vegetables. Everything grows perfectly in our minds in the wintertime, as we map out the season, week by week.

Lots of spreadsheets help us organize 50 crops, with multiple varieties and successions. We like to get it nailed down to each bed in every field; with the varieties, seeding or planting rates, and dates, so that we are ready to go full speed once the chance arrives and spring is ready for us! 

Some exciting new varieties we are trialing this year - lime crisp cucumbers, European-style burpless cucumbers, orange queen watermelons, dark belle watermelons, mini "cheese" pumpkins, sweet white summer onions, and new heirloom tomatoes -  "solar flare," "grandma's pick" and"pork chop." Gotta love those heirloom names!

Hoping a little bit of excitement for summer goodies from the farm warms you up on this chilly day!

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 12/6/2018 2:28pm by John and Aimee Good.



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We all have a personal doctor, who knows us and takes care of us. Many of us have an accountant and a lawyer. We hire others to do important jobs for us, that we cannot do ourselves.

So why not a personal farmer? What is more important than the food you put into your body every day?

You shake hands with your farmer every time you prepare a meal using your farm share.

And that’s a great thing! For your health, and your peace of mind.

At The Good Farm, we are your personal farmers.

We are growing directly for you, the highest quality certified organic produce.

And you can tell the difference, because you can taste it!

Many CSA members tell me -

  • I feel better and have more energy.
  • I have lost weight.
  • I am eating more vegetables and fruits than ever before.
  • I love the recipes and am cooking new things.
  • I appreciate the storage tips and am keeping my produce much longer.
  • I cannot go back to the grocery store, your produce has made me a food snob!

As your personal farmers, we want to make sure that you are getting the most out of each and every farm share.

Very few other CSA farms do this like we do:

  • Storage tips for every season - spring, summer & fall.
  • Weekly recipes using the farm share - that are simple, but good.
  • Most recipes are tested or created in farmer Aimee’s kitchen!

We all know that the old adage is true - food is the first medicine.

And if you don’t know where your food is coming from, that can pose a health risk these days!

When you know your farmer, you can trust your food. Pretty simple.  

P.S. Renew your membership here at the early bird rate and get $15 off. Now through December 15th.

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 12/3/2018 9:25am by John and Aimee Good.

First of all, thanks to many of you who already renewed your farm share! We REALLY appreciate it!

I am going to review the payment plans below, because everyone may benefit from this information.

And if you have not yet jumped on the Early Bird Train, here are the details:

Buy now and SAVE - Small share price now-$610! After Dec. 15th pay $625.

Regular share price now is $825. After Dec. 15th pay $840.

Click HERE to SIGN UP NOW!

We are farmers, we completely understand having a tight budget! Especially around the holiday season. So we have payment plans to make it easy for you to spread out your farm share payments over several months.

A review of the payment plan: 20% deposit is all that is required to sign up! For a small share right now, that is just $122 and for a regular share, $165. No further payments until March!

From March through June you will receive an email reminder about your payment, which is due at the end of the month. The payments will be the same amount as your initial deposit, for a total of 4 monthly payments. Simple!

Flexible - You can pay in full at signup if you prefer. You can always pay your balance ahead of time if you wish, or make a double payment one month and then skip the next month. You can login to your member account with your email address to check your balance or make a payment at any time.

Extra Shares - If you decide to add on any of our extra shares, your payments will be slightly more than that listed above. But guess what? You don’t have to add them right away! You can add on any of the extra shares at any point prior to the start of the season, as long as they are still available.  (Fruit and egg shares have limited quantities.)

Payment types - We take check payments (sent via mail or through your own online banking) or credit card payments via Paypal, with a slight surcharge to cover fees. You can switch payment methods at any point in the season by sending us an email.

(Unfortunately the Dwolla platform, which offered free online bank transfers has closed down. We will continue to seek out another low-cost option for online transactions.)

 

Well, I think I covered everything about payments here, but please let me know if you have any questions, about payment plans or otherwise!

P.S. Looking for a share partner to split pickups every other week? Please let me know! I am creating a list to match members for biweekly pickup.

 

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 11/27/2018 10:55am by John and Aimee Good.

We hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving holiday, with good food, family and friends! 

I love Thanksgiving -  all of my favorite things - lots of delicious food, shared with family and friends!

In the spirit of giving thanks, which I want to hold onto for a little while longer, although all the world is trying to push me right into the next holiday, here is a note from your farmers. . .

Grateful farmers. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work, to feed our community with REAL food fresh from the farm, and for your support to make it happen.

Proud farmers - Every job that gets accomplished on the farm makes us proud, big or little. Building the high tunnel, a 30' by 96' structure, was a great feat.

Back in October, completing the job of spreading straw mulch by hand over all the garlic and strawberry beds had us pretty excited, as you can see in this picture! 

Humble - Humility comes hand in hand with farming. We have witnessed first-hand how acts of nature can take apart in minutes; what it took weeks or even months to construct, like a barn roof! Every season we see that the results of our toil are subject to the whims of nature. This helps to keep us from getting "too big for our britches!"

Happy - We are happy that you are committed to eating REAL food, that you have chosen us to be your personal farmers, that you have shared this journey with us. For some of you, 2018 was your first experience, and for many, we have been doing this together for many years now.

 

We want to thank you for your continued support, and to offer you the opportunity to share the harvest again in 2019!

The farm is a living entity, that thrives with the support of members. The best part is that it gives back all season long with farm shares of delicious produce!

 

Coming December 1st, we will be opening up membership to 2018 members only, with a special EARLY BIRD discount!

You won't want to miss this special offer, which will only last for 2 weeks!

More information on this special renewal period for current members to come shortly. . . Keep an eye on your inbox!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

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Posted 11/15/2018 11:08am by John and Aimee Good.

Wow - we have had a busy 2 weeks! But the new high tunnel is nearly completed. We were able to build this new tunnel through a grant program with the USDA NRCS. We are so excited!

This was a huge project, which we could not have done without the help of our returning farm apprentice David Darling, our local farmer friends Anton Shannon, Brandon Haines, and Dan Hunter; and my wonderful sister and parents; April Kocis, David & Mary Kocis, respectively. Thanks everyone! 

We plan to start the grafted tomatoes in this new tunnel, as it is slightly larger, and to use the older tunnel for other season extension, such as early European style cucumbers and fall greens.

Here you can see the early stages of construction (pic left), the full house (pic right), and finally below, the tunnel at sunset. Thanks to our neighbor and CSA member Scott Wagner for the awesome sunset pic!

 

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

www.goodfarmcsa.com

facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

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Posted 10/16/2018 8:24am by John and Aimee Good.

All the recipes listed below, and many more, are on our website, on our Recipe Page. You can search by vegetable, using the search box on the right!

We hope you enjoy using these recipes and finding your own new recipes featuring the vegetables in your share. Please feel free to share any recipes that you love with us!

MANY RECIPES FOR HAKUREI TURNIPS CAN BE FOUND ON OUR RECIPE PAGE! Just type TURNIP into the search box on the right!

Sesame-Ginger Turnip Rice Bowls

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 25 minutes    Serves: 4

For the stir fry:

  • 2 Tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 bunch baby turnips, with greens (about 1 lb total) turnips cut into 1/4 inch chunks and greens lightly chopped
  • 1 large bunch of scallions, diced (white and light green parts only)
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • A few handfuls of fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons low sodium tamari
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1-2 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation

 
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Taste test and  adjust seasonings if necessary. Set aside.
  2. Cook brown rice according to specific directions.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat add grapeseed oil. Stir in ginger and scallions. Saute' until fragrent. About 3 minutes. Add turnips and cook until turnips begin to soften and brown. About 8-12 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add a few drops of water if turnips are drying out. Once turnips are tender throw in turnip greens and cook until greens begin to wilt. About 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Combine cooked turnips with rice, minced cilantro and sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

* Use this recipe as a guide. * Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Always taste test as you go.

from - www.dishingupdirt.com

 

Creamy Autumn Fettucini

I love creating recipes that are flexible and can use many of the veggies in the share this week. My family loved this one. Although  there are several steps, it is actually pretty easy and quick, and super yummy!

Sorry I forgot to take a picture before we devoured it! - Aimee

12 oz. wide ribbon noodles, such as fettucini (rice noodles or wheat)

1 1/2 cups whole milk

4 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. flour or gluten-free alternative

grated cheese - your choice - Asiago, aged cheddar, etc.

4-8 leaves kale, de-ribbed and sliced into thin ribbons.

1 leek or 1 medium onion

1-2 sweet pepper, thinly sliced

julienned carrot or cubed winter squash

sea salt and ground black pepper

fresh herbs - such as parsley and/or basil

Cook pasta according to directions.

Make cream sauce - in a small, heavy-bottomed pot, melt 2 tbsp. butter. Add 2 tbsp. flour or alternative and stir. Add milk and bring to almost a boil, whisking all the while. Reduce heat to low and continue to whisk until sauce thickens. Crumble a bit of grated cheese into sauce until it melts (about 1/4 - 1/3 cup), to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large deep-bottomed sauce pan, melt 2 tbsp. butter over medium-low heat. Add thinly sliced leek or onion. Saute until tender, about 5-10 minutes. Add all the rest of the veggies except the kale. Saute for another 5-10 minutes, until veggies are just tender. (Can add a bit of the pasta cooking water to this pan and cover with a lid to steam the veggies and speed up the process.)

Add kale, fresh herbs, and cook for a few minutes, until kale is wilted and bright green. Add cream sauce to pan. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

Add noodles to pan and stir well to combine and coat noodles. Serve at once.

 

Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or quality high-heat oil such as avocado oil, divided
  • 2 eggs, whisked together with a dash of salt
  • 2 big cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¾ cup chopped green onions (about 1 bunch)
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped vegetables, like bell pepper, carrot or Brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium bunch kale (preferably Lacinato but curly green is good, too), ribs removed and leaves chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes* (not shredded coconut)
  • 2 cups cooked and chilled brown rice**
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 1 lime, halved
  • Handful fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Heat a large (12-inch or wider) wok, cast iron skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on contact, add 1 teaspoon oil and swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Pour in the eggs and cook, stirring frequently, until the eggs are scrambled and lightly set. Transfer the eggs to your empty bowl. Wipe out the pan if necessary with a paper towel (be careful, it’s hot!).
  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and add the garlic, green onions and optional additional vegetables. Cook until fragrant or until the vegetables are tender, stirring frequently, for 30 seconds or longer. Add the kale and salt. Continue to cook until the kale is wilted and tender, stirring frequently, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the contents of the pan to your bowl of eggs.
  3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Pour in the coconut flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until the flakes are lightly golden, about 30 seconds. Add the rice to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot, about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour the contents of the bowl back into the pan, breaking up the scrambled egg with your spatula or spoon. Once warmed, remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Add the tamari, chili garlic sauce and juice of ½ lime. Stir to combine. Taste, and if it’s not fantastic yet, add another teaspoon of tamari or a pinch of salt, as needed.
  6. Slice the remaining ½ lime into wedges, then divide the fried rice into individual bowls. Garnish with wedges of lime and a sprinkling of torn cilantro leaves, with jars of tamari, chili garlic sauce and/or red pepper flakes on the side, for those who might want more.

 

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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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!

 

Our customers say they eat healthier, feel better, save money, become inspired cooks, and even lose weight by joining the farm. Experience the joy of putting a delicious meal on the table by your own two hands. It's easy when the ingredients are this fresh and this good.

 

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 today, it's the gift to yourself that keeps giving back! 

"Because The Good Farm makes you feel GOOD!"

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