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Harvest Update: August 20th

Posted 8/20/2018 3:45pm by John and Aimee Good.

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Melons on the harvest wagon, quite a load!

We have had one of the biggest melon harvests ever this season! Looks like this will be the last week of major picking.  Hope you have enjoyed the bounty of these delicious fruits!

Melon overload? Try FREEZING MELONS!

It is easy to freeze both muskmelon and watermelon. Cut the fruit into cubes, place on a baking sheet, and put in the freezer. (Be sure to de-seed watermelon first.) Once frozen solid, place in ziploc freezer bags, packing tightly, and squeezing out excess air.

You can also puree melons and freeze in plastic containers, leaving 1/2 inch air space to allow for expansion. To make watermelon juice,  you can place the watermelon chunks into a food processor, seeds and all. Pulse in very short bursts several times (keeping seeds intact). Then strain juice to remove seeds.

For a nice drink, mix 2 1/2 to 3 cups watermelon juice with 1 c. water, juice of 1 lime, and mint leaves. Sweeten to taste with sugar or agave syrup. For an adult version, substitute vodka for the water.

Melon cubes are great for making smoothies and sorbet. Melon juice is also good for smoothies, but must be thawed in the fridge first. It is also nice for cocktails.

Did you know eating tomatoes affords some natural sun protection?

Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a cartenoid which gives them their red color. Lycopene is thought to help prevent UV damage to the skin.

Interestingly, the lycopene content of tomatoes actually increases when they are cooked, but the Vitamin C decreases.

So the bottom line is, they are good for you however you eat them, and nature is looking out for you!

When you eat seasonally, you are reaping so many benefits!

 

THE HARVEST

Tomatoes - red slicers & heirloom varieties

Sweet colored peppers

Zucchini

Cucumbers

Onions

Garlic

Muskmelons

Yellow watermelon

Carrots

Potatoes

Choice table:  Swiss Chard, Eggplants

Coming Soon:  more salad mix, plus fall greens & roots are just a few weeks away!

UPICK: Cherry tomatoes - 1 quart per share. Paste tomatoes: 1/2 - 1 quart per share.

Hot peppers: 2-3 per share.

Green beans: new planting coming soon!

*Edamame - more to come next week! 

Flowers - 1 nice bouquet. 

Herbs - parsley, cilantro, dill, savory, basil - pick as needed!

 

Harvest list is subject to change weekly. This is our best estimation of the week's shares. Thanks for understanding!

 

 *EXTRA SHARES: Fruit, eggs, bread, and coffee shares this week.

 

CSA Extras :  Peak tomato harvest is here! 2nds are now available for order, for those wanting to preserve.  Please order here, and select your pickup day/location at checkout. Thanks!

Tote bags, jarred goods can also be ordered. Otherwise you may ask Heidi if you would like to purchase Good Farm tote bags, or any other extra vegetables in the barn. Certain items may be limited and/or not available. Thank you! 

 

Need to schedule a pickup change or vacation hold? Click here.

Need to check your balance? Click here.

 

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 - you can login to your member account with your email address to 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

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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. 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!

 

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 Trexlertown Farmer's Market. Because "it's all GOOD!"

 

"Eating is an agricultural act" - Wendell Berry

8112 Church Rd.
Germansville, PA 18053
484-262-0675
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