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Harvest Update: September 3rd

Posted 9/3/2018 2:27pm by John and Aimee Good.

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 Life on the Farm: So many creatures sharing this land . . .

Many days, working in the fields, we get to see some wild animals and insects making their living off the land.

I thought you may enjoy getting a glimpse . . . 

Pictured on the left is a tiny nest we stumbled upon in the tomato patch in the far field 2 weeks ago. The little cup nest would easily fit into your hand, and the eggs are so tiny!

Last week the eggs hatched, and today we saw that the babies are starting to get their feathers! Farmer John, our resident avian expert, identified this as the nest of an indigo bunting, a beautiful bright indigo-colored songbird. It is so well hidden, we almost missed it entirely, and it was difficult to find again to take the picture! The nest is well hidden, camouflaged among the trellised tomato plants.

Other tomato residents include this praying mantis, who is hunting bugs in the high tunnel tomato patch. The praying mantis will actually turn his head to follow you with his big eyes, such a neat insect!

 

Seasons Shifting in the Harvest

Although we are feeling the heat of summer today, the seasons are beginning to shift, and the veggies are as well. Summer crops such as zucchini and cucumbers are dwindling.

There are still plenty of tomatoes, and lots of sweet peppers coming in. September is usually the peak harvest for sweet peppers. Eggplants are going strong too.

New this week - salad mix &/or arugula, leeks, and delicata squash - the first winter squash! We love leeks and delicata!

Leeks are a mild onion, excellent when sauteed in butter over low heat until very tender. Great with pasta, in soup, in quiche, with potatoes. Potato leek soup is the classic favorite.

Delicata is the earliest winter squash to ripen. It is extremely versatile, because it has a thin tender skin which can be eaten. It has a sweet and mildly nutty flavor.

My favorite way to eat delicata:  Cut in half and scoop out seeds. Cut each half into 1/2 inch slices. Toss with olive oil and salt and roast on a oiled tray at 400 for about 30 minutes, until tender and just beginning to brown. Any leftovers are great tossed into a salad the next day.

 

THE HARVEST

Salad Mix &/or Arugula

Leeks

Delicata Squash

Tomatoes - red slicers primarily, heirlooms are dwindling

Sweet colored peppers - lots of sweet Italian or Corno di Toro types (long, thin skinned & very sweet) as well as some red & yellow bells

Cucumber

Garlic

 

Choice table:  Eggplants, Zucchini, Potatoes, Red onions

Coming Soon:  radishes, Asian greens, sweet potatoes

 

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

Hot peppers: 2-3 per share.

Green beans: 1-2 quarts per share

*Edamame  is in! 3-5 plants per share

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 (mix of yellow & white peaches, Bartlett pears, & Gala apples), eggs, bread, and coffee shares this week.

*My apologies! I forgot to explain last week that there would be no bread shares. Anna the baker was planning to take a vacation that week. Unfortunately, she fell off a ladder and broke her kneecap. So had to use last week as a training week for her husband Zane, who is taking over the baking while she is recuperating!

 

CSA Extras :  Last call for 2nds tomatoes. The harvests are slowing down. Newly available are 2nds sweet peppers for freezing, making pepper jelly, chutney, etc.  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

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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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