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Harvest Update: September 10th

Posted 9/10/2018 4:02pm by John and Aimee Good.

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 Picking Peppers in the Rain!

 

 What an extreme shift from last Monday, which felt like the hottest day of the summer, to today, trying to stay warm in the cold rain!

We picked lots of beautiful peppers in the rain today, although the peak was last Thursday, when we picked 300 lbs!

We are transitioning now between the seasons. The summer crops such as cucumbers, zucchini, and melons are done. The quick-growing fall crops are just starting to come in, such as salad mix, arugula, and radishes .

The slower-growing fall crops are established and growing, but will take some time and cool weather to mature; such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, bok choy, hakurei turnips, red beets and carrots. 

Lots of root crops are ready to be dug, including sweet potatoes and the Lehigh gold potatoes, but we need some dry weather in order to get them out of the ground!

We harvested acorn squash and pie pumpkins today, and butternut squash will be harvested later this week. After some curing time in the greenhouse, those will be ready to distribute.

The shares may be a bit lighter for a few weeks compared to the August shares, but the weekly share market values are actually equal to or greater than the weekly cost.  August shares' values were quite a bit higher than the cost, as we had such a bumper crop of melons and tomatoes!

Stay tuned, as we have lots more great vegetables in store for you this fall!

 

THE HARVEST

Salad Mix - Unfortunately we lost about half of this first fall planting in the extreme heat last week, when several of the varieties bolted (went to seed prematurely.) We are glad that we planted a double bed so there is still enough to pick!

Arugula - A spicy green that is excellent paired with fruit, nuts and cheese for salad. Also nice with roasted winter squash, for salad or topping.

Leeks - Creamy mild onion, excellent sliced thinly and sauteed in butter. Delish with pasta, in omelets or quiche, with sweet peppers, in arugula salad!

Delicata Squash -  This sweet little squash is great roasted in slices, or in halves, but you can also saute it in a heavy pan, because the skins are so tender. But because of these thins skins, it does not store long! So use this one right away.

Tomatoes - red slicers, beginning of the end for these beauties. Enjoy them while they last!

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

Garlic - German Extra Hardy is the variety name. We love this variety for its flavor, hardiness, and also it's size - big cloves!

Sweet potatoes - We dug the first sweet potatoes last Friday for this week's share. We had to make a mad dash to get them into the greenhouse for curing, when a rain storm surprised us in the afternoon. Luckily it passed quickly, and we were able to finish digging the 2nd bed. Hoping it dries out quickly so we can get more out of the ground for you! 

 

 Choice table: eggplant, cucumbers, red onions

Coming Soon:  radishes, Lehigh gold potatoes, acorn & butternut squash, kale, red beets, fall carrots

 

UPICK at the Farm:

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

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

Hot peppers: 1 pint per share.

Green beans: 1-2 quarts per share

*Edamame  is in! 4-6 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 peaches, Bartlett pears, & Gala apples), cheese, eggs, bread, and coffee shares this week.

*Fruit storage tips: Peaches need to ripen on the counter for a few days, until slight give, for maximum flavor and juiciness. Pears will take a while longer on the counter, almost a week, to ripen fully, with a nice soft texture and sweetness. Apples should be stored in the fridge, for best flavor and crispness. Apples can be eaten right away, but will keep for a few weeks also.

 

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.  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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