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Posted 10/16/2017 1:39pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

All of our recipes can be found on our website's recipe page, http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/recipe. Most recently posted recipes are at the top, but you can search our site for any recipe ever posted! Just type in the vegetable or recipe title into the search box on the right.

Roasted Turnips

I love roasted turnips. Roasting brings out the sweetness of the roots, and makes them very juicy.

1 bunch Hakurei turnips, scrubbed and halved or quartered

olive oil

salt

Toss turnips with olive oil and salt. Spread in  a baking pan. Roast uncovered at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until pierce tender with a fork. Enjoy!

 

Cream of Turnip Soup

We enjoyed a soup similar to this at a lovely Farm-to-Table restaurant we supplied with produce from our first farm in Phoenixville, over 10 years ago now! I have tried to re-create it here. Enjoy!

2 T. butter

1 bunch Hakurei turnips, cut into chunks

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 quart chicken or veg. broth

1/2 cup white wine, or more broth

1 medium potato, peeled and cut into chunks

1 cup half and half or light cream

1/2 tsp. salt

ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)

1 T. olive oil

thinly sliced turnip greens or spinach, about 2-3 cups (optional)

In soup pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and saute for one minute more. Add wine and boil until reduced by half. Add turnips, broth, and potato. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, until veggies are tender. Remove from heat. Add cream and seasonings. Puree with immersion blender. Serve as is or continue below.

OPTIONAL: In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add thinly sliced turnip greens or spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted. Top each bowl of soup with a dollop of turnip greens or spinach.

 

Mashed Taters & Turnips topped with Turnip Greens

1 bunch Hakurei turnips with greens

3-4 medium potatoes

1 onion, sliced in rings, or a few scallions, chopped

2 T. butter

milk (optional)

sea salt

black pepper

sour cream or goat cheese (optional)

 

Separate turnips from greens. Scrub turnips. Sort greens to remove any yellowed leaves. Wash greens thoroughly and chop coarsely. Cut turnips into quarters, if large, halves if small. Scrub potatoes and cut into chunks.

Put potato and turnip chunks into a pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil until soft.

Meanwhile, saute onion or scallion in olive oil until soft. Add chopped turnip greens and cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, but keep covered until turnips and potatoes are done.

When potatoes and turnips are soft, drain. Mash with butter. (You can use a potato masher for a chunky mix, or for a smoother texture, use a mixer.) Add milk if thinner consistency is desired, but I find the juicy turnips help make a nice texture without adding milk.) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For each serving, put a nice mound of mashed roots on the plate. Top with a healthy dollop of sour cream. Scatter the sauteed greens & onions over top. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

 
 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 10/16/2017 1:11pm by John and Aimee Good.

First frost warning . . .

The first frost warning, for patchy and scattered frosts, is tonight. We  been busily harvesting all day to bring in as many sensitive crops as possible, all the peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and lettuce that we can.

A new crop in this week's share is Hakurei turnips. You may remember then from the spring. They are a mild flavored turnip, which is very versatile. You can slice them raw for salads or snacking, or saute them with the greens or in stir-fry, or roast them in the oven (my favorite!) or use them for soup. Here you can see bunches of turnips, just harvested, prior to washing. They are a very nice white when washed.  Check the recipe page for ideas!

THE HARVEST: Your Share may include the following items(subject to change):

Spinach

Salad mix

Green or Savoy cabbage

Hakurei Turnips

Butternut Squash

Red or yellow onions

Garlic

Carrots

Tomatoes

Sweet bell & Italian peppers

Potatoes

Coming Soon:  more leeks, celeriac, parsnips, red cabbage

Upick at the farm: may be done after tonight - must wait & see

*COOPERATIVE SHARES: Fruit, bread, mushrooms, egg shares this week! Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet and retrieve your shares from the cooler. Please ask if you need help!

 

STOCKING UP SALE: Deadline to order this Thursday Oct. 19th

Click on the link for the Stocking Up Sale Order Form. Print and email by Thursday midnight (or return to barn Tuesday). Orders must be paid for and picked up the final week of CSA shares, Tuesday October 31st or Friday November 4th at the farm. Thanks!

 

 

*NEED TO SCHEDULE A PICKUP CHANGE OR VACATION HOLD? Click the link below to schedule online.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/members/scheduleactions

Remember: You can switch your pickup location as many times as you need. (For on-farm pickup, Tuesday and Friday are considered different pickups.) Every member gets 2 vacation holds per season. You can request a double box the week before or after your vacation, or just request to have your box donated to a local food bank. To schedule online, all changes must be input by Sunday evening beginning the week of your change. If you forget, or are too late, please just reply to this email or call me and I will make the change for you! Thanks!

 

*NEED TO CHECK CSA PICK-UP or U-pick TIMES AND/OR LOCATIONS? Click on the link below.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/pickup-hours

 

Any questions? Please reply to this email. We will respond within 1-2 days, during the busy farming season!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 10/9/2017 10:12am by John and Aimee Good.

 

All of our recipes can be found on our website's recipe page, http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/recipe. Most recently posted recipes are at the top, but you can search our site for any recipe ever posted! Just type in the vegetable or recipe title into the search box on the right.

 
The kale is growing beautifully this fall, and we will have it in the share again this week. If you feel like you need some new ideas for your kale, check out this link:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/healthy/g1436/easy-kale-recipes/
 I am really excited to try the sweet potato/kale/quinoa fritters! Also kale pesto pizza! I love pesto and enjoy making it out of basil, cilantro, and arugula, but have not tried kale yet. I will soon!
Let me know if you have any kale recipes you love to share!
 
Our 2 house favorite kale recipes are as follows:
 
Steamed kale with balsamic vinaigrette:
Devein, chop finely, and steam kale until bright green and tender. Meanwhile mince 1 clove garlic and cook gently in small pan with 2-3 tbsp. olive oil. When garlic is fragrant, remove from heat and add 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction and 1 tsp. tamari soy sauce. Pour over kale and serve.
 
Sausage, onions and kale:
Cook a nicely spiced sausage, such as Chorizo, Hot Italian, etc. in a heavy skillet (like cast -iron). When done, remove sausage to plate. Drain off all but a few tbsp. of fat. Add one large thinly sliced onion and cook for a few minutes, until translucent. Add one bunch kale (de-veined and chopped) and saute until bright green and tender. Other optional veg. additions: chopped sweet pepper and/or tomato, frozen sweet corn, roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes, etc. Add sausage back to skillet and serve. Enjoy!
 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 10/2/2017 2:01pm by John and Aimee Good.

Who says you shouldn't play with your food?

Photographer, artist, and farmhand Meghan Feilmeier created a beautiful "Vegetable Mandala" below . . .

Although we are heading into fall, the harvest season will continue through the end of the month. The final week of CSA pickups will begin Monday October 30th and end Saturday November 4th.

The CSA shares will continue to have summer crops, such as sweet pepper and tomatoes and lettuces, up until we get a hard frost. The root crops and hardy greens will continue even after frost. In fact, frost will sweeten carrots and parsnips that are in the ground, as well as kale and other cold-hardy veggies. Onions, winter squash, and garlic are already in storage, and those vegetables will continue through the fall.

The great thing about fall CSA shares is that there are so many vegetables included that store very well. Greens should still be used in 1-2 weeks or frozen, which is quick and easy to do. If you have greens you cannot eat in a week, such as spinach or kale, simply wilt them in a saute pan or pot with a small amount of water. Then squeeze out excess water and freeze in ziploc bags, pressed flat, with the air squeezed out. They take up very little space and are wonderful to pull out in the winter, when fresh greens are hard to come by.

All root veggies keep for a long time. Carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, etc. can be stored in a plastic bag or container in the fridge short-term, or packed in damp sand in a bucket or bin in a cool place for long term. Moisture is important to keeping roots, as they grow in the moist earth. If left loose in the dry air of the fridge, they will simply dry out and become rubbery. 

Cabbages will keep for a long time also. In a loose bag with a towel, or wrapped in brown paper or newspaper works well. If the outer leaves turn, simply peel them off, just like an onion, until you get to nice leaves.

Garlic and onions will keep for a long time as well. Store in a dry, dark, cool place.

I always enjoy this time of year, stocking up the pantry with good things for the winter. No pressure to use or put up a ton of tomatoes, just set the extra veggies aside in the proper place, to be enjoyed in the cold, dark days of winter, in a warm soup, stew, or casserole. Ahh, autumn. What a lovely season; I am so glad that it is here again!

 

THE HARVEST: Your Share may include the following items(subject to change):

Sunshine and/or Butternut squash* See recipe page for cooking instructions!

Green Cabbage

Broccoli

Potatoes

Salad mix

Spinach

Red onions

Garlic

Carrots

Tomatoes

Sweet bell & Italian peppers

Choice Table:  Delicata squash, radishes, eggplant, kale, beets

Coming Soon:  turnips, watermelon radishes, red & savoy cabbage, celeriac, more leeks

Upick at the farm: Green beans, Cherry, grape, & paste tomatoes, Flowers, Herbs: cilantro, parsley, nasturtiums.

*COOPERATIVE SHARES: Fruit, bread, mushrooms, egg shares this week! Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet and retrieve your shares from the cooler. Please ask if you need help!

 

*NEED TO SCHEDULE A PICKUP CHANGE OR VACATION HOLD? Click the link below to schedule online.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/members/scheduleactions

Remember: You can switch your pickup location as many times as you need. (For on-farm pickup, Tuesday and Friday are considered different pickups.) Every member gets 2 vacation holds per season. You can request a double box the week before or after your vacation, or just request to have your box donated to a local food bank. To schedule online, all changes must be input by Sunday evening beginning the week of your change. If you forget, or are too late, please just reply to this email or call me and I will make the change for you! Thanks!

 

*Want EXTRA 2nds Sweet Peppers FOR FREEZING or DRYING? Click on the link below to order! (Or send me an email with your name, amount, and pickup day.)

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/store/csa-extras

 

*NEED TO CHECK CSA PICK-UP or U-pick TIMES AND/OR LOCATIONS? Click on the link below.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/pickup-hours

 

Any questions? Please reply to this email. We will respond within 1-2 days, during the busy farming season!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 9/25/2017 2:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

All of our recipes can be found on our website's recipe page, http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/recipe. Most recently posted recipes are at the top, but you can search our site for any recipe ever posted! Just type in the vegetable or recipe title into the search box on the right.

 

Roasted Beets N' Sweets, *adapted from www.allrecipes.com

*This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy beets and sweet potatoes, so great roasted together!

Ingredients

6 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks

1 large sweet onion, chopped

optional spices: cinammon, chili powder, chipotle powder (If you want to make this more interesting, add one or a few of these!)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, toss the beets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, and any optional spices in a large bowl. Place the sweet potatoes and onion in the bowl. Mix well to coat vegetables with the oil mixture.
  4. Bake beets 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Mix sweet potato mixture with the beets on the baking sheet. Continue baking 45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.

Syrian Beet Salad, adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special

*If you are looking for something different to do with beets, look no further. This well-spiced salad is a real treat.                                                                                                                                   

2 quarts water

3 large beets or 5-6 small beets

1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or basil

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ fresh hot pepper, seeded and minced (1 tbsp.)

1 tsp. ground cumin

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. salt, or to taste

In large pot, bring water to boil. Cut beets into ½ inch cubes. Place cubes in boiling water, lower to a simmer, and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain beets and transfer to serving bowl. Add rest of ingredients and toss well. Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature. (This recipe also works well with leftover cooked beets.)

Serves 4-6

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos

3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)     

1/2 onion chopped

** Saute in large frypan in 1 Tablespoon oil just until tender.  Add water or apple juice as needed to prevent sticking.

2 cups  cooked black beans                                 

1 tsp ground cumin

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon                                      

1/2 tsp salt

** Add (to the above mixture) and cook until heated through.

8 flour tortillas 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)

** Divide bean mixture and cheese among the tortillas and roll up.  Place in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes.  Garnish with sour cream, salsa, and fresh cilantro.      Yields 8 burritos.

From Simply in Season Cookbook, p. 259, by Mary Beth Lind & Cathleen Hockman-Wert.  Published by  Herald Press.  Commissioned by Mennonite Central Com, 2005.

 

Can substitute butternut squash in place of sweet potato in this recipe—SCW.

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 9/18/2017 1:32pm by John and Aimee Good.

Carrots in love!

Straight carrots are the exception, not the norm, on the farm. The illusion of perfect vegetables and fruits in the food industry creates excess waste of good produce and hardship for farmers. 

Carrots and other vegetables grown for large wholesale markets must conform to industry standards for size and shape. Otherwise they cannot be sold, or must be sold for a reduced rate for processing, for example to be ground down into baby carrots. The loss is absorbed by the farm.

Most carrots in the grocery store come from California and are grown in very light sandy soils, so they do tend to grow more straight than ours. Our carrots must grow around small pieces of share in our soils, and sometimes they grow around each other, as you see here.

However, as you know, even odd-shaped carrots are delicious, and of course interesting! By eating all the funny carrots and other odd vegetables from a farm, CSA members are reducing waste and supporting the farmers, while getting an exceptionally nutritious and delicious product for a good price. Win-win!

THE HARVEST: Your Share may include the following items(subject to change):

Delicata  or Sunshine squash* See recipe email for cooking instructions!

Broccoli

Potatoes

Salad mix

Spinach and/or Asian spinach

Red onions

Carrots

Tomatoes

Sweet bell & Italian peppers

Choice Table: radishes, eggplant, kale, bok choy, garlic

Coming Soon:  Butternut squash, turnips, cabbages

Upick at the farm: Cherry, grape, & paste tomatoes, Flowers, Herbs: cilantro, dill, marjoram, nasturtiums.

*COOPERATIVE SHARES: Fruit, bread, mushrooms, egg shares this week! Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet and retrieve your shares from the cooler. Please ask if you need help!

 

*NEED TO SCHEDULE A PICKUP CHANGE OR VACATION HOLD? Click the link below to schedule online.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/members/scheduleactions

Remember: You can switch your pickup location as many times as you need. (For on-farm pickup, Tuesday and Friday are considered different pickups.) Every member gets 2 vacation holds per season. You can request a double box the week before or after your vacation, or just request to have your box donated to a local food bank. To schedule online, all changes must be input by Sunday evening beginning the week of your change. If you forget, or are too late, please just reply to this email or call me and I will make the change for you! Thanks!

 

*Want EXTRA 2nds Tomatoes or Sweet Peppers FOR FREEZING or DRYING? Click on the link below to order! (Or send me an email with your name, amount, and pickup day.)

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/store/csa-extras

 

*NEED TO CHECK CSA PICK-UP or U-pick TIMES AND/OR LOCATIONS? Click on the link below.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/pickup-hours

 

Any questions? Please reply to this email. We will respond within 1-2 days, during the busy farming season!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 9/11/2017 3:30pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

All of our recipes can be found on our website's recipe page, http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/recipe. Most recently posted recipes are at the top, but you can search our site for any recipe ever posted! Just type in the vegetable or recipe title into the search box on the right.

 GARIC GINGER BOK CHOY

1-2 heads bok choy, stems separated and washed well

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

1-2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated or minced

soy sauce to taste

 

Chop stems and leaves of bok choy, keeping stems in one pile and leaves in another.

Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and swirl for 1-2 minutes. Add bok choy stems and cook, stirring constantly, for a few minutes, until they soften a bit. Add leaves and cook for another few minutes, until leaves are wilted. Add soy sauce to taste and enjoy!

 

 Orzo with Broccoli and Pine Nuts

1/2 pound orzo, cooked

1 head of broccoli, divided into florets and roasted

Zest of 1 lemon

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

4 tablespoons olive oil

4-5 pieces parmesan cheese, shaved

salt and pepper

Directions: 1. Cook orzo according to package. Rinse, mix with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.

2. While pasta is cooking, roast broccoli in a 425 degree oven. Spread broccoli on a sheet tray, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast till brown and toasty about 15 minutes.

3. In a skillet, heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Add garlic, saute 3 minutes. Add lemon zest, broccoli and orzo. Cook until hot all the way through. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve in a bowl with 4-5 shavings of parmesan cheese.

 

Tomato Chutney- contributed by CSA member Jean Madeira

Author: Jami Boys - An Oregon Cottage Recipe type:

Canning-Preserving Yield: 5½ pint jars  

Ingredients •4 lbs. tomatoes •1 c. chopped onions •¼ c. minced garlic (about a medium sized head) •½ c. raisins, chopped in a food processor (I usually do this when chopping the garlic) •½ c. brown sugar or sucanat( I use half this amt of sugar and honey and think it still tastes good) •¼ c. honey •1-1/2 c. cider vinegar •1 TB. pickling salt •1 lime, zested and juiced •1 TB dry, ground ginger •1 tsp. to 1 TB. hot pepper flakes, to taste* •½ tsp. ground cumin •½ tsp. black pepper

Directions 1.Core and quarter the tomatoes and add them - unpeeled - in batches to a food processor, whirring until evenly chopped (fairly fine). You should have 7 cups of chopped puree (if you don't have a food processor, core, peel and chop the tomatoes by hand).

2.Combine all the ingredients in a heavy nonreactive 4-6 quart pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and cook at a low simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours until thickened.** Stir often as it thickens to prevent scorching.

3.Prepare canner, lids and jars.

4.Ladle the chutney into ½ pint canning jars leaving ¼″ headspace and attach the two-piece canning lids.

5.Boil in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes. Remove to a towel-lined surface and cool 12-24 hours. Check seals and store in a dark, cool place.

Notes: *We like it spicy, so we use 1 TB. Note that it will taste really spicy when fresh, but after canning and storing it is a lot less. I started with the smaller amount and then upped it each year until we liked it, so don't be afraid to experiment with the spice.

**Some years tomatoes are juicier and the chutney will have to cook longer (up to 3 hours) to get as thick as we like it. Cook it until it's thick, however long that may be.

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 9/5/2017 8:55am by John and Aimee Good.

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! 

We harvested vegetables for the share Monday morning, because after all, the vegetables must always be picked! Some new fall veggies this week - potatoes, arugula, and leeks! More on the way in the coming weeks, including delicata squash, sunshine squash, broccoli, radishes, turnips, bok choy, etc.

Autumn is truly the harvest season. We are still experiencing the bounty of summer tomatoes and sweet peppers. We have the storage crops like onions and garlic drying in the greenhouse. We have the new fall green crops coming on, and all the storage crops for winter as well, such as winter squash and sweet potatoes, beets and carrots.

We hope you enjoy the transition to the fall vegetables as the weather cools outside, making us hungry for warming soups, stews, roasted root vegetables, and more. It is just what our body needs during this time, nutrient-dense and hearty vegetables, which nature knows of course!

 

THE HARVEST: Your Share may include the following items(subject to change):

Potatoes - first of the season! Crisp and delicious, red, white or blue potatoes may be in the mix. Enjoy!

Leeks - creamy mild onion, delicious for saute. Potato-leek soup is a perennial favorite.

Arugula

Sweet onions

Carrots

Fresh Garlic

Tomatoes - red, orange slicers and heirloom varieties     (Check out this beautiful picture of a"Genuwine" tomato, taken by Meghan Feilmeier, farm crew & photographer extraordinaire)

Sweet bell & Italian peppers - Italian peppers are long and thin, but not hot - very sweet! Mixed colors, including red, yellow and orange.

Eggplant

Choice Table: radishes, kale, chard, zucchini, lettuce

Coming Soon:  Spinach, Winter squash, Radishes, turnips

Upick at the farm: Green beans, Cherry, grape, & paste tomatoes, Flowers, Herbs: Basil, Italian parsley, cilantro, dill, savory, marjoram, fennel, nasturtiums.

*COOPERATIVE SHARES: Fruit, bread, mushroom, eggs shares this week! Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet and retrieve your shares from the cooler. Please ask if you need help!

 

 

*NEED TO SCHEDULE A PICKUP CHANGE OR VACATION HOLD? Click the link below to schedule online.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/members/scheduleactions

Remember: You can switch your pickup location as many times as you need. (For on-farm pickup, Tuesday and Friday are considered different pickups.) Every member gets 2 vacation holds per season. You can request a double box the week before or after your vacation, or just request to have your box donated to a local food bank. To schedule online, all changes must be input by Sunday evening beginning the week of your change. If you forget, or are too late, please just email me and I will make the change for you! Thanks!

*Want EXTRA 2nds Tomatoes FOR FREEZING, MAKING SAUCE, DRYING, ETC! Click on the link below to order! (Or send me an email with your name, amount, and pickup day.)

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/store/csa-extras

 

*NEED TO CHECK CSA PICK-UP or U-pick TIMES AND/OR LOCATIONS? Click on the link below.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/pickup-hours

 

Any questions? Please reply to this email. We will respond within 1-2 days, during the busy farming season!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 8/21/2017 2:45pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

All of our recipes can be found on our website's recipe page, http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/recipe. Most recently posted recipes are at the top, but you can search our site for any recipe ever posted! Just type in the vegetable or recipe title into the search box on the right.

 

I happened upon the latest copy of Bon Appetit while waiting in the dentist's office and found this delicious recipe for Tomato and Bread soup. The tomatoes don't have to be bruised, they can be fresh, but this recipe also works to use up any excess tomatoes from CSA pickup, even if they are past their prime.

 

Fresh Corn Chowder

I always like to make this once during sweet corn season. The addition of the corn cobs really enhances the flavor of the broth.

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

INGREDIENTS

1 small onion, chopped

2 med. celery stalks or 1/2 celeriac, diced (optional)

kernels cut from 4-6 ears of corn, plus cobs

4 1/2 cups milk

2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground white or black pepper

1 tbsp. butter

4 slices bacon (optional)

METHOD

If using bacon, place in soup pot and cook, turning, until crisp. Remove bacon strips but leave at least 2 tbsp. of fat. Cook the onions and celery in the fat for about 10 minutes, until softened. If not using bacon, can use bacon fat, butter, ghee, lard, or corn oil to cook vegetables.

Add milk, potatoes, and corn cobs to the soup pot. Push cobs under to submerge. Bring mixture to a boil. Watch carefully to ensure milk does not boil over! Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Remove cobs. Add kernels, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes.

With an immersion blender, you can now puree about half of the soup, if desired, leaving about half un-blended for the texture and color. Turn off heat and add butter. Once butter melts, stir in and serve soup.

Makes about 6 cups.

Fresh Salsa

I love fresh salsa in August, and can eat it daily. It is wonderful with chips, on tacos & burritos of course, but it is also great on eggs, on white fish, in a wrap with eggplant dip, on roasted eggplant, on rice, etc. Many tasty ways to enjoy!

3 large tomatoes, preferably different colors, cored and chopped

1 clove garlic or 1/4 cup onion, minced

1 handful cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeno or other hot pepper, de-seeded and minced (optional) * For more spice, leave seeds in!

1 tbsp. lime juice

1/4 - 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Optional other veg. - diced sweet or green pepper, corn off the cob, halved cherry tomatoes, diced grape tomatoes, etc.

sea salt to taste

Mix all together. Taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. You can leave it this texture or squeeze it with your hands a bit to make it more like a sauce. If you do this, I would suggest adding the hot pepper after squeezing! Using more grape/paste tomatoes makes it less juicy, more thick. I like it both ways!

Salsa Recipe (for canning or freezing)

Ingredients:

2 large or 3 medium onions

6 sweet red peppers

1 large or 2 small heads of garlic

½ c. hot peppers (optional)

About 8-10 lbs tomatoes

1 1/3 c. red wine vinegar

1 tbsp. and 2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1 tbsp. ground coriander

1 1/3 c. cilantro

Blend tomatoes in food processor and place in large stockpot. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. (Tomatoes can also be roasted for this recipe, as in pasta sauce, to start with a thicker puree. I generally try to use at least half plum-type plum-type tomatoes, and do not roast them, just cook on low heat for a several hours.)

Once the tomatoes are cooking, coarsely chop, by pulsing in food processor, the garlic, onions, peppers, and hot peppers. You can de-seed the hot peppers if you like your salsa mild. Leave the seeds for extra heat. Sauté the chopped vegetables in a saucepan with olive oil until tender. Set aside.

Continue to cook the tomatoes down on medium heat until desired thickness is achieved. This may take a few hours. I wait until a wooden spoon stands up in the center of the pot. Once you have your desired thickness, stir in the cooked vegetables. Add the salt, cumin, coriander, and red wine vinegar. Add the chopped cilantro at the very end. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

To can, pack hot salsa in hot sterilized pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Seal with hot sterilized lids and process in boiling-water bath for 20 minutes. 

Yield: about 8-10 pints

 

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John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 8/21/2017 2:31pm by John and Aimee Good.

Buckets and buckets of tomatoes! Time for tomato soup, tomato sauce, tomato salad;  freezing, drying and canning tomatoes!

Extra special tomatoes this week - eclipse tomatoes! We just harvested all the field tomatoes during the solar eclipse! We took turns viewing the eclipse through a home-made viewer every so often, passing it among the crew between the tomato rows.

We generally pick tomatoes from the field 3 times per week, and from the tunnel, 2 times per week. And we are bringing in a truck-full of buckets each time. The tomato plants are producing abundantly this year, despite all the wet weather. We are grateful for this amazing harvest, and glad to share it with you. We hope you enjoy it and find ways to use all the bounty of tomatoes.

Traditionally, when a crop enters peak production is the time to put up excess for the winter. We all know tomatoes from the grocery store in the winter taste terrible, like pink Styrofoam. But opening a bag or jar of frozen, canned, or dried tomatoes from the summer in the middle of winter? That is like a taste of summer sweetness in the icy cold, a real treat. Putting up excess produce does not have to be a burden if you do it a little bit at a time each week, or invite a friend over to make a large batch of something to share.

 My favorite and quickest method: freezing. Simply put clean whole, halved, or quartered tomatoes into a ziploc freezer bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal. In the winter, you can thaw these, pluck off skins, and use for tomato soup, stews, pasta sauce, etc. They have a wonderful flavor!

Dehydrating tomato slices, or halved cherry tomatoes, is simple with a dehydrator or convection oven. Canning tomatoes is also fairly simple, albeit more time-consuming than freezing. Check out the links below for more information:

Drying tomatoes: http://www.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/tomatoes-salsa/drying-tomatoes/

http://www.food.com/recipe/make-your-own-sun-dried-tomatoes-oven-dehydrator-or-sun-263929

Canning tomatoes: http://www.simplycanning.com/canningtomatoes.html

(Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMUFIkg39oM

 

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Bicolor sweet corn

Salad Mix

Muskmelon  or Watermelon

Sweet onions

Carrots - red and orange

Zucchini

Cucumbers

Fresh Garlic

Tomatoes - red, orange slicers and heirloom varieties

Eggplant

Coming Soon: Potatoes

Upick at the farm: Edamame* (fresh soybeans), Green beans, Cherry, grape, & paste tomatoes, Flowers, Herbs: Basil, Italian parsley, cilantro, dill, savory, marjoram, fennel, nasturtiums.


*COOPERATIVE SHARES: Fruit, mushrooms, eggs, bread shares this week! Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet and retrieve your shares from the cooler. Please ask if you need help!

 

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http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/members/scheduleactions

Remember: You can switch your pickup location as many times as you need. (For on-farm pickup, Tuesday and Friday are considered different pickups.) Every member gets 2 vacation holds per season. You can request a double box the week before or after your vacation, or just request to have your box donated to a local food bank. To schedule online, all changes must be input by Sunday evening beginning the week of your change. If you forget, or are too late, please just email me and I will make the change for you! Thanks!

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John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

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. We 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!"

 

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