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Posted 5/22/2017 10:08am by John and Aimee Good.


CSA Harvest Season is Coming Soon!

We are excited to begin the first harvest season from The Good Farm! We usually begin the season the first full week of June. However, we have several crops that look like they may be coming in early. So we may push the first CSA pickup up 1 week, to begin next week! We plan to evaluate the crops after a few days of rain (hopefully!) or irrigation (if rainfall is short) and decide at the end of this week. We will send an email on Friday to confirm the exact first start date of CSA pickups: either next week (the week of May 31st) or the following week (the week of June 6th). If we do start next week, it will be a "soft opening" with primarily lettuce and greens for the first week.

With the official start date email at the end of this week, you will also receive specific information related to your pickup day, including times, location, share size, any cooperative shares, etc.

Also, we will be sending out a payment request for the May payment shortly.

FARM SHARES & EXTRAS!

Last call to sign up for a Farm Share for the 2017 season- 22 weeks of delicious, certified organic local produce! Didn't sign up yet? Don't miss out - Join the Farm today!

Already a member? Tell your friends, co-workers and neighbors about this opportunity - still 5 spots left for this season!

Our extras are "Extra Special!" Last call to add on any extra shares, available on your pickup day, at your location! Weekly fresh-baked whole-grain sourdough bread, biweekly gourmet mushrooms, biweekly selection of delicious farmstead and gourmet cheeses, and more! Login to your member account to add-on any extra shares!

PLANTING, PLANTING, AND MORE PLANTING!

As we are cultivating and caring for the spring crops, we are also busy planting all the summer crops. Last week alone we put out 1/2 acre of sweet corn, 1/2 acre of potatoes, as well as several beds each of summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons and a bed of lettuce. This week eggplant, peppers, the second succession of tomatoes, and watermelons are going out to the field.

Above are some pics of the potato planting process, which is an interesting one. Unlike most other crops, which are started from seeds, potatoes grow from seed potatoes. First we cut the seed potatoes into chunks, each with a sprout or "eye". Then we use the transplanter to lay them out in 2 rows per bed, 1 foot apart. After laying the pieces, we go down the rows with hand trowels and dig them pieces into a nice deep wet hole, made easier by the water wheel transplanter, which makes a muddy hole for each seed piece.

Potatoes grow from the bottom up, so the deeper it starts, the more potatoes you get from each plant. John also hills up the plants at least 2 times during the growing season, to increase their yields. We have planted several varieties this year, including reds, golds, blues, and the perennial favorite for fall, the Lehigh potato, a wonderful late season variety prize for its eating quality, storage capability, and flavor. The Lehigh potato was bred by Cornell University, and named for the historically famous potato-growing region of northern Lehigh County, right in the home region of The Good Farm!

 

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR INBOX FOR FURTHER UPDATES ON CSA PICKUP START! COMING SOON!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 5/5/2017 10:35am by John and Aimee Good.


We are grateful for the rains today,to give a nice soaking to all the crops growing in the fields.

A favorite joke on the farm crew this time of year is that we are growing fields of row covers! Row covers are sturdy sheets of fabric, typically spun polyester, available in different thicknesses and sizes, to protect growing plants. Here you can see row covers over 2 beds of cabbage, which are first covered with wire hoops to keep the row covers from resting on them and abrading the leaves in the wind. The hoops also create a mini-tunnel effect, to increase warmth and moisture retention.

 
We utilize row covers for frost protection for tender lettuces and greens at this time of year, as well as pest control on all brassica crops, including broccoli, cabbage, arugula, kale, asian greens, napa cabbage, etc. The brassicas are much loved by cabbage worms, cabbage loopers, as well as flea beetles. So we have to keep them covered to protect them while they are young for the tougher plants like broccoli, or until harvest for tender greens like arugula.
 
When the wind blows during and after rainy days, the pins holding the covers down sometimes loosen, and we have to re-cover them. And sometimes they rip and we have to replace them. And to weed them, we have to uncover and re-cover them, which we did this week. So we have a love-hate relationship with row covers. We hate to work with them, but we love that they work so well! (Here is a peek at some bok choy, growing under the row covers.)
 
Well, you know the saying - May showers brings summer vegetables!
If you have not yet signed up, don't miss the last chance for CSA shares this month!  Sign up today! 
 
Want to check your membership status, make a payment, schedule a vacation hold, or add an extra share, such as mushrooms, cheese, bread, etc.? Visit the Member Actions page.

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 4/27/2017 12:03pm by John and Aimee Good.

Pastured Poultry & Pork Share,

from our farm friends at Ledamete Grass Farm.

Still available - sign up today!

Pastured Chicken& Pork Shares Available!

Ledamete Grass Farm Shares On Sale Now- Reserve Yours Today!
 
What? 
Chicken and Pork shares from Ledamete Grass Farm- raised on pasture and forest forages as well as locally & organically raised grain- delectable meat! A variety of share sizes and cuts available!

Why? 
Purchasing a chicken and/or pork share is a great way to enjoy nutrient dense, delicious, organically raised meat at a reasonable price AND support a local family farm!

When? 
Shares will be available for pick up at The Good Farm and Live Well Integrated Health during your regular veggie share pick up day. Other pick up options available including Trexlertown Farmer's Market and  Downtown Allentown Local Foods Market- check out full list here

Who?
To pick up at The Good Farm you MUST be a Good Farm member! Pick up at Ledamete Grass Farm in Schnecksville and Farmers Market locations is open to the public.

How Do You Sign Up? 
Visit our online registration: http://www.ledametegrassfarm.com/members/types.
Specific share details (including pricing, cuts available, average weights, etc.) available on the registration form!

 

Want More Info?

There's LOTS of information in this email and on the sign up page but if you still want more, check out our website or Facebook page, email us, or give us a call! 
610-767-4984
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Why Join? Here's what our members say...

Amazing flavor and nutrition! Because of their constant access to pasture, their tender and flavorful meat is nutrient-dense and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Locally & Organically Grown!  
The chicks are from a hatchery in Quakertown; the pigs are born on the farm; the grain is organically grown and milled in Oley; the chickens are raised and processed in Schnecksville; and the pigs are raised in Schnecksville and processed in Richlandtown. It doesn't get much more local than that!
It's so convenient!
You can pick up your shares at The Good Farm while you are picking up your veggie share!
Know your Farmer!
You can connect with your food and the people who raise it. Rob and April live and work on the farm every day. They are happy to answer questions and to share the latest news from the farm.
Access to Artisanal Products
You can order other Ledamete Grass Farm products, including but not limited to handmade pork sausages, no-nitrate bacon cured w/only Celtic Sea Salt and organic Rapadura sugar, grass-fed ghee, and more!
Availability and Consistency
CSA members receive shares for 6 months of the year, with an option to stock up in the fall for the winter months.
“Just Right” Share Sizes and Options
You can choose from various share sizes as well as whole, halved or pieced chickens . If none of the share sizes are a perfect fit, custom shares are available too!
Delicious Seasonal Recipes!
You will receive monthly emails with lots of seasonal recipes and tips for getting the most out of your products.

Don't buy food from strangers! Know your farmers!

Your Farmers,
April and Rob Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
farmers@ledametegrassfarm.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
facebook.com/ledametegrassfarm

Want to Know More About What Members Say? 

Read Ledamete Grass Farm Reviews...

"Hands-down, best chicken ever!"

"Your chickens are flavorful and juicy and even more importantly we know they were raised the right way, not in some factory farm."

"While I always appreciated buying farm raised poultry whenever possible, I never would have imagined just how much better these pastured chickens could taste. I've met Rob and you can feel the integrity and passion he has for his work. It shows in the excellent flavor of the chickens."


"Best chickens and pork our family has ever tasted!"

"For a year I contemplated investing in the the chicken share and I am so glad we did. The chickens are better quality than the organic supermarket birds I had been purchasing. I always wondered how the supermarket birds were really treated, but I don't worry about the integrity of Ledemete Farm. Each month we also have the option to purchase pork products and we are LOVING the bacon and sausage, as well as the new experience of cooking and baking with lard (amazing texture and taste!). We could not be happier with the food and the service from Rob and April. If you are looking for local pork and poultry, look no further!" 

"We are so fortunate to be able to obtain chicken and pork from Ledamete Grass Farm through our Pennypack Farm CSA. Last year we tried a small chicken share and were surprised how much different grass fed free range chicken tastes. So moist, flavorful, and fresh we increased our share for this year. Now we have the opportunity to get the turkey and pork products too. We are in hog heaven. I thought the chickens were great, the pork blew us away! Lean, light, flavorful, the most amazing pork we have ever had. The thought and care Rob and April give to raising their livestock is admirable and their hard work is reflected on the fork. We are proud to support local farms and organic practices. We tell everyone we know about being responsible and knowledgeable about where their food comes from. Support local, support your health, and if your lucky enough to have the opportunity to try Ledamete, do it! Yum, yum, yum!!!! "


For more reviews, check out Ledamete Grass Farm's listing on localharvest.org and/or our Facebook page!.
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Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 4/26/2017 11:18am by John and Aimee Good.


On the left, Farmer John is spading cover crops (green manure) into Upick fields to boost soil fertility as he prepares beds for planting. On the right, farm crew members Willow (left) and Lisa (right) push the Planet Jr. seeder down the row to sow spinach seeds.
 

On the right, farm crew Lisa, Willow, and Anton are planting parsley in Upick beds. Many spring crops have been transplanted from the greenhouse into the field: broccoli, cabbage, Napa cabbage, onions, scallions, bok choy, kale, etc. Cool season seeds sprouting in the fields include spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, arugula, and more.
 
We have been planning for this season all winter long; creating spreadsheets for 40 plus crops, with several varieties of each, and multiple successions. Now the plan is taking shape and coming to life. It is very exciting!
 
The recent rains have been a blessing. Many seeds require a long period of consistent moisture (up to 3 weeks for carrots, one of the longest) for germination. All the transplanted crops were watered in nicely as well. We start them off with water using our water-wheel transplanter, but a good soaking is the best thing for them.
 
The crops are off to a great start and we are looking forward to the harvest season, just over a month away in June! Still time to sign up for CSA shares, but only about 10 spots left. So don't delay! Be sure to reserve your membership today! 
Want to check your membership status or add an extra share, such as mushrooms, cheese, bread, etc.? Visit the Member Actions page.

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 3/30/2017 12:45pm by John and Aimee Good.

 
 
 
EXCITING DAY. . . The first day of spading the new fields at the Good Farm. The ground is working up nicely, and we plan to sow the first seeds next week!
 
EMAIL UPDATES . . .
If you have not done so already, please be sure to add the new farm email address, farmers@goodfarmcsa.com, to your address book so that you receive all the news and updates from the farm!
 
SIGNUPS for SHARES and EXTRAS . . .We are still taking signups for the 2017 season. If you have not done so, sign up today!
 
We are still taking signups for the following Cooperative Shares. You can update your membership to add these extra shares or purchase them when signing up. Sorry, fruit and egg shares are sold out!
 
Cheese - biweekly share of farmstead and artisan cheeses from Hillacres Pride, a local family farm raising cows on pasture, without antibiotics or hormone treatments. Delicious cheddar, colby, cave-aged artisan cheeses, tasty fresh cheese spreads and more. Two cheese items delivered every other week.
Mushrooms - biweekly share of 1 lb gourmet mushrooms, natural and chemical-free, raised by our friends at Primordia Farm in Lenhartsville. Varieties include: shiitake, portabella, crimini, oyster, and more.
Bread  - weekly share of artisan loaves, hand-formed, naturally leavened with sourdough, made locally by The Daily Loaf. All loaves are sliced, and freeze beautifully. Kinds include Seeded Multi-grain, Country French, Sunflower spelt, and specialties like Onion Rye or Raisin Wheat, and seasonal favorites like Blueberry Wheat and Roasted Tomato.
 
Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 3/23/2017 1:14pm by John and Aimee Good.

 
 
 
 
SNOW IS MELTING. . . The warm sunshine of spring is melting the snow in the fields, even though they were covered with about a foot and half, and 2-3 feet in places with drifts, from the epic snowstorm and blizzard winds last week.
 
 
SPRING IS COMING . . . We are looking forward to spring, to plowing the fields and sowing the first seeds: lettuce, carrots, spinach, beets, turnips, radish, and peas. Many plants are growing in the greenhouse now, waiting until the soil is ready for us to transplant them outside. You can see little tomato plants front and center in the picture below, as well as broccoli, onions, cabbage, herbs, flowers, and more.
 
Still TIME TO SIGN UP FOR CSA SHARES . . . Spring is a great time to sign up for CSA shares, if you have not already done so. Before you get busy outside with yard work and enjoying the sunshine, take a moment now to Sign Up for a season of delicious farm-fresh produce. We only have about 35 shares left - so now is the time!
 
If you have already signed up for this season - thanks very much!
 
Want to help us spread the word? Feel free to forward this email, complete with member reviews below. Send folks to our website, www.goodfarmcsa.com. Like us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/goodfarmcsa. Thanks for your support!
 
 
Here are some reasons why to join - in the words of our members. . .
 

"This is our first experience with a CSA and it clearly won't be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekly trips to the farm and actually picking our own food! We ate much more produce than we expected and experimented with so many different recipes. Our goal was to live a more healthy lifestyle and to support our local farmers. I think we accomplished our goal! We will be back next year and it has been a memorable farm experience for us!"

"I have enjoyed each and every week, marveling at the beauty and the bounty bestowed upon us and the incredible planning that must go into making all of it so organized and efficient. I am thankful for your very obvious hard work and dedication. Both my husband and I feel better emotionally and physically than we did before the season began, and we attribute that to the quality of food we are eating. I confess to being moved to tears in my time in the fields, it is such a release for me from my regular work. I hope you know how much we appreciate being part of your CSA, and I too will miss you come the second week of November."

"Just wanted to say thank you for everything! My family loved, loved, loved all of the wonderful produce all summer and fall, and we are very sad that it is coming to a close for the year. We’re looking forward to next year and have been bragging about your farm to just about anybody who will listen!"

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 3/7/2017 11:06am by John and Aimee Good.


SPRING IS COMING! Officially, the first day of spring is just around the corner. It feels like spring started to come early, realized the mistake, and we got pushed back into winter! Nevertheless, spring will come, and we farmers are preparing!

The greenhouse is filling up with baby plants. The onions are the oldest, seeded back in February. They are standing up tall now, but you can still see the little black seed coat clinging to the tops of the plants, if you look closely at the picture on the far right.

 

The broccoli, cabbages, and tomatoes are all coming up nicely. We have just seeded the first lettuce and parsley, and will be seeding more crops next week.

It does not matter how many times I have witnessed the sprouting of the first seeds, it is always exciting, and feels a bit like magic. We want to share a bit of the magic with you!

 

ARE YOU READY? Many of you have already become a member for the 2017. If you have done so, you will be receiving a membership confirmation reminder later today, which will list your chosen membership options, as well as the login information to update your account and/or add any extra share for the season. You can still add bread, cheese, mushroom and fruit shares. Pastured meat shares from Ledamete Grass Farm are still available as well. Egg shares are sold out, but we will have extra eggs available for purchase at on-farm pickup.

If you have not become a member for the 2017 season, now is the time! Sign up now to reserve your share of delicious, healthy foods to feed your family all season long, and support local farmers! Thank you!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 2/23/2017 1:25pm by John and Aimee Good.

We sent you an email yesterday about CSA Day and today is the day! This is the day to support our farm if you have been thinking about, but have not quite gotten around to it. We really appreciate your investment in our farm when we are sowing the seeds and making the investments that will result in a bountiful harvest in just a few short months!

Join the others celebrating CSA Day around the country and Sign up Now!

 

Want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:

The Good Farm is celebrating CSA Day on Feb 24th. Join me in supporting a local farmer: www.goodfarmcsa.com #CSAday

 Thank you!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

 

Posted 2/23/2017 12:37pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

On February 24th, we are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate CSA Day. This is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up because we are in the process of making the investments that will result in a successful harvest many months from now. According to research by Small Farm Central, the website company we use that specializes in helping CSA farmers, this is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA share!

The CSA model is an important model to support our farm, from our inception in 2006 to today, as The Good Farm. We love the meaningful connections to our members; and the sense of ownership and pride members feel about the farm. We also really appreciate member's financial support of the farm in advance of the harvest season, when we incur many costs of production. We love the CSA model because it benefits both members and farmers, and everyone wins!

So thank you for your support on this day and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!

If you are already signed up or just want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:

The Good Farm is celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day on Feb 28th. Join me in supporting a local farmer: www.goodfarmcsa.com #CSAday

You can like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/goodfarmcsa

If you have not yet signed up for the 2017 season, you can become a member here!

Not sure if you have signed up yet? Check your status here.

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

Posted 1/23/2017 2:07pm by John and Aimee Good.

Introducing the new website for The Good Farm (formerly Quiet Creek Farm) www.goodfarmcsa.com!

It's cold and rainy out there, but we can start thinking about summer! Want to join the farm for the 2017 season? You can Sign Up Now!

PLEASE NOTE: We are using software that we used during our 2015 season, so if you were a member in 2015, you can click on the "returning member" link to begin your signup. If you were not a member in 2015, DO NOT use the returning member link, and just sign up as a new customer.

You can sign up for vegetable shares, in either size, for on-farm pickup or at a delivery location, as well as the following cooperative shares: bread, cheese, fruit, and mushrooms.

Want more information?  "Membership details" lists prices and samples of each size share, to help choose the right size. "Cooperative shares" describes our extra share offerings. Need help deciding between on-farm pickup and delivery locations? Check out the "On-farm vs. delivered" page. Other questions - check our "FAQ's" first, then contact us!

We are looking forward to growing with you in the 2017 season!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

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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 farmer's market. Because "it's all GOOD!"

 

"Eating is an agricultural act" - Wendell Berry

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