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Harvest Update: September 24th

Posted 9/25/2018 10:33am by John and Aimee Good.

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Spider webs abound on the farm this time of year. The number of spiders living in and around the fields is astounding. On dewy mornings when the sun is shining, you can see webs everywhere - on the ground, between the rows of veggies, in the wild patches bordering the farm fields.

This lady on the left is a yellow garden spider, Argiope aurantia, a common inhabitant of the tomato patches. This beautiful spider is one of our favorites, making a gorgeous classic orb web, and helping us control insect pests in the fields. Interestingly, she will eat most of her web every evening, and then spin a new one in the morning. She is very mild-mannered, and is not bothered by us picking around her.

You may see these yellow garden spiders in the Upick garden, especially in the tomato patch.  An organic farm is home to so many creatures.

Sadly, the tomato harvest is coming to an end. It has been a very good season for tomatoes on the farm, beginning in early July and continuing through most of September!  Considering all the wet and humid weather this summer, we are quite happy that the plants produced as well as they did, thanks to the special care given them by farmer John.

October has more in store for us: Bolero carrots, the sweetest carrots we grow, are growing beautifully, and hopefully harvest will begin next week. Red beets should be in shortly thereafter. The kale and cabbages are coming along nicely, as is the 2nd and 3rd broccoli successions. Unfortunately the 1st succession succumbed to brown rot during the extremely wet weather in early September. The butternut harvest was excellent, and they are curing in the greenhouse right now. The bok choy, hakurei turnips, and salad greens are looking good for the month of October as well!

The cutest farm inhabitant,

A gray-green tree frog sitting on a zucchini leaf.

This pic was taken earlier this summer.

THE HARVEST

Salad Mix

Red radishes

Sweet colored peppers

Leeks

Eggplant - Asian & or Bell

Garlic

MIX AND MATCH: Sweet Potatoes & Red/Gold potatoes

 Choice table: Yellow Onions, Red tomatoes, Green tomatoes, Winter Squash

Coming Soon:  butternut squash, kale, red beets, fall carrots, cabbage, arugula

 

UPICK at the Farm:

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

Cherry & paste tomatoes - pick what you can find

Green beans: pick what you can find. New planting should be ready next week.

Flowers & Herbs 

Hot peppers - up to 1 pint, assorted varieties, see whiteboard for specifics

 

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

 

 *EXTRA SHARES: Cheese, eggs, bread, coffee & fruit

Fruit: Bartlett pears, Honeycrisp - large & very sweet apples, Gala apples - medium-sized and crisp, and new Liberty apples - small & tart

*Fruit storage tips: Pears will take a while 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 :  2nds sweet peppers for freezing, making pepper jelly, chutney, etc.  Please order here, and select your pickup day/location at checkout. Thanks!

Now available - Good Farm pasta sauce and mild salsa, as well as old-fashioned Ketchup!    Still have Good Farm tote bags too! Order here, or pick up in the barn at on-farm pickup.

 

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 over 200 "farm share" members. 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!

 

Our customers say they eat healthier, feel better, save money, become inspired cooks, and even lose weight by joining the farm. Experience the joy of putting a delicious meal on the table by your own two hands. It's easy when the ingredients are this fresh and this good.

 

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 today, it's the gift to yourself that keeps giving back! 

"Because The Good Farm makes you feel GOOD!"

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