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CSA Quiz: Final 3 questions!

Posted 1/31/2018 10:54am by John and Aimee Good.

Ready for the final 3 questions of the CSA quiz? Here they are!


Q4: Do you need control in your menu planning?

 

CSA members learn to be flexible, and to use the weekly vegetables to guide their menu planning, rather than the other way around.

Instead of creating a meal plan and procuring the ingredients necessary for those meals, CSA membership asks that you take the vegetables that are available each week and then decide what's for dinner.

Many members actually say this can be inspiring and less stressful. You don't have to create a menu plan out of nowhere, you take what the harvest provides and use it.

Sometimes less choice is actually more freedom, freedom to try new things, inspiration to combine vegetables in different ways, to enjoy new meals.

 

My children's kindergarten teacher always said: “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

This is useful to remember when dealing with a new vegetable or a different combination of veggies than you are used to.

But don't worry, we always provide detailed cooking tips, storage tips, and recipes for each share, focusing particularly on the new or more unusual veggies.

We help you learn to eat "the CSA way." It will take some time and a commitment. But the benefits are huge. . .

Here is a quote from a 9-year CSA member,

"As I look back from the early years to the present I see how the CSA has helped us to include eating more fresh vegetables. I am thankful. Now we make wiser choices about what we are eating and have developed better eating habits. Over the years, I can see how it has impacted our overall health, helping us feel & live better!"

 


Q5: Are you willing to make the commitment to learn to eat the CSA way?

 

Many members say they already see the results of CSA membership in their first year - their kids eat more veggies, they lose weight, they feel better.

But after a few years with us, people really start to become masters, learning how to freeze, can, or dry the bumper crops; learning which recipes actually use seasonal ingredients; and how to make substitutions in recipes for ingredients you actually have.

But the best part I think, is getting the feel for how to cook and eat seasonally. I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating a completely new recipe or meal based on the harvest, and having it be delicious, and my family loving it! 

It does not have to be complicated. John and I are both working full-time on the farm and we have two kids.  Let me assure you, I am making simple meals. But they are delicious simply because the ingredients are so good, and I don't overcook the vegetables.

That's the first rule of thumb. Use good ingredients. Don't overcook them, except in the case of roasted root veggies, which is so easy and so delicious, and the long roasting process really brings out the sweetness of the roots!

So just realize that this will be a process. And we will hold your hand along the way. But the results will be well worth it.

 

 

Q6: Are you looking for a “deal”? Are you comparing CSA prices to the grocery store?

 

First off, it is a good deal. We track the value of our weekly CSA shares in comparison to our local Wegmans. Consistently, our members are receiving $10-$20 more for their share than if they had shopped at the grocery store.

It is one of our goals as a farm. We strive to offer value in the share to give back to our members, for making the commitment to us for an entire season.

Additionally, we make sure the CSA share contains more produce per dollar than what could be purchased from our farm stand at market. We value our CSA customers above all else, because they are committed to us.

It is a win-win relationship.

Still, we want you to know that our members are receiving a greater value than just the cost of the food.

Our vegetables have added value because every one of our vegetables is telling a story, of the journey from the seed to your table.

Every week of your CSA share brings new lessons, in creative cooking, in patience with yourself as you learn to use the contents of the share, of forgiveness if  you don't get to all the veggies that week, and lastly, of how everything goes back to the earth.

Our veggies can become a new way of life, of healthier eating, imaginative cooking, embracing a new culture of food. They can be the catalyst for your journey with food.

The vegetables from the farm are the means to achieving your goal to prepare a great meal, better than most any restaurant fare, a meal you can be proud of.

This is not something any grocery store can give you.

 

So, how’d you do?

Did you pass the quiz?

Remember, CSA is one way to get fresh farmer food onto your table. We think it is the best way for those who truly love cooking and eating great food; who value the story, the journey, and the farmer relationship behind the food. CSA can change the way you eat forever. We have many members who say, now that they have tasted this food, they cannot go back to grocery store vegetables.

But if CSA doesn't fit your life, you can still get farm-fresh food from a "Producer-Only" farmer’s market. You can visit us at The Trexlertown Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm at the Velodrome, mid-May through mid-November.

We hope you enjoyed this little quiz. We want to set you up for CSA success, to make sure your expectations match up with the reality of CSA before you commit.

 

If you think you’re ready, here are your next steps:

Head over to the Sign Up Now! link.

 

Join the movement.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR CSA. 

 

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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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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