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Marathon Planting Week on the Farm: 8,500 onions plus!

Posted 4/17/2018 9:51am by John and Aimee Good.

PLANTING UPDATE: We were finally able to start putting plants out into the fields last week, and boy did we plant! It was a trial by fire for our new farm apprentices, Megan Sonier and David Darling, and they definitely stretched the planting muscles!

Fighting frozen soils last Monday morning, we hand-tranplanted 2000 broccoli and cabbage plants.

We use the water-wheel transplanter that you see here, to create a nice wet hole, into which the riders place each plant and then cover with soil, as the tractor driver, usually John or I, very slowly pulls the machine down the bed. The mechanical transplanter really enhances the success of the transplants, and saves some time and back muscles for the farmers!

Farmer Aimee and apprentice Megan are planting this bed, pictured above, with the first lettuce of the season. These plants look quite happy!

The cabbage and broccoli had a rough week. They were covered by snow last Monday night, and then baked in a summer sun by the weekend! The first broccoli planting often gets a tough time from the weather extremes of early April. It gets snowed on most years. But it always seems to rebound and gives us broccoli in early June! We do always protect these early brassica crops with row covers, which help with the temperature extremes, as well as conserve soil moisture, and exclude pests.

In addition to the lettuce, cabbage and broccoli; we put out 3600 red beet transplants, as well as 8500 total onion plugs, each of which contains about 3 onion plants or 6 scallion plants (we seed them in clusters); including yellow and red storage onions,  sweet yellow and white onions, as well mini red onions and scallions. And we are not finished with the alliums yet! We plan to put out about 2500 leek plants later this week!

We are excited to be off to a great start with the planting season, preparing for a great CSA harvest to come!

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: Only 20 spots remaining for the 2018 season. If you haven't done so already, time to reserve your share!

KUTZTOWN PICKUP SITE: Someone is looking to split a small share at the Kutztown delivery site, alternating weekly pickups. Please let me know if you, or someone you know, may be interested!

 

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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