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Take the CSA Quiz! "Is CSA right for me?"

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


We want to provide the best possible food for people, and we think CSA is the best relationship possible between "farmers" and "eaters", a truly direct connection.

We strive to make sure that all of our members are happy customers. (Our 70% retention rate shows this, but that is a topic for another email.) We want this relationship to last. We are investing in our members, and they are investing in us.

And I do believe that everyone can learn to eat this way. After all, at one time we all ate from the farm, there was no other option.

But, we DO have MANY options, and realistically, there are certain traits that help people to be more successful at CSA. You know, you have to like cooking and eating good food!

Anyway, here is a fun quiz, just 6 questions, to help you decide if CSA is right for you. We will give you the first 3 today, and the final 3 tomorrow. (But if you can't wait, you can also check our website for the full version of the CSA quiz here!)

 

Q1: Do you seek out quality veggies, that actually have real flavor?

 

Before I worked on a farm, I never knew that carrots were truly sweet; that broccoli could be crisp and delicious. To be completely honest here, I did not like melons before farming. But all it took was to taste a "real"melon, ripened on the vine, to realize what I was missing! 

I believe that people who claim they don't really like vegetables just haven't had a chance to eat them fresh from the farm!

Taste matters. Putting together a great meal in your kitchen isn’t just about your skill. It starts with the ingredients: Food that tastes like it should, because it’s grown in quality soil, picked at the peak of ripeness, and delivered within 1-2 days.

In fact, CSAs often create food snobs, because customers finally experience how vegetables should really taste, and they cannot go back to the old and tired versions available at the grocery store. Even the "local" produce from most big-chain groceries is lacking, simply because it cannot compare with the freshness offered by a CSA.

If you really love cooking and you really value taste, then you will LOVE being in a CSA. Because CSAs are all about providing high-quality, artisanal vegetables that make your home dining experience feel like an event.

 

Q2: Are you willing to try new foods? (Really?)

 

Every CSA farm is unique. In our CSA, we focus on providing staples, vegetables that you really enjoy, with special varieties bred for the best flavor, and picked fresh for amazing taste.

But we also include some unusual ingredients in the CSA share to push your horizons in the kitchen: Sweet Italian peppers, Orange tomatoes, baby bok choy, blue potatoes, yellow watermelons, etc.

Part of the CSA experience means getting exposed to new and interesting vegetables and varieties. Realistically, on your own, you would never purposely put a Hakurei turnip or a fennel bulb in your share.

Or would you? If so, then you should just Sign Up Now! to become a CSA member, you have found your niche.

But learning to eat seasonally is a big part of the CSA movement. Eating locally enhances our food security and our communities. It also reduces our ecological "footprint". But to do this, we need to learn how to eat what is available in our region, throughout the seasons.

CSA teaches us this.

We provide the seasonal vegetables, that actually taste great, as well as the cooking tips and recipes to help you use them!

Many people find that they actually like a lot of vegetables they have never tried before.

Here is a quote from one of our CSA members:

"CSA has introduced my family to veggies that I never would have bought at the store, and I learned that we liked them! Also it helped me become more creative in my cooking."

 

 

Q3: Do you want to know your farmer? Do you want to know where your food comes from?

 

CSA originated from the "teikei movement" in Japan, which translates as "food with the farmer's face on it". This is the best description for CSA that I know.

Every vegetable that comes from the CSA was touched by the farmers. We seeded it, watered it, weeded it, harvested it, washed it, and packed it for shares.

Through our weekly newsletter, our members get to hear the story of their vegetables, what it takes get them from seed to harvest.

Our members think about the weather. When it rains on the weekend, even if it spoils a plan, they are grateful that it is watering the crops on the farm.

The Good Farm comes to belong to all of our CSA members, as they are all invested in its success.

We grow our vegetables specifically for CSA members. 90% of our revenue comes from our CSA investors.

Here is a quote from a CSA member:

"Though we may not say it enough, we appreciate all your hard work and behind the scenes effort that sustains your CSA's success."

 

Becoming a CSA member gives you an amazing eating experience, and allows you to support a farmer in your community, to keep farmland actively farmed, and to sustain the livelihood of a small family farm.

The CSA commitment is for a full growing season, to truly support the farm.

This means that CSA members share the risk inherent in farming. All farmers have an optimistic spirit and a bit of faith, because every season is a gamble. We do not know what Mother Nature will bring: too much rain, drought, pests or disease.

There is no guarantee on the exact number or type of crops each member will get. However, we plant 40 different crops and twice that many varieties, in several successions per season, to ensure a good crop.

And on the other side, CSA members share in the rewards! Bumper crops do happen often, different things each year. If it's rainy, cucumbers will do great but if it's dry, tomatoes will be excellent.

Every crop has its peak cycle too, and sometimes members get more than they bargained for. But again, we teach you how to deal with the excess that sometimes happens.

Now, our seasoned members are often clamoring for those extra tomatoes to freeze for the winter!

It is ridiculously easy to do, and tomato soup made on a snowy day in the middle of winter from frozen tomatoes is such a treat! It is a taste of summer! You can almost smell the fresh tomatoes on the vine!

 

So, how did you do? Are you excited just thinking about fresh tomatoes? I know I am, and I actually did just make a big pot of tomato soup from our own frozen farm tomatoes. It was amazing.

Watch your inbox tomorrow for the next 3 questions in the CSA quiz!

 

 

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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