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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

Posted 1/5/2017 8:55am by John and Aimee Good.

Hope everyone had happy holidays! We enjoyed spending time with our families. We were grateful to have a great crew of family and friends come to help us cover the greenhouse in 2 layers of plastic. Lots of help made the job go smoothly! We are busily putting the finishing touches on, to get the greenhouse ready to sow onions in mid-February!

2017 CSA ONLINE SIGN-UPS!

We are now officially becoming The Good Farm, LLC and are working on converting the website at this time. We hope to have the new site with online signup capability ready in 2 weeks. You will receive an email notice from farmers@goodfarmcsa.com when it is ready!

You will be able to sign up for vegetable shares, herb & flower shares, and We-pick shares, with on-farm pickup or delivery locations, as well as some of the cooperative shares, including bread, mushrooms, cheese, and fruit. These shares can be picked up at the farm, as well as at most of our delivery sites. (Pastured poultry and pork shares will be offered from Ledamete Grass Farm in the spring.)

The bread, mushroom, and cheese shares will be offered through the same cooperative share partners. However, the fruit shares will no longer be from North Star Orchard. We are working with County Line Orchard, out of Kempton, to offer fruit shares this year. We have been getting fruit from County Line for years, and have been consistently impressed with the quality and flavor of their fruit. They use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques in their orchard to ensure that they have a healthy biological pest control system and can spray as little as possible. They also have several acres of certified organic apples as part of their orchard. The fruit share will still be a 12 week share, with similar pricing and quantity as last year, and will consist of many varieties of peaches, pears, and apples, as well as possibly blueberries, plums, and apricots.

We hope this answers any sign-up questions you may have as we move forward into the new season! If not, please contact us!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/23/2016 12:26pm by John and Aimee Good.

(The first email was accidentally sent in an unusual font, which may have been illegible for some people Sorry about that! Here is the revised version!)
Winter Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year, and night sky comes on early. We celebrate the passing of the solstice, because it means we are heading back to the time of sunshine, of warmer days, of growing plants. Although we are still in the darkest season, and winter is just beginning, the light will come back and the earth will awake again. We are looking forward to the planting time, a new beginning.

The seed catalogs are coming in and we are contemplating new varieties. The greenhouse is nearly complete. (It would likely be done if not for a vicious flu bug that visited our family this past week!) We have almost completed the move of equipment and supplies from Rodale. The list is still long, but we are taking a few days to enjoy the holidays with family.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season! And remember, the days are getting longer now!

If you do have some time over the holidays, and you would like to renew your CSA membership for next year, here is the link for the The Good Farm CSA Registration form. Any questions, let us know. Thanks!

We look forward to connecting with you from The Good Farm in the new year!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/22/2016 2:33pm by John and Aimee Good.

Winter Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year, and night sky comes on early. We celebrate the passing of the solstice, because it means we are heading back to the time of sunshine, of warmer days, of growing plants. Although we are still in the darkest season, and winter is just beginning, the light will come back and the earth will awake again. We are looking forward to the planting time, a new beginning.

The seed catalogs are coming in and we are contemplating new varieties. The greenhouse is nearly complete. (It would likely be done if not for a vicious flu bug that visited our family this past week!) We have almost completed the move of equipment and supplies from Rodale. The list is still long, but we are taking a few days to enjoy the holidays with family.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season! And remember, the days are getting longer now!

If you do have some time over the holidays, and you would like to renew your CSA membership for next year, here is the link for the The Good Farm CSA Registration form. Any questions, let us know. Thanks!

We look forward to connecting with you from The Good Farm in the new year!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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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! 

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