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Posted 10/12/2015 9:14am by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS:
Chilly nights are in the forecast, and we expect the first frost of the season soon. The first frost is often light, but the first heavy frost, a "killing frost" will bring the end to the last of the summer crops, peppers, flowers, tomatoes, etc. The cool-loving crops, such as broccoli, spinach, cabbages, kale, etc. are not affected by the frosts, and the root vegetables are actually sweetened by the frost. We will enjoy 3 more weeks of fall vegetables!

As we near the end of CSA pickups, it is a good time to reflect back on the season. The farm has been quite productive this year, and we have enjoyed a bounty of many delicious crops. In the spring, greens, broccoli and berries were abundant. Summer's bounty included lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons. We were so excited to have a great tomato year! For fall crops, the potatoes have had amazing yields, breaking all previous farm records. Also, the broccoli, greens, sweet potatoes, and other roots have been wonderful and plentiful. We are truly grateful for the harvest provided by the farm this year and hope you are too! 

CSA Share Renewal:

Now is a great time to renew your share for next season, so you do not miss out on another great harvest! All current members have the first opportunity to reserve a share for the 2016 season, and spots are held until the end of 2015. It is very easy to renew. Read how below.

In 2015, almost 75% of members from 2015 chose to pay by check or cash. So, in order to streamline our book-keeping, we will no longer be accepting online credit card payments for CSA shares, and members will not be signing up online. 

To renew your share for next season, please complete the membership form and return the first page along with $100 deposit or payment in full. Keep the second page for your records.  If including deposit only, please submit post-dated checks for payment plans along with the membership form. Alternate methods of payment, through mailed payments or payments scheduled through member's online banking, will also be accepted. All payment plans are fully outlined on the membership form.

Any questions, please let us know!

 

STOCK-UP OPPORTUNITIES:

Ordering deadline for Quiet Creek Farm's annual stock-up sale is extended to Friday October 16th. Orders can be emailed or brought to the farm this week.

Deadline to order from Wild for Salmon and Switchback Pizza Company is Thursday October 15th! Ledamete Grass Farm is accepting stock-up orders until October 22nd, and holiday turkey reservations as well.  Reminders for these sales will be sent later this week!

 

BULK ORGANIC POTATO STOCK-UP

10 lb bag = $10

25 lb bag = $20

50 lb bag = $40

Please reply to this email with your name, pickup day, and amount desired to place an order, or inquire in the barn. Orders will be taken now through the end of the month.

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER from RODALE INSTITUTE: We will now have apple cider available in the barn during CSA pickup, hopefully for a few weeks, while there are still apples on the trees to be pressed! No pre-orders are necessary. Half gallons are $5, and gallons are $9.

 

THE HARVEST

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Garlic

Onions

Peppers

Potatoes

Salad Mix

Spinach

Sweet Potatoes

CHOICE: Beets, Green Tomatoes, Red tomatoes

Coming soon: Celeriac, Winter squash, Leeks

UPICK: Pick what you can find: Cherry & grape tomatoes, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

RECIPES

How to Braise Greens offers a general method of cooking any leafy green, that is simple, nutritious and delicious. 

Cabbage is again in the share this week, and we hope to have it one more week. So, if you want to try your hand at making home-made sauerkraut, there is a simple recipe to make a small batch, 1-2 quart jars, in your kitchen. Simply type "sauerkraut" into our Recipe search engine, to view recipes for both traditional and Korean sauerkraut (also called Kimchi).



Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/7/2015 9:26am by John and Aimee Good.


Switchback Pizza Company is taking orders now for an annual stock-up sale of their delicious, frozen, wood-fired pizzas. For more information and to place an order, please click on the link below.
Switchback Pizza Wood-fired Frozen Pizza Sale

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/7/2015 9:23am by John and Aimee Good.

Ledamete Grass Stocking Up Sale at Quiet Creek Farm Order Online Today!
Ledamete Grass Farm will be delivering Stocking Up Orders to Quiet Creek Farm for pick up on Tues. Oct. 27th and Fri. Oct 30th! 


Order Your Pastured Meats Today- Deadline Midnight Oct. 22nd!

  • Pasture & Forest Raised Pork- Bacon, Pork Chops, Specialty Sausages, Roasts, Ribs, Pan Haus & More!
  • Pastured Chicken- Whole Chickens, Half Chickens, Boneless Breasts, Thighs, Drumsticks, Broth & More! 
  • 100% Grassfed Beef- Ground Beef, Short Ribs, Shin Meat, Filet, Roasts & More!
PRE-ORDERS  ONLY!
Ledamete Grass Farm will be delivering pre-orders of their locally and sustainably raised pastured meats to Quiet Creek Farm for a Stocking Up Sale. To learn more about our farming practices, read below and visit our website. To order visit our e-commerce site here. 
Ledamete Grass Farm Pasture & Forest-Raised Pork
We raise Tamworth cross heritage breed pigs, as they thrive in the forest and field and are known for their excellent flavor. In addition to forage, our pigs are fed local grain raised with organic methods, organic veggie compost, and grass-fed raw dairy products. 
Ledamete Grass Farm Pastured Poultry
Our chickens and turkeys are raised on pasture with constant access to fresh bugs, herbs and grasses. In addition to the forage they find, we provide our birds with grain, grown and milled fresh by a local farmer who utilizes organic methods. The birds' access to fresh air, exercise, sunshine, green grass and bugs creates very delicious and nutritious meat!
Ledamete Grass Farm 100% Grassfed Beef
We raise Rotakawa Devon/Jersey Cross beef as they do very well on 100% grass. This meat is nutrient dense and delicious!
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5471 Sell Rd.
Schnecksville, PA 18078
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Posted 10/5/2015 2:49pm by John and Aimee Good.

Every year we give our members a chance to "stock up" on the wonderful foods from our local suppliers including grass-fed beef, local honey, and natural dairy products. In my experience the storage quality of these items is as follows: beef will keep frozen for several months, yogurts will keep for up to a month in the fridge, fresh cheeses such as mozzarella, ricotta, and spreads will keep frozen for several months, vac-sealed hard cheeses from Hillacres Pride will keep for several months in the fridge; these cheeses are aged at least 6 months prior to being packaged and sold.

To place an order, please click on the link for the 2015 QC Farm Stock Up Sale.

Fill it out and return by email or to the barn by Tuesday October 13th. Orders will be available for pickup the last week of CSA, Tues. Oct. 27 and Fri. Oct. 30. Payment is due at pickup.

Orders for other foods, such as pizza and salmon, must be submitted directly to the producers. Thanks!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/5/2015 10:46am by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS: October is the final month of the CSA harvest season. Pickup will continue through the end of October, ending Friday October 30th. As the season draws to a close, there will be opportunities to stock up on many items. Bulk amounts of certain farm veggies (those that produced a bumper crop) will be distributed the final 2 weeks of the share.

In addition this year, we are offering bulk quantities of storage potatoes, the large baking potatoes in the share last week, for sale to members, at reduced wholesale prices, over the next weeks. This variety, Lehigh potato, named for our own potato-growing region in northern Lehigh county, will store will until April, if kept in a cool, dark,and dry location.

BULK ORGANIC POTATO STOCK-UP

10 lb bag = $10

25 lb bag = $20

50 lb bag = $40

Please reply to this email with your name, pickup day, and amount desired to place an order, or inquire in the barn. Orders will be taken now through the end of the month.

 

STOCK-UP OPPORTUNITIES:

Quiet Creek Farm has an annual stock-up sale, where members can stock up on their favorites from the barn store and shares. An order form for the dairy products and grass-fed beef will be available shortly.

Watch your inbox for information from Wild for Salmon, Ledamete Grass Farm, and Switchback Pizza Company, for the chance to stock up on wild Alaskan salmon, pastured meats, and wood-fired pizzas! Also, Ledamete Grass is now taking holiday turkey reservations. 

 

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER from RODALE INSTITUTE: Apple cider orders from last and 2 weeks ago, which were unfilled, are ready for pickup tomorrow, Tuesday October 6th. Payment is due at pickup. $5 for half gallons, $9 for gallons.

 

Frozen Bread Sale: Buy one fresh loaf, get one frozen loaf at half price! Inquire in the barn.

 

THE HARVEST

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Garlic

Onions

Potatoes

Salad Mix

Spinach

Tomatoes

Sweet Turnips (Pictured right. Great sliced in salad, sauteed w/greens, or roasted. Search our recipe page for ideas.)

CHOICE: Beets, Eggplant, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Radish

Coming soon: Sweet potatoes, Winter squash

UPICK: The garden is on its way out. Pick what you can find: Cherry & grape tomatoes, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

RECIPES

Green tomato mango salsa

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

Parmesan Hasselback Baked Potatoes

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 9/28/2015 10:34am by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS: Autumn is the traditional harvest season, accompanied by the big beautiful harvest moon. This is the time for storing up the fruits and roots of the harvest to feed us through the long, cold winter. I have heard from many of you, that you have frozen or canned tomatoes, made tomato sauce, frozen green beans or greens, made pickles, etc. and that is great! What a treat to enjoy the taste of summer in the middle of winter.

Certain vegetables are ready-made for storage, and keeping these through the winter months could not be easier. Potatoes, onions, and garlic are great winter-keepers, and store best in a cool, dark, and dry location. They do not need to be refrigerated.

The farm has produced a bumper crop of potatoes this year, as you may have noticed. And there are even more to come as we continue through October! Even if you are not eating all your potatoes each week, you can simply store them in a cool, dark, dry location and eat them long after the CSA pickups have ended.  In olden days, everyone had a root cellar to keep their harvest fresh through the winter. Since most of us no longer have root cellars, we need to be creative. Possible locations in a regular house include: pantry closet, an unheated basement, under-stairs closet, attached garage. You have to be careful if storing in a garage when the temps get below freezing. Others have recommended storing in an insulated cooler, next to interior wall (heated space), in unheated garage.

So find a storage spot and stock up on those potatoes! They will be great for Thanksgiving dinner and beyond!

 

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER from RODALE INSTITUTE: Apple cider orders are being taken again this week, for delivery the following week. We did not receive enough cider to fill all our orders from last week. We are short on the half gallons. Any unfilled orders will have priority for the next pressing, and will be delivered Friday and next Tuesday.

Payment is due at pickup for all cider. $5 for half gallons, $9 for gallons.

 

THE HARVEST

Bok Choy

Cabbage

Carrots

Garlic

Kale

Salad Mix

Spinach &/or Asian spinach

Onions

Potatoes (potatoes spilling out of the potato digger shown left)

CHOICE: Beets, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers, Broccoli

 

Coming soon: more Broccoli, Turnips, Sweet potatoes

 

UPICK: Cherry & grape tomatoes, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

 

RECIPES

Cabbage Vegetable Pad Thai - This dish has all the wonderful flavors of pad thai, but without the noodles. The cabbage replaces the noodles, so it is very light and delicious.

Stove top Potato Kale Saute - I love one-skillet meals. This one fits the bill for breakfast or supper with sunny-side up eggs added at the end!

2 great bok choy recipes:

Spicy Roasted Bok Choy - roasting bok choy is quite tasty, and very different from a saute. The spice can be omitted and it is still quite good.

Bok Choy Saute - I love bok choy for its combination of juicy sweet stems and tender dark greens. Try this simple saute for an easy meal.

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 9/21/2015 10:50am by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS & REMINDERS

CLOSING TIME: The CSA barn closes at 7 pm. Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to closing to allow time to pick up your vegetables. Thank you.

PRODUCE CHOOSING & HANDLING: As a member of the farm, you are a part of the CSA community of Quiet Creek Farm. All members choose vegetables from the same bins on pick-up days. When choosing your vegetables, it is important to be gentle to avoid bruising and nicking the produce in the bin which another member will take home. Members should take vegetables from the top of a full bin, and refrain from digging down into a bin, as that will damage the produce. If the bin is not full and you need more produce to choose from, please ask one of our barn workers, including me, Heidi, Kay, and the farm crew for help. THANK YOU for sharing the harvest from the farm with all the members!

CSA SEASON: The CSA pickup season will continue through the last week of October: 6 more weeks of pickups, including this week. We have plenty of roots and greens in store for you these weeks, as well as the last of the summer veggies, while they hold out. 

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER from RODALE INSTITUTE: Apple cider orders will be taken on Tuesday, September 22nd. Apple cider can be picked up on Friday September 25th and Tuesday September 29th! Payment is due at pickup. $5 for half gallons, $9 for gallons.

***FROZEN BREAD SALE still on!

Sliced, frozen bread from The Daily Loaf is now available for purchase at the barn. This bread retains its great flavor and texture even after freezing, and because it is sliced, it is easy to just pull out what you need and thaw in the toaster, for a fresh tasty slice. SPECIAL SALE - Buy one fresh loaf and get one or more frozen loaves at half price! Now is a great time to put some away in the freezer!

 

THE HARVEST

Broccoli

Carrots

Kale

Salad Mix

Asian greens

Yellow Onions (pictured left, drying in the greenhouse)

Garlic

Potatoes

Sweet Peppers

CHOICE: Beets, Squash & Zucchini, Eggplant, Radishes

 

Coming soon: Cabbage, Bok Choy, Turnips

 

UPICK: Cherry & grape tomatoes, paste/plum tomatoes, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

 

RECIPES

Baked Jalapeno Poppers: The Upick garden is bursting with hot peppers right now. Enjoy making these tasty treats with the abundance of jalapenos!

Lemon-butter Broccoli pasta: I made this dish last night, using a lot of the ingredients in the share. I love the combination of butter and lemon juice with broccoli. It was a big hit, and so easy!

Looking for something different to do with broccoli? Check out these two recipe ideas . . . 

Indian Broccoli Dal Curry

Broccoli and Apple Salad

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 9/7/2015 9:10am by John and Aimee Good.





HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday!

We shall enjoy the flowers, butterflies, and last fruits of summer for a few more weeks. But fall is in the air, and fall vegetables are coming. The farm crew dug the first sweet potatoes last week, and these sweet roots are in the share. Enjoy!

THE HARVEST

Kale

Salad Mix

Tomatoes (Red  & Heirlooms)

Yellow Onions

Garlic

Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes

Sweet Peppers

CHOICE: Squash & Zucchini, Eggplant

 

Coming soon: Carrots, Broccoli, Cabbage

 

UPICK:

Green beans, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes (Juliets), paste/plum tomatoes, edamame, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

 

RECIPES

Grilled Maple Cinnamon Orange Sweet Potatoes

Garlic Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Lemony Braised Kale

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 8/31/2015 8:32pm by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS:

We are very busy this week, so I can only give an abbreviated harvest update. More to come later. But here are the veggies in store for this week's share!

 

THE HARVEST

Arugula

Kale

Leeks

Tomatoes (Red  & Heirlooms)

Red Onions

Garlic

Potatoes

Sweet Peppers

CHOICE: Squash & Zucchini, Eggplant, Beets

 

Coming soon: Salad Mix, Broccoli, Sweet potatoes

 

UPICK:

Green beans, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes (Juliets), paste/plum tomatoes, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

Coming soon: edamame

THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING!

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 8/24/2015 11:26am by John and Aimee Good.

Bulk quantities of 2nds tomatoes for canning or freezing are still available this week. We also now have 2nds of sweet peppers available for freezing or drying. (2nds peppers are small, mis-shapen, or have a small bad spot.)

Tomatoes can simply be frozen whole or quartered.  Place in freezer bags or containers, squeezing out excess air. Skins will slip off easily when thawed for use. To freeze peppers, first de-seed and cut into slices or chunks. Then blanch in steam for 1-2 minutes, followed by  an ice water bath to cool quickly. Dry on a towel, and place in a freezer bag, squeezing out excess air.

Please email me if you would like to order tomatoes in amounts larger than 5 lbs. You can also ask when you come in for your share pickup. Peppers are in more limited quantity, but if you would like some extra for freezing, please ask during pickup. Price for both is $1/lb.

If you want to reserve some tomatoes, please reply to this email with your name, pickup day, and amount desired in lbs. 

Thanks!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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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!"

 

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