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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

Posted 8/24/2015 11:05am by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS:

Success in the U-pick garden, thanks to you, our members!

 We are quite pleased with the new flag picking system in the U-pick garden, and have heard from many members that they are as well. In the crops that are harder to pick, such as beans, peas, and strawberries, we instituted this new system in order to make it easier for members to pick, as well as to reduce waste in the field and increase the health of the crop, which allows for a greater yield.

We are thankful to you all for learning and following the picking system. It has worked especially well in the beans. By picking the crop thoroughly each week and removing all the full size beans, the plants have more energy to ripen the small beans. The result is more beans for everyone to pick! The yields from the bean plants this year have been truly impressive. So thanks for your hard work and we hope you have enjoyed the bounty of beans, as well as the easier picking!

 

Change of seasons:

Goldenrod is blooming. Nights are shortening. Fall is coming. Summer vegetables are waning, and new veggies this week include kale and leeks! Green veggies are returning!

 

SPECIAL HERBAL PRODUCTS CLASS OFFER!

The Rodale Institute is holding a DIY Herbal Skincare class on August 29th from 10am - 1 pm. Rodale is offering a special 20% discount to our members and their families. The code to be used online is HERBAL15. Those who do not want to use the online registration process can call 610-683-1481 for over the phone registration with a credit card. For more information, click on the link for the Herbal Traditions Flyer.

 

THE HARVEST

Kale

Leeks

Tomatoes (Red  & Heirlooms)

Red Onions

Garlic

Potatoes

Sweet Peppers

CHOICE: Squash & Zucchini, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons, Sweet Corn

 

Coming soon: Salad Mix, Arugula, Sweet potatoes

 

UPICK:

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

Coming soon: more edamame

 

RECIPES

Roasted Tomato Gazpacho

Kale Artichoke Dip

Awesome Sauteed Kale

Salsa Recipe (for canning or freezing)

This is my own recipe. Find it by typing Salsa Recipe in the Search box. It uses 8-10 lbs of tomatoes. You can easily half or double it. I really like to use the grape tomatoes and paste tomatoes for some or all of the tomatoes, as it makes a thicker salsa more quickly, but any combination can work.

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 8/17/2015 12:44pm by John and Aimee Good.





FARM NEWS

 Melons are past their peak, but we should have them through this week. We have a 2nd planting with yellow watermelons coming later.

This has been a good season for the melons, and we hope you have enjoyed them. People often have questions about melons; they are a bit of a mystery. "How do I pick a good melon?" "How can I tell if a melon is ripe?"

Well, these questions may be relevant when trying to pick a melon in the grocery store, but not at the farm. We ripen our melons on the vine. We do not pick them and bring them into the barn until they are ripe. The best way to tell if a melon is ripe is on the vine.

For the muskmelons (cantaloupe), we watch for the netting to develop on the skin, and for the overall color to change from green to light orange, and then we do the "slip test". When ripe, a muskmelon should slip from the vine. It does not have to be forced.

For the watermelons, we watch for them to develop in size and color, then we watch for the vines to begin to die back a bit, and finally we check the tendril on the vine opposite the point where the melon is attached. If the watermelon is ripe, that tendril should be dried up and brown. Then we test a few watermelons in the patch that meet those criteria, as watermelons tend to ripen more uniformly than muskmelons.

So, all the melons that are in the barn are ripe. There is no guessing game! But because they are picked ripe, they need to be stored in the fridge until you eat them. And it is best if they are eaten within a few days, at their sweetest and juiciest!

 

SPECIAL HERBAL PRODUCTS CLASS OFFER!

The Rodale Institute is holding a DIY Herbal Skincare class on August 29th from 10am - 1 pm. Rodale is offering a special 20% discount to our members and their families. The code to be used online is HERBAL15. Those who do not want to use the online registration process can call 610-683-1481 for over the phone registration with a credit card. For more information, click on the link for the Herbal Traditions Flyer.

 

THE HARVEST

Melons (Cantaloupe, Red Watermelon)

Tomatoes (Red  & Heirlooms)

Red Onions

Garlic

Potatoes

Sweet Peppers

Sweet Corn

CHOICE: Squash & Zucchini, Cucumbers, Eggplant

 

Coming soon: Kale, Leeks, Salad Mix, Arugula

 

UPICK:

Beans, cherry tomatoes, paste/plum tomatoes, hot peppers, flowers, herbs.

Coming soon: more edamame

 

RECIPES

Tomato Pie. Plum tomatoes, fresh herbs, cheese, baked in a pie shell. Summer supper at its best!

Spanish Tortilla with Sweet Pepper.  This is a one-skillet dish made with eggs and potatoes commonly enjoyed in Spain, warm or cold any  time of day. Sweet peppers add flavor and color to this version. 

I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart's Seasonal Produce Guide which has 23 recipes using bell peppers. Check it out for more good ideas. http://www.marthastewart.com/275370/bell-pepper-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide#850971

Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce. (This is an "old favorite" recipe. You will need to type it into the search box to locate.)

My favorite way to make sauce is by roasting the tomatoes. This reduces the liquid quickly while also intensifying the flavor. I like a combination of plum tomatoes and heirlooms for the texture and flavor. After roasting the tomatoes, I puree them in a food processor, after they have cooled slightly. You can cook your noodles and saute your onions, garlic, and any other veggies while you are roasting the tomatoes. Then add the tomato puree to the veggies, along with chopped herbs, salt and pepper to taste, and dinner is ready!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 8/11/2015 6:52am by John and Aimee Good.

Sorry for any confusion. Just like the cucumbers, 2nds tomatoes are $1/lb and bulk amounts are 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 15 lbs, for example.
Please email me with your name, amount, and pickup day to place an order.

If you want less than 5 lbs, you can simply choose them from the basket on the check-out counter when you come in for your share.

Thanks!

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 8/11/2015 6:20am by John and Aimee Good.

We had our first big harvest from the field tomatoes yesterday (in the pouring rain!)

Anyway, we can now offer bulk quantities of 2nds tomatoes on a first come, first served, basis to those who would like some for preserving (freezing, drying, canning).

You can email me this morning to get some for today's pickup, or just ask when you come in today. We should also have some for Friday pickup this week.

 

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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