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Posted 12/9/2013 1:30pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

 Quiet Creek Farm 2013 Member Survey: 

THANK YOU! 109 members completed our annual survey and we are very grateful for your feedback. We are beginning to plan the crop schedule for 2014 this week and we will incorporate your responses in choosing varieties and amounts. I will send out an update with a synopsis of the results and some highlights of the 2014 planning process shortly.


Farmer Continuing Education and Winter Work:

Farmer John participated and was a speaker at two local farming conferences this past week - The Organic Vegetable Intensive as well as the CSA School. He thoroughly enjoyed exchanging ideas and information with other farmers and is all "charged up" to begin the 2014 season. Although it seems far off, the season actually begins now for us, as we lay out the plans for the entire year. Other winter work includes ordering seeds and supplies, hiring interns, equipment repairs and maintenance, making potting mix, etc. By mid-February, we will begin seeding onions in the greenhouse!

Another winter job is filling CSA memberships! Now is the time to renew your CSA share for next season. Read more below . . .


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

For all 2013 members, we will hold your spot until December 31, 2013. After this point, we will open membership to the waiting list. We plan to expand the farm slightly in 2013, by one more acre of vegetables which will provide for about 30 additional shares. If you have friends, coworkers, or neighbors who are interested in becoming a member, please send them to our website to join the waiting list.

 Changes for next year: 

In order to simplify the payment plans, we now ask that all renewals that are not paid in full include post-dated checks specific to each payment plan. Full details are included on the membership form. We think this will simplify payment details for everyone. However, if you prefer to schedule online payments with your bank, that is fine. You can note this on your membership form.

 Registration Form:

To renew your share for next year, please print and fill out the Member Registration form completely, and return it by mail or to the barn with your intial deposit and post-dated checks for your future payments, or payment in full. Please contact Aimee if you have any questions! Thanks!


 


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/3/2013 1:58pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

Our friends at Ledamete Grass Farm have whole & half pigs available for January. Read more below.


Whole & Half Pigs Available from Ledamete Grass Farm- Make your Reservations Today!
Locally Raised on Pasture, Forest Forage and Organic Grain

Fill your freezer with delicious and nutritious meat at a bulk price and enjoy Ledamete Grass Farm pork all winter long- or longer (depending on how much/fast you eat!) For more information, please visit: http://p0.vresp.com/j4nxsy

 
Please contact April and Rob Fix of Ledamete Grass Farm directly with any questions.
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April & Rob Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078


Posted 11/25/2013 1:15pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

 Quiet Creek Farm 2013 Member Survey: 

We have 89 responses so far. Thanks very much!!!

We will be taking responses for one more week. After next week we will begin planning the 2014 season in earnest. If you want to weigh in on your experience this year and some scheduling changes for next year, now is the time! To complete the Member Survey, just click on the link below. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M22KV26


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

For all 2013 members, we will hold your spot until December 31, 2013. After this point, we will open membership to the waiting list. We plan to expand the farm slightly in 2013, by one more acre of vegetables which will provide for about 30 additional shares. If you have friends, coworkers, or neighbors who are interested in becoming a member, please send them to our website to join the waiting list.

 Changes for next year: 

In order to simplify the payment plans, we now ask that all renewals that are not paid in full include post-dated checks specific to each payment plan. Full details are included on the membership form. We think this will simplify payment details for everyone. However, if you prefer to schedule online payments with your bank, that is fine. You can note this on your membership form.

 Registration Form:

To renew your share for next year, please print and fill out the Member Registration form completely, and return it by mail or to the barn with your intial deposit and post-dated checks for your future payments, or payment in full. Please contact Aimee if you have any questions! Thanks!

 


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 11/11/2013 2:52pm by John and Aimee Good.



Although we have requested post-dated checks with your renewal, if you normally schedule your payments through online banking and wish to continue to do so, that is fine. Please just make a note of it on your Membership Form. Thanks!

Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 11/11/2013 1:33pm by John and Aimee Good.




 

Quiet Creek Farm 2013 Member Survey: 

We really appreciate your feedback on your experience with the farm this season. We take all you comments and opinions into consideration when planning for the coming season. To complete the Member Survey, just click on the link below. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. We have a new question concerning changing the pickup time schedule for next year. Please take a minute to weigh in with your thoughts. Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M22KV26


Membership Renewal: 

We hope you are still enjoying some of the fruits of this harvest season - such as your squash, potatoes, and garlic. As the busy holiday season draws near, we want to encourage you to take a moment to renew your membership in the farm today.  

For all 2013 members, we will hold your spot until December 31, 2013. After this point, we will open membership to the waiting list. We plan to expand the farm slightly in 2013, by one more acre of vegetables which will provide for about 30 additional shares. If you have friends, coworkers, or neighbors who are interested in becoming a member, please send them to our website to join the waiting list.

 

Changes for next year: 

In order to simplify the payment plans, we now ask that all renewals that are not paid in full include post-dated checks specific to each payment plan. Full details are included on the membership form. We think this will simplify payment details for everyone. We will send out a reminder 1 week prior to each deposit date, so that you can be sure the necessary funds are in your account prior to deposit. 

 

Registration Form:

To renew your share for next year, please print and fill out the Member Registration form completely, and return it by mail or to the barn with your intial deposit and post-dated checks for your future payments, or payment in full. Please contact Aimee if you have any questions! Thanks!

 


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/25/2013 9:39am by John and Aimee Good.



Our good friends at Primordia Mushroom Farm have a special offer for our members of their wonderfully fresh, all naturally raised and chemical-free Oyster mushrooms. These are very mild flavored gourmet mushroom, wonderful for soup, stir-fry, rice pilaf, and more. They are offering pre-orders of these mushrooms to our members for the discounted price of $9/lb. Minimum quantity per order is 1 lb.

To place an order, please email Jesse at primordiafarm@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, pick-up day, and amount desired.

Orders for Tuesday Oct. 29th pickup are due Monday Oct. 28th and orders for Friday Nov. 1st pickup are due Wednesday Oct. 30th.



Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/21/2013 1:09pm by John and Aimee Good.


This is a special message from John and Aimee Good concerning the future plans of Quiet Creek Farm. We have been looking for a permanent home for our farm for several years. We have now found it. Next month we plan to purchase 18 acres of farmland in Germansville, PA which is in northwestern Lehigh County. This new location will be within a half hour's drive for many of our members. Although you may not have heard of it before, Germansville is a small country village not far from here. To help you place it, Germansville is about 2 miles north of the junction of Rt 100 N and 309, near Schnecksville. It is 14 miles north of The Rodale Institute, 13 miles north of Trexlertown, 15 miles northwest of Allentown, 17 miles northeast of Kutztown, 12 miles east of Kempton. 

It is our goal to move our farm to its new permanent home after 3 years. We will continue to operate Quiet Creek Farm at The Rodale Institute for 3 more years, while we set up the farm and our home at the new location. We have always wanted to move beyond land leasing to land ownership, and the stability of land access that it entails.

We value you, our members, tremendously, and we will do everything in our power to help as many of you remain with the farm in the future as possible, including the following possibilities: boxed delivery share to specific drop-off points, every other week pickup option for on-farm memberships, etc. We will be open to suggestions as we move forward.

But for now, we intend to continue to provide you with the same high-quality vegetables and farm experience here at The Rodale Institute for 3 more years. And now we have a special membership opportunity for you, which will also help us greatly in making the transition to our new farm.

We are seeking Member Partners. To become a Member Partner you purchase a 3 year membership at the 2014 renewal rate. This would cover your membership for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. By making this 3-year committment to our farm, you will help provide the necessary funding needed for us to make the transition to the new farm. And by getting the same renewal rate, you will have a small savings on your membership fees. But the greater reward is knowing that you are supporting your farmers, contributing to the preservation of farmland, and enabling more farmland to be in organic production.


To become a Small Share Member Partner will be $1755. To become a Regular Share Member Partner will be $2355.


If any of you have the means and are willing to help by becoming a Member Partner, please contact us for further information. Thank you very much.




Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/21/2013 12:33pm by John and Aimee Good.


My apologies. I forgot to include this pdf version of the Member Registration Form in the previous "Renewal Email". If you cannot open the other form, which is a word document, please try this version. Thanks!


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/21/2013 12:26pm by John and Aimee Good.




 Membership Renewal: 

The bountiful fall season is upon us. Yet winter draws near. As we come to a close of this harvest season, we want to offer you the opportunity to renew your membership for next season now. While you are still actively involved in the farm each week, just take a moment to renew your membership, so that you do not miss out on next season. We allow all current members the opportunity to renew their membership until December 31, 2013. After this point, we will open membership to the waiting list. 

 

Changes for next year: 

In order to simplify the payment plans, we now ask that all renewals that are not paid in full include post-dated checks specific to each payment plan. Full details are included on the membership form. We think this will simplify payment details for everyone. We will send out a reminder 1 week prior to each deposit date, so that you can be sure the necessary funds are in your account prior to deposit. 

 

Registration Form:

To renew your share for next year, please print and fill out the Member Registration form completely, and return it by mail or to the barn with your intial deposit and post-dated checks for your future payments, or payment in full. Registration Forms will also be available in the barn. Please contact Aimee if you have any questions! Thanks!

 

2013 Season Highlights

We were very pleased and grateful for the harvest from the farm this season. We hope you enjoyed it as well. We had our longest tomato harvest ever this year, beginning the first week of July to October! The first cucumber and zucchini harvest were very early in the season, which we were striving for with earlier plant-out dates and use of mini-hoophouses in the field to extend their season. Many crops have been bountiful, including melons, potatoes, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, winter squash, fall carrots, and more.  

 

We really like the new melon that was trialed this year - the Canary melon - with the bright yellow skin and very sweet taste. Other new varieties we liked included the very sweet little orange peppers - called Oranos, the summer carrots (the longer variety harvested in August), the heat-tolerant broccoli, which extended the spring broccoli season by several weeks, the Salanova lettuce, which we used to create our new lettuce mix. The list continues, but these are just a few of this year’s new varieties that we liked. Of course, we also love some of the old favorites, like the fall carrots - Bolero storage variety - which are some of the best ever, and the fall potatoes - the Lehigh variety, named for our very own famous potato-growing region, perhaps why it grows so well for us! 

 

We also want to know what you liked, or did not like. We will be putting together our annual Member Survey in the coming weeks. More information to come. For now, it is time to renew your share for next season, to come back to the farm and enjoy the harvest with us again next year! 


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/21/2013 10:23am by John and Aimee Good.



FARM NOTES: This autumn harvest is a bountiful one and we hope you have been enjoying it. If you are not using all your vegetables up before it is time to come to the farm again, it does not matter, they will keep! Well, the salad greens are best used within the week, but all the roots, tubers, alliums, cabbages, and squashes are storage crops. They naturally keep for a long time. Traditionally these crops were stored in root cellars and attics to feed people fed through the long cold winter. They do have different storage requirements, but if kept properly, can feed your family for a while after the season has ended.

Potatoes, onions, and garlic like to be kept in a cool, dark, and dry location. Ideally about 50 degrees for potatoes and garlic and 40 degrees for onions, but a kitchen pantry or cupboard will suffice for a month or two. For longer term, try a cool, dry basement, attic, or garage (as long as it does not reach freezing temps).

Squashes like to be kept at 55-65 degrees, and dry. They will be fine at room temperature for several months. You can wipe them with a rag with some vinegar to clean the skins. Keep them in a place where you can check on them periodically, and use any that develop a soft spot before it begins to rot.

Roots such as celeriac, carrots, beets, turnips, etc. like to be very cold and very humid. These roots like 35-40 degrees and about 80-90 percent humidity. The best place to store these roots is in your fridge, in a plastic bag to prevent softening of the roots. When stored loose in the crisper drawer, not in a sealed bag, the dry air of the fridge pulls the moisture out of the roots and causes them to soften and shrivel. Stored properly, these will keep for months, crisp and sweet.

Cabbages also like cold, but do not want as much humidity as roots, which makes sense since roots are from the earth - a very damp place, and cabbages grow in the air, where it is much drier. You can store your cabbages in the fridge in a loose plastic bag. These will keep for several months. If the outer leaves spoil, you can simply peel those off and there will be a beautiful cabbage underneath - like magic!

So take note of these tips on storing your autumn bounty and enjoy it in the coming weeks!

 

STOCKING UP SALES: Switchback Pizza Company will be at the farm this week with their wonderful, hand-crafted, wood-fired pizzas featuring local ingredients. Pre-orders will be available for pickup. And they will have extra pizzas available for purchase as well. Check out their table for pizza selections available to take home with you!

Wild for Salmon will be at the farm next week, with their delicious, wild Alaskan salmon. There is still time to place pre-orders. For ordering information, please scroll down to the "Wild for Salmon Stock Up Sale" entry on our News/Blog page . They will also have products for sale on pickup days next week.


COOPERATIVE SHARES:  Fruit, eggs, and bread shares this week.



THE HARVEST

Carrots

Red Beets

Leaf Lettuce

Gold potatoes

Garlic

Savoy Cabbage

Butternut Squash / Long Neck Pumpkins


CHOICE: Broccoli, peppers, green tomatoes, eggplant, etc.


RECIPES & COOKING TIPS: 

You may have noticed that the butternut squash were exceptionally large this year. Well, we ordered butternut squash seeds, and thought we planted butternut squash plants. But they all grew as long neck pumpkins. Long neck pumpkins and butternut squash are very closely related - both Cucurbita moschata. They have a nice long neck which is solid flesh, and a very small seed cavity. They are known as a wonderful baking pumpkin, prized for pies. They can also be made into breads, muffins, and pancakes, as well as savory soups. You can also peel and cube the pumpkin to roast in the oven with onion or garlic, olive oil, and herbs such as thyme, oregano, savory, etc.

As the holidays are drawing near, I have included my recipe for making the best Pumpkin Pie - using real pumpkin or squash.  Another family favorite was introduced to us by a CSA member a few years ago - Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter.

Another tasty soup to try is Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup. Last but not least is a recipe for Sauteed Beet Greens, which combines the roasted beets with a tasty saute of the greens  for a pretty red and green dish that uses the whole vegetable - roots and tops!

Enjoy!

As always, you can search our Recipe page by vegetable. And you can reference past email updates by going to the News & Blog page of our website.

 

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 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!"

 

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