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Posted 1/31/2018 10:54am by John and Aimee Good.

Ready for the final 3 questions of the CSA quiz? Here they are!


Q4: Do you need control in your menu planning?

 

CSA members learn to be flexible, and to use the weekly vegetables to guide their menu planning, rather than the other way around.

Instead of creating a meal plan and procuring the ingredients necessary for those meals, CSA membership asks that you take the vegetables that are available each week and then decide what's for dinner.

Many members actually say this can be inspiring and less stressful. You don't have to create a menu plan out of nowhere, you take what the harvest provides and use it.

Sometimes less choice is actually more freedom, freedom to try new things, inspiration to combine vegetables in different ways, to enjoy new meals.

 

My children's kindergarten teacher always said: “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

This is useful to remember when dealing with a new vegetable or a different combination of veggies than you are used to.

But don't worry, we always provide detailed cooking tips, storage tips, and recipes for each share, focusing particularly on the new or more unusual veggies.

We help you learn to eat "the CSA way." It will take some time and a commitment. But the benefits are huge. . .

Here is a quote from a 9-year CSA member,

"As I look back from the early years to the present I see how the CSA has helped us to include eating more fresh vegetables. I am thankful. Now we make wiser choices about what we are eating and have developed better eating habits. Over the years, I can see how it has impacted our overall health, helping us feel & live better!"

 


Q5: Are you willing to make the commitment to learn to eat the CSA way?

 

Many members say they already see the results of CSA membership in their first year - their kids eat more veggies, they lose weight, they feel better.

But after a few years with us, people really start to become masters, learning how to freeze, can, or dry the bumper crops; learning which recipes actually use seasonal ingredients; and how to make substitutions in recipes for ingredients you actually have.

But the best part I think, is getting the feel for how to cook and eat seasonally. I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating a completely new recipe or meal based on the harvest, and having it be delicious, and my family loving it! 

It does not have to be complicated. John and I are both working full-time on the farm and we have two kids.  Let me assure you, I am making simple meals. But they are delicious simply because the ingredients are so good, and I don't overcook the vegetables.

That's the first rule of thumb. Use good ingredients. Don't overcook them, except in the case of roasted root veggies, which is so easy and so delicious, and the long roasting process really brings out the sweetness of the roots!

So just realize that this will be a process. And we will hold your hand along the way. But the results will be well worth it.

 

 

Q6: Are you looking for a “deal”? Are you comparing CSA prices to the grocery store?

 

First off, it is a good deal. We track the value of our weekly CSA shares in comparison to our local Wegmans. Consistently, our members are receiving $10-$20 more for their share than if they had shopped at the grocery store.

It is one of our goals as a farm. We strive to offer value in the share to give back to our members, for making the commitment to us for an entire season.

Additionally, we make sure the CSA share contains more produce per dollar than what could be purchased from our farm stand at market. We value our CSA customers above all else, because they are committed to us.

It is a win-win relationship.

Still, we want you to know that our members are receiving a greater value than just the cost of the food.

Our vegetables have added value because every one of our vegetables is telling a story, of the journey from the seed to your table.

Every week of your CSA share brings new lessons, in creative cooking, in patience with yourself as you learn to use the contents of the share, of forgiveness if  you don't get to all the veggies that week, and lastly, of how everything goes back to the earth.

Our veggies can become a new way of life, of healthier eating, imaginative cooking, embracing a new culture of food. They can be the catalyst for your journey with food.

The vegetables from the farm are the means to achieving your goal to prepare a great meal, better than most any restaurant fare, a meal you can be proud of.

This is not something any grocery store can give you.

 

So, how’d you do?

Did you pass the quiz?

Remember, CSA is one way to get fresh farmer food onto your table. We think it is the best way for those who truly love cooking and eating great food; who value the story, the journey, and the farmer relationship behind the food. CSA can change the way you eat forever. We have many members who say, now that they have tasted this food, they cannot go back to grocery store vegetables.

But if CSA doesn't fit your life, you can still get farm-fresh food from a "Producer-Only" farmer’s market. You can visit us at The Trexlertown Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm at the Velodrome, mid-May through mid-November.

We hope you enjoyed this little quiz. We want to set you up for CSA success, to make sure your expectations match up with the reality of CSA before you commit.

 

If you think you’re ready, here are your next steps:

Head over to the Sign Up Now! link.

 

Join the movement.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR CSA. 

 

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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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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Posted 1/26/2018 10:36am by John and Aimee Good.


Here it is, the nitty, gritty details of CSA membership. Time to get down in the dirt with the farmers, figuratively of course.

Soon we will be getting down in the dirt ourselves, can't wait. We sow the first onion seeds in the greenhouse in mid-February!

There is a lot of text here, but please don't be tempted to ignore it. This has all the info you may need about our CSA. Just scan, and then read where you want to learn more. And feel free to get back to us with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Benefits of CSA Membership:

  • 24 weeks delicious produce, June - November, picked fresh daily, so you get the best in flavor and nutrition.
  • 100% Good Farm-grown, 100% certified organic, for your peace of mind.
  • 2 share sizes to meet your needs, plus members can add-on weekly items via the online store, CSA Extras.
  • Upick garden open to all members, 4 days/week seasonally, so you can spend a day on the farm.
  • Extra shares to make it a one-stop-shop: Fruit, eggs, bread, cheese, and new - coffee (coming soon!)
  • E-newsletter with cooking tips and recipes to teach you the art of seasonal eating.
  • Pick up on-farm in beautiful Germansville or at convenient delivery locations throughout the Lehigh Valley.
  • When you know your farmer, you can trust your food.

 

PICKUP OPTIONS:

1) On-farm, market-style, Tuesdays (1-6pm) or Fridays (2-7pm), or Boxed Share on Saturday mornings (9 am - noon)

2)"Boxed share", several delivery locations throughout the Lehigh Valley, Thursday afternoons, including Allentown, Hellertown, Trexlertown, and Kutztown.

  • Market Style pickup: Members pick and pack their own shares. Set amount of staples (ie. tomatoes, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, carrots, etc.) plus selection of greens, and rotating choices of unusual or less popular veg. (think beets, turnips, radishes).
  • Boxed Share: All the staples and usual favorites included weekly, plus a rotating selection of unusual or less common veggies.

SHARE SIZES & FEES:

  • Small share (most popular size, feeds 2+ adults) 8 items weekly, at $26 per week, or $625 for the 6 month season, June - November
  • Regular share (family size, feeds a large family or 4 adults) 10-12 items weekly, at $35 per week, or $840 for the 6 month season, June- November

 

PAYMENT PLANS:

20% Deposit due at signup ($125 for small share, $168 for regular.)

Remainder: 4 payments in the same amount as the deposit; due March 30, April 30, May 30, June 30.

 

SHARE SIZE DETAILS:

80% of members prefer the small share. It is suitable for couples, small families, etc. with an average of 8 items weekly. An item could be a bunch of carrots, a head of lettuce, 6-8 oz. salad mix, 2 lbs tomatoes, 2 lbs potatoes, a melon.

The small share is about 2/3 the size of the regular. We do not offer a half share because certain items, such as a melon or head of cabbage or lettuce, are not easily halved.

The regular share is for large size families, or for those who want to put up lots of produce for the winter months, with 10-12 items weekly. Some members also split this size share with another family, alternating weekly pickups.

PICTURES ARE WORTH 1000 WORDS: Check out our CSA showcase of small shares.

 

PICKUP LOCATIONS:

 *** ON-FARM: Tuesdays- 1-6 pm, Fridays 2-7 pm, Saturdays 9 am - noon

*** DELIVERY SITES

1) Allentown, 3-7 pm, Sanctuary for Healing Therapies & Mama Flower's Remedies, 2358 Sunshine Rd. Allentown PA 18103

2) Hellertown, 3-7 pm, Doggy Dao & Cat's Meow, 1238 Main Street, Hellertown PA 18055

3) Kutztown, 2-7 pm, Young Ones, 26 S. Whiteoak St. Kutztown PA 19530

4) Trexlertown, 2-6 pm, Livewell Integrated Health, 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Breiningsville, PA 18031

* If you would like us to start a new pickup location, please contact us with your suggestion. We need a minimum of 10 shares to create a delivery site!

 

UPICK GARDEN: All members are welcome to visit the Upick garden to harvest their own berries, fresh flowers, herbs, peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, and more during open farm hours. Upick crops are included in the cost of a CSA share, and amounts are set according to share size. Delivered shares may receive 1 week of berries and 1 week of snap beans in their boxes as well. 

Open Farm Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am - noon.

 

EXTRA SHARES:  We partner with other local farmers and producers to offer "extra shares", to enrich the CSA experience and make a one-stop-shop of local foods for our members!

  • Fruit: 16 weeks of delicious local fruit: mouth-watering peaches, both yellow and white varieties; Bosc and Bartlett pears; and many different varieties of apples, including Honeycrisp, Keepsake, Liberty, Jonagold, and more, grown in Kempton, PA by County Line Orchards, with low-spray methods (not organic).     
  • Eggs: 1 dozen fresh, certified organic, pasture-raised eggs from Spring Creek Farms. You can see and taste the difference of truly pastured eggs in the beautiful orange yolks.     Weekly share:  23 weeks ($150)
  • Bread: Artisan breads from The Daily Loaf: fresh-baked whole-grain loaves made from organic flour, water, salt and sourdough culture. Styles include Multi-grain, Whole Wheat, Onion Rye, Seeded wheat, as well as seasonal specialties such as Blueberry and Sweet Potato, pre-sliced for convenience.   Weekly share: 21 weeks: $140
  • Cheese: Biweekly share, 2 wedges of hand-made artisan cheese  hand-crafted by Valley Milkhouse and Birchrun Hills Farm, small batch, family run operations producing award-winning cheese: fresh cheeses like feta and creamy fromage blanc to soft-ripened cheeses such as brie to aged cheeses including rustic tommes, blues, and nutty alpine styles. Birchrun Hills Farm has their own pasture-based dairy operation and Valley Milkhouse uses milk from Spring Creek Farm, a certified organic, pasture-based dairy.      11 weeks: $185
  • Coffee: from Bake Oven Roasters, more info coming soon!

 

Wow! You made it through! Thank you for staying with me. Just wanted to remind you that we are here to talk to you about our CSA program. You can email, call, or even come by for a visit. We believe CSA is the best possible way to get farm-fresh delicious produce and we would love to show you!

P.S. Coming Next - Take the CSA quiz: Find out if CSA is a good match for you!

Keep an eye on your inbox!

-Aimee

 

Farmers, John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 1/25/2018 10:43am by John and Aimee Good.

When I get my weekly CSA (yes, even as a farmer, I pick up my own weekly CSA share!) I feel just like I am opening a present! A beautiful bounty of colorful, delicious produce is inside. Ideas for the weekly menu begin to swirl around in my mind. This share from the summer (pictured below) is full of the favorites:sweet corn, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, watermelon, salad mix, and more.

Hmm . . . , grilled sweet corn, tomato cucumber salad, zucchini fritters, and watermelon for dessert anyone?

As we move through the seasons, the harvest changes as well. The great thing about CSA is that you don't get bored! Every vegetable is not available all the time. In the spring, we are so excited for the CSA season to start, and can almost taste the fresh crisp lettuce! Then June arrives, and we begin to feast on strawberries, fresh spinach and lettuce, spring onions, and bright green broccoli.

Just as we are about to burst with greens, the early summer crops begin to come in - juicy cucumbers, tender zucchini, crisp carrots, sweet red beets.

Still, we eagerly anticipate the first ripe tomatoes! Finally, usually around the 4th of July, our patience is rewarded with the deliciousness of truly sun-ripened tomatoes. And then it just comes rolling in;  sweet corn, peppers, summer squash, sweet onions, fresh garlic, melons, and more and more tomatoes!

And again, we eat our fill of the summer bounty, and as we are reaching the saturation point, the fall crops come in - salad greens, broccoli and cabbage, carrots and beets, pumpkins and winter squash, and more.

Eating with the seasons is a wonderful adventure in taste. It is also great for your body. Mother Nature is one smart lady! Springtime greens are the perfect thing to clean out our systems after the long winter season of colds and flu. Summer's juicy fruits (think cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, etc.) are great for re-hydration - who needs Gatorade - just eat a melon! The hearty roots and greens of autumn fill our bellies and nourish us deeply, with warming soups, stews, and sweet roasted roots, perfect on cold windy days.

 

So, are you getting excited looking at those beautiful vegetables? I know I am!   Want to SIGN UP NOW?

But wait . . . , I have one more thing to share with you- our Harvest Calendar!

To download a pdf, click here: Printable Harvest Calendar

To view it online, click here: Online Harvest Calendar

 

P.S.. Watch your inbox for another email coming soon. I will explain the differences between the 2 share sizes AND give you all the details: prices, payment plans, pickup sites, add-ons, and more!

 

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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Posted 1/23/2018 8:15am by John and Aimee Good.

Hello! Welcome to The Good Farm! We are so glad that you have signed up to be on our wait list/mailing list. We look forward to meeting you in person, but for now, we would like to "e-greet" you!

We are John and Aimee Good. We have been growing organic produce and offering CSA shares for 16 years. Our journey began in Chester County, but we spent the last 11 years at The Rodale Institute (as Quiet Creek Farm), and 2017 marked our first season on our home farm in Germansville (The Good Farm).

This past year, our first season on the farm, was a great success, with some of the best crops we have ever raised, including super sweet melons, luscious sweet corn, and a bumper crop of tomatoes!

We are super excited to share the benefits of CSA membership with you! Because you signed up for our wait list/mailing list, you get first dibs on CSA signups for the 2018 season, before we advertise to the general public.

So, why do I believe CSA is the best possible way to get delicious farm-fresh produce?

Before I began farming, I did not like melons. I ate broccoli because it was good for me, and I thought all carrots just grew straight!

After my first season working on a CSA farm in Massachusetts (back in 2000), I made some discoveries:

Vegetables are actually delicious when they are picked fresh from a farm with healthy soils! Broccoli is really kind of sweet, carrots can grow all kinds of twisted ways and they are crazy sweet, and I LOVE melons! (I am have to say that a real melon is so far from the bland orange cubes you find in "fruit salad" that it is almost criminal to call that stuff melon.)

So, from the first taste you might say, I fell in love with farming. John fell for organic farming during college, with a strong desire to steward the environment in a meaningful, practical way. So we began our farming journey together in 2002.

And now we are excited to welcome you to the journey. To share with you the delights of truly delicious food, that makes you want to eat more vegetables, that makes your body feel good. Eating from a local organic farm gives you peace of mind,  knowing you are helping to nurture the soil, not harming the wildlife and waters with chemical input runoff, and reducing the distance traveled from the farmer to the eater. When you know your farmer, you can trust your food.

So thank you for wanting to get to know us. I enjoyed introducing ourselves to you today and hope to meet you in person soon.

If you want to read more about the farm, check out our website at www.goodfarmcsa.com.

If you are ready to Sign Up Now for the 2018 season, just click on the link.

Thank you!

-Aimee Good

P.S. We will contact you again in a few days, to fill you in on the nitty gritty details of CSA membership.

Thanks again!

 

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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Posted 1/22/2018 2:37pm by John and Aimee Good.

Extra, extra, read all about  . . . the extra shares!

Back again this year:

  • Fruit shares - 16 weeks of delicious local yellow & white peaches, bosc and bartlett pears, and so many kinds of delicious apples, from Honeycrisp to Keepsake, Jonagolds, Crimson crisp and more. Produced using low-spray methods at County Line Orchards in Kempton, Lehigh County. Avg 5-6 lbs/wk.    16 weeks, $250
  • Eggs - 1 dozen weekly, certified organic eggs from pasture-raised hens at Spring Creek Farms, a certified organic dairy in Berks County. Those delicious yellow yolks show the difference in real farm-fresh healthy eggs!    23 weeks, $150
  • Bread - Artisan, whole-grain sourdough loaves, simply hand-made from organic flours by The Daily Loaf in Hamburg PA. Pre-sliced so they are easy to eat and/or freeze. Great varieties like seeded wheat, multi-grain, spelt wheat, onion rye, and more.     21 weeks, $140

 

New for this year

  • Artisan Cheese - artisan style cheeses, 2 wedges every other week, from Valley Milkhouse and Birchrun Hills Farm, small batch family run creameries in Berks and Chester County, respectively. Distinctively delicious cheese: from fresh styles like creamy fromage blanc and feta; soft-ripened, luscious brie; to aged cheese varieties such as rustic tommes, blues, and nutty alpine styles.      Biweekly share (11 weeks) $185
  • Coffee - fresh-roasted coffee share is coming soon! We are working on creating this new option based on feedback from member surveys. More info to come shortly!

 

To read more about these Extra Shares, check out the Membership Details and scroll down to the bottom.

ALREADY A 2018 CSA MEMBER: Thank you! You can add any extra shares by clicking here:  Update your membership!

Haven't gotten around to renewing your share yet? Why not sign up now and get your pick of the Extra Shares at the same time?

Don't delay, egg shares will sell out quickly!  JOIN TODAY!

 

If you have any difficulties updating (adding extra shares) or renewing your CSA share, please contact Aimee by replying to this email. I will be happy to help you!



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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Posted 1/9/2018 3:05pm by John and Aimee Good.

Happy Winter! Well we certainly have had a lot of cold days thus far.  We are hopeful that this intense cold spell will help to reduce the pest pressure in the coming season.
It is a good time of year for creative thinking and planning indoors, which has kept us busy!
(John took this neat picture of the farm on a recent snow day - the light is so blue!
 
NEWS FROM THE FARM!
 
  • We received a federal grant to install a new high tunnel. We are working on the plans for this project and hope to erect the structure in the spring. We will likely put the grafted tomatoes in this newer, bigger tunnel and try fancy greenhouse cucumbers in the old tunnel.
 
  • We are in the process of applying for a matching-funds grant to install solar panels on the barn to provide part of the power to run the walk-in coolers in the barn. We may be hosting a solar installers certification class in the springtime. More information to come!
 
ANNUAL MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS
Thank you for the wonderful response! About half of all CSA members completed the year-end survey. Here is a brief recap of the results which may interest you:

Vegetable Top 10 Favorites

1) Salad Mix

2) Sweet Corn

3) Spinach

4) Broccoli

5) Red tomatoes

6) Sweet potato

7) Garlic

8) Gold potatoes

9) Zucchini

10) Cucumbers

*There were far fewer votes for least favorites, than favorites, so I am happy to say that you all love your vegetables!

 

Vegetable 5 Least Favorite

1) Turnips

2) Celeriac

3) Eggplant

4) Radishes

5) Bok Choy

SHARE OPTIONS:
67% prefer the current style of general farm share.
EXTRAS:
20% are interested in the opportunity to add-on extra veggies as needed, and 20% are also interested in a "Coffee Share".
RENEWAL FACTORS:
Quality & Freshness of Vegetables, and Local were the most important factors in the decision to renew membership, followed by "Abundance & Variety", "Knowing Your Farmer", "Certified Organic", "Price", and "Healthy Diet".

 

2018 SEASON PLANS:

We will be continuing to offer the "farm share" with the abundance and variety that you expect. We do hope to add some new varieties to the mix, and also to try to increase the offerings on the weekly choice table as well.

There are always some vegetables that show up on both the favorite and least favorite list, such as arugula, beets, turnips, kale, etc. We realize that the best way to please everyone is to include these items as choices as often as is possible. Of course, due to the nature of vegetable production, we do at times have to harvest the crop for all members. We hope that you will use these times to try to expand your horizons and prepare that vegetable that is not your favorite in a new way which may be more palatable to you and your family. 

We really appreciate your responses and comments. They are helping us as we create the crop plan for 2018. After all, we are growing for you!!!

 

2018 Season Sign-up!

If you have not yet signed up for the 2018 season, now is the time to do so!

Just head over to our Sign Up Now! page and enter your email address to login as a returning member. All your member information from 2017 will be stored for you and you can update as needed and complete your checkout.

If you cannot recall whether you renewed or made your down payment yet, you can check your membership status for 2018 here.    Membership Status Update.

We are still in the process of confirming certain "Extra Shares" so only Fruit Shares are available for sign-up or adding-on at this point in time. However those can always be added prior to the start of the season, by Updating your Membership. All members will receive notification as "Extra Shares" become available.

We have updated our website to reduce clutter and simplify, and to make it easier for members to find what they need. Feel free to check out the new pictures and content on the site at goodfarmcsa.com.  We appreciate any feedback!

 

Thanks again for your continued support!

Renewing your membership in the winter helps us to procure the seeds and supplies necessary to begin the farming season. We will be seeding the first onions in the greenhouse next month!

 

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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Posted 11/22/2017 9:25am by John and Aimee Good.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! 

We wish for a time of joy and peace for all, a time to be grateful, a time to enjoy family and friends, a time to celebrate the harvest of the season with a delicious feast!

CSA Renewal: Here is the link to renew your membership for the 2018 season, if you have not done so already. As a returning member, you can log in with your email address, and it takes only a few minutes to ensure you can enjoy the harvest with us next season as well!

 

Pumpkin Recipes: I apologize if you have heard this from me many times... Pumpkin recipes can be made with puree of winter squash. In fact, canned pumpkin is often made from butternut squash, as it is sweeter and less stringy than pumpkin.

Here are the directions to create your own pumpkin puree from winter squash, as well as the recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread and Pumpkin Pie, 2 favorites in our house.

*For pumpkin puree: Cut any winter squash in half. Place cut side down in a baking pan with about 1/2 - 1 inch of water in bottom. Bake at 350 until pierced tender with a fork, about 35-45 minutes. Let cool slightly and then scrape out flesh with a spoon and puree in food processor. You can use this as is, or drain in cheesecloth or a sieve placed over a bowl in the fridge overnight for a thicker consistency. (I generally drain for pies and gnocchi, not for breads.) Measure any unused portion into 1 or 2 cup measures and freeze for soup, pie, bread, etc.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

*Adapted from The Joy of Cooking.

You can make this bread with any cooked mashed squash, yams, or sweet potatoes.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.

Whisk together thoroughly:

1 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Combine in another bowl:

1/3 cup milk (or water)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, beat until creamy, about 30 seconds:

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

Gradually add and beat on high until lightened in color and texture, 3-4 minutes:

3/4 - 1 cup sugar, rapadura, or coconut sugar, etc.

Beat in 1 at at time:

2 large eggs

Add and beat on low speed until just blended:

1 cup pumpkin puree*

Add flour mixture to wet mixture, gently mixing with a spoon or spatula until just combined. Fold in:

1 cup chocolate chips (can substitute 1/2 c. raisins and 1/2 c. walnuts here)

Spread batter into greased pan. Bake about 1 hour, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before un-molding to cool completely.

 

The BEST Pumpkin Pie, from Fresh REAL Pumpkin

Recipe adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

3 c. pumpkin or winter squash puree*

3 eggs

¾ - 1 c. sucanat, rapadura or other raw cane sugar

1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp. dried ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. powdered cloves

grated rind of 1 lemon (optional)

1 c. cream

1 pie crust**

Line a 9 inch pie pan with crust dough and pinch edge to make border. In food processor, puree eggs, cream, and pumpkin. Add remaining ingredients and puree again. Pour into pie shell and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.

**If you have a favorite pie crust recipe, great! If not, here is mine, handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me. This makes 3 bottom 9” shells. If you only want to make one pie, simply wrap the rest in wax paper and store in ziploc bag in fridge up to 1 week or in freezer.

3 c. flour (I use 1 c. whole wheat pastry or sprouted flour and 2 c. unbleached white flour)

1/2 c. cold lard (Can replace with non-hydrogenated organic shortening (also called palm oil) or all butter. I prefer lard to make a very flaky crust!

1/2 c. cold butter

1 egg

½ c. cold water with 1 tbsp. vinegar in it

 dash salt

Combine flour, salt and fats until crumbly. (You can use a pastry cutter, mash it all up with your fingers, or my favorite method - put all in the food processor and pulse a few times.) Add the egg. Then add just enough of the water/vinegar mixture and mix (or pulse a few times more) until you have a good dough consistency. (If using a food processor, you only want to pulse it, not run it, until it begins to stick together.)

If you do not add enough water, the dough will fall apart and not roll out well. If you add too much, it will be sticky. Also, this works best when the fats are cool or cold. If it gets too warm, it will be hard to roll out the dough. If this happens, just cool the dough ball in the fridge or freezer for a while and then try to roll out the dough.

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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Posted 10/30/2017 3:53pm by John and Aimee Good.


2018 Renewals 

REVIEW OF 2017 SEASON

Autumn is the time that we begin to put the farm to bed and plan for the upcoming season, including removing mulch and trellises, planting cover crops and garlic, mulching berries, and planning the crop rotation. It is also a time when we are thinking about how to improve the CSA season for the coming year. 

We are very excited about the bounty of the 2017 season! With the move to the new farm, we are extremely happy with the farm’s vegetable production this year. The yields on many crops were excellent, and the quality of the vegetables was better than we could have hoped, including flavor and size. Several members actually commented that the vegetables tasted better than ever this year! The amounts that each member received this year were higher than average, because the crops produced so well.  

We track the weekly shares for our records. This year, we compiled a CSA/Market comparison, with retail prices averaged from Wegmans and a local producer-only Farmers Market for certified organic produce. At this point in the season, the Small shares have received about $750 worth of produce, an average of $36/week, while the regular shares have received about $1100 worth of produce, an average of $55/week. These amounts were calculated just from the produce in the barn or in the boxes. The Upick garden produce is not figured into these numbers. All members have already received well over the investment put into the shares, at $27/week for the small share, and $36/week for the regular.  

We were amazed to put into numbers the real bounty that the farm has produced this year for 200 CSA members. We hope you have enjoyed it, and are excited for next year!  

GOALS/PLANS FOR 2018

We plan to adjust the production schedule so as to provide even more diverse shares, and to try to avoid a burdensome surplus of certain crops, such as eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes, that occurs occasionally throughout the season. We will be soliciting member input in the coming weeks.  

It is our goal to extend the CSA season next year, continuing CSA pickup to the week before Thanksgiving, as this is the traditional time to celebrate the harvest! For years we have heard from members that they are always sad to see the season end. We will do our best to extend our production into the fall and hopefully the winter as well, as we increase our season extension capabilities.  

We received a grant from the USDA to put up another high tunnel for next season. We LOVE the tomato production we get from the high tunnel (tomatoes from July - October!) and would like to do more tomatoes, as well as long, trellised European cucumbers and more season extension, including lettuce and leafy greens.  

We hope to incorporate a 1 week CSA break, likely in mid-October, so as not to affect production, to give the farm family a much-needed rest and chance for some time away. No shares will be distributed that week. As we get older and continue farming full-time, we realize our bodies need some time for rest and recuperation to go the long haul. Because even when CSA share season ends, the field work continues for another month, and then begins again in the greenhouse in mid-February.  

CSA SHARE RENEWAL FOR 2018

As this season draws to a close, now is a great time to renew your membership for next year. Rather than wait until the middle of winter, why not secure your spot now, while the CSA season is still on your mind. Renewing your membership now also really helps us in several ways. Your membership support helps us to plan for the 2018 growing season, and it helps to cover the many expenses we incur throughout the winter; including purchasing seeds, potting soil, and supplies; heating the greenhouse, maintaining and repairing the farm equipment, as well as the standard business expenses of accounting, taxes, insurance, etc.  

We have not raised our prices for several years. This year we will be raising the total CSA price for the season, but the weekly share price will not change as we are extending the season. The Small share for 2018 is $625 ($27/week) and the regular share is $$840 ($36/week). As always, members are welcome to split shares with another family, friend or neighbor.   We hope you have enjoyed this season and are ready and excited to sign on for another!  

You can now sign up online as a returning member. A 20% deposit is all that is required to hold your spot for next year. You can also use the paper forms in the barn at CSA pickup this week. We will be taking 2017 member renewals for vegetable shares only at this time. Extra shares can be added in the new year. All current members have the first opportunity to renew. Your spot will be held until the end of 2017. After that time, we open membership to the public. Reserve your share today, and ensure another great season of produce with The Good Farm CSA!


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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Posted 10/30/2017 11:42am by John and Aimee Good.

Final CSA Pickup . . .

This is the final week of CSA pickups for the 2017 season, Tuesday October 31st through Saturday November 4th. We hope you enjoyed this bountiful season! We will have member surveys and renewal information for the 2018 season coming out shortly!  

The farm is "greening" up again, just in time for winter. On the right of the farm road, we have a nice patch of strawberries for next spring. The tall grasses behind the berries are healthy green cover crops, including oats, wheat, and clover.  These cover crops will protect the soil from erosion all winter long, and then be plowed under as "green manure" in the spring, to feed the wakening soil microbes and provide fertility for next year's vegetable crops.

THE HARVEST: Your Share may include the following items(subject to change):

Kale

Yellow onions

Garlic

Sweet bell & Italian peppers

Butternut Squash-  Store at room temperature down to 50 degrees. Will keep for months. Great for soups, pies, breads, roasted, stuffed, etc. Check last week's recipes for pumpkin pie recipe, made with butternut squash.

Carrots - lots! The carrots did amazingly well this fall. So we had bulk amounts for you last week, and even more this week. These are storage carrots, and will keep for a long time, properly stored. Store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge, or packed in damp sand in a bucket or other container in a cold place, like a garage or basement, where it will not freeze.

Potatoes - Store in a cool dry place. Not necessary to refrigerate, and flavors are best if kept around 50 degrees.

Sweet Potatoes - Store in a cool dry place. Not necessary to refrigerate, and flavors are best if kept around 50-60 degrees.

Celeriac- also called Celery root. Funny looks, but great taste! Peel and dice for soups. Layer with potatoes and turnips for a gratin dish. Mash with potatoes. Celeriac is an excellent storage root and will keep for a long time. Store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer or in sand as carrots, above.

Parsnips - a sweet white carrot shaped root. Like a cross between a carrot and a potato. My favorite - maple-glazed parsnips - check recipe in next email.

Leeks - a creamy mild onion. Slice thinly entire white portion. Greens can be used for broth or discarded. Excellent for soups, pasta dishes, quiche, roasted, etc. Potato-leek soup is the classic favorite.

Cabbage - red, green, savoy or Napa - an excellent keeper. Store in a loose or perforated bag in the fridge, up to several months. Great for winter slaws, soups, roasted, cabbage rolls, taco toppings, and more. Also, check out recipe for homemade sauerkraut in a jar - easy, delicious, and so good for you!

Upick at the farm: mostly done! Still some herbs and flowers hanging on.

*COOPERATIVE SHARES: Fruit, bread, cheese, egg shares this week! Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet and retrieve your shares from the cooler. Please ask if you need help!

 

WILD FOR SALMON will be at the farm on Tuesday October 31st from 1-6:30 pm, and they will be taking "day-of" sales as well as pre-orders. 

 

*NEED TO CHECK CSA PICK-UP or U-pick TIMES AND/OR LOCATIONS? Click on the link below.

http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/pickup-hours

 

Any questions? Please reply to this email. We will respond within 1-2 days, during the busy farming season!

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

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