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Posted 6/10/2013 1:42pm by John and Aimee Good.


Farm Notes: The farm crew was very excited about getting to experience the whole life cycle of broccoli last week. They harvested the first spring planting, and sowed the seeds for the fall planting in the greenhouse, all in the same week.

The spring broccoli which you are now eating was sown in the greenhouse March 1st. It is sown in special seeding flats which can hold about 500 seeds to fit onto our heat mats, which ensure a warm, even soil temperature for the best germination. After germination, the seedlings are transplanted to cell trays and grown on to "field transplanting" size. These broccoli starts (shown on the right) were planted out mid-April and covered with a mini-tunnel constructed of wire hoops and row covers, for pest and cold protection. They grew well this spring, and twe expect to complete the harvest of the first planting this week. But we have two more spring plantings which should follow this one closely - so we are hoping for a nice long, tasty broccoli harvest!

The first fall planting, which the apprentices sowed last week, will be planted out in the field late July, under a mini-tunnel again for protection from flea beetles which can be terrible in the heat of the summer. It will hopefully come in for a mid-September harvest.

Special Guests: Rob & April Fix of Ledamete Grass Farm will be at the pickup on Tuesday from 2-6 pm with their organically raised meats for sale: pastured poultry (whole chickens, halves, and parts  including new boneless breasts), forest & pasture-raised pork (many cuts available) as well as their sustainable soaps.Click on this link for more information about their offerings. http://p0.vresp.com/b2blTw

Hill Acres Pride will be at the farm on both Tuesday and Friday to sample their cheeses. The first cheese share pickup is this week, but the farmers are still accepting signups for cheese shares, which will begin with the next delivery. 

Payments: Please bring payment with you for any reserved egg & bread shares. If you are overdue for a scheduled CSA payment, please bring it with you to pickup. All final share payments are due June 30th. Check the Customer Balance sheet here, or in the barn. Thank you!

Sign-in: Please sign in when picking up your vegetable share, and any other "Cooperative Shares" every week. Thanks!

THE HARVEST

Lettuce heads

Salad mix

Kale

Choice of Greens: Arugula, Spinach, Asian spinach

Bok choy & or Napa cabbage

Hakurei turnips

Broccoli

UPICK

Perennial herbs: chives & chive blossoms, oregano, thyme, sage, garlic chives

COMING SOON

Zucchini, Scallions, Sugar snap peas, Cabbage


COOKING & STORAGE TIPS

Greens storage: Greens keep best in plastic containers or sealed bags, with some air space to avoid crushing. A damp towel on top and bottom will prevent wilting, but be careful - too much moisture will reduce shelf life. You can remove the greens from turnips store them separately from the roots, to save space and improve shelf life.

Our spring Kale is a variety called Siberian with smooth, green leaves. It is very tender and mild, a delicious cooking green. After washing the leaves, remove the center rib. I like to hold the stem at the end and then slide my fingers back along the rib towards the top of the leaf to remove the rib. Otherwise, you can cut it out. Stack the leaves on top of each other. Roll them up tight and chop into thin strips. Saute until kale is wilted and bright green. My simple standby is olive oil and garlic, with a splash of tamari soy sauce and balsamic vinegar added at the end. Carolina Kale is a pretty and tasty dish that combines the sweetness of cooked tomatoes, onions, with kale, spiced with cumin. This recipe, along with Kale Chips, can convert those who do not readily enjoy kale. Creamy Kale Pasta and Garlic n' Greens Pizza are two delicious recipes that pair creamy cheeses with this dark nutritious green. 

Napa Cabbage (also called Chinese Cabbage) is a tender, leafy version of cabbage. It has a slightly sweeter taste and is more juicy than traditional cabbage. It is delicious in stir-fry, and also makes wonderful slaws or salads. To use, separate leaves and wash well. Stack leaves on top of each other. Slice through pile to make thin strips for stir-fry or salad. Or use a mandolin or food processor to slice very thinly. Some recipes to try: Beef & Napa Cabbage Stir-fry, Napa Cabbage Pork Stir-fry (or substitute tofu for a vegetarian version); also Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw and Napa Cabbage Salad with Peanuts


Be sure to check the Recipe Page of our website for lots of great recipe ideas. You can search by vegetable!

 

Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 6/3/2013 5:11pm by John and Aimee Good.

 

 

First Monthly Market with Ledamete Grass Farm  Next Tuesday, June 11th, 2-6 pm

 


Rob Fix of Ledamete Grass Farm will be at the farm next Tuesday, June 11th, from 2-6 pm with forest & pasture-raised pork, pastured poultry, and sustainable soaps available for purchase. All their animals are fed organically-grown grains. For more information, and to place pre-orders, please click on the link below.

http://p0.vresp.com/b2blTw




Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/28/2013 12:55pm by John and Aimee Good.

First Pickup Days - Tuesday June 4th and Friday June 7th!

We are looking forward to the start of the new season next week. We expect to have a nice selection of vegetables in the harvest. The Harvest Update with vegetable information, recipes, and farm news; will begin next Monday and continue every Monday thereafter through the season.

Artisan Breads & Wood-fired Pizza Sampling!

For the first week of CSA pickups, members will be able to sample the wonderful breads from The Daily Loaf. Signups for the Regular and Specialty bread shares will be accepted this week.

Egg share signups will also be accepted until the shares are sold out. Also, some people are still seeking egg and bread share partners for every other week pickup. Let me know if you are interested!


Switchback Pizza Company will be at the farm with their traveling wood-fired pizza oven. Samples of their distinctly delicious pizzas, which feature locally raised produce and meats, will be available. They have designed a new kind of share - Community Supported Pizza. They are offering several different pizza share and pizza crust options. Click on the link above for a description of their pizzas, and to read about the share options and pricing, see the CSP Shares & Pricing sheet. Signups for the CSP will be accepted at the farm the first week, by Marguerite & Andrew of the Switchback Pizza Company.


We hope you enjoy the bread & pizza samples along with your first vegetables!!!


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/23/2013 11:16am by John and Aimee Good.

PICK-UP DAYS

Please click on Member Pick-up Days to double check your share size and pick-up day. Memberships are listed alphabetically by the last name. Split shares will be listed only one time, under one of the share partners. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

BALANCE SHEET

All final balances will be due by June 30th. Final payments can be mailed or brought to CSA pickup and turned in to Heidi. Please check the Member Balance Sheet to see your remaining balance due on your share. If your name is not listed, then you are paid in full. Please email me with questions or concerns.



Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

1996 Folk Road

Fogelsville, PA 18104

Posted 5/21/2013 12:30pm by John and Aimee Good.



The CSA season is just about to begin. We are offering several new Cooperative Shares this year and I just wanted to list them all here, to make sure everyone knows about these opportunities to get great local foods all at your Quiet Creek Farm pickup.

 

1) Bread Shares from The Daily Loaf

One fresh-baked artisan loaf of bread, made with 70% whole-grain and primarily organic flours. Choose a regular share for $132 or a Specialty Share for $154. Orders of 2 loaves can take 10% off the price of the second share! (Regular varieties include wheat, multi-grain, sunflower, millet, etc. Specialty varieties include Caraway Rye, Roasted Pepper, Beet Wheat, etc.)

2) Egg Shares from The Rodale Institute

One dozen eggs per week, from pasture-raised, organically fed hens, for $100.

Want to Split a Bread or Egg Share? I am willing to match partners for every other week pickup. Let me know your desired share to split and pickup day.

To Sign Up for Bread & Eggs - send payment to Quiet Creek Farm at 1996 Folk Road, Fogelsville PA 18051. Include your full name, desired share, and pickup day.

3) Cheese Shares from Hill Acres Pride

A bi-weekly delivery of 2 farmstead and artisan cheeses, made on the farm from fresh milk from pasture-raised Jersey cows. Varieties include cheddar, colby, Susquehanna, Cave-aged Arcadia, ricotta, mozzarella, feta, cream cheese, and cheese spreads. Click on the link for Hill Acres Pride Cheese Shares to find out more and to sign up.

4) Fruit Shares from North Star Orchard

12 weeks of unique and delicious fruit, including peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, plums, and Asian pears beginning in August. Click on the link for North Star Orchard Fruit Shares for more information and to sign up.

5) Pastured Poultry Shares from Ledamete Grass Farm

Sorry! The chicken shares are sold out. But - good news! Ledamete Grass Farm will be doing a "monthly market" at Quiet Creek Farm offering pastured chickens, whole as well as pieces, and forest-raised pork. More information about "monthly markets" to follow shortly.

6) Community Supported Pizza from Switchback Pizza Company

Organic wood-fired pizzas featuring local produce and meats, as well as pizza crusts. More information to follow on this new share offering!


We hope you enjoy the wide array of local foods available at Quiet Creek Farm CSA!


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/21/2013 11:50am by John and Aimee Good.



CSA Pickups Begin Tuesday June 4th and Friday June 7th!

The spring has been cool thus far, especially in contrast to the past two years where we reached upper 80s in April! The plants are growing more slowly, but in general the crops look very good. And although we had a low of 25 F at the farm after Mother's Day, we did not incur too much damage. John installed temporary heaters in the tomato hoophouse, and we put out all the row covers we have on the field crops. Sadly, the early strawberry blossoms were hit hard by the freeze, and the harvest will likely be diminished.

We do expect to have a nice share for the first week of June. The arugula, french breakfast radishes, Hakurei turnips, meslun mix, spinach, and lettuce should all be ready for harvest. But more information will follow in the first Harvest Update. For now we would like to welcome you to the start of the season!


Heidi's Annual Welcome Letter

Welcome everyone to our 2013 season. The season has had a chilly start, but we are hoping for smooth sailing from here on. No doubt there will be some surprises with the weather (think rain and a muddy U-pick garden), but we are hoping for a typical Lehigh Valley summer.

Your first farm pick-up day is just about here and I imagine you are all as eager as I am for it to arrive. All of us at the farm are looking forward to meeting the new members of our Quiet Creek Family and seeing the familiar faces of our returning members. I’m particularly interested to see how many new “organic” babies arrived during the off- season.
 
Many of you know me quite well by now. I am Heidi Cooper, distribution manager (a.k.a. “Heidi at the barn”). For our new members: I am the one wearing the temporarily white apron and a crooked name tag. Look for me if you need help or have questions about the pick-up process or any of the veggies and/or how to use them. You will most likely encounter some new veggies, so don’t hesitate to ask. There will be a helper with me each of the pick-up days and they also will assist you. On Tuesdays it will be our new volunteer, Toni, and on Fridays it will be a member of the field crew. They are a good source for answers to any specific farming questions you may have.                           

 In order for your first day to go more smoothly, I will briefly introduce you to the routine. Pick-up is at the large red and stone barn which sits close to Siegfriedale Road at the Rodale Institute. There is a Quiet Creek Farm sign in front of the barn. The double barn doors facing the road will open at 2PM. Opening time is often very busy, so if you can come a bit later you’ll have less of a wait. Closing time is 7PM. At that time I begin to put the remaining veggies in the cooler. To be guaranteed a good selection, I suggest that you try to arrive by 6:45.

 Parking is across the road from the barn in the meadow to the right of the gravel farm road. Please park only on this side, not on the side of the U-pick garden. This makes the area around the garden safer for all of us. There is limited parking at the side of the barn to be used only by those with mobility issues or those with a sleeping child in the car.

 Please enter the barn through the double doors (even if you parked at the side) and check off your name at the table to your left. Vegetable selection is self-serve. Each veggie will be in a bin or basket with a tag in front telling you how much you get according to your share size. Please bring with you one or two bags in which to carry home your veggies. Later in the season you will need 3-4 bags. We strongly encourage you to bring environmentally friendly non-plastic bags or baskets. Insulated bags or coolers are also a great idea, especially for the summer months. If you have re-usable store bags, store them in your car so you’ll always have them available. If you prefer to bag your veggies separately, please bring enough bags to do so. I will have some plastic bags available, but often run out. You will also need a pair of scissors to cut U-Pick herbs (we have loaners if you forget). For our salad mixes and other tender greens, we recommend the plastic containers in which salad mixes are sold in stores. They protect your greens on the ride home and provide a good storage method, particularly with a paper towel on the bottom and on the top. These containers also do a good job of keeping other veggies. Once the flowers are ready, you will need some sort of container to carry them home with a drink of water. Initially, when the harvest is just a few stems, a cut off water bottle does well.

At the present time, the U-Pick garden has only the perennial herbs available. That will change very soon. Those items available for picking and their amounts are listed on the whiteboard above the cash register. For those of you who want to pick before we open, another whiteboard near the stairs at the side of the barn will list the same information. The listing will be there by 1PM on pick-up days. One of our farm crew members will periodically come through the U-Pick to answer any questions or help with identification.

The Cooperative Share pick-ups are self-serve. Be sure to check off your name on the appropriate sheet when getting your share. Chicken, cheese, egg, and bread shares begin in June, while the fruit share begins in August. We will be offering a new wood-fired pizza share, as well as a monthly market with Ledamete Grass Farm's pastured poultry and forest-raised pork. More to come about that later. We also have the following items for sale during pickup hours: pasture-raised poultry, grass-fed beef, wild alaskan salmon, honey, vinegars & hot sauces, and natural dairy including yogurt, smoogurts and cheeses. All these items are self-serve.

It would be a good idea if you printed this page and kept it for future reference, particularly since our missed pick-up and vacation policies are attached at the end. (The Vacation/Missed Pickup Policy is also on our website.)

We look forward to seeing you the first week of June and every week until November.

See you soon.

 

Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm


Vacation/Missed Pick-up Policy 

Farm members have several options for vacations and missed pick-ups. They are as follows:

1) You may have a friend or neighbor pick up your share for you on your regular pickup day. Please have them check in with Heidi when they come to the barn. 

2) You may switch to the other pickup day of that week, but the switch must be scheduled one week in advance. Please schedule with Heidi in the barn the week before your switch. If you forget, please email Aimee at farmers@quietcreekfarmcsa.com.

3) You may have ONE scheduled double pickup per season, either the week before or the week after your vacation. Double pickups MUST be scheduled one week in advance.

4) In the event of an unplanned missed pickup due to an emergency, you may use your one double pickup the following week. Please schedule your double pickup as soon as possible after missed pickup.

5) If you miss a pickup for any other reason, you simply forfeit that week.    


Posted 5/10/2013 1:48pm by John and Aimee Good.

 Bread Shares Available for Quiet Creek Farm members!

 

Local bakery, The Daily Loaf, bakes small batch artisanal loaves in Virginville, Pa. The breads are made in an old world European style. They are hand shaped and leavened with wild yeast (sourdough.) The breads are allowed a long rise of 12 hours or more. Ingredients are a minimum of 80% organic with a focus on locally sourced organic produce and herbs. Breads are hand-made fresh daily and delivered to the farm on your pickup day. There are two share options to choose from:

 * Specialty share -  Breads with more unique flavors such as Beet Wheat, Carrot Quinoa, Spinach Kale, Roasted Pepper, Caraway Rye, etc.

 * Regular Share- Basic bread flavors such as Wheat, Multi-grain, Whole grain sunflower, French, Semolina, Whole grain millet, etc.

Each share consists of 1 loaf baked fresh and delivered to the farm on your pickup day every week. The Specialty Share is $154 for the season. The Regular Share is $132 for the season. The season is 22 weeks, beginning the first week of June and continuing through the last week of October.



NEW - Egg Shares Available from The Rodale Institute!

Delicious and nutrient-dense eggs from the chickens right here at The Rodale Institute are now being offered specially to our members in a weekly share! These happy chickens are fed organic grain and raised out on the lush green pastures, in the sunshine, foraging and scratching in their natural way. The yolks of these eggs are a deep yellow-orange color, which is an indication of the excellent nutrition found only in eggs from pasture-raised chickens.

The egg share is 1 dozen eggs per week, available on your pick-up day. The cost is $100 for the season, which is 22 weeks, from the beginning of June until the end of October. There are 25 egg shares available and these will be filled on a "first come, first served" basis.


As with all "cooperative shares," if you miss your pickup day your share will be held for you in the refrigerator or freezer, as is appropriate, until the following pickup day.

TO SIGN UP:  Please send your full payment to Quiet Creek Farm at 1996 Folk Road, Fogelsville PA 18051. Make checks out to Quiet Creek Farm. Be sure to give your full name and indicate your desired share or shares. You may combine egg and bread share payments on one check.


Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!



Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/7/2013 1:45pm by John and Aimee Good.


Check out this link to see highlights of Quiet Creek Farm and John Good on the Sunrise newscast on Channel 69,which aired yesterday.

http://www.wfmz.com/lifestyle/Life-Lessons/life-lessons-community-supported-agriculture/-/19136886/19954708/-/11bdfsdz/-/index.html

Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/30/2013 10:27am by John and Aimee Good.



For Extended Payment Plan, 2nd payments are due now!

Small Share - $116.25 due April 30

Regular Share - $166.25 due April 30


Please check your total balance due on the Customer Balance Sheet.
There are still some outstanding balances for all payment plans. Please see the guide below to determine if you have a payment due now . . .


Balance Shown Payment Due Now
$498.75 $166.25
$348.75 $116.25
$465 $232.50
$665 $332.50

$232.50

0

$332.50

0


If your name is not listed on the Customer Balance Sheet, then you have no balance and are paid in full. If your balance is less than the above amounts, then you are fine. If your balance is different than the above amounts and you have a question, contact me. 

You can check this sheet at any time via our website, click on "Download Files" under the CSA Basics heading. All final payments will be due by June 30. All members must have made their scheduled plan payments in order to begin CSA pickup in June. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thank you!

Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/23/2013 10:17am by John and Aimee Good.

 

PASTURED CHICKEN SHARES!

For the 2013 season, Quiet Creek Farm is again partnering with Ledamete Grass Farm (pronounced let'em eat!) to offer you a Chicken Share. At Ledamete Grass Farm, in Schnecksville, PA chickens are raised on pasture in the sunshine and fresh air and fed a grain mix, grown by a local farmer who uses organic practices. April and Rob Fix are passionate about what they do, and we feel very fortunate to be able to offer this service to our CSA community.

 Chicken Share details: Frozen chicken will be delivered monthly to Quiet Creek Farm from May through October for pick-up during your regular veggie share pick-up day. Whole, halved, and pieced chickens are available. There are a variety of share size options available, anywhere from 1 to 5 chickens a month. 

If you are interested, please click on the following link (http://p0.vresp.com/Vr4g6n) to learn more about the share and see photos of the farm and animals. The sign-ups are handled directly by Ledamete Grass Farm. Please mail them your completed Chicken Share Registration form (available on their Chicken Share page of their website) and payments. Phone or email any questions you may have to Ledamete Grass Farm directly.

 
April, Rob and Tessa Fix, Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-767-4984
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com




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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