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Posted 11/13/2012 12:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

HOLIDAY MARKET - TUESDAY NOV. 20TH, 4-7 PM

A special opportunity for farm members to purchase locally-produced foods for the holidays, and to stock up for the winter!

Specialty breads and apples will be available by pre-order. Items available for purchase include pasture-raised eggs from The Rodale Institute, fresh turkeys from Great Bend Farm, as well as a few vegetables from Quiet Creek Farm. (Turkeys and vegetables are in limited quantities.) Come to the farm on Tuesday, November 20th, from 4-7 pm for the Holiday Market. Make sure to pre-order your apples and breads! See below for details. . .


ORDERING BREAD:

Anna Shiffler of The Daily Loaf, whose delicious breads we have enjoyed all season long, is offering 4 specialty loaves.

The varieties are as follows:

Carrot Spelt- $7

Cranberry Fig- $7

Carmelized Onion- $7

French - $6

To place orders, or for any questions, please contact Anna at dailyloaf26@gmail.com. Please give your name, phone number, and varieties desired. Please place orders by Sat. Nov. 17th.

ORDERING APPLES:

North Star Orchard is offering several varieties of their delicious apples for pre-order to our members, as well as fruit butters, and NSO gear. Apples can be order by the pound or in bulk 20 lb bags for winter stock-up. Click on the link below to see varieties, prices, and to order. Orders must be placed by Nov. 17th.

http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_stockingup.php

Email Lisa@northstarorchard.com with any questions.

OTHER HOLIDAY MARKET GOODS:

The following items will be available for purchase on the day of the market.

Pasture-raised eggs. The chickens you have been visiting at The Rodale Institute have started laying their wonderful eggs, with golden yellow yolks.

Pasture-raised turkeys. Great Bend Farm will have a small number of turkeys available.

Organic vegetables. Quiet Creek Farm will have a limited number of vegetables for sale, including winter greens and roots.


WINTER CSA

The first CSA pickup for Great Bend Farm will coincide with the Holiday Market.



Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 11/5/2012 10:18am by John and Aimee Good.

FINAL CSA PICKUP

The final CSA pickup for the season will be tomorrow, Tuesday November 6th. If you missed the Friday pickup due to power outage or other reason and need to come tomorrow, please let us know. Thanks! (We got power back at our house last night, so we will be able to get emails in a more timely fashion now.)

THE HARVEST

Butternut Squash

Red Cabbage

Potatoes

Onions

Garlic

Carrots

Leeks

Celeriac or Rutubaga*

Kale

Endive**

Broccoli or Beets

*Celeriac is celery root. Rutabaga is a winter turnip. Both are wonderful root vegetables. To use, thinly peel first. Then chop for soup, cube for roasted roots, slice thinly for "gratin", or cut into chunks with potatoes and boil, then mash.

**Endive is a very nice hardy green which can be eaten raw in salad or sandwiches, or sauteed lightly as a cooking green. For salad, it is especially nice with a warm dressing, such as the PA Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing or Warm Ginger-Miso Dressing.

CHECK THE RECIPE PAGE FOR ENDIVE, CELERIAC, AND RUTUBAGA RECIPES, AS WELL AS MY FAVORITE PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE!  PLUS A BUTTERNUT SQUASH GNOCCHI RECIPE - CONTRIBUTED BY CSA MEMBER, ENJOY!


STOCK-UP ORDERS

Please bring check or cash to pay for your stock-up order. We will have it packed and totaled for ease of pickup. Please just let Heidi know that you have an order for pickup when you enter the barn, so she can get it ready while you get your share. Thanks!

CHICKEN SHARES

The last chicken share will be available for pickup tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 6th.

SHARE RENEWAL

You are welcome to turn renewal deposits into Heidi at the barn this Tuesday if you wish. Otherwise, please return to us in the mail. Thanks! (Click on the link for Membership Form to access.)


THANK YOU!!!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good



Posted 11/1/2012 10:04am by John and Aimee Good.

CSA PICKUP SCHEDULE

We will have CSA pickup tomorrow, Friday November 2nd and next Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Stock-up orders will also be ready for pickup. If you need to switch your pickup day due to power outage or other reason, please let me know.


THE HARVEST

Butternut Squash

Potatoes

Onions

Garlic

Carrots

Leeks

Celeriac or Rutubaga

Kale or Lettuce

Broccoli or Beets


STOCK-UP ORDERS

Please bring check or cash to pay for your stock-up order. We will have it packed and totaled for ease of pickup. Please just let Heidi or Aimee know that you have an order for pickup when you enter the barn, so we can get it ready while you get your share. Thanks!

COMMUNICATION

We did get power back at the farm today, which is why we can hold the pickup as scheduled for tomorrow. However we still do not have power at our home, so I am writing this email to you from our greenhouse! We will not be able to check emails regularly. We will check later today, and again tomorrow morning. Thanks for your patience.

STORM DAMAGE

Luckily the farm did not suffer too much damage from the storm, other than losing the plastic roof of the hoophouse, which ripped off in the high winds. We will replace that in the spring. The rain was actually less damaging than the 5 inches we received overnight last week.


SHARE RENEWAL

You are welcome to turn renewal deposits into Heidi at the barn this Friday or Tuesday if you wish. Otherwise, please return to us in the mail. Thanks! (Click on the link for Membership Form to access.)


THANKS VERY MUCH!

Thank you for a wonderful season. We really appreciate all the kind words of gratitude and support we have received this season from you, our members. We hope you enjoy your final CSA share. We wish for you a restful winter, and look forward to seeing you in the spring! We will be sending out renewal reminders before the end of the year, as well as a member survey. We will also send periodic updates on farm happenings including, of course, the first sowing of seeds in the greenhouse in February of 2013!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good



Posted 10/29/2012 2:12pm by John and Aimee Good.

Anna Shiffler of The Daily Loaf, whose delicious breads we have enjoyed all season long, is now offering 4 specialty loaves, by pre-order only, for Thanksgiving.

The varieties are as follows:

Carrot Spelt- $7

Cranberry Fig- $7

Carmelized Onion- $7

French - $6


Orders must be placed by Tuesday November 13th, and must be picked up on Tuesday November 20th between 4 and 7 pm at the Quiet Creek Farm pickup barn.

To place orders, or for any questions, please contact Anna at dailyloaf26@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Aimee

Posted 10/29/2012 2:05pm by John and Aimee Good.

If you would like to continue to enjoy Anna's delicious whole-grain artisan breads, she is offering a winter share. Primordia Mushroom Farm (whose mushrooms have been available for pre-order this season) is also offering a winter share option. Their delicious shitake, oyster, and other gourmet mushrooms normally sell for $10-13 per pound, but the CSA price is $9/lb.

Both of these winter shares will begin November 12th and continue through April. Several pickup locations are currently available, in Kutztown, Kempton, and West Reading. They are also open to another location if there is sufficient interest.

For more information, and to sign up, please click on the link for the Bread & Mushroom Winter Share Sign-up.

We are happy to offer you this opportunity to eat locally through the winter! Enjoy!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good


Posted 10/29/2012 1:45pm by John and Aimee Good.

If you normally pickup up on Tuesdays, but cannot make it on the 6th, and need to switch your pickup to this Friday, please let me know. Thanks!

(Sorry, this line was accidentally deleted from my previous email!)

Aimee

Posted 10/29/2012 1:38pm by John and Aimee Good.

CSA Pickup Postponed!  There will be no CSA pickup tomorrow, Tuesday October 31st. Tomorrow's pickup will be postponed until next Tuesday, November 6th. Friday pickup will be held on November 2nd, as scheduled.


Rescheduling: If you are a Tuesday pickup but you cannot make it on the 6th, you are welcome to come on Friday, November 2nd.


Stocking Up Orders & Bread Shares: The bread shares and stocking up orders will be available this Friday, Nov. 2nd and next Tuesday, Nov. 6th.



 

Posted 10/28/2012 11:54am by John and Aimee Good.

Due to the predictions of very bad weather on Monday and Tuesday from the hurricane, we will be postponing Tuesday's pickup to the following week, November 6th. We want to ensure that our members can pick up their last share of the season safely, and happily. We do plan to have the Friday pickup on November 2nd, as scheduled.

We will be watching the weather closely as this progresses. If it turns out that the hurricane alters course and we have mild weather, we would like to still have the pickup this Tuesday, October 30th. So please check your email inbox again tomorrow for the final update.

Thanks very much!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 10/23/2012 1:33pm by John and Aimee Good.

RENEWAL TIME

Now is the time to renew your membership in Quiet Creek Farm for the 2013 season. A $100 deposit is all that is required to hold your spot. All current members will have the opportunity to renew their membership until the end of 2012. In the beginning of 2013, we will open membership to the waiting list.


DIRECTIONS

To renew your share, please click on the Membership Form to view the small and regular share payment options for 2013. Then you can print and fill out the form. Return the larger half to Quiet Creek Farm with your check for $100, or payment in full, as you prefer. Keep the smaller half for your records and as a payment plan reminder. Alternatively, if you have no changes in your information, you can simply send a check for renewal. Be sure to note your full name, share size, pickup day, payment plan option, and indicate if you have a share partner.

Mail completed forms and checks to

Quiet Creek Farm

1996 Folk Rd.

Fogelsville, PA 18051


THANK YOU

Thanks very much for sharing in this harvest season with us. We hope you have enjoyed the bounty from our farm, as well as the opportunities provided to enjoy good food from other local farmers. We are grateful for the cooperation from Mother Nature this year, which aided us in our efforts to produce beautiful, delicious, nutritious vegetables.

We work hard every year to provide you, our members, with the best vegetables. However the results of this work vary from year to year, based on weather and other conditions beyond our control. This is why farming keeps us humble, and also why we do all we can to improve our odds. By growing over fifty different crops, in many successions throughout the season, as well as many different varieties we try to ensure that there will be a bountiful and diverse selection of vegetables each and every week. Each season, we evaluate our successes and failures, striving to make any improvements possible. Furthermore, we continually pursue further education in sustainable agriculture, to ensure that we are farming in the best way that we can.


We feel that this season has indeed been a successful harvest, and we look forward to next year with optimism. We hope you have enjoyed this season on the farm and are also looking forward to sharing the next harvest with us!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 10/22/2012 3:40pm by John and Aimee Good.


FARM UPDATE

The last vegetable crop to be planted on the farm is garlic. Every year we harvest all the garlic in July, and dry it in the greenhouse. We sort out the biggest, best heads to be saved for the seed garlic. Last week we broke up all the seed garlic heads into cloves. We planted the cloves, which will grow the garlic plant for the next season. We planted 7 beds in all, 3 rows/bed at 6 inches, which is about 9000 cloves!

The last bed was planted Thursday afternoon. The rain storm, which started Thursday night and went into Friday morning, was much worse than expected. We got over 5 inches of rain and it came down fast and furious. The soil, so nice and loose from making the new beds, was very vulnerable to these conditions. The rain caused some washing in the fields, a sad site to see on Friday morning, just after the completion of that big job.

But farmers are resilient, just like the plants we grow. This morning we collected the garlic cloves that had washed to the edge of the field and re-filled the two trenches that had been created. Tomorrow we will re-create the hills in the bed and re-plant the sections of the beds that washed out. Then the garlic will be mulched with a thick layer of straw to protect it over the winter.


CSA SCHEDULE: Two weeks of CSA pickup remaining, this week and next. Last pickup dates are Tuesday Oct. 30 and Fri. Nov. 2nd.


RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

Now is the time to renew your membership for the 2013 season. A $100 deposit is all that is required to ensure that you will have a spot in the CSA next year. All current members will have the first opportunity to renew their shares. Membership will then be opened to the waiting list in January of 2013. Please watch your email inbox for the 2013 membership form, coming soon!


WILD ALASKAN SALMON STOCK-UP SALE THIS WEEK!

Jenn Kurian of Wild for Salmon will be at the barn this week, during normal pick-up times, with a supply of their wonderful Wild Alaskan salmon portions, whole filets, smoked salmon, salmon burgers,  smoked salmon spread, and new - smoked salmon ravioli. Be sure to stop by their table and check out their great products! For last minute pre-orders, or to view their product list and pricing, click on the link below.

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs030/1102467033824/archive/1111212910935.html


UPICK & Pre-picked ORGANIC PUMPKINS still Available!

$8 for large ones in the field, $9 at the barn. Little ones are free. Limit 1 little one per child. See Heidi for questions, directions, and payment.


THE HARVEST

Leeks

Sweet Potatoes

Carrots

Broccoli

Onions

Garlic

Potatoes

Mix & Match Greens: Leaf Lettuce, Baby Heads, or Spinach

CHOICE: Beets, Cabbage, Kale

Upick: Hardy herbs: parsley, cilantro, dill, chives, thyme, oregano

Coming Soon: Red Cabbage, Celeriac & Rutabaga


Special Request for Butternut Squash Gnocchi Recipe!

We had a special request for a Butternut Squash Gnocchi recipe. I remember that we received this recipe from a member and forwarded it to everyone. Unfortunately, we did not put it on the website. If you have this recipe, please let me know so I can share it with the group again, and this time I'll also put it up on the site. It was delicious! Thanks!

Recipes

There are beautiful leeks in the share this week, and they inspired me to find new leek recipes. This very creamy version of Potato Leek Soup uses both buttermilk and cream. I also like this Broccoli Leek Soup, which has homemade garlic croutons as a topping. And for something different and quite tasty, try this Greek-style Pasta with Leeks, which tops spinach pasta with a tomato-leek based sauce, flavored with crushed fennel seeds, black olives and feta cheese.


Enjoy the Harvest!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good


 

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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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