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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

Posted 4/23/2013 10:12am by John and Aimee Good.

FRUIT SHARES from NORTH STAR ORCHARD
Members can still sign up for the North Star Orchard CSA Fruit Share, available for pickup here at the farm when you come to get your vegetables! The Fruit Share provides a weekly assortment of fabulously flavored tree fruits including peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, and Asian pears. You can find out all about the Fruit Share, and sign up for it, directly on North Star Orchard's website. Here's the link: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php
If you have further questions about the Fruit Share, email North Star at Lisa@northstarorchard.com
Sign up now before they fill up for the year!
  



CHEESE SHARES from HILL ACRES PRIDE

New this year we will be offering Cheese Shares from Hill Acres Pride. Located in Lancaster County, Hill Acres Pride has registered Jersey cows raised on pasture in the warmer months, and hay and silage grown on the farm in the winter months. The cows are not given growth hormone or antibiotics. Their cheeses range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses such as Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia, as well as fresh cheeses such as ricotta, mozzarella, cream cheese, and flavored fresh cheeses such as tomato-basil, or honey. We had the pleasure of sampling a wide variety of cheeses from Hill Acres Pride and they were all DELICIOUS! We are very excited to offer this new share opportunity. Shares will be delivered every other week to Quiet Creek Farm on your pickup day. For more information and to sign up, see Hill Acres Pride CSA Shares.




Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/16/2013 3:27pm by John and Aimee Good.


Spring Planting Season

Although it is only the middle of April, we are already halfway through our planting schedule in the greenhouse, which began in early February with the onion seeding. On the right are the mini purplette onion starts, which are almost ready to be transplanted into the field. The greenhouse is full of healthy vibrant plants right now, and it is good to see all that bright glowing green.


We are looking forward to the greening of the fields as the weather warms. The first broccoli starts were transplanted last week, and the cabbages and lettuce are going out this week. The new varieties of cutting lettuce that we are trialing look beautiful, as you can see here to the left.


We have been busily seeding crops in the field as well, and many have germinated following this nice rain: the snap peas, lettuce, beets, and onions sets are up. The garlic, which was planted last fall, has grown to about 6 inches tall already, and the fall-planted strawberries are growing nicely as well.

2013 Farm Apprentices

   


We have a great farm crew this year. Dan, Kristina, and Brandon are our new apprentices. Dan, above in the black hat, was a volunteer intern last season and came back for the full season apprenticeship. Here you can see each of our apprentices working in the high tunnel, an unheated greenhouse where we grow the early tomatoes. They are laying the plastic mulch and ground cover over the prepared beds. The tomato plants will be planted into this house next week. These tomatoes will then be given an extra layer of protection, for any cold nights yet to come, with wire hoops and cloth row covers. We work extra hard on these tomato plants, including grafting them on a hardy rootstock, in hopes of getting delicious and abundant tomatoes in early July! To the right is a picture of the newly grafted tomatoes, still in the heated greenhouse.

 


Payment Reminder and Thank You!

For those of you who selected the monthly payment plan, your second installment is due April 30th. For the small share, it is $116.25. For the regular share, it is $166.25. Make checks out to Quiet Creek Farm and mail to 1996 Folk Road, Fogelsville, PA 18051. Thank you!

Also a big "thank you" to members who sent their first payments already! If you missed the first payment, you should have recieved a reminder notice today. Please just make the payment as soon as you can. Thanks!


Cooperative CSA Shares

We have filled our Quiet Creek Farm CSA memberships for the 2013 season. Yeah!

We are pleased to be able to offer our members "Cooperative CSA Shares" to increase access to local, high-quality, delicious food, and to make your trip to the farm even better! Please watch for more emails from us with all the information on how to sign up for shares for fresh fruit, grass-fed Jersey cheese, pastured poultry, artisan bread, and pasture-raised eggs. More information will be sent shortly.

Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 3/12/2013 11:00am 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 here (http://p0.vresp.com/uXwxgf) 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

Posted 3/5/2013 11:06am by John and Aimee Good.



First Payments Due March 31st

Please ignore this notice if you have paid your share in full, or if you have already sent your first payment.

If you elected to make the $100 deposit, your first payment is due by the end of the month. Please see the schedule below, for regular and small shares, for the normal (# 1) and extended (#2) payment plan, to determine amount of your payment. Please choose whichever payment plan best suits your needs.

 

PAYMENT PLANS

Regular Share

1) $332.50 due March 30, June 30

2) $166.25 due the 30th of March, April, May, and June

 

Small Share

1) $232.50 due March 30, June 30

2) $116.25 due the 30th of March, April, May, and June


If you cannot recall whether you paid in full or paid just the deposit, you can check the CSA Member Balance Sheet here. If you are paid in full, your name will NOT be on the list. For those who paid a deposit, this list will show your entire balance, which is due by June 30th. You DO NOT have to pay your balance in full now. Just the first payment is due, which is listed in the schedule above.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks very much.


Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 2/26/2013 12:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

FRUIT SHARES from NORTH STAR ORCHARD
Members can sign up for the North Star Orchard CSA Fruit Share, available for pickup here at the farm when you come to get your vegetables! The Fruit Share provides a weekly assortment of fabulously flavored tree fruits including peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, and Asian pears. You can find out all about the Fruit Share, and sign up for it, directly on North Star Orchard's website. Here's the link: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php
If you have further questions about the Fruit Share, email North Star at Lisa@northstarorchard.com
Sign up now before they fill up for the year!
  


CHEESE SHARES from HILL ACRES PRIDE

New this year we will be offering Cheese Shares from Hill Acres Pride. Located in Lancaster County, Hill Acres Pride has registered Jersey cows raised on pasture in the warmer months, and hay and silage grown on the farm in the winter months. The cows are not given growth hormone or antibiotics. Their cheeses range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses such as Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia, as well as fresh cheeses such as ricotta, mozzarella, cream cheese, and flavored fresh cheeses such as tomato-basil, or honey. We had the pleasure of sampling a wide variety of cheeses from Hill Acres Pride and they were all DELICIOUS! We are very excited to offer this new share opportunity. Shares will be delivered every other week to Quiet Creek Farm on your pickup day. For more information and to sign up, see Hill Acres Pride CSA Shares.




Your farmers,


John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 2/19/2013 2:34pm by John and Aimee Good.

It is official, the season has begun.

Farmer John and our apprentice Dan sowed the first seeds in the greenhouse on Monday, February 11th. The first shoots of the sweet white onions are sprouting today! In the next few days, many more green shoots will "elbow" their way out of the soil, eventually pulling up the seed coat to stand tall and straight. You can see their little "elbows" in this picture from last's years onion starts. All the onions: sweet white, red, yellow; as well as the leeks, scallions, and mini purplette onions have been seeded now and we are awaiting their germination. In a few days, we will seed the hoophouse tomatoes.

CSA Membership and Pickup Day Request:

We have had 75% of 2012 members return for this season. Thanks! And we are busily filling the remaining shares now. We do again have more people signed up for Tuesday pickup than Friday, so we are asking all new members to pick up on Friday if they are able. We also wanted to put out the request to everyone who is currently a member, if you are able to pick up on Friday, please consider switching your pickup day so that we can balance the harvest between Tuesday and Friday. Thanks.

2013 Plans

We have many exciting new varieties and trials planned for this season. We thank you for your survey responses, which have influenced our decisions to increase certain crops, or add varieties.

UPICK GARDEN: In the Upick garden, we will be planting more cilantro as well as adding new varieties of basil, including Lemon, Sweet, Large Leaf, as well as the traditional Genovese. We have put Strawflowers back in the flower patch. We have trialed a new green bean, supposed to be very productive even in hot, dry spells. We will have the first harvest from the annual strawberries, which were planted last fall. We are excited about these plants, as they grew very well after transplanting. Rather than making a mat, they grow more like bushes in a row, for easier picking and better air-flow to reduce rot and disease.

HOOPHOUSE TOMATOES: We are raising one heirloom-type tomato in the high tunnel this year, in hopes of early tomatoes with amazing flavor! Last season we trialed grafting on just one variety. This year we will be grafting all the tomatoes in the hoophouse, as it results in increased yields and hardiness in the tomato plants. To graft tomatoes we grow from seed both the selected variety as well as a hardy, non-bearing variety of tomato as a root stock. We then splice the selected variety onto the root stock, and they become one plant. Grafting has long been widely used for fruit trees, and is now becoming more common in vegetable production, especially in high tunnels. The picture to the left shows the intial graft.

FIELD: We have changed our onion spacing to hopefully yield larger onions, and we have increased the size of our planting as well. We have also increased the potato planting, and are trialing new varieties, two gold - Satina and Keuka Gold, as well as a red - Red Maria and a white - Elba. A new variety of pepper called Oranos is a very sweet, orange pepper with an elongated shape, similar to the Sweet Italian peppers we love. We sampled this pepper last season and knew we had to grow it. We hope to have a longer melon season, as we are doing 1 early planting, 1 mid-season, and 1 late planting. A new variety of canary melon, with bright yellow skin and a sweet yellow flesh is in the mix for this year.

We trialed a new kind of salad mix last season, cutting mini heads as opposed to direct seeded baby leaves. The production is quicker, as the heads are started in the field, and there is less weeding since they are transplanted into the field. But most importantly, the salad mix is loftier, tastier, more colorful, and it keeps better. We will be growing primarily this new kind of salad mix this year, and incorporating a new lettuce seed which has been developed specifically for this production, called Salanova. It has been used in Europe and is just now available in the U.S.

We are increasing our carrot plantings, trialing a new variety better suited to the summer heat, and also experimenting with an over-wintering carrot, which will be planted in the late fall for harvest in late May and early June of 2014.  We hope we have finally found the true long lost Lutz beet seed. This excellent late season variety produces extremely large, very sweet beets which hold their flavor long into storage. The seed has been unavailable or not true to type for many years. Every year we trial a new heirloom variety. Last year's Great White was a keeper, as it was so wonderfully sweet. This year we are trialing Black Velvet and Rose de Berne. The names are quite descriptive, and you can imagine their flavor.

Other new varieties include a larger, more uniform butternut squash, a tasty striped Italian-type zucchini, new red and green cabbages, larger and earlier to harvest, and more.


We hope all these thoughts of green lush plants, juicy tomatoes and melons, tender crisp salad, and more have brightened this winter day! We are excited about the start of the 2013 season, and wanted to share our excitement with you.


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good



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