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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



Posted 2/12/2013 11:46am by John and Aimee Good.

Thank you to all 2012 members who completed the annual survey. We had 108 responses, the best ever. I have compiled the responses for you below.


1) 60% responders have small share, 20% have regular, and the rest split their share.

2) 60% felt the amount was just right, 31% felt it was variable, and a very small percentage felt too much or not enough.

Farmer's Comment: Many vegetables have a waxing and waning cycle of production. There is a small amount as the crop just starts to come in, and then a peak of production, where the harvest is large, and finally a waning level of production, as the harvest nears an end for that particular planting. So at beginning and end of the harvest for these crops, there may be small amounts in the share, such as 1 head of broccoli or 1 lb of tomatoes. Although this may not be a usable amount on its own, vegetables can always be used in combination in salads, stir-fry, casserole, soup, etc. The key to using your CSA share well is to be a creative cook, and alter recipes to use what is in the harvest each week!

3) 90% felt the produce quality was excellent, while 10% felt it was good.

4) The top ten vegetables are: carrots, garlic, potatoes, spinach, salad mix, heirloom tomatoes, onions, red tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers.

5) The five least favorite vegetables are: celeriac, turnips, radishes, endive, and bok choy.

6) The top five items to Upick are: strawberries, raspberries, snap peas, basil and cherry tomatoes.

7) 90% of responders felt that the "selection of fresh vegetables" was the best thing about pickup day. But I have to mention that the next best thing was visiting our barn manager Heidi! Followed closely by visiting the Upick garden.

Farmer's comment: Several people requested having a swap table in the CSA barn. We have tried this in the past, and felt it was not successful because most often the table just ended up being a pile of whatever was the least popular item that week, i.e. eggplant, bok choy, chard, etc. and did not allow for a true swap. Due to this experience, plus limited space in the pickup barn, we decided to forgo the swap table.

8) 97% of responders read the Harvest emails.

9) In rating the overall satisfaction with the CSA experience, the responses were 87%  excellent, 12% good, and 1 response was poor.

Farmer's Comment: We have had to raise our CSA prices over the years in response to the rising costs of production. For example, our costs for seeds and fuel have doubled in the last 7 years. We do our best to keep the CSA affordable, by offering payment plans, etc. Our income from the farm has not increased significantly in the last 7 years, we are simply "making a living".

10) The top three important factors in renewing membership were:  local, quality of vegetables, and freshness of vegetables.


Thanks so much for completing the survey and helping us plan for the coming season. Watch your inbox for updates on the 2013 season, as well as information on the fruit, cheese, and pastured poultry shares, coming soon!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 1/22/2013 1:21pm by John and Aimee Good.

Survey reminder & results

We have received 82 responses from the Member Survey. Thanks very much!

If you did not fill out the survey, but would like to give us your feedback on the 2012 season, this is your last chance. Please click on the link below to access the Member Survey. It should only take about ten minutes to fill out. We appreciate your time and responses, and look forward to serving you better each year!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XQM6BF7


We will post results in February, as well as an update on some of the exciting new varieties and plans for the 2013 season.

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 1/22/2013 1:14pm by John and Aimee Good.

THANK YOU!

71% of our 2012 members have completed their renewal for the 2013 season. The Member List is here. Please click on the list to confirm that we have received your renewal, and that your share size and pickup day are correct. Please let us know if any corrections are needed. (Italicized names indicate renewal intention has been received but we are awaiting payment.)

Don't see your name?

If we are missing your renewal, we can still add you as a 2013 member, but please let us know ASAP. We plan to begin signing up new members from the wait list February 1.


Thanks very much!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 1/8/2013 10:00am by John and Aimee Good.

Thanks for renewing!

Thanks to everyone who has already renewed your share for the season. Please ignore this reminder. We will send a final CSA member list after January 15th, for all members to confirm that we have received your renewal. 

Survey reminder & results

We have received 50 responses from the Member Survey. Thanks very much! We are hoping that we can get a few more members to fill it out. Please click on the link at the bottom of this email to access the Member Survey. We will let you know the results in another 2 weeks.


LAST CHANCE TO RENEW YOUR SHARE!!!

Renewal deadline extended to January 15, 2013.

ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO RENEW YOUR CSA SHARE. Act now to ensure you have a spot for the 2013 season. After January 15th, we will open membership to the waiting list, and we generally fill the remaining shares quickly. Please take a moment now to renew your share for the coming season.

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


We will contact you to confirm your membership renewal.


MEMBER SURVEY

Please click on the link below to access the Member Survey. Thanks very much for taking the time to give us your feedback. It will help us to serve you better!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XQM6BF7



Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 12/27/2012 11:24am by John and Aimee Good.

We hope you all had a lovely holiday, and are enjoying the first snow of the season. Since this has been such a busy time of year for everyone (us included!) we have decided to extend the deadline for CSA renewal. Also, we have the new member survey available! Please take a moment to fill it out. We really appreciate your feedback in planning for the upcoming season, which is about to begin in earnest with the 2013 seed orders.


* If you have already renewed your membership for the 2013 season, please ignore this reminder, and simply scroll down to the link for the member survey!


Renewal deadline extended to January 15, 2013.

We have extended the renewal deadline by two weeks. We will hold your spot until January 15, 2013. After this date, we will open membership to the waiting list. Please take a moment now to renew your share for the coming season.

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


We will contact you to confirm your membership renewal.


MEMBER SURVEY

Please click on the link below to access the Member Survey. Thanks very much for taking the time to give us your feedback. It will help us to serve you better!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XQM6BF7



Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 11/19/2012 2:17pm by John and Aimee Good.

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

Come to the farm tomorrow for the opportunity to get pasture-raised eggs from The Rodale Institute, fresh turkeys from Great Bend Farm, and vegetables from Quiet Creek Farm. Vegetables available for purchase include spinach, kale, endive, garlic, and leeks; as well as a selection of roots.

The specialty breads from The Daily Loaf and apples from North Star Orchard will be ready for pickup, as will the first winter shares from Great Bend Farm.


Hope to see you there!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 11/13/2012 1:22pm by John and Aimee Good.

Thank you!

Thank you to all the members who have already renewed your share in Quiet Creek Farm. Each member who renewed has been sent a confirmation email. Please check your inbox to be sure you received your renewal confirmation.


Still time to renew your share!

The holidays are quickly approaching. Take a minute now to renew your CSA share for next year, before you get busy with the the holiday season. We will hold your spot until the December 31, 2012. In the beginning of 2013, we will open membership to the waiting list.

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


We will contact you to confirm your membership renewal.


THANK YOU! We greatly appreciate your continued support, and look forward to providing you with the highest quality organic produce next season.

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

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



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