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Posted 11/29/2011 9:10pm by John and Aimee Good.

Sorry for any difficulties with the registration form. The first link was to a Word document.

I have recreated the form as a pdf and the link is below. I hope this works for everyone.

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/Registration%20Form.pdf

 Please let me know if you are still having problems and I will also contact Small Farm Central, our web host, in the morning to determine the problem. Thanks!

Aimee Good

Posted 11/29/2011 4:05pm by John and Aimee Good.

Dear CSA Member,

Thank you for your continued support of the farm. We have just signed another 5 year lease with The Rodale Institute, and are looking forward to sharing another 5 seasons with you, our members. We appreciate all the support and understanding we received from you during this growing season, which was our most challenging in the ten years we have been farming. We did regret having to end the season early. Despite the losses we suffered from the heavy rains this fall, we were glad to still be able to provide ample shares which included the roots, winter squash and alliums stored from the summer season. 

 

Thankfully, there are some successes to report this year as well. The tomato harvest was our longest to date, beginning July 5th and continuing through mid-October. The new hoop-house worked very well at extending our early tomato season. We also had our earliest harvest of zucchini and summer squash, on June 10th. We were pleased with the consistency of the spring carrot harvest; as carrots were available every week in July and August. The switch to the new varieties of cantaloupe and honeydew (which we trialed last season) provided for excellent yields of tasty melons this summer. The sweet potato trial was a success and we plan to increase the planting for next year. The red peppers and eggplant were extremely productive this year; the eggplant was a little too productive for many people’s tastes, judging from the survey results. We plan to reduce the planting size or trial heirloom varieties that are less productive, but very tasty.

 

The new tillage tractor and spader which we purchased this year, with the help of an FSA loan, proved to be a huge benefit to the farm. Up to this point, we did not have our own tillage equipment, and we hired the Rodale Institute to plow and disc our fields to prepare them for planting. The spading machine resembles a rototiller, but it has a different action, in that it does not spin. Instead it has many little spades (or shovels) which plunge into the soil repeatedly, to break up and turn in cover crops or vegetable crop residue and create a fine seedbed, but without flipping or disturbing the soil layers, or creating a hardpan, and thus it is better for the health of the soil. Switching to the spader allowed us much more control over the timing of our tillage. The spader also created a much better seedbed for transplanting, seeding, and then mechanically weeding the crops, which increased our efficiency.  Because it does not create hardpan and actually loosens the soil to improve drainage, you can use it to till much wetter ground than a rototiller or plow can, or should do. Without the spader, we would have had a very difficult time getting our crops in the ground on time this past spring, which was very wet and rainy.

 

The upcoming season is bringing change with it. This is the first time in a few years when none of our experienced help is returning. (Michelle has taken a position as farm manager at Charlestown Cooperative Farm, our first farm. We wish her the best of luck to her as she heads out on her own!) Aimee is still fully occupied at home with our two young children and not able to be present for day-to-day operations on the farm. So we have decided to reduce the size of the CSA membership from 220 shares to 185 shares, in order for John to maintain the same level of control over all aspects of production. It is our goal to keep the CSA at a size consistent with our ability to provide the highest level of quality in our food.

 

This reduction in size will offer other benefits to our members. It will reduce crowding in the barn at pickup times, which several people mentioned as a problem in their surveys. We will be able to provide more of certain favored crops and staples to members, such as strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Of course, we will continue to provide ample quantities of all crops, such as lettuce and greens, broccoli and carrots, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, and more.

 

Another change for the next season arises from our increased costs of production. The renewal of our lease includes a significant increase in our rental costs, which reflects an adjustment from our previous 5 year lease. Along with the steady increase in the costs of fuel, seeds, supplies, etc. we have adjusted the 2012 season prices accordingly. The small share is $550, or $25/week, and the regular share is $750, or $34/week. The increase is $2/week, over a 22 week season.

 

Due to the late arrival of the renewal information, we will reserve a share for all current members until January 31, 2012. But do not hesitate to renew your share as soon as possible to get your spot for next year. A payment of $100 is all that is required to reserve your share. Although we are reducing the number of shares for next season, we feel certain that everyone who wants to renew will be able to do so, as our highest renewal rate thus far was 80%, which would be 176 members out of 220.

 

To renew your share, please click on the link below to access the registration form. Please print the form, fill it out, and mail the first section with your payment. Keep the second section for your records.

 

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/Registration%20Form.docx

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us. We would greatly appreciate your continued support in our endeavor to establish a local, sustainable, and safe food system. We hope you have enjoyed the taste of fresh, organically grown produce and are hungry for more. We would love to see you next summer.

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

 

 

 

Posted 10/17/2011 2:52pm by John and Aimee Good.
Delicious & Nutritious Pastured Turkeys
available from Ledamete Grass Farm


Ledamete Grass Farm is now accepting orders for their pastured Broad-Breasted Bronze and Heritage Breed Thanksgiving turkeys. They have a limited number of turkeys and orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more details, visit:
http://p0.vresp.com/JVvUkI

Fresh turkeys will be available for pick-up at Quiet Creek Farm on Wednesday, November 23rd between 4-6pm. If you are unable to make this pickup time but would like to order a turkey, contact April to schedule on-farm pick up at Ledamete Grass Farm in Schnecksville. To place an order, please email or call (ledametegrass@gmail.com or 610-767-4984).
Posted 10/17/2011 2:23pm by John and Aimee Good.
Thank you for being supporting members of the farm this season. We would like to ask you for a few minutes of your time, to help us improve the farm for you, our members. Please click on the link below to fill out the Quiet Creek Farm 2011 Member Survey. You can either email responses, or print and mail your responses.

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/Member%20Survey%202011.docx

Thanks very much. We use your survey responses in our winter planning, to help guide us as we make decisions for the coming season.



P.S. If you cannot access the form, I have included the questions below.


2011 Member Survey                                           

I own a (please circle one):   Small Share    Regular Share     ½ of a Small Share     ½ of a Regular Share  

 

1. Throughout the season, did you find the amount of produce to be: too much, not enough, or just right?

1a. Comments?

 

 

2. Please rate the overall quality of the produce:  poor           fair                   good                excellent

2a. Comments?

 

3. What vegetables do you most enjoy? Least enjoy? Any other vegetables you would like in your share?

 

 

4. What is your favorite aspect of Pick-Up Day?  Least favorite?  Suggestions?

 

 

5. Do you visit the Upick garden? Why or why not?

 

 

6. Do you read the Harvest Update Emails from the Quiet Creek Farm listserve? Do you find them useful and enjoyable? Suggestions?

 

 

7. Do you visit the Recipe page on the website, www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com? Do you find this helpful and interesting?

 

 

8. Do you visit the website to view past Harvest updates, check information, or view pictures? Any suggestions to make the site more helpful or user-friendly?

 

 

9. Do you plan to renew your membership or not? What is the most important factor in your decision?

 

 

 

10. Please rate the overall satisfaction of your experience:     poor       fair           good         excellent

10a. Suggestions or comments?




Posted 10/10/2011 8:10pm by John and Aimee Good.

FARM NEWS

 REMINDER!       The last day for CSA Vegetable pickups is this week - Tuesday, October 11th and Friday, October 14th. Also this week the Stocking-Up orders will be ready for pickup, and Wild For Salmon will be at the CSA barn holding a Salmon Stock-up Sale for our members. The fruit shares, Fruit Stocking Up Orders, and Pastured Poultry Stock-up orders will be available self-serve in the CSA barn the following week, Tuesday October 18th and Friday October 21st during normal pickup hours, 2-7 pm.  

Thank You!!!     Thank you for supporting the farm this season. We hope you have enjoyed the harvest. We appreciate your commitment to the farm; sharing with us, the farmers, both the triumphs and hardships of a season on the farm. Each season is unique, with its own set of trials and rewards. Still we are grateful for the delicious fresh produce; which comes from a combination of seeds, soil, sunshine, water, and sweat equity.  (And a little bit of magic, according to our daughter Celia, and I have to agree!)

 

THE HARVEST

Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes

Garlic

Onions

Green Peppers

Butternut Squash

Head Lettuce

Eggplant

CHOICE: Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli, Green Tomatoes, Turnips, Shallots, Fennel, Leeks

Upick:  Fresh herbs & flowers.

 

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER

We will have fresh-pressed organic apple cider from The Rodale Institute available in the farm store this week. Enjoy this special treat.


RENEWAL REMINDER!   Member renewals for Quiet Creek Farm 2012 season will be done through the website this year, after the end of the season. Renewal information will be posted on the website, and all current members will receive an email notice when this is ready. As usual, all current members will have their spots held until the end of 2011. We will begin taking new members from the waiting list in 2012. If you have any family, friends, or neighbors who are interested in a CSA share, they can get on the waiting list by going to the “Join the Farm” page on the website, www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com.

YEAR END SURVEYS        The member survey will also be available online this year. We always appreciate feedback from our members.  Your input is also very helpful in our winter planning for the upcoming season.  The link for the survey will be available in an upcoming email.

 

RECIPES

I love sweet potatoes. I am so glad that we trialed them this year, and that they did well! My favorite is simply baking them or making Oven-Baked  Sweet Potato Fries.  For some more interesting recipes, check out Sweet Potato Burritos, and Sweet Potato-Apple-Sage Spoonbread. (Spoonbread is like a custardy bread made with cornmeal, eggs, and milk, which is best eaten with a spoon.)

Green tomatoes are a specialty of late autumn, when the frost is near and the tomatoes ripen slowly. I like them lightly breaded and pan-fried, but this Green Tomato Appetizer is a delicious way to enjoy them.

I always love recipes that are templates, great for using whatever vegetables are in the weekly harvest. This Vegetable Pie is just that, a delicious way to use a variety of veggies in the share, and a one-dish supper as well!

 

Enjoy the harvest!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 10/3/2011 1:07pm by John and Aimee Good.

FARM NEWS

 The last day for CSA Vegetable pickups will be Tuesday, October 11th and Friday, October 14th. On the 11th and 14th the Stocking-Up orders will be ready for pickup, and Wild For Salmon will be at the CSA barn holding a Salmon Stock-up Sale for our members. The fruit shares and Pastured Poultry Stock-up orders will be available in the CSA barn on the following week, Tuesday October 18th and Friday October 21st during normal pickup hours, 2-7 pm.

Member renewals for Quiet Creek Farm 2012 season will be done through the website this year, after the end of the season. Renewal information will be posted on the website, and all current members will receive an email notice when this is ready. As usual, all current members will have their spots held until the end of 2011. We will begin taking new members from the waiting list in 2012. If you have any family, friends, or neighbors who are interested in a CSA share, they can get on the waiting list by going to the “Join the Farm” page on the website, www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com.

Pray for sunshine. We need the fields to dry so we can dig the last potatoes, and the head lettuce needs just a bit of “growing weather” to form heads by next week!

This is a picture of the potato digger, which we pull behind the tractor. As you can see it has a large wire conveyor which the potatoes roll over and the soil falls through. This leaves the potatoes on or near the surface for the crew to gather into buckets. In action, the potato digger is a loud, shaking, clanging implement; reminiscent of a machine in a Dr. Suess book. We love it, for it saves us a LOT of work -  hard, heavy, dirty work!

 

THE HARVEST

Sweet Potatoes

Leeks

Garlic

Onions

Green Peppers

Butternut Squash

Asian spinach and/or Head Lettuce (quantities limited!)

Eggplant

CHOICE: Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Turnips, Shallots

Upick:  Fresh herbs & flowers.

 

 

RECIPES

I have included some of my old favorite recipes from my files this week. Braised Leeks is a creamy mild side dish using several leeks.  Winter Curry is quite delicious, and uses many of the vegetables in the harvest now. You can also easily substitute with whatever you have an hand.

 My Best Pumpkin Pie recipe is necessary for this time of year. A sweet winter squash, such as butternut or sunshine, is great for making pumpkin pie.  And nothing beats making it from scratch, from real squash or pumpkins rather than a can. To make life easier, I often roast several squash at a time, then scoop and puree the flesh and freeze it in 1, 2 or 3 cup containers.

We often think of pasta dishes using the summer tomatoes, but creamy pasta with roots and greens is wonderful in the fall. Winter Vegetable Pasta with Cheese is also a great way to use leftover veggies, turning them creatively into something new and pleasing.

Enjoy the harvest!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 9/28/2011 9:35am by John and Aimee Good.
Wild for Salmon will be holding their annual "Stocking Up" Sale at Quiet Creek Farm on Tuesday October 11th and Friday October 14th. If you are interested in salmon for your freezer, please click on the link below.

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs030/1102467033824/archive/1107842200368.html

Here you will find a product list, prices, bulk discount information, and ordering procedure. Do not reply to this email to place orders. Contact Jenn at info@wildforsalmon.com with any questions. Thanks!






Posted 9/26/2011 7:12pm by John and Aimee Good.

CSA Pickup End Date

Our best estimate for the last week of CSA pickup is the second week of October, Tuesday October 11th and Friday October 14th. If the produce is there, we may go one week longer. We will let you know as soon as we know.

The fruit shares will end the third week of October, that is October 18th and 21st, and the barn will be open for members to get their fruit shares, whether or not we have vegetable shares.

 

Stocking Up Sale

The annual Stocking Up Sale is here. If you have enjoyed the local, pastured meats and dairy products offered in our farm store, now is the time to place an order to stock up for the winter. The meats will keep in your freezer through the winter and spring. The vacuum-sealed cheeses will keep in your fridge for a month at least, (it is aged for 6 months before being sold) and can also be frozen. Freezing changes the texture, and the thawed cheese is then best for cooking and casseroles. The fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and cream cheese freeze very well.

Click on this link to access the order form. Please either email your order or print the form and bring it to the barn this week. All orders must be placed by noon on Monday, October 3rd. Orders will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis, and are subject to availability. Orders must be picked up on Tuesday October 11th and Friday October 14th. Payment is due at time of pick-up. Thank you.

 

Wild for Salmon and Ledamete Grass Farm will also be holding "stocking up" sales on salmon and chicken, respectively. Look for more information about these sales shortly.


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

Posted 9/26/2011 1:45pm by John and Aimee Good.

FARM NEWS

The newly dug sweet potatoes are the highlight this week. We have received requests to grow sweet potatoes for several years now. We finally found a supplier of certified organic sweet potato slips, so we decided do a trial planting. Good news – they did very well this season! The yields were great – 2000 lbs from two 300 foot beds.  And, most importantly, they are quite tasty. We hope you enjoy them!

Thankfully, the winter squash yielded well and there will be more in the share again this week.  We raise squash tranplants, then put out two plants every 18 inches apart in rows five feet apart. But by the time the squash is ready for harvest, it looks like a solid mass of green, the vines of the plants have spread so far. John is checking on the fruits in this picture. See the recipes below for new ideas to cook these autumn treats.

More rain and lack of sun continues. In a more normal fall, we are able to pick kale several times, but it is re-growing very slowly. We hope to have kale again in the upcoming weeks. The turnips and radishes should have been ready for harvest two weeks ago, yet they are still not. At least they are still growing, and not rotting. That sad fate has befallen the entire planting of rutabaga. On the bright side, we do hope to begin harvesting our second planting of fall broccoli next week, as well as the red cabbages. The head lettuce in the hoophouse is growing slowly, but hopefully will be ready in 2 weeks. Enjoy the harvest.

 

THE HARVEST

New – Sweet Potatoes

Leeks

Garlic

Onions

Sweet Peppers

Winter Squash: choice of Delicata, Sunshine, and Butternut Squash

Tomatoes

CHOICE: Beets, Cabbage, Potatoes, Eggplant

Upick:  Fresh herbs & flowers. Sadly, the Upick season is drawing to a close.

Coming Soon: Red Cabbage

 

RECIPES

I love winter squash. To me, it is like a dessert vegetable. Most often, we just roast it, adding a pat of butter and splash of maple syrup in the cavity at the end. And this is wonderful, but experimenting in the kitchen is so much fun, and these new squash recipes are delicious. For a very kid-friendly fun baking project, make “Melt-in-your-mouth” Squash Biscuits. Silky-Coconut Pumpkin Soup is a unique variation on squash soup with creamy coconut milk, from a Southeast Asian cookbook. Also try the Roasted Butternut Squash over Pasta, a simple creamy autumn pasta dish. Check the recipe page for the details. Enjoy!

 

CSA PICKUP END DATE & STOCKING UP SALES!!!

Our best estimate for the last week of CSA pickup is the second week of October, Tuesday October 11th and Friday October 14th. If the produce is there, we may go one week longer. We will let you know as soon as we know. The fruit shares will end the third week of October, that is October 18th and 21st, and the barn will be open for members to get their fruit shares, whether or not we have vegetable shares.

 

We are planning to have the annual Stock Up Sale on October 11th and 14th. A separate email with the order form and information will follow. Orders must be placed by noon on October 3rd, and are filled on a first come, first served basis. So don't delay!

Also, Jenn Kurian of Wild for Salmon will be at the barn on October 11th and 14th with salmon to fill your freezer for winter. April Fix of Ledamete Grass Farm will also be offering a Stock-up Sale on chickens. More information on these sales will follow.

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good


Posted 9/19/2011 2:51pm by John and Aimee Good.

FARM NEWS

The cool weather signifies the coming of autumn, and unfortunately, the fading of our summer fruits, such as the raspberries, eggplant, and tomatoes. The red peppers usually last the longest, often until first frost. The new vegetable for this week is leeks, one of the longest growing vegetables on the farm. They are seeded in February in the greenhouse, planted into the fields in April, and not harvested until September. But they are worth waiting for; so creamy and mellow. Sauté slowly in butter wherever you would like a mild onion flavor, and of course make Potato Leek soup – so easy and delicious.

Also new this week is the Butternut squash and Sunshine squash. The butternut harvest was plentiful and the fruits are quite nice. The Sunshine squash, whose trial last year was a success, did not meet our expectations this year. The fruits are still quite yummy and sweet with a dryer flesh than Butternut, but the plants did not yield well and the fruits are not as large as last year. However, this was a challenging growing season, and so we will give them another chance next year. Our general rule is to give something three seasons before either ruling it a success or failure, because growing conditions can vary so much from year to year.

As you all know, we have sustained many crop losses this fall, particularly in the greens fields: all the salad greens, arugula, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, and some of the broccoli and cabbage. We have also lost some roots and potatoes due to rotting, at the wetter end of the fields. We are lucky to have had our longest tomato season ever this year, and for the nice crop of paste tomatoes, red peppers, and eggplant which has continued into September. Still, we feel we may have to end the season early. Usually we continue shares until at least the last week of October, and occasionally 1 week in November. However, losing the greens crops means we will be without a major component of our shares for September. Rather than stretch out the weeks to the end of October with minimal shares, we plan to distribute all we have available for as long as that lasts, and hope to provide plentiful shares for the weeks to come. We do not have a definite date that the CSA season will end as of yet. We will let you know as soon as we know.  Thanks for your understanding.

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

 

THE HARVEST

New – Leeks

Potatoes

Garlic

Onions

Sweet Peppers

Winter Squash: choice of Delicata, Sunshine, and Butternut Squash

Tomatoes & Eggplant – limited quantities or choice; their harvest is nearly over.

CHOICE: Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli

Upick:  Fresh herbs & flowers,  Edamame, Hot Peppers. Cherry & Paste tomatoes may be in limited quantities this week, as their harvest is drawing to a close. The raspberry season is also ending, and they will be “snacking” only.

Coming Soon: Sweet Potatoes

 

RECIPES

The colder weather this past week has turned my appetite, and my cooking, towards soups and warming casseroles. Potato-Leek Soup, my favorite fall soup, is so simple yet so good.  Curried Squash Soup is sweet and savory, blended with warming curry spices.  Autumn Vegetable Gratin creates creamy layers of baked winter squash, potato and fennel.  Country Cabbage Soup is a simple cabbage & root soup flavored with caraway seeds. Smashed Potatoes and Cabbage is a yummy variation on smashed potatoes, with onions and cabbage and potatoes cooked and smashed all in one pot. Check the recipe page for the details. Enjoy!

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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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