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Posted 5/21/2012 10:51am by John and Aimee Good.

YEAH! THE HARVEST BEGINS!

The CSA season is about to begin. The first pickups will be next week - Tuesday May 29th or Friday June 1st. If you cannot remember your pickup day, please check the Member Pickup List to confirm your day and share size. The hours are 2-7 pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to closing to allow time to pick up your share. 


PAYMENT INFORMATION

Final balances for CSA membership are due June 30th. Payments can be brought to the barn or mailed to us at Quiet Creek Farm, 1996 Folk Road, Fogelsville PA 18051. The Balance Sheet will be available in the barn. You can also see your final balance, current as of May 21st,  on the Balance Sheet here.


PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS (courtesy of Barn Manager Heidi Cooper)

These instructions are necessary for new members. Returning members please review this information, or at the very least, read the sections in bold.

 Hello all and welcome to our 2012 season. This is our 7th year and the first one ever to follow a “Southern style winter“. We all hope that if there is a summer surprise from Mother Nature, it is a pleasant one.

 Your first farm pick-up day is just around the corner 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 happy faces of our returning members and the sweet faces of those born during our 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 buzzing about in the temporarily white apron. 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. In addition, one of our farm crew members will be there to assist you. They rotate weekly so you will get an opportunity to meet all of them. They are a good resource if you have any farming questions.

 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. I suggest that you arrive by 6:45 to have time to collect your share.

 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. If you have re-usable store bags, store them in your car so you’ll always have them available. 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. 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.

 In addition to the veggies we have many locally produced goods for sale for our members: pastured eggs, pasture-raised chicken, grass-fed beef, nitrate-free pork, Wild Alaskan salmon (from a local fishermen), honey, organic sunflower oil, and all natural and organic grass-fed dairy products including yogurt, cheese spreads, ricotta & mozzarella cheese, and hard cheeses. We hope to also have local bread, handmade soap, and gourmet mushrooms. All these items are self-serve. The chicken shares, which start in June, and the fruit shares, which start in August, and chicken shares, are also self serve. Chickens will be frozen, so bring an appropriate carrier.

 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 weekly U-Pick amounts. 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.

 

 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.

 We look forward to seeing you Tuesday May 29th or Friday June 1st, and every week until November.

 See you soon.


The first harvest update and recipes will follow next Monday. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2012 season at the farm!




Posted 5/7/2012 2:43pm by John and Aimee Good.

FIELD UPDATE:

The April showers have finally arrived - in May! We were very thankful to receive the recent rains, which helped many seeds to sprout and gave all the young starts a nice drink. The snap and shelling peas, seeded in March, are growing nicely and will be trellised soon.

The spring planting season is in full swing now. Many seeds have been sown: salad mix, lettuce, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, arugula, Asian greens, and chard. Starts of white, red, and yellow onions have been put out into the field, as well as lettuce, cabbage, Napa cabbage, broccoli, kale, bok choy, and an acre of potatoes. We are now hoping for some nice warm sunshine to push their growth along.

We put all the brassica crops (cabbage family) in mini-hoophouses of wire hoops and spun polyester row covers when they are planted into the field, to protect the tender, young plants from flea beetles and cabbage worms. Here is a pretty cabbage plant, just after the covers were removed. 


The early tomatoes in the field hoophouse (unheated greenhouse) look great and the crew just set up their trellis. We were a little concerned about the cold nights last week. We had a low of 26 F at the farm! But we put hoops and row cover over the plants inside the hoophouse, and the extra cover added enough protection to keep them from getting frost damage. We look forward to their first fruits with anticipation! We just introduced a small bumblebee hive into the house to pollinate the early tomato flowers. When the weather is still cool, and the sides are mostly down, the plants need extra help to get their flowers pollinated. The hive should live for about 6 weeks, and after that point the sides can be opened and outside bees will pollinate the flowers.

SEASON START:

We hope to start the CSA season the first week of June. We will send another update in two weeks with the exact date, as well as pickup protocol and payment balance information.

MEMBER'S STORE:

We are working on adding some new local products to the member's store this season, including sunflower oil for cooking and salad, fresh bread, gourmet mushrooms, and handmade soap.We are excited about these additions. We are also considering offering raw milk by pre-order. One of our dairy producers, Klein Farms of Easton, PA, has now been licensed by the state to sell raw milk off the farm. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. They raise Holstein cows on a diet of 70% grass, 30% grain (part of which is corn raised on their own farm) without the use of antibiotics and hormones.The price is $3 per half gallon and $5 per gallon. At this point, we would like to see if there is sufficient interest in this product. If you would be interested in ordering this raw milk, please reply to me with your name and the amount you may want per week.

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good







 

Posted 4/23/2012 1:00pm by John and Aimee Good.

The Rodale Institute is now offering a summer day camp for children. Click on the link below to read more about it and sign up your child!

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/RodaleSummerCamp2012.pdf

Posted 4/23/2012 12:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

Last Call for Pastured Chicken Shares!
April 30th- postmark deadline
Don't miss your chance for delicious, nutritious and local poultry!
For more details, click here: http://p0.vresp.com/SKyVy9

To sign up, click on the link below to access the registration form. 

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/2012chickensharesignupE.pdf

Print, fill out, and mail the form along with your payment directly to Ledamete Grass Farm at the address below. Please contact Ledamete Grass Farm directly with any questions via email or phone.

April, Rob and Tessa Fix

Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-767-4984
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
Posted 4/23/2012 12:04pm by John and Aimee Good.
Last Call for Pastured Chicken Shares!
April 30th- postmark deadline
Don't miss your chance for delicious, nutritious and local poultry!
For more details, click here: http://p0.vresp.com/SKyVy9

To sign up, download the attached registration form and mail it along with your payment directly to Ledamete Grass Farm at the address below. Please contact Ledamete Grass Farm directly with any questions via email or phone.

April, Rob and Tessa Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-767-4984
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
Posted 4/9/2012 3:25pm by John and Aimee Good.

Farm News

SEEDLINGS: The planting season is upon us. We are hoping for rain. Our seedlings in the greenhouse have been growing well and are ready to move out to the field. The onion seedlings here were sown mid-February. They have been thinned to 2 plants per cell, and they get routine haircuts now. We trim their tops to 5 inches, which makes them put more energy into growing thicker, stronger stems, creating sturdier transplants to put out into the field.


FIELDWORK:  Field preparations began earlier than ever this year, with the warm weather we had in March. John began spading the soil for the earliest crops in mid-March. Peas were seeded the third week in March, followed by carrots, beets, and lettuce mix. John and the crew laid the black plastic for the heat-loving crops: tomatoes, peppers, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash. Heidi is helping out by holding down the end of the plastic while the tractor pulls out the roll along the bed. Then she and the crew will shovel extra dirt on the edges to keep it from blowing away. The hard job of mulching the pathways with straw will take several more days.


TOMATO GRAFTING:  New this year, we are experimenting with grafting tomatoes for the field hoophouse. Grafting involves splicing the stem of your desired tomato plant onto the rootstock of a heartier, more wild variety. This has been shown to increase the vigor, productivity, and disease resistance of the plants. It is very interesting, and we are excited to see compare the results of our grafted vs. non-grafted tomato plants. Here John and our new farm apprentices, Kelsey and Andrew, are starting the grafting process in the greenhouse.


Payment Update

Thanks to everyone who made their first payments! And I must send an apology to those who received the original version of the Registration Form, which had an error in the due dates. All first payments were due March 30, but I mistakenly wrote April 30 for the small share, regular payment plan, on this version. I was alerted to this error later, and fixed it, but I forgot to inform everyone of the misprint! Sorry!


Your Farmers,

John and Aimee Good



Posted 4/2/2012 1:55pm by John and Aimee Good.

To our members,

We are glad to let you know that North Star Orchard still has some fruit shares available.

The fruit is delicious, very high quality, and unique varieties. The apples are crisp and sweet or sweet/tart, depending on variety. The peaches make me long for summer, juice dripping down my chin after one bite. And the Asian pears are absolutely amazing. Better than any others I have tasted.

Fruit shares consist of 12 weeks of a variety of apples, peaches, Asian pears, plums, and pears. The shares are delivered to Quiet Creek Farm on your pickup day.

Please click on the link below to go to their website for more information and to sign up.


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


Please disregard this email if you have already signed up for a fruit share.

Sincerely,

Aimee Good

 




 

 

Posted 4/2/2012 1:40pm by John and Aimee Good.

To our members,

Read more below about pastured chicken, free-roaming, fed grain raised with organic methods. Our family has enjoyed this chicken for several years now. It is moist and delicious, and I feel good about feeding it to my children, knowing how it was raised, and that it is free from arsenic. (Many grocery store chicken products have tested high in arsenic - from a feed additive in conventionally raised chicken - in the news recently.) There are many labels out there that are confusing: natural, organic, free-range. You can read more about the actual labeling requirements on the website of Ledametegrass Farm (The Real Value of Pastured Poultry) which is helpful in comparing the practices used by Ledamete Grass, which are far better than most.

Aimee Good, Quiet Creek Farm


Ledamete Grass Farm: Don't Miss Your Chance for Local, Delicious, Pastured Chicken!
Registration Deadline- April 30

Whole, halved and pieced chickens available. Ledamete Grass Farm chickens are raised on pasture and fed grain from a local farmer who utilizes organic practices. (This means he is organic, but not certified!)

For more details, click here ( http://p0.vresp.com/087wZW) or visit the Chicken Share page of the Ledamete Grass Farm website.

To sign up, click on the link below to access the 2012 Chicken Share registration form.

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/2012chickensharesignupE.pdf

Please print, fill out, and mail the form along with your check to Ledamete Grass Farm at the address below. Please contact Ledamete Grass Farm directly with any questions.

--
April, Rob and Tessa Fix

Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
Posted 3/5/2012 10:37am by John and Aimee Good.
Spring is on the way! The time for sowing seeds in the greenhouse is here.

Actually, we sowed the first onions seeds on February 13th, and they have germinated and are growing nicely now, thanks to so many days with bright sunshine. Following the onions; leeks, scallions, broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes have been seeded. Each tray is placed on our heat mats, which keep the soil nice and warm to help the seeds sprout much faster. Onions and brassicas (cabbage family) like to be at 75 F, while tomatoes prefer 85-90 F. We use different size trays and carrying flats to keep them all happy.


FIRST PAYMENTS DUE

If you paid in full when signing up, please ignore this notice. Otherswise, please see the chart below to determine the amount you need to send.

Regular Share

Regular plan - $325 due March 30, June 30

Extended plan - $162.50 due the 30th of March, April, May, and June

 Small Share

Regular plan - $225 due March 30, June 30

Extended plan - $112.50 due the 30th of March, April, May, and June

Please make checks payable to Quiet Creek Farm and send to 1996 Folk Road, Fogelsville PA 18051. If you are splitting your share, please be sure to include both partner's names on the memo line of your check, so that the payment is attributed to the correct share. Thank you.


FRUIT AND CHICKEN SHARES

This is just a reminder to reserve your fruit and chicken shares now for the coming season, before they sell out. To review the information on fruit or chicken shares from previous emails, just visit the News & Blog section of our website.


CSA Membership is Sold Out!

Yeah! We have filled the CSA membership this year. We were glad that 72% of 2011 members decided to renew their membership. We look forward to welcoming all new members to the farm and pickup barn in June. If you want to double check that your membership size and pickup day are correct, click on the link below for the complete 2012 Member List. (Tuesday members are listed first, followed by Friday members.)

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/2012%20Member%20List.pdf


Thanks for supporting the farm with your membership. We are very excited about the start of the season! We will send updates periodically so you can share the excitement of another beginning with us!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good







Posted 2/22/2012 12:55pm by John and Aimee Good.

Fruit Shares from North Star Orchard are now available to all Quiet Creek Farm CSA members.

Sign up for 12 weeks of delicious, local, high quality fruits of unique and heritage varieties.

Fruit shares consist of a variety of apples, peaches, Asian pears, plums, and pears. The shares are delivered to Quiet Creek Farm on your pickup day.

Please click on the link below to go to their website for more information and to sign up.


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


Please disregard this email if you have already signed up for a fruit share.

Also, I apologize if you have already received this email, but I am resending to make sure that all new members get the opportunity to sign up for a fruit share.

Sincerely,

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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