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Posted 2/22/2012 10:51am by John and Aimee Good.

For the 2012 season, Quiet Creek Farm is partnering again with Ledamete Grass Farm (pronounced let 'em eat!) to offer you a Chicken Share. Animals, including chickens, turkeys and pigs, at Ledamete Grass Farm, in Schnecksville, PA 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 day. Whole, halved, and pieced (new this year!) chickens are available. The average chicken size is 4.25lbs. There are a variety of share size options available, anywhere from 1 to 5 chickens a month. Ledamete Grass Farm will also be providing recipes and news from the farm on a regular basis to those who purchase a Chicken Share.

 

If you are interested, please click here (http://p0.vresp.com/CIEGqR ) 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 forms (attached and available on their website) and payments, and phone or email any questions you may have to Ledamete Grass Farm directly.

Ledametegrassfarm.com

ledametegrass@gmail.com

610-767-4984

http://p0.vresp.com/CIEGqR


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April, Rob and Tessa Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-767-4984
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
Posted 2/6/2012 11:24am 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

 




 

 

Posted 1/30/2012 10:28am by John and Aimee Good.

Dear CSA Members,

Tomorrow is the last day to renew your membership in Quiet Creek Farm CSA for the 2012 season. Many of you have already renewed your membership. Thank you.

You can click on the link below to see the 2012 Member List, which is current as of today, January 30, 2012.

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/2012%20Member%20List%20as%20of%20Jan%2030.pdf

If you have not done so previously, please check to make sure that you are on our list, and that we have your pickup day and share size correct.

If you have notified me that your check is in the mail, do not worry. We will hold your spot.

If you are looking for a share partner to split a small share, please let me know. I have one person looking for a match.


And finally, if you will no longer be a member of our farm, you may unsubscribe from this list at any time. See the information below.


Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good


Posted 1/13/2012 9:34am by John and Aimee Good.

Sorry! I forgot to mention that my previous email went out to the entire mailing list, and to please disregard if you have already renewed your share. If you would like to double check, please click on the link below to see the Member List for 2012. You can check that your share size and pickup day are accurate as well. Tuesday members are listed first, and Friday members are below.

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1542/2012%20Member%20List%20as%20of%20January%2013.pdf


Please let me know if you have any questions! Sorry for any confusion.

Aimee

Posted 1/13/2012 8:49am by John and Aimee Good.

Happy winter! Although the veggie season seems a long way off, now is the time to reserve your share for the coming season.


There are only 2 weeks left for member renewals!

Be sure to keep your spot.

Renew today!

Click on the link below to access the registration form. 

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


After January 31st, we will open membership to the waiting list. If you know of anyone who is interested in joining the farm, please advise them to visit our website to get on the waiting list.


In search of Share Partners!

If anyone is interested in renewing but needs help finding a share partner, please reply with your name, desired share size and pickup day and I will try to match share partners.


Thanks very much! We look forward to growing for you in 2012!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

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

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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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