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Posted 3/1/2018 8:47am by John and Aimee Good.


It's so good to see something green & growing!

We are getting very excited for spring.

The greenhouse is filling up with onions, leeks, & scallions, early tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli.  We continue to seed more crops every week!

Farmer John is watering the young transplants here, pictured left.


NEW DROP SITE!

We have added 1 new CSA drop site, in Jim Thorpe at Jim Thorpe Yoga, on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm.

We are currently looking to add a drop site on the western end of Allentown, in the 18104 zip code. If anyone has any recommendations of possible locations in this area, please let us know!

 

STRAWBERRIES!

Yesterday we uncovered and weeded the strawberries that we planted last fall. They are some of the strongest, healthiest plants we have ever seen at this time of the year.   We are hopeful that this will bring a great crop in June! Everyone LOVES strawberries!

 

SOLAR CERTIFICATION CLASS!

 

We are hosting a 5-day Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Certification Workshop, May 7th - May 11th, with Blue Rock Station. We will be sending an email tomorrow with the complete details, as well as a flyer to share, post, and distribute.

Designed for beginners, this workshop will offer hands-on experience installing a system on our barn roof, as well as "classroom" education, and will conclude with an industry-recognized certification examination, to get people started as PV installers, for themselves or as a business.

Keep an eye on your inbox, and please help us spread the word!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/22/2018 2:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

Dear %%user-firstname%%,

Today is CSA Day! We would like to take a moment to thank you, our members, for making the commitment to eat the CSA way, for supporting our family farm, for joining with us to try to change the world . . . one vegetable at a time. It is your support that makes it possible for us to continue to do this very challenging, but amazing work.

You can wear this ribbon with pride! You are a CSA member hero!

Feel free to share this image and pass it on. . . to spread the good word.

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/22/2018 1:49pm by John and Aimee Good.

Dear %%user-name%%,

Do you have spring fever? I know I do!

We were excited to see the first onion shoots unfolding and reaching for the sun, to stand up tall and straight.

The shoots always come out of the soil bent in half, middle of the stem first, and then unfurl to straighten, unlike any other plant we know. It's kind of neat!

 

Do you want to know what is in store for this season on the farm?

We are trialing some exciting new varieties this year . . .

Silver Slicer cucumber, an  organic, open-pollinated variety, bred by Cornell University, which is reported to be "the best eating cucumber of them all. creamy-white tender skin, long and slim, buttery crunchy crisp fruits, neither watery nor ever bitter."   fedoseeds

2 new winter squash varieties: Tay Belle Acorn squash and Winter Luxury Pie pumpkins. Tay Belle Acorn squash have a nutty, sweet, dense flesh, with flavors reminiscent of chestnut, excellent for baking and stuffing. Winter Luxury pie pumpkin is an organic variety, known for excellent pies, baking, soups, etc. in a pretty little pumpkin package.

Tomatoes: several new variety trials, including: Orange Jazz, Cherokee Carbon, Granadero paste, Bobcat, Betty, and Motomaro, all chosen for flavor, hardy plants, beauty, and productivity. Orange Jazz, an organic variety, is a beautiful orange and yellow striped beefsteak variety, "strikingly sweet flavor with a hint of peach". Betty is beautiful red slicer, with a" sweet, full-bodied flavor." Cherokee Carbon is an Heirloom Marriage, where a breeder crosses an heirloom variety with a hardy producer to create a variety with heirloom flavor in a stronger, more productive plant.

Other new variety trials include potatoes, lettuces, cucumbers, peppers and more.  New crops include fennel bulb and watermelon radish for autumn harvest, romaine lettuce heads for spring/summer.

 

We have some big building plans for this year . . .

We will be building another high tunnel this year! We received an EQIP grant for a 30' by 96' high tunnel, which will house the trellised tomatoes, and the older tunnel will house trellised cucumbers and late season lettuces.

We are hosting a solar electric (Photovoltaic) certification class! We are partnering with Blue Rock Station to host this class. More information to come on that soon!

 

Looking forward to spring!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/20/2018 3:15pm by John and Aimee Good.


It's the final countdown:    CSA Day is this Friday, February 23rd!

If you have been with us on this mailing list since the beginning of February, you know this is the magic day, the day to say "yes!" to a happier, healthier you by joining a CSA!

If you are new to this list, you can catch up on all the great posts you missed this month here, on our blog. ( "What's in a CSA share? Nitty gritty details of membership .. . Take the CSA Quiz! . . . What other CSA members are saying. . . CSA questions answered . . . and more.)

Making the commitment to join this week is important because it GUARANTEES that you will get a spot in the CSA this season, sets you up for an easy 6 month payment plan, and BONUS! - you get a free GOOD FARM tote bag at your first CSA pickup! (Special offer only good for CSA signups on or before February 23rd!)

If you are excited about our CSA program, and are ready to join the 115 other members already signed up for this year, click here to Sign-Up Now!

Do you want to know the details of our CSA Membership package again?

We review all the details below. 

There is a lot of text here, but please don't be tempted to ignore it. This has all the info you may need about our CSA. Just scan, and then read where you want to learn more. And feel free to get back to us with any questions! 

Benefits of CSA Membership:

  • 24 weeks delicious produce, June - November, picked fresh daily, so you get the best in flavor and nutrition. (CSA small share from September pictured right.)
  • 100% Good Farm-grown, 100% certified organic, for your peace of mind.
  • 2 share sizes to meet your needs, plus members can add-on weekly items via the online store, CSA Extras.
  • Upick garden open to all members, 4 days/week seasonally, so you can spend a day on the farm.
  • Extra shares to make it a one-stop-shop: Fruit, eggs, bread, cheese, and new - coffee (coming soon!)
  • E-newsletter with cooking tips and recipes to teach you the art of seasonal eating.
  • Pick up on-farm in beautiful Germansville or at convenient delivery locations throughout the Lehigh Valley.
  • When you know your farmer, you can trust your food.

SHARE SIZES & FEES:

  • Small share (most popular size, feeds 2+ adults) 8 items weekly, at $26 per week, or $625 for the 6 month season, June - November
  • Regular share (family size, feeds a large family or 4 adults) 10-12 items weekly, at $35 per week, or $840 for the 6 month season, June- November

PAYMENT PLANS:

20% Deposit due at signup ($125 for small share, $168 for regular.)

Remainder: 4 payments in the same amount as the deposit; due March 30, April 30, May 30, June 30.

SHARE SIZE DETAILS:

80% of members prefer the small share. It is suitable for couples, small families, etc. with an average of 8 items weekly. An item could be a bunch of carrots, a head of lettuce, 6-8 oz. salad mix, 2 lbs tomatoes, 2 lbs potatoes, a melon.

The small share is about 2/3 the size of the regular. We do not offer a half share because certain items, such as a melon or head of lettuce, are not easily halved.

The regular share is for large size families, or for those who want to put up lots of produce for the winter months, with 10-12 items weekly. Some members also split this size share with another family, alternating weekly pickups.

PICTURES ARE WORTH 1000 WORDS: Check out our CSA showcase of small shares.

PICKUP OPTIONS:

1) On-farm, market-style, Tuesdays (1-6pm) or Fridays (2-7pm), or Boxed Share on Saturday mornings (9 am - noon)

  • Market Style pickup: Members pick and pack their own shares. Set amount of staples (ie. tomatoes, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, carrots, etc.) plus selection of greens, and rotating choices of unusual & unique veg. (think beets, turnips, radishes).

2)Boxed share delivery

  • Boxed Share: All the staples and usual favorites included weekly, plus rotating selection of unusual and unique items.

*** CURRENT DELIVERY SITES

1) Allentown, 3-7 pm, Sanctuary for Healing Therapies & Mama Flower's Remedies, 2358 Sunshine Rd. Allentown PA 18103

2) Hellertown, 3-7 pm, Doggy Dao & Cat's Meow, 1238 Main Street, Hellertown PA 18055

3) Kutztown, 2-7 pm, Young Ones, 26 S. Whiteoak St. Kutztown PA 19530

4) Trexlertown, 2-6 pm, Livewell Integrated Health, 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Breiningsville, PA 18031

* New locations may be possible. If you would like us to start a new pickup location, please contact us with your suggestion. We need a minimum of 10 shares to create a delivery site!

UPICK GARDEN: All members are welcome to visit the Upick garden to harvest their own berries, fresh flowers, herbs, peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, and more during open farm hours. Upick crops are included in the cost of a CSA share, and amounts are set according to share size. Delivered shares may receive 1 week of berries and 1 week of snap beans in their boxes as well. 

Open Farm Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am - noon.

EXTRA SHARES:  We partner with other local farmers and producers to offer "extra shares", to enrich the CSA experience and make a one-stop-shop of local foods for our members!

  • Fruit: 16 weeks of delicious local fruit: mouth-watering peaches, both yellow and white varieties; Bosc and Bartlett pears; and many different varieties of apples, including Honeycrisp, Keepsake, Liberty, Jonagold, and more, grown in Kempton, PA by County Line Orchards, with low-spray methods (not organic).     
  • Eggs: 1 dozen fresh, certified organic, pasture-raised eggs from Spring Creek Farms. You can see and taste the difference of truly pastured eggs in the beautiful orange yolks.     Weekly share:  23 weeks ($150)
  • Bread: Artisan breads from The Daily Loaf: fresh-baked whole-grain loaves made from organic flour, water, salt and sourdough culture. Styles include Multi-grain, Whole Wheat, Onion Rye, Seeded wheat, as well as seasonal specialties such as Blueberry and Sweet Potato, pre-sliced for convenience.   Weekly share: 21 weeks: $140
  • Cheese: Biweekly share, 2 wedges of hand-made artisan cheese  hand-crafted by Valley Milkhouse and Birchrun Hills Farm, small batch, family run operations producing award-winning cheese: fresh cheeses like feta and creamy fromage blanc to soft-ripened cheeses such as brie to aged cheeses including rustic tommes, blues, and nutty alpine styles. Birchrun Hills Farm has their own pasture-based dairy operation and Valley Milkhouse uses milk from Spring Creek Farm, a certified organic, pasture-based dairy.      11 weeks: $185
  • Coffee: from Bake Oven Roasters, more info coming soon!

 

Great! You made it through!

Now that you've reviewed the details, you can head on over to our Sign Up page if you are ready to become a member!

Please remember, we are here to talk to you about our CSA program. You can email, call, or even come by for a visit. We believe CSA is the best possible way to get farm-fresh delicious produce and we would love to show you!

P.S. Tomorrow we will send the step-by-step instructions on how to sign up!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/20/2018 2:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

As CSA farmers, we value our members. We always strive to provide a good value in our shares, in a number of ways.

In 2017, we recorded the weekly share items and amounts, and compared them to the cost of certified organic produce at our local Wegman's or farmer's market, depending on the item.

Week by week, we entered the data . . .

And the numbers were amazing!

In 2017, a bountiful year, small share members received $770 worth of produce, while regular share members received $1190.

So . . .  members got $8-$18 more value per week than what they paid!     This is a great deal!

When you think about the extra benefits not included in the numbers above - the Upick garden, the farm education, and the fact that the produce is unbelievably fresh, it becomes a deal that is hard to pass up.

Let's make another comparison. The average American family of 4 spends about $222.50 per week on food, on a moderate budget, according to the USDA*. *Official USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food at Home at 4 Levels, June 2017, (varies according to children's age and thrifty, low-cost, moderate, or liberal food plan.)

Using these data, a weekly small CSA share is only 12% of the weekly food budget for a family of four.

I just found this really interesting, and thought maybe you would also.

Although I like the stories about the plants and the people on the farm the best, sometimes the numbers tell a good story too.

 

We  have more stories to share with you . . . about our plans for 2018, new varieties, new add-ons, and more.

The story of the 2018 season actually began today, with the first seeding of sweet, red, and yellow onions in the greenhouse!  Farmer John is on the left, and or new farm apprentice Megan Sonier is on the right. I was taking the picture of course!

 

We are excited about the start of the new season. We want to share the 2018 farm with you!

Don't forget, if you sign up for your CSA share by CSA Day, February 23rd, you will get a free Good Farm tote bag!  

1 week and counting!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/20/2018 1:36pm by John and Aimee Good.

Eating a truly ripe tomato, fresh picked from the farm, can be a revolutionary experience. The amazing flavor in these beauties has turned many into a CSA convert.

  So you may be wondering, when will the tomatoes be in? And what about the sweet corn?

Most people, who are not gardeners or did not grow up on a farm, do not know what vegetables and fruits are available at different times through the growing season. This can be a difficult transition to eating seasonally. (But the flavor of local, seasonal vegetables and fruits makes it well worth the effort to learn! Great bonus - all the nutrition packed into these fresh organic fruits & veg!)

To help our CSA members, we have created the Seasonal Eating Guide.

  1. Harvest Calendar: Illustrates what veggies are available each month!
  2. Seasonal Resources: Resource list of cookbooks, recipes, websites, and blogs that focus on seasonal eating
  3. Seasonal Substitutions: List of what veggies can be substituted for others in recipes


I know I get frustrated with recipes that combine vegetables that would never be available at the same time of the season! So I try to look for recipes and cookbooks that focus on seasonal eating, and I wanted to share these with you.

Ultimately though, I think the most satisfaction comes from learning how to combine, substitute, and create recipes on your own, from the delicious weekly vegetables, to make amazing meals! Acquiring this culinary skill is truly a wonderful thing - and we can help you get there!

Be sure to download all 3 parts of the Seasonal Eating Guide:

  1. Harvest Calendar
  2. Seasonal Resources
  3. Seasonal Substitutions

We hope you enjoy this information, and that it helps move you along the path to Joyful Seasonal Eating! And it maybe more energy, a slimmer you, healthier choices, who knows how far you may go!

If you are ready to get on board, you can click on the link to Sign Up Now!

P.S. If you are unsure how to sign up, and would like detailed instructions, just keep an eye on your inbox. It's coming soon! Plus info on a special bonus gift for all members who sign up by CSA Day, Feb. 23rd!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/7/2018 11:14am by John and Aimee Good.

Everyone has questions about the logistics of committing to a weekly vegetable subscription for 6 months. Here we answer some of the most common ones . . .

 

"Do I have to pay it all at once?"

Simple answer : no.

20% deposit is all that is required to sign up. For a small vegetable share, the deposit would be $125. The remainder can be paid in 4 equal monthly installments of $125, March 30 through June 30.

Payment reminders are sent via email. We accept personal checks or you may use your online banking bill-pay system. We also accept credit card payments via Paypal, or ACH transfers via Dwolla (free, quick setup).


"What happens if I cannot pick up my share on my pick-up day?"

This is not a problem. You have plenty of options here:


1) You may have someone else pick up for you that week.

2) You can pick up on another day or at a different pickup location.

3) You can schedule a "hold" on your share and either donate your share for that week or request a "double share" for another week.

We realize that people have busy schedules, and also often plan vacations in the summer. So, we are set up for all members to be able to use 2 "double shares" during the season, to makeup for missed weeks. Or members can choose to donate their share to our local food bank when they are away.

Scheduling pickup changes is easy!

Members can schedule pickup holds, double shares, and pickup location changes by logging into their member account on our website, or by emailing the farmers, by by Sunday evening of the week the change is desired.

 

"Can I share a farm share?"

Of course! We have lots of members who share with a friend or neighbor, either alternating weekly pickups, or meeting at the farm or pickup site. One person signs up as the primary member, and then enters the partner's information (name, address, phone, and email) as the secondary member. Both members will get all the weekly email updates and have access to the Upick garden. (Upick amounts must also be split between shared members.) 

 

"When and where will I pick up my share?"

CSA shares can be picked up on the farm, Tuesdays from 1-6 pm, Fridays from 2-7 pm, Saturdays from 9am-noon, or Thursday afternoons at several delivery locations throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Trexlertown, Kutztown, Hellertown, and more. See Membership Details for more specifics on current pickup locations!  

 

Still have more questions? Check out all the pages under our CSA FAQ heading on our website, www.goodfarmcsa.com.

And do not hesitate to ask the farmers! John and I are happy to talk to you or email with you to answer any of your questions.

 

If this email has sealed the deal for you, start your CSA signup now here!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 2/7/2018 10:19am by John and Aimee Good.

Don't you love to read product reviews? I know I do. It can be so helpful to know what other people are saying before you make the commitment to purchase. CSA is no different. This is a season long commitment.

We can tell you that on average 75% of our CSA members come back every year. Studies indicate the national average retention rate for CSA farms is about 50%.       We do have happy members! 

Here is what they are saying . . .

 
"This is the very best CSA I have every been a part of, I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful food and meals our family has had this year because of you."

"This is our first experience with a CSA and it clearly won't be our last.  We thoroughly enjoyed our weekly trips to the farm and actually picking our own food!  We ate much more produce than we expected and experimented with so many different recipes.  Our goal was to live a more healthy lifestyle and to support our local farmers.  I think we accomplished our goal!  We will be back next year and it has been a memorable farm experience for us!  Thank you for being our CSA partner."

"I have enjoyed each and every week, marveling at the beauty and the bounty bestowed upon us and the incredible planning that must go into making all of it so organized and efficient. I am thankful for your very obvious hard work and dedication. Both my husband and I feel better emotionally and physically than we did before the season began, and we attribute that to the quality of food we are eating. I confess to being moved to tears in my time in the fields, it is such a release for me from my regular work.  I hope you know how much we appreciate being part of your CSA."

"I tell everyone all of the time what a bargain this farm share is, and the taste and freshness of your produce is far superior to any of the produce you can find at any grocery store (or even other farm stands that we have visited.) . . . I loved everything that came in the box and what we were able to pick as well. Thank you for everything that you do."

"I am a new member this year, and I could not be happier!  The fruit and vegetables are truly amazing!  The quality is wonderful and they keep so well.  I am a vegetarian so I looove vegetables, but my very most favorite has been all the greens and I am so happy that they return in the fall and I can enjoy them yet again.  The Asian greens were something new to me and they are fantastic!  I have not only been enjoying vegetables every day, but I have plenty that I have been able to store away for the fall and winter.  My freezer has string beans, peas, corn, and some greens, all that will be going into my soup recipes (one of my favorite things to make).  I also have canned several jars of pickled red beets, salsa, a few tomatoes, and applesauce from my fruit share.  And the season is not over yet :)  So I wanted to let you know how so very happy I am that I joined your farm.  My only regret is that I didn't join sooner!   Thank you for all you do!!"

"It's that time of year again and here we are signing up again for the CSA. I think this might be our 8th or 9th year! . . . As I look back to the early years to the present, I see how the CSA has helped us to include eating more fresh vegetables. I am thankful. Now we make wiser choices about what we are eating and have developed better eating habits. Over the years, I can see how it has impacted our overall health, helping us feel and live better! Though we may not say it enough, we appreciate all your hard work and behind the scenes effort that sustains your CSA's success."

 

We hope you enjoyed reading these comments from CSA members. You can read more at http://www.goodfarmcsa.com/members-comments.

Here is a great blog post, My Seasonal Love, written by a CSA member about our farm, which was called Quiet Creek Farm when we were operating on leased land 2006- 2016, before we moved to our home farm and changed our name to The Good Farm in 2017.

 

P.S. If you think you are ready to sign up for our CSA (and become a testimonial like these!) go here - Sign up Now! 

A 20% deposit is all that is required to sign up. The balance can be paid in installments over a 6 month period. Payment plan questions and more will be answered in the next email!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 1/31/2018 10:54am by John and Aimee Good.

Ready for the final 3 questions of the CSA quiz? Here they are!


Q4: Do you need control in your menu planning?

 

CSA members learn to be flexible, and to use the weekly vegetables to guide their menu planning, rather than the other way around.

Instead of creating a meal plan and procuring the ingredients necessary for those meals, CSA membership asks that you take the vegetables that are available each week and then decide what's for dinner.

Many members actually say this can be inspiring and less stressful. You don't have to create a menu plan out of nowhere, you take what the harvest provides and use it.

Sometimes less choice is actually more freedom, freedom to try new things, inspiration to combine vegetables in different ways, to enjoy new meals.

 

My children's kindergarten teacher always said: “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

This is useful to remember when dealing with a new vegetable or a different combination of veggies than you are used to.

But don't worry, we always provide detailed cooking tips, storage tips, and recipes for each share, focusing particularly on the new or more unusual veggies.

We help you learn to eat "the CSA way." It will take some time and a commitment. But the benefits are huge. . .

Here is a quote from a 9-year CSA member,

"As I look back from the early years to the present I see how the CSA has helped us to include eating more fresh vegetables. I am thankful. Now we make wiser choices about what we are eating and have developed better eating habits. Over the years, I can see how it has impacted our overall health, helping us feel & live better!"

 


Q5: Are you willing to make the commitment to learn to eat the CSA way?

 

Many members say they already see the results of CSA membership in their first year - their kids eat more veggies, they lose weight, they feel better.

But after a few years with us, people really start to become masters, learning how to freeze, can, or dry the bumper crops; learning which recipes actually use seasonal ingredients; and how to make substitutions in recipes for ingredients you actually have.

But the best part I think, is getting the feel for how to cook and eat seasonally. I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating a completely new recipe or meal based on the harvest, and having it be delicious, and my family loving it! 

It does not have to be complicated. John and I are both working full-time on the farm and we have two kids.  Let me assure you, I am making simple meals. But they are delicious simply because the ingredients are so good, and I don't overcook the vegetables.

That's the first rule of thumb. Use good ingredients. Don't overcook them, except in the case of roasted root veggies, which is so easy and so delicious, and the long roasting process really brings out the sweetness of the roots!

So just realize that this will be a process. And we will hold your hand along the way. But the results will be well worth it.

 

 

Q6: Are you looking for a “deal”? Are you comparing CSA prices to the grocery store?

 

First off, it is a good deal. We track the value of our weekly CSA shares in comparison to our local Wegmans. Consistently, our members are receiving $10-$20 more for their share than if they had shopped at the grocery store.

It is one of our goals as a farm. We strive to offer value in the share to give back to our members, for making the commitment to us for an entire season.

Additionally, we make sure the CSA share contains more produce per dollar than what could be purchased from our farm stand at market. We value our CSA customers above all else, because they are committed to us.

It is a win-win relationship.

Still, we want you to know that our members are receiving a greater value than just the cost of the food.

Our vegetables have added value because every one of our vegetables is telling a story, of the journey from the seed to your table.

Every week of your CSA share brings new lessons, in creative cooking, in patience with yourself as you learn to use the contents of the share, of forgiveness if  you don't get to all the veggies that week, and lastly, of how everything goes back to the earth.

Our veggies can become a new way of life, of healthier eating, imaginative cooking, embracing a new culture of food. They can be the catalyst for your journey with food.

The vegetables from the farm are the means to achieving your goal to prepare a great meal, better than most any restaurant fare, a meal you can be proud of.

This is not something any grocery store can give you.

 

So, how’d you do?

Did you pass the quiz?

Remember, CSA is one way to get fresh farmer food onto your table. We think it is the best way for those who truly love cooking and eating great food; who value the story, the journey, and the farmer relationship behind the food. CSA can change the way you eat forever. We have many members who say, now that they have tasted this food, they cannot go back to grocery store vegetables.

But if CSA doesn't fit your life, you can still get farm-fresh food from a "Producer-Only" farmer’s market. You can visit us at The Trexlertown Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm at the Velodrome, mid-May through mid-November.

We hope you enjoyed this little quiz. We want to set you up for CSA success, to make sure your expectations match up with the reality of CSA before you commit.

 

If you think you’re ready, here are your next steps:

Head over to the Sign Up Now! link.

 

Join the movement.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR CSA. 

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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Posted 1/31/2018 10:31am by John and Aimee Good.


We want to provide the best possible food for people, and we think CSA is the best relationship possible between "farmers" and "eaters", a truly direct connection.

We strive to make sure that all of our members are happy customers. (Our 70% retention rate shows this, but that is a topic for another email.) We want this relationship to last. We are investing in our members, and they are investing in us.

And I do believe that everyone can learn to eat this way. After all, at one time we all ate from the farm, there was no other option.

But, we DO have MANY options, and realistically, there are certain traits that help people to be more successful at CSA. You know, you have to like cooking and eating good food!

Anyway, here is a fun quiz, just 6 questions, to help you decide if CSA is right for you. We will give you the first 3 today, and the final 3 tomorrow. (But if you can't wait, you can also check our website for the full version of the CSA quiz here!)

 

Q1: Do you seek out quality veggies, that actually have real flavor?

 

Before I worked on a farm, I never knew that carrots were truly sweet; that broccoli could be crisp and delicious. To be completely honest here, I did not like melons before farming. But all it took was to taste a "real"melon, ripened on the vine, to realize what I was missing! 

I believe that people who claim they don't really like vegetables just haven't had a chance to eat them fresh from the farm!

Taste matters. Putting together a great meal in your kitchen isn’t just about your skill. It starts with the ingredients: Food that tastes like it should, because it’s grown in quality soil, picked at the peak of ripeness, and delivered within 1-2 days.

In fact, CSAs often create food snobs, because customers finally experience how vegetables should really taste, and they cannot go back to the old and tired versions available at the grocery store. Even the "local" produce from most big-chain groceries is lacking, simply because it cannot compare with the freshness offered by a CSA.

If you really love cooking and you really value taste, then you will LOVE being in a CSA. Because CSAs are all about providing high-quality, artisanal vegetables that make your home dining experience feel like an event.

 

Q2: Are you willing to try new foods? (Really?)

 

Every CSA farm is unique. In our CSA, we focus on providing staples, vegetables that you really enjoy, with special varieties bred for the best flavor, and picked fresh for amazing taste.

But we also include some unusual ingredients in the CSA share to push your horizons in the kitchen: Sweet Italian peppers, Orange tomatoes, baby bok choy, blue potatoes, yellow watermelons, etc.

Part of the CSA experience means getting exposed to new and interesting vegetables and varieties. Realistically, on your own, you would never purposely put a Hakurei turnip or a fennel bulb in your share.

Or would you? If so, then you should just Sign Up Now! to become a CSA member, you have found your niche.

But learning to eat seasonally is a big part of the CSA movement. Eating locally enhances our food security and our communities. It also reduces our ecological "footprint". But to do this, we need to learn how to eat what is available in our region, throughout the seasons.

CSA teaches us this.

We provide the seasonal vegetables, that actually taste great, as well as the cooking tips and recipes to help you use them!

Many people find that they actually like a lot of vegetables they have never tried before.

Here is a quote from one of our CSA members:

"CSA has introduced my family to veggies that I never would have bought at the store, and I learned that we liked them! Also it helped me become more creative in my cooking."

 

 

Q3: Do you want to know your farmer? Do you want to know where your food comes from?

 

CSA originated from the "teikei movement" in Japan, which translates as "food with the farmer's face on it". This is the best description for CSA that I know.

Every vegetable that comes from the CSA was touched by the farmers. We seeded it, watered it, weeded it, harvested it, washed it, and packed it for shares.

Through our weekly newsletter, our members get to hear the story of their vegetables, what it takes get them from seed to harvest.

Our members think about the weather. When it rains on the weekend, even if it spoils a plan, they are grateful that it is watering the crops on the farm.

The Good Farm comes to belong to all of our CSA members, as they are all invested in its success.

We grow our vegetables specifically for CSA members. 90% of our revenue comes from our CSA investors.

Here is a quote from a CSA member:

"Though we may not say it enough, we appreciate all your hard work and behind the scenes effort that sustains your CSA's success."

 

Becoming a CSA member gives you an amazing eating experience, and allows you to support a farmer in your community, to keep farmland actively farmed, and to sustain the livelihood of a small family farm.

The CSA commitment is for a full growing season, to truly support the farm.

This means that CSA members share the risk inherent in farming. All farmers have an optimistic spirit and a bit of faith, because every season is a gamble. We do not know what Mother Nature will bring: too much rain, drought, pests or disease.

There is no guarantee on the exact number or type of crops each member will get. However, we plant 40 different crops and twice that many varieties, in several successions per season, to ensure a good crop.

And on the other side, CSA members share in the rewards! Bumper crops do happen often, different things each year. If it's rainy, cucumbers will do great but if it's dry, tomatoes will be excellent.

Every crop has its peak cycle too, and sometimes members get more than they bargained for. But again, we teach you how to deal with the excess that sometimes happens.

Now, our seasoned members are often clamoring for those extra tomatoes to freeze for the winter!

It is ridiculously easy to do, and tomato soup made on a snowy day in the middle of winter from frozen tomatoes is such a treat! It is a taste of summer! You can almost smell the fresh tomatoes on the vine!

 

So, how did you do? Are you excited just thinking about fresh tomatoes? I know I am, and I actually did just make a big pot of tomato soup from our own frozen farm tomatoes. It was amazing.

Watch your inbox tomorrow for the next 3 questions in the CSA quiz!

 

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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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!"

 

"Eating is an agricultural act" - Wendell Berry

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484-262-0675
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