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Posted 5/5/2015 9:56am by John and AimeeGood.


The CSA harvest season is just around the corner! We look forward to the first CSA pickup in the first week of June, with lots of green veggies - like salad mix, kale, arugula, spinach, scallions, as well as turnips and radishes and possibly broccoli or bok choy. June is the month of fresh greens! Plus strawberries and peas in the Upick garden!

While you are looking forward to many tasty fresh salads, check out our list of Cooperative Shares. All the shares are provided by our local Farm Partners, and delivered to Quiet Creek Farm on your pickup day! There is still time to sign up, so check the list below . . .

Shares offered to Quiet Creek Farm members include: 

Fruit (peaches, plums, pears, apples, asian pears)

Cheese (grass-based dairy  offers a sampling of artisan cheese, cheddars, and fresh cheeses)

Artisan whole-grain organic breads

Gourmet mushrooms (shitaake, oyster, crimini, etc.)

Wood-fired pizza (featuring local produce and/or meats)

Pastured pork (raised with organic methods) SORRY- Pastured poultry shares are sold out.

For more information and to sign up for any of these shares, visit our Cooperative Shares page! Signup info with links are included for each share. Enjoy!

Also, new this year, we have an children's summer education program which our members can join. Budding Farmers is 6 weeks of fun, interactive, learning materials designed for Pre-K through elementary aged children, picked up at the farm with your veggies. Click on the link for more info and to sign up with Budding Farmers!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/5/2015 9:53am by John and AimeeGood.

Our Cooperative Share partner Ledamete Grass Farm (let 'em eat grass) is offering shares of their pasture and forest-raised pork this year. For more information, read below. The registration deadline is May 29th, so don't delay!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good, Quiet Creek Farm

Pastured Pork Shares Available!

Ledamete Grass Farm Shares On Sale Now- Reserve Yours Today!

Limited Shares Available- Sign Up Today!

What? 
Pork shares from Ledamete Grass Farm- raised on pasture and forest forages as well as locally & organically raised grain- delectable meat! A variety of share sizes/types available!

Why? 
Purchasing a pork share is a great way to enjoy nutrient dense, delicious, organically raised meat at a reasonable price AND support a local family farm!

When? 
Shares will be available for pick up at Quiet Creek Farm during your regular veggie share pick up day.  

How Do You Sign Up? 
Visit our online registration: ledametegrassfarm.csasignup.com. Specific share details (including pricing, cuts available, average weights, etc.) available on the registration form!

 

Want More Info?

There's LOTS of information in this email and on the sign up page but if you still want more, check out our website or Facebook page, email us, or give us a call! 
610-767-4984
Email
Website
Facebook

Why Join? Here's what our members say...

Amazing flavor and nutrition! Because of their constant access to pasture, their tender and flavorful meat is nutrient-dense and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Locally & Organically Grown!  
The pigs are born on the farm; the grain is organically grown (non-certified) and milled in Oley; the pigs are raised on our farm in Schnecksville and processed in Richlandtown. It doesn't get much more local than that!
It's so convenient!
You can pick up your shares while picking up your veggie shares!
Know your Farmer!
You can connect with your food and the people who raise it. Rob and April live and work on the farm every day. They are happy to answer questions and to share the latest news from the farm.
Access to Artisanal Products
You can order other Ledamete Grass Farm products, including but not limited to pastured chicken, handmade pork sausages, no-nitrate bacon cured w/only Celtic Sea Salt and organic Rapadura sugar, grass-fed ghee, and more!
Availability and Consistency
CSA members receive shares for 6 months of the year, with an option to stock up in the fall for the winter months.
“Just Right” Share Sizes and Options
You can choose from various share sizes/types to find a good fit for your family.
Delicious Seasonal Recipes!
You will receive monthly emails with lots of seasonal recipes and tips for getting the most out of your products.

Don't buy food from strangers! Know your farmers!

Your Farmers,
April and Rob Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
facebook.com/ledametegrassfarm

Want to Know More About What Members Say? 

Read Ledamete Grass Farm Reviews...

"Best chickens and pork our family has ever tasted!"

"For a year I contemplated investing in the the chicken share and I am so glad we did. The chickens are better quality than the organic supermarket birds I had been purchasing. I always wondered how the supermarket birds were really treated, but I don't worry about the integrity of Ledemete Farm. Each month we also have the option to purchase pork products and we are LOVING the bacon and sausage, as well as the new experience of cooking and baking with lard (amazing texture and taste!). We could not be happier with the food and the service from Rob and April. If you are looking for local pork and poultry, look no further!" 

"We are so fortunate to be able to obtain chicken and pork from Ledamete Grass Farm through our Pennypack Farm CSA. Last year we tried a small chicken share and were surprised how much different grass fed free range chicken tastes. So moist, flavorful, and fresh we increased our share for this year. Now we have the opportunity to get the turkey and pork products too. We are in hog heaven. I thought the chickens were great, the pork blew us away! Lean, light, flavorful, the most amazing pork we have ever had. The thought and care Rob and April give to raising their livestock is admirable and their hard work is reflected on the fork. We are proud to support local farms and organic practices. We tell everyone we know about being responsible and knowledgeable about where their food comes from. Support local, support your health, and if your lucky enough to have the opportunity to try Ledamete, do it! Yum, yum, yum!!!! "


For more reviews, check out Ledamete Grass Farm's listing on localharvest.org and/or our Facebook page!.
Posted 4/22/2015 12:45pm by John and AimeeGood.

We are participating in Farm Fest, a great community event, at the beautiful Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli. Read more below. . . .

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Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/14/2015 11:14am by John and AimeeGood.

PLANTING SEASON

Thankfully, spring seems to have fully arrived, and the warm and windy weather dried the fields quite nicely. After a very intense period of planting last week, we are almost ahead of schedule! Despite the cold weather this January, the abundant sunshine allowed the plants in the greenhouse to grow beautifully, and these are some of the nicest onion, cabbage, and broccoli transplants to start the season. In the photo to the right, the young broccoli plants have just been planted into the fields, which still show a bit of the cover crop residue, as it was quite slow to break down this spring! The wire hoops that you see are now holding a white cloth row cover, which we use to protect the young plants from extreme temperatures and insect pests while they are young.

Just to give you an idea of the planting season; the farm crew planted 6,000 onion plugs with 3 plants each, 2000 broccoli plants, 500 cabbage plants, and 1500 lettuce plants last week. They also seeded beets, carrots, and snap peas in field. They planted 3000 scallion plugs with 8 plants each yesterday. Seeding of chard, turnips, and spinach is on the schedule for today.

Later this week the unheated greenhouse will be prepared for the grafted tomato plants. You can see these beauties on the left. They were seeded back in February as 2 plants, a rootstock and a fruiting variety. After they grew to have a few true leaves, we grafted the plants together by a delicate process of joining the stems through a delicate matching cut created in each stem with a fine razor blade. Then the plants were placed in the "healing chamber," under a greenhouse bench covered in greenhouse plastic and misted twice daily to keep them moist and out of direct sunlight. They remained in the chamber for several days. Once removed from the chamber, they were slowly weaned from the roots of the fruiting variety, so finally you have a plant with very strong, almost wild-type roots, which naturally resists many diseases and pest pressures, while allowing for high yields of delicious tomatoes. We are very excited about some of the new tomato varieties we are trialing, which have been bred for heirloom quality flavor, while adapted to grow well in the hoophouse.

We have also researched and selected specific tomato varieties for our field production which have been shown to have resistance to late blight in field trials, as well as excellent flavor, texture, and color. Springtime is so exciting. Laying the foundations for another great harvest season with high hopes!

MEMBERSHIP

We have only about 20 CSA spots left, so if you have not yet renewed your share or know someone who is thinking about joining, now is the time to SIGN UP! We are still taking requests to find a share partner, for pickup every other week. Please contact Aimee if interested.

Also, you can check your membership status and get a balance update anytime on our website, www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com. Thanks!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/14/2015 10:12am by John and AimeeGood.

Please read the message below from Switchback Pizza Company about their pizza shares. Signup information is below. Shares are available for Quiet Creek Farm members only, and are delivered to the farm monthly on your share day. Thanks!

Community Supported Pizza

How it works: Once a month for six months you get to pick up homemade frozen wood oven pizza at Quiet Creek to enjoy at home. Do you like to make your own pizza with Quiet Creek’s awesome produce? Choose either a traditional Neapolitan par baked crust or an organic whole-wheat crust and get creative!

About our pizza: Switchback Pizza makes wood oven pizza using local vegetables, pastured meats, homemade dough and sauce. The dough is cold fermented for 36 hours allowing them to develop a unique natural sweetness. We strive to use as many local and organic ingredients as possible. All our cheeses are hormone and antibiotic free and we use local naturally raised hormone/ antibiotic-free meats.

Check out more of what we do! www.switchbackpizza.com

Past Pizza Creations!

Pepperoni: Our pepperoni made with local grass feed beef and pastured raised pork, homemade sauce and fresh mozzarella

Gorgonzola: with caramelized onions and Kennet Square Portobello mushrooms.

Fontina cheese: homemade sun dried tomatoes, olives, with fresh onions.

Happy Pig: Italian sausage, bacon, homemade sauce, fresh mozz and caramelized onions.

Tomato love: Fresh sauce made from local tomatoes fresh mozz and cherry tomatoes.

TO SIGN UP: Click on the link to download the Membership Form. Scroll down to the second page - the signup page. Print, fill it out, and return with your check payment to Switchback Pizza Company directly. Quiet Creek Farm cannot take payment for pizza shares. Thanks!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 3/30/2015 2:01pm by John and AimeeGood.

NEW FARM EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR KIDS!

Quiet Creek Farm is partnering with Budding Farmers to offer 6 weeks of enrichment materials that teach kids about healthy food produced by their farmers. Materials are fun and interactive- kids will learn, cook, grow, taste, smell, feel, and get creative with their food!

Budding Farmers is designed for Pre-K through Elementary aged children. It was founded on the premise that all kids should know where their food comes from and why they should be eating healthy food. The intention of Budding Farmers is to make fruits and vegetables fun thus creating a culture where children want to eat their veggies!

As a participating farm, Quiet Creek Farm members can sign up to receive their Budding Farmers kit with their weekly share pick-ups at the farm. Beginning in mid-July and continuing for 6 weeks, your child will receive a packet with nutrition information, fun facts, a growing guide with seeds, a science project, a creative activity, and 2 kid-friendly recipes.

For more information and to sign up, please visit the Budding Farmers website and select Quiet Creek Farm in Kutztown, PA as your participating farm. The cost is $30.

Materials include a 100% recycled binder with fun pages, an "I'm a Budding Farmer!" kid's tote bag, and 6 weekly packets.  (See below.)


Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 3/23/2015 12:03pm by John and AimeeGood.

Three exciting share offerings for Quiet Creek Farm members! Read below for more information. If you would like to add any of these shares to your membership, you can visit our Update Membership page, and/or login to your member account from the main page.

WE-PICK SHARE: Based on member requests, we are offering a new share for those of you who have limits on your time or physical ability to utilize the U-pick garden (which is already included in your share price). The "We-pick" share includes a sampling of the weekly U-pick items, including berries, peas, green beans, paste tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, edamame, as well as some herbs and flowers, picked for you by the farm crew. Ready for pickup when you get your vegetable share. Please note: This share will be limited to 10 members per pickup day. Cost is $250 for the season.

MUSHROOM SHARE: Gourmet mushrooms, raised naturally and chemical-free by our friends at Primordia Farm in Lenhartsville, PA. Varieties include trumpet, shitaake, crimini, and oyster mushrooms. Available in 1/2 lb or 1 lb per week sizes.

Half Share (1/2 lb/wk) ($132.00)

Regular Share (1 lb/wk) ($242.00)

BREAD SHARE: Artisan breads from The Daily Loaf: hand-formed, whole-grain artisan loaves are baked fresh daily. Made from organic flour, water, salt and sourdough culture. Available in Regular or Specialty Loaves, sliced or whole: REGULAR: Plain breads with no frills with a focus on whole grains: Whole Wheat, Spelt Wheat, Whole Rye, Multi-grain. SPECIALTY: Varieties vary as to what is in season: Blueberry, Kale, Basil, Beet Wheat, Sweet Potato, Onion, Seeded, Garlic Scape, Roasted Tomato, Zucchini Fennel.

Regular share - $132.00

Specialty share - $154.00

SIGN-UP!  If you would like to add any of these shares to your membership, you can visit our Update Membership page, and/or login to your member account from the main page. If you have not yet signed up for your CSA membership, you can add these shares at the same time you sign up for your vegetable share.


Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 3/6/2015 7:02am by John and AimeeGood.

FRUIT SHARES from NORTH STAR ORCHARD

 

Members can sign up for the North Star Orchard CSA Fruit Share, available for pickup here at the farm when you come to get your vegetables! The Fruit Share provides a weekly assortment of fabulously flavored tree fruits including peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, and Asian pears. You can find out all about the Fruit Share, and sign up for it, directly on North Star Orchard's website. Here's the link: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php. Sign up now before they fill up for the year!  
If you have further questions about the Fruit Share, email North Star at Lisa@northstarorchard.com

 

 

CHEESE SHARES from HILL ACRES PRIDE

Located in Lancaster County, Hill Acres Pride has registered Jersey cows raised on pasture in the warmer months, and hay and silage grown on the farm in the winter months. The cows are not given growth hormone or antibiotics. Their cheeses range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses such as Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia, as well as fresh cheeses such as ricotta, mozzarella, cream cheese, and flavored fresh cheeses such as tomato-basil, or honey.

Members have enjoyed these wonderful cheeses in the shares for two years now, and we will be offering them again! Shares will be delivered every other week to Quiet Creek Farm on your pickup day. For more information and to sign up, see Hill Acres Pride CSA Shares.




Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 3/6/2015 7:01am by John and AimeeGood.

PASTURED CHICKEN SHARES FROM LEDAMETE GRASS FARM AVAILABLE NOW. READ BELOW FOR MORE INFO AND TO SIGN UP!

2015 Chicken Shares On Sale Now

Ledamete Grass Farm Shares Available- Reserve Yours Today!
What? 
Chicken shares from Ledamete Grass Farm- raised on pasture and forest forages as well as locally & organically raised grain- delectable meat! A variety of share sizes and cuts available!

Why? 
Purchasing a chicken share is a great way to enjoy nutrient dense, delicious, organically raised meat at a reasonable price AND support a local family farm!

When? 
Shares will be delivered every 4 weeks to Quiet Creek Farm from June through October for pick-up during your regular veggie share pick up day. 

How Do You Sign Up? 
Visit our online registration: ledametegrassfarm.csasignup.com. Specific share details (including pricing, cuts available, average weights, etc.) available on the registration form!

 

Want More Info?

Check out our website or Facebok page OR email us OR give us a call!
Email
Website
Facebook

Why Join? Here's what our members say...

Amazing flavor and nutrition! Because of their constant access to pasture, their tender and flavorful meat is nutrient-dense and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Locally & Organically Grown!  
The chicks are from a hatchery in Quakertown; the pigs are born on the farm; the grain is organically grown (non-certified) and milled in Oley; the chickens are raised and processed in Schnecksville; and the pigs are raised in Schnecksville and processed in Richlandtown. It doesn't get much more local than that!
It's so convenient!
You can pick up your shares at COS or at the farm in Schnecksville!
Know your Farmer!
You can connect with your food and the people who raise it. Rob and April live and work on the farm every day. They are happy to answer questions and to share the latest news from the farm.
Access to Artisanal Products
You can order other Ledamete Grass Farm products, including but not limited to handmade pork sausages, no-nitrate bacon cured w/only Celtic Sea Salt and organic Rapadura sugar, grass-fed ghee, and more!
Availability and Consistency
CSA members receive shares for 6 months of the year, with an option to stock up in the fall for the winter months.
“Just Right” Share Sizes and Options
You can choose from various share sizes as well as whole, halved or pieced chickens . If none of the share sizes are a perfect fit, custom shares are available too!
Delicious Seasonal Recipes!
You will receive monthly emails with lots of seasonal recipes and tips for getting the most out of your products.
Don't buy food from strangers! Know your farmers!

Your Farmers,
April and Rob Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
ledametegrass@gmail.com
ledametegrassfarm.com
 

Want to Know More About What Members Say? 

Read Ledamete Grass Farm Reviews...

"Hands-down, best chicken ever!"

"Your chickens are flavorful and juicy and even more importantly we know they were raised the right way, not in some factory farm."

"While I always appreciated buying farm raised poultry whenever possible, I never would have imagined just how much better these pastured chickens could taste. I've met Rob and you can feel the integrity and passion he has for his work. It shows in the excellent flavor of the chickens."


"Best chickens and pork our family has ever tasted!"

"For a year I contemplated investing in the the chicken share and I am so glad we did. The chickens are better quality than the organic supermarket birds I had been purchasing. I always wondered how the supermarket birds were really treated, but I don't worry about the integrity of Ledemete Farm. Each month we also have the option to purchase pork products and we are LOVING the bacon and sausage, as well as the new experience of cooking and baking with lard (amazing texture and taste!). We could not be happier with the food and the service from Rob and April. If you are looking for local pork and poultry, look no further!" 

"We are so fortunate to be able to obtain chicken and pork from Ledamete Grass Farm through our Pennypack Farm CSA. Last year we tried a small chicken share and were surprised how much different grass fed free range chicken tastes. So moist, flavorful, and fresh we increased our share for this year. Now we have the opportunity to get the turkey and pork products too. We are in hog heaven. I thought the chickens were great, the pork blew us away! Lean, light, flavorful, the most amazing pork we have ever had. The thought and care Rob and April give to raising their livestock is admirable and their hard work is reflected on the fork. We are proud to support local farms and organic practices. We tell everyone we know about being responsible and knowledgeable about where their food comes from. Support local, support your health, and if your lucky enough to have the opportunity to try Ledamete, do it! Yum, yum, yum!!!! "




Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 3/2/2015 1:32pm by John and AimeeGood.

Hello farm folks,


Two great articles about CSAs recently came to our attention, and in light of National CSA Sign-Up Day, we wanted to share them with you.

How My CSA Changed My Life, by Bruce Bradley on his "Live a Healthier Life" blog. The author explains his life-changing conversion to eating real food, with helpful tips and advice on making the most of your CSA share. 

Now why I say my CSA changed my life is because when you’re connected directly to a farm and receiving a weekly share, you start thinking about your meals differently. Rather than planning the same old meals, making a list, and shopping at a grocery store, joining a CSA turns the whole meal-planning process completely on its end. And it’s that radical change that helped me disconnect from a lot of the unhealthy, highly processed eating decisions I had made for years. Yes, it took a while to adjust, but I’m so thankful I made the leap. - See more at: http://brucebradley.com/food/how-my-csa-changed-my-life/#more-5804
Now why I say my CSA changed my life is because when you’re connected directly to a farm and receiving a weekly share, you start thinking about your meals differently. Rather than planning the same old meals, making a list, and shopping at a grocery store, joining a CSA turns the whole meal-planning process completely on its end. And it’s that radical change that helped me disconnect from a lot of the unhealthy, highly processed eating decisions I had made for years. Yes, it took a while to adjust, but I’m so thankful I made the leap. - See more at: http://brucebradley.com/food/how-my-csa-changed-my-life/#more-5804
Now why I say my CSA changed my life is because when you’re connected directly to a farm and receiving a weekly share, you start thinking about your meals differently. Rather than planning the same old meals, making a list, and shopping at a grocery store, joining a CSA turns the whole meal-planning process completely on its end. And it’s that radical change that helped me disconnect from a lot of the unhealthy, highly processed eating decisions I had made for years. Yes, it took a while to adjust, but I’m so thankful I made the leap. - See more at: http://brucebradley.com/food/how-my-csa-changed-my-life/#more-5804
Now why I say my CSA changed my life is because when you’re connected directly to a farm and receiving a weekly share, you start thinking about your meals differently. Rather than planning the same old meals, making a list, and shopping at a grocery store, joining a CSA turns the whole meal-planning process completely on its end. And it’s that radical change that helped me disconnect from a lot of the unhealthy, highly processed eating decisions I had made for years. Yes, it took a while to adjust, but I’m so thankful I made the leap. - See more at: http://brucebradley.com/food/how-my-csa-changed-my-life/#more-5804
Now why I say my CSA changed my life is because when you’re connected directly to a farm and receiving a weekly share, you start thinking about your meals differently. Rather than planning the same old meals, making a list, and shopping at a grocery store, joining a CSA turns the whole meal-planning process completely on its end. And it’s that radical change that helped me disconnect from a lot of the unhealthy, highly processed eating decisions I had made for years. Yes, it took a while to adjust, but I’m so thankful I made the leap. - See more at: http://brucebradley.com/food/how-my-csa-changed-my-life/#more-5804

How the CSA Model Supports a Farm, by Liz Neumark on the Huff Post Green blog. The author explains the importance of supporting real CSA farms, and illustrates the problems with other aggegate models who are jumping on the CSA bandwagon, but are not true CSA farms. 


Both are quick reads, but full of great information. Feel free to share! And thanks to all for helping support your real local CSA farm! If you have not done so yet, you can sign up for a share today! Only 35 spots remaining - so don't delay!


Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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