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Posted 5/23/2016 12:56pm by John and Aimee Good.

FIRST CSA PICKUP DATES: June 7th & 10th

Crops are growing more slowly this spring, because of the un-seasonably cold weather this May. More sunny days and warmth like today will help!

So we will start CSA share pickup on Tuesday June 7th and Friday June 10th. Share pickups will continue weekly through the first week of November. Hours are 1-7 pm. Next week we will send another email with complete pickup details and instructions.

So far, the crops are growing well, albeit slower than normal, but we expect to have kale, bok choy, arugula, turnips, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and strawberries in the first weeks of the season!

 Here the crew is transplanting lettuce, with a little help from our son Lyle. We plant lettuce every week to ensure we have a consistent supply through the spring! We are hoping to extend the season into the summer this year, with the use of white plastic to reduce soil temperatures.

Now, in case you missed out on any of our "Cooperative Share" opportunities, there is still time to sign up. Check out all the options below.

Pastured Poultry & Pork Shares :

Chicken and Pork shares from Ledamete Grass Farmraised on pasture and forest forages as well as locally & organically raised grain. Online registration: ledametegrassfarm.csasignup.com. Specific share details (including pricing, cuts available, average weights, etc.) available on the registration form!

Wood-fired Pizza Shares

Monthly Shares of frozen, locally-made wood-fired pizza are provided by Switchback Pizza Company. These delicious pizzas feature local produce and cheeses, and are hand-made in wood-fired pizza oven. Sign up and send payments directly to Switchback Pizza.

FRUIT SHARES

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 directly on North Star Orchard's website. Here's the link: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

CHEESE SHARES

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. For more information, see Hill Acres Pride CSA Shares.

*The following shares (mushrooms, bread, and We-pick) can be ordered directly from Quiet Creek Farm by sending an email with name, desired share, and pickup day.


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 - $126.00 for 21 weeks

Specialty share - $147.00 for 21 weeks

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 $225 for the season.

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/19/2016 12:55pm by John and Aimee Good.

Please see the message below from our Cooperative Share partner, Ledamete (let 'em eat) Grass Farm, about their pastured poultry & pork shares.

Pastured Chicken& Pork Shares Available!

Ledamete Grass Farm Shares On Sale Now- Reserve Yours Today!
 
What? 
Chicken and 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 and cuts available!

Why? 
Purchasing a chicken and/or 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. 

Who?
To pick up at Quiet Creek Farm you MUST be a Quiet Creek member! Pick up at Ledamete Grass Farm in Schnecksville is open to the public.

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 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 Quiet Creek Farm while you are picking up your veggie share!
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
facebook.com/ledametegrassfarm

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!!!! "


For more reviews, check out Ledamete Grass Farm's listing on localharvest.org and/or our Facebook page!.
Copyright © *|February_2016|* *|:Ledamete Grass Farm|*, All rights reserved.


ledametegrassfarm.com  *  5471 Sell Rd. Schnecksville, PA 18078 * 610-767-4984  *  ledametegrass@gmail.com *
 facebook.com/ledametegrassfarm
 
--
April & Rob Fix
Ledamete Grass Farm
5471 Sell Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-767-4984
 


 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/9/2016 12:08pm by John and Aimee Good.

I am so sorry! There was a problem with the file upload, so the New Member List did not upload properly, and the previous email contained an old version. Here is the most recent version of the 2016 Member List. Thanks!!!

-Aimee

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/9/2016 11:48am by John and Aimee Good.

First Shares

Mark your calendars! We expect the first days of CSA pickup to be Tuesday May 31 and Friday June 3rd. We will send out pickup instructions and information in the weeks to come. Keep an eye on your inbox. You can check the Member List here to confirm your pick-up day and time. Email me if you need to make a change.

2016 Membership Drive -please help!

We are 3 weeks away from the start of the CSA season and we are still short of our membership goal for this year. We hope to duplicate last year's membership total, which was 275 shares. We are raising the same acreage of crops, with some modifications like larger sweet corn plantings, more melons, summer lettuce trial plantings, etc.

We are asking for your help to get the word out about our CSA shares:

Please tell your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors about our program. They can Sign-up on our website to start this season!

Please like and share our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/quietcreekfarmcsa/

Email or print and post this flyer in your workplace, local stores, etc.

We truly appreciate your support! We look forward to the harvest season - coming in just 3 weeks!

Early Tomatoes

We just trellised the early tomatoes in the high tunnel. We special-order a hive of bumblebees to help pollinate the flowers when the tunnel has to be closed in cold, wet, weather - like all of last week! The bees are busy working the flowers, and we are looking forward to the fruits of their (and our) labor!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/9/2016 11:03am by John and Aimee Good.

Exciting cooperative share offerings for Quiet Creek Farm members! Read below for more information. If you would like to add any of these shares, please reply with your name and desired shares, sizes, and for bread - sliced or whole. You will receive a confirmation with your total due. Checks can be sent to Quiet Creek Farm at:

4272 S 5th St.

Emmaus PA 18049

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 - $126.00 for 21 weeks

Specialty share - $147.00 for 21 weeks

 

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 $225 for the season.

:TO SIGN UP:

Please reply with your name and desired shares, sizes, and for bread - sliced or whole. You will receive a confirmation with your total due. Checks can be sent to Quiet Creek Farm at:

4272 S 5th St.

Emmaus PA 18049


 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/2/2016 11:00am by John and Aimee Good.

Quiet Creek Farm members have the opportunity to pick up several cooperative shares from local farms at their regular vegetable pickup. Read more below. . .

 

Wood-fired Pizza Shares from Switchback Pizza Company

Monthly Shares of frozen, locally-made wood-fired pizza are provided by Switchback Pizza Company. These delicious pizzas feature local produce and cheeses, and are hand-made in wood-fired pizza oven. Sign up and send payments directly to Switchback Pizza.

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 directly on North Star Orchard's website. Here's the link: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

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, see Hill Acres Pride CSA Shares.

COMING SOON: Information on Artisan breads, Gourmet mushrooms, and We-pick shares!


Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/2/2016 10:38am by John and Aimee Good.

From our Cooperative Farm Partner, Ledemete (let 'em eat) Grass  Farm: Pastured Pork Shares delivered to Quiet Creek Farm monthly, on your pickup day!

Pastured Pork Shares Available from Ledamete Grass Farm!
View this email in your browser

Pastured Pork Shares Available!

Ledamete Grass Farm Shares On Sale Now- Reserve Yours 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 and cuts 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 are available for pick up at Quiet Creek Farm when you pick up your veggie share! 


Who?
Pick up at Quiet Creek Farm is open to Quiet Creek members only. Pick up at Ledamete Grass Farm in Schnecksville is open to the public. 

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! Sign up soon- Shares are limited!
 

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; 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 our participating veggie CSAs while you are picking up your veggie share!
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 to suit your needs. 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
facebook.com/ledametegrassfarm

Want to Know More About What Members Say? 

Read Ledamete Grass Farm Reviews...

"We just picked up our first order of pork from April and Rob this weekend and immediately cooked up the kielbasa for dinner that night. Oh my word!!!!! Sooooooooo delicious! We opted for their own homemade cure and I'm so glad! It was amazing! Even the two year old kept asking for more! We've had their chickens before as well and loved them...we're just as happy with the pork! Great work farmer friends! We are so grateful!!"

"I am from the Pittsburgh area, so was not familiar (nor had I ever tasted) scrapple. When I moved to suburban Philadelphia, my neighbor's father (Pop-Pop Arnold) advised me to never eat scrapple from people I didn;t know. He had been a butcher all his life, as had his father and grandfather, so I took his advice. Pop-Pop;s scrapple was delicious but I haven't had any since his death several years ago. As a member of Pennypack Farm CSA in Horsham, I took a chance: ordered Ledamete's scrapple. To my relief, it was delicious! Pop-Pop would be proud of this product, and happy that I can now eat scrapple again. The other products were equally delicious--porkchops, chicken, sausage. How lucky am I that I can eat these products raised so well by April and Rob. They run a real five star operation!!!

"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!.
Copyright © *|February_2016|* *|:Ledamete Grass Farm|*, All rights reserved.


ledametegrassfarm.com  *  5471 Sell Rd. Schnecksville, PA 18078 * 610-767-4984  *  ledametegrass@gmail.com *
 facebook.com/ledametegrassfarm





Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/2/2016 10:29am by John and Aimee Good.

ONLY 1 MONTH to the 1st HARVEST at QUIET CREEK FARM!

Sign up now to pickup weekly at the farm, located at the beautiful Rodale Institute!

New - delivery available to Emmaus and Hellertown!

 

Harvest season begins May 31st. The first weeks will feature the vegetables you see above, sweet peas, fresh lettuces, tender radishes, and more! Both small and regular shares are still available. Quiet Creek Farm is one of the only certified organic CSAs in the Lehigh Valley. We raise 100% of the produce for our shares, and all of our produce is distributed to our CSA members. We grow our best for you!

(Sample share from summer 2015 below)

WHY JOIN Quiet Creek Farm CSA?   

*22 weeks of certified organic produce, fresh and direct from the farm, for unbeatable flavor and nutrition.

*Market-style pickup at the farm, located at the beautiful Rodale Institute, Tuesdays or Fridays from 1-7 pm.

*Delivery of boxed shares to Emmaus & Hellertown on Thursdays, for your convenience.

*Experienced farmers with over 15 years operating a successful CSA.

*Members only Upick garden with berries, peas, beans, cherry & paste tomatoes, flowers, herbs, and more!

*Cooperative shares including fruit, cheese, bread, mushrooms, pastured meats, wood-fired pizza, etc.

WE HAVE HAPPY MEMBERS. OVER 70% RETURN EACH YEAR. BECOME ONE TODAY!

JOIN NOW!    A $100 deposit is all that is required to sign up, with several different payment plan options. Sign up now for on-farm pickup, Emmaus delivery, or Hellertown delivery.


MORE INFORMATION:

Read more about the Membership Details, including samples shares from spring, summer, and fall. Also check out Frequently Asked Questions. Go to our website to see more pictures of our beautiful vegetables (some samples below) and read all about our farm. Still have questions? Contact us.

MEMBERSHIP CONFIRMATION:

You will receive a confirmation email once your signup has been completed, (after we have received both your membership form and payment) and you will be added to our mailing list.

Thank you!

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/19/2016 1:47pm by John and Aimee Good.

Farm Planting Update:

* Planting 1500 lbs of seed potatoes this week!

Check out the old-fashioned potato slicer in action!

Hoping for a great harvest again. Last year we dug over 20,000 lbs!

 

* Greenhouse seeding: moving on to summer crops - tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, basil, melons and more!

The zucchini plants - with their large seeds - are always robust germinators! They hold on to their seed coats as they emerge from the soil.

Our kids love to pull the seed coats off the plants when they are helping out in the greenhouse!

 

Harvest season begins May 31st. Both small and regular shares are still available.

Thank you!

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 4/12/2016 1:08pm by John and Aimee Good.


Did you know that the onion plants get weekly haircuts?

They do, from about March through planting time, in early April. We trim them to encourage the shoots to thicken up, for nice stout onion plants.

We are planting the onions out into the field all this week. We delayed 1 week due to the very cold weather and snow. Yesterday and this morning, planting was a rainy adventure.

Other plants going into the field: cabbages, lettuce, scallions, broccoli. Seeds we are sowing: beets, carrots, spinach, radish, turnip.

Sugar snap peas are coming up!

Exciting beginnings for a new season.

SHARES AVAILABLE!

We still have shares available for the 2016 season. Please help us to spread the word about Quiet Creek Farm. Please pass on our information to your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors who may be interested. All membership details and signup information can be found on our website, www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com.

Thanks very much!

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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