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Posted 2/27/2015 11:31am by John and AimeeGood.

Today, February 28th, we at Quiet Creek Farm CSA are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate National CSA Sign-up Day!

The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season. CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 6,000 farms across the country.

“CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available. CSA members get the freshest, high quality, seasonal local produce, but they also get a direct connection to their farmer. This model is economically important to farmers, especially small and beginning farmers, because they can grow with confidence knowing that they have a market for their produce ahead of time.”, says Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central, a technology company that works with CSA farms across the country, and the creator of National CSA Sign-up Day.

February 28th was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these expenses with costly credit.

The farmer from First Root Farm in Concord, Mass. put it eloquently: "The CSA model was what allowed me to start my own farm business at age 23. Without the sale of CSA shares, I would not have been able to buy seeds, potting soil, fertilizer, or anything else. Six years later, my business is still going strong. Access to capital in the off-season; the meaningful connections between farmers and CSA members; the sense of ownership and pride members feel about their CSA farms--all these things add up to healthy farms, businesses, and communities. The CSA model is good for everybody,"

So thank you for your support on this and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!

If you are already signed up, or just want to help us spread the word, please post about National CSA Sign-up Day.

"Quiet Creek Farm is celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day on Feb 28th. Join me in supporting local farmers John and Aimee Good of Quiet Creek Farm: www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com. To sign up for their CSA, head to their online signup.

 

Thank you!

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm



 



Posted 2/12/2015 9:40am by John and AimeeGood.

"SEEDING TIME IN THE GREENHOUSE"

Although it still feels very much like winter, the days are getting longer and spring will come before too long. It is again "seeding time" in the greenhouse. We sowed the scallions, sweet onions, and red and yellow onions in the greenhouse this week. Despite the cold temperatures outside, on sunny days it gets above 70 degrees in the greenhouse. We also provide heat directly to the soil in the starting trays with special heat mats. The onions require a soil temperature of 75 degrees for optimum germination. Next week we will sow the leeks, mini purplette onions, and the early tomatoes (which will be planted in the hoophouse). Yeah!

After about a week, we will begin to see the first sprouts. Although we have been sowing these seeds in February for about 14 years now, it is still a thrill every year to see the first green shoots emerge, to begin the season anew. We are looking forward to sharing this new season with our members!

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Currently, we have 210 members signed up for the 2015 season, with 71% of members returning from the 2014 season. We are truly pleased that so many members are joining us again. We still have room for 40 more members for this year, so feel free to tell your friends and neighbors about our farm. We are now accepting new members. Anyone can join via the Membership sign-up on our website.

 

COMING SOON: Results from the 2014 surveys and Update on exciting new varieties in store for 2015!

 

"Thank you for supporting your local, certified organic farm, and making the commitment to eat seasonally, and deliciously!"

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 2/10/2015 2:04pm by John and AimeeGood.


We are now accepting new members from the wait list for the 2015 season! Members from the wait list are accepted on a "first come, first served" basis, so do not delay - join today!

You are receiving this message from Quiet Creek Farm because you have signed up for our waiting list, to have the first opportunity to purchase a membership for 23 weeks of certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, and berries beginning in June at our farm, located at The Rodale Institute in Kutztown PA.

JOIN NOW!     It is very simple. You can now sign up directly through our website on the Member Sign-Up Page. Payments can be made by credit card via Paypal, through Dwolla (an electronic bank transfer) or by sending a check. Each option will be explained on the checkout page. A $100 deposit is required to sign up, but full payments can also be made.

WHY JOIN?    Quiet Creek Farm produce varieties are specially selected for flavor, and harvested at the peak of 'ripeness', either 1 day before or the same day that our members take them home. We can grow varieties that are too tender and delicate to be shipped, and we can pick them when they are supposed to be picked - when they are ripe, for maximum flavor and nutritive value. Unlike the commercial varieties found in grocery stores, which are often picked unripe to survive shipping, vegetables from the farm capture the essence of the sun and soil, and are truly delicious! Eating directly from the farm is a win-win situation, because you get the best taste and the best nutrition in your vegetables! With our "members-only" Upick garden, everyone also has the opportunity to enjoy being on the farm, picking sun-warmed strawberries, cherry tomatoes, green beans and peas, fresh herbs, as well as beautiful bouquets of flowers each week. Read more about the Membership Benefits of Quiet Creek Farm here.

MORE INFORMATION:

For more information about our CSA program, such as Membership Details, including sample shares from the spring, summer, and fall; Frequently Asked Questions; and more, please see our website. Still have questions? Contact us.

MEMBERSHIP CONFIRMATION:

You will receive a confirmation email once your signup has been completed.

Thank you!

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 1/5/2015 8:52am by John and AimeeGood.

PLEASE IGNORE THE RENEWAL REMINDER IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS SEASON! (Or if you are a 3 year member partner.)

Thank you for your continued support!!!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Last chance to take advantage of your reserved spot for next season! We have extended the renewal deadline for one more week. We realize the holidays are a busy time, and we wanted to be sure all 2014 members who would like to renew have the opportunity to do so before we begin to accept new members.

We will hold off on contacting the wait list for one more week. After that point, all members, new and returning, will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis. So please take a moment now to sign up for the 2015 season, on our Member Sign-up page.

*We can also complete the online signup for any member who is unable to do so. Please let us know if you need assistance with your member renewal!

 

Thank you for supporting your local small organic farmer, and making the commitment to eat seasonally, and well!


 

MEMBER SURVEY: We would love to have your feedback on this year's harvest; as well as your ideas, suggestions and/or desires for next year. Please click on the link to complete the 2014 Member Survey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes to complete. We thank you and appreciate your time to help us improve the Quiet Creek Farm CSA experience for you, our members!

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/29/2014 1:09pm by John and AimeeGood.

PLEASE IGNORE THE RENEWAL REMINDER IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS SEASON! (Or if you are a 3 year member partner.)

Thank you for your continued support!!!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Last chance to take advantage of your reserved spot for next season! We will begin accepting new members from the wait list in 2015, and all members will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis in the new year. So please take a moment now to sign up for the 2015 season, on our Member Sign-up page.

*We can also complete the online signup for any member who is unable to do so. Please let us know if you need assistance with your member renewal!

*Check payments for down payments and full payments are now accepted! In order to make the process available to those members who are not comfortable or familiar with online banking or credit card payments, we are now accepting check payments for both the down payment and full payment option. We made this change in response to member feedback. We want to make it possible for all members who wish to do so, to renew their share.

 

Thank you for supporting your local small organic farmer, and making the commitment to eat seasonally, and well!


 

MEMBER SURVEY: We would love to have your feedback on this year's harvest; as well as your ideas, suggestions and/or desires for next year. Please click on the link to complete the 2014 Member Survey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes to complete. We thank you and appreciate your time to help us improve the Quiet Creek Farm CSA experience for you, our members!

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/15/2014 11:11am by John and AimeeGood.

PLEASE IGNORE THE RENEWAL REMINDER IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS SEASON! (Or if you are a 3 year member partner.)

 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Only 2 weeks left to take advantage of your reserved spot for next season! We will begin accepting new members from the wait list in 2015, and all members will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis in the new year. So please take a moment now to sign up for the 2015 season, on our Member Sign-up page.

 

*Check payments for down payments and full payments are now accepted! In order to make the process available to those members who are not comfortable or familiar with online banking or credit card payments, we are now accepting check payments for both the down payment option and the full payment option. We made this change in response to member feedback. We want to make it possible for all members who wish to do so, to renew their share. We can also complete the online signup for any member who is unable to do so. Please let us know if you need assistance with your member renewal. Thanks!

 

 

Thank you for supporting your local small organic farmer, and making the commitment to eat seasonally, and well!


 

MEMBER SURVEY: We would love to have your feedback on this year's harvest; as well as your ideas, suggestions and/or desires for next year. Please click on the link to complete the 2014 Member Survey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes to complete. We thank you and appreciate your time to help us improve the Quiet Creek Farm CSA experience for you, our members!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/9/2014 11:19am by John and AimeeGood.

PLEASE IGNORE THE RENEWAL REMINDER IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS SEASON! (Or if you are a 3 year member partner.)

 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Please note this change - we are now accepting check payments for down payments and full payments! In order to make the process available to those members who are not comfortable or familiar with online banking or credit card payments, we are now accepting check payments for both the down payment option and the full payment option. We made this change in response to member feedback. We want to make it possible for all members who wish to do so, to renew their share. We can also complete the online signup for any member who is unable to do so. Please let us know if you need assistance with your member renewal. Thanks!

 

We will hold spots for all current members until the end of 2014. We will begin accepting new members from the wait list in 2015. So please take a moment now to sign up for the 2015 season, on our Member Sign-up page.

Thank you for supporting your local small organic farmer, and making the commitment to eat seasonally, and well!


 

MEMBER SURVEY: We would love to have your feedback on this year's harvest; as well as your ideas, suggestions and/or desires for next year. Please click on the link to complete the 2014 Member Survey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes to complete. We thank you and appreciate your time to help us improve the Quiet Creek Farm CSA experience for you, our members!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 12/1/2014 11:19am by John and AimeeGood.

PLEASE IGNORE THE RENEWAL REMINDER IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS SEASON! (Or if you are a 3 year member partner.)

 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: For those of you who have not yet renewed your membership, now is the time! Since we have switched to  an online sign-up process, it takes just a few minutes to sign up to for next season. You can pay online, through Dwolla  which is a free electronic bank transfer, or Paypal. You may also pay by check, for full payments only.  If you wish to use the payment plan, please choose Dwolla or Paypal. $100 payment is all that is required to sign up.

We will hold spots for all current members until the end of 2014. We will begin accepting new members from the wait list in 2015. So please take a moment now to sign up for the 2015 season, on our Member Sign-up page.

Thank you for supporting your local small organic farmer, and making the commitment to eat seasonally, and well!


 

MEMBER SURVEY: I know it seems far off, but for us, next season has already begun. Farmer John is performing all winter maintenance and repairs of the farm tractors and implements, so they will be ready to go next year. We are actively seeking farm apprentices to work the fields. We are busily perusing the seed catalogs and planning the vegetable, herb, and flower plantings.

We would love to have your feedback on this year's harvest; as well as your ideas, suggestions and/or desires for next year. Please click on the link to complete the 2014 Member Survey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes to complete. We thank you and appreciate your time to help us improve the Quiet Creek Farm CSA experience for you, our members!

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 11/4/2014 12:25pm by John and AimeeGood.

After season market at Quiet Creek Farm: Next Tuesday November 11th, from 4-6:30 pm!
 
Featuring breads by The Daily Loaf, apples and Asian pears from North Star Orchard, as well as a small selection of veggies from Quiet Creek Farm. Ordering information is below!
 

 
Fruit From North Star Orchard
Stock up and keep going awhile with yummy fruit and stave off the need to source "fruit" (herein meaning mushy, mealy, and otherwise flavorless horrors in the guise of deliciousness) from the grocery store!
 
You can pre-order a stash of apples (Winecrisp, Enterprise, Reinette Simerenko, Golden Russet, and Gold Rush!), Asian pears (Hosui and Niitaka), and jarred goods like Asian pear butter!
 
Click here now to order for delivery at your pickup site (so as to avoid the unfortunateness and sadness of an empty fruit drawer). 

Click on the link for descriptions of varieties available for Stocking Up
(You can order 10 and 20-pound quantities of each - delivery to your site NEXT WEEK!) Please be sure to select Quiet Creek Farm as your pickup site!
 
 Note: a weekly Fruit Share bags weighed about 8.5 pounds, so a 20lb. bag (what we call a 'bulk bag' below) is a little more than twice that amount.
You can also order 10lb. bags of each variety. If you order multiple 10lb. bags, we'll likely pack them together in one of our heavy-duty bags for ease of handling.
 
 
 
Fresh organic breads from The Daily Loaf


Pre-orders highly recommended. Please specify if you prefer your loaves sliced.
Please include phone number with order. Order by email, dailyloaf26@gmail.com, or phone 717-823-0280
 
Regular Loaves:  $6

* Big Country French: A white french sourdough. These are extra large loaves sold in halves. Makes for a large sandwich or crostini.   

* Whole Wheat: A whole wheat sourdough boule

* Rye Wheat: a blend of whole rye flour and whole wheat flour

Specialty Loaves:  $7

* Sweet Potato Wheat: A whole grain sourdough boule with the addition of local organic pureed sweet potato. The addition of sweet potato makes for a moist and soft crumb as well as a caramelized crust.    

* Cranberry Wheat: A whole grain sourdough boule with dried cranberries

* Fig Wheat: A whole grain sourdough boule with dried organic black mission figs 

* Seeded Wheat: A whole grain sourdough boule topped with a mix of sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds  


Stock your freezer Sale
Pre-orders only. Order by email , dailyloaf26@gmail.com, or phone 717-823-0280
 
Save a $1 per loaf on orders of 4 or more loaves. 
4 to 7 loaves Regular $ 5   Specialty $6 

Save $1.50 on orders of 8 or more loaves.
8 or more loaves  Regular $4.50   Specialty $5.50



Organic vegetables from Quiet Creek Farm
*We will have a small selection of vegetables available for purchase: cabbage, carrots, celeriac, butternut squash, and possibly kale. As extras from the final share, roots and squashes will be offered to members at $1/lb.
 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 10/27/2014 4:42pm by John and AimeeGood.


LAST WEEK OF CSA SHARES!

We hope you have enjoyed the 2014 harvest season! This is the final week of CSA shares, Tuesday October 27th and Friday October 31st.

CSA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REMINDER:

 Please visit our Member Sign-up page to secure your share for the 2015 season. $100 down payment is all that is required to sign up. If you wish to pay in full by check, you will need to sign up and bring your invoice and payment to the barn this week! Otherwise, share payments can be made online via our website.


PLEASE NOTE:

1) Stock-up orders are here this week! Payment is due at pickup.

2) All bread shares will have a double pickup this week! Please take 2 loaves for every 1 you get regularly. This is a bonus week! The bread freezes beautifully. When you are ready to eat it, you can thaw the entire loaf, or just take out the slices you need and thaw in the toaster.

3) Chicken and pizza stock-up orders will be in for pickup this week.

 

BOUNTY OF CARROTS

As CSA members, you share in the risks as well as the bounty of the farm. As I said before, this has been the year of the carrot. Both the spring and fall crops have grown very well, but the fall carrots yields have been truly exceptional. Therefore all members will be getting a bulk amount of carrots in the share this week. If stored properly, these carrots will keep for months. We have kept them in storage until spring, and they remain crisp and sweet! The fall carrots are a special variety called Bolero which is especially suited to storage.

Carrots like to be stored in a cold, humid environment. Your fridge crisper drawer is fine, but be sure to keep them in a bag. They will dry out and become rubbery if left loose in the crisper drawer. If you are short on fridge space, you can also store them in an unheated basement, but be sure to place them in a sealed container to prevent rodent damage and also to retain humidity. They will not keep as long if stored above 40 degrees.

Carrots can be frozen or canned as well. Check out this link for making and canning your own Carrot Pickles!  For detailed instructions on freezing carrots go to  http://www.pickyourown.org/carrotsfreezing.htm

Freezing is a simple process, and they take up very little space when processed this way. Have fun!

 

THE HARVEST

Butternut Squash

Cabbage

Carrots

Beets 

Celeriac

Kale

Spinach

Onions

Garlic 

Potatoes &/or Sweet Potatoes


 UPICK: herbs

 

COOPERATIVE SHARES this week:  bread- special bonus share this week! Please take 2 loaves for every one you get normally!

 

RECIPES

Fresh Carrot Pickles- this recipe makes 1 jar of refrigerator pickles. Check out the link above to can a small batch of carrot pickles.

Thanks to a CSA member for contributing this tasty recipe for Roasted Beets N' Sweets.

Two recipe ideas for winter squash: Bechamel Winter Squash Lasagna and Winter Squash braised in Apple Cider

 

 Enjoy!

As always, if you need an idea for the produce in your share, check our Recipe Page! You can search by vegetable!  

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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