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Posted 5/19/2015 1:20pm by John and AimeeGood.

Welcome new and returning members to our 2015 season. This is Quiet Creek Farm’s 10th year and we are pleased that a fair number of you have been with us since the beginning. A lot of you have been with us for the last five years.  After the long winter we endured, the start of CSA pick-up is probably more eagerly anticipated than usual.  We had a long wait this spring for the fields to be free of snow in order to prepare for planting. But despite the late start, the crops are growing well. We are quite grateful for the recent showers, as May was an unusually dry, windy, and hot month, which is difficult in planting season. We hope to see a nice jump in the crops' growth now. Although we have been irrigating throughout May, it is more beneficial and effective when nature provides the water.

We would like to give you a brief introduction or review of the CSA pickup routine. Pick-up is at the large red and stone barn which sits close to Siegfriedale Road at the Rodale Institute. There is a Quiet Creek Farm sign in front of the barn. The double barn doors facing the road will open at 1 PM. Opening time is often very busy, so if you can come a bit later you’ll have less of a wait. Closing time is 7 PM. Please arrive by 6:45pm to allow time to select your share.

Parking is across the road from the barn in the meadow to the right of the gravel farm road. There is limited parking at the side of the barn to be used only by those with mobility issues or those with a sleeping child in the car. Please enter the barn through the double doors (even if you parked at the side) and check off your name at the table to your left.

Vegetable selection is self-serve. Each veggie will be in a bin or basket with a tag in front telling you how much you get according to your share size. Please bring with you one or two bags in which to carry home your veggies. Later in the season you will need 3-4 bags. We strongly encourage you to bring cloth tote bags, baskets or coolers to transport your share. For  As a back-up, I suggest you put some plastic store bags in all of the cars you may drive to the farm. That will cover you on the days that you forget your bags. There is also a bin of recycled plastic bags in the barn for members to "bring some, take some" as needed.

If you prefer to bag all your veggies separately, please bring enough bags to do so. For our salad mixes and other tender greens, we recommend re-usable produce bags. These can be washed and re-used many times. They are great for transport and storage in the crisper drawer of the fridge. I like the Simple Ecology, Ecobags, or Flip & Tumble, but there are many kinds out there! Also, saving and re-using the plastic containers in which salad mixes are sold in stores is a good method to transport tender greens.

For the U-pick garden, we provide pint and quart containers to measure your berries and produce, but we ask that you transfer to your own container to take home. Measuring containers should be returned to the barn for others to use. Please bring a pair of scissors to cut U-Pick herbs and flowers (we have loaners if you forget). Once the flowers are ready, you will need some sort of container to carry them home with a drink of water. Initially, when the harvest is just a few stems a cut off water bottle does well.

Fruit, chicken, cheese, bread, mushrooms, and pizza shares are all self-serve. Each will require checking off your name on a list. The chicken and pizzas are frozen, so please bring an appropriate carrier.

CSA members are also able to purchase locally raised goods in the barn, including pasture-raised eggs & meats, Wild Alaskan salmon, honey,  and all natural dairy products such as yogurt, greek yogurt, kefir, cheese spreads, ricotta & mozzarella cheese, and aged hard cheeses. All these items are self-serve. We accept cash or checks, but not credit cards.

The U-Pick items available for picking and their amounts are listed on the whiteboard above the cash register. For those of you who want to pick before we open, another whiteboard near the stairs at the side of the barn will list the same information. The listing will be there by 12PM on pick-up days. One of our farm crew members will periodically come through the U-Pick to answer any questions or help with identification. If you are unable to enjoy the U-Pick garden on your pick-up day, you can come back any time except Sunday mornings to get your weekly share. The amounts will still be listed on the outside whiteboard.

Please read the Vacation and Missed PIckup Policy below. We recommend that you print this page and keep it for future reference. New this year - members can schedule their Vacation pickups and Pick-up day switches online. Read more below . . .

We look forward to seeing you the first week of June and every week until November. See you soon with a smile on our faces!

Farmers: John and Aimee Good

Farm helpers: Heidi Cooper, Kay Good

Farm crew: Michelle Kenstler, David Hopkins, and Catrina & David Archambault

 

  Vacation/Missed Pick-up Policy

Farm members have several options for vacations and missed pick-ups. They are as follows:

1) At any time, you may have a friend or neighbor pick up your share for you on your regular pickup day. Please have them check in when they come to the barn.

2) At any time, you may switch to the other pickup day of that week, but we do ask that the switch be scheduled in advance of your normal pickup day. Please schedule in the barn the week before your switch, send an email to farmers@quietcreekfarmcsa.com, or login to your member account online, http://www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com/members/scheduleactions.

3) You may have ONE scheduled double pickup per season, either the week before or the week after your vacation. Double pickups MUST be scheduled one week in advance.

4) In the event of an unplanned missed pickup due to an emergency, you may use your one double pickup the following week. Please schedule your double pickup as soon as possible after missed pickup.

5) If you miss a pickup for any other reason, you simply forfeit that week.



Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

Posted 5/11/2015 11:42am by John and AimeeGood.

1st Tomato

The farm crew spotted the first fruit on the tomato plants in the high tunnel last week. You can see the little green tomato baby in this picture on the left. Very exciting! Although the high tunnel is unheated, the extra warmth it provides allows us to put out tomatoes in mid-April. We put a small bumblebee hive in the tunnel to help assure good pollination of the flowers. We are pleased that the tomatoes  are growing quite well, and are hopeful for an early harvest, possibly by early July!

First Shares

Mark your calendars! We expect the first days of CSA pickup to be Tuesday June 2nd and Friday June 5th. We will send out pickup instructions and information in the weeks to come. Keep an eye on your inbox.

PICK-UP DAYS

We will send out the pickup list shortly, so you can check your day. You can also check it by logging into your member account. There are more members signed up for Tuesdays than Fridays, so if anyone is able and would like to switch to Friday pickup, please let us know. Thanks!

 

*We forgot to include the newest share offering in the update last week. Read about it below. . .

 

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.

SIGN-UP!  If you would like to add this share, or the bread or mushroom shares to your membership, you can visit our Update Membership page, and/or login to your member account from the main page. For the fruit, cheese, pizza, and pastured pork shares, you must sign up directly with the Cooperative Share Partners.


Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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
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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

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