U Pick CSA

Can’t wait to get my hands on Goodness Grows’ U Pick CSA!  We offer the area’s only 100% certified organic CSA from May – October and now we will offer the area’s only U Pick CSA.  With the additional option of renting our commercial kitchen, you can get the most from the farm on your […]

CSA 2016

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Instructions:   Here you will find three links to pages for you to print, fill out, and mail with your deposit to-

Sign Up Sheet

CSA Agreement

New Member Survey

Goodness Grows

5360 Bedford Valley Rd.

Bedford, PA 15522

You may also email your documents to goodgrows@gmail.com and I will contact you to make payment arrangements that best suit your needs.

Our CSA:  We offer the area’s only 100% certified organic CSA from May – October (see below about our winter shares.)  With the addition of our commercial kitchen certification, we can start our year strong, and end it that way as well! Early on, we will see products from our small grains, such as breads and baked goods, soy products such as vegan sausage and gluten free cookies, and animals products such as cheese, meat, and eggs.  Please note–these animal products are not available to the public–only shareholders get to enjoy the goods from the barn!  We are the only farm in the area to offer certified organic fruit and grains in our CSA packages.  The great variety, combined with our extended growing season, makes our certified organic CSA a fantastic value.

The Basics: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) agreements are a unique relationship between farmer and consumer.  CSA members pledge their support to a farm, through financial contribution and volunteer efforts, and receive weekly produce in return. As a shareholder, you become a contributor and partial owner of the farm’s harvest.  Modest participation in farm activities will increase the bond between farmer and consumer, and this is our aim through our CSA program. This arrangement gives our farm more liberty to offer a wide variety of products, including meat and dairy. You own the goat, you feed the chickens (so to speak), and you reap the rewards!

Contribution:  The cost for a ‘half’ share is $265 plus five hours of volunteer work, a ‘regular’ share is $465 plus ten hours of volunteer work, and a ‘large’ share is $715.00 plus fifteen hours of volunteer work. For a description of the volunteer requirement, see below. For your contribution, you will receive lots of great fruit and veggies (along with occasional eggs, cheese, or meat, if that floats your boat) at convenient pick-up locations in the greater Cumberland, Maryland and Bedford areas.   A half share will feed 1-2 people (we really do not recommend a half share for families larger than that), a regular share can comfortably feed a family of 3-4, while a large share is perfect for families of 6+ people or folks who do lots of canning and preserving.  A deposit of $165 for a half share, $265 per regular share, and $375 for a large share is due by April 15th.  If you pay the entire balance in full by March 15th, you will receive a 5% discount.

Volunteer Hours: Being part of a community farm offers rich experience as well as super fresh, healthy food!  Becoming a farm volunteer will give us the time to get to know you, and gives you the time to get to know where your food comes from.Volunteer hour requirements are for the whole season.   Our volunteer requirement is very flexible and can be tailored to your individual needs. We understand that not everyone can spend several hours weeding on their hands and knees, and that sometimes, there are physical limitations, time constraints, etc. You can do anything from helping in the fields, to helping bundle CSA bags, to lending a hand at the market, or participating in our CSA Advisory Committee–there are many possibilities. Also, if you want to bring a friend or the rest of the family, their hours will count toward fulfilling your volunteer requirement! Please feel free to let us know about your particular wants and needs, and we will do our best to accommodate them!

Pick-up:  We will be posting precise locations shortly after we receive all applications (by April 15th) in order to ensure convenient arrangements for all of our members.  Tentatively, we have planned the following pickup locations & time frames:

  • Bedford on Wednesdays at the Farmer’s Market, 9:00am-1:00pm and at the Wholesome Living Marketplace, 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Cumberland, Maryland on Thursdays at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, 9:30am- 1:00pm
  • Everett on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market at the Mason Temple Parking Lot, 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Goodness Grows, flexible days and hours
  • Contact us for other locations…We will be willing to arrange group drop off points at other destinations provided we can get enough interest!

Planned Offerings:

We highly encourage you to come pick up your bags at the market, if at all possible, so you can take advantage of the market-style choices when available. If you are unable to do so, you can still pick up a pre-packaged bag full of the very best of the week’s products at your regular location.

Planned offerings include breads, tofu and other soy products, meats, dairy items, eggs, apples, black raspberries, peaches, strawberries, beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce (varieties), mesclun, herbs (varieties), tomatoes, winter and summer squash, peppers, nuts (yes, nuts!), cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, corn, beets, radishes, sprouts (varieties), spinach, eggplant, melons, turnips, tomatillos, zucchini, kohlrabi, swiss chard, sunflower seeds, and more! Each week, you can expect to see 5-8 different items in your bag.

Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions: We are aware that many people have dietary needs that do not encompass all that we have to offer. For this reason, we have our survey for each member to fill out. We do our very best to substitute items you cannot enjoy for items that you CAN enjoy. We have even grown specialty crops in our trial gardens for our vegan members and those with a delicate digestion. Please let us know if you need to refrain from any items so we can keep them out of your bag and prevent cross-contamination, particularly with nuts and other severe food allergies. Within the five years that we have offered our CSA program, we have never had an issue of cross contamination with allergens in anyone’s bags. We have also been able to successfully introduce new foods to those with restricted diets to expand their limited menus because of the bountiful variety of items we grow for our members.

To sign up,  download the registration forms to print and mail below.   If you would like to pay by credit or SNAP benefits, please email or call me so we may arrange payment.   Thanks so much and we look forward to a fantastic season working with you.

 

Winter Shares!!!   

We have been working on a way to provide our loyal customers with local certified organic farm fresh foods through the winter, so by popular demand we decided to offer our winter CSA package.   The winter shares are on a month by month basis, and will be going to Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, MD two Saturdays a month.  We will have a local farm pick up on Fridays.  April will be our last month for winter shares.   You may sign up anytime before the first delivery of the month.   Click on the link below for more details.

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Mountain City Traditional Arts

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Flambe Lettuce

I will be baking my tail off this tomorrow for our winter market at Mountain City Traditional Arts on Saturday from 10 am- 1 pm in Frostburg, MD.

Check out our beautiful Carrots, Beets, Pak Choy, Lettuce, Daikon Radishes, Napa Cabbage, Collard greens, Long Neck Pumpkins, Arugula, Kale, Tatsoi and so much more to make your veggie drawer full for a little while.  Or to make a lovely fresh picked salad like this one…

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Yeah, I will have a few last tomatoes too!

Also if ever you have seen our gorgeous evergreen wreaths…1452420_698344383523972_274736137_n

We’ll have a few of those too.

I will bring along some of our luxurious goat’s milk soap and honey from our bees to your table.   See you there!

 

U Pick week at Goodness Grows

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On Friday, I will watch my son Caleb become a sailor in Great Lakes Illionois, and the rest of the week we are getting our winter veggies ready to grow, canning and making some wonderful lotions and other delectables, so I decided to invite our CSA members out to help themselves for the week.

 

Here’s the scoop on U pick week-

You can come to the farm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-8pm.

You can come to the farm Thursday , Friday and Saturday 8am-11am.

What we have to pick-

Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans, Pie Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Melons, Okra, Eggplant, Swiss Chard, Herbs, Ground Cherries, Tomatillos, Apples for apple sauce or apple butter, Maybe some grapes- they are getting close.

You may take what you will use, and if you want to can, or freeze anything, you may have use of the kitchen on the farm for that purpose.   I have a 6 burner stove that helps get the job done efficiently.

I really look forward to seeing everyone this week!

BTW if you are not able to stay to pick, we will have items ready for you to pick up, just ask .

 

 

 

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Happy Chickens for a True Happy Meal

What’s life like for a free-range chicken at Goodness Grows Farm?  Let’s have a look.  “Free-range” means free to explore, and exercise..

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..and relax in green grass…
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…and sniff the cinnamon basil…
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…and guard the eggplants…
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…and just be chickens!

Compare this to the conventional, industrial method that provides your typical store-bought chicken.  Such birds are confined to crowded, dark, diseases-ridden cells and stuffed with antibiotics and GMO/chemically-grown feed.  For their entire lives they know nothing but misery.  And miserable chickens make miserable meat.   Anyone who has grown accustomed to eating only healthy, organic food but then regressed to a fast food meal knows what I mean, that miserable feeling in both mind and body.

That doesn’t fly at Goodness Grows!  We ensure our chickens live fulfilling lives, taking part in the cycles of nature.  We grow organic soybeans, millet and buckwheat to supplement their diet.  In return they provide fertilizer for next season’s veggies.  Furthermore, they help maintain our gardens through their scratching, foraging, and other chicken-like behaviors.  Our chickens contribute greatly to our farm’s balanced ecosystem, all while receiving the respect and fair treatment that living creatures deserve.

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Most of all they help sustain our community with healthy, delicious and happy meat!

[Available to CSA members or Farmers’ Market shoppers.  Contact us for more info.  And check out this yummy Free Range Chicken Recipe.]

Veggies Galore

Summer is in full swing, and Goodness is certainly Growing here at the farm.  Thanks to the recent rain and a bit of organic loving  we’ve got tons of fresh veggies to pick this week.

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At the markets we’ll be offering carrots, beets, onions, kohlrabi, dunja and romanesco zucchini, yellow summer squash, peppers, eggplants, garlic, onions, okra, tomatoes, a wide selection of greens and more!  And as usual we’ll offer our freshly baked bread, homemade soaps and honey.

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So come visit our stands in Bedford today and take home some of this fresh, healthy produce!  We’ll be at the Farmer’s Market from 9am to 1pm and the Wholesome Living Marketplace from 3 to 5pm.

If you can’t make it to Bedford today don’t worry, we’ll have plenty more veggies to pick throughout the week for our other market locations.

Variety is the Spice of Life

Snow peas, Garlic, Basil, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, Onions, Carrots, Kohlrabi and a few cucs, peppers and eggplants are all on tap for this weeks markets. We will also have some of our award winning breads and honey, see you there.

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We are growing 3 varieties of zuchini and 4 varieties of summer squash for the season….

And I have a recipe from CSA member Carolyn Forrester

Bok Choy/chicken stir fry

1/2 pound chicken sliced in bite sized pieces ( can use Tempeh also for a vegetarian dish)
1/2 a large sweet onion or green onions, sliced
1large clove of garlic chopped
1TBL  soy Sauce
1bunch of bok Choy, chopped
Or a mixture of any greens from Goodness Grows ( I used part Mountain Spinach too)
1Tbl CHILI GARLIC SAUCE

SAUTE chicken , garlic, onions, white stalks from bok Choy for 5-10 minutes in 1-2 TBL olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Add  rest of chopped greens; sprinkle with soy sauce and steam 5 minutes just til greens wilt.
Stir in chili garlic sauce for a bit of spice.
Serve with rice or quinoa

I can share another video with you with yet another recipe for your goods this week…

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/healthy-summer-smoothie-from-goodness-grows/32634/G9Et6V5bI0GxKaGBABGdxw

Napa Cabbage

Our favorite new crop for the season so far is the Napa Cabbage.   If you haven’t tried it, let me just say, you simply must!   What a delightful vegetable!11048758_10205270995553516_3628816227514059516_n

 

This photo was submitted by Chris Mccagh Herring and I just love it!

 

What I did with the Napa Cabbage is I made

Napa Salad

1 head of Napa Cabbage, large leaves removed ( I use the large leaves as wraps for lunch)

5-7 baby carrots shredded

1 small onion diced

2 T minced pickled ginger

Radish sliced into match stick pieces

1 Package of Ramen noodles slightly crushed (do not use the seasoning packet, I save them and melt ice off of our sidewalk with it in the winter)

Sesame Ginger Dressing of choice, ( I used Newman’s Own)

Slice the cabbage into 1/2″ strips and toss with remaining ingredients and serve chilled.

 

 

I  baked a ton of bread for this week , look for some of our new recipes like Sundried Tomato and Muesli as well of our old favorites like Sourdough Rye and Whole Wheat.

Some other items we will see this week is lettuce, swiss chard, pak choi, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and baby squash.

Weeding Wednesdays Begin!!!

If you are wondering how you can get some volunteer time in, then you can come and join us for Weeding Wednesdays here at the farm.

Also, We can use help to set up and pack up at the markets in the town nearest you.

I love to get recipes from everyone and email is the best way to submit them… Each recipe is worth 30 minutes of volunteer time!

We really appreciate the support and excitement from our CSA members this year thank you all so much!

 

 

 

 

Let the CSA’s Begin!!!!

We have a huge spring worth of work to show for my long stint of silence….and to the 40 or so people that have been looking at my stagnant blog daily, I am truly very sorry that I haven’t been posting. But this spring was screaming plant, pick and pull weeds, because it has been beautiful here in the gorgeous valley!
I will begin by saying everyone is going to have a lovely salad for the first week of CSA’s because we are in to our elbows with

Lettuce!

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Flambe Lettuce

Today I harvested some 3.5 pound heads of

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and we have tons of

Bok Choy

We pulled 6 pounds of Asparagus out of the garden.   Get to the markets early for the asparagus, or email me to hold some for you!   The thing about Asparagus is that it is prolific long before the markets begin, so it is hard for me to have it for CSA, but we should get some to everyone this year:)

Baby Carrots

Swiss Chard

and

Scallions

will be available too.

Now for a cute video of a recipe that uses our Bok Choy…enjoy!

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/local-farmers-markets-summer-kick-off/38743/BGC57lQrLkq_rCPPU7P6RA

 

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Easy Salmon Burgers

We had such a great day today!   We got lots of transplanting done in the greenhouse and coldframe including scallions, broccoli, cabbages of various types, kohlrabi, pak choi, and cauliflower. It really felt like spring today!

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Lettuce and Cauliflower

Now for the recipe-

These burgers are too easy!  First I open the can of salmon and drain the juices into a measuring cup.   Then I add enough water to the cup until it reaches 1 1/4 cup.   Then I add 1 box of Fantastic Falafel mix and let it absorb the water and salmon juice for 5 minutes.

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Then I mix the salmon meat into the falafel mixture.

I form patties from the salmon falafel mix and place in hot oil in a skillet for about 5 minutes or until brown.   flip over and brown the other side.

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Serve with Goodness Grows Honey Mustard

Top with Goodness Grows Micro Greens

and serve on a Goodness Grows organic bread bun, I like to use rye for this recipe!