BLUE GOOSE FARM ~ Nicktown, PA

FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR TABLE

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Posted 6/17/2019 1:44pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

We appreciate everyone's cooperation. The first two weeks have gone well, and it seems our members are off to a great start with kitchen creativity.  Just a few things we would like to mention:

- Mark your calendars to remind yourselves of your CSA pick-up day.

- We suggest rinsing all produce before using it. Our organic methods prevent us from using certain chemicals to rid the bugs, and we do not pre-rinse most crops. So dirt or the occasional worm/slug may appear on your end. 

- Please do not mark vacations in the binders. Inform us through email of your vacation intentions so we may handle the logistics internally, and let us mark the binders.

- Please do not write on the boxes. Our boxes are all packed identically so we avoid the personalization. We also reuse the boxes week-to-week. 

"WHAT'S IN THE BOX" - WEEK 3bok choy, garlic scapes, green onions, head lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, strawberries, turnips, and peas.

Recipe Suggestions: Grilled Bok Choy; Kohlrabi Fritters; Salad with Peas, Grapes, and Feta; Kale Brownies (All of these may be found on the website.)

Happy Eating!                                                                                             Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 6/10/2019 11:59am by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

We are glad you enjoyed your first box!  It was wonderful to hear from so many of you about how pleased you were with the presentation and fullness of the boxes.  And we appreciate you sharing with us the recipes that you are trying. We do love the feedback from our members.

As we mentioned before, you will be eating lots of greens.  It can seem overwhelming at first, especially when you may not be used to this volume, but you can get through it with a bit of effort!  Kale and chard cook down easily and to such small amounts.  Lettuce moves quickly when used in grand salads - chef salad, grilled chicken or steak salad, or one of our favorites...Taco Salad.  Green onions are a great garnish on just about everything.  And there is joy in sharing, so gift an item to a neighbor to try. Who knows, you may just meet a future CSA member!

"WHAT'S IN THE BOX" - WEEK 2bok choy, green onions, head lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, strawberries, turnips, and radishes OR peas*.

Recipe Suggestions: Bok Choy Chicken Soup; Easy Kale, Beef, and White Bean Stew; Taco Salad; or Creamy Braised Turnips and Kohlrabi with Peas. (All of these may be found on the website.)

*To our new members: when two items are listed with "OR" that simply means we did not have enough of those items for both to go into all the boxes. So we send one item to half the members, and the other item to the other half.

Kohlrabi may be a new item to some of you. Research it on your own for ideas and tips on how to use it. But it is a cross between a turnip and cabbage. It has a peppery flavor and is a great addition to many dishes, try adding it into the Bok Choy Chicken Soup recipe. Simply remove stems, peel it, and cube. 

Happy Eating!                                                                                             Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 6/3/2019 12:37pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

Welcome to our 12th CSA season!  I'm sure many of you are ready to eat fresh and crisp produce now that you've cleared out your canned cupboards and freezers.  We pray that God will bless us with a beautiful balance of sunshine and rain this summer.  He's already blessed us with an incredible starter box, WOW!

We have new boxes!  We have gone back to cardboard this season. Those plastic ones were good until they weren't.  Too many split at the seams, and too much time was taken to rinse them each week.  These new ones are an inch higher and wider, which doesn't sound like much. Trust those of us who carefully arrange the stacking order of produce each week, that inch goes a long way! So look for brown boxes, not white ones, at your sites.

As mentioned before, we will not have our traditional weekly Newsletter this season. However, we will provide a weekly statement of "What's In The Box?" and an occasional recipe that we think you just can't live without!  We will be updating the recipes on our website, so check those out. Also Scott has taken the farm into the social media realm...so follow us on Instagram.

There's no doubt you'll be eating lots of greens this summer.  If it wasn't already, green may become your new favorite color!  Utilize your cookbooks (those antiquated volumes of paper with recipes), favorite Pinterest sites, and YouTube videos for what to do with fresh produce.  If you come across something great and interesting and delicious, please share with us so we may post it for our members.  Thanks in advance. 

"WHAT'S IN THE BOX" - WEEK 1bok choy, broccoli, green onions, head lettuce, kale, radishes, swiss chard, white turnips

Recipe Suggestions: Bok Choy Salad, Creamed Greens on Pasta, Honey Glazed Turnips, and Radish Spread (All of these may be found on the website.)

Again, we sincerely thank you for joining us on another food journey.            Happy Eating!                                                                                             Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 2/10/2019 2:27pm by Scott Farabaugh.
Hello ~
        It’s that time of year again!  We are ready and making preparations for our 12th CSA season.  At Thanksgiving, when everyone else starts counting down the days to Christmas, we start counting backwards the days to maturity on seed packets to plan out our upcoming planting for the year.  You may not believe it, but seeds have already been planted in the greenhouse so they’ll be ready for transplant come spring.
        Our CSA program will continue to operate the same way it has been, but with a few improvements.  The cost will remain the same, $325 for Early Bird and $350 after April 1.  PayPal is available on our website again. (That was a convenience many members, even new ones, appreciated.)  We will also continue our referral program, whereby you receive $20 for each referral you provide us who signs up.  Last summer, we offered a vacation option, whereby you informed us of a vacation and you could make up that missed box later.  The overall concept worked, but it caused a bit of chaos in the logistics week-to-week, and especially during the final week of deliveries.  We are streamlining it for better efficiency.  This year, if you take a vacation within the first 9 weeks, you are to schedule your make-up box within those first 9 weeks (or you simply get your box in Week 9). If you take vacation within the second 9 weeks, you are to schedule your make-up box within those second 9 weeks (or you simply get your box in Week 18).
        We are doing away with the weekly newsletter this year.  We are usually slow to fall into the media groove, but we have seen the success of other CSA farms who use Instagram.  Our plan is to send out updates on the farm through our own Instagram account, so give us a look at bluegoosefarmnicktown.  What we do on the farm can be better explained through pictures and a short caption, than with a two-page newsletter.  Our hope is that it will make it easier for us to send you more frequent updates. Recipes will still be available but just not each week. They will be available on the website, and occasionally on our Instagram page.  And we’d sure like it if members send in a few to share!  We are thinking of doing a field day on our farm.  A field day is when volunteers come out to a farm to help with a harvest.  We would make it available over a weekend, for a half a day, and members could get a feel for what we do and see the farm. We have not worked out all of the details just yet, but it would happen most likely around the time of our bigger harvest crops: garlic and onions, which are ready 2 weeks apart in July; and winter squash, which are ready around Labor Day.
        We are looking forward to a better year than the wet one we had last year.  We are hopeful that the improvements we are implementing will be beneficial.  Our deliveries begin the first week of June.  When you are ready to apply, the brochure and application may be accessed through these links.  So join us to eat through the season in 2019!  

Thank you ,

Scott and Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 9/24/2018 3:27pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

Wow, what a box. A colorful and delicious bounty of fall produce. With only this week and next left to go, it is a sad thought to think we won't have these wonderful, seasonal flavors much longer. We hope you make time to try the recipes this week. They are worth their effort. Enjoy! 

Please continue to return the small blue and wooden containers, and the white CSA boxes. Thank you!

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 17 It may take a moment to open. If you are unable to open it from your email, try opening it from our website www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. It is posted under "What's New?"

Have a great week!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 9/17/2018 4:30pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

It seems hard to believe that there are only 3 weeks left in our season for this year.  And there is much to do before things end. Please return the blue cartons, if you still have them. And please return the white boxes, if you accidentally took one home. 

Also, there are many of you who are owed an extra box to make up for one you missed due to a vacation. We know who you are as we have kept records of that. We will be contacting you to remind you, in case you have forgotten. 

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 16 It may take a moment to open. If you are unable to open it from your email, try opening it from our website www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. It is posted under "What's New?"

Have a great week!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 9/10/2018 12:45pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

As the weather has certainly cooled off, it's time to turn on those ovens and warm up your house.  We offer two warm and cozy recipes appropriate for the season. Wish us luck to get through the waterlog!

If possible, please return the blue and brown tomato cartons. We can reuse them. Thank you!

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 15 It may take a moment to open. If you are unable to open it from your email, try opening it from our website www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. It is posted under "What's New?"

Have a great week!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 9/3/2018 8:29pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

Our transitional week as we end summer items and begin fall items. If only the weather could keep up.  Let's put this heat behind us already.  Then again, careful what we wish for...winter is only around the corner. 

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 14 It may take a moment to open. If you are unable to open it from your email, try opening it from our website www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. It is posted under "What's New?"

Have a great week!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 8/27/2018 3:19pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

Wow! Labor Day Weekend approaches already.  We have a fresh, crunchy salad for you to serve at your upcoming cook out - Green Bean & Celery Salad - yum!  And for that next rainy or chilly evening, Stewed Cabbage with Onions and Peppers - a cozy, comfort dish to many Eastern European families.

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 13 It may take a moment to open. If you are unable to open it from your email, try opening it from our website www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. It is posted under "What's New?"

Have a great week!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

Posted 8/20/2018 4:56pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

Where has the time gone? This week is the start of new beginnings for so many of our Member families as school begins. We offer recipes this week that are easy and fun. And because there are so many tomatoes, here is another great Recipe Addition to try, Mizuna Mozzarella SaladWe hope you made wonderful summer memories and look forward to the splendor of fall. Hard to believe only 6 weeks of CSA left in this season. 

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 12 It may take a moment to open. If you are unable to open it from your email, try opening it from our website www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. It is posted under "What's New?"

Have a great week!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh