BLUE GOOSE FARM ~ Nicktown, PA

FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR TABLE

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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

Posted 8/13/2018 7:16pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

In the next few weeks you'll start to see some vegetables wane as their time comes to an end for their season, while other vegetables will begin theirs. So we are in transition. We have 2 delicious recipes this week, and we hope you have time to try them both.  A reminder...please return the little blue cartons when you're finished with them. Just leave them in a box. Thanks!

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 11 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 8/6/2018 3:04pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

Wow, to see the sun again is amazing! Short-lived perhaps, but we'll take what we can, especially after last week - ugh!  You will see new checklists in the binders this week. Please pay attention, if you see "Xtra box" next to your name on a given date that is your reminder to take 2 boxes that day as your make-up from your vacation. Also, at this late stage of the season, things get a bit hairy, so if we do not receive your vacation request 2 weeks prior to your date we will not honor it.  And no vacations after September 21 - no exceptions.

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 10  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 7/30/2018 2:29pm by Scott Farabaugh.

Dear Blue Goose Farm CSA Members,

We are at our mid-way point of the season - already it is week 9!  We have the usual summer favorites - corn, tomatoes, peppers, green beans (coming), though this has been an unusual summer weather-wise. Save a prayer for us and beg the rain to cease!

Please click on the following link to open this week's newsletter -Newsletter 2018 Week 9  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