Steve and Nicole Shelly
5318 Limeport Pike Coopersburg, Pa 18036
Steve: (267) 671-5340 Nicole: (267) 496-6303
Godshall Farm provides beautiful, high quality local food and flowers in combination with convenient services that forms a one of a kind farm experience for support of a heatlhy lifestyle.
We have been CSA members with Godshall Farm for 8 years now and we love the cleanliness, quality, selection and availability of their produce, flowers, meat, and prepared foods. Steve and Nicole really listen and pay attention to their customers and go out of their way to meet their needs and special requests." Thank you! :)
Being a member of the Godshall CSA is important to me in so many ways. It gives me the opportunity to "eat fresh, eat local", support a small business and a young family, and interact with a family who are raising their children with a sense of social responsibility. The business is conducted with a high degree of integrity and the quality of the offerings can't be beat.
This season was fantastic. The prepared food was a huge bonus, and the payment system, incredible amount of choice was wonderful. The eggs being included as a choice was also a big bonus. Loved having the plants included as well. Can't say enough good things about this year! Love being able to use CSA bucks for the roadside stand. Several times in the past I didn't use the stand because I didn't have cash or the right amount of cash. Also really appreciated the other farm products being sold at the CSA. Helped cut down on things I would need to buy at the supermarket.
We focus on growing vegetables that are the most popular and profitable to ensure that our farm is sustainable and we can focus solely on making a living here. We follow organic standards(not certified) to grow all of our products including plants, pasture our animals and feed them local organic feed. No nuts and seeds are used in our kitchen/prepared foods. Our farm is unique because our entire property is 1.9 acres. This is a micro size farm. It doesn't get much smaller. No one else in the Lehigh Valley is making a living solely from farming on this size acreage. We don't compare what we can accomplish with other farms because it is so completely different. We ask our customers to do the same.
Our buying club can accomodate most of our members lifestyles. They purchase a credit in the beginning of the season and become a member. Members can use their credit at our pickups from March through December, Tuesday through Friday from 1:30 to 6:30. When the pick up is not open, they can use the credit at our roadside stand. We will also be offering a roadside stand option this year, for customers who don't often have cash or exact change. Our members are free to come whatever day they want or not come as they please. We have 3 different sign up levels. If you run out of credit you can add more, but we ask that you use it up by the end of the season. Our members do self check out online at our e-commerce store.
After we have been through a whole year with our new system, we realize that we are not offering a CSA anymore. It's something that is new and different than what most CSA farms are offering. To us CSA means a box of half price dirty vegetables that a single farmer grows, full of stress for the customers. That is not what we are doing at all. We will be using the term buying club from now on because our members can pick up what they need for the week, not pick up at all and have a choice of eggs, flowers, prepared food, vegetables, poultry and pork from our farm. We also work with our farm neighbors who we know and trust to provide vegetables we can't grow or items such as mushrooms, fruit, corn, dairy, etc.
In the past few years, we have noticed a decline in the amount of interest in local food. We think that local food has become less rare and exciting than it was five, ten years or fifteen years ago. People would rather pick up items and shop at a grocery store because they are open all the time and they have convinvced customers that they are indeed "local" too. With all of this in mind and having the knowledge of years of surveying our customers and talking with CSA members, we completely restructured the way we offer our CSA to make it more convenient and modernized.