Thursday, January 28, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Vegetable Shares



Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Quick reminder that the Early Bird Discount ends on January 31!  Sign up now before the Early Bird Special is done.
 


2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  
 


Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, and astounding apples. Plus a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties and seedless grapes!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one consists, in part, of these:  sweet, tart, juicy, crunchy, crisp, aromatic, sugary-tart, rich, velvety, smile, slurp.

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 



 
What a Winter Wonderland here at the Farm! 
 



Don't forget to play in the snow,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Fruit Share Information



Hello from the Farm, 
 

Forgot to include North Star Orchard Fruit Share information in the newsletter last week!


Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your vegetables at the farm? It’s time to sign up NOW with North Star Orchard for their weekly CSA Fruit Share, which is available for pickup here at Homefileds for 15 weeks starting at the beginning of August.

CSA Members here have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/csa_fruit.php

This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, and astounding apples. Plus a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties and seedless grapes!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one consists, in part, of these:  sweet, tart, juicy, crunchy, crisp, aromatic, sugary-tart, rich, velvety, smile, slurp.

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
Delicious!

 

2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  
 
 
 

Thinking of warm Summer days,  
 
 
Your Farmers



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Notes from the Farm: 2016 Farm Shares, Soil Samples, & Planning




Hello from the Farm, 

Winter has finally came this week!  It is exciting to have this touch of Winter come with some snow.  This touch of Winter also came with low temperatures damaging the final crops in the fields.  Meaning the crops that were left for Gleaning are now on their downward spiral by breaking down in the fields.  

Even though it is sad to say goodbye to the last crops of 2015 you can now look forward to the 2016 Season!  Yes, the Early Bird Special is still available!  Hurry because it will be ending on January 31.  

2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types  



What happened this week on the Farm?

Soil samples happened on the farm this week.  We beat the freezing temperatures and were able to take samples from every field on the farm. These samples will help us understand what nutrients are needed in the soil for next year.

  
Here are a few bags ready to be sent off to the Penn State Soil Testing Labs. 

There is still a lot of planning happening for this coming season.  I've been choosing many varieties and looking at new products that might be an interesting add to the shares. It is exciting to see the 2016 Season coming together throughout these Winter months.  Hope everyone else is excited as I am!

    
Stay Warm,

Your Farmers



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Notes from Your Farm: Holiday Greetings



Hello from the Farm, 


It is that time of year again where everyone is rushing around for last minute gifts, meeting up with family members, and eating loads of food!  Last weekend my family and I made various Christmas cookies that are loaded with deliciousness.  My favorite cookie is the Kolache cookie that my Great Grandmother use to make because of being from Czechoslovakia.

If you are wanting to eat healthier there are vegetables still available for Gleaning.  In the field are cabbages, greens, turnips, and little sprouts of Broccoli that you can add to your holiday festivities.

Plus!  Do NOT forget to sign up for your 2016 Farm Share now and receive our Early Bird Special! This could also be a unique gift for that person you have no idea what to buy for them.  
   
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types    
   

Gleaning - Noon till Dusk - Monday thru Saturday Only  
Many of these crops take several bouts of frost and just keep on ticking after our harvesting dates. Gleaning is when shareholders can harvest their own vegetables by taking a reasonable amount that leaves enough for other shareholders.  There are maps at the distribution center that show you where harvesting can take place.  Also, there are yellow flags placed throughout the farm to show you where to harvest.  Please Glean responsibly :)    
   
Gift Boxes
This year the Farm will not be making gift boxes as we did in the past.  We are hoping to change this for next year and will keep you up to date on what happens in the future. 
     

  
  


   
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year,

  
Your Farmers

Monday, December 7, 2015

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Farm Shares



Hello from the Farm, 


Hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Also, thank you for taking the time to fill out a survey.  It was nice to read through them and have a better understanding in what everyone enjoys and other things that need to be reviewed.   


2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  We are having our Early Bird Special for any shareholder that signs up before January 31.  All Early Birds get a $20 discount off their share.  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types    

    
Gleaning -  Starts November 23 - Noon till Dusk -
Monday - Saturday Only  
Many of these crops take several bouts of frost and just keep on ticking after our harvesting dates. Gleaning is when shareholders can harvest their own vegetables by taking a reasonable amount that leaves enough for other shareholders.  There are maps at the distribution center that show you where harvesting can take place.  Also, there are yellow flags placed throughout the farm to show you where to harvest.  Please Glean responsibly :)       


Gift Boxes
This year the Farm will not be making gift boxes as we did in the past.  We are hoping to change this for next year and will keep you up to date on what happens in the future. 
     
  
 
These Calendulas are still bringing some colorful life to the farm!  
   

Have a Joyful Holiday Season, 
Your Farmers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Notes from your Farm: Gleaning, 2016 Shares, & Extra Give


 
Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
The Bonus Harvest went extremely well last week!  We were happy to see everyone an extra week and to give you some more vegetables for the Holidays.  Your vegetable supply does not have to stop with the Bonus Week because current shareholders are allowed to participate in Gleaning!
 
Gleaning -  Starts November 23 - Noon till Dusk -
Monday - Saturday Only  
Many of these crops take several bouts of frost and just keep on ticking after our harvesting dates. Gleaning is when shareholders can harvest their own vegetables by taking a reasonable amount that leaves enough for other shareholders.  There are maps at the distribution center that show you where harvesting can take place.  Also, there are yellow flags placed throughout the farm to show you where to harvest.  Please Glean responsibly :)        
 
Here is a photo of the Fall crop field where most of the Gleaning will be taking place at.  
 
 
 
Extra Give
A huge shout out to the 65 people that donated to Homefields during the Extra Give event! These 65 people donated $6,300 to the Homefields mission.  All of these donations will also benefit the CSA. Thank you for your donations! 
 
  
2016 Farm Shares
You probably cannot wait to sign up for next years shares.  Sign ups for 2016 Shares will be happening in the month of December.  We will be sending out a newsletter that will let you know when the signing up process begins.  Also, there will be an Early Bird Special that will give you a discount if you sign up before a certain date.  There will be more information in the next newsletter!
 
 
Gift Boxes
This year the Farm will not be making gift boxes as we did in the past.  We are hoping to change this for next year and will keep you up to date on what happens in the future. 
     
 
 
 
What happened on the Farm this week? 
 
 
It is finally starting to feel like Fall with the colder temperatures during the days and nights. Us Farmers are finding jobs indoors that will keep us from going outside.  Our main mission after the harvesting weeks is to prepare the farm for the next season to come.  During the winter months we organize our material, fix machinery, take inventory, and order supplies for next year.      
 
 
From all us Farmers we hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season!    
 
 
 
Have a belly full Thanksgiving,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Notes from Your Farm: Season Wrap Up, Gleaning, & Extra Give

 

Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Sadly the final week of harvest has come.  At least we were able to extend the harvesting season by one more week!  This Bonus Harvest will be loaded with delicious vegetables that can be used in your Thanksgiving dinner next week.  Cannot wait for some delicious turkey with a side of cauliflower, broccoli, and greens from the farm!

Gleaning is going to happen once again this year for current shareholders. It is an exciting time being able to harvest your own crops that you will be taking home.  There is more information on Gleaning down further.        
 
 
If you have not filled out the Survey yet please do so!!  Thank you to everyone who has done so already the feed back will benefit your farm in the future.
 
 
 
What happened on the Farm this week? 
 
 
We cannot believe it is the final harvesting week at the farm!  All of us farmers are trying to soak it up before it is completely done.  On Wednesday we harvested the majority of the vegetables for this weeks harvest because of the rain on Thursday.  Thursday this week will be our washing the vegetables day instead of the usual harvest day.  This is fine with us as long as we get your veggies!  

Farmer Brad, Del, and Brian are washing the final harvest on this rainy day.  

On the shelves this week there will be cabbage, turnips, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, and unlimited greens.  Hoping everyone is loving all the greens that are coming in!


Season Wrap Up

No two seasons are alike here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm.  This year began with a very dry spring.  We were struggling early on to keep spring crops watered and worrying over new transplants that had hot weather, dry winds.  Much love went into seeding and watering the direct seeded beets, carrots and lettuce, and we are happy that we at least had some of those crops were available for harvest this summer.  The rhubarb came into it’s own this year, and we started the spring with beautiful lettuce heads, prolific scallions and settled into a nice zucchini and cucumber harvest.  Our dry spring transitioned into a very wet early summer.  We had a bounty of beans through the mid season, one of our best garlic crops ever and some super tasty cantaloupes.  We were pleased with a healthy tomato crop with new varieties like the early yellow Taxi,  sweet and mild orange Chef’s Choice and the richly flavored deep red Marboone.The zinnias performed magnificently and we had abundant sweet peppers.  Our biggest disappointment was the potato harvest which succumbed to the wet conditions, but we know not every crop can do well in every season. All of the early watering finally paid off in September when we were finally able to harvest carrots.  The fall brought some of our biggest harvests, and we were very happy to have winter squash, sweet potatoes, lots of greens, cabbage, and our best cauliflower harvest on record.  The pawpaws continue to get nicely established and we hope we pleased all the pawpaw lovers out there!
 
Our Farm Crew was very strong this year, and we would like to give a big thanks to Brian B, Brad, Del, Cameron, Brian M, Christina, John O, and Pat for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the growing season. These enthusiastic farmers come together each week to bring these harvests to you, always with a smile on their faces. 

Thank you to our esteemed Farm Managers.  Farmer Scott and Farmer Taryn did an amazing job working together to create a great 2015 season!

 
A BIG thank you and goodbye from all the Farmers for such a great season!

All of you are probably wondering when you can sign up for 2016 Shares! This will be happening over the winter time in future newsletters/blog posts. There will also be an early bird special that gives you a discount if you sign up before a certain date.    

 
Events
 
Extra Give to Homefields - November 20
Wanted to donate money to Homefields but haven't yet?  On November 20 donate to Homefields through the Extra Give Lancaster County Community Foundation which will increase your donation.  Your donations will benefit Homefields Inc., which will also benefit the CSA.  Here is a link that takes you directly to Homefields for a donation through the Extra Give: https://www.extragive.org/#npo-category/human-services   Also, if you would like to receive a copy of Homefields latest newsletter send your email or mailing address to info@Homefields.org.  
 
Gleaning - November 23 till ? - 12:00pm till Dusk - 
Monday - Saturday Only 
Many of these crops take several bouts of frost and just keep on ticking after our harvesting dates. Gleaning is when shareholders can harvest their own vegetables by taking a reasonable amount that leaves enough for other shareholders.  There will be a map at the distribution center that will show where harvesting can take place.  Please Glean responsibly :)      
 
Gift Boxes
This year the Farm will not be making gift boxes as we did in the past.  We are hoping to change this for next year and will keep you up to date on what happens in the future.      
 

 
Abendessen Fresh Bread
Stephanie is still baking bread for the Bonus Harvest!  This week she'll have Chocolate Chip and & Cinnamon Sourdough for $5 a loaf.                
 

 
Suggestions for the Harvest 
 
Daikon Radishes: these radishes can be pickled, made into cakes, chips, or just sliced up and added to your salad.  
 
Broccoli & Cauliflower: both of these vegetables can be steamed until soft and put some butter or cheese on top.  They could also be eaten raw as a healthy snack or add some of the delicious ranch dressing to that snack! 
 
Cabbage: the cabbage crop is starting to come in and we are excited to be harvesting them this week. You will most likely have a choice between cabbage and napa cabbage.

Napa Cabbage:  great in salad, it's like a mild lettucey cabbage--napa cabbage is famously used in making kimchee, a pickled spicy cabbage salad that is a mainstay in Japanese and Korean cuisine.

Kimchee:  This Korean spicy "sauerkraut of a sort" is outstanding. It is enjoyed in Korea and Japan. When buying it, I like to get it from the Viet My Asian grocery across from McCaskey High School--the brand they carry is Kimchee Pride from NYC and the favorite of the kimchee I've purchased. 
 
Bok Choy: this Asian green can be sauteed by adding ginger, red pepper, and garlic.  A healthy side dish! 
 
Kale: Kale chips are delicious and easily done.  Just put some olive oil and salt on the raw kale.  Next they will stay in the oven on a cookie sheet until the edges are brown.
 
Arugula: It is sometimes called "Salad Rocket".  Arugula adds a kick to your salad with its strong flavor.  Also good in sandwiches.  
 
Asian Greens: Can be used in a stir fry by adding chiles, garlic, peanut oil, and possibly adding some salt. Also, the greens could simply make a yummy salad.    
 
Carrots: these carrots are better than candy--simply refrigerate and then eat washed and unpeeled for a snack.    
 
 
Goodbyes

Butternut Squash: butternuts have great flavor and can be used for making pumpkin pie. They also could be sliced in half, cooked until soft, and then add some brown sugar or syrup for a sweet taste.   
 
Sweet Potatoes: they can be cooked just as you would with a baked potato. You could also put them in a dish and bake them with brown sugar and marshmallows to add more sweetness, this is how my grandparents always make them. 
 
Popcorn: take a pan with high sides and a lid, put some olive oil so its covering the bottom of the pan, add kernels, turn stove on medium, put lid on to contain popcorn but do not fully cover pan with lid.  Then watch the kernels pop!    
 
Chard: this cousin to the beet is appreciated for its leaves instead of its roots.  Use for salads, or as a spinach or kale substitute in cooking.  
 
Easter Egg Radishes: This would be a perfect additive to your Asian green stir fry! Radishes could be added to a sandwich for more flavor or eat it without anything.
 
 
 
Hope to see your beautiful smiles next year,  
 
 
Your Farmers