Thursday, June 23, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 4th of July Schedule, Blueberries, & Gumby



 
Hello from the Farm, 



It is finally summer!  Soon there will be tomatoes, peppers, and many other summer goodies.  As for this week we will still be harvesting in the cold crop field.  We are harvesting the last of the Asian Greens, while still having Lettuce Heads, and Swiss Chard.   

4th of July Schedule 
Since many people are traveling for the 4th of July weekend we will be changing our pick up times and dates.  You will be able to pick up on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.    
Wednesday (6/29) - 3:00pm till 7:00pm
Thursday (6/30) - 3:00pm till 7:00pm
Friday (7/1) - 11:00am till 7:00pm


Blueberry Season
Blueberries are ready to be picked!  The blueberry season is going to have a similar set up as the strawberry season.  We will be giving half shares and full shares a season limit. Meaning you may only pick that amount of blueberries throughout the season.  

Season Limit
Half Share - 2 pints
Full Share - 4 pints

The season will start this week (6/23) and go till the pick up week of 7/7.  We are hoping the Blueberry Season will stretch out for a three week season. Shareholders may only pick blueberries during pick up times and dates. 


Check out this guys moves!  Gumby sure does know how to scare away the birds.  While you are picking some blueberries you might hear some loud bird calls and see Gumby dancing in the blueberry patch.  This is Goodwill at Homefields way of scaring the birds.  Don't want any of the birds eating our blueberries!

Abendesson Bread
This week there will be Dark Honey Wheat for $5 a loaf.

Help Spread the Word about the Farm!
We want to reach a goal of 185 shareholders for the 2016 Season.  And we want you to help!  At the sign in table this week we will have a stack of brochures and fliers for you to grab.  This is so you can share them at work, with friends, neighbors, gym, church, etc.  It would be great for more of the public to understand our mission here at the farm and give them a chance to support it!


Farm Shares - Sign Up NOW for the 2016 Season!
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.   
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares


Fruit Share - Must be signed up by July 1!
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
To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com



Harvest List
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.

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.  They can also be made into a smoothie.

Lettuce Heads - Made into a salad or put into a sandwich.

Kohlrabi - Once you peel off the tough outer shell of the bulb (with a vegetable peeler) you can add it to a soup, steam it, roast it, or eat it raw.

Bok Choy - this Asian green can be sauteed by adding ginger, red pepper, and garlic.  A healthy side dish! 

Collards - can be cooked down and used in many recipes.  Use it as a wrap instead of a tortilla.  

Rhubarb - make it into a sauce or a pie.

Swiss Chard - used as a side dish by being sauteed, made into a soup, or a pasta.

Cutting Lettuce - salads, sandwiches, steamed dishes, or soups

Cilantro - use in baking, curry, or soup


Happy Summer,  

Your Farmers
 
 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Harvest, Pests, & Distribution Opening




Hello from the Farm, 



An update about last weeks incident when Small Farm Central was hacked. No ones personal information or payment information was reached by the hackers.  All shareholder information is safe. 

Our Second Harvest week is here!  We are extremely excited to get in the routine of harvesting on Thursdays and Fridays.  As you will see the vegetables from this week are similar to last week.  There will be Asian Greens that will spice up any salad, with some freshly cut Lettuce heads, and some Kale that could make a nutritious smoothie!



What Happened on the Farm this Week?
Weeds have been getting a bit out of control.  Organically removing weeds at a low cost price means mechanically or physically removing the weeds.  The trainees and farm help has been hoeing cut lettuce, dill, and beets.  They are the newly planted vegetables that need the extra help until they become big enough.
  
The Colorado Potato Beetle has made their appearance on our potatoes and eggplant.  This beetle at the larvae stage can do great damage to the leaves of plants.  They will eat the leaf down to the midrib.  We have been physically removing these pests from the plants. Let us know what you have done in your own gardens. 
   
 
Adult Colorado Potato Beetle


















Help Spread the Word about the Farm!
We want to reach a goal of 185 shareholders for the 2016 Season.  And we want you to help!  At the sign in table this week we will have a stack of brochures and fliers for you to grab.  This is so you can share them at work, with friends, neighbors, gym, church, etc.  It would be great for more of the public to understand our mission here at the farm and give them a chance to support it!



Distribution Host / Hostess Position Open
This is a part time position that works 12 hours a week during distribution hours.  Thursdays 4:00pm-7:30pm, Fridays 4:00pm-7:30pm, and Saturdays 8:30am-1:30pm.  This position will start in June and go till mid-November.  Host/Hostess will greet shareholders, restock vegetables on distribution shelves, wash vegetables, sanitize distribution area and take care of other products in distribution area.  If interested please apply by clicking here.


Farm Shares - Sign Up NOW for the 2016 Season!
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.   

The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares


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


Harvest List
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.

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.  They can also be made into a smoothie.

Lettuce Heads - Made into a salad or put into a sandwich.

Bok Choy - this Asian green can be sauteed by adding ginger, red pepper, and garlic.  A healthy side dish! 

Collards - can be cooked down and used in many recipes.  Use it as a wrap instead of a tortilla.  

Rhubarb - make it into a sauce or a pie.

Swiss Chard - used as a side dish by being sauteed, made into a soup, or a pasta.

Cutting Lettuce - salads, sandwiches, steamed dishes, or soups

Cilantro - use in baking, curry, or soup




Happy Fathers Day Dads,  

Your Farmers

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: First Harvest!


 
Hello from the Farm, 
 

 
Our First Pick Up dates are here!  They are on June 9, 10, and 11.  Hours for each day are:
 
Thursdays 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Fridays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm
 
Every week throughout the whole season our pick up days will be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  The hours listed above will be the same for the whole season as well.  You may come any day that you wish each week.    
 
As in the past years, we will provide grocery bags for all pick ups during the season. However, it would be great if you brought a reusable bag to take your vegetables home in - if you are feeling Green!

Oh the cold crops are looking great out in the fields right now!  Hope you are all looking forward to some Red Russian Kale, Asian Greens, and Lettuce Heads this First Harvest! And Strawberry Season has started!  So many explanation points, because us Farmers cannot contain our excitement!!!!



 


















A new look for our sign.  Done by a creative local Farmer!


Strawberry Season
During this strawberry season we will be giving half shares and full shares a season limit. Which means you can only harvest the given amount throughout the whole season. 

Season Limit
Half Shares - 2 quarts
Full Shares - 4 quarts

Strawberry season starts this week (June 9) and will be going until June 17 pick up week. The season does have a possibility of going until June 24 pick up week.  This all depends on the weather.  We are welcoming shareholders to come pick strawberries during the whole week, except Sundays.  Meaning you can come Monday - Saturday to pick strawberries at the farm till dusk.  

 

Abendessen Bread
This week there will be Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Sourdough for $5 a loaf.



Welcome Weekend - June 11 - 9:00am
Welcoming shareholders back to the farm with tours, conversations, and light refreshments. This event is being hosted by Homefields to start the excitement for the new season!  There will also be a visit from some cute Piglets during the event.  Oink!
 
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
 
 
 
Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.  
 
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
 
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares
 
 
 
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

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
  
 
 
Happy First Harvest,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Rainy Days & the Orange Cat

 


Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Last week was extremely rainy and filled with indoor work.  It gave us time to really pay attention to our greenhouse plants.  In greenhouse 2 we transplanted tomatoes so they could be our early and late tomato crop. Soon we will be planting our hot corps in the fields!  
 
We are past Mothers Day, which also means we are in the Frost Free Zone. It is the average time that we look at to plant our warm crops outside.   Gardner's and Farmers are starting to plant their summer crops in the field for early yields.  The Frost Free Zone does not always hold true because a light frost could occur at night this time of year.        
 
 
Our Rainy Day Findings...
A coffee table donated by Millersville students (but actually we found it in a pile of furniture the students were throwing away) that we are ready to transform into a kids table!  
 
 
Law Reh began the transformation by sanding off the student graffiti. Sanding also gave it a fresh smooth surface.  Next we will apply chalkboard paint to the surface and paint the legs a vibrant color. Maybe even add a vegetable design...Stay tuned to see how the table turns out! 
 
 
 
Our Four Legged Visitor
Our game camera caught this cat snooping around the treeline of the farm.  We think this orange cat is living in the Owl Boxes 20ft. up in the trees along the farm perimeter.  The cat also sneaked into the barn one day we had the doors propped open.   
 
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
 
 
 
Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.  
 
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
 
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares
 
 
 
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

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
  
 
 
Stay Dry,  
 
 
Your Farmers

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Season is Starting!




Hello from the Farm, 
 
 
Planting, Planting, Planting!!!  Your Farmers have been transplanting cold crops, such as Kale and Broccoli, we have been direct seeding even more crops, while planting warmer crops in the greenhouse.  Busy!  Everything is starting to appear slowly with a lot of help from this beautiful weather.  There has also been landscaping going on around the farm. Trainees have been pruning and mulching since they have started back at the farm.
 
 
Farmer Brad is seeding in the greenhouse.
 
 
I hope all of you are feeling the rush of excitement for the 2016 Season to start in a couple of months!  If you haven't signed up it is not too late to do so now.  Just follow the link below the 2016 Farm Shares title.    
 
 
Strawberry blooms are telling us we will be seeing fruit soon!
 
 
If you are roaming around Lancaster City and Millersville area still keep an eye out for our flyers!  We have been hanging them around the local area to attract new shareholders and to educate the public about our mission.  Let us know if you would want to pick up flyers and distribute them yourself.
 
 
 
2016 Farm Shares
2016 Shares are now available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
 
 
 
Cheese Share 
Hillacres Pride is again offering their popular cheese share at Homefields. With the CSA you will get 11 deliveries (every other week) of 2 cheeses each.  You will get to sample and enjoy 22 different cheeses throughout the season.  These will include cheddars and colbys (some flavored), fresh mozzarella, artisan cheeses, ricotta, quark, fresh cheese spreads, and feta-just to name a few.  
 
The hard cheeses are all vacuum sealed and most of the soft cheeses freeze well.  The cheese is made from the milk of our Jersey cows, a milk that is high in protein and perfect for making cheese.  It naturally contains beta-carotene and in the summer the cows graze on our lush pastures and they naturally have a yellow tint to their milk.  
 
Hillacres Pride is a small family operation in Southern Lancaster County.  To sign-up go to http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-shares
 
 
 
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

To reach North Star directly with any questions, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
 
  
 
 
Happy Planting,  
 
 
Your Farmers