Thursday, August 18, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Farmer Patrick, PYO Field, & Caprese Salad




Hello from the Farm,   
     

Pick Your Own Field - Highlights
Okra - We have a maroon and green okra varieties located behind the grapes in the smaller section of the PYO field.  Okra should be harvested when it is about 2-3 inches long.  Eat it raw!

Basil - Our second planting of basil is looking great!  It is in the same row right behind the first planting.  The first planting is still holding on when normally it would succumb to Fusarium Wilt.  Luckily the variety we choose for this year is Fusarium-resistant and it worked! 

Lemongrass - It is around 3-4 feet tall right now in the PYO field.  This grass has a nice sweet lemon flavor and a great smell to it.  Can be added to drinks, when let to soak for awhile, for a sweet flavor or could be added in your cooking as in curry pastes, stir-fries, and salads. 

Thyme & Oregano - these herbs are nice smaller plants in the PYO field that would add great flavor to many dishes.  Don't be afraid to cook with fresh herbs!  They add great flavor to your meals and most can even be dried to be used in the winter.  All you have to do is hang them where there is not much humidity and wait.  

Herb Beds - There are five herb beds up against the barn which include sage, mint (will come back more in the fall), holy basil, rosemary, and oregano.



Meet your Farmer's  

Farmer Patrick

Farmer Patrick helps us manage the fields on Wednesdays by weeding, planting, and harvesting.  He does an awesome job while transplanting because of his concentration and synchronized pace, he barely misses even one plant while transplanting!  Patrick also enjoys taste testing the Watermelon we are now harvesting by eating even extra cuttings.  He travels to other states with his parents and has many hobbies while not working.      

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the Farm?  A: Picking watermelon, beans, and washing vegetables.  

Q: If you could be a vegetable what would you be and why? A: Pepper, because I like to eat them and pick them.

Q: What type of activities do you do outside of work?  A: Soccer, Art, and Music.  His favorite color to paint with is pink and he likes to paint pictures of the sky.  Patrick does his artwork at Friendship Heart Gallery in Lancaster City.  You can find his artwork that he has specifically created on the galleries website, click here to see Patrick's art pieces.  Patrick also plays the guitar during his music lessons.  

Q:  Where's your favorite place you traveled with your family?  A: Carolina, liked to look at museums and going to the beach.  



Caprese Salad Recipe 
All you need is Tomatoes, Basil, extra-virgin oil and Mozzarela cheese. You will be getting Tomatoes this week and will be able to harvest Basil in the PYO field.  Once you have all the ingredients you layer them together then add some extra-virgin oil with some pepper and salt.  It is ready to eat!  

Recipe Details here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/caprese-salad-recipe.html


Abendesson Bread
Sourdough Bread - Makes awesome BLT's! - $5 a loaf 



Field Good Yoga - Gentle Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth
A Homefields Event - Offered free to the farming community - On sight at Goodwill at Homefields Farm - Every weekend through Labor Day - Classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm & Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am

Dates for Classes:
          Aug. 19&20, Aug. 26&27
          Sept. 2&3

Classes will be held rain or shine, and class may be modified in the event of rain.  Bring a yoga mat, block, strap, and water bottle.  If you don't have yoga gear, borrow some from the farm collection.

No advance sign up is needed, but to register in advance or for any questions, please contact Talks@Homefields.org  



Homefields Events - Coming Soon Near You!
Picnic in the Fields - Sunday, September 25 - Details Soon!
Homefields 20th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament -Friday, September 23



Fruit Share - Order on a Weekly Basis
Missed out on signing up for a Fruit Share but still want to order fruit?  Now you can order fruit on a weekly basis from North Star Orchard.  Or if you currently have a fruit share but want to put in a special order this is how it is done.  All you have to do is follow the link below and then fill out the order sheet that it takes you to.  You pay online and pick up your fruit here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm!

Order Sheet Link: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/oK8X0j1VeCH   



Farm Shares - Sign up Now at Prorated Price!
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



Harvest List 
Tomatoes - slice them, dice them, or just bite them.  I personally just eat them like an apple.

Peppers - eat raw, put in salads, sauteed, or stuff the peppers with hamburger and rice, delicious!

Zucchini - bake with pastries, saute, or grill

Cucumbers - eat raw, put in salad, make cucumber and mint water

Eggplant - can be pan fried, grilled, or microwaved till tender

Garlic - bake, roast, boil, or eat it raw in salad.  Helps to prevent cancer, colds, and stabilizes cholesterol levels.

Green Garlic - have an onion flavor, good fresh or cooked, doesn't have to be peeled

Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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



Shareholder Pick-Up Times
Thursday 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm 




Have fun in the PYO Field,
Your Farmers

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Farmer Christina, Rio!, and Fruit Share



Hello from the Farm,   
     

Rio!  The Olympic games have officially started this week.  We are hearing lots of news about the American swimmers winning Gold Medals.  If there were an Olympic games for vegetables I'm sure our melons would win a Gold!  These melons only last for a short amount of time, but are here to help cool us off during the dog days of summer.  We will also be having the last of the zucchini, many Tomatoes, Scallions, and Garlic. 

       
Which way should I go Rio or the PYO Field?  The PYO Field for sure!




Meet your Farmer's
Once a week we will be posting a short description and interview about one of the Farmer's here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm.  Everyone should have an understanding of who their Farmer's are, so they know who is handling their food.  This is one of the advantages of belonging to a local CSA.  

Farmer Christina


Farmer Christina is one of our first female clients here at the Farm.  She is a hard worker when it comes to harvesting vegetables for shareholders on Thursdays.  Our crops in the greenhouse receive careful attention when it is Christina's day to water. She makes sure every cell in each tray has the right amount of water they need for the day.  Christina has grownup around farms because of living in Lancaster county and enjoys having outdoor cats out in the country.  She told us that there are around 12 cats that she is taking care of right now!  

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the Farm?  A: Harvesting any kind of vegetable.  I like to harvest fruit and vegetables because I like fruit salads.  I also like harvesting walnuts from my walnut tree at home.    

Q: If you could be a vegetable what would you be and why? A: A Halo Orange because I love to eat them and bring them in my lunch everyday.  Q: How about a vegetable from the farm?  A: Peppers, because their highlights (Peppers changing color have highlights of their next color) match my highlights in my hair.

Q: What's your favorite thing you found in the fields?  A: Deer tracks, walnuts, and flowers of any kind.  (Christina gives flowers to fellow Farmers while out in the fields.  Her and Farmer Brian both like to find the next vegetable to harvest in the fields together.)

Q:  Do you watch any sports or have a favorite sports team?  A: Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Jaguars.  My favorite sport to watch is football but I like to watch any sport.

Q: What else do you want the shareholders to know about you?  A: That I am Irish, German, and Indian (her heritage).  I feed birds, turkeys, deer, and groundhogs in my backyard at home.   


Field Good Yoga - Gentle Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth
A Homefields Event - Offered free to the farming community - On sight at Goodwill at Homefields Farm - Every weekend through Labor Day - Classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm & Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am

Dates for Classes:
          Aug. 12&13, Aug. 19&20, Aug. 26&27
          Sept. 2&3

Classes will be held rain or shine, and class may be modified in the event of rain.  Bring a yoga mat, block, strap, and water bottle.  If you don't have yoga gear, borrow some from the farm collection.

No advance sign up is needed, but to register in advance or for any questions, please contact Talks@Homefields.org  


Talk in the Fields - Preserving and Canning
A Homefields Event - Saturday, August 13 10:30am till 12:30pm - Speaker Marissa McClellan - $15 per person - On sight at Goodwill at Homfeilds Farm

Come for a canning and preserving workshop with author, food blogger, and speaker Marissa McClellan.  There will be a workshop, Q&A, and book signing.  Go home with a jar!

Seating is limited / registration is required.  Please mail $15 check to: Homefields, Inc., 150 Letort Road, Millersville, PA 17551 or visit www.homefields.org to pay via Paypal.  Call 872-2012 for more info or Email: talks@homefields.org 


Picnic in the Fields - Sunday, September 25 - Details Soon!


Fruit Share - Order on a Weekly Basis
Missed out on signing up for a Fruit Share but still want to order fruit?  Now you can order fruit on a weekly basis from North Star Orchard.  Or if you currently have a fruit share but want to put in a special order this is how it is done.  All you have to do is follow the link below and then fill out the order sheet that it takes you to.  You pay online and pick up your fruit here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm!

Order Sheet Link: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/oK8X0j1VeCH


Abendesson Bread
"The Everything Bread"  -  $5 a loaf    


Farm Shares - Sign up Now at Prorated Price!
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Harvest List 
Tomatoes - slice them, dice them, or just bite them.  I personally just eat them like an apple.

Peppers - eat raw, put in salads, sauteed, or stuff the peppers with hamburger and rice, delicious!

Zucchini - bake with pastries, saute, or grill

Cucumbers - eat raw, put in salad, make cucumber and mint water

Eggplant - can be pan fried, grilled, or microwaved till tender

Garlic - bake, roast, boil, or eat it raw in salad.  Helps to prevent cancer, colds, and stabilizes cholesterol levels.

Green Garlic - have an onion flavor, good fresh or cooked, doesn't have to be peeled

Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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





Have a Spectacular weekend, 
Your Farmers

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Meet your Farmer's




Hello from the Farm,   
     

Ahhh, this weather could not be any better to work in!  We had less humid days that even had a nice breeze to cool us off.  We are still making sure we take many water breaks but at least harvesting is a lot more delightful.  The harvest this week is going to include the last of the Zucchini and Cucumbers. They've lasted for four long weeks but are now coming to an end.  Scallions, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, and Garlic are still going strong for this Harvest. Take advantage of the PYO Field before the season comes to an end.  It is filled with beautiful flowers, herbs, and veggies.    




Sunflowers are out of control in the PYO Field.  Get them before their time is up!  The PYO Field is extended past the row of grapes which also includes Okra, Celosia, and Zinnias.


Meet your Farmer's
Once a week we will be posting a short description about one of the Farmer's here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm.  Everyone should have an understanding of who their Farmer's are, so they know who is handling their food.  This is one of the advantages of belonging to a local CSA.  

Farmer Brian


Farmer Brian is a huge help for us on our Thursday harvests.  He works hard to make sure we get the food harvested in enough time for the shareholders. Brian is known for finding artifacts in the fields as in pottery pieces, machinery parts, and animal tracks.  He is definitely an outdoors men because of his interests in birds, hunting, and mushrooms.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the Farm?  A: Harvesting Tomatoes, Cabbage, and beets.  I also like being outside with everyone that works here.

Q: If you could be a vegetable what would you be and why?  A: I would be a tomato because they are good to eat and healthy.

Q: What's your favorite thing you found in the fields?  A: Quartz rocks because they have different colors, shapes, and sizes.  I have a collection of quartz rocks and Coca-Cola glass bottles from McDonald's.

Q: What else do you want the shareholders to know about you?  A: That I am friendly and nice. 



Field Good Yoga - Gentle Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth
A Homefields Event - Offered free to the farming community - On sight at Goodwill at Homefields Farm - Classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm & Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am

Dates for Classes:
          Aug. 5&6, Aug. 12&13, Aug. 19&20, Aug. 26&27
          Sept. 2&3

Attend every weekend or just try out one class!  Classes will be held rain or shine, and class may be modified in the event of rain.  Bring a yoga mat, block, strap, and water bottle.  If you do not have yoga gear improvise with a beach towel or blanket, and a belt, necktie or bathrobe tie.

To reserve your spot or for any questions, please contact Talks@Homefields.org 


Talk in the Fields - Preserving and Canning
A Homefields Event - Saturday, August 13 10:30am till 12:30pm - Speaker Marissa McClellan - $15 per person - On sight at Goodwill at Homfeilds Farm

Come for a canning and preserving workshop with author, food blogger, and speaker Marissa McClellan.  There will be a workshop, Q&A, and book signing.  Go home with a jar!

Seating is limited / registration is required.  Please mail $15 check to: Homefields, Inc., 150 Letort Road, Millersville, PA 17551 or visit www.homefields.org to pay via Paypal.  Call 872-2012 for more info or Email: talks@homefields.org  



Want to share your Recipes?
Ever excited about how your vegetables turned out with a recipe you tried? From vegetable shakes, to salads, or creative combinations.  We want to see how you are preparing our vegetables!  Post a picture of your creation on our Facebook page and a short description on how it was prepared.  This will be a great way to share recipes with other shareholders.  If you have not liked our Facebook Page please click on the link below.

Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwillatHomefieldsFarm/

Abendesson Bread
Sun-Dried Tomato Bagels  -  $4 a bag    

Farm Shares - Sign up Now at Prorated Price!
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Harvest List 
Tomatoes - slice them, dice them, or just bite them.  I personally just eat them like an apple.

Peppers - eat raw, put in salads, sauteed, or stuff the peppers with hamburger and rice, delicious!

Zucchini - bake with pastries, saute, or grill

Cucumbers - eat raw, put in salad, make cucumber and mint water

Eggplant - can be pan fried, grilled, or microwaved till tender

Garlic - bake, roast, boil, or eat it raw in salad.  Helps to prevent cancer, colds, and stabilizes cholesterol levels.

Green Garlic - have an onion flavor, good fresh or cooked, doesn't have to be peeled

Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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



How do you fix a broken Tomato?
        With Tomato Paste!  




Catch you later Tomaters, 


Your Farmers

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Garlic, Hot Weather, & Fair Season




Hello from the Farm,   
   


Fair season is here!  One of my favorite times of the year is being able to go to the Lebanon Area Fair.  You are around people that have an interest in agriculture and to just eat fair food!  This year I was able to help out with the vegetable judging at the fair.  Gardner's are able to hand in their top-notch produce to see if they can win that blue ribbon.  I Definitely encourage you to go to your local fair to see what the 4-H and FFA students are presenting, and to see what your local farmers are showing!  The Lebanon Area Fair is going on till Saturday.    

The harvest this week is going to be filled with summer goodies.  Includes our flavorful Tomatoes, recently harvested Garlic, refreshing Cucumbers, tender Zucchini, colorful Swiss Chard, and our tasty Scallions.

Look at who is showing up in the PYO Field.  We love our pollinators!  Don't forget to check out the PYO Field.  It is filled with herbs, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, basil, flowers, and more!  Everything is now ready in the PYO Field even if it does not have a white wooden sign in front of it.
   

What happened on the Farm this week?
This heat shows no mercy for us or the vegetables.  We have been taking multiple water and shade breaks throughout the day to make sure no one becomes dehydrated.  We are hoping that this heat spell breaks just for the plants sake.  Recently we have direct seeded cut lettuce into the fields to have some greens.  The cut lettuce seed did not appreciate the soil temperature, because it did not germinate.  It will be replanted once the temperature is lower!  

For the past couple of weeks the farm crew has been harvesting Garlic.  This Garlic was planted in the fall before the ground was frozen.  Garlic seed needs to have its "cold spell" by being in the ground during the winter months.  Very similar with Tulips and other bulb plants that are planted in the fall.  Once Garlic is harvested we let it cure for about two weeks.  Curing is done by putting the garlic in a dry and dark space (upstairs in the barn). This allows the moisture to the leave the bulb so it can be stored until the next garlic season comes around.  

Many tables filled with Garlic in the curing process


Field Good Yoga - Gentle Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth
A Homefields Event - Offered free to the farming community - On sight at Goodwill at Homefields Farm - Every weekend for 6 weeks - Classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm & Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am

Dates for Classes:
          July 29&30
          Aug. 5&6, Aug. 12&13, Aug. 19&20, Aug. 26&27
          Sept. 2&3

Attend every weekend or just try out one class!  Classes will be held rain or shine, and class may be modified in the event of rain.  Bring a yoga mat, block, strap, and water bottle.  If you do not have yoga gear improvise with a beach towel or blanket, and a belt, necktie or bathrobe tie.

To reserve your spot or for any questions, please contact Talks@Homefields.org  



Want to share your Recipes?
Ever excited about how your vegetables turned out with a recipe you tried? From vegetable shakes, to salads, or creative combinations.  We want to see how you are preparing our vegetables!  Post a picture of your creation on our Facebook page and a short description on how it was prepared.  This will be a great way to share recipes with other shareholders.  If you have not liked our Facebook Page please click on the link below.
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwillatHomefieldsFarm/


Abendesson Bread
English Muffins  - sounds great for breakfast! -   $5 a half dozen    


Farm Shares - Sign up Now at Prorated Rate!
2016 Shares are still available!  For current shareholders and new shareholders please follow this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Harvest List 

Tomatoes - slice them, dice them, or just bite them.  I personally just eat them like an apple.

Zucchini - bake with pastries, saute, or grill

Cucumbers - eat raw, put in salad, make cucumber and mint water

Eggplant - can be pan fried, grilled, or microwaved till tender

Garlic - bake, roast, boil, or eat it raw in salad.  Helps to prevent cancer, colds, and stabilizes cholesterol levels.

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

Turnips - can be used the same way you use a potato.  Eat raw, cooked, put in sandwich, or a salad

Radishes - eat raw, put in salad, cook them, sauteed, chop the greens up nicely for a salad 

Green Garlic - have an onion flavor, good fresh or cooked, doesn't have to be peeled

Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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

Beans - eat raw, cooked, casserole, and throw them in many different recipes!




Hope to see you at Yoga, 


Your Farmers