Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Date for First Pick Up!



Hello from the Farm,   

Harvest Season is right around the corner!  Your Farmers have been working hard on planting a lot of crops and weeding the fields this spring. The plants are still going strong even with the crazy weather fluctuations!  

First Pick Up weekend is predicted to be on June 8, 9, and 10!!!

Strawberries are coming in early this year because of the warmer weather and rain that we are receiving this Spring.  This is happening all along the east coast as you can see the strawberry stands are already popping up.  We are wanting to send out a warning that our Strawberries might be ready the week before our first pick up weekend.  If they would be ready the week before we will send out a newsletter that will state the specifics on when you can harvest strawberries.  Just keep a look out for our newsletters in your email inbox for updates.


2017 Season Sign Ups!!!
There is still room for you!  Just sign up by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



Below are the products that you can buy from another location but pick up at our location once the season starts.  Take a look they are great products from local businesses!


North Star Orchard Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

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

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )


Hillacres Pride Cheese Share
Goodwill at Homefields farm will be a pickup location for Hillacres Pride Cheese share once again for the 2017 Season.  

The share will usually start with the first pick-up at your veggie share location and run every other week for 11 pickups, which usually encompasses June-Oct. A share contains 2 cheese items with each delivery.

They will range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses, such as our Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia; to fresh cheeses like ricotta and our signature flavored fresh cheeses.  It is always fun for us to select the share items and we hear it is a fun surprise for the customers. We offer a bit of information about the cheeses and are hoping to incorporate recipes this year as well.

11 bi-weekly deliveries $125.00

Signup by following this link:
http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-sign-form


Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share
Village Crest Farm is a fourth-generation family farm near Strasburg that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms for fine restaurants and your table, using chemical-free practices.  We are pleased to announce that Goodwill at Homefields Farm will be a pick up site for the Village Crest Farm mushroom share during their regular vegetable share season.
 
Offerings: Choose either 12 or 24 weeks of delicious seasonal mushrooms. We grow a beautiful variety of oyster mushrooms including elm, golden, brown, blue, and pink oysters rotating from week to week depending on season and temperature. Other species such as lion's mane and chestnut mushrooms may make guest appearances during the season as we continue to develop new varieties.
 
June through November (24 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $360
OR 
June through August (12 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $180
 
To reserve your mushroom share, please contact:
Scott Breneman
717-786-2801
 
 
Coffee Share
Do you enjoy whole bean coffee?  Do you purchase the coffee at a specialty coffee shop? Or maybe the local grocery store?  One has fresh coffee, the other an affordable price. Want to have both?  College Coffee Roasters has partnered with Homefields to create a coffee share.  College Coffee Roasters offers 6 Fair Trade Organic (FTO) coffees.  A different coffee will be available each week for 6 weeks, by the 1/2 lb.  
 
Cost of the share will be $36  
 
In order to start, we'll need to know if you are interested.  If you wish to purchase a share, please make the check payable to Homefields and have it sent to: Homefields Inc., 150 Letort Road, Millersville, PA 17551.  Also make note on the check that it is for the coffee share.
 
The funds generated by the share will help fund projects at the Farm.
 
If you have questions please contact Bruce at: 717-278-0839
 
 
Abendessen Bread
Bread will be offered once again when you pick up your veggies.  This is not a share but can be bought at the farm when you want some, as supplies last.  
 


16 Days till the First Harvest Weekend!,

Your Farmers

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Your Farm as a Pick Up Location



Hello from the Farm,   


Your CSA has a lot to offer just with the vegetable share and fruits that come throughout the year -- but!  Did you know that your CSA is a pick up location for other Farms that offer special selections?!?  You have the choice of purchasing a Fruit Share, Cheese Share, Mushroom Share, and Coffee Share this year!  All of this can be picked up when you come and get your veggies.

Below are all the shares with information about the cost and amount of product you will receive.    


North Star Orchard Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

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

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )



Hillacres Pride Cheese Share
Goodwill at Homefields farm will be a pickup location for Hillacres Pride Cheese share once again for the 2017 Season.  

The share will usually start with the first pick-up at your veggie share location and run every other week for 11 pickups, which usually encompasses June-Oct. A share contains 2 cheese items with each delivery.

They will range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses, such as our Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia; to fresh cheeses like ricotta and our signature flavored fresh cheeses.  It is always fun for us to select the share items and we hear it is a fun surprise for the customers. We offer a bit of information about the cheeses and are hoping to incorporate recipes this year as well.

11 bi-weekly deliveries $125.00

Signup by following this link:
http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-sign-form



Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share
Village Crest Farm is a fourth-generation family farm near Strasburg that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms for fine restaurants and your table, using chemical-free practices.  We are pleased to announce that Goodwill at Homefields Farm will be a pick up site for the Village Crest Farm mushroom share during their regular vegetable share season.
Offerings: Choose either 12 or 24 weeks of delicious seasonal mushrooms. We grow a beautiful variety of oyster mushrooms including elm, golden, brown, blue, and pink oysters rotating from week to week depending on season and temperature. Other species such as lion's mane and chestnut mushrooms may make guest appearances during the season as we continue to develop new varieties.
June through November (24 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $360
OR 
June through August (12 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $180
To reserve your mushroom share, please contact:
Scott Breneman
717-786-2801

Coffee Share
Do you enjoy whole bean coffee?  Do you purchase the coffee at a specialty coffee shop? Or maybe the local grocery store?  One has fresh coffee, the other an affordable price. Want to have both?  College Coffee Roasters has partnered with Homefields to create a coffee share.  College Coffee Roasters offers 6 Fair Trade Organic (FTO) coffees.  A different coffee will be available each week for 6 weeks, by the 1/2 lb.  
Cost of the share will be $36  
In order to start, we'll need to know if you are interested.  If you wish to purchase a share, please make the check payable to Homefields and have it sent to: Homefields Inc., 150 Letort Road, Millersville, PA 17551.  Also make note on the check that it is for the coffee share.
The funds generated by the share will help fund projects at the Farm.
If you have questions please contact Bruce at: 717-278-0839

Abendessen Bread
Bread will be offered once again when you pick up your veggies.  This is not a share but can be bought at the farm when you want some, as supplies last.  

Homefields Event 

2017 Fun in the Dark Golf Night

Weather sure has been nice lately, right? Well, we're predicting a storm on Friday, May 12—a meteor storm of glow-in-the-dark balls—and would like you to join us in making it rain. This fundraiser will start just before twilight on an illuminated course. Special balls and course, cart, and golfer lighting will be provided by Homefields.
Light food from Copper Hill Public House at Crossgates will be for sale at the snack bar, along with beer and lighter beverages. Full meal service and stronger beverages are available at the restaurant for those who require deeper fortification before heading out into the dark. Snack bar service will begin at 6:30.
Crossgates Golf Club
1 Crossland Pass, Millersville, PA
Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 pm

Click here for registration form. Can be mailed to address below or emailed to golf@homefields.org

Best ball and scramble format.
Registration starts at 6:45.

Register now: $45 Per Golfer
Sixsomes are the model we follow in assigning holes, rather than traditional foursomes.

Homefields - 150 Letort Road, Millersville, PA 17551



Our Pollinator Garden in bloom!









See you in June,


Your Farmers

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Farm Weekend Events!




Hello from the Farm,   



Reminder that this weekend is our Farm Weekend Events.  Let us know if you are attending. Saturday is going to be sunny and a high of 55 perfect weather to have a planting workshop!  

Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7):
Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.  We will be there from 6:00pm till 8:00pm.

Open House (4/8): 
11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm: 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Free & Open to the Public

Prepare to get dirty! We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders (if you bring someone who is not a shareholder they can do the planting workshop by giving a small donation), hands on kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm. This is a great time to explore the farm while bringing friends and family. Come join us rain or shine!
Planning on coming or have questions, please call the Farm Manager Taryn Hogeland at (717)871-3110 or email thogeland@yourgoodwill.org

If you are coming to the Open House please follow the detour signs to get to the farm. The intersection at N. Duke St. and Letort Rd. is closed because of road construction. The best way to come to the farm off 999 is to turn onto N. George St., then right onto W. Frederick St., then a left onto S. Duke St., then right onto Walnut Hill Rd., right onto Sun Ln., and then a right onto Letort Rd., the farm will be on you right.  Basically driving around the whole farm to get to the entrance!  



Spring into Action!  
Sign up now to make sure you are a shareholder for the 2017 Season. Follow the link to signup: 
http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



North Star Orchard Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

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

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )


Hillacres Pride Cheese Share
Goodwill at Homefields farm will be a pickup location for Hillacres Pride Cheese share once again for the 2017 Season.  

The share will usually start with the first pick-up at your veggie share location and run every other week for 11 pickups, which usually encompasses June-Oct. A share contains 2 cheese items with each delivery.

They will range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses, such as our Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia; to fresh cheeses like ricotta and our signature flavored fresh cheeses.  It is always fun for us to select the share items and we hear it is a fun surprise for the customers. We offer a bit of information about the cheeses and are hoping to incorporate recipes this year as well.

11 bi-weekly deliveries $125.00

Signup by following this link:
http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-sign-form


Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share
Village Crest Farm is a fourth-generation family farm near Strasburg that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms for fine restaurants and your table, using chemical-free practices.  We are pleased to announce that Goodwill at Homefields Farm will be a pick up site for the Village Crest Farm mushroom share during their regular vegetable share season.
Offerings: Choose either 12 or 24 weeks of delicious seasonal mushrooms. We grow a beautiful variety of oyster mushrooms including elm, golden, brown, blue, and pink oysters rotating from week to week depending on season and temperature. Other species such as lion's mane and chestnut mushrooms may make guest appearances during the season as we continue to develop new varieties.
June through November (24 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $360
OR 
June through August (12 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $180
To reserve your mushroom share, please contact:
Scott Breneman
717-786-2801





See you at the Open House this Saturday!,

Your Farmers

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Open House Event

 


Hello from the Farm,   

This spring air is making your Farmers very anxious to be in the fields.  We're hoping the fields will be dry enough next week so we can start tilling and planting seeds. Also hoping for beautiful spring weather the weekend of April 7th & 8th.  Our Farm Weekend will be in full swing those dates and we want to see our shareholders!   


Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7):
Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.

Open House (4/8): 
11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm: 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Free & Open to the Public

Prepare to get dirty! We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders (if you bring someone who is not a shareholder they can do the planting workshop by giving a small donation), hands on kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm. This is a great time to explore the farm while bringing friends and family. Come join us rain or shine!



Planning on coming or have questions, please call the Farm Manager Taryn Hogeland at (717)871-3110 or email thogeland@yourgoodwill.org



Excitement is building up for the 2017 Season!  
Sign up now to make sure you are a shareholder.  Follow the link to sign up: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Glimpse into the 2017 Season...
Our greenhouse is very green and happy!  Our fall crops are growing and are soon ready to be moved into greenhouse 2 (GH2).  GH2 is not heated and we are able to lift the sides so there is more air flow.  It lets the plants get use to the air temperature outside slowly, so they are not stressed out by the change when we plant them in the fields.

The very early experimental planting that was done in February of cabbage and broccoli got some cold damage.  They were placed in GH2 and the temperatures got lower than expected three weekends ago.  Meaning we lost a good amount of the experimental planting and were only able to save a few.  No worries though!  We are still on schedule for cabbage and broccoli with the 2nd planting we did in the beginning of March, which is the normal time we plant these crops.

Trainees are back at the farm on Mondays and Wednesdays!  They are very excited to be outside and working in the greenhouse.  All were enjoying the growth in the greenhouse :)



Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

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

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )  



Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share

Village Crest Farm is a fourth-generation family farm near Strasburg that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms for fine restaurants and your table, using chemical-free practices.  We are pleased to announce that Goodwill at Homefields Farm will be a pick up site for the Village Crest Farm mushroom share during their regular vegetable share season.
 
Offerings: Choose either 12 or 24 weeks of delicious seasonal mushrooms. We grow a beautiful variety of oyster mushrooms including elm, golden, brown, blue, and pink oysters rotating from week to week depending on season and temperature. Other species such as lion's mane and chestnut mushrooms may make guest appearances during the season as we continue to develop new varieties.
 
June through November (24 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $360
OR 
June through August (12 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $180



See you at the Open House!,

Your Farmers
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Spread the Word!




Hello from the Farm,   


It is finally Spring!  Even though we just had a foot of snow last week it is finally melting, the birds are singing, and the trainees are back at the Farm! Our Farm helpers are back at it again greenhouse seeding, watering, and prepping blueberries for the season.  It is definitely Spring!

Spring is the time to spread the word about your Farm!  Help us spread the word and mission of this Farm by sharing this blog post with friends and family in the local area.  It is a great way to let the community know what we are doing here on the Farm!  Easily sharing this blog post on your Facebook page will help spread our mission.  Thank you! 



Information about Goodwill at Homefields Farm: 
When you buy a share at our Farm you directly support the people with disabilities that we train and employ. They develop horticultural skills on the farm and enjoy the outcome of their own labor.  Learning these skills might help them find competitive work within their local community.

We are a chemical free CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Millersville, PA. Growing various types of vegetables and fruits that you will pick up on a weekly basis starting in June and ending in November.  While you pick up your vegetables there is a Pick-Your-Own Field for shareholders to harvest at their choosing. Our Farm wants our shareholders to come pickup their vegetables at the farm because they will have a full understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown, and who is growing their food.  The Farm is for shareholders to help the community understand where their produce comes from, having a better connection with the environment they live in, and for delicious fresh food.
Signup for your share for the 2017 Season TODAY!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types




Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7): Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.

Open House (4/8): 11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm - 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Open to the Public - We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders, kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm.  Come join us!  This is a great time to bring friends to the Farm and ask questions about what we do here.




Spring is here!,


Your Farmers