Thursday, January 5, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Early Bird Discount - ENDS SUNDAY!


Hello from the Farm,

   
The Holiday Season is over and now it's time for new year resolutions! The number one new year resolution is staying fit and healthy in the up coming year.  We can help you out with fulfilling this dream by supplying you local and organic vegetables once a week from June through November.  Signup now to receive the Early Bird Discount!

  

Early Bird Discount   -    Ends Sunday!  -  for 2017 shares will end on January 8th!  If you sign up before or on January 8th $25 will be deducted from your total share amount.  Hurry before this discount is gone!  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types




Happy New Year,

Your Farmers
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Holiday Spirit & Early Bird Discount

 

Hello from the Farm,   
  

Hoping your days are filled with Holiday Spirit by listening to holiday songs, making cookies, and hanging with family and friends!  Lately I have been making cookies with my family to get into the holiday spirit.  My favorite cookies are Kolache (amazing dough!) which is a traditional Czechoslovakian dessert.  Our second all time favorite are Monster Cookies that are filled with many delicious ingredients.  Below are links that will take you to a recipe for each cookie.



Early Bird Discount for 2017 shares will end on January 8th!  If you sign up before January 8th $25 will be deducted from your total share amount.  Hurry before this discount is gone!  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



Gleaning
Hoping everyone got gleaning out of their system for the 2016 year.  Most of the crops are now dying off since we have been having low temperatures during the night and day hours. Please do not let this discourage you from coming out to the farm for a nice walk if it warms up throughout the winter!






Have a Jolly time,

Your Farmers
 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Bonus Harvest & Recipes


Hello from the Farm,   



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

Bonus Harvest!
The Bonus Harvest is finally here! This is also our last harvest of the 2016 Season, cannot believe this is happening already!  Meaning you will be able to pickup vegetables on November 17, 18, and 19.  Pickup hours will remain the same as the ones stated above. The harvest this week will include Kale, Arugula, Unlimited Collards, Turnips, Radishes, Bok Choy, Garlic, and Unlimited Asian Greens!  All these greens will be a beautiful side dish to your Thanksgiving turkey!




Thank you for being part of our 2016 Season here at the farm! All of the Farmers enjoyed talking to shareholders and getting to know you.  We hope we will be seeing you for our 2017 Season as well.

  

Don't know what to give someone for the Holidays?  Well I'm sure they are wanting to eat healthier, buy local produce, and help people within their community - Yes! A share at our farm would be perfect for them!  Anyone can sign up for the 2017 Season!  You may now signup on Small Farm Central or create a new account by going to the link below.  We will be having an Early Bird Discount until January 8 which will deduct $25 from your share total.  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



Our last harvest week is here meaning this is your last chance to fill out a Survey! Please fill out a survey before the season ends so we can read your comments and make changes that will better the farm for next year. There is also an online option for taking the survey.  
Here is the link that will take you to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQY88TW




Recipes! 
Here are some websites with recipes that will help you use our produce from this week as a side dish for Thanksgiving Dinner (or tips on how to use it before Thanksgiving)!
  
Don't forget that Gleaning starts next week and you will be able to harvest more for these recipes and have fresh produce for Thanksgiving!



Gleaning - Starts November 21 - Mondays thru Saturdays - Noon till Dusk 
Gleaning will happen once again this year!  Meaning current shareholders will be able to harvest vegetables on their own AFTER our Bonus Harvest week. You will be able to venture out into the fields and hand pick your favorite fall vegetables until it becomes too cold for the vegetables to keep on going.

Gleaning will begin on November 21 and will be open on Mondays thru Saturdays. Gleaning will keep happening until the temperatures become too low for the crops.  We ask that you do not come on Sundays just so the residents will not be bothered.  Please only come between Noon and Dusk.  When harvesting only pick a reasonable amount so other shareholders can glean too.  Please glean responsibly :)  Have fun!




Long shadows and colder days at the Farm.



Abendessen Bread
There will be no bread this week but there are ways you can order bread throughout our off season!  Visit http://abendessenbread.com/ to see all varieties of breads that Stephanie bakes and to access the order sheet. Or you may contact her through Facebook or Email for bread orders.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbendessenBread/

Email: abendessenbread@gmail.com 



Vintage Home & Holiday Sale - At Promised Land Farm
We have carted in wheelbarrows full of carefully selected treasures to help you prepare for the Winter Season & for your Holiday Decorating & Gift Giving.  The Old Tobacco Barn will have a crackling fire & Hot Cider sure to put you in the a seasonal mood. Promised Land Farm is located at 397 Letort Road, Milersville.    

Friday, Nov. 18th 8am - 6pm

Saturday, Nov. 19th 8am - 4pm  

Stop in after picking up your vegetables! 
   


Harvest List
Kale - eat raw in a salad, steam to make a side dish, or make kale chips!

Arugula - put into salads or sandwiches for additional flavoring

Bok Choy - our bok choy is smaller in the Fall but can still be used as normal sized bok choy.  

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

Collards - steam, use the leaf as a tortilla wrap

Radishes - cut raw, add to salad, sauteed, or put in a sandwich 

Turnips - cook in a skillet with olive oil and garlic until soft, or eat raw

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






Have a great Thanksgiving,


Your Farmers

Monday, November 14, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Bonus Harvest!



Hello from the Farm,   



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


Bonus Harvest!
Yes you heard that right there will be a Bonus Harvest this week!  Meaning you will be able to pick up vegetables on November 17, 18, and 19.  Pickup hours will remain the same as the ones stated above.  The harvest this week will include Kale, Arugula, Collards, Turnips, Radishes, Bok Choy, and Unlimited Asian Greens!  All these greens will be a beautiful side dish to your Thanksgiving turkey!



Now is the time to also think about 2017 Season Signup!  You may now signup for the 2017 Season on your Small Farm Central account by going to the link below.  We will be having an Early Bird Discount until January 8 which will deduct $25 from your share total.  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types




This week will be your last chance to fill out a Survey! Please fill out a survey before the season ends so we can read your comments and make changes that will better the farm for next year.  There is also an online option for taking the survey.  

Here is the link that will take you to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQY88TW
  



Gleaning - Starts November 21 - Mondays thru Saturdays - Noon till Dusk 
Gleaning will happen once again this year!  Meaning current shareholders will be able to harvest vegetables on their own AFTER our Bonus Harvest week. You will be able to venture out into the fields and hand pick your favorite fall vegetables until it becomes too cold for the vegetables to keep on going.

Gleaning will begin on November 21 and will be open on Mondays thru Saturdays. Gleaning will keep happening until the temperatures become too low for the crops.  We ask that you do not come on Sundays just so the residents will not be bothered.  Please only come between Noon and Dusk.  When harvesting only pick a reasonable amount so other shareholders can glean too.  Please glean responsibly :)  Have fun!




Vintage Home & Holiday Sale - At Promised Land Farm
We have carted in wheelbarrows full of carefully selected treasures to help you prepare for the Winter Season & for your Holiday Decorating & Gift Giving.  The Old Tobacco Barn will have a crackling fire & Hot Cider sure to put you in the a seasonal mood.  
Promised Land Farm is located at 397 Letort Road, Milersville.    

Friday, Nov. 18th 8am - 6pm

Saturday, Nov. 19th 8am - 4pm  

Stop in after picking up your vegetables! 
   


Harvest List
Kale - eat raw in a salad, steam to make a side dish, or make kale chips!

Arugula - put into salads or sandwiches for additional flavoring

Bok Choy - our bok choy is smaller in the Fall but can still be used as normal sized bok choy.  Here is a great summary on how to cook bok choy and how to cook it with 
garlic: http://steamykitchen.com/2112-bok-choy-stir-fry-recipe.html

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

Collards - steam, use the leaf as a tortilla wrap

Radishes - cut raw, add to salad, sauteed, or put in a sandwich 

Turnips - cook in a skillet with olive oil and garlic until soft, or eat raw

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





Hope to see you at the Bonus Harvest,

Your Farmers

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: 2016 Season Reflection





Hello from the Farm,   



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


Now is the time to also think about 2017 Season Signup!  You may now signup for the 2017 Season on your Small Farm Central account by going to the link below.  We will be having an Early Bird Discount until January 8 which will deduct $25 from your share total.  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



Just a reminder that you still have time to fill out your Survey!  Yes it is coming to the end of the season and this is when we want your input. Please fill out a survey before the season ends so we can read your comments and make changes that will better the farm for next year.  We will have the surveys out until the last week of harvest. There is also an online option for taking the survey.  

Here is the link that will take you to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQY88TW
     



Final thoughts on 2016 Season
This year was extremely dry and set record high temperatures during the summer months. Spring started off nicely with the greenhouse transplants growing at a steady rate.  Timing was lined up perfectly with the maturity of the Spring crops and when shareholders start coming.  July was filled with a crop of zucchini and cucumbers that produced for over three weeks.  In August we had a great distribution of melons with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.  August is when some of our crops were being damaged from the extreme heat and dryness throughout the summer.  It was a lot of our long term crops that would be harvested in the Fall that were hurt from the heat and dryness.  Crops as in sweet potatoes, corn, and Fall transplants.  We replanted certain Fall transplants multiple times because of the heat and bug damage in the greenhouse.  Crops that were planted multiple times were broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.  Those little white moths love to eat these brassicas. There are broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage plants in the field but since they were replanted multiple times it pushed back their date of maturity for harvest.  Overall this season the crops produced a steady amount of produce with some bumps at the end of the season.  As a newer farm manager I have learned a lot on how to grow cops, what work that needs to be put in to protecting the crops from pest and diseases, and many other aspects of farming that can be put into my plannings for next season.  Thank you for being very encouraging shareholders through my first season!      





Pictures that were taken throughout the season of the process your vegetables go through on the farm.  First they are seeded in the greenhouse or in the field, then transplanted in the field, harvested, washed, and then put on display for you to pickup! 




Stocking up on Garlic - Storage
We only have two more weeks to give out garlic and we will be giving out a larger amount.  Our garlic supply for seeding is larger than what we thought meaning more garlic for you to take home!  Receiving larger amounts of garlic in the next two weeks can be added to your winter supply.  Garlic will last for a very long time if kept in a bowl, basket, or something that gives the garlic bulbs ventilation.  Do NOT keep garlic bulbs in plastic bags or sealed containers.  



Gleaning 
Gleaning will happen once again this year!  Meaning shareholders will be able to harvest vegetables on their own AFTER our last harvest week. You will be able to venture out into the fields and hand pick your favorite fall vegetables until it becomes too cold for the vegetables to keep on going. We will have more information on gleaning in the next newsletter.     



Abendesson Bread
Apple Strudel Sourdough - #2 in the Survey - $5 a loaf




Sullenberger Services
Have you seen any difference in the landscape around the farm?!  Many unwanted shrubs, weeds, and poison ivy is being removed by Bruce Sullenberger.  He is also the creator of the Poison Ivy Preventative that we let you use earlier in the season.  Bruce maintains gardens and brush removal if you are needing any assistance on cleaning out your backyard. His number is (717) 278-0839.       




Harvest List
Kale - eat raw in a salad, steam to make a side dish, or make kale chips!

Arugula - put into salads or sandwiches for additional flavoring

Bok Choy - our bok choy is smaller in the Fall but can still be used as normal sized bok choy.  Here is a great summary on how to cook bok choy and how to cook it with garlic: http://steamykitchen.com/2112-bok-choy-stir-fry-recipe.html

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

Collards - steam, use the leaf as a tortilla wrap

Radishes - cut raw, add to salad, sauteed, or put in a sandwich 

Turnips - cook in a skillet with olive oil and garlic until soft, or eat raw

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




Happy Harvest,

Your Farmers

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Notes from your Farm: 2017 Season, Gleaning, & Garlic for Winter





Hello from the Farm,   


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

There is only one more week of harvest after this week.  Come to the farm and take advantage of these beautiful Fall days.  We still have picnic tables out for your use, take a walk around the farm and see what we are doing to the fields for the winter time, or just have a chat with one of the Farmers about your experience this season.  You will still be getting many radishes, turnips, and greens this week.  Hoping you are making delicious fall dishes with these crops!


Now is the time to also think about 2017 Season Signup!  You may now signup for the 2017 Season on your Small Farm Central account by going to the link below.  We will be having an Early Bird Discount until January 8 which will deduct $25 from your share total.  
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types

   
Look at this excited farm crew harvesting your veggies!



Just a reminder that you still have time to fill out your Survey!  Yes it is coming to the end of the season and this is when we want your input. Please fill out a survey before the season ends so we can read your comments and make changes that will better the farm for next year.  We will have the surveys out until the last week of harvest. There is also an online option for taking the survey.  

Here is the link that will take you to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQY88TW
     

Final Harvest Week
Veggies are still being harvested this week and next week!!!  
Our last week for vegetable pick up will be on November 10, 11, and 12. Only 1 more harvest week to go! 



Don't want to miss out on this freshness!



Stocking up on Garlic - Storage
We only have two more weeks to give out garlic and we will be giving out a larger amount.  Our garlic supply for seeding is larger than what we thought meaning more garlic for you to take home!  Receiving larger amounts of garlic in the next two weeks can be added to your winter supply.  Garlic will last for a very long time if kept in a bowl, basket, or something that gives the garlic bulbs ventilation.  Don NOT keep garlic bulbs in plastic bags or sealed containers.  



Unlimited Peppers - Storage
This week we will be having unlimited peppers once again.  Peppers can be easily put into a freezer to have them during the winter months.  All you have to do is wash the peppers off, cut them in half, remove all the seeds, and stem, then you can cut them any size you want.  Once you are done with these steps place them in a zip-lock bag, remove as much air from the bag as possible, and then place in freezer.  Can last up to 4-6 months in freezer.    



Gleaning 
Gleaning will happen once again this year!  Meaning shareholders will be able to harvest vegetables on their own AFTER our last harvest week.  You will be able to venture out into the fields and hand pick your favorite fall vegetables until it becomes too cold for the vegetables to keep on going. We will have more information on gleaning in the next week or two.    



Abendesson Bread
English Muffins - #1 in the Survey - $5 a bag



Sullenberger Services
Have you seen any difference in the landscape around the farm?!  Many unwanted shrubs, weeds, and poison ivy is being removed by Bruce Sullenberger.  He is also the creator of the Poison Ivy Preventative that we let you use earlier in the season.  Bruce maintains gardens and brush removal if you are needing any assistance on cleaning out your backyard. His number is (717) 278-0839.       



Harvest List
Potatoes - cut them in small pieces, add to boiling water until soft, smash them, add some herbs, and now you have mashed potatoes! yumm!

Beans - eat raw, cooked, or sauteed

Kale - eat raw in a salad, steam to make a side dish, or make kale chips!

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.

Collards - steam, use the leaf a tortilla wrap

Swiss chard - sauteed, steam, use in soup

Radishes - cut raw, add to salad, sauteed, or put in a sandwich 

Turnips - cook in a skillet with olive oil and garlic until soft, or eat raw

Pawpaws - cut the pawpaw in half, scoop out the soft fruit inside, do not eat the seeds or skin.

Asian Pears - this fruit is basically a mix between an apple and a pear.

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

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





Enjoy the changing of the leaves,
Your Farmers