Monday, February 13, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: LOVE


Hello from the Farm,   
  

Wanted to remind our shareholders that we LOVE your support here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm!  We can't wait to see you in June for the 2017 Season.  With Valentines Day happening tomorrow we wanted to let you know that your Farmers are thinking about you and how to make 2017 filled with lovely yummy vegetables.

Show your love for your CSA by posting comments and pictures from the great experiences you've had at the farm on the Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page!  Follow the link below to get there.
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwillatHomefieldsFarm/


2017 Season Signup 
Signup for the 2017 Season by following the link below!   
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



A Glimpse into the 2017 Season....
Your Farmers have been busy planting early crops in the greenhouse.  Last week we started planting broccoli, cabbage, greenhouse tomatoes, and some PYO Field herbs and flowers.  This year we are starting all those crops a month early to see if they will be ready by the beginning of June.  We are also planting those same crops a month later with heat resistant varieties to have them harvested later in June.  Lets cross our fingers and hope this experiment works out!  



Farmer Taryn, Farmer Elizabeth, and Farmer Amy seeding in the greenhouse while there was snow outside!



Winter came to the Farm last week while we were warm and toasty in the greenhouse!


National CSA Sign-Up Day!
Celebrate with us on February 24 which is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a CSA.  This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  Learn more about your CSA throughout the celebration and sign-up to support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture. 

Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page






Fruit Share Information
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 )

[Just to clarify the fruit share does not come from Goodwill at Homfields Farm.  The fruit share comes from North Star Orchard.  Goodwill at Homefields farm is a pick-up location for the fruit which can be picked up at the same time as your vegetable share.]






Spread the veggie love,

Your Farmers

Friday, January 27, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: 2nd Chance Discount, Glimpse of 2017, CSA Day, & Fruit Share




Hello from the Farm,   
  

2nd Chance Early Bird Discount   -    Ends Tuesday!  -  for 2017 shares will end on January 31st!  If you sign up before January 31st $15 will be deducted from your total share amount.  Hurry before this discount is gone!  


A Glimpse into the 2017 Season....
Planning for the 2017 Season has been exciting!  We are choosing organic products and trying to stick with heirloom varieties that have been around for a long time!  It is interesting to see vegetables come in many different colors and hold genetics that have been around for hundreds of years.  An example is the Carbon tomato which is a blackish color heirloom.  Another is an edible pumpkin called Musque de Provence which is also an heirloom variety.  Both of these varieties can be found on Johnny's Seeds website that display pictures and descriptions.


National CSA Sign-Up Day!
Celebrate with us on February 24 which is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a CSA.  This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  Learn more about your CSA throughout the celebration and sign-up to support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture.



Fruit Share Information
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 )

[Just to clarify the fruit share does not come from Goodwill at Homfields Farm.  The fruit share comes from North Star Orchard.  Goodwill at Homefields farm is a pick-up location for the fruit which can be picked up at the same time as your vegetable share.]





  
Stay warm,

Your Farmers

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