Thursday, July 21, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Potatoes, Fall Crops, & Field Good Yoga



Hello from the Farm,   
   


Fingerling Potatoes!  This unique potato is our new crop for the week.  It has a flavor that makes it stand out from other potatoes.  Has been called "golden sticks of butter" because of its scrumptious taste.  For a simple recipe all you have to do is cook the potatoes in boiling water until they are tender enough to eat then they are ready!  Here is the link to the recipe for more details: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/perfect-fingerling-potatoes-recipe.html

Other vegetables that you will be picking up this week include our Cucumbers, Zucchini, Swiss chard, Scallions, and don't forget to explore the PYO Field.  It is filled with herbs, hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, and FLOWERS!
  


What happened on the Farm this week?
Fall crops are our main focus right now.  We have started seeding in the greenhouse, once again, for our cold crops.  This includes most of the crops that were harvested during our June pick up dates.  We are ordering seeds and filling the greenhouse with trays that will soon be holding vegetables!




Look at that concentration!  We do all of our seeding outside on the picnic tables because it is way too hot in the greenhouse!

   

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
Apple Strudel Sourdough - yumm! - $5 a loaf    


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
Potatoes - let the potatoes cook in boiling water until they are tender enough to eat.  

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


Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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

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

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

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




Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Weekend,

Your Farmers

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Cucumbers, PYO Field, & Yoga this Saturday





Hello from the Farm,   
   


The summer crops are starting to come in heavy!  We are harvesting cucumbers and zucchini three times a week.  There will still be some Green Garlic, Swiss Chard, and Scallions this week.  It is truly exciting to see the fruit of our labor.  We started seeding summer crops in the greenhouse around the end of April and now we are harvesting vegetables from those plants!

At my families farm we grow around 60 acres of cucumbers.  Once the cucumbers are harvested they are sent to the barn to be washed and sorted. They are sorted by going through a Sizer, which is a machine that can separate the large cucumbers form the small cucumbers.  When they are sorted into the right size, then they are dropped onto the appropriate belt. My Dad, Uncles, cousins, sisters, hired help, and me are lined up along the belts ready to sort the cucumbers.  I was in control of the Large Line, which is the belt that had larger cucumbers.  This was my favorite thing to do on the farm, sort cucumbers!!!  We would sort the curved cucumbers into one box (called selects), then the perfectly straight cucumbers into another (called supers), and so on.  Then the boxes would be sent off to grocery stores and restaurants.  This is different from Goodwill at Homefields farm because we are on a lot smaller scale of farming.  There is no need for us to sort in such categories because all cucumbers are supers in our eyes!  Just a little taste of what happens on a Family Owned Farm and why I am excited to harvest my first crop of cucumbers here.  :)    

There will be a photo posted on Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook page of us sorting cucumbers at my families farm.

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






PYO Field is Open!   
PYO field is open for shareholders to pick certain flowers, herbs, and peppers.  The ones that are available for picking will have a white wooden sign that has the name of the plant on it.  If you are new to the farm the PYO Field is on the other side of our two greenhouses. There is also a sign that indicates you are in the PYO Field.  

Ever wonder how to properly cut flowers?  It is similar to Basil except you do not want to remove as much from the flowering plants.  When cutting your stem make sure you are not removing buds that have not already bloomed. You want to cut your stem where it meets the main stem or to where there is a stem branching off.  Once you take your stems home make sure you cut the bottom of the stems at a 45 degree angle.  This makes it easier for the stems to drink water and makes them last longer.



   
Talks in the Field - Intro to Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth
This Saturday - 7/16 - 10am till 11am 

Beginners are welcome to this gentle yoga class, and it will give a taste of what's to come in the Field Good Yoga Series starting July 29 & 30.

This is a Homefields event.  Class 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 belt, necktie or bathrobe tie.  To reserve your spot or for any questions, please 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
Pretzel Rolls week!  Will be sold at $4 per 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
Beans - eat raw, cooked, casserole, and throw them in many different recipes!

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

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




Eat your Veggies, 



Your Farmers
 
 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: New Distribution Hostess & Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth




Hello from the Farm,   
   
The 4th of July is over already?!? Hoping everyone had a fun time celebrating our countries independence this past weekend!  Even if you saw fireworks on Tuesday night instead of Monday because of the rain.  The fireworks at the Lebanon Valley Mall were spectacular on Tuesday night.


The Harvest this week is going to be filled with the exotic Kohlrabi, fresh Swiss Chard, crispy Scallions, flavorful Radishes and Turnips, and some tasty Green Garlic.  Summer Heat is coming and is bringing in the flowers in the PYO Field.  There will only be certain parts of the PYO Field that will be open for picking this week.  The sections that are open will have a white wooden sign with the name of the plant on it.  If it does not have the white wooden sign in front of the section, please do not pick them!  Also, please be responsible with the amounts that you pick.  There are other shareholders that want to enjoy the PYO Field too. 





Meet Rachel!   
You might of saw a new face working the distribution area last week.  Her name is Rachel and she is our new Distribution Hostess for the season! Here is a short blurb from Rachel herself:
"My name is Rachel Divet and I'll be a senior in high school this year.  After high school, I plan to attend college to become a nurse.  I'm the new produce hostess at Homefields Farm, and I'm excited for the opportunity to be apart of something that can help benefit people with disabilities."
Rachel told me she enjoyed talking to shareholders last week and is excited about this position.  Please help welcome her to the farm this week!





Field Good Yoga - Gentle Yoga with Farmer Elizabeth
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 Elizabeth at eswope@yourgoodwill.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
This week Stephanie will be baking Tomato Basil Sourdough for $5 a loaf.


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



Harvest List
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

Garlic Scapes - put as a flavoring in soups, stews, salads

Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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

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

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




Stay Hydrated, 

Your Farmers




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Basil, Sharing Recipes, & Poison Ivy Protection




Hello from the Farm,   
   


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




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/



Basil
The Basil in our Pick Your Own (PYO) field is ready to be cut!  Everything else in the PYO field is still in the growing process and is NOT ready to be picked.  If you want to harvest some basil this is how it's done.


In the picture above it explains to cut above a section of leaves on the Basil stem.  Do not cut below a section of leaves because that does not encourage new growth as shown in the picture below. 



Please do not cut the whole plant.  Leave about two or three sections of leaves on the basil plant so it encourages new growth.  We do not want to put the plant into shock, which will take the plant a long time to regrow.  We have pruners located in the distribution center underneath the roaster welcome sign.
  
Images from:
http://redfernfarms.com/beat-basilisk-three-tips-for-success-with-basil/
http://adventuruss.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-to-prune-basil-bush.html




Poison Ivy Protection
If you ever feel like you are exposed to poison ivy on the farm please use the Poison Ivy Protection.  An example where poison ivy would be is in our blueberry patch.  Protect yourself by using the Poison Ivy Protection that we will have on the sign in table.
It was given to us by a friend of the Farm.  It is an organic product that many people use.  All you have to do is take a little dab of the product and rub it on your exposed skin.  Once the product dries you are ready!


Abendesson Bread
Seven Grain Bread for $5 a loaf.


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
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. 

Basil - use as a flavoring in soups, homemade pizzas, salads, or make up a pesto sauce.

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.

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.

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









Have a safe Independence Day weekend, 


Your Farmers


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