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  

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 to pay via Paypal.  Call 872-2012 for more info or Email: 

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:

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:

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

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