Thursday, August 25, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Remembering Our Mission, Farmer Del, & Homefields Events

Hello from the Farm,   

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

Remembering Our Mission
When you bought a share here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm you directly supported 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.

Goodwill's Mission
Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Homefields Vocational Mission
To provide agricultural facilities for individuals who prosper with supported employment; to nurture integration through community interaction; and to cultivate a spirit of volunteerism within our community.

Meet your Farmer's  

Farmer Del

Farmer Del has a great personality to work with on the farm.  He has many sayings that motivates us to get to work or to just have a laugh.  Del is well known to like his treats during snack time.  He's always up for some ice cream, watermelon, or cantaloupe.  We also hear stories about his families farm he use to work on.  He gives us some suggestions on farming techniques that he practiced at his families farm.           

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the Farm?  A: Hoeing in the Springtime because that is my favorite season.  I like to pick Peppers and eat them.  Our Tomatoes taste good with mayonnaise in a sandwich.

Q: If you could be a vegetable what would you be and why? A: Neck Pumpkin because they are fun to harvest and cool looking.

Q: What is your favorite snack that you have eaten at the farm?  A: Grape fruit sections, vanilla pudding, and donuts that the mower guy brings.

Q:  Which on of your sayings you say here at the farm is your favorite?  A: "Rock and Roll!" Others that Del says - "Suuuh-weet!" "That-a way" and "It's party time at Homefields"  

Q: What would you like to tell us about your families farm?  A: Hard work but learned how to work as an adult.  Payed close attention to the weather.

Q: Anything else you want the shareholders to know about you? A: Enjoy working at Homefields - washing vegetables and seeing the shareholders. 

Abendesson Bread
Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Sourdough - Makes awesome French Toast! - $5 a loaf 

Homefields Events - Coming Soon Near You!

Picnic in the Fields - Sunday, September 25 - Drop in between 11am & 2pm - Adults $25 - 13-17 $10 - Under 12 Free - At Homefields
Get tickets and see menu at

Homefields 20th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament - Friday, September 23 - 7am till 2pm - At Crossgates Golf Club
Get tickets at

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. 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  

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:   

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

Onions - great to add to cooked potatoes, salad, or any other meal

Melons - wash under running water, let dry, let sit for a couple of days, and keep in a refrigerator.   

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!

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.

Scallions - add for an onion flavoring

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

It's almost the weekend!,

Your Farmers

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