We grow delicious fruits and vegetables for shareholders while training and employing people with disabilities through Goodwill Industries. All of our produce is grown in sustainable ways without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
People love the experience of seeing their food growing in the field and getting to try fruits and vegetables not available elsewhere. We currently offer over 45 different vegetables and fruits as well as a pick your own field.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Notes from the Farm: Farmer Terry and Picnic Tickets
We are irrigating this week on the farm, continuing to harvest the late summer crops and hopeful that the hottest days are behind us. The farm crew has been enthusiastically weeding the fall crops. We were lucky enough to have 2 new farmers try out the farm this week and they were surprised to find out they might just like farming.
Farmer Taryn is getting a little R&R this week. It is hard to believe it has been a full year that Taryn has been on board as our farm manager. I commend her on stepping up to this challenging role with courage and confidence, with a desire to learn and to have fun, and a willingness to collaborate with the whole farm community. I have been so impressed with her leadership and we all feel lucky to be on her team. Congratulations Taryn on your first year! We look forward to continuing to grow with you.
Thank you United Way Day of Caring
We are definitely feeling cared for after Homefields hosted many volunteers for the United Way Day of Caring. What a difference they made! We are getting more and more excited for Picnic in the Fields on Sunday September 25 as all the preparations start to come together.
Look for a new crop of sunflowers that are blooming in our B-3 field Picnic Tickets available here Homefields Board members and PitF Committee members will be on hand during selected shareholder pick up days this week and next week to talk about the event, and we will be able to sell tickets on site. Accepting credit cards, cash, check or money order.
Meet your Farmers
Terry is one of our newest Farmers here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm. He has an interest in agriculture because of his past work experience working at another farm. He has been asking many questions about different farming techniques and tells us about ones that he practiced at the farm he worked on. Terry is very involved with the work at the farm and willing to do the physical labor that is needed.
What is your favorite thing to do on the farm so far? Transplanting and push mowing. (Terry quickly learned how to transplant properly and enjoyed completing this task.)
If you could be any vegetable what would you be and why? Orange Watermelon because I like oranges and I like to eat watermelon. Blue is my favorite color but I like orange and red too. Or a Jalapeno Red Pepper.
What is your farming background? I've done tilling, working with fun people on the farm, and we used this burlap bag material as ground cover to keep the weeds down.
What else do you want the shareholders to know about you? I listen to Metallica. I watch Bones, Castle, American Dad, Family Guy, and Channel 8 News. --Interview by Taryn Hogeland
Grapes Grape season continues here at the farm. We will be having a limit on how many grapes can be picked throughout the season. Full Share - 2 clusters Half Share - 1 cluster A cluster of grapes is when they are all bunched together on the same stem. Please only take a cluster and do not pick single grapes off the vine as your share. The grapes are located inbetween the main section of the PYO Field and smaller section of the PYO Field. Our concord grapes do have seeds!
Homefields Events in September Picnic in the Fields- Sunday, September 25 - Drop in between 11am & 2pm - Adults $25 or $30 at the door - 13-17 $10 - Under 12 Free - At Homefields Get tickets and see menu at www.homefields.org Homefields 20th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament- Friday, September 23 - 7am till 2pm - At Crossgates Golf Club Get tickets at www.homefields.org
Potatoes - cut them in small pieces, add 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 Carrots - roast them, caramelize, carrot macaroni, or carrot cake! 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.