Thursday, September 22, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Pumpkins, 9N, PitF, & Farmer Brian

Hello from the Farm,   

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

Pumpkins are finally here with the first day of Fall!  Doesn't feel like Fall weather but the cold days are just around the corner (this weekend).  The colder temperatures will help our Fall Crops mature faster and your Farmers will have an easier time working.

Want a nice photo shoot here at the Farm?  Well try one out on our 1939 Ford 9N! This model is the first to use the three-point hitch hook up that most tractors have today.  It was the most popular farm tractor in North America because of the power and how affordable it was back in the day.

This weekend Homefields will be holding their two largest events - Picnic in the Fields (on 9/25) and the Golf Tournament (on 9/23).  Preparations will be made for the Picnic in the Fields on Saturday (9/24) during shareholder pick up hours.  A large tent will be placed in the main parking area in the stone lot.  This will start happening at 11:00am on Saturday.  Please park in front of the greenhouses or in front of the compost pile at this time on Saturday.       

Homefield Events this Weekend!
Support Homefields and their mission by attending one or both of their events this weekend.

Picnic in the Fields - Sunday, Sept. 25 - Drop in between 11am & 2pm - Adults $25 or $30 at the door - 13-17 $10 - Under 12 Free - At Homefields
Find tickets and see menu at

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

Picnic in the Fields Tickets Available Here 
Homefields Board members and PitF Committee members will be on hand during selected shareholder pick up days this 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
Farmer Brian

Farmer Brian works hard on mowing the PYO field pathways for the shareholders so you have an easy walk to pick your flowers.  On Fridays Brian interacts with the shareholders that he knows and greets every shareholder with a warm welcome.  Outside of work Brian volunteers, likes working in his tool shop, and going on vacations with his family.   

What is your favorite thing to do on the farm?
Mondays mowing the Pick Your Own field.  Watering the greenhouse on Mondays.  Helping shareholders when they have questions.  I am always wearing a Goodwill at Homefields Farm shirt so they know that I work here.

If you could be any vegetable what would you be and why?
Carrot, love to eat carrots.  (When Brian finds a carrot that splits into two carrots he calls that type of carrot a "married couple".)

Where do you volunteer and what do you do?
Blue Rock Fire Department.  Help with training, on the committee for fundraising, go to meetings twice a month.

What else do you want the shareholders to know about you?
I make birdhouses with my dad.  He cuts the wood and I help put them together.

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 in between the main section of the PYO Field and smaller section of the PYO Field. Our concord grapes do have seeds!

Abendesson Bread
Dark Honey Wheat - My Favorite! - $5 a loaf

Harvest List
Pumpkins - Here is a website that gives 5 great examples of how you can cook a pumpkin: 

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

Lettuce - salads, sandwiches, steamed dishes, or soups

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.

Fall is here!,
Your Farmers

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