Thursday, October 13, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Final Harvest Week & Beneficial Plants

Hello from the Farm,   

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

The season is flying by!  We are now in mid-October with the weather getting colder and the leaves changing color.  Tuesday morning we had a light frost here at the farm.  We did not see much damage in the PYO Field or in our final summer crops.  This just means a hard frost is right around the river bend!  During this time of year we are thinking about the Final Harvest Week.  The Final Harvest Week is predicted to be on November 10, 11, and 12. Cannot believe there are only 4 more harvest weeks in the season!

Blueberry leaves changing to their deep red coloring from the colder weather.  A new season is here!

Pollinator Garden - How you can help!
It would be great to have a collection of seeds from shareholders here at the farm that can be added to our pollinator garden.  Here are a few native plants that you might find in your backyard that attracts pollinators.  If these plants are going to seed on your property we would love to add them to our garden!

Clustered Mountain Mint is known to attract a huge amount of pollinators: 

Stiff Goldenrod:

Rattlesnake Master:

Gray Goldenrod:

This information was found on (on Table 2) which is a Penn State Extension website about a pollinator garden trial.  This pollinator garden trial, mentioned in the website, is being done at the Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in Landisville.  It is open to the public to check out!

Listed above are only a few plants that you might be able to find on your property.  Click on the Penn State Extension website, then find Table 2, that has a list of more native plants that attract pollinators.

Fall Harvest Evening - Coming Soon! 
Friday, Oct. 21 - 4pm-7pm drop in at anytime - at Goodwill at Homefields Farm - There will be Fall activities for all ages, refreshments, and a campfire.  Fall Activities will be held form 4pm-6pm. Campfire for all will be from 6pm-7pm.

If you would want to volunteer at this event please send me an email! You would be managing a Fall Activities stand. 

Have you seen any difference in the landscape around the farm?!  Many unwanted shrubs, weeds, and poison ivy is being removed by Bruce Sullenberger.  He is also the creator of the Poison Ivy Preventative that we let you use earlier in the season.  Bruce maintains gardens and brush removal if you are needing any assistance on cleaning out your backyard.  His number is (717) 278-0839.     

Abendesson Bread
English Muffins - Amazing taste and texture! - $5 a half dozen bag
     *Limited amount on Thursday

Harvest List
Winter Squash - cut squash in half, remove stem, put butter, salt, or pepper on cut halves, then place them cut side down on a baking sheet, put in oven until soft, then enjoy!

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

Edamame - remove beans from pod, eat raw, or garnish with a seasoning 

Collards - use as a tortilla, cook down for a side dish, add to salads or soup

Lettuce - salads, sandwiches, steamed dishes, or soups

Pawpaws - cut the pawpaw in half, scoop out the soft fruit inside, do not eat the seeds or skin.

Asian Pears - this fruit is basically a mix between an apple and a pear.

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

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.

Love your Pollinators,

Your Farmers

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