Thursday, October 27, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Frost & Survey Time!

Hello from the Farm,   

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

Last week I talked about a light frost happening here at the farm but now I can say we had a freezing here at the farm!  Tuesday night / Wednesday morning temperatures got down to 32 degrees in some areas, including Millersville.  This freeze killed off the last of our summer crops, the flowers, tomatoes, and peppers in the PYO Field.  The last survivors of the PYO Field are some of the herbs.  Make sure to check out the last of the herbs this week because they may not be there next week!  

Survey time!  Yes it is coming to the end of the season and this is when we want your input.  Please fill out a survey before the season ends so we can read your comments and make changes that will better the farm for next year.  We will have the surveys out until the last week of harvest. There is also an online option for taking the survey.  

Here is the link that will take you to the online survey:

Final Harvest Week
Our last week for vegetable pick up will be on November 10, 11, and 12. Only 2 more harvest weeks to go!  

Fall Harvest Evening - Thank you!
A BIG thank you to everyone that came out on Friday night to our Fall Harvest Evening event! Even though it was raining we had loads of fun hanging out in the greenhouses, eating, making scarecrows, carving potatoes and radishes, coloring, figuring out what was in the pumpkins, and drinking warm cider!

Here are some photos from the event:

Pollinator Garden - Bring your Seeds to Us!
We would still love to have your beneficial plant seeds added to our pollinator garden!  Just bring them in when you are picking up your veggies.

Sullenberger Services
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
No bread this week.  There will be a survey this week to see what two types of bread should be made for the last two weeks here at the farm.  All you have to do is check which two you want on a tally sheet here at the farm.    

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

Beans - eat raw, cooked, or sauteed

Kale - eat raw in a salad, steam to make a side dish, or make kale chips!

Arugula - perfect for sandwiches, salads or steaming

Asian Greens - can be used in a stir fry by adding chiles, garlic, peanut oil, and possibly adding some salt. Also, the greens could simply make a yummy salad.

Collards - steam, use the leaf a tortilla wrap

Swiss chard - sauteed, steam, use in soup

Radishes - cut raw, add to salad, sauteed, or put in a sandwich 

Turnips - cook in a skillet with olive oil and garlic until soft, or eat raw

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.

Peppers - eat raw, put in salads, sauteed, or stuff the peppers with hamburger and rice, delicious!

Garlic - bake, roast, boil, or eat it raw in salad.  Helps to prevent cancer, colds, and stabilizes cholesterol levels.

A potato carving from our Fall Harvest Evening event.

Happy Halloween,
Your Farmers

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