Thursday, October 6, 2016

Notes from Your Farm: Jujube, Pollinator Garden, & Fall Harvest Evening

Hello from the Farm,   

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

What is a Jujube you might ask?  Here at the farm we have two Jujube trees that are in fruit in the month of October.  They are native to southern Asia and also grow on the island of Madagascar.  This fruit has many beneficial minerals and has even been used as medicinal food in China.  It is crisp like an apple, with a calm flavor, but watch out it has a seed in the middle!  Don't be discouraged by the brown coloring of the fruit because this color means that it is ready to eat!

Jujubes waiting to be picked!

Pollinator Garden
The Fall is a great time to start new projects here at the farm and one of our new projects is our Pollinator Garden. We have created a small garden plot on the other side of the treeline where we are going to grow flowers that attract beneficial insects and pollinators.  This is a great thing to do especially since we are organic growers.  Right now we are collecting seed from anyone that has native beneficial plants that can be put in our garden. If you have any seeds to add to our garden please bring them when you pick up your vegetables.  
Pollinator Gardens are easily done and can be something that you add to your landscape at home.  Please ask a farmer about the pollinator garden if you have questions or just email me!

Our Garden Plot that is located on the other side of the tree line in the C fields.

Your Farmers spreading beneficial flower seeds in the garden plot!  Seed was donated by a very sweet shareholder!

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

Our new friends here at the farm!  We were able to watch Monarch caterpillars go into their cocoon and then turn into a butterfly this week!  The butterflies that you see in this photo have been let free on the farm.  Maybe you'll see one!

Meet Your Farmers
You have met all of our Farm Help that comes on a regular basis.  These are the farmers that make your CSA possible!

Abendesson Bread
The Everything Bread - Great for Sandwiches! - $5 a loaf

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!

Lettuce - salads, sandwiches, steamed dishes, or soups

Pawpaws - cut the pawpaw in half, scoop our 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

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.

Loving this weather,
Your Farmers

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