Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Farm Weekend Events!




Hello from the Farm,   



Reminder that this weekend is our Farm Weekend Events.  Let us know if you are attending. Saturday is going to be sunny and a high of 55 perfect weather to have a planting workshop!  

Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7):
Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.  We will be there from 6:00pm till 8:00pm.

Open House (4/8): 
11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm: 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Free & Open to the Public

Prepare to get dirty! We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders (if you bring someone who is not a shareholder they can do the planting workshop by giving a small donation), hands on kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm. This is a great time to explore the farm while bringing friends and family. Come join us rain or shine!
Planning on coming or have questions, please call the Farm Manager Taryn Hogeland at (717)871-3110 or email thogeland@yourgoodwill.org

If you are coming to the Open House please follow the detour signs to get to the farm. The intersection at N. Duke St. and Letort Rd. is closed because of road construction. The best way to come to the farm off 999 is to turn onto N. George St., then right onto W. Frederick St., then a left onto S. Duke St., then right onto Walnut Hill Rd., right onto Sun Ln., and then a right onto Letort Rd., the farm will be on you right.  Basically driving around the whole farm to get to the entrance!  



Spring into Action!  
Sign up now to make sure you are a shareholder for the 2017 Season. Follow the link to signup: 
http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



North Star Orchard Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )


Hillacres Pride Cheese Share
Goodwill at Homefields farm will be a pickup location for Hillacres Pride Cheese share once again for the 2017 Season.  

The share will usually start with the first pick-up at your veggie share location and run every other week for 11 pickups, which usually encompasses June-Oct. A share contains 2 cheese items with each delivery.

They will range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses, such as our Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia; to fresh cheeses like ricotta and our signature flavored fresh cheeses.  It is always fun for us to select the share items and we hear it is a fun surprise for the customers. We offer a bit of information about the cheeses and are hoping to incorporate recipes this year as well.

11 bi-weekly deliveries $125.00

Signup by following this link:
http://hillacrespride.com/?q=content/csa-sign-form


Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share
Village Crest Farm is a fourth-generation family farm near Strasburg that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms for fine restaurants and your table, using chemical-free practices.  We are pleased to announce that Goodwill at Homefields Farm will be a pick up site for the Village Crest Farm mushroom share during their regular vegetable share season.
Offerings: Choose either 12 or 24 weeks of delicious seasonal mushrooms. We grow a beautiful variety of oyster mushrooms including elm, golden, brown, blue, and pink oysters rotating from week to week depending on season and temperature. Other species such as lion's mane and chestnut mushrooms may make guest appearances during the season as we continue to develop new varieties.
June through November (24 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $360
OR 
June through August (12 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $180
To reserve your mushroom share, please contact:
Scott Breneman
717-786-2801





See you at the Open House this Saturday!,

Your Farmers

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Open House Event

 


Hello from the Farm,   

This spring air is making your Farmers very anxious to be in the fields.  We're hoping the fields will be dry enough next week so we can start tilling and planting seeds. Also hoping for beautiful spring weather the weekend of April 7th & 8th.  Our Farm Weekend will be in full swing those dates and we want to see our shareholders!   


Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7):
Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.

Open House (4/8): 
11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm: 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Free & Open to the Public

Prepare to get dirty! We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders (if you bring someone who is not a shareholder they can do the planting workshop by giving a small donation), hands on kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm. This is a great time to explore the farm while bringing friends and family. Come join us rain or shine!



Planning on coming or have questions, please call the Farm Manager Taryn Hogeland at (717)871-3110 or email thogeland@yourgoodwill.org



Excitement is building up for the 2017 Season!  
Sign up now to make sure you are a shareholder.  Follow the link to sign up: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types


Glimpse into the 2017 Season...
Our greenhouse is very green and happy!  Our fall crops are growing and are soon ready to be moved into greenhouse 2 (GH2).  GH2 is not heated and we are able to lift the sides so there is more air flow.  It lets the plants get use to the air temperature outside slowly, so they are not stressed out by the change when we plant them in the fields.

The very early experimental planting that was done in February of cabbage and broccoli got some cold damage.  They were placed in GH2 and the temperatures got lower than expected three weekends ago.  Meaning we lost a good amount of the experimental planting and were only able to save a few.  No worries though!  We are still on schedule for cabbage and broccoli with the 2nd planting we did in the beginning of March, which is the normal time we plant these crops.

Trainees are back at the farm on Mondays and Wednesdays!  They are very excited to be outside and working in the greenhouse.  All were enjoying the growth in the greenhouse :)



Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )  



Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share

Village Crest Farm is a fourth-generation family farm near Strasburg that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms for fine restaurants and your table, using chemical-free practices.  We are pleased to announce that Goodwill at Homefields Farm will be a pick up site for the Village Crest Farm mushroom share during their regular vegetable share season.
 
Offerings: Choose either 12 or 24 weeks of delicious seasonal mushrooms. We grow a beautiful variety of oyster mushrooms including elm, golden, brown, blue, and pink oysters rotating from week to week depending on season and temperature. Other species such as lion's mane and chestnut mushrooms may make guest appearances during the season as we continue to develop new varieties.
 
June through November (24 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $360
OR 
June through August (12 week) share = 1 lb fresh gourmet mushrooms weekly - $180



See you at the Open House!,

Your Farmers
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Spread the Word!




Hello from the Farm,   


It is finally Spring!  Even though we just had a foot of snow last week it is finally melting, the birds are singing, and the trainees are back at the Farm! Our Farm helpers are back at it again greenhouse seeding, watering, and prepping blueberries for the season.  It is definitely Spring!

Spring is the time to spread the word about your Farm!  Help us spread the word and mission of this Farm by sharing this blog post with friends and family in the local area.  It is a great way to let the community know what we are doing here on the Farm!  Easily sharing this blog post on your Facebook page will help spread our mission.  Thank you! 



Information about Goodwill at Homefields Farm: 
When you buy a share at our Farm you directly support the people with disabilities that we train and employ. They develop horticultural skills on the farm and enjoy the outcome of their own labor.  Learning these skills might help them find competitive work within their local community.

We are a chemical free CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Millersville, PA. Growing various types of vegetables and fruits that you will pick up on a weekly basis starting in June and ending in November.  While you pick up your vegetables there is a Pick-Your-Own Field for shareholders to harvest at their choosing. Our Farm wants our shareholders to come pickup their vegetables at the farm because they will have a full understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown, and who is growing their food.  The Farm is for shareholders to help the community understand where their produce comes from, having a better connection with the environment they live in, and for delicious fresh food.
Signup for your share for the 2017 Season TODAY!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types




Farm Weekend! 

First Friday in Lancaster City (4/7): Your Farmers will be located in front of Mio Studio celebrating the beginning of Spring by handing out fliers and FREE lettuce plants!  Come see us at 154 N. Prince St. Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and metal.

Open House (4/8): 11:00am till 1:00pm - Here at the Farm - 150 Letort Road, Millersville - Open to the Public - We will be kicking off the day by having snacks and refreshments with your Farmers, then we will be having a planting workshop for our shareholders, kid activities, and will be winding down with a relaxing tour of the farm.  Come join us!  This is a great time to bring friends to the Farm and ask questions about what we do here.




Spring is here!,


Your Farmers
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: A Glimpse into the 2017 Season

 


Hello from the Farm,   


Thanks to everyone that came out in the cold to support your Farmers on First Friday.  We were able to talk to many people about the Farm while talking to new shareholders and current ones!  We will be at First Friday once again on April 7 in front of Mio Studio.  (As long as it doesn't rain...keep your fingers crossed!)  

 
                               

Our stand in front of Mio Studio on First Friday!                         



2017 Season Signup!
Didn't signup for 2017 yet?  Well don't worry there is still room for you!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
   


A Glimpse into the 2017 Season...
Farmer Elizabeth is back at the farm this week!  She has been working hard in the greenhouse by seeding some of our cold hardy crops.



Farmer Elizabeth watering early plants in our greenhouse.

Our early planting of Broccoli and Cabbage from February is looking amazing!  We moved these plants over to our second greenhouse, that is not heated, so the plants can get use to the outdoor temperatures.  



Broccoli and Cabbage plants getting use to the colder temperatures in greenhouse 2.

We picked up our seed potatoes yesterday from a local company.  It will be in about a month when we will be cutting them and then planting them in the fields with the trainees!

Your Farmers have been hanging fliers and distributing pamphlets throughout Lancaster City the past couple of weeks.  Keep a look out for our fliers while traveling through Lancaster's cafes and art galleries! 




Fruit Share
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.

CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.

This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.

Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com

And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )   




Spring is 1 Week & 4 Days away!,


Your Farmers
 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: Farmers at First Friday in Lancaster City!

 
Hello from the Farm,   



First Friday in Lancaster City - March 3
Your Farmers will be in front of Mio Studio celebrating the coming of spring by handing out plants that can be taken home and fliers to promote your CSA.  Stop by to see your Farmers and discuss the 2017 Season! 

Mio Studio is located at 154 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Your Farmers will be there from 5:30 till however long we can stand the cold!

Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and medal. More info can be found at www.miostudio.com



2017 Season Signup!
Didn't signup for 2017 yet?  Well don't worry there is still room for you!

Signup by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
   
 

See you at First Friday,

Your Farmers
 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: #CSADay

 

Hello from the Farm,   
  

National CSA Sign-Up Day!  #CSADay

Today is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a local CSA in their community!    

Join in on the fun by signing up for your share today and receive $10 off your share for the 2017 Season!

Sign-up here: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types

This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  

Support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture within your community!

Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page






First Friday in Lancaster City - March 3

Your Farmers will be in front of Mio Studio celebrating the coming of spring by handing out plants that can be taken home and fliers to promote your CSA.  Stop by to see your Farmers and discuss the 2017 Season! 

Mio Studio is located at 154 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Mio Studio makes sculptural jewelry out of recycled hardwood and medal. More info can be found at www.miostudio.com   

Weather Permitting  
 


Happy #CSADay,

Your Farmers
 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Notes from Your Farm: LOVE


Hello from the Farm,   
  

Wanted to remind our shareholders that we LOVE your support here at Goodwill at Homefields Farm!  We can't wait to see you in June for the 2017 Season.  With Valentines Day happening tomorrow we wanted to let you know that your Farmers are thinking about you and how to make 2017 filled with lovely yummy vegetables.

Show your love for your CSA by posting comments and pictures from the great experiences you've had at the farm on the Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page!  Follow the link below to get there.
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/GoodwillatHomefieldsFarm/


2017 Season Signup 
Signup for the 2017 Season by following the link below!   
Shareholder signup link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types



A Glimpse into the 2017 Season....
Your Farmers have been busy planting early crops in the greenhouse.  Last week we started planting broccoli, cabbage, greenhouse tomatoes, and some PYO Field herbs and flowers.  This year we are starting all those crops a month early to see if they will be ready by the beginning of June.  We are also planting those same crops a month later with heat resistant varieties to have them harvested later in June.  Lets cross our fingers and hope this experiment works out!  



Farmer Taryn, Farmer Elizabeth, and Farmer Amy seeding in the greenhouse while there was snow outside!



Winter came to the Farm last week while we were warm and toasty in the greenhouse!


National CSA Sign-Up Day!
Celebrate with us on February 24 which is the day that most shareholders sign-up for a CSA.  This is an online event that is posted on our Facebook page --- click the link below to be taken there.  Learn more about your CSA throughout the celebration and sign-up to support a local CSA that practices sustainability and organic agriculture. 

Goodwill at Homefields Farm Facebook Page






Fruit Share Information
Would you like to pick up a CSA Fruit Share when you come to get your CSA vegetables? It’s time to sign up now with North Star Orchard for their weekly Fruit Share, which is available for pickup for 15 weeks starting in August.
CSA Members have been enjoying the Fruit Share for years, and we encourage you to take a look at what the share has to offer here.
This is not ordinary fruit, but unique and heritage varieties which are full of flavor: plums with pizazz, perfect peaches, amazing Asian pears, great (seedless) grapes, astounding apples, and a sprinkling of heritage pear varieties.
Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )

[Just to clarify the fruit share does not come from Goodwill at Homfields Farm.  The fruit share comes from North Star Orchard.  Goodwill at Homefields farm is a pick-up location for the fruit which can be picked up at the same time as your vegetable share.]






Spread the veggie love,

Your Farmers