Hello from the Farm,
First Harvest is this week on June 8, 9, & 10!
This newsletter is going to be the handy dandy Guide Book for the farm. It will go over the hours / pick up, pick your own, and basic farm rules.
We will also be hosting a Welcome Weekend event on June 10! Details below.
Hours / Pick Up
Our hours for vegetable pick up will remain the same as they were in the past. Thursdays 4pm till 7pm, Friday 11am till 7pm, and Saturday 9am till 1pm. Shareholders may choose any day that suits them for that week. You can only pick up vegetables once a week. If you are going away during pick up days shareholders can offer their share for a friend/family member to pick up for that week. If you are to miss a pick up week that week cannot be made up but your veggies that are left over will be donated to the local food bank.
The distribution center is located aside of the barn next to the parking lot (where you picked up your strawberry supplies). This is where your vegetables for pick up will be located on shelves. There will also be a sign in table where you can check in for that week. Our Distribution Hostess is Emily and she will be there to greet you and take care of any questions that you might have.
At the distribution center we offer plastic bags for shareholders to put their vegetables in. We do request that you bring reusable bags, baskets, or a cardboard box for you to put your vegetables in weekly. Reduce our plastic use!
Once you are signed in for the week you can look at the two skinny chalkboard signs hanging on the wall. One will be labeled Full Share and the other Half Share. Which ever share you signed up for will be the chalkboard that you look at. The chalkboard will list all of the vegetables that are on display in the distribution center and the amounts that you can take home that week for each vegetable. You will weigh and count out the amount of vegetables yourself.
Pick Your Own (PYO)
We do have some PYO options at the farm as in Strawberries, Blueberries, Herb Beds, and the PYO Field. Strawberries are in season now, blueberries will be in season shortly, the PYO Field and Herb Beds are generally ready in July. For the strawberries and blueberries you will be given certain amounts that you may only pick. Please do not exceed those amounts.
The PYO Field will be filled with flowers, cherry tomatoes, herbs, hot peppers, and more! Once the PYO Field and Herb Beds are open we will keep shareholders updated on what is ready to be picked and how much can be picked.
While coming down the drive way please drive slowly! There will be children on the farm during pick up hours. We are also a working farm so there could be a slow moving tractor or employees walking across the drive way.
Please keep a good eye on your children because of the possibility of moving tractors and cars moving in the parking lot.
The parking lot is right at the bottom of the drive way beside the barn. Try to park in a uniform way so we can fit a good amount of vehicles comfortably.
Only take the amount of vegetables / fruit that is listed.
And have a great time at the farm! There are picnic tables in front of the greenhouses that can be used by shareholders. Have a picnic on the farm, take a walk around the farm, and just enjoy nature!
We are welcoming shareholders to come pick strawberries during the whole week, except Sundays. Meaning you can come Monday - Saturday to pick strawberries at the farm till dusk.
Below is a map that shows where the strawberries are located on the farm. There will also be red flags in the fields to indicate a strawberry patch. At the distribution area (marked on the map) we will have green quart baskets for you to use while harvesting strawberries.
If you have any questions contact Taryn by phone: (717)871-3110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Weekend Event
This event will be hosted by Goodwill at Homefields Farm on Saturday, June 10 from 9am till 1pm. You will be able to meet the owners behind the Coffee Share, Mushroom Share, and Abendessen Bread. There will also be samples!
Slackwater Farm will be bringing piglets and little chicks for all ages to enjoy!
Your Farmers will be hosting tours:
Farmer's View Tour (Farmer Taryn) - 10:00am
Berry Tour (Farmer Elizabeth) - 11:00am
There will also be a chance to talk to members of Homefields about their non-profit and how you could get involved!
There is still room for you! Just sign up by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
North Star Orchard Fruit Share
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:
Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share
2 Days till the First Harvest!,