Hello from the Farm,
Hours for Pick Up:
Thursday - 3:00pm till 7:00pm
Friday - 11:00am till 7:00pm
Saturday - 9:00am till 1:00pm
The short and long awaited strawberry season is over for 2017. Even with the warmer temperatures and long periods of rain we were fortunate to have bountiful and sweet strawberry patches! There are a few little strawberries still out in the patches if you don't mind having a scavenger hunt.
Now on to the next pick your own option Snap Peas!
Snap Pea Season
Our snap pea season is starting this week (6/15) and will go until June 24. We have five rows of snap peas this year that are filled with heavy plants. Meaning it is a jungle of snap peas! We do have mowed path ways for you to walk through but please watch your footing while harvesting. You may move plants around to harvest under ones that are bent over but be careful not to break the plants.
We will be doing a season limit for snap peas, which means you can only harvest the given limit throughout the whole season.
Half Shares - 2 pints
Full Shares - 4 pints
You may only harvest snap peas during pick up hours. Below is a map that shows where the snap peas are located on the farm. There will also be a red flag in the field that indicates the snap pea patch. At the distribution area we will have green pint baskets for you to use while harvesting snap peas.
If you have any questions contact Taryn by phone: 717-871-3110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is that dancing out in the blueberry patch you may ask? Everyone meet Gumby Jr.! Jr. has an important role in scaring the birds away from our blueberries. Yes the birds love blueberries just as much as you do. Birds even eat blueberries before they are ripe and sweet. Gumby Jr. is keeping them safe until blueberry season starts.
Check out those moves!
What is a Garlic Scape?
It is long, curled around in a spiral, and has a STRONG garlic scent. Yes garlic scapes are back again this week and we are going to make sure you love them before their season is over!
Garlic scapes are part of the actual garlic plant it self, which creates the garlic bulb under ground. We plant our garlic in the fall time around Halloween. Garlic then over winters and is about a foot tall once the winter season is done. Once June comes around our garlic plants are around four and a half feet tall and are producing their garlic scapes at the top of the plant. A scape is the part that would have turned into a flower that produces seeds for other garlic plants to grow. If you cut the scape before it goes to flower you get a garlic scape, which is good to eat!
The purpose of cutting garlic scapes off the garlic plant is so the plant will put more energy and growth into the garlic bulb and not into the flower and seeds that the scape would produce.
We also have a new version of the Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe that is vegan! (added below)
Homefields - Recruiting
Homefields is seeking volunteer board and committee members to help grow the mission and manage projects. Opportunities to serve include ongoing roles, like board membership; or project oriented roles, like committee work or event staffing. Contact email@example.com
Homefields sponsors an annual fundraising event called "Picnic in the Fields." This years' event will be held on Sunday, September 24th at Homefields. We need volunteers to help with set up, event staffing and break down. Service opportunities range from 3 hours to all day (10 hours). Drinks and food included. It's a fun day and a great way to give back to the farm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Season Sign Ups!!!
There is still room for you! Just sign up by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
Dark Honey Wheat - My Favorite! - $5 a loaf
- Snap Peas - storage: keep in plastic bag in refrigerator
- Lettuce - storage: if in a plastic bag make sure you poke holes throughout the bag and keep in the hydrator drawer of your refrigerator. Or invest in a Produce Keeper that can be found on Amazon, they work very well.
North Star Orchard Fruit Share - Must be signed up by 7/1!
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