What's At Our Stand? (Oct. 26 & 28)

Cool weather is finally arriving! Enjoy a full selection of fresh fall produce at our stand this week. Visit us at the Clark Park Farmers Market on Thursday, Oct. 26 or Overbrook Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Below is a complete list of what we'll have at our stand this week:

  • Tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes (sale this week!)
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cabbage

What's At Our Stand? (Oct. 12 & 14)

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The bean crop has come in strong this week! Look for a bountiful supply of green and yellow snap greens at our stand! And with this fall weather, why not try some seasonal fall produce? Homestead Garden's neck pumpkins make a great pie!

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Below is a complete list of what we'll have at our stand this week:

  • Tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes (sale this week!)
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cabbage

What's At Out Stand? (Oct. 5 & 7)

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The weather is getting chillier everyday, but luckily most of our produce still can grow due to their hearty plants and from some of them being protected within our greenhouse structures. Our tomato crops especially are continuing to yield in peak amounts. As a result, Heirloom and Trust variety tomatoes are on sale this week! Come stop by and pick up some delicious tomatoes for just $1.95/lb. (for Trust) or $2.45/lb. (for Heirlooms). 

Below is a complete list of what we'll have at our stand this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes (sale this week!)
  • Heirloom tomatoes (sale this week!)
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes (sale this week!)
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cabbage

What's At Our Stand? (Sept. 28 & 30)

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With the month of September coming to a close comes the season for fall produce. In the coming weeks, we will be beginning to harvest the traditional fall crops that have proven to be a favorite at our stand the past few years; sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, and cabbage. Along with these, we will continue to offer our regular produce at our stand late into the fall.

Grape/Cherry Tomato Deal

With this fall weather and a summer full of plant growth, the grape/cherry tomato plants at Homestead Gardens are being harvested in abundance. This week we are offering grape/cherry tomato pints 2 for $6, and $3.50 individually. Mix and match between delicous white and black cherry pints, red and yellow grape pints, or a combo pint!

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Below is a full list of what you'll see at our stand this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes (new!)
  • Cabbage (new!)

What's At Our Stand? (Sept. 7 & 9)

Dollar Stroll

This Thursday, Sept. 7, there will be some extra excitement at the Clark Park Farmers Market--the annual Dollar Stroll is once again coming to Baltimore Avenue! Don't miss this opportunity to come out and experience Philly's local small businesses! Homestead Gardens will be offering sweet Concord grapes ($1 a pint) and grape tomatoes ($1 a 1/2 pint) for our dollar specials.

Fall Produce

This week at out stand don't miss the last of our summer produce. A lot of our crops of fresh produce that we have been growing throughout the summer are bearing their last fruit, and the season it slowly winding down. But fall produce is on the way! Expect to see sweet potatoes, squash, and brussels sprouts in addition to our other produce in the next few weeks.

Watermelon Season Ending

Unfortunately, some things must come to an end: this week is likely our last markets for our watermelons. Our watermelons are an excellent example of a produce item that tastes best and is usually grown best when it is in season. So come on out and pick up your last watermelon and other summer produce at Homestead Garden's market stand this week. We will be at Clark Park Farmers Market on Thursday, 3pm-7pm, and at Overbrook Farmers Market on Saturday, 9am-1pm.

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Here's what you can expect to find at our stand this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Watermelons
  • Cantalopes
  • Potatoes
  • Concord Grapes (new!)

What's At Our Stand? (Aug. 31 & Sept. 2)

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Don't forget to enjoy some of our fresh Lancaster County produce this Labour Day Weekend! Whether you are going out of town or hosting a party in your backyard, this week you will have plenty of delicious produce to choose from at our stand! We will be at Clark Park Farmers Market on Thursday, 3pm-7pm, and at Overbrook Farmers Market on Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Here's what you can expect to find at our stand this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Watermelons
  • Cantalopes
  • Potatoes

Produce Spotlight: White Potatoes

At Homestead Gardens, we have been growing the same staple vegetables for the past 15 years. Produce such as tomatoes, lettuces, peppers, and cucumbers have proven to be a favorite at our market stand, and we strive to have ample amounts of these items from week to week. But we are always experimenting with what we have to offer.

This spring, we continued the experimenting. After digging long trenches in our soil, we planted white potatoes for the first time.

Now, just a few months later, Homestead Gardens is digging up the fruit of our labour. Each of the above potato quarters grows into a plant that produces 4-6 medium-sized potatoes. Because we are digging these potatoes up as we take them to our markets, each potato has a "freshly-dug" taste that can't be said of potatoes from the grocery stores.

Now, just a few months later, Homestead Gardens is digging up the fruit of our labour. Each of the above potato quarters grows into a plant that produces 4-6 medium-sized potatoes. Because we are digging these potatoes up as we take them to our markets, each potato has a "freshly-dug" taste that can't be said of potatoes from the grocery stores.

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Pick up your quart of white potatoes grown in rich Lancaster County soil at any of our two weekly markets: Clark Park Farmers Market (Thurs. 3pm-7pm) and Overbrook Farmers Market (Sat. 9am-1pm). 

Pick up your quart of white potatoes grown in rich Lancaster County soil at any of our two weekly markets: Clark Park Farmers Market (Thurs. 3pm-7pm) and Overbrook Farmers Market (Sat. 9am-1pm). 

What's At Our Stand? (Aug. 24 & 26)

The watermelon harvest is in! Expect to see watermelons in a variety of shapes this week at our stands. Also, our Heirloom tomatoes continue to produce at peak volumes. The rest of our produce has been loving the rain these past few days, and once the ground dries some more we plan on planting some more fall crops! For now, though, enjoy the abundance of our farm-fresh, summer produce!

Expect to see the following produce at our markets this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Watermelons
  • Cantalopes
  • Potatoes

What's At Our Stand? (Aug. 17 & 19)

At Homestead Gardens this past week we have been busy harvesting the peak of our summer produce. Our melon, heirloom tomato, and green bean plants continue to produce impressive amounts in each harvest, and our Butterhead Lettuce is coming in strong. Also, we have just begun digging up our potatoes!

Expect to see the following produce at our markets this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Watermelons
  • Cantalopes
  • Potatoes (new this week!) 

 

 

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Produce Spotlight: Heirloom Tomatoes

Certain produce at our stand is difficult to find in grocery stores for a variety of reasons. Heirloom tomatoes is one of them.

This tomato has an outward appearance of colorful skins and sometimes funky shapes gives the impression that these tomatoes are some kind of mutant variety; however, they are actually the opposite.

What Makes Them Different Than Store-Bought Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are considered "the original tomato." The tomatoes seen in grocery stores are hybrids; tomatoes that have been altered through science to look plump, red, and durable for shipping. Unfortunately, through the years of these alternations some of the taste of that original tomato has been lost.

Enter heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes may look odd and be fragile, but their flavor is quite the surprise to most people who are used to eating store-bought tomatoes. This flavor has been passed down through many generations (hence, the "heirlooms"), and continues to be a favorite every summer at our market stand. Be sure to try them while they are in season this summer!

 

 

What's At Our Stand? (Aug. 10 & 12)

The peak of produce season continues! This week, you won't want to miss the selection of fresh produce that we'll have at the Clark Park Farmer's Market (Thurs. 3pm-7pm) and Overbrook Farmer's Market (Sat. 9am-1pm). Some of the highlights these week include even more varieties of melons, lettuces, and a new crop of fresh green beans. Don't forget the summer favorite-our heirloom tomatoes!

Below is an extensive list of what to expect to see at our stand this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Watermelons
  • Cantalopes

What's At Our Stand? (Aug. 3 & 5)

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August is the PA Produce Month, and the month certainly lives up to its name at Homestead Gardens. This month, expect to see a great variety of fresh, Lancaster County produce at our market stands, including delicious heirloom tomatoes, nutrious kale (a.k.a. the superfood), plump grape and cherry tomatoes, and sweet heads of lettuces.

 And melons. 

Expect to see our deliciously refreshing watermelons, cantaloupes, and specialty melons in abundance at our stand for the next few weeks!

Below is a full list of what to expect to see at our stand this week: 

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Melons

  

Produce Spotlight: Tasty Bites Melons

If it looks like a cantaloupe, feels like a cantaloupe, smells like a cantaloupe, and tastes sweet like a cantaloupe, it's probably a cantaloupe, right?

Meet Tasty Bites melons. They're not cantaloupes, but they are just as refreshing and delicious as a fresh summer cantaloupe.

The Melon

Tasty Bites is a personal-sized melon that is unique in that it can be eaten right to its rind. Below is a photo of a fresh Tasty Bites melon from our fields. As you can see, the flesh turns green before meeting the rind. Tasty Bites melons are a mix of two types of melons, one with orange flesh and one with green flesh (similar to Honey Dew melons), and for this reason both the orange and green flesh are sweet and delicious! It's an aromatic melon with a rich flavor you won't want to miss.

Find it at our Markets this Week

This week at our markets, we will have our first crop of Tasty Bites melons in. Try something new and pick up a fresh, deliciously sweet, and refreshing Tasty Bites melon on your visit to the farmers market this week. They live up to their name.

What's At Our Stand? (July 27 & 29)

July is the height of the produce season at Homestead Gardens: refreshing cantaloupes and watermelon are ripening; heirlooms, the original tomato, are growing at full capacity; and our fresh and nutritious lettuces and greens continue to be harvested. Below is an extensive of the vegetables you can expect to see at our stand this week:

  • Hybrid tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Grape & cherry tomatoes
  • Many varieties of lettuces
  • Kale, collards, & mustard greens
  • Green (& yellow) beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spinach & arugula
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Herbs (Basil!)
  • Melons (new this week!)

Is Homestead Gardens Organic?

At Homestead Gardens, we grow our produce on a little over one acre of agricultural land. Compared to other farms in Lancaster County, we are a very small farm. However, the land is adequate. We are able to provide enough produce to supply our stand at two Philadelphia farmers markets year-long. To do this, careful planning and consideration goes into the rotation of our crops from year to year.

Due to our size and the fact that produce is just one of our areas of business, Homestead Gardens is not a certified organic farm. We do, however, strive to grow with organic practices as much as possible. If there is an extreme circumstance where sprays or pesticides are needed to save a crop, we carefully choose options that are mild; most of which are allowed by certified organic farmers. These practices also allows us to provide produce at an affordable price at our farmers market stands.

So What Are We?

Although we have not identified a certain official title for our growing practices, our farm falls somewhere in between certified organic and IPM (read more about IPM here).

We Are Open to Questions

Because not all of our produce is sprayed, we understand that you may have questions about a particular vegetable that we grow. If you have any questions about sprays and pesticides used on a particular vegetable of ours (some are grown completely organic), feel free to let us know!