Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Horn Farm Happenings – October 4, 2019

October is here! We’re feeling relieved by the arrival of cooler temperatures and the rain. We’re entering the season of celebrations. This year, consider taking your cooking skills to the next level by adding a few techniques to your tool kit. Coming up we have two workshops that will allow you to do just that. And these aren’t simply cooking classes, these are designed to be delightful experiences! We’ll cook, share food and drink (BYOB), and you’ll take home food ready to cook and serve at your own holiday celebration.

On October 26, during Holiday Harvest Table I, each participant will learn how to spatchcock a chicken – this is a method of cutting the meat in such a way that it cooks faster and results in more surface area thus creating more roasted flavor. To accompany the chicken, we’ll be preparing carrots using the sous vide method. Sous vide (pronounced: sue veed), means “under vacuum” in French. It describes the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. Why go to such lengths? The food is perfectly cooked and textured every time. Then we’ll learn to make simple vinaigrettes to dress our salad. Once you know how to apply these cooking skills, you can reduce your preparation time for meals, especially those holiday meals. Join us to learn, share stories, eat and have a good time. There will be snacks and beverages. Feel free to bring your own adult beverage to enjoy or share if you prefer. All materials will be provided. Class size is limited, so register today!

Turkey leftovers are the best! On November 9, during Holiday Harvest Table II, we will discover how to create luscious turkey pot pies and sous vide turnips in roasted garlic sauce. The meal will be accompanied by a cranberry chutney. Each participant will be able to take home a ready to bake pot pie and a jar of chutney for serving at their own holiday gathering. Join us to learn, share stories, eat, and have a good time! There will be snacks and beverages. Feel free to bring your own adult beverage. Class size is limited, so register early!


Upcoming Events:

October 5 – Cooking with Flowers
October 5 – The Living Landscape
October 7 – Kombucha Making
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level
October 15 – Woodland Steward Training Program
October 19 – Foraging: Soups
October 26 – Holiday Harvest Table I
November 2 – The Living Landscape
November 9 – Foraging: Roots
November 9 – Holiday Harvest Table II
November 19 – Bread Baking
December 7 – The Living Landscape
December 14 – Foraging: Winter Offerings
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – September 27, 2019

Come to the Pawpaw Festival here at the Horn Farm this weekend, September 28 and 29! We’ll have multiple varieties including the wild pawpaw available for tasting for a $5 fee which supports the work of the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education. This year we will have only the pawpaw fruit available for tasting at the farm. If you’re interested in trying foods and drinks made with pawpaws, on Sunday, be sure to check out the Pawpaw Food Fest at John Wright Restaurant from 4 to 6!

Also present will be vendors selling a variety of plants native to Pennsylvania including pawpaw trees.
Gino’s Nursery
Heartwood Nursery
Ort Family Farm
River Hills Plants

Other vendors will be:
BeeBee’s All Naturals
Betsy’s Flowers
Locally Seasoned
Noble Earth Kombucha
Rebel Garden Tools
Rising Locust Farm
Susquehanna Apothecary

Before you leave, make sure to check out the fresh fruit and vegetables for sale at the Farm Stand. Come join us on the farm, rain or shine, this Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 10 to 3 for the Pawpaw Festival! If you’re coming to the farm from the east, please note that route 30 will be closed in both directions between the Mountville and Prospect Road exits for an emergency bridge repair. Detours are along routes 23 and 462.

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the event. If you have a few hours to help, please contact us!


On Monday, October 7 from 6 to 8, we’re exploring the art of fermentation during the Kombucha Making workshop.

Homemade Fermented Raw Kombucha Tea Ready to Drink

Kombucha is a naturally fermented, delicious beverage filled with probiotics and antioxidants which are known for their many health benefits. Dozens of varieties are available in stores, but kombucha can easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost. In this class we will discuss the origins of kombucha, the magic of the SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), the simple equipment needed to brew kombucha, and the varieties of teas and sugars that result in the best tasting kombucha. We will sample homemade kombucha and store brands for comparison. Each participant will make kombucha in class and leave with a kombucha SCOBY and recipe to continue making their own kombucha at home. Class size is limited to ten, so register early!


On Saturday, October 5 from 9 to 11 a.m., we are offering our popular monthly walk around the farm: The Living Landscape. This class is fun for all ages!the living landscape Come explore the farm with Woodland Steward Wilson Alvarez. Each month’s class will be different based on what the land presents and what questions you ask. Topics covered may include:
Animal and insect tracking
Identification of wild plants
Tree and bark identification
Macro-invertebrates
Soil analysis
Reading the landscape
Nature observation
Bird language
Topography
Understanding water flows
Primitive skills

Come prepared for all weather, to get dirty, wet, and sometimes hot and sweaty! This class is family and child friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is per person, regardless of age. See you there!


Upcoming events:

Every week: Farm Stand – Tuesdays 1 to 7 and Saturday 9 to noon at the farm and the Online Farm Stand – pre-order vegetables and flowers for pick up at the farm on Tuesday afternoon.

September 28/29 – Pawpaw Festival
October 5 – Cooking with Flowers
October 5 – The Living Landscape
October 7 – Kombucha Making
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level
October 15 – Woodland Steward Training Program
October 19 – Foraging: Soups
October 26 – Holiday Harvest Table I
November 2 – The Living Landscape
November 9 – Foraging: Roots
November 9 – Holiday Harvest Table II
November 19 – Bread Baking
December 7 – The Living Landscape
December 14 – Foraging: Winter Offerings
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – September 20, 2019

We started harvesting wild pawpaws last week. Some went home with CSA shareholders, some went to Locally Seasoned, but most of them will be available at the Pawpaw Festival here at the Horn Farm next weekend, September 28 and 29! We are still looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you’re interested please contact us!

mike with pawpaws

We’ll have multiple varieties including the wild pawpaw available for tasting for a $5 fee.

Also present will be vendors selling native plants including pawpaw trees.
Gino’s Nursery
Heartwood Nursery
Ort Family Farm
River Hills Plants

Other vendors will be:
BeeBee’s All Naturals
Betsy’s Flowers
Locally Seasoned
Noble Earth Kombucha
Rebel Garden Tools
Rising Locust Farm
Susquehanna Apothecary

Come join us on the farm, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 10 to 3. On Sunday, be sure to check out the Pawpaw Food Fest at John Wright Restaurant from 4 to 6!


Upcoming events:

Every week: Farm Stand – Tuesdays 1 to 7 and Saturday 9 to noon at the farm and the Online Farm Stand – pre-order vegetables and flowers for pick up at the farm on Tuesday afternoon.
September 21 – Foraging Plant Walk
September 28/29 – Pawpaw Festival
October 5 – Cooking with Flowers
October 5 – The Living Landscape
October 7 – Kombucha Making
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level
October 15 – Woodland Steward Training Program
October 19 – Foraging: Soups
October 26 – Holiday Harvest Table I
November 2 – The Living Landscape
November 9 – Foraging: Roots
November 9 – Holiday Harvest Table II
November 19 – Bread Baking
December 7 – The Living Landscape
December 14 – Foraging: Winter Offerings
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!