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
Soil analysis
Reading the landscape
Nature observation
Bird language
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!