In September of 2010, five ambitious home schooled young ladies set out on an adventure of learning, faith and friendship. Their goal throughout the year focused around keeping their hands busy in good works, learning new skills, and then sharing them with the community. They are now excited to see their plans and dreams come to fruition with their own farmstand throughout the month of August in Goffstown Village. It has been a fun economics project chock full of healthy lessons for them. The young teens welcome the public to their "Fruit of Our Hands" farmstand on Tuesdays from
3-7pm and Thursdays from 4-8pm in front of their church at 18 North Mast Road in Goffstown.
This August effort follows a year of study and activity in preparation. Each month the girls would attend workshops based on a different theme revovling around the Biblical "Virtuous Woman" of Proverbs 31. They modeled their efforts after this ideal and tried to sample some of the activities that are detailed in that chapter. Their group was affectionately termed "p31". The girls sewed their own aprons, picked fresh fruit and then preserved it into jams and jellies. They also visited a local food pantry and helped feel the hungry, bringing a large donation of food with them on that day. They learned time budgetting skills and worked on fund raising activities. Each month they would have a devotional focused on character buiding. They would also share in a planned activity and host a business meeting in preparation for their summer farm stand. The girls all hold different jobs within their mini economics project. Cassie serves as the Secretary recording monthly minutes. Eden is the advertising manager designing brochures and reseraching outreach options. Taleigh is the artistic director and took the lead in designing the look of the farmstand and logo. Katie manages inventory control and tracks what was sold and what remains. Moriah serves the group as a tresurer and handles the fundraising and bill paying.
The girls offer a wide array of home grown, fresh baked, and hand crafted items. In May they planted their own vegetable and flower garden and are harvesting items for sale at their twice weekly farmstand. Some home grown items you might find at the stand are: cucumbers, squash, garden fresh tomatoes, herbs, peaches, eggplant and more. They also offer handcrafted photo cards featuring their own nature photography. They have enjoyed catering to their four legged customers by baking fresh dog biscuits in many varieties. The baked goods are a real treat for customers with many varities of breads, muffins, white chocolate raspberry scones, chocolate crossiants and more. On Thursdays the girls offer home made frozen treats for residents to enjoy at the free summer concert downtown. Tuesdays they feature free family entertainment ranging from a bounce house and face painting to live outdoor music from the harp, violin and keyboard. All five girls play a musical instrument.
The response from the community has been encouraging for these youth. They have been greeted with much happiness and intrigue as to what they are all about. One local customer praised their efforts as he expressed concerns that the future economy will demand more knowledge of how to grow and harvest our own foods. Other customers tell the girls they will be back again next week or put in special requests.