Historic Penn Farm welcomed Wheelys New Castle to the farmstand this past Summer! Wheelys Farmstand Cafe features produce from local vendors such as Fifer Orchards and the William Penn High School’s crop grown right in the field behind the farmstand. They hope to include other local goods and art as they grow. Their mobile bike cart also serves fresh meals, delicious coffee, and tasty treats from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday-Sunday. Currently the farmstand is closed, but will reopen come Spring.
For more information, menus, and a full list of hours, please visit Wheely’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wheelysnewcastle/.
In 2016, the inside and outside of the farm stand got a much-needed face lift. Customers can now enjoy a new, brighter space for buying fresh produce.
Funds received through a Community Water Quality Improvement Grant allowed Delaware Greenways to install ways to reduce water pollution. We added a green roof canopy to the farm stand that will capture rainwater and use it to water plants growing on the roof. The farm stand has a new energy efficient metal roof and a series of gutters, downspouts and rain barrels. These water capturing devices trap rainwater to prevent it from washing chemicals from roads and farm fields into the Army Creek Watershed.
Delaware Greenways, in cooperation with Bank of America and The Trustees of New Castle Common installed a produce washing and cold/dry storage area in the farm stand to use as produce is harvested from Historic Penn Farm. Fruits and vegetables grown and harvested by William Penn High School students and our farm partners can now be washed and cooled just minutes after they are out of the ground. This helps preserve the vegetable’s full flavor and texture so it stays fresh.