About Our Farm...
Village Acres Farm has a mission of connecting people to their food, the earth and each other. We are committed to growing food and building relationships that are sustaining, restorative, and transformative for our customers, employees, and selves.
Celebrating over 30 years of farming, 20 years of Organic certification and 15 years of serving the community through a CSA model, Village Acres operates as a diversified system, integrating vegetables, berries and pastured livestock.
Village Acres offers on-farm pick-up of produce, eggs, and chicken for CSA members, as well as distribution to State College, Lewistown, Selinsgrove, and Harrisburg. We also serve breakfast the first Saturday of every month (April-November) and live music several evenings a year in our FoodShed.
Located just off Route 322 near Mifflintown - about 45 minutes from State College and Harrisburg - the 30 acre farm is centered in the village of Cuba Mills, nestled along the banks of the Lost Creek close to its confluence with the Juniata River.
Read about our farm in Grid Magazine's Farmbook...
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Thursday, May 26 :: 7:23pm
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Asparagus, Scallions, Salad Mix, Kale/Collards, Chard, Radishes, Oregano, Parsley Plants, tomato plants. (Full share pictured at above right)
Some warmth has come to Central PA with the start of this week! These are the days that I think having a time lapse camera would be a lot of fun- zooming in on those tomato plants as they transform from a small single stemmed transplant to a bush in short order. After a slow start to the season, we are eager to see this growth spurt. This week in addition to our normal routines of packing and harvest, we will be focusing on manicuring our strawberry patches- the little green berries are forming, and we want to ensure the best air flow and sun exposure to bring on this spring favorite. We should start seeing red in a few weeks!
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, May 17 :: 11:15am
Greetings and Welcome to our Summer CSA!
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Asparagus, Rhubarb, Scallions, Lettuce Heads, Kale, Bok Choy, Onion Chives, Thyme, and Basil Plants. (Full share pictured at above right)
This is the start of our 19th CSA season and while much has changed from that first season, the excitement that we have a group of folks willing to commit to supporting us for a full growing season has not changed. We are extremely grateful for your commitment to local, conscientiously grown food, and we will be doing all we can to make sure we bring you the highest quality food possible from this land we are so fortunate to have.
At the start of each season, I often refer back to the first emails of the previous season to make sure I am covering the necessary details for folks that may just be joining the CSA. It is always a good reminder of how different each year is- and of course much of the difference is a result of the weather. Last year's first email came after a period of unseasonably hot and dry weather- temperatures in the 80s and I was speaking my praise of the evening rain shower that cooled things off, and brought needed rain to new planting. Well, this year is a very different start- with the past three weeks being rainy with below average temperatures. Growth rates are slow, and many fields are too wet to prepare for our next plantings so we are eagerly looking forward to some heat and sun in the forecast to help bring on the strawberries, speed up the asparagus, and allow us to make beds for the many plants in our propagation house that would like more soil.
While we wait, we will enjoy spending some time in our rhubarb forest, and delight in the leafy greens that thrive in these conditions. We hope you enjoy your first share of the season- and if you have any sway on the weather gods, send some sun our way;-)
This Week's Extras: Eggs, Frozen ground turkey, Honey, and Olive oil.
Need ideas for using your Rhubarb? Here is a link to the Local Kitchen Blog which has a wide variety of recipes to utilize this spring favorite.
Did you know we have hundreds of recipes on our website and they can all be searched by ingredient? Simply visit www.VillageAcresFarm.com/recipe and search away. We are in the process of adding this year’s newsletter recipes but we’ve got tons to choose from. If you come across a recipe that you would like to share, please send it to email@example.com.
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, April 26 :: 11:13am
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK:
Please remember to return share boxes/liners and egg cartons! Also we happily reuse quart and pint mason jars.
Photo to right: Kat, Fred, Lena, and Mary transplanting onions while Jackie drives.
Today marks the end our 2016 Winter/Spring Season. While we are always eager for spring, it is still a little sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful greens in the greenhouse which are always sweeter and more exotic when the temperatures are cold and little else is growing. We also will miss the slower pace that winter provides with the every other week delivery schedule, but... the excitement of asparagus beginning to emerge (we are just starting to harvest a small amount each day- it needs some rain!), and the smell of tomato plants being rustled as we plant them into high tunnel is quickly energizing us for the main growing season!
We truly appreciate our winter CSA members, and your commitment to supporting our farm, and sourcing local food year round! We hope you enjoyed your winter share options this year, and of course would like to hear feedback.
After a three week break from deliveries to provide some time for us to concentrate on getting our main summer crops into the fields and off to a good start, we will begin our Summer/Fall Season with our first delivery on May 17th (Tuesday) or May 20th (Friday). We look forward to continuing to provide many of you with vegetables over the summer. If you are taking a break for the summer to do your own gardening or frequent the many local farmers markets that grace our region, we hope to see you back next winter!
Thanks again for your support!
Deb for all at Village Acres
Also, our first Farm Breakfast will take place on Saturday, May 7. Bring the family (and your Mom for Mother's Day) to celebrate with farm-fresh eggs, sausages, omelettes, quiche, pancakes or scones; and to see all of Chandler's new lambs! This year, breakfasts will be pay-what-you can, and proceeds go to our Community Fund, which helps families in need to purchase a share. Farm Breakfasts will be the first Saturday of each month through November.
Last Call for 2016 Summer/Fall CSA shares!