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Village Acres 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.

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Blog/Farm Newsletters

Final Winter 2015 Distribution

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, April 21 :: 8:34am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Salad mix, Lettuce Heads, and Bok choi and/or braising greens


FARM NOTES:

Here we are at the last Winter Distribution.  It seems appropriate as the last spinach was harvested this week, and the beds were quickly reworked, compost added, and made ready to be the need home for cucumber and tomato plants which are eager to spread their roots.  There is much activity in the field as well- potatoes are planted, and last week's dry weather gave us the opportunity to till and prepare bed space for our onions and first planting of tomatoes. We are poised for a planting spree- once the aisle dry out from the recent storms, and the sub freezing night time lows disappear from the 5 day forecast, all hands will be planting.  We are always eager to get plants in the ground, and fresh local tomatoes to your dinner plate, but at this time of year it is prudent to be patient and we are trying our best;-)

We are truly grateful to all of you for your support over the season- we would not be able to farm the way we do with out your commitment to supporting local, consciously raised food.  I also want to thank you all for being flexible as we experiment with a different structure for our Winter Season.  We want to hear your feedback on the season and have created a Winter 2015 CSA Survey.  Please take some time to complete this survey.  Feel free to also talk with any of us, or email or call me to let us know your thoughts and suggestion.  We will use this information to help us plan for next winter as well as improve the overall CSA experience for our members. 

Our first Summer distribution will be the second full week of May (May 12 for Tuesday pickups and May 15 for Friday).  This break will give us time to concentrate on field work and preparing for the busy summer months.  Our 1st Saturday Breakfast for May (May 2nd) falls in this period, so if you are missing our vegetables and eggs we would encourage you to come for breakfast, see what's going on on the farm, and restock!  

With much gratitude,

Deb


Summer CSA Registration: It's less than 1 month away! Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.

1st Saturday's Farm Breaksfast- Saturday May 2nd, 8-11AM:  We will be serving farm fresh foods- eggs, sausage and bacon (Blue Rooster Farm), berry pancakes, and more. Take a stroll around the farm, and see what we are up to. We will continue to have Farm breakfast the first Saturday of every month April-November.  


Recipe: 

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 you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

Winter Distribution 6 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, April 7 :: 10:29am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Mesclun Mix, Kale


FARM NOTES:

         

In the span of a morning, the population on the farm went up by six: baby animals have arrived! Pepper and Lulu gave birth this morning to twin goat kids each. Interestingly, the kids don’t seem to know which is their mother! They’ve been trying to feed at both mama goats, and since we were sleeping during the births, we can’t be sure ourselves which kid belongs to which mama. Happily, Pepper and Lulu don’t seem to mind feeding the other’s baby goats.  It’s impressive how quickly the kids adapt: I went to see them midday, and they are already prancing about like they’ve been doing it for years.

Lambs, on the other hand, I now know aren’t as ready from the get-go. Linnet, a Shetland sheep that’s surely been past her due date, finally gave birth to twins yesterday. They are equally adorable as the baby goats but much more skittish. One hid under the shelter, and the other awkwardly and fearfully escaped my attempts to pet him. I am sure these kids and lambs will provide plenty of entertainment in the coming weeks!

We finally have started planting outside of the greenhouses: arugula, carrots, chard and more. While exciting news, I think hearing about newborn animals is more appealing!

-Allison


Summer CSA Registration: It's less than 2 months away! Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.


Recipe: To help you keep up with your spinach, I recommend you revisit a favorite given to us from a CSA member: Very Easy Spicy Creamed Spinach. Who's going to say no to cheesy spinach?

 

 

Winter Distribution 5 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, March 24 :: 9:41am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Mesclun Mix, Chard/Beet Greens


FARM NOTES:

Happy Spring everyone- the mornings are still cold, and the green seems slow to return to our fields, but now,even outside the greenhouse, growth is resuming.  The rhubarb crowns are pushing out new shoots (see photo to the bottom left) and our bred goats and sheep are walking around twice their normal size, ready to birth any day.  Even though these things happen every year, somehow they always seem new and exciting.  Our to do lists are growing faster that the day light is expanding so, you know what that means...

We are looking forward to some new things this year- one of those things is some on farm research!  While we are always conducting our own little trials and what not, this year we will be working with researchers from University of Vermont and Penn State to look at some biological pest control methods in our greenhouses and high tunnels.  As organic growers we are always looking for effective biological or cultural methods for controling pest and diseases.  This year we will be testing some of these controls specifically with aphid control on tomatoes and winter greens.  We will be planting habitat plants (pollen producing flowers and the like) that are host to natural enemies of our common pest in some of our high tunnels as well as releasing purchased natural enemies into others.  We're excited to see what we learn, and I'm excited to see even more diversity in our tunnel!

I hope you are all enjoying seeing subtle changes around you and have some new things to get you excited in the coming months! ~Deb


Summer CSA Registration: It's less than 2 months away! Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.

1st Saturday's Farm Breaksfast- Saturday April 4th, 8-11AM: Come down for the first Saturday breakfast of the 2015.  We will be serving farm fresh foods- eggs, sausage and bacon (Blue Rooster Farm), berry pancakes, and more. Take a stroll around the farm, and see what we are up to. We will continue to have Farm breakfast the first Saturday of every month April-November.  


 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 you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

 

 

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