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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.

 Read about our farm in Grid Magazine's Farmbook...

Blog/Farm Newsletters

Today is Distribution Day- Week 25!

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, November 1 :: 11:50am

Week #25

Just a quick reminder to come and pick up your  share- this is the 3rd to last share of our regular Summer/Fall Season (which ends the week before Thanksgiving.

It's an ODD Week for egg share folks.

 Please remember to return share liners and (paper) egg cartons. We are especially short on the plastic liners, and we really do like to re-use them as many times as possible. If your liners are intact, please be sure to return them to us! We also reuse pint and quart jars (used for honey).

Have questions? Call 717-348-4916 (Deb's Cell) or email csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK:Delicata Squash, Yellow Onions, Garlic, Kale, Daikon Radish, Napa Cabbage, Salanova Lettuce Heads and Arugula

FARM NOTES:

The season is winding down- only 3 weeks remain in our Summer/Fall Season!  While much work remains for our current seasons, we are already starting on some tasks on our "winter projects" list.  On the top of this list is creating a "new" propagation greenhouse space for  the coming year.  Our current propagation greenhouse was built well over 20 years ago and has been stretched in every possible way to support our needs as our farm grew from small farm selling primarily from a road side stand to what it is today. While I love many aspects of this greenhouse which show my parents thriftiness and ingenuity, it is time to create a space that better meets our needs. We are not looking to expand production, but we would like to have a better space that contributes to better health and vigor of transplants that head to our field at the same time as making our work easier in the spring.  Our plan is to convert our oldest greenhouse (built in 2001 when our winter share was added for the first time) to our new propagation greenhouse.  This week we started the process by taring out the old wood used to create raised beds, and stretching new plastic over the greenhouse.  In the coming weeks we will build benches, figure out heating, and making sure all is set to go for February when we start our growing season all over again. 

Deb

Fall/Winter/Spring CSA signup and Thanksgiving Turkey preorder:  We are taking reservations for winter share options and Thanksgiving turkeys!  If you plan to sign up for both, visit our one stop sign-up shop.  If you only want to reserved your turkey, you can do so here.  Please don't delay, as both winter shares and turkeys often sell out for us.  

We have lots of turkeys left for sale, so if you have friends and neighbors that may be interested, please direct them to our website!  

Recipes:

This week is our Kim-chi Share- Kim Chi is a traditional Korean food made of fermented vegetables that has become widely popular. While there are endless variations of kim-chi, napa cabbage and daikon radish are very common ingredients, so we like to have a week where share members get them at the same time so they can make their own variation of kim-chi if they like.   If you are unfamilar with kim-chi, here are some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/kimchi/

Of course these vegetables can be used in other ways:

Daikon Radish: http://nhpr.org/post/what-do-daikon-radishes

Napa Cabbage: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/napa-cabbage-recipes/

  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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

Today is Distribution Day- Week 24!

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, October 25 :: 2:11pm

Week #24

Just a quick reminder to come and pick up your  share.   This is an Even week for egg pick-up.  Please remember to return share liners and (paper) egg cartons. We are especially short on the plastic liners, and we really do like to re-use them as many times as possible. If your liners are intact, please be sure to return them to us! We also reuse pint and quart jars (used for honey).

Have questions? Call 717-348-4916 (Deb's Cell) or email csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Lettuce Heads, Salad Mix, Spinach (Full share only), Broccoli (Medium Share only), Swiss Chard, Red Beets, Watermelon Radish, Sweet Potatoes*, Fingerling Potatoes, Peppers, and Roma Tomatoes.

*The Sweet Potatoes this week are from Windy Knolls Farm (a fellow member of Tuscarora Organic Growers).  Our sweet potato harvest was not real strong this year and we quickly realized that we really could use more for our fall/winter needs.  Luckily our friends at Windy Knolls farm planted too many because, as they say,  "no one was there to stop them." We helped them with their surplus so some of the sweet potatoes this year will be coming from their farm, which is also certified organic.

 FARM NOTES:

The official freeze warning has been issued for our area tonight- it's been a long time coming. It's always sad to see blackened tomato plants, but it is nicely balanced by the sight of dead galinsoga- the pestiest weed which has likely graced your lettuce or salad mix from time to time (don't worry it is technically edible). 

We continue to fill the coolers with roots this week- red beets, carrots, and parsnips this week.  Tomorrow we have the exciting task of putting new plastic on one of our greenhouses.  Please send wishes for calm to the weather gods, as we really hope to not feel like we are a bunch of farmers all hanging on to a giant kite!  

Deb

Fall/Winter/Spring CSA signup and Thanksgiving Turkey preorder:  We are taking reservation for winter share options and Thanksgiving turkeys!  If you plan to sign up for both, visit our one stop sign-up shop.  If you only want to reserved your turkey, you can do so here.  Please don't delay, as both winter shares and turkeys often sell out for us.  

Recipe Ideas

  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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

Today is Distribution Day- Week 23! Fresh chicken and ginger

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, October 18 :: 11:54am

Week #23

Just a quick reminder to come and pick up your  share.   This is an Odd week for egg pick-up.  Please remember to return share liners and (paper) egg cartons. We are especially short on the plastic liners, and we really do like to re-use them as many times as possible. If your liners are intact, please be sure to return them to us! We also reuse pint and quart jars (used for honey).

Have questions? Call 717-348-4916 (Deb's Cell) or email csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Kale, Bok Choy, Salad Mix, Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Delicata Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes.

 FARM NOTES:

It's all about root crop harvest and getting our greenhouses cleared for seeding of winter. Here are two photos from this week:

 

 

2016 Fall Carrots: We plant our carrots 3 row on a raised bed.  When harvesting we hand dig one of the 3 rows, and once the one row is out, we have an implement that attaches to the tractor the can quickly undercut the remaining two rows (it's just a little too narrow to do all three beds without damaging some carrots).  Once undercut the carrots are very easy to pull up in clumps as done in the photo above.  

 

Greenhouse 16 (our big one): This summer, this greenhouse was filled with all types of peppers.  Late last week, all the pepper plants were pulled and carried out. Early this week, compost was added and beds were reworked.  We will begin seeding greens with plantings spaced a few days aparts over the next 2 weeks for successive harvest throughout the winter.  The turmeric (on the right) will be harvested in a couple of weeks. 

Fall/Winter/Spring CSA signup and Thanksgiving Turkey preorder:  We are taking reservation for winter share options and Thanksgiving turkeys!  If you plan to sign up for both, visit our one stop sign-up shop.  If you only want to reserved your turkey, you can do so here.  Please don't delay, as both winter shares and turkeys often sell out for us.  

Recipe Ideas

 

 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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

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