About Our Farm...

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

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.

 

 

Winter 4 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, March 10 :: 9:27am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Chard, Baby Kale


FARM NOTES:

This past Sunday was International Women's Day, and it reminded me what great female role models I have on our farm. With Deb at the helm, our farm falls into the 14% of U.S. farms operated by women. In fact, this winter, everyone who helps run the farm except Roy and Owen is female! In an industry still dominated by men, this is impressive. Deb, Jackie, Hope, Hannah: I've got four outstanding examples of women succeeding in agriculture I can talk to everyday. Internationally, women make up half of the agricultural workforce and are essential for family nutrition, yet access to land and resources is more difficult for women than for men. Despite their obstacles, women around the world, in the U.S., and at Village Acres are leading many efforts towards sustainable and organic agriculture.

On a more local note, we've begun to transplant! The first of our lettuces and bok choys carefully seeded in the cold of January have been relocated to new beds in the high tunnels, and are happy for the increased space and sunshine. ~Allison


Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.


 

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.

RECIPES:

Chop up that spinach you received and satisfy your Indian food cravings!

 

Saag Paneer (Spinach and Paneer Cheese) from The Daily Feast cookbook

Saute in oil: 1 onion; 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1 inch ginger, minced

Add and saute a few minutes: 2 t. each coriander and garam masala; 1 t. each cumin and chili powder; 1/2 t. turmeric; cayenne pepper

Add: 15 oz or 1 pt canned tomatoes

Add, cover, cook on low for 7 minutes: 0.5-1 lb spinach as desired

Salt to taste, and serve with rice and cut cubes of paneer cheese* on top.

*Make your own paneer easily with milk and lemon juice here,  Or substitute farmer's cheese, ricotta salata, or tofu. I pan-fried my paneer cubes before eating, but this is optional.

Winter 3 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, February 24 :: 7:29am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Cooking Greens: Kale

Salad Greens: Blend of Spinach, Mesclun (Young Asian Greens), and Arugula


FARM NOTES:

Yesterday morning, as Allison and I were packing up your greens mix, Roy came into the packing shed from the cold and proclaimed, “Now, where did you get all that?” I was elbows deep mixing a giant bin of spinach, mesclun and arugula, and I looked up and replied with a grin, “I grew that.” Okay, we grew that, but if someone would have told me three years ago that I would be in that moment, I would not have believed them. When I left my previous career to start this adventure, I had no idea if I could be a farmer. Now, I can’t imagine anything better than the feeling of pulling warm, fresh eggs out from under a hen; the snap of spinach as we harvest in a warm greenhouse; or joking with the crew over a high fence of sungold tomatoes. So, even with subzero temperatures, hunching over spinach beds for hours, and albino groundhogs hiding under row covers, I’m proud to say, “I grew that!”
~Jackie


National CSA Sign Up Day this Saturday, February 28th! Based on a 2014 CSA Farming report, February 28th is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA. This Saturday, CSA farms and communities across the country will be celebrating what CSAs offer our farms and local communities.  Of course we will all also be calling folks to action so if you'd like to be part of the movement and an exciting season of good eating, why not help us celebrate this weekend by signing up. If you are into social media, help us create a trending story by using the hashtag #CSA to share your excitement about what a CSA offers your family:-)

Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.


REMINDERS:

Our Winter CSA distributions are as follows:

Tuesdays: 
State College: 4-6 pm, The Friends Meeting House
Lewistown: 3-6:30 pm, Porch of Community Partnership RC&D Office on Main St
On-Farm: 3-6 pm

Fridays: 
Selinsgrove: 2-6 pm, Emma's Food for Life 
Harrisburg-Uptown: 2-7 pm; Front porch of 4017 Green Street 
Harrisburg-East: 2-7 pm; Front porch of 3623 Montour Street

Don't forget to preorder root crops and other extra items! 

Blue Rooster Orders: If you are interested in grass-fed beef or lamb or free-range pork, you can place an order with our partner farm at BlueRoosterFarm.com and we'll deliver it with your CSA share.


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.

RECIPES:

I discovered this easy salad dressing this summer and it would be awesome on your salad greens, sometimes I don’t even put anything else on my salad. From http://www.suzyhomemaker.net/2012/03/zesty-sun-dried-tomato-vinaigrette.html?m=1


Zesty Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
8 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
5 cloves garlic - minced
4 sun-dried tomato halves - reconstituted in oil - minced
Salt and Pepper to taste


You can either reconstitute your tomatoes overnight in oil (I mix in some basil or oregano) or buy them in oil at the store. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it’s just a little chunky. I like to let it sit in the fridge overnight to let all of the flavors marry.

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