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Today is Distribution Day!

Posted 6/13/2017 11:44am by Debra Brubaker .

Week #3 Summer/Fall 2017


The summer heat has come, and it is forcing in our summer crops.  We have the first zucchini in your shares this week.  They are a little misshapen as is typical with our first few off the plants.  We this is because we have the plants covered with a row fabric for the first few weeks in the ground, both to get them to produce earlier, and also to keep insect pest away from the plants.  As soon as we begin to see blossoms form, we remove the covers to allow the pollinators to do their work.  Its possible that some of these first blossoms do set quite properly causing the fruit to be a little narrow at the tip.  They quickly come out of this stage, so by next week, this planting should be producing your picturesque zucchini (also the  yellow squash with be in.)

You are also getting garlic scapes in your share today.  The scape, is the seed head of the garlic plant, which we remove each spring in our to encourage the plant's energy to go into the bulb formation.  The beauty of the scape is that it is delicious- slightly milder that a bulb, but able to be chopped finely and used wherever you may like a little garlic flavor.  I like to chop it finely with other herbs and use it to sprinkle on nearly any savory dish- morning eggs, salad topping, on baked potatoes, and much more.  

The other thing to note this week is that we are dealing with a new invasive pest here in Pennsylvania- the allium leaf miner.  This insect, native to Europe, was first sighted in Lancaster PA in December of 2015, by an organic farmer whose leek crop was devastated by the insect.  Since then, the insect has rapidly spread, and as of this spring, we are seeing the first signs of its presence on our farm. The allium leaf miner targets all allium plants, but for us this specifically means onion, garlic, and leeks.  The leaf miner impacts the crop by tunneling down the plant to then pupate in the soil.  We are seeing signs of the pest in about 90% of our garlic, and about 50% of our onions.  We are still working to determine what this means for these crops.  We hope to still have onions and garlic in your shares, but it is possible that the quality may be compromised, and the long term storage of these crops (think winter share) is a real iffy thing.  We have a lot to learn about the new reality.  Some organic farmers in our valley are tilling in whole fields of these crops. So far we don't feel that is necessary, but as we learn more, we will let  you know.  For now, enjoy those scapes!

Share contents: Strawberries, Cucumbers, Garlic Scapes, Zucchini, Scallions (bunched) Lettuce Heads, Lettuce Mix (wash before use), Kale, Rhubarb, herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro)

Egg Shares: This week is an "odd" week.  All those with an every other week egg share should pick up eggs this week!

Pick your own strawberries:  Due to scheduling conflicts we have decided not to host a strawberry festival this year.  We do welcome any member that would like to come and pick their own strawberries to do so.  Just email or call ahead to schedule.  We will miss the opportunity to connect with our members, but hope that we can do you maybe at a Fourth on the Farm community breakfast, the next of which is June 24th, 8-11AM.

Please let us know if you have unanswered questions! Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

Pickup Locations and Times:

State College Members: State College Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 611 E Prospect Ave., State College, PA 16801.

Your main vegetable share will be in the white Sprinter Van and the sales table and any choices will be on the tables in the grassy area. In case of poor weather, we may move inside (but boxes will still be in the van). When you get to the Friends Meeting, start at the back of the van – one of us will be there eager to help get you orientated to the pick-up process.  We will have a checklist to confirm we have you down for the correct share items and will guide you through the pickup routine.  Egg Shares are typically in crates stacked in a line close to the van.  You'll get any other directions you may need from starting at the van. 

Late Pickup info

On-Farm Members: On-Farm Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the farm, in the FoodShed.  Pull into the farm's driveway (red barn on your right, white house on your left).  Distribution is set up in our FoodShed (wood sided building -Returning members please note this change!). 

Our Farm Address is 229 Cuba Mills Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059

Late Pickup info

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We like to pack your share in durable boxes with breathable plastic liners for optimal delivery ease and shelf life. In order to do this in a cost-effective manner, we ask that you just take the liner with you and return it the next week (or even come with a reusable bag to transfer your produce). If you do find yourself needing to take home crates and liners (and we know there are occasions for doing so), please bring them back the next week so that we can continue to keep our costs down.  We reuse many types of containers- 1 doz egg cartons (paper cartons preferred), green berry tills, quart and pint jars, etc.  (Several items we do not reuse include plastic egg carton and plastic berry containers)

 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. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.