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Summer CSA is here! Week 1 of 22

Posted 6/1/2018 9:25am by Village Acres CSA.

Welcome to the 2018 Summer/Fall CSA Season at Village Acres Farm!

We are so honored that you have chosen to share the harvest with us.  We are happy to be at the start of a new growing season, knowing that we have the support of a group of committed CSA members, old and new, that value good food, grown locally, in a conscientious way. 

The past few weeks have been very full: the newly tilled fields and high tunnels are filling rapidly with plants that will produce the food for your dinner table in the next months.  Our cover crops are nearly at full height, meaning that as we work them into the soil in the coming weeks, we will realize their full potential for soil building and fertility for the crops that will soon follow in their place. Our young hens are laying at nearly full production and we are eager to start sharing the abundance of life on the farm.

First box prediction: Strawberries, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Spring Onions, Mixed Beets, Kale, Lettuce Mix, and Herbs (Parsley and Basil).

Scroll down for more details on pick-up locations and directions for each site. 

*Special Note for State College Members: The parking lot at the meeting house is going to be closed for our first week (new seal coat).  We plant to park our van on the street (Prospect Ave) and set up distribution in the Meetinghouse lawn.  We hope that there will be plenty of street parking, but just be extra cautious when parking and pulling out.  

Extras Available for this week: We don't have a lot of extras this time of year, other than our usuals of Honey and eggs. Visit our online store to see our offerings and to reserve any specific items. 

If you are interested in ordering grass fed lamb, beef, or free-range pork from our family members at Blue Rooster Farm, you can do this through their website and we can deliver it with your Village Acres share items each week. 

Outstanding Balances: If you have a remaining balance for this coming season's shares, you will receive a reminder email shortly.  We ask for payment in full by the first distribution if at all possible, but are willing to arrange payment plans if this is not feasible. Payments can be made online by following the link that will be included in the reminder email or can be brought to the first distribution. Please email us if you would like to arrange for a payment plan, outlining a payment schedule that works for you. 

Below is a whole lot more information- Please read closely if you are new and please at least take a look if you are returning. We do make changes from time to time and it's easier for us all if everyone is on the same page.  

Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 (call or text) if you have questions or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

Thanks so much for your support,

Deb and Hannah for the VA Crew.  

 

 

More Information for new folks:

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We pack shares into plastic liners inside boxes or crates.  The bags are removed from boxes at pickup.  This year we will not be reusing the share bags so please reuse or recycle on your own.  We do accept returns of paper egg cartons, pulp berry containers, pint and quart glass jars.

Extra Items for Sale: Every week our online farm store is open for preordering of "extra" items that you can pick up along with your share.  "Extra" items include eggs, poultry (when available) and as the season progresses- canning items, fruits from partner farms as well as items like honey, olive oil, and other items that we think may interest our members.  These items can be viewed on our website at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/store/order-csa-extras.  

Are you splitting a share?  Please ask your share partner to make sure they got this email successfully, and have them let us know if they didn't.  We mainly use email to communicate with our members and would hate to miss someone.

Emails:  Generally, there are two emails sent out per week.  The first email is sent prior to the distribution day and includes a box prediction and links for ordering any “Extras”. The second email is sent out the day of distribution, as a reminder and with a weekly farm note.  We'll try not to send out many other emails besides those two unless we have some sort of issue we need to address immediately.  If you'd prefer not to receive emails from the farm, you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of almost any farm email (including this one) - just know you might miss some important information. 

Farm Visits: Members are welcome to visit the farm at any time!  If you'd like a tour, let us know in advance, but if you're just interested in wandering around, taking photos, fishing in the creek, weeding the strawberries, or having a picnic in the tomatoes, feel free to leave us a message and stop by.  Directions are available on the website.  

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.

Interested in grass-fed Beef, Lamb and Free-Range Pork? We partner with Blue Rooster Farm to make sign up for their mailing list at www.blueroosterfarm.com under the "contact us" menu.  Blue Rooster Farm is owned and operated by family members. They've partnered with us for many years and strive to bring you a high-quality product from animals that are humanely treated and given the space to graze and root, according to their nature.  Read more on their website and send them an email if you have any questions. 

About us: Village Acres has been owned and operated by the Brubaker family for over 35 years, certified organic for nearly 30, and running a CSA program for 20 years!  Originally owned by Roy and Hope, the farm has now been transitioned over to their 4 children, with the business operated by their youngest daughter Debra, her partner Hannah, and their children Chandler and Owen.  The Brubaker family and the whole farm team work hard to fulfill the farm mission of connecting people to their food, the land, and each other.