Winter Season 2012-13
Thank you for your interest in sharing in the bounty of our Winter 2012-13 CSA harvest!
We're excited to be providing fresh salad greens and locally-grown organic vegetables; eggs from our pastured hens; frozen pastured chicken; and, for the holidays, fresh pastured turkey. Thanks for your commitment to eating seasonally
all year. Please check out the information below before registering through the links on the bottom of this page.
The Winter CSA at Village Acres is made up primarily of our own salad mix, grown in our unheated greenhouses and field tunnels, and our winter storage crops such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, and cabbage. Cooking greens, such as collards and kale, are also included as weather and space allow, and in April and May our early perennial field crops such as asparagus and rhubarb are a highly anticipated addition. In some cases, shares may be supplemented with produce grown by other members of our local organic grower's co-op, or by local growers (pesticide-free but not always certified organic) who we've been working with. Last year our winter CSA members received 37 different types of vegetables throughout the season.
Our salad mix is constantly being adapted to grow well in our climate during the winter. Our greenhouses are unheated, and even though temperatures can reach the seventies when the sun is shining, the short days of midwinter can take their toll. Our mix includes a diverse variety of salad greens: arugula, mizuna, baby mustards, baby beets and chard and others, but it does not always include lettuce. It's tasty, fresh, and often beautiful, but it can be a little spicy compared to a lettuce-heavy bagged salad mix.
Due to the scarcity of some prized winter crops (such as salad mix) and the time between every-other-week deliveries, we have only one size of winter share available- members who anticipate not being able to use a standard-sized share are encouraged to look for someone to split it with and you will both have the opportunity to receive communications from us about your share.
Our Egg Share consists of 1 or 2 dozen eggs with each delivery (every other week). The eggs are from our own chickens. Our hens are pasture-raised during most of the year; in the winter they are free to roam our barnyard in all but the coldest weather or to take shelter in our barn. They are not certified organic but eat plenty of organically-grown bugs, seeds, and compost-ready produce.
Our Chicken Share consists of every-other-week or once-a-month deliveries of approximately 5.5 lbs of a combination of whole and breast/legs frozen pastured chicken (content varies by delivery).
Our Community Fund exists to make sure that good, local, organic produce is available to everyone, regardless of economic means. All donations made during registration are matched by the farm. If you are interested in receiving financial assistance from the Community Fund to be applied to your own share costs, please sign up online as usual, and then contact the farm with "Community Fund Request" in the subject line, or call us at (717) 436-9477.
Winter CSA distributions are available for pickup on-farm, are delivered every other Tuesday to State College and Lewistown, and are delivered to Harrisburg/Selinsgrove every other Wednesday. There are 12 deliveries on alternating weeks from December 4th (5th for Harrisburg/Selinsgrove) through May 15th (16th for Harrisburg/Selinsgrove) with a 3 week break over the new year (see our calendar).
We also offer an extra distribution November 20th to help our Winter CSA members get ready for Thanksgiving. You may also add a fresh pastured turkey to this delivery if you wish.
Please note: If you are currently a State Collge Summer CSA member, you have already paid for a box of veggies the week of Thanksgiving (or, in Harrisburg/Selinsgrove, the Friday before Thanksgiving). However, you are still welcome to sign up for an additional Thanksgiving Box with or without a turkey to be delivered on November 20th! Simply sign up for the Thanksgiving box option during registration.
2012-13 Winter Harvest Options:
|Produce Share (On-farm pickup - 12 deliveries, every other week for 24 weeks)||$350|
|Produce Share (Off-farm pickup - 12 deliveries, every other week for 24 weeks)||$395|
|Thanksgiving box (extra produce delivery the week of Thanksgiving)||$ 30|
|Fresh Pastured Turkey (available as an "extras" purchase to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving and/or the week before Christmas - pre-order through our online store)||By weight|
|Egg Share: 1 dozen eggs every other week||$ 42|
|Egg Share: 2 dozen eggs every other week||$ 80|
|Chicken Share - 12 deliveries of a combination of frozen whole chickens & chicken parts (breasts & legs) (approx. 5.5 lbs in chicken/delivery)||$220|
|Chicken Share - 6 deliveries of a combination of frozen whole chickens & chicken parts (breasts & legs) (approx. 5.5 lbs in chicken/delivery)||$120|
|Community Fund contribution||Any amount|
On-farm: 229 Cuba Mills Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059 Directions. We highly encourage on-farm pickup. We welcome you to be observant of our farming practices and to make yourself a familiar face around the farm. For us, the beauty of a CSA is the relationship with our customers.
State College: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Ave.
Selinsgrove: Emma's Food For Life, 11 South Market St.
Winfield: CSA member's garage, 4331 County Line Rd.
Harrisburg: CSA members porch, Uptown and possibly another site TBD
Please send a $100 deposit (or up to the full amount) to reserve your spot in the Winter CSA. Payment in full is due by December 1st (or contact us to set up an alternative payment option.)
Payment should be sent to the farm's address, payable to "Village Acres Farm & FoodShed". In the memo field, please write "Winter Share 12-13" and your member #, which will be in your confirmation email. Finally, if your name is not on the check, please write it in the memo field. (We are not set up to accept online or credit card payments at this time.)
We are limited in the number of shareholders we can accept, so please reserve your share early to avoid any disappointments. Please note that your deposit is the only way to hold your spot.
Village Acres Farm & FoodShed
229 Cuba Mills Rd.
Mifflintown, PA 17059
If you have previously been a member of Village Acres Farm CSA, click here to sign up for the 2012-13 Winter CSA.
If you're a new member, welcome! Click here to sign up for the 2012-13 Winter CSA.