About Our 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...
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, October 18 :: 11:54am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Kale, Bok Choy, Salad Mix, Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Delicata Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes.
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.
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, October 11 :: 11:00am
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 email@example.com
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: green cabbage, chard, salad mix, sweet dumpling squash, celeriac, peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.
We had just a light touch of frost overnight- while it did not harm any of our crops, it does mean that we really need to hustle to go the last of the temperature sensitive crops out of the fields. Luckily there is not much left- some celeriac as well as the last of the eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. We finished harvest sweet potatoes yesterday, and will have some in your shares as soon as they are cured.
We are still waiting patiently for our Broccoli and Cauliflower to form heads. I see little ones coming, but they will still need a week or more. Luckily cold temperatures help to make these crops even sweeter, so we will wait patiently!
Fall/Winter/Spring CSA signup and Thanksgiving Turkey preorder: We finally have our website set up to take reservation for winter share options and turkey preorders! 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.
Sweet Dumpling Squash: https://www.pinterest.com/recipes/acorn-or-sweet-dumpling-squash/
Posted by Hannah Smith-Brubaker :: Monday, October 10 :: 7:25pm
Hello Friends of Village Acres Farm
The seasons are turning and time has come to spread the word regarding turkeys and our CSA offerings for Late Fall/Winter/Spring. If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Know the routine and want to go directly to our website and reserve your choices of our Fall/Winter offerings? Visit our one-stop-signup-shop
We raise primarily Broad Breasted Whites and Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys. Our turkeys are raised on our farm from day old chicks. From the time they are feathered, they are raised on pasture with ample space for grazing, roaming, and foraging for insects. They are supplemented with non-GMO grain. Preordered Turkeys will be available fresh the week of Thanksgiving. Weights are variable (15-24 lbs). We try our best to match your request as closely as possible, but as with all things in nature...there will be variability. Reserve your turkey at the same time as signing up for our winter CSA (follow links below) or you can Order now!
Thanksgiving week and December 2017 Share options: Sign up now open!
We know that the holidays are both a time of great feasting and frequent travel, so in an effort to accommodate CSA members' holiday plans and schedules we thought we would let folks sign up for shares on only the weeks that fit best with your schedule. We will deliver the week of Thanksgiving and then every other week until Christmas.
Please also note that if you are a current Summer/Fall CSA member you may have already selected and paid to receive a share the week of Thanksgiving. So, if you don't remember if you have, please check with us before signing up again for Thanksgiving week!
2017 Winter/Spring Season: Every other week from the end of January (Early Feb for Friday Pickups) through the end of April: SIGN UP NOW OPEN!
Start Date: January 31st (Tuesday pickups: Village Acres Farm, State College); Febuary 3rd (Friday pickups: Harrisburg)
End Date: April 25th (Tuesday pickups: Village Acres Farm, State College); April 28th (Friday pickup: Harrisburg)
The full produce share includes both a "greens share" and a selection of storage crops with each delivery. This is a great option for folks who can make use of a wide variety of produce and who may otherwise find it difficult to remember to preorder produce every week.
The greens only share will include a variety of leafy greens grown in our high tunnels during the winter months. These greens will include salad mixes, kale, chard, spinach, and other asian greens. Get your dose of freshness with this share option.
Our Egg Share come from our own Pasture Raised hens. These hens are on pasture year round (with access to shelter as desired). Their diet consists of non-GMO feed, clover, grass, grubs and insects, and select discarded produce throughout the season. Choose to receive 1 or more dozen with each delivery.
à la carte options:
Are you interested in getting winter storage crops but would like to pick and choose what you want with each delivery? If so, you can select to buy our root and storage crops a la carte this season. With this option you will need to preorder items through our website in advance of each delivery. You can choose to pay at the time of pickup, or if you would like to purchase a credit to deduct from over the winter months, you may do so through the sign up process. Please note that we do not promise to have greens as an option for a la carte purchasing in the coldest months of winter.
Thank you. We are honored that you have chosen us to be your farmers!