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, August 30 :: 1:22pm
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Sungolds, Celery, Yellow Onions, Garlic, Chard, Beets, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, Hot Peppers.
What a start to the week! Yesterday morning we received word that the grandmother of 3 of our works passed away so they would be spending the day with family, and at the same time our employee Kat started having contractions. To further add to the excitement, Hannah's father who has been in and out of the hospital, and is currently living with us, had to return to the emergency room midday yesterday. So today's share is brought to you by fewer hands workings as quickly as possible. Some of the frills we had hoped for are missing, but we promise to add those next week.
The great news is that Kat and Fred will be returning from the hospital today, with a new addition to the farm community (we are all waiting excitedly to hear the details and look forward to them introducing their new one soon!)
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, August 23 :: 1:00pm
The nights are cooling, the turkeys are out on pastures, children are prepping for school to start, and all is feeling a bit fall-like. This weekend I quickly seeded some of the last of the root vegetables for the season- turnips and radishes as well as the first of the fall salad greens (now that the flea beetle pressure has subsided in the field.) My evening walks these days include checking in on the ripening of the winter squash and some of them are ripe, but the vines are so dense so before traipsing through the field we will let them continue to ripen until the plants give up for the season- it won't be long though!
Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, July 26 :: 2:18pm
IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Cantaloupe, Red Watermelon, Sweet Corn, Sungolds, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Field Tomatoes, Green Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Chard, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Hot Peppers
First Saturday Breakfast: August 6th 8-11AM, Please join us for a farm breakfast- donations benefit our community fund which help make our shares available to all.
This past week has been one of those weeks that really makes me as a farmer feel a little anxious. Crispy pastures and wilting trees are never a good sight. And when I leave the farm and our irrigated crops, I feel pain for our neighbor farmers who are powerless to help their crops along. We did get a little bit of a shower on Sunday evening for which we are very grateful, but off course we need more, especially when the temperature are so high every day.
Despite the fact that we can get water to most of our plants, we are still noticing some effect of the drought on our crops. Our tomato yields are lower than last year at this time as we have lost some of the fruit to blossom end rot (a common side effect of drought). The melons too this week may not be as flavorful as some in past year, as the vines they grew on were more stressed than ideal (the watermelons especially). We have tried our best to pick out the melons that look the most promising to include, but problem with watermelons is you never know for sure until you cut it open.
The sweet corn in your shares this week is from plants that we started in the greenhouse and transplanted. We have additional plantings of corn planted, but we have struggled to achieve uniform stands without steady rain to get them germinated well. We tilled under 2nd planting because it was so poor, so it will likely be late August/September until you see it in your share again.
The one nice thing about the dry weather is that the onions we are bringing in to cure are starting the curing process nice and dry. Similarly, the potatoes (whose plants have died back already) are dry coming out of the ground so should store better. Expect to see both onions and potatoes in your share fairly consistently over the next months.