About Our Farm...

Village Acres 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...

Blog/Farm Newsletters

Winter Distribution 6 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, April 7 :: 10:29am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Mesclun Mix, Kale


FARM NOTES:

         

In the span of a morning, the population on the farm went up by six: baby animals have arrived! Pepper and Lulu gave birth this morning to twin goat kids each. Interestingly, the kids don’t seem to know which is their mother! They’ve been trying to feed at both mama goats, and since we were sleeping during the births, we can’t be sure ourselves which kid belongs to which mama. Happily, Pepper and Lulu don’t seem to mind feeding the other’s baby goats.  It’s impressive how quickly the kids adapt: I went to see them midday, and they are already prancing about like they’ve been doing it for years.

Lambs, on the other hand, I now know aren’t as ready from the get-go. Linnet, a Shetland sheep that’s surely been past her due date, finally gave birth to twins yesterday. They are equally adorable as the baby goats but much more skittish. One hid under the shelter, and the other awkwardly and fearfully escaped my attempts to pet him. I am sure these kids and lambs will provide plenty of entertainment in the coming weeks!

We finally have started planting outside of the greenhouses: arugula, carrots, chard and more. While exciting news, I think hearing about newborn animals is more appealing!

-Allison


Summer CSA Registration: It's less than 2 months away! Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.


Recipe: To help you keep up with your spinach, I recommend you revisit a favorite given to us from a CSA member: Very Easy Spicy Creamed Spinach. Who's going to say no to cheesy spinach?

 

 

Winter Distribution 5 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, March 24 :: 9:41am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Mesclun Mix, Chard/Beet Greens


FARM NOTES:

Happy Spring everyone- the mornings are still cold, and the green seems slow to return to our fields, but now,even outside the greenhouse, growth is resuming.  The rhubarb crowns are pushing out new shoots (see photo to the bottom left) and our bred goats and sheep are walking around twice their normal size, ready to birth any day.  Even though these things happen every year, somehow they always seem new and exciting.  Our to do lists are growing faster that the day light is expanding so, you know what that means...

We are looking forward to some new things this year- one of those things is some on farm research!  While we are always conducting our own little trials and what not, this year we will be working with researchers from University of Vermont and Penn State to look at some biological pest control methods in our greenhouses and high tunnels.  As organic growers we are always looking for effective biological or cultural methods for controling pest and diseases.  This year we will be testing some of these controls specifically with aphid control on tomatoes and winter greens.  We will be planting habitat plants (pollen producing flowers and the like) that are host to natural enemies of our common pest in some of our high tunnels as well as releasing purchased natural enemies into others.  We're excited to see what we learn, and I'm excited to see even more diversity in our tunnel!

I hope you are all enjoying seeing subtle changes around you and have some new things to get you excited in the coming months! ~Deb


Summer CSA Registration: It's less than 2 months away! Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.

1st Saturday's Farm Breaksfast- Saturday April 4th, 8-11AM: Come down for the first Saturday breakfast of the 2015.  We will be serving farm fresh foods- eggs, sausage and bacon (Blue Rooster Farm), berry pancakes, and more. Take a stroll around the farm, and see what we are up to. We will continue to have Farm breakfast the first Saturday of every month April-November.  


 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. We are in the process of adding this year’s newsletter recipes but we’ve got tons to choose from. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

 

 

Winter 4 of 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, March 10 :: 9:27am

IN THE GREENS SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Spinach, Chard, Baby Kale


FARM NOTES:

This past Sunday was International Women's Day, and it reminded me what great female role models I have on our farm. With Deb at the helm, our farm falls into the 14% of U.S. farms operated by women. In fact, this winter, everyone who helps run the farm except Roy and Owen is female! In an industry still dominated by men, this is impressive. Deb, Jackie, Hope, Hannah: I've got four outstanding examples of women succeeding in agriculture I can talk to everyday. Internationally, women make up half of the agricultural workforce and are essential for family nutrition, yet access to land and resources is more difficult for women than for men. Despite their obstacles, women around the world, in the U.S., and at Village Acres are leading many efforts towards sustainable and organic agriculture.

On a more local note, we've begun to transplant! The first of our lettuces and bok choys carefully seeded in the cold of January have been relocated to new beds in the high tunnels, and are happy for the increased space and sunshine. ~Allison


Registration for 2015 Summer Season can be done at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa.


 

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. We are in the process of adding this year’s newsletter recipes but we’ve got tons to choose from. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

RECIPES:

Chop up that spinach you received and satisfy your Indian food cravings!

 

Saag Paneer (Spinach and Paneer Cheese) from The Daily Feast cookbook

Saute in oil: 1 onion; 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1 inch ginger, minced

Add and saute a few minutes: 2 t. each coriander and garam masala; 1 t. each cumin and chili powder; 1/2 t. turmeric; cayenne pepper

Add: 15 oz or 1 pt canned tomatoes

Add, cover, cook on low for 7 minutes: 0.5-1 lb spinach as desired

Salt to taste, and serve with rice and cut cubes of paneer cheese* on top.

*Make your own paneer easily with milk and lemon juice here,  Or substitute farmer's cheese, ricotta salata, or tofu. I pan-fried my paneer cubes before eating, but this is optional.

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