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

Final Winter/Spring Distribution

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, April 26 :: 11:13am

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Full Share: Beets, Butternut, Watermelon Radish, Sweet Potatoes, and Carrots plus the green share items below.
Greens Share: Lettuce Mix, Lettuce Heads, Kale, Green Garlic

Please remember to return share boxes/liners and egg cartons! Also we happily reuse quart and pint mason jars. 

Photo to right: Kat, Fred, Lena, and Mary transplanting onions while Jackie drives. 


FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

Today marks the end our 2016 Winter/Spring Season.  While we are always eager for spring, it is still a little sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful greens in the greenhouse which are always sweeter and more exotic when the temperatures are cold and little else is growing.  We also will miss the slower pace that winter provides with the every other week delivery schedule, but... the excitement of asparagus beginning to emerge (we are just starting to harvest a small amount each day- it needs some rain!), and the smell of tomato plants being rustled as we plant them into high tunnel is quickly energizing us for the main growing season!  

We truly appreciate our winter CSA members, and your commitment to supporting our farm, and sourcing local food year round!  We hope you enjoyed your winter share options this year, and of course would like to hear feedback.  

After a three week break from deliveries to provide some time for us to concentrate on getting our main summer crops into the fields and off to a good start, we will begin our Summer/Fall Season with our first delivery on May 17th (Tuesday) or May 20th (Friday).  We look forward to continuing to provide many of you with vegetables over the summer.  If you are taking a break for the summer to do your own gardening or frequent the many local farmers markets that grace our region, we hope to see you back next winter!  

Thanks again for your support!

Deb for all at Village Acres

Also, our first Farm Breakfast will take place on Saturday, May 7.  Bring the family (and your Mom for Mother's Day) to celebrate with farm-fresh eggs, sausages, omelettes, quiche, pancakes or scones; and to see all of Chandler's new lambs!  This year, breakfasts will be pay-what-you can, and proceeds go to our Community Fund, which helps families in need to purchase a share.  Farm Breakfasts will be the first Saturday of each month through November. 

Last Call for 2016 Summer/Fall CSA shares!

If you haven't signed up yet,  please do so immediately- we still have some room.   Our first Summer delivery will be in 3 weeks.  Visit  http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa for more information and to sign up! We'd love to continue to grow for you and your family!
 
You are our best advertiser, please spread the word of our CSA to friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  

 

Today is distribution Day- Winter 7

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, April 12 :: 10:47am

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: 

Full Share: Carrots, French Fingerling potatoes, Yellow Onions Sweet Potatoes, Frozen Red Raspberries  plus the green share items below.
Greens Share: Salad Mix (Lettuce and Mesclun), Bunch of Assorted Kale,  Yakina Savoy, and Bok Choi.
 
We will also have some of our remaining daikon radishes, and turnips available at pickup.  They are not very pretty and we don't want to put them in the box, but if you can use some, please help yourself!

Please remember to return share boxes/liners and egg cartons! Also we happily reuse quart and pint mason jars. 


FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

What a week!  Between bracing for record low temperatures and the excitement of lambing season, I have been a little bit on edge this week-. Luckily it seems like we did not experience significant loss over the weekend. Spring has always been an anxiety producing season for farmers, but it appears that with climate changes, the temperature swings in swing are becoming more frequent.  We are grateful for the tools of high tunnels that provide us a nice buffer for early spring plantings. In the next week we hope to start field plantings in earnest.  Our onions are eager for new soil so we are hoping for some warmer dryer days to grace us. 

Today's distribution is the second to last distribution of the 2016 Winter/Spring Season.  We hope you all have enjoyed having local produce, fresh greens, and eggs available through the darker months of the year.  We will work at creating our season end survey in the next week or so, so please do give feedback if there are things that we can improve on.  Also we still have room in our 2016 Summer/Fall season so if you have not yet signed up, please do so soon.  The first summer distribution will be the May 17 (Tuesday)/ May 20 (Friday).  This means there is a three week break (farmer planting spree) between the last winter share and the first summer share.  We will have extra eggs available at next distribution if you want to stock up for those 3 weeks and help us work to reduce the nearly inevitable backlog of eggs that occurs when we take a break. We also have some storage crops that will be available as well, so feel free to preorder lots of extras next distribution to hold you through:-)

2016 Summer/Fall Season Sign-up Now Open!
If you plan to sign up for our Summer Season but haven't signed up yet,  please do so soon so we can plan for the season- our first summer delivery is just 1 month away
Visit http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa for more information and to sign up! We'd love to continue to grow for you and your family!
 
You are our best advertisers!  We will have brochures for our CSA available at distribution over the next few weeks.  Please help us recruit new member by taking some brochures with you to give to friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  

Have questions? Call 717-348-4916 (Deb's Cell) or email csa@villageacresfarm.com

Winter #6 (of 8)

Posted by Debra Brubaker :: Tuesday, March 29 :: 10:49am

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK 

Full Share: Red Beets, Parsnips, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Onions, plus the green share items below
Greens Share: Spinach, Lettuce Mix, Yakina Savoy (relative of tatsoi see photo to the right.  can be used as any other braising green)

Please remember to return share boxes/liners and egg cartons! Also we happily reuse quart and pint mason jars. 


FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

It's the end of March already and we are quickly trying to transition with the shifting seasons. The winter hardy plantings of spinach and mesclun were just harvested for the last time in advance of them bolting.  Within weeks small tomato transplants will begin to take their place in our high tunnels.  Our propagation greenhouse is full of little plants- Cucumbers, eggplants, field tomatoes, onions, celeriac, celery, basil, onions, leeks, sprouting ginger and turmeric.  We are also back in fields- working in winter cover crops to provide space for our earliest field plantings.  

Needless to say with the seasonal shift, our to do lists are expanding rapidly. Luckily our farm team is growing as well.  Late last week we welcomed Kat and Fred to our farm community.  They have quickly jumped into action, helping to make the work load more manageable and enjoyable.  State College members will have the chance to meet Kat and Fred at distribution today, but in the coming weeks look for their own introductions in the weekly farm note!

2016 Summer/Fall Season Sign-up Now Open!
If you plan to sign up for our Summer Season but haven't signed up yet,  please do so soon so we can plan for the season- our first summer delivery is just 2 months away!  We always like to give returning members first chance to be part of the new season before starting to do much advertising.  May is just around the corner, and our planting has already begun- let us know if we should plant things for you :-) 
 
Visit http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa for more information and to sign up! We'd love to continue to grow for you and your family!
 
You are our best advertisers!  We will have brochures for our CSA available at distribution over the next few weeks.  Please help us recruit new member by taking some brochures with you to give to friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  

Have questions? Call 717-348-4916 (Deb's Cell) or email csa@villageacresfarm.com

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