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Posted 2/13/2017 11:06am by Debra Brubaker .

Greetings Friends!

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2017 Summer/Fall CSA Season. This year will mark our 20th year sharing the bounty of our farm with our community through a Community Supported agriculture program.  I remember packing shares for our 19 CSA members back in the summer of 1998- excited about this new idea that my older sister Angie had introduced to our family and had returned to the farm to implement.  The satisfaction of packing those shares- the beauty of the diversity of a week’s harvest all in one box, and the opportunity to hand that box to a customer we had a relationship with every week was so exciting to me as a 16 year old.  Nineteen years later, our family is still realizing that satisfaction the CSA brings us in our daily work of tending this land and the value of the relationships with our CSA members in the sustainability of our farm. We are eager to embark on a new season- our onions seeds are sprouting with many seeds to follow so it’s time to make sure we know who will be ready to share in all this season has to offer! For a breakdown of the season's offerings please follow the link below. We would love you have you join us for this milestone season. 

2017 Summer/Fall Season: 25 Weekly distributions: SIGN UP NOW OPEN!

Start Date: May 30 (Tuesday pickups); June 2nd (Friday pickups)

End Date: November 14 (Tuesday pickup); November 17 (Friday pickups)

***We will take a one week break late September/early October- TBD shortly***

Optional Extensions to Season:

Thanksgiving week Share- One Distribution the Tuesday/Wednesday before Thanksgiving December Shares- 2 Distributions in the month of December

Posted 1/22/2017 3:05pm by Hannah.

Join our farm team (application below)! Apprentices will gain exposure to organic farming practices, CSA and wholesale marketing, and the unique joys and challenges of farming. In the 2017 season, we have two field crew and one packing shed / communications manager position open.

We strive for a work environment that honors the holistic goals of the farm, including the health of the people working on the farm, the role we play in feeding our community, and the needs of the land. While farmworkers are expected to be able to handle rigorous and sometimes strenuous work, we function as a team and in the interest of the farm system which means striking a balance between production and quality. Good physical stamina and conditioning are essential, as are a positive attitude, and a willingness to engage in open and constructive dialogue. We hold high the expectation that each person will play an active and meaningful role in farm meetings, bringing all concerns and ideas to the table, as well as challenging themselves and everyone else on the team to do whatever it takes to make our farm a healthy happy place for us all.

Starts: March-May
Ends: October-December (winter option occasionally available)
Application Deadline: April 1
Minimum Length Stay: 3-9 months

Remuneration: Housing, Food, and Stipend ($850-$1200/mo)

Posted 11/1/2016 11:50am by Debra Brubaker .
Week #25

Just a quick reminder to come and pick up your  share- this is the 3rd to last share of our regular Summer/Fall Season (which ends the week before Thanksgiving.

It's an ODD Week for egg share folks.

 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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK:Delicata Squash, Yellow Onions, Garlic, Kale, Daikon Radish, Napa Cabbage, Salanova Lettuce Heads and Arugula

FARM NOTES:

The season is winding down- only 3 weeks remain in our Summer/Fall Season!  While much work remains for our current seasons, we are already starting on some tasks on our "winter projects" list.  On the top of this list is creating a "new" propagation greenhouse space for  the coming year.  Our current propagation greenhouse was built well over 20 years ago and has been stretched in every possible way to support our needs as our farm grew from small farm selling primarily from a road side stand to what it is today. While I love many aspects of this greenhouse which show my parents thriftiness and ingenuity, it is time to create a space that better meets our needs. We are not looking to expand production, but we would like to have a better space that contributes to better health and vigor of transplants that head to our field at the same time as making our work easier in the spring.  Our plan is to convert our oldest greenhouse (built in 2001 when our winter share was added for the first time) to our new propagation greenhouse.  This week we started the process by taring out the old wood used to create raised beds, and stretching new plastic over the greenhouse.  In the coming weeks we will build benches, figure out heating, and making sure all is set to go for February when we start our growing season all over again. 

Deb

Fall/Winter/Spring CSA signup and Thanksgiving Turkey preorder:  We are taking reservations 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.  

We have lots of turkeys left for sale, so if you have friends and neighbors that may be interested, please direct them to our website!  

Recipes:

This week is our Kim-chi Share- Kim Chi is a traditional Korean food made of fermented vegetables that has become widely popular. While there are endless variations of kim-chi, napa cabbage and daikon radish are very common ingredients, so we like to have a week where share members get them at the same time so they can make their own variation of kim-chi if they like.   If you are unfamilar with kim-chi, here are some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/kimchi/

Of course these vegetables can be used in other ways:

Daikon Radish: http://nhpr.org/post/what-do-daikon-radishes

Napa Cabbage: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/napa-cabbage-recipes/

  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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com

Posted 10/25/2016 2:11pm by Debra Brubaker .
Week #24

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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Lettuce Heads, Salad Mix, Spinach (Full share only), Broccoli (Medium Share only), Swiss Chard, Red Beets, Watermelon Radish, Sweet Potatoes*, Fingerling Potatoes, Peppers, and Roma Tomatoes.

*The Sweet Potatoes this week are from Windy Knolls Farm (a fellow member of Tuscarora Organic Growers).  Our sweet potato harvest was not real strong this year and we quickly realized that we really could use more for our fall/winter needs.  Luckily our friends at Windy Knolls farm planted too many because, as they say,  "no one was there to stop them." We helped them with their surplus so some of the sweet potatoes this year will be coming from their farm, which is also certified organic.

 FARM NOTES:

The official freeze warning has been issued for our area tonight- it's been a long time coming. It's always sad to see blackened tomato plants, but it is nicely balanced by the sight of dead galinsoga- the pestiest weed which has likely graced your lettuce or salad mix from time to time (don't worry it is technically edible). 

We continue to fill the coolers with roots this week- red beets, carrots, and parsnips this week.  Tomorrow we have the exciting task of putting new plastic on one of our greenhouses.  Please send wishes for calm to the weather gods, as we really hope to not feel like we are a bunch of farmers all hanging on to a giant kite!  

Deb

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.  

Recipe Ideas

  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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com

Posted 10/18/2016 11:54am by Debra Brubaker .
Week #23

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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Kale, Bok Choy, Salad Mix, Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Delicata Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes.

 FARM NOTES:

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.  

Recipe Ideas

 

 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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com
Posted 10/11/2016 11:00am by Debra Brubaker .
Week #22

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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: green cabbage, chard, salad mix, sweet dumpling squash, celeriac, peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.

 FARM NOTES:

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!

~Deb 

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.  

Recipe Ideas

Celeriac: http://www.hellawella.com/9-mouthwatering-recipes-will-change-your-mind-about-celery-root-celeriac

Sweet Dumpling Squash: https://www.pinterest.com/recipes/acorn-or-sweet-dumpling-squash/

 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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com
Posted 10/10/2016 7:25pm by Hannah Smith-Brubaker.

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

Thanksgiving Turkey deposits are now being accepted: 

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)

Produce Shares: 

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. 

Egg Shares:

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. 

Sign up for Fall/Winter/Spring Season!

Thank you. We are honored that you have chosen us to be your farmers!

 

Posted 10/4/2016 11:26am by Debra Brubaker .
Week #21

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 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 csa@villageacresfarm.com

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK: Kale, Arugula/salad mix, White Tokyo turnip, green peppers, red onions, garlic, fingerlings, green frying tomatoes, and hot peppers

 FARM NOTES:

The fall frenzy is starting- each day we are torn between the two main priorities, harvesting the remaining crops in the field and getting the greenhouses cleaned out and seeded into winter greens. The rainy days of the last week have given us some good greenhouse time and we will start seeding and transplanting today.  As soon as the ground dries out a little we hope to start our fall carrot harvest- my all time favorite farm task!  Also on the list for this week harvest butternut squash,cabbage, and celeriac.  After those, the sweet potatoes are next, followed by more beets, turnips, watermelon radishes,  and parsnips.  We also have plantings of broccoli and cauliflower that should be forming heads in the near future (don't worry Medium share folks-we have not forgot your broccoli).  

I have not been sitting at my computer much this summer, but in the next week, hope to set up our website for taking signups for our December Share options, Winter Share (January-April) and thanksgiving Turkey preorders, so please stay tuned!

~Deb 

Recipe Ideas

Tokyo Turnips (aka White salad turnip, Hakerui Turnip)

Green Frying Tomatoes

Arugula

 
 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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com
Posted 8/30/2016 1:22pm by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK:  Sungolds, Celery, Yellow Onions, Garlic, Chard, Beets, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, Hot Peppers. 

 FARM NOTES:

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!) 

Recipe Ideas

We have celery again this week.  My mother has been making use of all the seconds we have by sauting chopped celery with onions and mushrooms and freezing the mixture in small portion to add to soup throuhout the winter.  I have also been adding this mixture to my morning eggs which has been delicious.  
 
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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com
Posted 8/23/2016 1:00pm by Debra Brubaker .
In the Share this week:Leeks, Garlic, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Squash, Cantaloupe, Bell Peppers, Yummy Peppers, Eggplant, Basil, and Hot Peppers

 FARM NOTES:

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!

Deb

 

Recipe Ideas
There are many options for your celery this week, but you might want to try something like celery soup or butter braised celery to make it the star of your plate!
 
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 that you would like to share, please send it to csa@villageacresfarm.com
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