Blog/Farm Newsletters

Posted 7/3/2018 10:23am by Hannah Smith-Brubaker.

Happy Tuesday, 

Just a quick reminder to pick up your share this afternoon. 

Note for State college members: Use extra caution when entering parking lot as a new day care has opened at the meetinghouse, and child pickup will coincide with our pickup, so please be extra vigilant both when driving and when walking to pick up shares. 

Farm Note:

It's been hot, hot, hot!!! We've been trying to be as flexible as we can with our work crew in this weather. Frequent breaks, lots of water and dips in the creek. We don't often take the time we should to brag about our team and this summer we've got a lot to brag about. Jackie is in her FIFTH year with us. We don't know what we'd do without her leadership and dedication. We know we can always count on her. Bianca joined us this spring, having completed the Rodale Organic Farming apprenticeship program and she's raring to go all the time, no matter what the weather or task demands of her (we've even caught her dancing while weeding!). Will is just with us for a few months. At the tender age of 17, he's off to the Marines and felt hard physical work on a farm was a better fit than a desk job to prepare him for what he faces. And, last but certainly not least, our nieces Frances and Riley! Their cheerful attitudes and excitement over even the most challenging new task puts everyone around them in a good mood. Here's 4 out of 5 of them packing shares last week. If you see them, please take the time to thank them for all they do to bring your share of our harvest to you! 

In the share today: Lettuce heads, kale bunch, carrot nibs, mixed beets, squash, cucumbers, scapes, basil, parsley, dill.

Extras Available: Frozen broilers and stew hens, honey, Wild Water Kombucha (State College), eggs

Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 (call or text) if you have questions or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

Thanks so much for your support,

Deb

Pickup Locations and Times:

State College Members: State College Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 611 E Prospect Ave., State College, PA 16801.

Your main vegetable share will be in the white Sprinter Van and the sales table and any choices will be on the tables in the grassy area. In case of poor weather, we may move inside (but boxes will still be in the van). When you get to the Friends Meeting, start at the back of the van – one of us will be there eager to help get you orientated to the pick-up process.  We will have a checklist to confirm we have you down for the correct share items and will guide you through the pickup routine.  Egg Shares are typically in crates stacked in a line close to the truck.  You'll get any other directions you may need from starting at the van. 

Late Pickup info

On-Farm Members: On-Farm Pickup is from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the farm, in the FoodShed.  Pull into the farm's driveway (red barn on your right, white house on your left).  Distribution is set up in our FoodShed (wood sided building). 

Our Farm Address is 229 Cuba Mills Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059

Late Pickup info

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We pack shares into plastic liners inside boxes or crates.  The bags are removed from boxes at pickup.  This year we will not be reusing the share bags so please reuse or recycle on your own.  We do accept returns of paper egg cartons, pulp berry containers, pint and quart glass jars.

 

Posted 6/1/2018 9:25am by Village Acres CSA.

Welcome to the 2018 Summer/Fall CSA Season at Village Acres Farm!

We are so honored that you have chosen to share the harvest with us.  We are happy to be at the start of a new growing season, knowing that we have the support of a group of committed CSA members, old and new, that value good food, grown locally, in a conscientious way. 

The past few weeks have been very full: the newly tilled fields and high tunnels are filling rapidly with plants that will produce the food for your dinner table in the next months.  Our cover crops are nearly at full height, meaning that as we work them into the soil in the coming weeks, we will realize their full potential for soil building and fertility for the crops that will soon follow in their place. Our young hens are laying at nearly full production and we are eager to start sharing the abundance of life on the farm.

First box prediction: Strawberries, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Spring Onions, Mixed Beets, Kale, Lettuce Mix, and Herbs (Parsley and Basil).

Scroll down for more details on pick-up locations and directions for each site. 

*Special Note for State College Members: The parking lot at the meeting house is going to be closed for our first week (new seal coat).  We plant to park our van on the street (Prospect Ave) and set up distribution in the Meetinghouse lawn.  We hope that there will be plenty of street parking, but just be extra cautious when parking and pulling out.  

Extras Available for this week: We don't have a lot of extras this time of year, other than our usuals of Honey and eggs. Visit our online store to see our offerings and to reserve any specific items. 

If you are interested in ordering grass fed lamb, beef, or free-range pork from our family members at Blue Rooster Farm, you can do this through their website and we can deliver it with your Village Acres share items each week. 

Outstanding Balances: If you have a remaining balance for this coming season's shares, you will receive a reminder email shortly.  We ask for payment in full by the first distribution if at all possible, but are willing to arrange payment plans if this is not feasible. Payments can be made online by following the link that will be included in the reminder email or can be brought to the first distribution. Please email us if you would like to arrange for a payment plan, outlining a payment schedule that works for you. 

Below is a whole lot more information- Please read closely if you are new and please at least take a look if you are returning. We do make changes from time to time and it's easier for us all if everyone is on the same page.  

Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 (call or text) if you have questions or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

Thanks so much for your support,

Deb and Hannah for the VA Crew.  

 

 

More Information for new folks:

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We pack shares into plastic liners inside boxes or crates.  The bags are removed from boxes at pickup.  This year we will not be reusing the share bags so please reuse or recycle on your own.  We do accept returns of paper egg cartons, pulp berry containers, pint and quart glass jars.

Extra Items for Sale: Every week our online farm store is open for preordering of "extra" items that you can pick up along with your share.  "Extra" items include eggs, poultry (when available) and as the season progresses- canning items, fruits from partner farms as well as items like honey, olive oil, and other items that we think may interest our members.  These items can be viewed on our website at http://www.villageacresfarm.com/store/order-csa-extras.  

Are you splitting a share?  Please ask your share partner to make sure they got this email successfully, and have them let us know if they didn't.  We mainly use email to communicate with our members and would hate to miss someone.

Emails:  Generally, there are two emails sent out per week.  The first email is sent prior to the distribution day and includes a box prediction and links for ordering any “Extras”. The second email is sent out the day of distribution, as a reminder and with a weekly farm note.  We'll try not to send out many other emails besides those two unless we have some sort of issue we need to address immediately.  If you'd prefer not to receive emails from the farm, you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of almost any farm email (including this one) - just know you might miss some important information. 

Farm Visits: Members are welcome to visit the farm at any time!  If you'd like a tour, let us know in advance, but if you're just interested in wandering around, taking photos, fishing in the creek, weeding the strawberries, or having a picnic in the tomatoes, feel free to leave us a message and stop by.  Directions are available on the website.  

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. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

Interested in grass-fed Beef, Lamb and Free-Range Pork? We partner with Blue Rooster Farm to make sign up for their mailing list at www.blueroosterfarm.com under the "contact us" menu.  Blue Rooster Farm is owned and operated by family members. They've partnered with us for many years and strive to bring you a high-quality product from animals that are humanely treated and given the space to graze and root, according to their nature.  Read more on their website and send them an email if you have any questions. 

About us: Village Acres has been owned and operated by the Brubaker family for over 35 years, certified organic for nearly 30, and running a CSA program for 20 years!  Originally owned by Roy and Hope, the farm has now been transitioned over to their 4 children, with the business operated by their youngest daughter Debra, her partner Hannah, and their children Chandler and Owen.  The Brubaker family and the whole farm team work hard to fulfill the farm mission of connecting people to their food, the land, and each other. 

 

Posted 10/11/2017 11:06am by Village Acres CSA.

After what feels like a long and challenging summer following the sudden loss of Roy this season, fall is upon us here on the farm.  Our fields have been cleared of tired tomatoes and squash, and the lush new growth of our winter cover crops are beginning to blanket the farm.  We have 6 weeks remaining in our regular Summer/Fall CSA season followed by optional add on week the week of Thanksgiving and every other week in December leading up to Christmas.  If you are not a current member but are interested in joining for any of these stand alone weeks, you can sign up here.   If you are a summer/fall member and would like to add on any of these weeks, please just send an email to csa@villageacresfarm.com and we can add those options to your current membership.

Posted 6/20/2017 11:48am by Village Acres CSA.

Roy Lester Brubaker, 75, of Mifflintown, died June 16 in a farming related accident at his family's farm in Cuba Mills, cutting short a life of love and service. He was born on August 22, 1941 in McAlisterville. Son of an early organic farming innovator, Roy spent his childhood establishing deep affections for and commitment to the earth and its inhabitants. An educator, missionary, pastor, and organic farmer, himself, Roy was one of eight children born into the family of Roy M and Elva Brubaker (Auker) of McAlisterville. Roy is survived by his wife, Hope (Anita) Brubaker (Beidler); daughter, Angela Brubaker; son, Roy Dale Brubaker and spouse, Julie Hurst with granddaughters, Frances and Riley; daughter, Phoebe Brubaker; and daughter, Debra Brubaker and spouse, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, with grandchildren, Chandler and Owen. He is also survived by sisters Doris Martin; Naomi Brubaker; Thelma Diem with spouse, Merle; and Arlene Gehman; as well as brother, Dale Brubaker and spouse, Pat. Roy was preceded in death by sisters Miriam Kauffman and Anna Brubaker.

Roy developed a wide range of practical skills and a lifelong love of learning, laughter, and community-building through the joint influences of his family and the friends and fellowship that surrounded him as a young boy growing up in Juniata County. Roy’s parents were members of Lost Creek Mennonite church and Roy and Hope were most recently members of University Mennonite in State College, where they have many loving friends.

In 1959, at the age of eighteen, Roy left the farm to become a teacher in a one room Mennonite School in Adams County. From 1962-1965, he taught Grade 6 at the larger Paradise Mennonite School in Hagerstown, MD. It was there that he met his close life-long friend and confidant, Luke Beidler. It was through his friendship with Luke that Roy met his wife, and Luke's sister, Hope. Roy and Hope were married on September 10, 1966. Roy completed his Bachelor of Arts in Education at Eastern Mennonite College (now Eastern Mennonite University) in Harrisonburg, VA in 1967.

In June of 1967 the newly married couple accepted a missionary assignment to Somalia with the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities. Roy and Hope served as educators and community builders in Somalia until 1974. In that year, with the assistance of Roy’s sister Naomi, the family established the beginnings of Village Acres Farm, in Cuba Mills. In 1976, Roy and Hope returned to East Africa to serve another five year term in Nairobi, Kenya. In Kenya, their work centered on building inter-faith relationships between Muslims and Christians in one of Nairobi's poorest communities and a home to many Somali immigrants. Roy and Hope were blessed to bring four children into the world while on mission in Africa, the oldest two of whom will be forever shaped by the experience of coming of age in Africa.

In 1982, Roy and Hope returned to Pennsylvania to continue to grow their organic vegetable and berry farm. Roy also accepted a pastoral assignment at Lost Creek Mennonite Church where he served as minister from 1983-1993. Roy also served as the school administrator at what would become Juniata Mennonite (formerly Delaware Mennonite) from 1985-1991, guiding the school in curriculum development, expanding its student base, and overseeing the building of a new school.

From 1993 to the present, Roy's considerable energy was poured into Village Acres Farm. Beyond providing a place of sanctuary and learning for his own children, the farm has provided an educational work environment for aspiring young farmers who continued to find Roy a committed mentor and friend long after they left the farm, many of whom have gone on to farm for themselves. Roy was heavily involved in the formation of the Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative (TOG), as well as one of the nation’s first organic certification organizations, Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO). And he was an early member and supporter of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) where, over the years, he has celebrated rich and enduring friendships in the sustainable agriculture community. In response to Roy’s passing, a younger farmer in the PASA community offered, “Roy’s love and work runs through the veins of this entire farming community.”

Through the years, Roy and Hope have been recognized with numerous awards for leadership and service in the areas of agricultural innovation and conservation by these and other organizations, including being early cooperators with the Juniata County Conservation District. In 1998, daughter Angela established the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program which diversified the farm in a manner that supported the its long-term viability. In 2012, the farm began its transition to Roy’s daughter, Debra, and her family, where the traditions of sustainable agriculture will live on.

Roy and Hope had only recently begun investing more time in planning for their own retirement, a primary goal of which was to catch up on the many friendships they had established over their many years of service. Following their 50th anniversary, Roy and Hope traveled abroad to visit dear friends internationally and also began spending more time visiting with family.

Memorial Services for Roy will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 10-11:30 at Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church in Mifflintown, located just off the Port Royal Exit of US 322. The family will also be available for visiting at the church on both Friday night from 6-8pm and Saturday morning from 9-10.

Please also join the family later in the day, on Saturday, for a self-guided tour of the farm, reflecting on Roy's life and accomplishments in the place that he loved. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Mennonite Central Committee’s Syrian Iraq Crisis Response mission or to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, in Roy’s name. The family is also able to direct memorial gifts for those who wish to make a contribution at the service or the farm.

The earth is a better place and we are better people for Roy’s love and stewardship.

Posted 6/18/2017 6:55pm by Debra Brubaker .

Dear friends of Village Acres Farm,

We are deeply saddened to relay that Roy Brubaker, beloved organic agriculture pioneer and the man who dreamed up and lived out what we call Village Acres Farm today, was killed in a tractor accident on Friday. We know that so many of you love him like family and found him to be an inspirational mentor and a dedicated community member. In his honor, we will be offering CSA this week, but please be patient with us over the coming weeks as we are overwhelmed with the grief of his absence from our farm. It will take some time to make the adjustments we'll need to make in order to manage without his unwavering commitment to a full day's work, every day, even in what he called "retirement", which simply meant a 12 hour day instead of 14.

Particularly for our core members, those who have been with our farm since the early days of our CSA, some 20 years now, we know this news is heartbreaking. We are with you. For those who did not have the opportunity to get to know Roy, just know this world is a better place for his having been in it. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out. Jackie will be handling CSA this week but we know you'll want to connect soon and we will try to be back to coming to CSA ourselves as soon as possible. We will be celebrating Roy's life on Saturday June 24th at a location to be determined in Mifflintown and then will open the farm to those who wish to come and visit and take a self-guided tour of the special places on the farm that particularly celebrate his life's work. Feel free to join us.

Warmly,

Debra, Hannah, Hope, Chandler, Owen and family

Posted 6/13/2017 11:44am by Debra Brubaker .

Week #3 Summer/Fall 2017

 

The summer heat has come, and it is forcing in our summer crops.  We have the first zucchini in your shares this week.  They are a little misshapen as is typical with our first few off the plants.  We this is because we have the plants covered with a row fabric for the first few weeks in the ground, both to get them to produce earlier, and also to keep insect pest away from the plants.  As soon as we begin to see blossoms form, we remove the covers to allow the pollinators to do their work.  Its possible that some of these first blossoms do set quite properly causing the fruit to be a little narrow at the tip.  They quickly come out of this stage, so by next week, this planting should be producing your picturesque zucchini (also the  yellow squash with be in.)

You are also getting garlic scapes in your share today.  The scape, is the seed head of the garlic plant, which we remove each spring in our to encourage the plant's energy to go into the bulb formation.  The beauty of the scape is that it is delicious- slightly milder that a bulb, but able to be chopped finely and used wherever you may like a little garlic flavor.  I like to chop it finely with other herbs and use it to sprinkle on nearly any savory dish- morning eggs, salad topping, on baked potatoes, and much more.  

The other thing to note this week is that we are dealing with a new invasive pest here in Pennsylvania- the allium leaf miner.  This insect, native to Europe, was first sighted in Lancaster PA in December of 2015, by an organic farmer whose leek crop was devastated by the insect.  Since then, the insect has rapidly spread, and as of this spring, we are seeing the first signs of its presence on our farm. The allium leaf miner targets all allium plants, but for us this specifically means onion, garlic, and leeks.  The leaf miner impacts the crop by tunneling down the plant to then pupate in the soil.  We are seeing signs of the pest in about 90% of our garlic, and about 50% of our onions.  We are still working to determine what this means for these crops.  We hope to still have onions and garlic in your shares, but it is possible that the quality may be compromised, and the long term storage of these crops (think winter share) is a real iffy thing.  We have a lot to learn about the new reality.  Some organic farmers in our valley are tilling in whole fields of these crops. So far we don't feel that is necessary, but as we learn more, we will let  you know.  For now, enjoy those scapes!

Share contents: Strawberries, Cucumbers, Garlic Scapes, Zucchini, Scallions (bunched) Lettuce Heads, Lettuce Mix (wash before use), Kale, Rhubarb, herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro)

Egg Shares: This week is an "odd" week.  All those with an every other week egg share should pick up eggs this week!

Pick your own strawberries:  Due to scheduling conflicts we have decided not to host a strawberry festival this year.  We do welcome any member that would like to come and pick their own strawberries to do so.  Just email or call ahead to schedule.  We will miss the opportunity to connect with our members, but hope that we can do you maybe at a Fourth on the Farm community breakfast, the next of which is June 24th, 8-11AM.

Please let us know if you have unanswered questions! Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

Pickup Locations and Times:

State College Members: State College Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 611 E Prospect Ave., State College, PA 16801.

Your main vegetable share will be in the white Sprinter Van and the sales table and any choices will be on the tables in the grassy area. In case of poor weather, we may move inside (but boxes will still be in the van). When you get to the Friends Meeting, start at the back of the van – one of us will be there eager to help get you orientated to the pick-up process.  We will have a checklist to confirm we have you down for the correct share items and will guide you through the pickup routine.  Egg Shares are typically in crates stacked in a line close to the van.  You'll get any other directions you may need from starting at the van. 

Late Pickup info

On-Farm Members: On-Farm Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the farm, in the FoodShed.  Pull into the farm's driveway (red barn on your right, white house on your left).  Distribution is set up in our FoodShed (wood sided building -Returning members please note this change!). 

Our Farm Address is 229 Cuba Mills Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059

Late Pickup info

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We like to pack your share in durable boxes with breathable plastic liners for optimal delivery ease and shelf life. In order to do this in a cost-effective manner, we ask that you just take the liner with you and return it the next week (or even come with a reusable bag to transfer your produce). If you do find yourself needing to take home crates and liners (and we know there are occasions for doing so), please bring them back the next week so that we can continue to keep our costs down.  We reuse many types of containers- 1 doz egg cartons (paper cartons preferred), green berry tills, quart and pint jars, etc.  (Several items we do not reuse include plastic egg carton and plastic berry containers)

 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. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

 

Posted 6/9/2017 8:39am by Debra Brubaker .

Week #2 Summer/Fall 2017

This week is off to a good start.  We have some extra additions to our farm crew now that school is out for the summer.  Landon has returned for his second season, and convinced his brother to join us a few days a week until he heads to college in the fall.  Frances and Riley (my nieces, and daughters of Roy and Julie at Blue Rooster farm) have jumped in, helping with CSA prep on Monday and Tuesdays.  The extra help has made a big difference already! 

This week's share is full of color- not something that we can always achieve this early in the spring, but with a bountiful crop of carrots last fall that stored very well, and an experiment with transplanting some specialty beets, we are able to mimic the rainbow! If you need some ideas for preparing these beets here is a website that offers 18 different beet recipes that look great.  Also beet tops are in the same family as chard and can be used similarly. We hope you enjoy both their beauty and their taste (and nutrients!)

 Share contents: Strawberries, Asparagus, Cucumber, Gold and Chiogga Beets (bunched), Red beets (2016 crop), Scallions (bunched) Lettuce Heads, Lettuce Mix (wash before use), Kale/Chard, Baby Carrots (2016 crop), herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro, rosemary.)

Egg Shares: This week is an "even" week, so only those with an every week egg share should pick up eggs.  If you signed up for every other week eggs, and did not get them last week, please talk to us before taking so we can make sure we get our egg numbers straight here at the start of the season:-)

Please let us know if you have unanswered questions! Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

Pickup Locations and Times:

Harrisburg Broad St Market: At Radish and Rye food hub, located in the Brick Building of the Broad St. Market.  Shares can be picked up Friday afternoon 12-6 PM , optional Saturday pickup during market hours (7AM-4PM).  Note that if picking up on Saturday, shares will not necessarily be refrigerated overnight. Ask staff members for your share; the egg shares will be kept in their cooler. 

Harrisburg East- Front Porch of 3623 Montour St. Harrisburg PA. 1-7 PM.  As this is an unstaffed pickup, we will have a checklist on the top of the red cooler on the porch. Please confirm what we have you signed up for. If you have an egg share, they will be located inside the cooler. Medium shares are in white cardboard boxes. We appreciate if you leave the share boxes, and take the produce in the liner.

Late Pickup info

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We like to pack your share in durable boxes with breathable plastic liners for optimal delivery ease and shelf life. In order to do this in a cost-effective manner, we ask that you just take the liner with you and return it the next week (or even come with a reusable bag to transfer your produce). If you do find yourself needing to take home crates and liners (and we know there are occasions for doing so), please bring them back the next week so that we can continue to keep our costs down.  We reuse many types of containers- 1 doz egg cartons (paper cartons preferred), green berry tills, quart and pint jars, etc.  (Several items we do not reuse include plastic egg carton and plastic berry containers)

 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. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

 

Posted 5/30/2017 11:30am by Village Acres CSA.

Week #1 Summer/Fall 2017

We are happy to bring you the first share of the season today.  We were fortunate to find enough ripe strawberries in the field to give you all a small taste of them this first week. The cucumbers are also making an early appearance.  These crisp treats are coming from our field tunnel, which we can use to advance the season by a few weeks.  See below for details of the other share contents this week.  

 

Share contents: Strawberries, Asparagus, Scallions (bunched) Lettuce Heads, Kale, Potatoes (2016 crop from neighbor Aaron Kanagy), Green Garlic (loose), Cucumber, and herbs (parsley, dill and oregano.)

Egg Shares: If you signed up for an every other week egg share, you can start by picking up eggs today and every "Odd"week throughout the season. Since this is Week 1 of 25, it is an "odd" week.  Throughout the season if you can't remember if you get eggs on a certain week, look at the top of the checklist to find the week# and if odd, it's your week for eggs! 

Scroll down for more details on pick-up locations and directions for each site. 

Outstanding Balances: If you have a remaining balance for this coming season's shares, you should have received a reminder email last week.  We ask for payment in full by the first distribution if at all possible, but are willing to arrange payment plans if this is not feasible. Payments can be made online by following the link included in the reminder email or can be brought to distribution. Please email or talk with us if you would like to arrange for a payment plan.

Please let us know if you have unanswered questions! Deb's cell phone number is 717-348-4916 or send us an email at csa@villageacresfarm.com.

 

Pickup Locations and Times:

State College Members: State College Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 611 E Prospect Ave., State College, PA 16801.

Your main vegetable share will be in the white Sprinter Van and the sales table and any choices will be on the tables in the grassy area. In case of poor weather, we may move inside (but boxes will still be in the van). When you get to the Friends Meeting, start at the back of the van – one of us will be there eager to help get you orientated to the pick-up process.  We will have a checklist to confirm we have you down for the correct share items and will guide you through the pickup routine.  Egg Shares are typically in crates stacked in a line close to the van.  You'll get any other directions you may need from starting at the van. 

Late Pickup info

On-Farm Members: On-Farm Pickup is from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the farm, in the FoodShed.  Pull into the farm's driveway (red barn on your right, white house on your left).  Distribution is set up in our FoodShed (wood sided building -Returning members please note this change!). 

Our Farm Address is 229 Cuba Mills Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059

Late Pickup info

CSA Boxes/Packaging:  We like to pack your share in durable boxes with breathable plastic liners for optimal delivery ease and shelf life. In order to do this in a cost-effective manner, we ask that you just take the liner with you and return it the next week (or even come with a reusable bag to transfer your produce). If you do find yourself needing to take home crates and liners (and we know there are occasions for doing so), please bring them back the next week so that we can continue to keep our costs down.  We reuse many types of containers- 1 doz egg cartons (paper cartons preferred), green berry tills, quart and pint jars, etc.  (Several items we do not reuse include plastic egg carton and plastic berry containers)

 

 

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. If you come across a recipe you particularly like, please send it and we’ll add it.

 

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)