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Farmer Roy's Holiday Note

Posted 12/18/2012 9:48am by Roy Brubaker .

After a long silence I (so-called Farmer Roy) am again glad to greet you and share a few lines with our CSA friends/ members. We have had some beautiful weather for December, but I think we farmers also delight in the darkness of December, with the opportunity it provides for retreat to our homes after shorter work days. Relaxation, long restful nights and catching up on reading are pleasantries I relish these days. But during these shorter days we also review planting schedules, production records, work performance and profitability (of our first year operating as a daughter-Deb and Dad-Roy partnership).
Though we had some crop failures and didn't achieve our full potential we did have a profitable operation this year. And I as Dad, am very delighted that Deb has joined me in this partnership. I am also very grateful for the fine hard working staff currently with us. They are indeed worthy of the profit share they have earned this year.
With that note of gratitude, I also recognize with gratitude you CSA members, and your vital role in sustaining Village Acres Farm. Thank you, everyone! Some of whom have supported us from the very beginning, a total of 15 years. We hope and plan to keep rewarding you with good healthy food in the future. We believe we can improve our performance over time, and hope you will see and taste the difference in the year and years ahead.
As for other happenings, last week we had a farewell for David Ruggiero, CSA manager the last three years. Dave was a delight to have the total of five seasons here, and we wish him success as he begins his own vegetable production near Carlisle.
Also, seed orders are going out this week, also orders for raspberry and strawberry plants. Straw mulching on strawberries, garlic and asparagus is under way. Green- house plantings are taking more time with the additional large greenhouse this fall, and this should mean CSA members should have a consistent supply of greens through the winter months. We do not have the pork shares to offer this fall, as we have deferred to Blue Rooster Farm to be the pork distributor (email Julie@blueroosterfarm.com for more information)
To conclude, we hope all of you will delight in the darkness of December, and also the light and peace of the holiday seasons.

~Roy Brubaker

In the Box this week…Butternut Squash, *Potatoes, Carrot, Parsnips, Mesclun mix, Sweet Potatoes, Garlic, **Red Onion, *Cabbage, Kale/Arugula, Watermelon Radish, Spinach

Outside the box… Bok Choi and Tatsoi (for those of you who can’t get enough)

Note on this week’s vegetables:
*While 2012 was overall a good growing season we did have some difficulty. We had a potato crop failure (wet caused seed potatoes to rot in our heavy clay fields). Also our cabbage transplants were stunted with extreme heat in mid-summer and didn’t produce. Luckily our neighbor farmer Steve Wengerd has been able to help us make sure you folks get these staples this season.
**The Red Onions are certified organic onions we purchased from our growers co-op. While onion are reasonably good storers, we have had some difficulty keeping good quality onions year round. In order to help supply you with better quality, we often sell our own onions earlier in the fall to our co-op and in exchange have the ability to purchase good quality as needed through the winter months. We hope to find some better varieties and storage methods to be able to store our own onions better in the future as well.

Today’s box is a hefty box! We hope you like the variety. There will be a 3 week window and perhaps several Holiday feasts till our next distribution on January 8/9 so we thought a little more bulk could be utilized!

Upcoming events at the Farm:
Saturday, January 5th: Live Music at the FoodShed: “The Heggs”: a local bluesy, folksy band (staring our own Will Markely, part time farmer, full time musician.)Café opens at 6pm, music starts at 7PM. Event is co-sponsored by the Juniata Cultural Arts Committee. BYOB

Saturday, Jan 12th 2013 at 10am to Sunday, Jan 13th 2013 at 3pm, Village Acres FoodShed: Squash Hunger! With The Greenhouse : A delicious & heartwarming volunteer opportunity!
You are invited to Squash Hunger! Farmers from around Pennsylvania are setting aside their excess produce to be transformed into a delicious and nutritious soup for those in need. Please join us in sorting, preparing and freezing a bounty of squash soup. The soup will be donated to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Soup Kitchen for distribution directly to those in need in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg. For links to more information visit our Upcoming Events page on our website!