Blog/Farm Newsletters

Posted 12/8/2015 1:05pm by Debra Brubaker .

IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE: Spinach, Mesclun mix, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, White Salad turnips, Sweet potatoes, Yellow Onions, Delicata Squash, Red Beets, Bok Choy, and Garlic

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

Please note this weeks' Delivery times: 

On Farm/Lewistown: Tuesday Dec 8th 3-6:30 PM

State College: Tuesday December 8th 4-6:00PM Late pickup at 323 Keller St.

Harrisburg: Friday December 11th 12PM-6PM


FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

The start of winter is being very kind to us farmers.  We are still harvesting a few items from the fields due to the unseasonably warm temperatures.  Inside the greenhouse, growth rates are much faster than they typically are which allows us to give generous portions of greens in this week's box.  

Jackie and Allison have been the main laborers on the vegetable side of the operation these past weeks, as I have been spending a good bit of time in the office these first 2 weeks of December finalize the details of our farm transition plan.  After several years of planning and many small steps, by the end of this calendar year we will have transitioned this farm fully to the next generation.  The land and buildings that have been our family farm since the early 80's will be collectively owned by myself and my siblings under the name Hope Fields.  The name is a nod of appreciation to my mother, Hope, who worked many years off the farm as a nurse to support our family's financial need and the growth and development of the farm. The business, Village Acres Farm and FoodShed, which is currently a partnership between my father, Roy and myself, will transition fully to my partner Hannah and I and we will lease the whole farm from Hope Fields.   All this means is that very little will change in the day to day operation, but we will be freeing my parents of all financial responsibility of the farm, while we as family continue to carry out our common vision of connecting people to their food, the earth, and each other while stewarding this small place in the world. This process of transition has understandably triggered a lot of reflection over the past year.  We have much to to grateful for, but one thing that stand out is how crucial our CSA members have been (and continue to be) to our long term success as a farm.  We cannot thank you enough for making a commitment to us each season, and encouraging us at each delivery.  Thank you!

Deb


 

Posted 11/17/2015 11:27am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE FINAL SHARE: (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share): Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, celeriac, red beets, carrots, garlic, cauliflower, lettuce mix, mesclun mix, kale mix, head lettuce, bokchoi (or tatsoi), Pie pumpkin (or butternut squash), parsley, and frozen red raspberries.

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

The last distribution of our Summer/Fall Season is today- if you are not sure if you have signed up for our Thanksgiving distribution next week, our two December deliveries, and/or our Winter Share starting in mid January, please check with us at distribution today, or send us an email.  

If you have signed up for a Thanksgiving share and/or turkey, please plan on these distribution times next week:

On Farm/Lewistown: Tuesday November 24th 3-6:30 PM

State College: Tuesday November 24th 4-6:30PM

Harrisburg/Selinsgrove: Wednesday November 25th 10AM-6PM

View a slideshow of produce shares from the last 28 weeks

Complete of end of season survey!


FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

As farmers that grow year round, it never really feels like we are truly at the end of a season-when one distribution is over, we are on to planing what will go in the next share and the one after that. That said, this week the rhythm changes and that simple change in rhythm/routine is enough to feel like an end/new beginning justifying time for reflection and expression of gratitude to all of you who have supported us over the Summer/Fall Season.  We know that joining a CSA requires you to be both flexible and adventurous as you plan meals. We acknowledge that your willingness to pay in advance of the season is no small investment in the success of our farm- sharing in the risk we take as farmers when we plant a seed every spring.  We are grateful to have found so many folks in our community willing to take on that risk- trusting that the investment in locally produced, fresh and nutritious food produced in conscientious ways will return in greater proportion to the risk involved.   We hope this has proved true for all of you.  All of us here on the farm truly love our daily work but all of our tasks are made some much more satisfying when we know the names and faces of those who will be eating our produce.  As we conclude this summer/fall season we would love to have feedback on your experience.  Our goal is to have members return season after season and would like to do all we can to improve your experience.  Please take some time to complete our end of season survey.  Also feel free to talk to us at distribution or send us an email.  Each season we do make changes we feel will contribute to everyone's overall satisfaction using feedback from completed surveys so don't feel shy to share your concerns/ideas.  

And again a huge thank you for your support over the season, if you would like to see as slideshow of photos we have taken of shares over the course of the season, you can view it here.

Blessings to you all,

Deb


End of Season Survey: We want your feedback on our season.  Overall we feel like we had a good growing season as the weather was gracious.  We hope you feel the share you received reflected this, but as always we would like to hear what you thought went well, and were we can improve to meet the expectations. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey (http://www.villageacresfarm.com/survey-2015-summerfall-csa).  I will be checking the response page like a student waiting for final grades to be posted;-)


Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. 

Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

 

Posted 11/10/2015 11:26am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):Savoy Cabbage, Mesclun, Tatsoi, Braising Greens (young Kale/collards), Sweet Potatoes, Red Onions, Celeriac, and Turnips. 

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

Please note: The last distribution of our Summer/Fall Season is next week.  Some of you have signed up for shares the week of Thanksgiving and for our 2 deliveries in December.  If you haven't signed up yet for Thankgiving/December weeks/Winter 2016 shares, please do so ASAP (see links below or do so at pickup) so we can plan properly for the coming months.  As always, we are so grateful to have your support!

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Frozen Chicken (limited supply), Honey, Olive oil. 
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

Hello Folks,

We’re in the final stretch of the 2015 season. The fields are almost all in pasture or cover crop. The high tunnels are two-dimensional, flat to the ground with salad and cooking greens. Hoops for winter protection fabric have appeared in the high tunnels. CSA preparations amount to harvesting greens and washing storage crops. The turkeys are just about sized up. The laying hens still provide the eggs we need but hardly any extra. The weeds have slowed to a stop--haha, just kidding on that one: chickweed thrives in this cooler weather in the tunnels, trying to choke out the spinach we’ve planted for you.

We’re still a week away from the last regular season distribution, but we can never thank you enough. So from intern Allison, I hope you enjoy the vegetables we grow for you; it is always satisfying for us to provide food we know is savored. Not to mention pride and bragging rights for the especially photograph-worthy vegetables (bell peppers? mesclun mix? I’m talking to you!). Thank you for your support these 27 weeks! (and for many more for returning members.)

Chicken share members, don’t forget about the remaining chickens on your account! Jackie has brought some along, and you can also pre-order for next week.

~Allison


Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. Most of our smaller birds have been preordered already, but we are open to selling pieces- Turkey Breast, Thighs, Drumsticks if you are looking for some turkey, but not interested in a 20lb bird.  Send us an email (csa@villageacresfarm.com) if this interests you as I don't have this option on our website yet.

Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types
 

Recipe Ideas:

Turnips could be described as a spicier potato, so try substituting turnips for all or part of a recipe that calls for potatoes. My favorite ideas would be in a latke/potato pancake or in a scalloped gratin dish.


 

Posted 11/3/2015 12:18pm by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share): Napa Cabbage, Daikon radish, Carrots, Spinach, Arugula or Kale mix, broccoli floretsor cauliflower, Acorn Squash, Red Potatoes, garlic, and Mesclun Mix (outside the box).

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

Please note: The last distribution of our Summer/Fall Season is the week of November 17th.  Some of you have signed up for shares the week of Thanksgiving and for our 2 deliveries in December.  If you haven't signed up yet for Thankgiving/December weeks/Winter 2016 shares, please do so ASAP (see links below or do so at pickup) so we can plan properly for the coming months.  As always, we are so grateful to have your support!

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Turmeric, Frozen Chicken (limited supply), Honey, Olive oil.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

What a gorgeous fall we are having!  The mild weather has been gracious to us, allowing our fall broccoli to send up side shoots which we rarely have the opportunity to harvest.  Also  a very long season variety of cauliflower we planted later than ideal is also nearly mature which makes me very happy as we hate to work to cultivate a crop in vain.  While we have nearly everything we were counting on out of the fields, the few things that remain continue to produce and our ever important cover crops are growing nicely as well.  

This time of year always is a time of reflection and planning.  We are wrapping up our Summer/Fall Season, and trying to anticipate our winter growing potential.  By the end of this week, we hope to have all the open space in our greenhouses planted- staggering our plantings to ensure consistent production over the next few months.  Perhaps you have already noticed that the time for cool weather greens has arrived.  If you haven't signed up for our winter season yet, I suggest you do so soon as we are approaching our greens share cap.  Also we will soon be sending out our Summer/Fall Survey.  We really like to get feedback on every season, as we are always tweaking our options/process to better meet the needs of our members and our own needs.  Please either through our survey in the coming weeks, or via email/in person, give us feedback.

Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. 

 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

This week's box is called our "Kimchi Box".  Napa Cabbage and Daikon radish are items that we often here folks are unsure of how to use so we try not to give out too often, but as they are critical components of kimchi (a favorite of many members), we like to make sure there is at least one share that is our "kimchi box" each year.  If you have never made Kimchi before, here is one Kimchi recipe to use as a guide. 


 

 

Posted 10/27/2015 11:17am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):  .

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

Please note: The last distribution of our Summer/Fall Season is the week of November 17th.  Some of you have signed up for shares the week of Thanksgiving and for our 2 deliveries in December.  If you haven't signed up yet for Thankgiving/December weeks/Winter 2016 shares, please do so ASAP (see links below or do so at pickup) so we can plan properly for the coming months.  As always, we are so grateful to have your support!

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Turmeric, Frozen Chicken (limited supply), Honey, Olive oil, Ground Beef from Blue Rooster Farm.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

Last week, everyone either received red or golden potatoes in the shares.  As we started using this particular variety of golden potatoes on the farm this past week, we realized that the many of them have rotten spots inside even though the potato looks perfectly fine from the outside.  We sincerely apologize for this problem.  Some of the remaining golden potatoes are okay or only have small spots inside.  They will be at distribution this week to be put on the share table for those of you that don't mind cutting around the bad spots.  We believe that there may have been an issue with the seed, as we are hearing similar issues from our farmer friends.  Again, we are sorry for this inconvenience.

As fall progresses and we are winding up most of the work in the fields, I would like to take a moment to recognize the phenomenal group of women that help us practically every day of the summer season.  They are all local Amish women that will unlikely ever see this e-newsletter, but I dedicate this issue to them. Every morning starts the same, with laughter and Pennsylvania Dutch chit-chat as they clamor out of the van, to the cooler to store lunches, and to change from their traveling head coverings to their work kerchiefs.  Thanks to these hard-working, dedicated women, we are able to complete our large, time-consuming tasks such as harvesting tomatoes, berries, rhubarb and all of our winter storage crops; helping to transplant large field plantings; cleaning the onions and garlic; and WEEDING!  They are not only fast (if you ask them to do a task, they usually come back way earlier than you anticipated looking for something else to do), but they also always make the day go faster with traditional songs, funny stories, jokes, and just trading cultural information between the English and Amish.  They are surprisingly well-versed in text-speak (I did stump them for several hours with BRB) and they all took to often saying, "was evah" or "whatever," which I'm not so sure is a good thing to pass from the English to the Amish lexicon.   So, to my friends Mary, Ada, Rebecca, Leena and Sadie, I say danki for another great season!  ~Jackie

Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. 

 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

Chard is probably my favorite "found" veggie since I started farming almost 3 years ago.  I cannot wait for the salty-sweet winter chard that I know is just around the corner.  Here are 19 recipe ideas for the novice and experienced chard chef:  http://www.brit.co/chard-recipes/.  


Have questions?  Email csa@villageacresfarm.com

 

Posted 10/20/2015 12:41pm by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):  Lettuce Heads, Mesclun Mix, Kale, Green tomatoes, Pie Pumpkin, yellow onions, celeriac, gold potatoes, carrots, and garlic.

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

Please note: The last distribution of our Summer/Fall Season is the week of November 17th.  Some of you have signed up for shares the week of Thanksgiving and for our 2 deliveries in December.  Please take the time today at distribution to consult our records and help us make sure we are all on the same page about what shares (if any) you are interested in past November 17th and into the Winter months.  Allison will have a spreadsheet at State College Distribution and there is a spreadsheet on the table at the farm.  If you haven't signed up yet for Thankgiving/December weeks/Winter 2016 shares, please do so ASAP (see links below or do so at pickup) so we can plan properly for the coming months.  As always, we are so grateful to have your support!

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Ginger, Village Acres Turmeric, the last few sungold tomatoes of the season, Frozen Chicken, Honey, and Olive oil.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

As expected, that first hard frost did arrive last weekend, but our (and especially Deb's) industriousness paid off and the farm was prepared. Most everything is growing in high tunnels now, but the kales and salad mixes still outside are hardy enough to keep on producing for you. You really have to always be thinking a season ahead as a farmer, and sometimes even then it's hard to find the time to do those advance tasks. Happily, Village Acres is improving in this regard, and last week Roy prepped four long raised beds to help us out next spring planting onions when our notoriously soggy ground is not fit for tractor work. Fall is perhaps the mentally busiest time of year: we're dealing with late fall crops, we're winterizing the farm and planning for the winter downtime, and at the same time figuring out where next year's tomatoes will be planted! Farmers have been adept at multitasking long before the invention of smartphones! ~Allison

Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. 

 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

Everyone's heard of fried green tomatoes, but have you ever eaten a Green Tomato Salsa Verde? My dad makes this every year like a chutney to serve over curries. Alternatively, you can let the tomatoes sit on your countertop and slowly ripen if you're patient enough.


 

 

Posted 10/13/2015 11:20am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):  Salanova Lettuce Heads, Savoy Cabbage, Bok Choi, Tomatoes (perhaps the last of season), Sweet Peppers (for sure the last of season), Onions, Sweet Potatoes (First of season), Salad Turnips, Watermelon Radish.

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

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Ginger, Frozen Chicken, Honey, Olive oil.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

Here we are at the point in the year when every farmer lets out a big sigh- average first frost is mid October for our region, and we are expecting the first frosty night to be sometime this week.  This means we will likely be saying goodbye to peppers and tomatoes this week.  Almost more notable for me at the moment, is that we will get to say goodbye to galinsoga, a pesty weed that keeps us on our toes much of the year . You may have encountered in from time to time in your salad mix (despite our best intentions)  While it is hard to say goodbye to the best summer has to offer, cold temperatures have their perks and we will embrace those this week.   

Despite the slowly growth rates, we are staying quite busy.  We have been concentrating on getting all the sweet potatoes washed and into storage before the temperatures fall (the photo above was taken yesterday during a sweet potato washing blitz- hopefully we will finish today!).  Harvest from the field continues and as we finish harvesting a field, we quickly till it and sow our winter cover crops.  The turkeys are also require more work every day as they grow- moving fence and shelters to make sure that have access to ample fresh pasture and convincing them to go in shelters at night is a how I've be beginning and ending my days lately.  It's a good time of you and I hope you all are enjoying your falls as well!

~Deb

Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. ~Deb

 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

Both the salad turnips and the watermelon radish are wonderful salad toppings.  They are delicious raw with the turnips being sweeter that what you would expect from a turnip and the watermelon radishes adding a nice mild spice and beautiful color (red centered).  I also like just cutting them up for a veggie tray as well.  

Posted 10/6/2015 11:34am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):  Winter Squash (Delicata/Sweet Dumpling), Red Potatoes, Salad Turnips, Red Onions, Garlic, Broccoli or Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Kale and Lettuce Heads.

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

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Ginger, Frozen Chicken, Eggs, Honey, Olive oil.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

With every passing day, our work becomes more focused, shifting our vision from the whole of the farm to the few patches of lingering roots crops, brassicas, and other hearty greens still in the field, and the high tunnels that have emerging little sprouts all over.  This past week, the night time temperatures dipped under 50 degrees which is the temperature at which we try to make sure all the squash and sweet potatoes are harvested and protected from these temperatures.  Luckily amid last week's rain showers we did get the last of the sweet potatoes into the greenhouse for curing (all 125 bushels of them!) We are also down to 1 bed of carrots in the field, which is good, because our cold coolers are about at capacity. (see picture below-right).  We are eager to share these harvests over the next months and even into next spring as is often the case with carrots and sweet potatoes.

 

Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder. ~Deb

 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

PAN-ROASTED HAKUREI TURNIPS WITH HONEY
Servings: 2Print
(adapted, only slightly, from Andrea Reusing’s Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes)

1 bunch small Hakurei turnips (about 10), halved lengthwise
2 tsp. vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 TB honey
Pinch of cayenne
1/2 TB water
Toss turnips with 1 tsp. oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

Combine honey, cayenne and water in a small bowl.

Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining tsp. oil. Add turnips. Sauté for about 10 minutes, turning turnips frequently, until they are golden brown.

Add honey mixture to turnips and toss them for a few minutes until glazed and tender. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

 

 


 

 

Posted 9/29/2015 9:58am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):  Green Cabbage, Bok Choi, Celeriac, Onions, bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes, Cauliflower (Fulls) or Broccoli (Mediums), and  Hot Peppers.

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

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Apple/Pear Cider, Frozen Chicken, Eggs, Honey, Olive oil.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

The winter storage crops are rolling in and it is my favorite time of year.  The crew spent a wonderful Friday afternoon, bare feet in the soil, harvesting carrots in the warm autumn sunshine. The harvests have been phenomenal so far, and we are playing our annual game of cooler tetris. Making it all fit, while still being able to access everything gets tricky this time of year.  The beets, carrots and cabbages have all exceeded our expectations.  We have only thinned the daikon radishes, and already have 6 bushels (I'm thinking that I'll try my hand at kimchi this year).  Sweet potato harvest started yesterday, and they are also looking good.  We stack them in the propagation greenhouse, so that they can cure.  Why, you ask?  Sweet potatoes aren't very sweet and have a dry texture when they are harvested.  We put them in a warm, humid environment so they can develop that sweet flavor we all love.  It also helps any cuts to heal for longer storage life.  We also had all of the apples and pears pressed this week into a cider, and it is fantastic.  I hope you have ordered some for this week's pick-up!  Finally, it's a great time of year to visit the farm, so come and join us for Farm Breakfast, this Saturday (10/3) from 8-11 am.  The last Farm Breakfast will be on November 7 (hey, that's my birthday!).  Hope to see you all there!   ~Jackie

 
Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder.
 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

I like my bok choy best in a simple garlic sauce, but it is also great in soups and stir fry.  I like to take one medium bok choy and rough chop it.  Add about 1 T of olive oil to a hot wok or large skillet.  Add 3 large chopped cloves of garlic to the oil and stir fry until aromatic.  Add the bok choy and stir fry for a minute or and then add about 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste).  Stir fry for a few more minutes and serve immediately.  

 


 

 

Posted 9/22/2015 11:10am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK (quantities in photo are reflective of a full share):  Salad Mix, Bell Peppers, Red Beets, Broccoli, Winter Squash (Delicata or Sweet Dumpling), Gold Potatoes, Red Onions, Garlic, Rainbow Chard, and Hot Peppers.

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

Extras for sale at Pickup today: Village Acres Pears, Frozen Chicken, Eggs, Honey, Olive oil.
 

FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

I'm just coming off a great weekend spent with my siblings and parents here at the farm.  This weekend we all gathered to work through some of the details of the transition of this land and farm from my parents to us as the next generation.  We all have so much history with this land and involvement with farm business over our lifetimes.  I feel truly blessed that we all are united in wanting to see the farm to continue to carry out the mission that my parents set out to fulfill when they moved to this farm over 30 years ago- to steward the land wisely and connect people to their food, the earth, and each other.   In addition to some productive time working out the legal details of the transfer, we also got to work together planting trees that we will all benefit us all into the future.  We expanded the planting of paw paw trees (lovely refered to as MawMaw's  PawPaw patch by my sisters), as well as planted a variety of native trees and shrubs (also started from seed by my green thumbed mother) along a section of our streams that needed more stream side vegetation.  Three generations of Brubakers working side by side is a beautiful thing- I wish I could keep them all around all the time- we'd get a lot done!  ~Deb

 

Turkey Preorder: Please take the time to reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving festivities.  You can do this online at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-turkey-preorder.
 
Thanksgiving/December Shares Available: We have added some additional weeks to our delivery schedule- the week of Thanksgiving, the week of December 8-11, or the week of Christmas. You can select to received vegetables for one or all of these weeks at http://villageacresfarm.com/store/thanksgiving-december-share-signup
 
2016 Winter/Spring Season Signup: We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Winter/Spring season which will begin the week of January 19th and continue with every other week deliveries through April.  Signup for a full produce share, a greens only share, egg shares, and a la carte ordering options.  To sign up for our Winter/Spring season visit http://villageacresfarm.com/members/types

Recipe Ideas:

'Tis the season of stuffed squash in our family.  Check out this site that gives 15 different stuffed squash ideas.  http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/15-cleverly-scrumptious-recipes-for-stuffed-squash/

 


 

 

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