Blog/Farm Newsletters

Posted 3/15/2016 10:10am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK 

Full Share: Carrots, Potatoes, Celeriac, Onions, Garlic, and the greens share below.
 
Greens Share: Spinach, Mesclun Mix, Choice of Collards or Chard

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



FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

Last week's spring-like weather really gave a burst of energy here on the farm. Our greenhouses truly greened before our eyes.  The spinach that has been producing so faithfully all winter is growing fast and reaching skyward, showing signs that it may be in it's last weeks of production.  As if to step up to take it's place, our plantings of mesclun that we have been coaxing along all winter are ready to kick into gear.  We have also been transplanting lots of other plants into the greenhouses in the last week- Lettuce heads, bok choy, scallions, kohlrabi, lots of spring kale and more.  Our first plantings of peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant are germinated in the propagation greenhouse, and soon we will begin seeding our first spring roots-radishes, spring carrots, and beets.

Outside the greenhouses, signs of spring are also appearing.  Our young pullet hens are now about 16 weeks old and are starting to lay eggs for which we are very grateful.   You may notice  a little more color in both the egg yolks and the shells as the pastures begin to green, and the Americana hens that seem to slow egg production in the winter months are again laying!  Also this week, Chandler and I sheared our small folk of sheep in preparation of the lambing season which we expect to begin in a few weeks.  

While the winter provides a more relaxed schedule for us farmers, we are always excited when spring returns to the farm.  For those of you on the Penn State calendar, we hope you had a wonderful week of Spring Break and have new energy for the rest of the semester.  And for those who did not get at break, we trust the lengthening days, warming temperatures, and increasing size of the greens share are providing a new energy for you as well!    

Deb

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

 

Posted 2/16/2016 10:51am by Debra Brubaker .

Hello Folks,

We are planning to keep to our scheduled distribution today.  Should we encounter problems, we will let you know ASAP. 

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK 

 
Full Share: Carrots*, Onions, French Fingerling Potatoes, Red Beets*, Parsnips, Garlic
 
*Note: Due to the extreme temperatures this weekend we did not have the opportunity to wash daikon radishes so we substituted red beets which we already had washed.  We also did not have enough washed carrots, so some of you will be getting unwashed carrots in your share.  We thank you for being willing to do the washing this week so we didn't risk freezing pipes and bodies.  
 
Greens Share: Spinach, Mesclun Mix

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



FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

This past week has been a time for learning and seeding! We were able to spend time at both the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association meeting and the PASA (PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture) conference last week, where we heard researchers and farmers speak on topics from potatoes to alternative greenhouse heating techniques.  It was great learning about the latest research and connecting with our farmer friends from all over the state.  

Back on the farm, we have been doing loads of seeding both in the propagation greenhouse and in the field tunnels. Above are scallions that will be transplanted into the greenhouse in hopes of making it into the first summer share (now there's a box prediction)!  For the full share members, you will be receiving Red French Fingerlings today, which are grown by one of our TOG farm friends.  These are such a tasty potato that I like to parboil, smash (I just use the bottom of a cup), and then skillet fry in butter with a bit of garlic and parsley.  A great side dish or to eat with your morning eggs.  These potatoes are also available for a la carte ordering.

Jackie

2016 Summer/Fall Season Sign-up Now Open!

Signup for our 2016 Summer/Fall Season is going on now.  We are eager for the return of spring and summer flavors and colors.  The planting has already started for our summer season, so we are eager to know how many CSA members to plan on supplying these season, so please sign up early and help us plan well.  Our Summer Season will begin the 3rd week of May and continue through the 3rd week of November.
 
Visit http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa for more information and to sign up! We'd love to continue to grow for you and your family!

 

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

Posted 2/2/2016 11:04am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THE SHARE THIS WEEK 
 
Full Share: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon Radishes, Celeriac, Turnips, Butternut Squash
 
Greens Share*: Spinach, Swiss chard/Collards, Red Cabbage
 
*Sorry the share prediction indicated Mesclun Mix would be part of this week's share- but we decided to let it grow till next time in the hope that we have a larger portion size to share with you all.  

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



FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

February is here, and after a January were I was feeling a little discouraged because our greenhouses were looking sparser than we had hoped for, we are beginning to see hopeful signs brought on by the return of the light.  Our little kale and lettuce transplants (above right) are really taking off in the propagation greenhouse and will be ready to transplant to our field tunnels in another week.  We also have multiple planting of our salad mix germinated which makes me very happy.  This time of year, we are entirly sun dependent in our high tunnels.  A sunny day can result in a 60-70 degree greenhouse, generating enough warmth to germinate these cool weather plants.  

In addition to keeping up with our weekly planting schedule, we have many other projects in the balance this winter.  We perhaps foolishly have decided to gut and renovate our kitchen over these winter months which adds an element of chaos to our lives, but we trust the results will be well worth the sacrifice now.  We are also working on designing and building a new structure for housing a new flock of laying hens we're are expecting in early March (another farmer friend with larger heated space started chicks for us in November).  We have seen an increase in demand for our eggs over the past 2 years, and are working to be able to accommodate a larger number of hens for the coming season.  

In addition to these fun projects we are working to build our farm crew for the coming season.  We are looking to hire 2-3 additional staff willing to live on farm this coming year.  We have a few applicants we are interviewing, but if you hear of folks looking for experience of a diversified farm, please urge them to contact us.  

Deb

2016 Summer/Fall Season Sign-up Now Open!

We have also just open our signup for our 2016 Summer/Fall Season.  We are eager for the return of spring and summer flavors and colors.  The planting has already started for our summer season, so we are eager to know how many CSA members to plan on supplying these season, so please sign up early and help us plan well.  Our Summer Season will begin the 3rd week of May and continue through the 3rd week of November.
 
Visit http://www.villageacresfarm.com/csa for more information and to sign up! We'd love to continue to grow for you and your family!

 

 

Posted 1/19/2016 8:47am by Debra Brubaker .

In this week's share:

Greens Share: Spinach,  Braising greens (3 types of Kale and a little chard), White Salad turnips with tops, pea shoots. 

Full Share: Onions, Potatoes, Beets, Carrot, Garlic, Acorn Squash, plus the greens share items

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: January 19th 3-6:30 PM

State College: January 19th 4-6:00PM Late pickup at 323 Keller St.

Harrisburg: Friday January 22nd  12PM-6PM


What's Going on at the farm:

It's the start of a new year and it has been packed with activity so far.  This past week our family was deeply immersed in Pennsylvania's 100th Farm Show in Harrisburg.  Hannah, in her position of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, oversees the Farm Show, and therefore was also very involved in pulling off this week long celebration of Pennsylvania's agriculture.  New this year, she coordinated a "Know Your Farmer" area of the complex, that included a farmer's market display of all the seasonal fruits and vegetables available in PA in January, a beautiful collage of PA's agriculture, an activity station by Rodale institute teaching kids about soil health and microbes, a indoor high tunnel showing the possibilities for season extension (done they PA vegetable growers Association), and a hydroponic tunnel displaying the work of a school to table program at Steelton High School, and booths by Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Farmers Union.  For more pictures from activities in the Know your farmer area, check out this photo album. In addition to helping set up and tear down this area, our family spent much of Wednesday at the Farm Show as welling, cheering on Chandler as she competed in the sheep to shawl competition there, spinning to her heart's content :-) 

In addition to the work and excitement of the Farm Show, we have also been trying to keep up with all the work at home.  Seeding has begun in the greenhouses which means that wood stoves require frequent tending to maintain the proper temperatures for the newly emerging seedlings.  We have also been fine tuning our seeding schedule for the year, making sure we have all supplies on hand.  Dad have been a trooper tending the hens in these cold days, taking fresh (unfrozen) water to them several time a day. Just this past week we moved the hens to a pasture closer to the buildings were they also have access to a small high tunnels with provides them with some additional warm space to scratch and eat during the day.  They are hardy little birds and we are so grateful to have them and their eggs. 

Produce Notes:

I mentioned in my initial email last week, that our salad greens are a little sparse at the opening of this winter CSA season due to the fact that the mild December triggered early growth (ie great surplus for the December shares) but threw off our scheduled harvest for this time of year.  Due to this we are trying to be creative and perhaps sending some less familiar greens your way.  Below are some ideas for the less traditional "greens"- we hope you enjoy them.

Turnip tops: use them with other braising greens.  They have a very mild mustardy flavor.  And the root is a delicious addition to a salad, crisp like a radish, but sweet, not spicy!

Pea shoots:  The pea shoots in the share are new for us.  We trialed a few trays in the past few weeks, and we also harvested the pea shoots from trays of Pea Shoots grown for the Farm Show exhibit by Peace Tree Farm (organic).  Rather then compost them at the end of the week, we harvested them and decided to let you all give them a try this week. They are great as a lettuce substitute in a wrap or sandwich, or can be mixed in with a salad.  

Deb for all at Village Acres.


 

Posted 12/22/2015 10:57am by Debra Brubaker .

IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE: Frozen Red Raspberries, Mesclun Mix, Kale Mix, Rainbow Chard, Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips, Salad Turnips, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Yellow Onions, and Parsley 

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: December 22nd 3-6:30 PM

State College: Tuesday December 22nd 4-6:00PM Late pickup at 323 Keller St.

Harrisburg: Wednesday December 23rd 12PM-6PM


FARM/PRODUCE NOTES:

What a year it has been here at Village Acres- surprise governmental appointment for Hannah, a growing season requiring lots of attention to irrigation, details of farm transition planning, and so much more.  While it was maybe one of the most hectic seasons in my tenure here, it seemed to be one of the smoothest years as well.  Jackie and Allison have been huge assets here at Village Acres.  As this was the second season here for both of them, they took on much of the responsibility of making sure everything was harvested and packed on time for deliveries.  I am ever grateful to have employees that I can trust will get the job done and will do it well.  Today we are saying goodbye to Allison, and while we are excited to see her pursue new interests are sad to see her go.  She has been a joy to work with.  One of my favorite things about Allison is that she is an inherently happy person.  Often times as she is walking from the packing shed to her house and I look out my office window and catch her break out into a radiant smile in response to something going on in her head. This sight has automatically brightened my day on so many occasions.  Allison is also very detail oriented and has taken the initiative of setting up a database that we will continue to use for developing planting schedules for years to come. I'm very happy to have had two years working along side Allison and look forward to seeing where see goes next.  If you see Allison today, send her will well wishes.

While we have to say good bye to Allison, we are pleased that Jackie will be saying with us again next season.  It is a real asset to have experienced employees stay with us for multiple years, so we really hope to treat Jackie well and have her stay as long a possible! 

We hope you all have enjoyed the 2015 season.  We of course hope that you feel well fed and that participating in our CSA has been worth your investment in our farm.  We are looking forward to a few weeks break here in January, but will be eager to see you all in January and will opening our 2016 Summer/Fall CSA in early January.  

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with good food and quaility time with friends and family.  Thanks for choosing us to be your farmers!

Peace,

Deb for all at Village Acres.


 

 

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

 

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