Final Week of Fall Shares 2019! Pickup Tuesday, Nov. 26th! Thank You CSA Members!

  THANK YOU CSA MEMBERS! The last week of CSA shares for the 2019 season is finally upon us, and the crew on the farm is looking forward to a little time to relax before gearing up again for 2020. This year has been full of surprises, as they all are. Some of the surprises were wonderful, and some difficult, but they all offered an opportunity to learn and improve. We are happy with how our 2019 CSA shares panned out, but we also saw a lot of areas where we can, and will, improve upon for 2020. Most importantly, however, is how you, our CSA members and supporting community members, perceived shares this year. Without you our farm would not exist, and we aim to put together the best CSA shares and farm store we possibly can in order … Continue reading »

Fall Shares Week 6! Thanksgiving Pickup Tuesday, Nov. 26th

  Week 6 of Fall Shares! FOR THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING PICKUP WILL BE ON TUE. NOV. 26TH DELIVERY SHARES WILL RECEIVE BAGS THIS WEEK IN ORDER TO RETRIEVE BASKETS. It’s hard to believe we only have two more weeks of shares, and one is a short week. Once we finish up the last week of shares on the farm, the crew will officially be on our winter break. We will still have work to do intermittently around the farm, but in the winter we dial it back and let the farmers work their winter jobs. We are all lucky to have employment setup so that we can seamlessly transition from one to the other, and back again in the spring. We are excited for the final two weeks of shares, and are already looking forward to starting back up … Continue reading »

Fall Shares Week 5 2019 ! Put your Squash to Good Use!

  Week 5 of Fall Shares! This cold weather has really got us feeling winter coming on. It’s harder to work with our hands outdoors, and the any outdoor greens that haven’t succumbed to the frost yet will after tonight. We’ll be putting everything away for the winter this week, and closing up our barn store for the winter. There will still be some items available, like ice cream, squash, maple syrup, and honey, but we will not be stocking the fridge any longer. TAKING ORDERS FOR THANKSGIVING BREAD We are taking order for anyone that would like to include a loaf or Orchard Hill Bread or Finnish Mama Nisu (Sweet Bread) in the week of Thanksgiving basket. Orders must be in by 11/19, and can be made by responding to this email, or emailing farmers@traciesfarm.com Orchard hill bread is … Continue reading »

Fall Shares Week 4 2019! An Important Announcement From Tracie Loock

Tracie’s Farm is Changing Hands A message to our CSA and community members from Tracie Loock Today, I sold the farm business and land to Tom and Mary Frazier of Elephant Rock Farm, LLC. The farm’s land was originally part of the Elephant Rock Farm property, so they are ecstatic to have all the land back together again as one piece. They are very excited to continue the model of Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC and all it’s become over the last 22 years. Jack Rixey and the returning crew of Will Kindler, Nolan Buonomano, and Sarah Tarr with all of their energy and passion for farming the land will continue to manage the farm long term. For those of you who’ve met Jack and seen what he has done since he took over management two years ago probably have already … Continue reading »

Fall Shares Week 3 2019! Happy Halloween!

  Payments For Fall Shares Due Nov. 7th The deadline for full payment of fall CSA shares is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 7th. Anyone with an outstanding balance will receive an email reminder, as well. If you are not sure, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com, and we will get back to you with your balance. Week 3 of Fall Shares! This week has felt a little glum compared to the beautiful weather last week, but our crops are happy and we are ready for another week of shares! CHICKENS FOR SALE One of the second year farmers here raised some organically fed and pastured chickens this summer, and has a few extra for sale! The chickens are $3.33/lb and the following whole birds are available: 1 x 8.75lbs – $29.14 1 x 8.50lbs – $28.30 each 1 x 8lbs – $26.64 … Continue reading »

Fall Shares Week 2, 2019! Fall Share Payments Due Nov. 7th

  Payments For Fall Shares Due Nov. 7th The deadline for full payment of fall CSA shares is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 7th. Anyone with an outstanding balance will receive an email reminder, as well. If you are not sure, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com, and we will get back to you with your balance. Week 2 of Fall Shares! What a beautiful week we are having so far! Such a change after the storms at the end of last week. It was quite the experience harvesting through all that wind and rain! We hope everyone stayed dry! CHICKENS FOR SALE One of the second year farmers here raised some organically fed and pastured chickens this summer, and has a few extra for sale! The chickens are $3.33/lb and the following whole birds are available: 1 x 8.75lbs – $29.14 2 … Continue reading »

Fall Shares Week 1 2019! Welcome Fall CSA Members! Pickup Information

  Fall CSA Information Email All of our members should have received this email individually, but just in case we are including our information email in our newsletter. If you did not receive our email, please let me know and I will make sure you are on our mailing list! Welcome Fall CSA Members! Thursday, October 17th is the first pickup day of our fall CSA shares! We are super excited to be getting our season underway, but we wanted to share some information about share pickup before we get started. Pickup and delivery will be every Thursday starting on October 17th EXCEPT FOR the final week of shares which will go out on Tuesday, November 26th to account for Thanksgiving. The last day of shares will be Tuesday, Nov. 26th. On farm pickup for fall shares is in our … Continue reading »

Final Week of Summer Shares 2019! Thank You Summer CSA Members!

  Thank You Summer CSA Members! As we enter the final week of summer shares, we would like to extend a thank you to all of our members for another wonderful summer. Without you, none of this would be possible. The final week of shares gives our crew a chance to reflect on the season; what we did well, where we went wrong, and how to improve for next year. As always, we would love to hear your reflections on the season, as well. Our CSA is the driving force of the farm, and we want to make it the best possible CSA for our members. If you have any feedback regarding our CSA, please send us a message at farmers@traciesfarm.com letting us know what you thought of summer shares this year! Thank YOU! Space is Filling Up Fast For … Continue reading »

Week 15 of Summer Shares 2019! Fall CSA Shares Are Going Fast!

  Space is Filling Up Fast For Fall CSA Shares! Our fall CSA shares are selling quick, so if you want to get in on the harvest, we recommend acting fast! As of right now, we have 19 CSA shares available to our members, 13 small shares and 6 large shares. Everything is looking good for a bountiful fall! We have started pulling up beets and carrots, our winter squash is sweetening up in our greenhouse, potatoes and sweet potatoes are arriving on the farm next week, and our greenhouse is planted with lots of greens to go out to our shares! The best part of the fall share is that most of the veggies are meant to store, which means you can eat local all winter! Read on to learn more! Week 15 of Summer Shares! We can hardly … Continue reading »

Week 14 of Summer Shares 2019! Bulk Tomatoes Available, Fall CSA Shares!

  We Need Your Help! We are reaching the part of the season where incoming payments for summer shares have tapered off, and incoming payments for fall shares are only trickling in. This is always a tricky time of year for us because we operate on such close margins, and we need your help to get us back and stable again! If you or anyone you know is planning on signing up for a fall CSA share with us this year, we kindly ask that you do so sooner rather than later! Additionally, if you know anyone that may be interested in signing up for a fall CSA share, we ask that you will recommend us! Payments from fall shares largely go towards covering payroll for the farmers in the fields each week, but they also cover supplies we purchase … Continue reading »