Week 2 of Summer Shares: Week of June 22nd
Just a reminder- the baskets will be on the tables inside our barn ready to go after 3:30 PM. Please return Week 1’s basket when you pick up Week 2’s share! Delivery members- just put the empty basket outside where the driver leaves it for you.
Sometimes an item doesn’t make it all the way around to all the members. We keep track of where we left off and hand it out to people who didn’t get it the following week. These items are often listed with a ‘?’ next to it on our harvest list!
This Week’s Harvest:
Boc Choi Kale Share
Lettuce Orchard Hill Bread
Radishes Hakurei Turnips
Chard Every Week Only
Mesclun Every Week Only
Herb Share: Oregano
Peas? Garlic Scapes?
Week 3 Harvest: Spinach? Lettuce, Boc Choi, Radishes, Kale Every Week only, Chard Share, Mesclun Share, Herb Share- Dill, Peas? Garlic Scapes? Scallions? Kohlrabi?
What are the tiny holes in my Boc Choi? In the early spring, a pest called flea beetles like to munch on all of our plants in the Brassica family. This includes Boc Choi. It is still completely edible and delicious! We are very committed to NO SPRAYS, not even an herbicide or pesticide that is certified organic. This means sometimes we have pests to contend with! Let’s just call it “Lacey Boc Choi”, shall we?
Delivery Routes and all Wednesday shares are now closed. However, it is not too late to sign-up for a Summer Share that is picked up at the farm on Monday or Friday! We will prorate your share for any weeks you miss!
You do not have to pay for your entire share up front! You can make separate payments (for example, one when you sign up and one again in July). All payments are due in full August 1st!
This Week’s Recipe: Radish “Salsa”
This recipe uses garlic scapes! What are garlic scapes? A garlic scape comes off of the top of every garlic plant, from the center of its foliage. The little bud on the end of the scape is what would become a flower. Scapes are harvested to keep all the energy of the plant going into producing a big bulb of garlic. They are delicious cut up in salads, roasted and eaten on their own, or thrown into any dish that uses garlic!
Farmer Update: Where did the sun go? We have been having a good productive week at the farm despite clouds and rain! The outdoor determinant tomatoes are flowering so we uncovered them for the remainder of the season. There are small green tomatoes on our greenhouse cherry tomato plants and our greenhouse tomato plants. The early peas have flowered and have produced some baby peas! The garlic scapes are starting to come on! We checked germination on our winter squash and all looks well! We have been fertilizing, hoeing, weeding, and keeping everything green and beautiful. Don’t forget to check out our Farmstand or to stop by our Farmstore for our amazing fresh asparagus, Orchard Hill Bread, Smith Country Cheese, Walpole Creamery ice cream, and more!
What’s Fresh Now in the Farmstore/Farmstand?
Asparagus, Spinach, Lettuce Mix, Mesclun Mix, Chard, Kale, Parsley. Local eggs, honey, and syrup. Orchard Hill Bread, Walpole Creamery Ice Cream, Smith Country Cheese.
We will have a new system in our Farm Store for you to track debits and credits. There will be a folder behind the lock box with tabs A-Z. You can use a piece of paper from the notebook, write your last name, date and debits or credits on it. Then file it under the correct tab so you can find it easily the next time you visit the store!
We have a sale at our Farmstand! ALL PLANTS $2.00 EACH STARTING SUNDAY, JUNE 20TH!
Hanging Baskets $18
4.5″ pots: $3 each 8 for $22 (can mix and match varieties)
- Wave Petunias-3 colors
- Arbason perfect looking red tomatoes good yields
- Sungold orange cherry tomatoes
- Sakura red cherry tomatoes
6 packs=$3 each
Full tray-8, 6 packs (can mix and match varieties)=$22
- 2 types of Snapdragons
- Kale-Red Russian
- Flat and Curly Parsley
- Red Cabbage
- Green Cabbage
- Brussels Sprouts
Both Farmstore and Farmstand open daily from sunup to sundown.
Notes From Members of Our Community:
A New Educational Program at Tracie’s Community Farm! “Food For Thought” will be co-lead by Farm Manager Kristen Wilson and her sister Laura Fries, who has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Community Education. What: A fun educational summer opportunity for kids ages 8-14. Where: Tracie’s Farm When: Mondays June 29th- August 17th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Cost: $300 for the 8 week session. This program is focused on team building, food, and fun. Time together will start with team building games, move on to activities that help to teach about farming, food systems and healthy lifestyles. Kids will have the opportunity to do hands on farming activities as well as run their own garden. Every day will end with a snack made together with food from the gardens. The summer will end with a feast prepared by the youth for their families! To sign-up, ask questions, or get more information please contact Laura at 603 568 5878 or email LHFries@gmail.com. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! We want this to be accessible to all, so if the cost is a hurdle for your family, please still reach out and let us know.
Wingate Farm chicken is back for 2015! We are offering fresh, pasture-raised, organically-fed chicken for pickup at Tracie’s
Community Farm and other locations. There is no substitute for quality meat raised on grass, and we want to be your local source for premium poultry. We believe healthy, local food should be available to everyone, regardless of income. In this spirit we use a sliding-scale payment structure, where you choose the amount that’s right for you.
Please visit www.wingate-farm.com to learn more about us, the farm, and how to order your chickens.