Week 11 of Summer Shares 2018

 
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Summer Shares Week 11!

We are doing our best to keep our baskets full through this weather. The clouds and rain have had an effect on the growth and regrowth of many of our crops, and we hope you will understand if a basket ever feels “light” for a week.

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Monday August 20th, Wednesday August 22nd, Friday August 24th
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

Wholesale Veggies

Firsts Tomatoes— $1.25/lb on orders over 10lbs
Seconds Tomatoes–$.50/lb
Roma Tomatoes–$1.50/lb

Pesto Basil–$5.00/lb special pricing for basil with some pest damage on leaves

Some veggies may come with limited pest damage. We are committed to operating as a 100% Spray and Pesticide Free farm, and one of the results of that is occasional pest problems. Typically the extent of the damage is small holes nibbled by insects, and we will never pass out vegetables that have lost their nutritional integrity due to pest damage. We hope you will understand!

A ? denotes a veggie that is either on the fence about harvesting this week, or will begin to make its way around the baskets week by week until everyone receives some.

What to Expect Week 10:
Green Cabbage
Summer Squash
Zucchini
Slicing Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Peppers
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Melons? (!)
Green Beans?
Eggplant?

Egg Share: Every Week + Every Other Week

Kale Share: Every Week + Every Other Week
Chard Share: Every Week

Herb Share: Dill
Specialty Greens: Sorrel

Flower Share
Lettuce Mix Share

Bread Share: Roasted Potato

Anticipated Harvest Week 11 (Subject to Change):
Beets?
Green Beans
Summer Squash
Zucchini
Cherry Tomatoes
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Peppers
Eggplant
Melons

Egg Share: Every Week

Kale Share: Every Week
Chard Share: Every Week + Every Other Week

Herb Share: Bulk Basil?
Specialty Greens: Arugula?

Lettuce Mix Share
Flower Share

Fall VEggies

Fall Share Signups Are Now Open!

Our ordering site for 2018 Fall Shares is live! Our Fall Share will run from Thursday, October 4th through Thursday, November 29th. The Fall Share is a personal favorite amongst the staff at Tracie’s and includes veggies like Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, and many more! The best part of the Fall Share is that most of the veggies store well, so you can eat local produce all winter long. We offer four pickup locations around the Monadnock Region for our Fall Share, which will be located in Keene, Swanzey, Nelson, and Peterborough. Follow the links below for more information or to sign up right away:

Fall Share Info

Fall Share Signups

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Get $100 off of your 2019 Summer CSA Share!

Any member that signs up and pays for their Fall Share in full by September 1st will be automatically entered to win a $100 discount on your 2019 Summer Share! All you need to do is signup and pay, no extra steps necessary! The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 2nd

Summer Share

Summer Shares Available at a Pro-Rated Cost!

We are entering the ninth week of shares, but we still have availability for late-comers! Please email farmers@traciesfarm.com with the share size you would like, any add-ons, pickup day (Monday or Friday), and a contact phone number. We will respond with a confirmation of your order and the total for the pro-rated share!

Follow the link below for more information on Summer Shares:

Summer Share Info

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We Are Hiring! Full and Part Time Positions Available!

We are looking for a couple more people to fill out our crew for the second half of the season. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic, self-motivated team players, serious about farming, with a positive attitude, stamina to work 10 hour days, move 50# bags, follow directions and pay attention to details, while having a good time for our Field Crew and Harvest positions.

If you are interested in learning about farming and getting connected to your food, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com with your cover letter and resume!

SNAP

Tracie’s is Now Accepting SNAP/EBT!

We have teamed up with the Cheshire County Conservation District to bring a SNAP card reader to our farm store. You can now use your SNAP card to purchase any veggies or food items from our farm store or to help pay for your CSA Share! All that AND through Granite State Market Match any veggie purchases on a SNAP card are 50% off! What a deal!

The hours the SNAP reader will be available are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

MFCC

Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition Farm Tour

On August 25th the MFCC will be hosting their 2nd Annual Monadnock Farm Tour. It is an opportunity to visit many of the farms in the area, and Tracie’s will be offering farm tours on the hour all day long! Follow the link below for more information:

MFCC Farm Tour

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Washing Veggies

We wash and sort all of greens coming out of the field, but we recommend that you do the same when you get your share home. For the seasoned CSA veterans, washing greens may seem like a no-brainer. However, there is an order to it and we would like to pass along as much information to our members as possible, new and old. Below is a step by step guide to washing your greens followed by a link for washing all of your vegetables!

Examples of leafy greens are kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, rapini, cabbage and pre-bagged greens like baby spinach.

Wash all leafy green vegetables, including pre-bagged greens under cold running tap water.
For leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and cabbage, remove the outer leaves first. Throw away any wilted or discoloured leaves.
Rinse leafy vegetables in a colander, drain (or use a salad spinner) and pat dry with a paper towel or tea towel.
Store in clean paper towels or a tea towel in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge. Use within a week.

Tip: Washing your green leafy vegetables as soon as you bring them home will make them easier to use in salads, stir fries and other dishes when you need them.

Vegetable Washing

Share Payments Due August 1st!

We would like to remind everyone that the full payment for your Summer Share is due on August 1st. If you have an outstanding balance, you should have received an email a couple of weeks ago reminding you. If you are unsure if you owe anything, you can email farmers@traciesfarm.com and we will let you know!

Fall VEggies

Fall Share Drop Off Locations and Drivers!

We are getting set up for Fall Shares, and we are looking for anyone interested in serving as a drop off location or to be a delivery driver for the drop off locations. We harvest on on Thursdays for Fall Shares and run for 9 weeks from October 5th to November 29th and expect the shares to be dropped off in there locations by 5:30pm. The towns we would like to offer pickup in are Peterborough, Swanzey, and Keene. We offer a small fall share in exchange for your service. If you are interested, please contact farmers@traciesfarm.com. Thank you!

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Workshares Welcome!

If you are interested in receiving a Summer Share but are unable to afford the full cost, we have workshare and delivery driver positions available! We trade a Summer Share to certain individuals who are willing to volunteer their time to Tracie’s Farm one day a week. Workshares are expected to work for four hours one harvest day per week and Delivery Drivers will be assigned a route to deliver to during the Summer Season. We trade a Small Share plus veggie add-ons as a base for Workshare and Delivery, but if you volunteer more time you can receive a larger share or non-veggie add-ons (coffee, bread, eggs)! If you are interested in trading you time for a share, follow the link below!
Work Shares needed Monday, Wednesday, or Friday!

Work Share and Delivery Drivers.

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Recipe of The Week

Squash Gratin

Spring Radishes

What The Farmers Are Up To

We continue to work through the rain and cloudy weather, but we are looking forward to some sun this week! Fingers crossed it lasts! As usual it is lots of weeding and harvesting on the farm this time of year. We started to pick Pumpkins on Thursday. Take a look at our stone wall the next time you stop by the farm!

 

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