Week 16 Summer Shares 2018

 
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Summer Shares Week 16!

We are coming into the final week of our Summer CSA, and we would like to thank all of our members for a wonderful season together. It has been a season of ups and downs, and there was certainly a learning curve for the new manager of our farm. He has learned A LOT this year and is excited to take that knowledge and apply it next year. All in all we are proud of the produce that we were able to pass out and we hope you enjoyed your CSA basket this Summer!

Our Peppers and Eggplant are still producing well for this week. Tomatoes have taken a steep decline in production, but we will try to get them into the baskets. Our Spinach has not come in the way we would have liked, but we will be giving out Arugula as a green to our members this week.

Monday September 24th, Wednesday September 26th, Friday September 28th
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

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 16:
Spinach?
Arugula
Splits Garlic
Butternut Squash
Radishes
Peppers
Tomatoes?
Cherry Tomatoes?
Eggplant?

Egg Share: Every Week

Kale Share: Every Week
Chard Share: Every Week + Every Other Week (Our Chard has been taking a a long time to regrow after we harvest it and may be substituted with flat kale this week)

Herb Share: Cilantro
Specialty Greens: Baby Kale

Flower Share
Lettuce Mix Share

Bread Share: Honey Multigrain

Anticipated Harvest Fall Week 1 (Subject to Change):
Acorn Squash
Garlic
Arugula
Spinach
Radishes
Beets?
Lettuce Mix?
Cherry Tomatoes?
Tomatoes?
Peppers
Eggplant?

Egg Share: Every Week + Every Other Week

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A Plea For Fall Share Signups and Payments

As you all may know, farming is a labor of love, but it is not always easy to make ends meat on a farm. Our Fall Share signups have been slow coming in, and we would like to ask anyone that is planning on signing up to do so sooner rather than later, and to please recommend us to anyone that may be interested. Tracie’s Farm has been around for 19 years, and although it has always been a profitable enterprise, that streak is becoming harder and harder to keep up. CSA sales to the members of our community allow us to continue farming and serving our community, which is why we ask for your membership and the membership of the people you know. We strive to keep our share prices as low as possible for our members so that everyone can enjoy farm fresh produce, but in order to do that we need to sell a certain amount of shares. Any recommendation helps, and every member makes a difference in the success of our farm. Thank you for being a part of our community, and we hope we can remain a part of your community for years to come.

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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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Community Supported Solar by the Cheshire County Conservation District

As a part of a campaign to broaden the access to solar power in our region, the Cheshire County Conservation District is asking for contributions to the Community Supported Solar Project. Please follow the link below for more information regarding the project and how you can help support it!

CCCD Community Supported Solar

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.

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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

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What The Farmers Are Up To

We finished up cleaning our garlic during the heavy rain last week, and have been weeding around the farm the whole rest of the week. Our cover crop on the field across the street is starting to come in nicely and we are very excited about the benefits it will have to the soil there!

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