Week 3 Fall Shares 2018

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Week 3 of Fall Shares!

Here is Week 3 of our Fall Shares for you!

Thursday, October 18th
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

The frost over the weekend likely spelled the end for peppers and eggplant in our share baskets for the season. Our Spinach is still sizing up, but we are hoping for a decent harvest of it this week. The Acorn Squash seems to have been affected by disease and has not been storing well for us. We recommend using it sooner rather than later and holding on to Butternut Squash for storage. We will be doing our best to keep greens in the share baskets for as long into the fall as possible. We have beds coming in of Baby Kale, Spinach, Arugula, and Lettuce Mix coming in pretty thick, and our Kale will be harvested for shares, as well. We will be passing out Beets and Carrots on alternating weeks starting in Week 3.

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 3:
Acorn Squash
Potatoes
Garlic
Leeks
Spinach
Radishes
Beets
Kale
Parsley
Salad Greens Mix

Egg Share: Every Week + Every Other Week

Bread Share: Cornmeal Pumpkin

Anticipated Harvest Week 4 (Subject to Change):
Butternut Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Garlic
Onions
Spinach
Radishes
Carrots
Kale
Cilantro
Greens Mix

Egg Share: Every Week

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How To Store Your Fall Veggies!

Many of the vegetables that you will receive in your Fall Share are able to be stored for significant periods of time using the correct methods. We are including the link below for y’all to follow to get detailed instruction on the proper storage techniques for almost all of the vegetables you will receive in your basket this season:
https://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/root-cellaring/storage-crops-zm0z12aszsie

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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!

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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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Thank You Summer CSA Members!

As the Farm Manager, I would like to extend a thank you to all of our Summer CSA Members. This was my first year managing the farm, and I learned a lot about what it takes to keep Tracie’s up and running all while trying to keep the share baskets full. As with any growing season, there were plenty of trials and tribulations, and I thank all of you for your patience as I learned the nuances of the farm and how to resolve the inevitable obstacles. I try to learn from every experience on the farm, and there were plenty of successes and failures that I will work to replicate and resolve heading into the winter time and the 2019 season. Thank you again for sharing our harvest with us this season. Tracie’s Farm holds a special place in my heart, and all of you are the one’s that make this place possible. I can only hope that y’all are able to forge your own connection with our farm, as well.

Thank you,
Jack Rixey
Farm Manager

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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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Recipe of the Week

Beet Risotto

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What The Farmers Are Up To

We got down to business clearing off our rock wall and getting the rest of the property ready to shut down for winter. This week we will start to split apart our Garlic and plant it for next summer!

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