Week 3 of Spring Shares 2019!

 
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Week 3 of Spring Shares 3/28!

Happy Spring, everyone! Here is Week 3 of Spring Shares!

Our greenhouses are starting to kick into gear with the coming of Spring! This week we will be adding three new greens in your basket: Pea Shoots, Orach, and Baby Kale. Next week we are also hoping to include Lettuce Mix and Arugula!

This week we will be adding in Baby Kale to your basket. It is the same variety as the Kale you have been receiving, Red Russian, but is smaller, more tender, and better suited for salads.

Pick up will be on Thursday, March 28th any time after 2:30pm in the barn.

“C” denotes a green that can be used for cooking
“R” denotes a green that can be used raw for salads, sandwiches, etc.

What to expect Week 3:
Claytonia R
Spinach & Orach Mix C R
* A blend of baby spinach and ruby red orach (red spinach)
Chard C R
Kale C R
Baby Kale C R
Pea Shoots C R

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Shares

Anticipated basket Week 4:
Spinach and Orach Mix
Pea Shoots
Claytonia
Chard
Kale
Baby Kale
Lettuce Mix
Arugula

Summer Share

Summer CSA Shares Are Available!

15 Shares Needed By April 1st to Reach Our Goal!

We are close to our goal of 100 CSA members by April 1st, but still need a few more to get all the way there! As of tonight, we have 85 CSA shares sold. We are so close! If you have been thinking of signing up for a CSA, we encourage you to sign up early (see write up below), and if you know someone that is interested, please let them know about our farm!

We offer flexible payment plans to our members that do not wish to, or are not able to, pay for the entire price of the share up front. Our only requirements for payment are a $50 down payment upon signing up for your Summer Share, and to have the entirety of the CSA Share paid for in full by July 1st, 2019. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our produce, and offering payment plans is one way we are able to make that possible! You can follow the link below for more information regarding our 2019 Summer CSA Shares:
http://www.traciesfarm.com/wordpress/?page_id=25

Or follow this link to sign up today:
http://traciesfarmorders.com/SummerShare/CreateMember.aspx

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Spring Shares Have Started, But It’s Not Too Late To Join!

Pro-rated Spring CSA Shares Available

Didn’t sign up in time for Spring Shares? Just hearing about our Spring CSA? No Problem! We will continue to offer pro-rated Spring CSA Shares through the first few weeks of the season. If you are interested in getting in on the greens, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com to sign up!

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Monadnock Farm Share Program!

Tracie’s is extremely pleased to announce that we will be offering four subsidized Small CSA shares through the new Monadnock Farm Share Program. The program is designed to ease the cost burden of CSA shares for those that may not be able to afford it. Through the program, the recipient of the CSA share pays 50% of the total cost of the share, the Farm Share Fund pays 25%, and the farm covers the other 25%. This year we will be using money raised by donations to our Share Care Fund to cover the farms portion of the program. If you are interested in learning more about how to participate in the program, please follow the link below:

http://www.cheshireconservation.org/farmshare

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2019 Delivery Drivers Needed!

We are still looking for delivery drivers for 2019 Summer CSA Season. Our delivery drivers are expected to deliver up to 18 shares (~1 hour of driving) once a week for the full 16-weeks of the Summer CSA Season. In exchange, we compensate our drivers with a FREE Summer CSA Share.

If you are interested in this position and can make the commitment for the full 16 weeks, please email Jack Rixey at farmers@traciesfarm.com for more information!

Our current needs for delivery drivers are:
Keene M
Fitzwilliam/Richmond/Troy M or W
Jaffrey/Rindge M or W
Nelson M or W
Dublin M or W
Swanzey M or W
Gardner, MA M or W

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Tracie’s Farm 20th Anniversary May Day Pizza Potluck!

Tentatively Scheduled for Saturday, May 4th

For our 20th anniversary we are going to tie together our annual Spring Pizza Party with a tradition Tracie used to hold on the farm, a May Day celebration around the May Pole. May Day is a celebration of the fertility of the land, and we think that the land that has provided us sustenance for 20 years (9 in Sullivan, 11 in Fitzwilliam) deserves a party. Although we are still in the process of planning, we hope you will be able to come celebrate with us!

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Our Greenhouse Is Filling Up And We’d Like To Sell More Summer CSA Shares

Work is getting started back up on the farm, the days are longer and the sun is warmer, and the crew members are coming in a few days a week to work in the greenhouses. We are thrilled to be getting started on preparation for our Spring and Summer CSA Shares, but while we do so we are also thinking about what our Summer membership will look like. Our farm and many CSA’s as a whole have seen a decline in membership over the past few years, and we want to reverse that trend this year. We firmly believe in the CSA model as a way to positively impact our community for the benefit of both the farms and the people. Our farm is planned to provide CSA shares to over 300 members, a number we have failed to achieve since 2016. When we operate at near capacity our farm runs more efficiently and produces a healthier, heartier crop for the benefit of our members, neighbors, friends, and family. As we go below that number we start to see the efficiency of the farm drop off. This year we want to get back to 300 members, and we need your help! We are currently at 85 members or approximately 1/4 of the way to the number we would like to hit. If you have family, friends, or know anyone that is interested in a CSA please let them know about our farm! We are happy to answer any questions or concerns anyone might have, and if you have any inquiries please email our farm manager, Jack Rixey, at farmers@traciesfarm.com Thank you!

The Importance of Early Signups and Down Payments

Now that the Early Bird Specials for 2019 are passed, we thought we would elaborate a bit on how important it is for us to receive early signups for our CSA shares and the down payments that are required along with them.

To be noted: although we try to be as flexible as possible with our payment plans, we do require a $50 Down Payment due upon signup.

Early signups give us a sense of how many customers we can count on supplying shares for during the 2019 season. Although we have target numbers, and both low and high approximations of how many CSA Shares we expect to sell, we still rely on early signups to give us a more accurate idea of how many shares we will be providing for the coming year. Knowing how many shares we expect to sell in any given year affects our row planning, crop spacing, employment numbers, and inventory counts, plus so much more. Getting this information early helps us prepare ourselves for the coming season, and helps us prepare our fields to get maximum production over the 37 weeks we are providing CSA shares to members.

The down payment we require upon signing up is important to help get the farm shake off some of the winter rust after a long down season. The Spring is front loaded with most of the expenses for the farm, and includes our supply order, compost order, seed order, and advertising among other things. These are all necessary to get us up and running again, and the totals often end up in the thousands. Down payments and early share payments help us stay ahead of the game in the early Spring, which leads to a more productive Summer. We urge all of our members to sign up as early as possible, and we believe it is beneficial to us all.

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Work Share Positions Available!

We are looking for workshares for our 2019 Summer CSA Season! Workshares exchange four hours of work per week on either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday in exchange for a FREE Small CSA Share ($380 value, you can work more hours for larger shares). Our workshare positions are a great way to meet your local farmers, get to know how the food you eat is produced, and learn about the innerworkings of a small diversified vegetable operation. If you are interested in a workshare position, please email Jack Rixey at farmers@traciesfarm.com for more information!

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East Hill Farm Spring Farm Days!

Join us on Monday, April 22 from 9 am to 3 pm for a spectacular spring day!

Participate in some of our favorite activities and soak up all things spring on the farm! Activities may include: Milking the cow and goat, Pony Rides and Grooming, Visiting the Animals, Arts & Crafts, Butter Making, a Barnyard Bingo Game, a Sheep Shearing Demonstration, and a Campfire with S’mores Making!

$35/adult, $25/child, includes activities, lunch, tax and gratuities! What better way to spend your spring day.

All children must be accompanied by an an adult. Reservations are required. Please call us at 603 -242 -6495 with questions or to reserve your spot while it’s available!

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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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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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