Spring Shares Week 9, 2019!

 
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2019 Summer CSA Share Update

We will be pushing back the start date of our Summer CSA Shares to the third or the fourth week of June. With all the Spring rain, we are still waiting to get into our fields, and our original estimation of starting June 10th needs to be changed. Summer Shares will still run for 16 weeks, and will go for longer into the fall. Fall CSA Shares will not be affected by this change. Thank you to all of our members in advance for your flexibility, and we will be posting updates weekly regarding the start of Summer Shares.

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Week 9 of Spring Shares 5/9!

Welcome to Week 9 of Spring Shares!

Our Spinach is looking like it may finally be slowing down this season. We will be passing it out in shares this week, and will make a decision on next week when the time comes. We will be including Red Orach in your bag of Spinach, which can be used the same way you use Spinach. Head Lettuce and Bok Choy will be making it into your basket this week!

It is a good time to note that some produce will have pest damage during our harvest seasons. Bok Choy is an easy target for a persistent pest around the farm, and has some small holes in its upper leaves. We are dedicated to remaining a spray and pesticide-free farm, and one of the consequences of that is occasional pest damage. However, we make sure to inspect every crop we harvest, and if at any time we believe the nutritional integrity has been affected by pests, then we either place it on our swap table as a “second” or compost it if the damage is extensive.

Pick up will be on Thursday, May 9th 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.

A ? denotes a crop that we are on the fence about harvesting for the current week.

What to expect Week 8:
Arugula C R
Baby Kale C R
Bok Choy Mini Heads C R
Bok Choy Salad Recipe We use ramen noodles instead of chow mein noodles!
Claytonia C R
Cilantro R
Dill R
Perfect for a potato salad!
Hakurai Turnips with Greens C R
AKA “salad turnips” these are sweet and delicious sliced up in a salad, and the greens are edible, as well!
Head Lettuce R
Lettuce Mix R
Orach and Spinach Mix C R

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week

Anticipated basket Week 10:
Baby Kale
Bok Choy Larger Heads
Dill
Hakurai Turnips
Head Lettuce
Lettuce Mix
Radishes
Ruby Red Orach

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Thank You To Everyone That Attended Our Spring Potluck!

We would like to thank all of our members and neighbors that were able to attend our potluck this weekend! It is always a pleasure to put a face to a name, and we hope you will all join us again for our Fall Party!

Summer Share

Summer CSA Shares Are Available!

Now that we have reached our goal of 100 members by April 1st, our next goal is to have 250 Summer CSA members for this year!

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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Roadside Nursery Open!

We only put out plants that are seasonally appropriate in our nursery, so the early season consists of all cold hardy vegetables and flowers that are well suited to our spring climate. As the weather warms and the danger of frost passes, we will be adding more and more summer crops. Come see what we’ve got!

Our Roadside Nursery is open daily, dawn to dusk, and operates on the honor system. Please bring Cash or Check and pay using the cash box provided in the Farm Stand.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

6 packs- $3 each or mix and match a full tray of 8 for $22

4.5in Pots – $3 each or mix and match a full tray of 8 for $22

10″ Hanging Pots – $18 each
Window Boxes — $18 each

Summer Share

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:
Fitzwilliam/Richmond/Troy M or W
Gardner, MA M or W

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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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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