Week 4 of Summer Shares 2019! Fall CSA Shares On Sale August 1st, Pro-rated Summer Shares Available Now!

 
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Week 4 of Summer Shares!

Welcome to Week 4 of our Summer CSA Shares!

Cherry Tomatoes and Pickling Cucumbers are starting to ripen in our green house and will begin making the rounds this week. When a crop first starts to come in we keep track of how far around the shares they get and resume in that position the following week. Typically we only have to do this for the first few weeks, and then everyone should be receiving tomatoes and cukes in their basket!

Beets and scallions will be new to your baskets this week, and peas and broccoli should be in abundance!

There will be a minor change in how we pack your baskets for this week. We have been trying to use less plastic in our shares after receiving some feedback from members, and although we will still try to use less plastic with as many veggies as possible, we will start to put any greens in bags for you from here on out. If you would prefer to continue receiving less plastic, please let us know and we will see if we can accommodate you. Thank you!

This weeks shares will go out: Monday 7/15, Wednesday 7/17, Friday 7/19
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

A few people have asked, so we thought we would clarify how our Baby Lettuce and Flower Share works. Those two add-ons run for 10 weeks out of the 16 week season, so you will not receive them every week this summer. We typically start them both around week 6 to run for the final 10 weeks of the season, but may start them earlier if our beds are coming in nicely.

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 resultss 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 ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.

What to Expect Week 4:
Beets with beet greens
Broccoli
Cucumbers?
Cherry Tomatoes?
Head Lettuce
Radishes
Snap Peas
Scallions

Chard Share: 16 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Bulk Basil for Pesto!
Speciality Greens: Baby Kale
Egg Share: 16 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share
Bread Share: Sweet Pepper and Cheddar

Anticipated Basket Week 5 (Subject to Change):
Broccoli
Carrots
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Head Lettuce
Radishes
Snap Peas
Summer Squash?
Zucchini?

Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share
Herb Share: Basil
Speciality Greens: Arugula
Egg Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share

Fall VEggies

Fall CSA Shares On Sale By Beginning of August!

We will be opening up our Fall CSA Share signups by August 1st! Fall Shares will run for 8 weeks from October 10th to November 26th, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Our Fall CSA shares consist mostly of storage crops, but in the first few weeks we continue passing out crops that are still producing from Summer Shares. This year we will be offering an early bird discount to any members that sign up and pay in full by September 1st! More details to come with opening of signups.

Summer Share

Pro-Rated Summer CSA Shares Are Available!

For On Farm Pickup Wednesdays and Fridays Only

Shares may have started, but you can still sign up! We offer pro-rated shares throughout the season for late joiners! If you are interested in receiving fresh veggies every week all summer long please email farmers@traciesfarm.com!

You can follow the link below for more information regarding our 2019 Summer CSA Shares:
http://www.traciesfarm.com/wordpress/?page_id=25

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Recipe of the Week

Each week we will offer a recipe that we like that includes as many items from your share as possible. Depending on your share size, you may have to scale the recipes up or down. We often use recipes from outside sources because it gives us a lot more options to share with you all!

Beet Risotto!

Pickup and Delivery Information

If you did not receive this email and signed up for a share, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com and we will locate your basket number.

Shares are right around the corner, and we would like to send out some information regarding shares and pickup before we get started.

If you are picking your share up in our barn, you can collect your share anytime after 3:30pm in our barn. You are welcome to come at any time that is most convenient for you, even later in the evening. If you can’t pick your basket up on your pickup day, you will have two days to collect your share from our barn before we donate it. Shares not picked up on their pickup day will be placed on the side table in our barn the following morning. Please keep in mind that most items need to be refrigerated, so the sooner you pick up the better for your veggies!

If you are a delivery, your share is expected to be at your house by 7:30pm. Typically deliveries will arrive between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, but occasionally our drivers can be held up. For the first few weeks deliveries might be a little later as the drivers get adjusted to their routes, but as the season progresses we expect shares to be delivered within that time frame.

Each Pickup member has been assigned a basket number and two baskets. Please look through the attached PDF to find your name and basket number. Your basket will be tagged and named. Please do not remove the tags. We use them to set up baskets and organize the handing out of produce. When you pick up your basket, please bring and leave behind the basket from the week before. If you do not bring back your baskets you will receive your veggies in a paper bag with your information on it. NEW FOR THIS SEASON: When you drop off your basket PLEASE LEAVE IT IN ON THE TABLE IN THE SAME SPOT YOU PICKED UP THE CURRENT WEEKS BASKET. This will make it easier for us to collect the baskets for redistribution the next week. You are also welcome to bring your own bags, take only the veggies and leave the basket!

Each Delivery member has been assigned a basket number and three baskets. Please look through the attached PDF to find your name and basket number. Your basket will be tagged and named. Please do not remove the tags. We use them to set up baskets and organize the handing out of produce. On your delivery day Please leave the last weeks basket in the same spot where your basket is dropped off. Your delivery driver will pick up your basket and bring them back to the farm to be put back into rotation. If you do not bring back your baskets you will receive your veggies in a paper bag with your information on it.

We would like to remind everyone that the first few weeks of shares will have less varieties of veggies in them until we really get rolling in to the summer harvest. The first few weeks usually consist of head lettuce and bok choy heads, spinach, and radishes. Starting our CSA later has allowed some of our crops to develop more, and you should start to receive more varieties like peas and garlic scapes within the first few weeks of the season.

If you ordered an add-on for every other week, our schedule goes as this:
Chard–Odd Weeks (Weeks 1,3,5, etc)
Kale–Even Weeks (Weeks 2,4,6, etc)
Eggs–Odd Weeks
Coffee–Odd Weeks

If you ordered extra honey or maple syrup in your share, those will go in your baskets on the first week.

We send out a newsletter detailing all the veggies you can expect in the next share every Sunday. If you have not been receiving our newsletter, please let me know and I will get you signed up for it!

Thank you for supporting our farm this year, and we hope to support you all summer!

Thank you,
Jack Rixey
Farm Manager

Get Fresh With Us!

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Washing Veggies

We wash a 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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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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What’s Going On At The Farm

This week we plan on… you guessed it! Harvesting and weeding! Keeping up with the weeds is our major project on the farm for this week, but we will also be trellising our greenhouse and field tomatoes, as well as fertilizing our winter squash!

SNAP

Tracie’s Accepts 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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