Week 5 of Summer Shares 2019! Fall Share Delivery Workshares Needed! Update for Raspberry Shares

Raspberry Share Update

Unfortunately our raspberry rows suffered a bad bout of winter kill this year, and we are not going to be able to fulfill all of our raspberry shares this season. Our plan is to pass out as many as we can, and supplement the rest with blueberries, or peaches, pears, and plums from our fruit trees, until we reach the dollar value of our Raspberry share. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will try our best to make it up to you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com

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Week 5 of Summer Shares!

Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer CSA Shares!

WOW! What a weekend! We couldn’t believe how hot it felt at times this weekend, and we hope everyone stayed cool!

Our Broccoli beds are still producing nicely, and the succession beds are coming in as planned so far! The Summer Squash and Zucchini took advantage of the humidity and are growing every day. Pickling cucumbers are coming in heavy, Slicers are taking a little longer, but we believe everyone will get at least one this week. We’re still waiting for our Cherry Tomatoes to pop, but in the meantime we will be passing around pints as they come in. Carrots and Napa Cabbage will be new to your basket this week. Check out the recipe below!

This weeks shares will go out: Monday 7/22, Wednesday 7/24, Friday 7/26
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

Lettuce Mix and Flower Shares starting this week!

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 ? 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 5:
Broccoli
Carrots
Cherry Tomatoes?
Head Lettuce
Napa Cabbage
Pickling Cucumbers
Slicing Cucumbers
Snap Peas
Summer Squash
Zucchini?

Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share
Herb Share: Cilantro
Speciality Greens: Arugula, Orach, and Tokyo Bekana Mix
Egg Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Bread Share: Cinnamon Raisin

Anticipated Basket Week 6 (Subject to Change):
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cherry Tomatoes
Head Lettuce
Pickling Cucumbers
Slicing Cucumbers
Snap Peas
Summer Squash
Tomatoes?
Zucchini

Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share
Herb Share: Parsley
Speciality Greens: Pea Shoots
Egg Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share

Fall VEggies

Delivery Drivers and Pickup Locations Needed for Fall Shares!

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.

Pickup for Fall Shares is in our barn, or at one of our pickup locations in Keene, Swanzey, Peterborough, or Nelson.

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.

Delivery Drivers and Pickup Locations

Delivery drivers are expected to pickup CSA share baskets and deliver them to their pickup location every Thursday for 8 weeks in the fall in exchange for a small Fall CSA share.

We currently need two drivers for our Keene and Peterborough pickup locations, and we are looking for a driver and pickup location in Swanzey and Nelson for this Fall. Pickup locations can be at your house as long as you have an area that is under cover and can keep 8-15 baskets safe from the elements.

We are looking for drivers that are able to use their house as the pickup location for our Swanzey and Nelson routes this year.

The Keene driver will deliver shares to The Works on Main St., and the Peterborough driver will deliver shares to a members house on Laurel St.

If you are interested in being a driver this year, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com for more information!

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:
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Napa and Carrots

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!

Napa Cabbage and Carrots with Rice Wine Oyster Sauce!

lettuce Mix

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!

Follow the Link Below For Detailed Instructions:
Tips For Vegetable Washing

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.

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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

Harvest is picking up and so are the weeds! It is a constant chore to how and weed our beds, and this week will have a lot of it! Almost all of our Carrot beds have been weeded, and we hope to finish up the last few this week. Harvest will make up most of our week this week, but in the downtime we will be out keeping up with the weeds!

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.

Week 5 of Summer Shares! Fall Share Delivery Workshares Needed! Update for Raspber

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