Week 10 of Summer Shares 2019! How Are We Doing So Far? Bulk Tomatoes for Sale!

 
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We’d Love Your Feedback!

As we continue into the second half of the season, we would love to hear some of our members thoughts on the season so far. How have the baskets been? Are you satisfied with your produce each week? Have you been pleased with the variety of vegetables you receive? Our crew has been working hard in the fields to bring a you a basket we are proud of, and any comments, suggestions, words of encouragement, or ways to improve would be appreciated!

Please email farmers@traciesfarm.com with any feedback!

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Week 10 of Summer Shares!

We can’t believe it is already the last week of August! Welcome back to school to all the kids that started last week, and good luck on the new year to those starting this week! Even with summer vacation all done, the summer veggies are pouring in. It ought to be a good week this week. Here’s week 10 for you!

BULK TOMATOES FOR SALE!
Heirlooms — $3/lb
Orange Tomatoes — $2.50/lb
Red Tomatoes — $2.00/lb
Seconds Tomatoes — $1.00/lb

Bulk Pickling Cukes — $1.25/lb
Bulk Dill — $12.00/lb

Please email farmers@traciesfarm.com for ordering information

We will start harvesting from our second round of cucmber beds this week, and they should last until about the last couple weeks of shares. Tomatoes are coming in heavy from the field, and heirlooms will be in your basket this week. The heirlooms we grow are Japanese Black Trifele (reddish brown with a green shoulder), Green Zebra (green with stripes), and Striped German (large, orange and red). Beets with greens are back in baskets this week. Eggplant is pouring in from the field and will be in everyone’s basket this week. Radishes will be in shares again this week. Melons are looking beautiful and ready to make their way around shares. We are going to hold off on edamame until next week. Jalapenos and peppers are slowly coming in, and the plants are loaded with fruit. The newest summer squash and zucchini beds are producing heavier each week and should be a mainstay until close to the end of the season.

This weeks shares will go out: Monday 8/26, Wednesday 8/28, Friday 8/30
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

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 10:
Beans
Beets w/ greens
Broccoli?
Cherry Tomatoes?
Cucumbers (pickling and slicing)
Eggplant
Jalapenos?
Melons?
Peppers?
Radishes
Summer Squash
Tomatoes (standard and heirloom)
Zucchini

Chard Share: 16 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Parsley
Speciality Greens: Arugula, Tokyo Bekana, Baby Kale Mix
Egg Share: 16 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share
Bread Share: Sweet Pepper and Cheddar

Blueberry & Raspberry Shares?
Flower Shares
Lettuce Mix Shares

Anticipated Basket Week 11 (Subject to Change):
Beans
Carrots
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers (pickling and slicing)
Edamame
Eggplant
Jalapenos
Melons
Peppers
Radishes
Summer Squash
Tomatoes
Zucchini

Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share
Herb Share: Cilantro
Speciality Greens: Greens Mix
Egg Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share

Fall VEggies

Fall CSA Shares Are Available!

7-weeks of shares picked up on the farm or at one of our four pickup locations (Keene, Swanzey, Harrisville, and Peterborough).

Pickup on Thursdays from October 17th to November 26th.

A Staff Favorite!

Fall Shares typically consist of root crops and other storage veggies. Winter squash, carrots, cabbage, beets, onions, leeks, and more make up the basket each week. We also buy in potatoes from Atlas Farm in Northfield, MA, and sweet potatoes from Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH to pass out on a rotating basis throughout the entire fall season. The first few weeks of Fall Shares will receive any veggies still growing in our fields from Summer CSA Shares. Tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers will usually make an appearance; Lettuce mix, specialty greens, kale, chard, and spinach, make up the early season greens in your basket; and parsley, dill, and cilantro are passed out for herbs.

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Click Here To Sign Up!

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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Recipe of the Week

We made this pasta with orange tomatoes and heirlooms over the weekend, and it was amazing! We highly recommend this simple, but delicious, pasta recipe!

Pasta Pomodoro

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!

lettuce Mix

Washing Veggies

We wash and sort all of the 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

We cleared one entire field of weeds last week, and we hope to clear another one this week! We also pulled back the plastic on our onions to let them finish up drying their outer skins, harvested for shares, trellised tomatoes, and hoed our paths. We plan on clearing out our cucumber greenhouse in the next week or two to put in some fall greens and some tables for curing 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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