We Need Your Help!
We are reaching the part of the season where incoming payments for summer shares have tapered off, and incoming payments for fall shares are only trickling in. This is always a tricky time of year for us because we operate on such close margins, and we need your help to get us back and stable again! If you or anyone you know is planning on signing up for a fall CSA share with us this year, we kindly ask that you do so sooner rather than later! Additionally, if you know anyone that may be interested in signing up for a fall CSA share, we ask that you will recommend us! Payments from fall shares largely go towards covering payroll for the farmers in the fields each week, but they also cover supplies we purchase in the fall like compost for our fields, or hay for winter mulching. Fall shares are a staff favorite at Tracie’s, and everything is looking good for a bountiful fall season. We highly recommend it not just for the produce you receive the day of, but also for the amount of produce that can be stored so that you can eat local all winter!
Week 11 of Summer Shares!
Happy September!! We can’t believe the summer months are behind us and fall is just around the corner. It’s sad to say goodbye to long days and warm nights, but we are looking forward to what our fall harvest will bring!
BULK TOMATOES FOR SALE!
Bulk Pickling Cukes — $1.25/lb
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering information
Our beans have been producing heavily and will easily make their way around baskets this week. After hearing some feedback, we have decided to lighten up on the cucumber load for the rest of the season. We will still be including them in shares, but not in such high volume. We are still harvesting hundreds of pounds of tomatoes each week and will have red and heirlooms in shares this week. Edamame will be passed out this week! This is one of our crews favorite crops, and we are excited to be passing it out. Eggplant will continue to be in shares. Garlic will be back in this week. The peppers are still coming in slow, but our red peppers are just starting to turn, and when they come in we should have a heavy pepper harvest! Melons started around baskets and will continue to make the rounds this week.
This weeks shares will go out: Monday 9/2, Wednesday 9/4, Friday 9/6
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 11:
Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Anticipated Basket Week 12 (Subject to Change):
Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
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.
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 email@example.com!
You can follow the link below for more information regarding our 2019 Summer CSA Shares:
Recipe of the Week
A recipe for one of our crew’s favorite crop!
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!
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:
Examples of leafy greens are kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, rapini, cabbage and pre-bagged greens like baby spinach.
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.
What’s Going On At The Farm
Harvest, harvest, harvest! Our harvest days have gotten longer with tomatoes coming in so heavily, but boy is it worth it! This week our crew paid a visit to Hillside Spring’s farm in Westmoreland, NH on Thursday. We and 3 other farms participate in a monthly work day at each others farms to talk about what is going well, and help us all stay on top of the weeds. It was a good time as always to spend the day with 10 other farmers, and this month we will be meeting at Tracie’s!
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.