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 12 of Summer Shares!
Ahhh, the cool air of September! It has been a relief from the hot summer we’ve had, but summer veggies are still coming in heavy! Here is week 12 for you!
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We harvested over 170 pounds of beans last week, and are expecting to get a good amount this week, as well. The bushes will likely slow down after such a boom, but we expect decent production over the next few weeks. Edamame will be back in baskets. The crew has been raving about it all week. Cabbage will be rotating back into baskets this week. Cucumbers are slowing down, but will be in baskets this week and likely next, as well. Our tomatoes are starting to see some effects from disease, but our orange tomatoes are looking beautiful! Expect to see more of them in your baskets over the coming weeks. We have a couple more cilantro beds that need to be harvested, and we will be passing it out to all members. Herb share members will receive scallions this week. Melons will be finishing up there way around baskets this week, and that will likely be the end of them in shares this week. Green and purple peppers are starting to produce more heavily, red peppers will be making the rounds this week. Eggplant has been prolific in our fields, and will be featured for another week. Summer squash and zucchini will continue to go around baskets.
Starting next week, we will be passing one of each type of winter squash we grow in baskets for the final 4 weeks. We will also be including a rotation of onions, leeks, celeriac, and potatoes as a sample of our fall shares!
This weeks shares will go out: Monday 9/9, Wednesday 9/11, Friday 9/13
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 12:
Chard Share: 16 Week Share
Anticipated Basket Week 13 (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.
Recipe of the Week
A member recommended we feature gazpacho as a well for members to use their cucumbers. We couldn’t have agreed more!
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!
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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
We totally swapped out one of our greenhouses! The cukes came out, and we seeded some fall and winter greens in them for this year! We also moved in tables for curing fall veggies. This week we picked onions to cure in the greenhouse!
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.