Week 14 of Summer Shares 2019! Bulk Tomatoes Available, Fall CSA Shares!


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 14 of Summer Shares!

What a week for the weather! First came the frost fear for our summer crops, and now we’re in the middle of a final (maybe?) taste of summer! (We just narrowly avoided a frost by the way) Here’s week 14 of shares for you!

Seconds Tomatoes — $1.00/lb

Please email farmers@traciesfarm.com for ordering information

As I stated above, we were lucky to avoid the frost warning this week. It was so close that the grass on the edges of the field was frosted, but everything in the field itself was safe. Regardless, we’re starting to see the fall slowdown with shorter days and cooler nights. Tomatoes will continue to go around shares, but we will be dropping down the weight we pass out. They should go for at least another week, and hopefully until the end of shares. The red field tomatoes have essentially come to a halt, but the orange field tomatoes are still producing well. We like the orange tomatoes because they tend to be less acidic. Shares will either receive summer squash OR zucchini. Those beds have slowed down considerably. The same goes for Slicing cukes and pickling cukes. Fall spinach has sized up nicely! It will be going around this week and next. Radishes are looking nice and will be in shares over the next few weeks. We row covered our red peppers in preparation for the possible frost. We are really hoping to see a good red pepper harvest by the end of the year. Leeks will be new to your basket this week! Beans are likely done for the season. We might harvest some to put in our store, but we will not get any considerable weight out of our beds for shares. We were happy with the bean harvest this year! Broccoli ought to start making its way around shares again this week. It will go around shares over the last few weeks of the season.

Starting week 13, 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 9/23, Wednesday 9/25, Friday 9/27
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 14:
Acorn Squash
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers (pickling OR slicing)
Eggplant (Japanese OR Italian)
Peppers (green OR purple)
Summer Squash OR Zucchini
Tomatoes (standard and heirloom)

Chard Share: 16 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Scallions
Speciality Greens: Arugula, Tokyo Bekana, Baby Kale Mix
Egg Share: 16 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 Week Share
Bread Share: Cornmeal Pumpkin

Flower Shares
Lettuce Mix Shares

Anticipated Basket Week 15 (Subject to Change):
Butternut Squash
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers (pickling and slicing)

Chard Share: 16 Week Share
Kale Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Cilantro
Speciality Greens: Greens Mix
Egg Share: 16 Week Share
Coffee Share: 16 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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Fitzwilliam Fantasy Fair!

Hear ye, hear ye! On October 5, 2019, Fitzwilliam, NH will host the 2nd annual Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire on the town green. This day of medieval mischief & magic will celebrate community with live music & performances, tasty food, & local vendors galore!

Come see us at the Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire Oct 5 on Fitzwilliam, NH’s historic town green! We’ll be set up to sell produce all day & we’re excited to see the faces of friends new and old. With live music, scrumptious food, an autumn photo booth, & more, how can you go wrong? See you there! #FitzFaire2019 #RenaissanceFaire @FitzFaire https://bit.ly/2KpUQJX

Acorn stuffed w spinach

Recipe of the Week

We will DEFINITELY be doing this with our acorn squash and spinach this week!

Acorn Squash with Spinach Stuffing!

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.

photo feb 26 10 15 10 am

What’s Going On At The Farm

We had a great week harvesting the bulk of our winter squash! The acorn came out beautifully. Our kabocha squash came out with more pest damage than we would like to see, but we still have plenty for fall shares! This week we will move on to our butternut squash!


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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