Space is Filling Up Fast For Fall CSA Shares!
Our fall CSA shares are selling quick, so if you want to get in on the harvest, we recommend acting fast! As of right now, we have 19 CSA shares available to our members, 13 small shares and 6 large shares. Everything is looking good for a bountiful fall! We have started pulling up beets and carrots, our winter squash is sweetening up in our greenhouse, potatoes and sweet potatoes are arriving on the farm next week, and our greenhouse is planted with lots of greens to go out to our shares! The best part of the fall share is that most of the veggies are meant to store, which means you can eat local all winter! Read on to learn more!
Week 15 of Summer Shares!
We can hardly believe it, but we are entering the second to last week of the summer season! Our crew has been working hard all summer to get baskets packed, and we feel pretty good about how shares fared this year. If anyone has any suggestions or feedback, please let us know! This is about the time that we start thinking about what we can do better for next year.
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This week is going to be an orange dominated basket! We will have orange tomatoes, carrots, and pumpkins going out to our shares this week. The orange tomatoes are the last of the field tomatoes that we are harvesting, and they are still producing well. We will be passing out a limited quantity of carrots this week and beets next week. This will be the fourth time we pass out carrots this year, which means we are exceeding our goal of passing out 3 during the season! However, we are passing out a small weight to make sure we are well stocked for Fall shares as well. The pumpkins can be used as pie pumpkins or for a decoration. They have all been cured in our greenhouse, and should easily last until Halloween if you want to use it as a decoration, or even Thanksgiving if you want to make a pie with it! We have Butternut curing in our greenhouse now, and it should be ready for shares next week. Celeriac is on the rotation for Fall crops that we are passing out to summer shares. Celeriac is one of our crews favorite crops. It can be used anytime you need celery for flavor (it won’t replace celery for ants on a log, for instance), and it has an extremely long storage life. Spinach is still going strong and we expect to pass out the same weights as last week. Cucumbers and summer squash may be done for the season. We will go through them this week, but cannot assure that we will have enough for everyone. Radishes were looking beautiful last week, and we are expecting the same this week. Broccoli is still coming in, and we will be passing it out in a rotation.
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 9/30, Wednesday 10/2, Friday 10/4
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 15:
Chard Share: 16 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Anticipated Basket Week 16 (Subject to Change):
Chard Share: 16 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.
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
Recipe of the Week
A creative way to use your pumpkin and celeriac this 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!
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 had a huge day pulling the butternut out of our fields! Our estimate is that we brought out about 6000lbs of butternut into our greenhouse on Thursday! On Tuesday we spent a bulk of the day pulling celeriac out of the ground for shares this week. It’s one of our favorite veggies on the farm, so it was a good day!
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.