Thank You Summer CSA Members!
As we enter the final week of summer shares, we would like to extend a thank you to all of our members for another wonderful summer. Without you, none of this would be possible. The final week of shares gives our crew a chance to reflect on the season; what we did well, where we went wrong, and how to improve for next year. As always, we would love to hear your reflections on the season, as well. Our CSA is the driving force of the farm, and we want to make it the best possible CSA for our members. If you have any feedback regarding our CSA, please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know what you thought of summer shares this year! Thank YOU!
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 10 CSA shares available to our members, 5 small shares and 5 large shares. Our fall produce is looking good for a bountiful fall share, and we hope you will enjoy it with us!
Fall Share Info
Fall shares will start on Thursday, October 17th. We will be drafting our information email and basket numbers this week, and plan on emailing members by early next week. Please be on the lookout for an email from us laying out fall share information.
Week 16 of Summer Shares!
The final week of shares has arrived, and just in time as we experienced the first frost of the year on Friday night. The frost killed off the last of our summer crops, but we still have plenty to use for shares this week!
Please note that everyone will be receiving a paper bag for their share this week in an attempt to retrieve our baskets to be used again next year.
We will be passing out organic potatoes from Atlas Farm in MA this week. Onions will also be in baskets. We recommend using the onions as soon as possible from this week. We cleaned and sorted all of our onions, and will be passing out the onions that are near to firsts, but may have some slight damage to them. Our tomatoes were killed off by the frost, but we harvested everything with color on Friday afternoon, and are ripening them off of the vine to pass out to shares. Beets will be going out without tops this week. Broccoli will be going around baskets, and we are hoping it finishes off shares. Radishes are back in baskets. Butternut squash will be the winter squash variety for this week. Spinach will be going out in the same weights as the weeks previous. Cherry tomatoes will make it around baskets.
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 10/7, Wednesday 10/9, Friday 10/11
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 16:
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.
Recipe of the Week
Butternut pasta is one of our favorite dishes, and this is a recipe that will include spinach from this week, too!
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.
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.