Fall CSA Information Email
All of our members should have received this email individually, but just in case we are including our information email in our newsletter. If you did not receive our email, please let me know and I will make sure you are on our mailing list!
Welcome Fall CSA Members!
Thursday, October 17th is the first pickup day of our fall CSA shares! We are super excited to be getting our season underway, but we wanted to share some information about share pickup before we get started.
Pickup and delivery will be every Thursday starting on October 17th EXCEPT FOR the final week of shares which will go out on Tuesday, November 26th to account for Thanksgiving. The last day of shares will be Tuesday, Nov. 26th.
On farm pickup for fall shares is in our barn any time after 3:30pm. This time of year going until the end of shares runs the risk of our barn freezing at night. For that reason we ask that you pick up your basket as early as possible on the day of share pickups. We run a diesel heater on share pickup days, but if all the shares get picked up day of then we do not need to run it through the night! If you are unable to pick up your share on Thursday, please let us know beforehand and we will store it in our walk-in where it will not freeze. If you plan on being away for a week, you are welcome to send a friend to pick up your basket, or we are happy to donate it to the Fitzwilliam District Nursing Association. Please let us know in an email beforehand if you would like us to donate your produce any week.
If you are picking up from the Peterborough location, your baskets will be picked up at 4 Laurel St, and baskets will be available after 5:30pm in the garage.
If you are picking up from the Swanzey location, your baskets will be picked up at 706 Old Homestead, and baskets will be available after 5:30pm on the covered porch.
If you are picking up from the Harrisville location, your baskets will be picked up at 12 Jaquith Rd, and baskets will be available after 5:30pm in the garage.
If you are picking up from the Keene location, your baskets will be picked up at The Works in Keene (120 Main St, Keene, NH), and baskets will be available from 5pm-8pm Thursday and from 6am-noon on Friday. Pick-up will be inside The Works.
Each fall on-farm pickup member has been assigned a basket number and two baskets. Please look through the attached PDF to find your name and basket number. Your basket will be tagged and named. The numbers on the tags go in ascending order around the tables. Please do not remove the tags. We use them to set up baskets and organize the handing out of produce. When you pick up your basket each week, please bring and leave behind the basket from the week before. If you do not bring back your baskets you will receive your veggies in a paper bag with your information on it. When you are dropping off a basket, please leave it on the table in the same spot where you picked up your current weeks basket. This helps us keep the baskets tidy, and in numerical order when storing them in our barn.
Each fall off-farm pickup member has been assigned a basket number and three baskets. Please look through the attached PDF to find your name and basket number. Your basket will be tagged and named. Please do not remove the tags. We use them to set up baskets and organize the handing out of produce. Please leave the last weeks basket in the same spot where your basket is dropped off. Your delivery driver will pick up your basket and bring them back to the farm to be put back into rotation. If you do not bring back your baskets you will receive your veggies in a paper bag with your information on it.
We will be stocking our farm store in the barn until cool temps force us to close for the winter. Available in the early fall will be: Rosemont Farm eggs, Smith’s Country cheese, Walpole Creamery ice cream, Terra Nova organic coffee, Orchard Hill bread, NH Honey Bee honey, Elephant Rock and Tracie’s Farm maple syrup, and any produce we have stored or bring in from the fields. Our Farm Store operates on the honor system. There is a cashbox on the counter to the left of the fridges. You are welcome to pay with cash or check in the box. If you do not have correct change, please make a note of your payment and keep track of it for store credits (i.e, if you pay $20 for $12 worth of items, you are due an $8 credit to our store).
For the first week of shares we will have an employee in the barn until 5:00pm to help you find your baskets. After the first week there may or may not be someone around the barn, but you are welcome to grab your share regardless!
Week 1 of Fall Shares!
Welcome fall CSA members! We can hardly believe that it is already time for another season of shares. Where did the summer go??? Nonetheless, the crew is ready to go for another push before the end of our growing season. Lots to clean up, lots to pass out, and lots of hard work and fun left on the farm! Here’s week 1 of shares for you!
We will be starting our potato rotation with sweet potatoes this week. Next week you will receive potatoes in your share. Our winter squash rotation will begin with acorn squash. Onions will be on a rotation with leeks, starting with onions. Cabbage will be on a rotation with carrots and beets. We will also pass out turnips when we pass out cabbage. Shares will receive cabbage and turnips this week. The cabbage heads we’re pulling out of our fields are a bit on the small side, but they are super dense and we will make sure everyone receives an appropriate amount. Lettuce mix and spinach from our greenhouse will be on a rotation for fall shares. Lettuce mix will be going out this week. Our fall broccoli beds are looking gorgeous, but we will likely still have to pass them out to shares in increments. We will pass out everything we have each week, and start off where we left off the week before. Everyone will receive broccoli greens this week. Broccoli greens can be used in the same ways you use kale, and have their own, unique flavor to them. After this week, we will rotate kale and chard. Cherry tomatoes will continue to go out as long as they survive in our greenhouse. We will have to take a look at our radish beds from the summer to see how they are doing. If they are still producing nicely, then they will be in shares this week. If not we will have to wait until the radishes in our greenhouse size up.
Shares will go out: Thursday 10/17
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 1:
Egg Share: 7 week share + 3 week share
Anticipated Share Week 2 (subject to change):
Recipe of the Week
The perfect use for your cabbage and turnips 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!
One of the benefits of the fall share is that the veggies we pass out are good to store for weeks to months in your fridge or another cool, dry place. Please follow the link below for a detailed look into the best techniques for storage!
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.