Fall Shares Week 5 2019 ! Put your Squash to Good Use!

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Week 5 of Fall Shares!

This cold weather has really got us feeling winter coming on. It’s harder to work with our hands outdoors, and the any outdoor greens that haven’t succumbed to the frost yet will after tonight. We’ll be putting everything away for the winter this week, and closing up our barn store for the winter. There will still be some items available, like ice cream, squash, maple syrup, and honey, but we will not be stocking the fridge any longer.

We are taking order for anyone that would like to include a loaf or Orchard Hill Bread or Finnish Mama Nisu (Sweet Bread) in the week of Thanksgiving basket. Orders must be in by 11/19, and can be made by responding to this email, or emailing farmers@traciesfarm.com

Orchard hill bread is $5/loaf
Finnish Mama
$9 loaf with almonds
$8 loaf without almonds

Spinach is back in baskets this week and will be in much more abundant supply. Leaf lettuce will go out in baskets this week as well. We were hoping to get some heads before growth slowed down too much, but we think we’ll get the most out of it for shares by cutting leaf lettuce. PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT washing greens from this week to the end of the season. It is too cold for us to have employees dunking their hands in sinks outdoors. To wash your greens, fill up a large bowl with water and let your greens soak in the water for a few minutes. Remove the greens from the water and either spin them in a salad spinner or let them dry on a colander. Butternut will be the squash for this week. We are skipping onions this week until the week of Thanksgiving so we can load everyone up before the end of shares. Garlic will be heavily featured in baskets this week. Sweet potatoes are back, as well as celeriac. Did anyone try a new recipe with celeriac? Rutabaga will be going out to shares, however it is small. It is super sweet, though!

Shares will go out: Thursday 11/14
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 5:
Butternut Squash
Leaf Lettuce
Sweet Potatoes

Egg Share: 7 week + 3 week share
Bread Share: Roasted Potato

Anticipated Share Week 6 (subject to change):
Acorn Squash


Recipe of the Week

Sweet Potato Celeriac Pasta with Tarragon Butter Sauce

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!


Squash Recipes

We liked having more recipes in our newsletter last week, so we are dedicating this section to squash recipes for the rest of the season! Acorn squash and butternut squash will be rotating back and forth for the final 4 weeks, and we will include many recipes for both!

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Soup

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Storing Veggies

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!

Food Storage: Crops That Keep and How to Store 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.

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