2020 SUMMER CSA SHARES ARE AVAILABLE!
Newsletter To Go Out On Tuesdays During Spring To Account For Spring Harvest
Update Regarding COVID-19
We at the farm are following the developing situation involving COVID-19 closely, and are making sure our barn and shares are prepared with care. As food handlers, we hold an extremely high standard for food safety. We believe the existing standards and practices in place are fit to handle this type situation, and our farmers are vigilant about upholding them, virus or not. Baskets will be spread out as much as possible in our barn, same as last week. Once produce is out of our greenhouses, it is triple washed and only handled by us while wearing a mask and latex gloves. We hope everyone stays healthy, and we are doing our best to help.
Week 2 of Spring Shares 3/26!
We hope everyone is enjoying the late snow we got last night! Turned out to be quite the storm!
Shares this week will include arugula, chard, mustard greens, and spinach again. We will also be including a claytonia and chickweed salad mix! Chickweed is a super food packed with vitamins. Perfect for defending against the corona virus! Garlic will also be in shares on Thursday. It is stored over from the fall, and we have sorted through it to get anything that did not store as well. You may find a dried up/icky clove or two, but on the whole the bulbs stored well enough to pass out
On the farm, the work goes on. Seeds still need sowing, plants need tending, and weeds need weeding. Although the world does not feel right at the moment, on the farm we can distract ourselves. We hope everyone else is staying busy and sane during the pandemic. Please feel free to reach out if you need anything.
Pick up will be on Thursday, March 26th any time after 3:30pm in the barn.
What To Expect Week 2:
Egg Share: 12 Week Shares Only
Anticipated Harvest Week 3:
2020 Summer Shares
We will be capping our membership at 210 members this year. Last year we had 230 members, so space will be limited. We always advise our members to sign up early, but with the lower cap we especially encourage it this year. Summer shares will run from the end of June to the beginning of October. Official dates will be posted as we get closer to the growing season. Harvest and pickup days are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each pickup day will have 60 members. If you plan on picking up on the farm, and want to make sure you pick up on a certain day, we advise signing up early. Dropoff days for deliveries are determined by the driver for that route. This year we will be offering delivery to: Keene, Peterborough, Swanzey, Marlborough, Harrisville, Dublin, Nelson, Troy, Jaffrey, Rindge, Fitzwilliam and Winchendon.\
Please Visit www.TraciesFarm.com for more info!
Recipes and Nutrition from Emily Alexander Nutrition, LLC
Hello, my name is Emily Alexander and I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from Keene, NH. As a practitioner, I help to support my clients and their bodies in achieving wellness, nutrition, and overall health through whole foods and individualized nutritional support! I am passionate in helping individuals create healthy habits and part of that is helping people learn to create the most nutrient dense meals that they can.
In your box this week you will see you have Arugula! This vegetable is a favorite of mine that I often recommend to my clients. It is part of the “bitters” family, which helps to stimulate the release of digestive enzymes and therefore supports adequate digestion and absorption of important nutrients. After all we are what we absorb, not just what we eat! This is another leafy green vegetable that is a great source of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of fat soluble Vitamins K and A, as well as vitamin C and Calcium. My favorite way to use arugula is as a pre-meal salad, especially before a large meal. Other ways to incorporate this vegetable throughout the week include adding it to pasta dishes, topping your favorite flat bread with it, or adding it to a sandwich.
Arugula Quinoa Salad:
6 cups Arugula
2 cups cooked Quinoa
½ lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed
1 ripe avocado, cubed
1 sliced cucumber
1 pear, sliced
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
*Other yummy optional toppings include: sliced almonds, roasted sunflower seeds, roasted chickpeas
Cook quinoa according to the directions on the package
Once cool, add arugula and quinoa to a large bowl and stir until mixed evenly. Continue to add additional toppings (excluding goat cheese) and mix evenly.
Add extra virgin olive oil and squeeze lemon juice over the salad so that it is evenly distributed.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer salad to bowls and top with crumbled goat cheese to taste.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and keep your eyes open for a new recipe each week. If you are interested in learning new recipes follow me on instagram @emilyalexandernutritionllc! Interested in more individualized support around your nutrition? Contact me at email@example.com or http://emilyalexandernutrition.com to learn more about how we can work together.
One of the things that the farmers at Tracie’s want to prioritize this summer is bringing in more workshares. Back when Tracie was running the farm she used to have a large crew of workshares, connecting people from across the community to the farm. Workshare numbers have dwindled over the past couple of years, and this is the year we would like to reverse that trend. Workshares are considered a part of the crew while they are on the farm, and receive a CSA share in return for their service. We love the practice because it connects us to our community, and our community to us. In addition to a share basket, workshares also get hands on experience working on the farm, and can deepen their relationship to the food they consume.
This year, we will be compensating workshares with any size share they would like, as well as any of our add-ons, including eggs, bread, maple syrup, and honey. In exchange for the share, workshares will work on the farm one day a week, from 7am-2pm on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Workshares will work in the field or barn from 7-11:30, and then will make lunch for the crew in our outdoor kitchen. The crew eats lunch at 1pm, so workshares will also eat lunch with us, followed by cleanup. If there is anyone interested in being a workshare, but not confident making lunch for the crew, we are happy to make other arrangements.
We are excited about the possibility of having more workshares on the farm, and if you or anyone you know are interested, please contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delivery Drivers Needed!
We have been fortunate to always have interest in the delivery driver position, and we will be offering the same exchange to delivery drivers as we are to workshares (see above). Delivery drivers will be expected to deliver up to 16 shares on either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Pickup is in our barn after 3:30pm, and all shares should be delivered at the latest by 7:00pm. Currently we are looking for delivery drivers for the following routes:
For more information or to request a route, please email Jack at email@example.com