Spring Greens Share Week 7 — Plant Stand Opens Friday Afternoon! Employment Opportunity…

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Update Regarding COVID-19

We are tracking the COVID-19 pandemic closely, and taking extreme precautions to make sure our produce gets from our field to your home safely. As food handlers, we hold high standards for the sanitary handling of our produce. In response to this particular virus, we are taking extra steps to do our part in preventing the spread of germs. Some of the steps we are taking are:

All veggies are triple washed and tied off in bags.
As soon as the veggies hit the sink, they are only handled by farmers with mask and gloves on.
Baskets are being spaced out as much as possible in our barn.
The barn door is left open during the day and into the night so that members do not have to touch the same handle.
Gloves have been placed at the front of our farm store for patrons to use. We ask that all patrons use the gloves provided or their own when shopping in the store.
All produce in the store is packaged in twist tied plastic bags.
We have Paypal to accept payments at our farm store without the use of cash or checks. Instructions are in the barn. You must have the Paypal app already downloaded on your smartphone or tablet.

These are some of the steps we are taking to keep our members and store shoppers safe, but we cannot do it alone. We ask that all patrons of our farm think safety and uphold sanitary practices when visiting our farm. If you are feeling sick, please stay home! We are happy to arrange drop offs for CSA members or store patrons if they are worried about potentially spreading the virus. If this applies to you, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com, and we can try to work out a delivery situation.

Lettuce Mix Thriving in our Greenhouse. Spring, 2019

Week 7 of Spring Shares 4/30!

Wow! Over the halfway hump already! We’ve been extremely please with the variety of greens in the spring share so far, and we hope you are, too! The next couple of weeks may be a little slim compared to the last few as we switch over beds and start getting some new crops in. The basket will still be full, but we are combining spinach and lettuce mix in a salad mix to for best weight distribution as the beds wane. The lettuce mix beds are just not producing as we had hoped they would. Luckily we have another planting coming up that should be ready and provide plenty for the last 4 weeks of shares. Spinach is unfortunately on its way out, but will be added to lettuce mix in a mix until our new LM beds come up. As always, even at this point of the year, we are looking for ways to improve upon our shares. Succession plantings for continuous new beds of greens could continue to be fine tuned, crop selection/reception is always at the top of our minds, as well as crop diversity. If you have any recommendations, please let us know!

As stated above, Spinach and Lettuce Mix will be combined in a salad mix this week. Bok Choy will be in baskets this week, as well as the weeks coming. Baby Kale and Claytonia will continue to be fixtures. Cilantro and Tokyo Bekana are making another appearance. Radishes will continue to be in shares as a salad topper!

Pick up will be on Thursday, April 30th any time after 3:30pm in the barn.

“C” denotes a green that can be used for cooking
“R” denotes a green that can be used raw for salads, sandwiches, etc.

A ? denotes a crop that we are on the fence about harvesting for the current week.

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!

What To Expect Week 7:
Baby Kale C R
Bok Choy C R
CilantroC R
Claytonia R
Radishes C R
Spinach & Lettuce Salad Mix R
Tokyo Bekana C R

Egg Share: 12 Week Shares Only

Anticipated Harvest Week 8:
Baby Kale
Bok Choy
Claytonia
Dill
Lettuce Heads
Radishes
Spinach & Lettuce Salad Mix
Tokyo Bekana

 

Join Our Crew!

We are looking to hire one full time farmer for the rest of the season (and hopefully beyond!). We are replacing a long time crew member, so applicants with experience will be given priority. Starting pay is $10/hr for 60 days, and $11/hr for the remainder of the season, with raises offered to farmers that return the following year. Long term interest/availability is a bonus. Rudimentary lodging is available in the attic of the barn, lunch is provided M-F, and crew members have access to the outdoor kitchen. More information at link below:

Employment Opportunities

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Farm Store Fully Stocked Every Thursday After 3:30pm

We are maintaining our Thursday stocking day for the farm store. Greens and bread went fast last week, so we suggest coming by Friday afternoon for a full selection. We are finally getting enough eggs to keep our store stocked throughout the week, so stop by any time for those! Off farm goods will still be ordered every week. We’ve been loving having more options in our store!

In order to keep our store as sanitary as possible, we will be putting out latex gloves for members to use while they shop. Thank you to all of our community members that have reached out regarding hand sanitizer! We were donated a large bottle for our store!! We really appreciate it!

The farm store operates on the honor system, which means cash or check only. Returning shoppers will notice a few changes in the farm store. We put up a dividing wall between the CSA tables and the store, and made a produce shelf for non refrigerated items. The cash box has moved locations to the banister along the stairs to the right of the fridge.

Tomatoes of all different shapes, sizes, and colors from the field! Summer, 2019

2020 Summer Shares Sold Out!

We plan on starting out summer CSA shares the week of June 22nd! Please be on the lookout for updates in your email inbox as the date draws closer!

There are still shares available for members that work share. Work shares receive a share and any add-ons in exchange for their time. More information below.

We still have lots of add-ons available to subscribed members! Lettuce mix, specialty greens, weekly herbs, flower bouquets, and many more! Eggs and Blueberries Sold Out. To view your account and add add-ons, follow the link below!

SUMMER SHARE SUBSCRIPTIONS

 

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 find Bok Choy! This cruciferous vegetable is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants which help to decrease and prevent oxidative damage to our cells. It is high in vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C which all support a healthy immune system. Mild in taste, it pairs well with many different flavor profiles. To be sure that you are absorbing the fat soluble nutrients in this vegetable, like Vitamin A, cooking bok choy with a healthy fat like extra virgin olive oil is important. Try adding them to soups, stir frys, or enjoy as a stand alone side.

Garlic Bok Choy:

Ingredients:

Bok choy

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons coconut aminos

3 cloves garlic, minced

Sea salt

Directions:

Remove any discolored outer stalks of the bok choy and rinse bok choy into a colander and rinse with cool water, rubbing any grit or dirt from between the leaves. Trim the ends then slice each bok choy in half or quarters lengthwise. Pat dry.

Combine oil, and garlic in a cold skillet, and then place over medium heat.

Cook the bok choy in one layer in the skillet. Sprinkle with salt and add coconut aminos. Cook, without stirring, until the bottom is starting to turn brown. Flip then cook until the green leaves have wilted and the white bottoms are beginning to soften, but still have some crunch.

Serve immediately and enjoy

One of our workshares washing beets. Summer, 2019

Workshares Wanted!!

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.

Update! We have been getting great responses to workshares this year, and we are still looking for a few more! Our biggest need is for Wednesday workshares, but if Monday works, we still have a little more room there. Friday is looking mostly full, but if it is the only day you can commit to, we can try to work something out!

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 farmers@traciesfarm.com

 

Roadside Nursery Opens Friday Afternoon!

The plant stand will officially open this Friday!! We are super excited to be opening our stand, and should have a good variety of ready to plant starts for sale. This Friday we intend to put out: kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuce heads, assorted herbs, and plenty of cold hardy flowers!

Check out our full list of 2020 veggie, flower, and herb varieties HERE

 
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