Spring Greens Share Week 8 2020 — Plant Stand is Open! Employment Available

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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. Cash and check still accepted.
The state is providing masks for businesses to offer to their customers. We will be picking up our masks next Wednesday, 5/13, after which they will be available to customers in our barn.

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 8 of Spring Shares 5/7!

Who else has been soaking up the sun??? (aside from all the plants!) After all that rain, it feels like spring has arrived! Although, snow is in the forecast for Friday, but that won’t stop us from enjoying the nice weather while it’s here! We’ve had a productive week on the farm already, and things are starting to pick up more around here.We got peas in the ground, picked the rocks out of the last of our fields, transplanted a few thousand plants for our field and stand, and even chased a bear off from the bee hives on our farm! Unfortunately the bear had ripped the hive open the night before, but just a few hours after we put it all together, we saw the bear sitting right next to the hives ready for seconds!

We’ve got a familiar harvest this week, but plenty of new items are on the horizon. Earlier in the spring I had mentioned that we were experimenting with peas and carrots in our greenhouse for the first time this spring. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the peas will mature in time for the end of shares, but we have an extremely promising bed of carrots coming in! We won’t give up hope for a couple weeks of peas towards the end of spring shares, but the carrots will absolutely be in baskets by the last week. Other new veggies that should be included in shares in the coming weeks include asparagus (!), napa cabbage, lettuce heads, kohlrabi, and scallions!

For this week baby kale, bok choy, and claytonia will continue to be mainstays. Chard, dill, and pea shoots are cycling back into baskets. We anticipate mixing the spinach and lettuce mix into a spring mix again, and we will be pairing tokyo bekana and turnip greens as a greens mix. We have some beds of radishes and mustard greens that we thought might be ready this week, but we are going to give them one more week to get to size.

Pick up will be on Thursday, May 7th 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 8:
Baby Kale C R
Bok Choy C R
Chard C R
Dill C R
Claytonia R
Pea Shoots C R
Spinach & Lettuce Salad Mix R
Tokyo Bekana & Turnip Greens Mix C R

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Shares

Anticipated Harvest Week 9:
Baby Kale
Bok Choy
Claytonia
Cilantro
Head Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Radishes
Spinach & Lettuce Salad Mix

 

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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Roadside Nursery Is Open!

Attention: although we only put out starts that can survive the typical low temps in May, the forecast so far for this Saturday, 5/9, is looking to be pretty cold. The starts should have no problem surviving, but they would be happier if covered with some type of row cover. We use an agricultural row cover for our beds, but you can always use a sheet to give the plants a little bit of protection from the freezing temperatures. All you have to do is drape it over you plants in your garden a little before dusk and weigh it down with some rocks. In the morning it can be removed from the garden. It is not a necessity for any of the starts sold out of our stand, but we still recommend it, especially if they were just planted!

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

 

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 another type of microgreen this week, pea shoots! Like other microgreens, they boast a higher amount of nutrients than fully matured peas. Pea shoots have a mild taste and are high in vitamin C, folate, and beta-carotene (which our body converts to vitamin A). The stems and tendrils are edible, and can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked in a pasta dish or stir fry. It is best to eat these within two days of receiving as they might wilt quickly.

Sesame Sauteed Pea Shoots

Ingredients:

1 bunch pea shoots, rinsed and chopped

½ tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon tamari or regular soy sauce

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Ground pepper and sea salt to taste

Directions:

Heat oil over low to medium heat in skillet

Add the garlic and saute until soft and fragrant, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Add pea shoots to the skillet, and cook until soft.

Remove from heat. Add tamari, salt, pepper and toss to coat evenly.

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 emilyalexandernutrition@gmail.com or http://emilyalexandernutrition.com

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

 
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