Spring Greens Share Week 10 2020 — BIG Farmstand Stock For Memorial Day Weekend!

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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 10 of Spring Shares 5/21!

Has anyone seen the forecast?? Bright and sunny for the next week and a half!! We couldn’t be more thrilled to see it, especially with our naturally wet fields.

The farmers and the plants have been soaking up the sun the past week or so. We’ve got peas coming up in the field, garlic is thriving, the trees are finally blooming, and even our asparagus is starting to peak out from its winter underground! We will only be able to harvest a small amount of asparagus before shares this week, but we can (next to) assure you that we will have it ready for shares next week! The only downside to all this sun is that it makes it difficult to transplant veggies into the ground. We got a good start with the rain yesterday and on Friday, but since we do not irrigate our fields at all, we have to wait for the rain to transplant. That being said, we direct seeded a whole bunch of veggies in the past couple of days that should start sizing up for the beginning of summer shares!

We will be adding in Kohlrabi for the first time this week! The bulbs will be a little on the smaller side for this week, but the greens are delicious, and Emily is providing a recipe below! Kohlrabi will be in your baskets for the final three weeks of the season, and we expect them to size up each week that goes by! Speaking of the next few weeks, we have got some great veggies that are right on the cusp, and should be ready for the final two weeks. Asparagus was already mentioned, but scallions, napa cabbage, and carrots will all be making an appearance in the final two weeks of the season! Baby Kale, Radishes, Head Lettuce, and Mustard Greens will be back in baskets this week. With the warm weather brings back flea beatles, so we apologize in advance for the wholes nibbled in the mustard greens. They will still taste fine, just lack some of their visual appeal. Flea beatles really got to our bok choy, and we will be leaving it out of baskets this week. We will be harvesting some heads for the store, if you are craving it! Chard and Dill are cycling back in. It’s likely the last week for chard as it starts to bolt, but the dill is thriving. Our final succession of Lettuce Mix is finally ready, so it will be bagged separately from the Spinach this week!
Pick up will be on Thursday, May 21st 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 10:
Baby Kale C R
Chard C R
Dill C R
Head Lettuce R
Kohlrabi C R
Lettuce Mix R
Mustard Greens & Arugula Mix C R
Radishes C R
Spinach C R

Egg Share: 12 Week

Anticipated Harvest Week 11:
Asparagus
Baby Kale
Cilantro
Head Lettuce
Kohlrabi
Lettuce Mix
Napa Cabbage
Spinach
Scallions?

 

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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Big Stock Up Of Our Stand!

We are prepping to put out a much larger display for our roadside stand this weekend! The first tomato varieties will go out, as well as peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and a boatload of 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. The state has offered masks to businesses with shoppers in them, and I will be picking up our order tomorrow. They will be available in the store. 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 a fun to pronounce veggie, kohlrabi! Kohlrabi comes in many varieties, and is part of the same family that kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts compose, the Brassicaceae family. Both the root and leave are edible, and are loaded with nutrients. Kohlrabi is especially high in vitamin C which would make it a great side for a meal that is rich in iron (think red meat) as vitamin C helps to increase the absorption of iron. Kohlrabi can be consumed raw or cooked, though the sturdy leaves lend themselves well to cooking. As your kohlrabi bulbs in this box are smaller, having a recipe for the leaves ensures nothing goes to waste.

Sauteed Lemon Garlic Kohlrabi greens

Ingredients

1 bunch kohlrabi greens

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 small knob of ginger (about ½ your thumb size), minced

½ lemon

1 pinch sea salt

Fresh black pepper to taste

Instructions

Chop and rinse kohlrabi greens, keeping the firm stems separate from the greens.

In a medium-low heat skillet, add olive oil, garlic, ginger, and small pieces of stem. Sautee for 5 minutes or until stems start to soften.

Add the greens and salt to taste. Stir occasionally until wilted

Top with fresh squeezed lemon juice and serve immediately.

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! Workshares for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are completely filled up! We have decided to open up applicants for Tuesday and Thursday to give us a hand on maintenance days!

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 Tuesday or Thursday. 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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