Spring Greens Share Week 12 2020– Final Week of Spring Shares, Thank You Members

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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.

Keene Delivery Driver Wanted for Friday Afternoons

We are looking for one driver to fill the Keene route on Fridays. Due to a large amount of shares between Monday and Wednesday, we are looking to break up the two routes into three. Drivers receive any size share they like, as well as any add-ons. If you are interested, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com. Thank you!

Lettuce Mix Thriving in our Greenhouse. Spring, 2019

Week 12 of Spring Shares 6/4 Final Week

Note: All Shares Will be Packed In Bags This Week In Order To Get All Baskets Back. Second Note: Members did an awesome job returning baskets all spring long

There is a somber mood on the farm regarding the current protests happening around the country, and it would not feel in good faith to proceed without recognizing the moment. I can only speak for myself, but I stand in solidarity with the demonstrators in their pursuit of justice, and I will listen to the black community as we go forward.

It’s been a busy couple weeks, and a few extra busy ones coming up, so the newsletter will be a little more sparse as we gear up to summer shares. Individual emails will be going out to summer share members in the next week or so, when I can make some time for it.

As for harvest and info for members this week, last week wound up being quite the haul. There were lots of crops ready to leave the greenhouse last week, and although we should have a brimming basket this week, it will not contain as much variety as last week. That being said, a few weeks ago I included in my newsletter that peas would not be ready in time for the end of spring shares. I am happy to say that I was mistaken, and that we will have Peas in shares this week! It may not be a staggering amount, but we are expecting a fair share for each member. We have also been discussing how to get them in earlier for next years shares, and will be trialing some different starting methods in February. Asparagus was loving the heat and is back in shares this week. We will pass out a hefty amount for the final week. Carrots are also in shares again! They have continued to size up nicely in the greenhouse. Lettuce Mix is thriving and will be passed out in a good sized bag. We will be mixing Arugula, Tokyo Bokena, and Mustard for shares this week. Kohlrabi will be included in shares again. We made kohlrabi fries on Monday, and they were delicious. I highly recommend looking up a recipe for them. Scallions will be the second new item in shares this week! They are looking beautiful in the greenhouse.

Pick up will be on Thursday, June 4th 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 12 Final Week:
Arugula, Tokyo Bekana, Mustard Mix C R
Carrots C R
Dill C R
Kohlrabi C R
Lettuce Mix R
Snap Peas C R
Scallions C R

Egg Share: 12 Week Only

Summer Shares Begin Week of June 22nd!

 

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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Stand is Staying Stocked!

Thank you all for a great weekend at our stand over memorial day! We still have plenty of veggies to restock with, and it should be full for the foreseeable future!

Basil and Peppers will be in stand this weekend!

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 one of my favorite in season vegetables, asparagus! These spear shaped vegetables are nutrient dense and contain a significant amount of antioxidant properties (which help your body to combat stress), as well as diuretic properties that can help decreasing bloating. Asparagus is an especially good source of vitamin K, folate, and fiber which are all important nutrients for overall health. My favorite way to cook asparagus is to grill it, especially during the peak of summer heat, simple and delicious!

Grilled Asparagus:

Ingredients:

1 bunch of fresh asparagus (should snap when bent)

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Preheat grill

Cut the tough ends of the asparagus off, about ¼ – ½ an inch.

Use a bowl or plate to coat the asparagus in olive oil and salt, be sure to make sure it is coated evenly.

Grill asparagus for about 5 minutes, each minute rolling each spear about ¼ a turn to ensure that it cooks evenly and does not burn. Stalks should be tender and crispy, but not mushy or charred.

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! 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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