Summer Shares Week 5 2020! Come Help Us Weed? Livestock Assistant Position Open!

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

Week 5 of Summer Shares!

Whoo! The heat today is pretty serious, so much so that I am doing the newsletter in the middle of the day and working in the field in the evening. Personally, I always say that my favorite part of farming is working in the heat (I’m originally from Maryland, so I’m more used to this type of weather). I’ve always loved it, and I love the feeling of sweating through a shirt working in the fields. The rest of the crew always gets mad at me for celebrating the 90+ degree days we get! Here’s week 5 of summer shares for you!

Lots of veggies are starting to come in in the fields! That means quite a few question marks, but we also have a good lineup of definites in shares this week. As for the maybes, Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Peppers, Summer Squash, and Zucchini will start to move around baskets this week. Most of them will only reach a few baskets to begin with, but they are all looking primed for a bounteous harvest in the next week or so! Our Broccoli is producing some gorgeous heads at the moment and should make it into everyones share this week. Carrots will be arriving in baskets for the first time! They are super sweet! Cucumbers are startign to produce heavily, and everyone should receive either pickling cukes or slicing cukes, or both! Typically slicing cukes are longer than pickling cukes, and pickling cukes tend to be more blocky and crisp. We are also growing a variety of cucumber called silver sliver this year, which is the pale green cuke that has been going around baskets. I tried one at the farmers market last year and it was the best cuke i’ve ever had! Fennel will be in baskets this week! This is the first time we have grown fennel in my 5 years here, but it is one of my favorite veggies. I personally love it chopped up and mixed in with a pesto salad. Emily has a recipe below for a fennel and arugula salad, and I highly recommend everyone look up recipes for how to use this delicious veggie! Head Lettuce will continue to be in baskets this week. Peas are pouring in from the field, and will be in all shares this week. I spoke too soon, and Radishes should be in baskets one last time before fall harvests! Our last seeding is finally sizing up nicely, and we expect to get radishes in everyone’s shares this week.

The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving Lettuce Mix and the Herb Share will receive Cilantro. Lettuce mix and cilantro will also be available in the farm store.

This weeks shares will go out: Monday 7/20, Wednesday 7/22, Friday 7/24
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

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!

A ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.

What to Expect Week 5:
Broccoli
Carrots w/ Tops
Cherry Tomatoes?
Cucumbers
Fennel
Head Lettuce
Jalapenos?
Peas
Peppers?
Radishes
Summer Squash?
Zucchini?

Chard Share: 15 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Cilantro
Speciality Greens: Lettuce Mix
Flower Share
Blueberry Share
Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Bread Share:
Monday: Onion Pepper Parmesan
Wednesday and Friday:
Maple Oat

Anticipated Basket Week 6 (Subject to Change):
Broccoli?
Cucumbers
Cabbage
Cherry Tomatoes?
Jalapenos
Lettuce Heads
Peas
Radishes
Summer Squash
Zucchini

Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 7 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share
Herb Share: Parsley
Speciality Greens: Brassica Mix
Lettuce Mix Share
Flower Share
Blueberry Share
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only

 

Come Weed With Us?

We have a few beds that need liberation from the weeds! All day on Tuesday, and most of the day on Thursday we will be weeding our last seedings of carrots and beets. They are currently our main problem beds on the farm, and we’re hoping if we can get them done this week, we should be able to stay on top of the weeds for the rest of the summer. We will be weeding beds from 7:00am-4:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are interested in donating a full day, or even a couple hours, to come out, meet your farmers, get your hands in the dirt, and help out our little carrot and beet seedlings, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com!

 

Go Bagless!

We decided to use plastic bags for all veggies due to COVID, but as pointed out by some of our members, not everyone is interested in bringing so much plastic home each week. If you are interested in opting out of plastic bags, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com

 

Livestock Assistant Position Available at Elephant Rock Farm (Our Sister Farm)!

This position will be around 20 hours per week with opportunities for more hours on an as needed basis(Now-September). This position is mainly a summertime job with the opportunity for a small amount of hours in the fall, winter and spring. The farm is currently producing many products for the farm store, including Eggs, Maple Syrup, Beef, Pork, Cordwood, Fruit trees, and poultry products.

An ideal candidate would be some who
• Can lift over 50 pounds regularly
• Can spend long days in the summer sun
• Is comfortable around all livestock including horned cattle
• Is able to complete projects independently
• Is reliable and with own source of transportation
• Basic farm knowledge a plus
• Experience with livestock a plus
• Basic equipment operating skills also a plus

The duties of this farmhand will consist of:
• Caring and cleanliness of all the animals. Pigs, chickens, cows, goats ect.
• Cleaning and packaging eggs daily
• Weed whacking and brush cutting a lot
• Assisting with fence, barn, and structure building
• Splitting wood a lot
• Assisting in making new field and apple orchards!

Hours can be flexible but would regularly be 8:00am- 4:00pm
Somedays will be only caring of the animals which only takes about an hour and half each end of the day.

Please email your resume with a little information about yourself and your experience with farming to: danscan5@yahoo.com

Thanks,
Dan Scanlan
Manager
Elephant Rock Farm

 

Farm Store Now Stocked Daily!

ATTENTION! MASKS AND GLOVES WILL BE REQUIRED IN OUR BARN AND STORE DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
Monday 7:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday 7:30am-6:00pm

We have decided to implement this schedule to protect our CSA members from transmission of COVID-19. Outside of these hours masks and gloves are not required, but they are encouraged.

With the beginning of summer shares, we will now be stocking the store daily for all of your fresh veggie needs!

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.

 

Regarding Pickups In The Barn

Pickup will operate as normal in our barn, save for a few exceptions due to COVID-19. With increased traffic during share days, as well as open produce being washed and packed in our barn,

MASKS AND GLOVES WILL BE REQUIRED IN OUR BARN DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
Monday 7:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday 7:30am-6:00pm

We have made this decision to reduce any possibility of transmission in our barn. Masks and gloves will be provided to store visitors during these hours. Outside of those hours we still encourage the use of masks and gloves available, but it is not required.

For CSA members looking to avoid a crowd in the barn, we recommend picking up your share after 5:00pm. At that point the bulk of the crew will be sent home, delivery baskets and drivers will be cleared out of the barn, and the initial rush for pickups will have slowed.

Every share day until 4:30 we will have a staff member in the barn that can assist members get their basket that do not want to enter the barn. The farmers will be wearing appropriate PPE the entire time they are in the barn on share days, and will be happy to bring your basket out of the barn for you.

 

Recipe and Nutrition from Emily Alexander Nutrition, LLC

Hi Summer CSA Share Members! My name is Emily Alexander and I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner based in 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. I currently am accepting clients virtually, and would love to help you reach your nutrition and health goals.
In your box this week you will find a hairy looking veggie, fennel! This veggie is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium and boasts many antioxidant properties. Fennel has been used by many cultures to ease digestive symptoms, especially gassiness. It is also common to chew fennel seeds after a meal to stimulate digestion and can support in eliminating bad breath. There are many ways to eat this vegetable. Fennel bulbs can be chopped and added to salads, pasta dishes, or roasted (this is my favorite- with olive oil, lemon, and raw cheddar cheese). Although roasted is my favorite, rather than turning my stove on during the summer I prefer to add it to salads for some crisp texture! The following is my favorite recipe that I follow when making a salad with fennel.

Arugula & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Recipe from: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-arugula-and-fennel-salad-with-lemon-vinaigrette-recipes-from-the-kitchn-202595

Ingredients

5 ounces (about 5 packed cups) arugula, washed and dried (could substitute regular mixed greens)

1 small fennel bulb, shaved on a mandoline or thinly sliced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Juice of one lemon (about 2 tablespoons)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Pecorino, to serve

Instructions

Combine the arugula and shaved fennel in a serving bowl. Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a jam jar or other small container with a lid. Shake the dressing until smooth and cream. Dip a leaf of arugula into the dressing and taste; adjust any of the dressing ingredients to taste. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Add more dressing a little bit at a time until you have dressed the salad sufficiently to your liking.

Use a vegetable peeler to shave a few slices of pecorino over the top of the salad. 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

 
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