First Week of Spring Shares 3/9/20! Farm Store Opens Friday!

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Week 1 of Spring Shares 3/9!

Welcome to the first week of spring shares!

All spring share members should have received an email with instructions regarding the first week of pickups. We are including that email below, but if you did not receive it, please respond to this email, and I will look into it.

We’ve had parts of the crew back on the farm for a few weeks so far this spring, and it feels good to all embark on another season together. Sarah and Nolan are our barn and field managers, respectively. They are the earliest to start on the farm with me, and work part time through the winter, as well. One of our returning full timers, Jackie, has been back to help out seeding in the greenhouse. And a returning part timer, Rachel, has been back one day a week to help with weeding and prep for the beginning of spring shares.

Spring share members and store shoppers will notice a few changes around the barn. We spent this winter overhauling our farm store. It now has a dedicated space (in the same location it has been in) and will be set up to remain open through the winter. We are proud of the work we’ve done on the store, and hope our customers will appreciate it, as well! Tuesday will be a soft opening of our farm store for our members, and the store will fully open to the public on Friday.

The first week of shares will include chard, napa cabbage, and spring mix from our greenhouses. We’ve been enjoying these veggies through the winter, and they are super sweet from the cool weather! Onions and sweet potatoes held over from the fall will be included in shares. These veggies have been storing well in our barn, but we recommend using them quick since they are reaching the end of their storage life.

Pick up will be on Thursday, March 9th any time after 3:30pm in the barn.

What To Expect Week 1:
Chard
Napa Cabbage
Onions
Spring Mix
Sweet Potatoes

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Shares

Anticipated Harvest Week 2:
Chard
Carrots
Kale
Spinach
Spring Mix

Good Evening Spring CSA Members!

The sun is getting stronger, the days are longer, and our first distribution is right around the corner!

Your first week of shares is Tuesday, March 9th.

Our greenhouses are full of greens, and ready to be harvested for members this spring. We also have some more beds to be seeded to keep the greens coming all season long. This early in the season, we are not able to wash greens pre-distribution due to the cold temperatures and our outdoor washing station. For this reason, we strongly encourage our members to purchase a salad spinner to wash their greens at home. We will begin washing greens on the farm once temps start to get in the 40’s during the day. We triple wash produce, but a salad spinner is still a good investment to clean off the more determined bits of soil.

If you ordered eggs on an every other week schedule, you will receive eggs in your baskets during the odd week pickups.

If you ordered maple syrup in your share, that will go in your baskets on the first week of shares.

The first week of shares will include some holdover veggies from the fall. We have onions that will be in shares, as well as sweet potatoes from Picadillly Farm. We recommend using these veggies as soon as possible. Although they are still storing well, they are reaching the end of their storage limit.

Our weekly newsletter will be going out on Mondays this year. Please be on the lookout for it tomorrow night. The weekly newsletter contains news around the farm, harvest lists for each week, and other information regarding pickup and shares. If you do not receive the newsletter, please respond to this email, and I will look into.

If you are returning as a CSA member this year, you will notice a couple of changes to our pickup system and store. We will be detailing them below, so please read on even if you have received this email in the past.

NEW THIS YEAR FOR ON FARM PICKUP:
On farm pickup members will not have a tag attached to their basket. Tags will be displayed on the physical rack just below your basket. Members will take their basket home, and return it the following week. A new basket full of veggies will be waiting in the same (or close to the same spot) each week. We are switching to this system to speed up the process of setting up baskets each week.

If you are picking your share up in our barn, you can collect your share anytime after 3:30pm. Baskets will be set up on racks, and tags will be displayed on the rack. MASKS ARE REQUIRED DURING PICKUP. You are welcome to come at any time that is most convenient for you, even later in the evening. If you can’t pick your basket up on your pickup day, you will have two days to collect your share from our barn before we donate it. Shares not picked up on their pickup day will be placed on the side table in our barn the following morning. Please keep in mind that most items need to be refrigerated, so the sooner you pick up, the better for your veggies!

All members will be assigned a basket number. Please look through the attached PDF to find your name and basket number. Share baskets are organized by basket number, and can be located by following basket numbers in ascending order going around our barn. When you come to pick up your share, please bring the basket you received from the previous week to be filled with produce for the next week. We ask the our members are vigilant about bringing back their baskets each week, however, if you forget to bring back a basket, one will be provided for you. You are also welcome to bring your own bags, take only the veggies, and leave the basket!

Our farm store has seen a fairly drastic overhaul this winter. It now has a dedicated space in our barn, and will be locked each night at 8:00pm. Aside from being locked each night, the farm store will operate on the honor system as usual.

KEENE PICKUP

If you are picking up in Keene, your share is expected to be available for pickup after 5:00pm. Please do not come later than 8:30pm to pickup your share. MASKS ARE REQUIRED DURING PICKUP. Shares are available to be picked up the next day, if you cannot make it by 8:30. Pickup in Keene will be on the covered porch at 60 Russel St.

Each Keene Pickup member has been assigned a basket number and three baskets. Please look through the attached PDF to find your name and basket number. Your basket will be tagged and named. Please do not remove the tags. We use them to set up baskets and organize the handing out of produce. When you come to pickup up your basket, please bring the basket you received the previous week and leave it on the porch. If you do not bring back your baskets you will receive your veggies in a paper bag with your information on it.

Thank you for supporting our farm this year, and we hope to support you all spring!

Thank you,
Jack Rixey
Business Manager & Farmer

Get Fresh With Us!

Farm Store Opening This Friday

We will be opening up the farm store in full this Friday! The store will be open every day from 10:00am to 8:00pm, and will be fully stocked throughout the spring with veggies, eggs, bread, maple syrup, ice cream, and so much more! We have put a lot of work into the store this winter, and hope you will come check it out!

 

2021 Summer CSA Shares

The focal point of our CSA, our 2021 summer season will run for 16 weeks from the week of June 15th to the final week in September. We are increasing the capacity for summer shares this year, however we urge members to sign up early. Shares were sold out by the beginning of April last year, and we are anticipating a similar demand for shares this year.

Pickup on the farm Tuesday or Wednesday after 3:30pm.

Farm-to-door delivery available in the towns of: Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Peterborough, Rindge Swanzey, and Winchendon, MA.

For Returning Members:
We are implementing a few changes to our summer share this year (as we always do), but the most noticeable to returning members is our share pickup days. In order to reclaim a maintenance day to focus on produce quality for our members, we are only offering share pickup or delivery on Tuesday or Wednesday this year. We are hoping that with an extra day to work in the fields during the week, we will be able to increase yield, quality, and variety in each share.

Click Here To Sign Up For Summer Shares!
 
 

2021 Fall CSA Shares

The farmer’s favorite share! Our fall share is full of storage veggies to last you through the winter. Winter squash, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, and more, the fall share is the culmination of a long growing season.

Shares will run for 8 weeks from the first week of October until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Pickup on the farm Tuesdays after 3:30pm.

Pickup locations available in: Keene, Swanzey, Peterborough, and Harrisville.

Click Here To Sign Up For Fall Shares!
 
 

Weekly Recipe

Napa Cabbage With Crunchy Ramen Noodles

Ingredients

1 head napa cabbage

1 bunch minced green onions

⅓ cup butter

1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles, broken

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 cup slivered almonds

¼ cup cider vinegar

¾ cup vegetable oil

½ cup white sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

Step 1

Finely shred the head of cabbage; do not chop. Combine the green onions and cabbage in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 3

Make the crunchies: Melt the butter in a pot. Mix the ramen noodles, sesame seeds and almonds into the pot with the melted butter. Spoon the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake the crunchies in the preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven, turning often to make sure they do not burn. When they are browned remove them from the oven.

Step 4

Make the dressing: In a small saucepan, heat vinegar, oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, let boil for 1 minute. Remove the pan from heat and let cool.

Step 5

Combine dressing, crunchies, and cabbage immediately before serving. Serve right away or the crunchies will get soggy.

 
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