Spring Shares Week 3 2021! Farm Store Back Open!

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Shares Returning To Regular Schedule. Farm Store Back Open.

We are happy to say that we will be passing out shares again this week and our store will be open to the public again! All of our farmers tested negative for COVID after our exposure, and will be out tomorrow harvesting for our members again this week. We are still working out how we will make up for the lost week of shares. for now, we are going to be passing out eggs to all egg shares this week, and every other week share members will now receive eggs on even weeks going forward. We will keep members updated as we figure out our course of action.

 

Week 3 of Spring Shares 3/30!

What a relief it was to all test negative for the corona virus! This has been something that we expected to happen for the past year, but we had managed to avoid until last week. Luckily the three managers, Sarah, Nolan, and myself, Jack, live on the farm together in our own little “pod.” Because of that, we were able to keep working through the week in preparation for the coming growing season.

Tomorrow will be the first week that we are washing greens for our members! Personally, one of my biggest frustrations about early spring shares is not being able to wash the greens before sending them out to members. Quality and storage improves when we are able to wash right out of the green house, and I feel much better about passing out produce that has been washed first. One of our long term goals for the farm is to figure out an indoor wash/pack station for our greens. It has been on our list for a few years now, and we are hoping to make it a reality sooner rather than later.

This week we have carrots coming out of our walk in to go out to shares. We have lots of carrots held over from the fall, and members can expect them for at least a few more weeks. Chard is looking beautiful in our greenhouses and will be in shares. Collard greens will be in shares this week, as well. Our lettuce mix is a little on the big side this week, but will be going out in a spring mix. Spinach will be going into shares this week. The spinach is deliciously sweet from the winter.

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

What To Expect Week 3:
Carrots
Chard
Collard Greens
Spinach
Spring Mix

Egg Share: 12 Week Shares + 6 Week Shares

Anticipated Harvest Week 4:
Cabbage
Carrots
Chard
Microgreens
Spinach
Spring Mix

 

2021 Summer CSA Shares

Half Shares are almost sold out! Small, Family, and Large Family shares are still available.

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!
 
 

Join Our Team!

We are looking to add some hardworking, enthusiastic, self-motivated team players to join our crew this year! Come work out in the sun and learn about how a small scale vegetable farm functions!

Contact:
For more information and to submit an application, please email or call:

Nolan Buonomano
Farmer and Hiring Manager
employment@traciesfarm.com
603-903-4211

Positions

Full Time Crew Member (4 position available)
Hours: Monday thru Friday, ~45hrs per week.
Pay: $11/hr starting, annual raises, lunch included M-F, 1 day of paid time off, limited rudimentary lodging available
Requirements: Able to lift 50#, can work physical labor on your feet for 10 hours, willing to take the lead in the field, serious interest in farming, able to follow directions and work as part of a team, close attention to detail, and willingness to learn
Age Range: 16+

We are looking to fill four full time positions on our team for the 2021 season. Applicants with experience get priority. Additionally, applicants with long term interest/availability will get priority. The full time position is hard work and time consuming, but rewarding overall. Full timers will harvest, pack, and wash produce on harvest days (Tu., W), and weed, hoe, trellis, transplant, haul, and more on maintenance days (M, Th, F). Full timers are relied upon to be leaders in the field, and will be asked to lead workshares and volunteers during harvest days, as well as be able to work efficiently while alone.

Crew members are flexibly broken up into either field crew or barn crew. Field crew still helps in the barn and barn crew still helps in the field, but the distinctions are made to prioritize allocation of labor and personal preference. Members will be assigned to either field or barn after working a few weeks on the farm.

All full time applicants will be asked to come in for a working interview. Working interviews are for the full work day. Lunch is provided, and $50 will be paid for the day worked.

Part Time Crew Member (3 positions available)

Hours: Part time positions are between two and three days per week. Priority will be given to applicants available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Pay: $11/hr starting, annual raises, lunch included M-F, 1 day of paid time off
Requirements: Able to lift 50#, can work physical labor on your feet for 10 hours, able to follow directions and work as part of a team, close attention to detail, and willingness to learn
Age Range: 16+

We are looking to fill three part time positions on our team for the 2021 season. No prior experience necessary. The part time position is hard work, but rewarding overall. It is a great way to get an introduction to small scale vegetable farming. Part timers will harvest, pack, and wash produce on harvest days (Tu, W), and weed, hoe, trellis, transplant, haul, and more on maintenance days (M, Th, F). Part timers must be able to work efficiently, pick up tasks quickly, adapt to a constantly changing working environment, and be able to work alone from time to time.

Crew members are flexibly broken up into either field crew or barn crew. Field crew still helps in the barn and barn crew still helps in the field, but the distinctions are made to prioritize allocation of labor and personal preference. Members will be assigned to either field or barn after working a few weeks on the farm.

All part time applicants will be asked to come in for a working interview. Working interviews are for the full work day. Lunch is provided, and $50 will be paid for the day worked.

 

Workshares Wanted!

Don’t have time to commit to full or part time employment, but still wanna learn a few things about a local farm? Try being a workshare!

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.

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-3pm. 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 Nolan at employment@traciesfarm.com

 

Delivery Drivers Needed!

We have been fortunate to always have interest in the delivery driver position, and we will be offering the same exchange to delivery drivers as we are to workshares (see above). Delivery drivers will be expected to deliver up to 16 shares on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Pickup is in our barn after 3:30pm, and all shares should be delivered at the latest by 7:00pm. We are currently looking for delivery drivers for the following routes:
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Swanzey: Tuesday
Keene: Tuesday
Peterborough : Tuesday

For more information or to request a route, please email Jack at farmers@traciesfarm.com

 

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

Kickin’ Collard Greens

Pickup some Elephant Rock Farm bacon in our farm store to make this southern style recipe!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 pound fresh collard greens, cut into 2-inch pieces

Instructions

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, crumble and return to the pan. Add onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until just fragrant. Add collard greens, and fry until they start to wilt.
Step 2

Pour in chicken broth, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.

 
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