Spring Shares Week 4 2021! Summer Shares 60% Sold Out!

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Week 4 of Spring Shares 4/6!

Happy April, Everyone!

We have a beautiful stretch of weather coming up, and the farmers couldn’t be more thrilled to be working in the sun again. The greens in our greenhouses have been soaking up the sun, and we should start getting some more variety in shares soon. For now though, it will be a pretty similar share to last week.

Carrots are going to be back in baskets as we continue to clear out our fall storage crop. Chard is in shares again. The rainbow chard has been performing well this spring. Claytonia is cycling back into shares, and should see an quality improvement with a good washing. We are doing one more week of collard greens. Our collards are actually outer leaves of cabbage heads, but they function in the same way. I have been steaming them and using them to wrap hamburgers. I will include a recipe below! Parsley is going to start working its way around shares. We don’t have enough for everyone, yet, but it will snake around baskets until everyone receives an ample share. Spinach will be back in shares. We have two new beds coming up, but need to finish harvesting the older beds first. Spring mix is also returning to shares. We have a new bed of lettuce mix that is looking absolutely gorgeous in our greenhouse. It should be ready for harvest within a couple weeks.

We are offering a “bagged” option for our shares again this year. If you would feel more comfortable receiving your share in bags, please respond to this email letting me know, and I will put you on our bagged list.

Items with a “?” next to them indicate either a crop that we are on the fence about handing out, or that will not make it into all baskets. When we only pass out to some shares, we make a note of where we left off and start in that location the following week.

Pick up will be on Tuesday, April 6th any time after 3:30pm in the barn.

What To Expect Week 4:
Carrots
Chard
Claytonia
Collard Greens
Parsley?
Spinach
Spring Mix

Egg Share: 12 Week Shares Only

Anticipated Harvest Week 5:
Arugula?
Cabbage
Chard
Parsley?
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

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

Collard Wrapped Burgers

Ingredients

Kosher salt
8 large leaves collard greens, thick ribs removed
1 small English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Freshly ground pepper
1 avocado
4 teaspoons jalapeño hot sauce
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 deli slices pepper jack cheese
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
3/4 cup Peppadew peppers, quartered

Instructions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Cook the collards in the boiling water until pliable but not falling apart, 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer with tongs to the ice water and let cool, about 1 minute. Drain and pat dry.

Toss the cucumber with the vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Mash the avocado with the hot sauce and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

Form the beef into four 4-inch-wide patties (about 3/4 inch thick); season generously with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side; top each with 2 slices cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking and cover to melt. Transfer to a plate.

Top the burgers with the avocado mixture, red onion and alfalfa sprouts. Place 2 collard greens on a board with the stem ends overlapping, then place a burger on one short end and roll up the burger, tucking the collards around it to fully enclose. Repeat with remaining collards and burgers. Cut the burgers in half.

Toss the Peppadews with the cucumber salad and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the burgers.

 
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