Spring Shares Week 5 2021! Half CSA Shares SOLD OUT. Small, Family, Large Family shares stil…

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Week 5 of Spring Shares 4/13!

Holy cow we had a nice stretch of weather there! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some of the early spring sunshine. The farmers loved it, and the crops in our greenhouse were soaking it up. Our fields are happy with the sun and the wind, as well. They’ll need a couple more weeks to dry out enough to start working them, but the past few days really made a difference.

The farmers have been extra busy as we ramp up for summer planting. Sarah, Nolan, and I are in every day, and we get a bigger crew in on Wednesdays and Fridays to complete some of the bigger field prep tasks. Rock harvest is fast approaching. We spent last Friday picking up landscape fabric from last year. There is still some black “plastic” in the fields, but it is completely biodegradable, so we will till it in to our fields and let it break down. This year we’ve made the switch to using all biodegradable plastic in our fields. Last year we used about 50% to test it out, and after seeing its efficacy, we’ve decided to make the switch entirely. Other things we’ve done in the past week are plant 6 new fruit trees in the homestead area of the farm, and order bees for our beehives this year! This is the first year we will be managing our own bees, so if anyone has some helpful tips, we’ll take em! Additionally, our first packages of bees are coming April 30th. Do we have any beekeeping members willing to come out and lend a hand setting up the first hives?

We’ve reached the end of our carrots for shares this year. We will still have carrots available in our store, but we don’t have enough to put into baskets. We were happy with how far they stretched in shares this spring! A spicy salad mix will be in shares this week. It is arugula heavy, and near perfect size! Cabbage will be in shares. Some heads started bolting in our greenhouse. We think that the majority of the remaining heads will be fine, but if you find a flower starting in your cabbage, just cut it out of the center and use the rest. Chard will be back in shares as a mainstay. Collard Greens are back in shares for the last time. Parsley will continue to work its way around baskets. Spinach and Spring Mix are performing well in our greenhouse. We have new beds coming up that will be ready by next week, and both should be in shares for the bulk of the spring.

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 5:
Arugula Heavy Spicy Salad Mix
Cabbage Heads
Chard
Collard Greens
Parsley?
Spinach
Spring Mix

Egg Share: 12 Week Shares + 6 Week Shares

Anticipated Harvest Week 6:
Arugula Heavy Spicy Salad Mix
Chard
Parsley?
Radishes
Scallions
Spinach
Spring Mix

 

2021 Summer CSA Shares

Half Shares are SOLD OUT! Small, Family, and Large Family shares are still available. Don’t miss out!

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

Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups arugula
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper.

Add the arugula to the bowl and toss. Top with the shaved Parmesan and more pepper taste. Makes 4 cups.

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