Spring Shares Week 7 2021! Store Stocked On Tuesdays, Plant Stand Opens Friday!

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Week 7 of Spring Shares 4/27!

It’s looking like a nice stretch of weather coming up, and although it can be hard to work in the wind (it really dries you out!) it is good for drying out the fields for spreading compost. We are still pulling rocks out of our fields, but we plan on finishing up three of the four fields this week so that we are ready to spread early next week. It’s an exciting time! Once compost is spread, we can start tilling, making beds, and transplanting out into the field! Our crew is shaping up nicely. We have plenty of returning full and part timers, and are welcoming new farmers every week.

In other news, we are opening up our plant stand on Friday! We will be putting out cold hardy varieties that ought to be able to survive the light frosts we typically get in May. Kales, lettuces, cabbages, brussel sprouts, a variety of herbs, and more should be out on Friday!

We’re looking forward to harvest this week. It’s starting to feel like the spring shares we are used to. Some new crops are coming in this week, so heads up! Baby Kale will be going out to all of our members. This is a great green to mix in to salads, but my personal favorite use for it is on sandwiches. There is a brand new bed of Lettuce Mix to be harvested. The first cut is always the most tender. Radishes are ready in our greenhouse! I ate one as a snack today and it was crisp and delicious. Scallions will be the first crop (aside from rocks) that we will harvest out of the field this year. These scallions survived the winter uncovered in a bed and are now ready for harvest! It’s always fun for the farmers to harvest a crop from the previous season. Spinach will be in shares as normal. Returning members ought to recognize Tokyo Bekana in the shares this week. It is an open headed cabbage green that can be steamed or stir fried, or eaten raw as a salad.

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 27th any time after 3:30pm in the barn.

What To Expect Week 7:
Baby Kale
Lettuce Mix
Radishes
Scallions
Spinach
Tokyo Bekana

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Shares

Anticipated Harvest Week 8:
Baby Kale
Chard
Lettuce Mix
Radishes
Scallions
Spinach
Tokyo Bekana

 

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.

 

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

Tokyo Bekana Spring Rolls

Ingredients

1 (13.5-ounce) can of coconut milk
1 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, shrimp or tofu
2 cups Tokyo Bekana shredded and divided
2 scallions, thinly sliced
4 carrots, peeled and grated
10 leaves basil, cut into fine slivers
10 leaves mint, cut into fine slivers
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon finely-grated ginger
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
10 rice paper wrappers
Peanut sauce or ponzu sauce, for dipping

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, pour coconut milk over chicken and bring to a simmer. Poach chicken until it is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Allow chicken to cool in poaching liquid. Remove chicken and shred. Discard poaching liquid. In a large bowl, combine chicken, shredded Tokyo Bekana, scallions, carrots, basil, and mint. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, ginger, honey, and sesame oil. Pour over vegetables and chicken. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

When ready to serve, lay the outer leaves of the Tokyo Bekana on the work surface. Divide filling between the leaves and roll each leaf into a bundle. Fill a pie plate with cold water. Dip one rice paper wrapper into the water and let soak until it just becomes pliable. Lay rice paper wrapper on work surface and lay vegetable bundle in the center. Wrap up burrito style and set aside. Continue with the remaining wrappers and vegetable bundles. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, such as peanut sauce or ponzu.

 
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