Summer Shares Week 4! Fitzwilliam Farmer’s Market Saturday 7/17!

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Summer Shares Week 4!

I always read the previous newsletter before writing the current one, and I am now begrudging my celebration of the rain last weekend. Since then, we have seen at least another 3 inches fall on the farm, and all the farmers are wondering when we’ll get to work in full sun again. We’re seeing some pooling of water in our fields as a result of the rain, which is never a good sign. Luckily most of our crops are well established and should be able to withstand a little volatility in the weather, but weeding carrots in a couple inches of water is never a very fun task.

Shares continue to see more items in them every week. Beet Greens with Baby Beets will be in shares this week. We are expecting some small beets on the bottom of of the bunches, but the greens are the focal point of this share item. Beets should start being in baskets in the coming weeks. Broccoli is starting to head up in the field. It will start slow, but will work its way around all shares. Fennel will be back in shares, this time with its tops cut. Kale will be making its first appearance in shares this week. Baskets will see Kohlrabi for a second time. Head Lettuce should be a mainstay for a couple more weeks. Peas are finally starting to come in! There will only be a few for the first week or so, but they tend to come on quick. Summer Squash & Zucchini are producing heavily in the field and will be in shares for the foreseeable future. Salad Turnips will be in shares. These white turnips are crisp, sweet, and a favorite on the farm!

The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving Brassica Greens Mix and the Herb Share will receive Cilantro. Brassica greens and cilantro will also be available in the farm store.

This weeks shares will go out: Tuesday 7/13 & Wednesday 7/14
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

Some veggies may come with limited pest damage. We are committed to operating as a 100% Spray and Pesticide Free farm, and one of the results of that is occasional pest problems. Typically the extent of the damage is small holes nibbled by insects, and we will never pass out vegetables that have lost their nutritional integrity due to pest damage. We hope you will understand!

A ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.

What to Expect Week 4:
Beet Greens with Baby Beets
Broccoli?
Fennel
Kale
Kohlrabi
Head Lettuce
Peas?
Summer Squash & Zucchini
Salad Turnips

Chard Share: Every Week Only
Kale Share: Begins Week 5
Herb Share: Cilantro
Speciality Greens: Brassica Greens Mix
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Maple Oat
Blueberry Share
Lettuce Mix Share

Anticipated Basket Week 5 (Subject to Change):
Broccoli
Escarole
Head Lettuce
Napa Cabbage
Peas
Summer Squash & Zucchini

Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share Only
Herb Share: Basil
Speciality Greens: Pea Shoots
Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Blueberry Share
Lettuce Mix Share
Flower Share?

 

Recipe of The Week

Sauteed Beet Greens

Ingredients

Olive oil, to coat pan
2 bunches beet greens, washed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Steps to Make It

Heat a medium saute pan coated with oil over medium heat until the oil shimmers. Add the beet greens and garlic, and toss until the greens are wilted and tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and lemon zest and juice, and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
 

New Fitzwilliam Farmer’s Market This Saturday, July 17th!

Join us on Saturday from 8-12pm as we participate in the Fitzwilliam Farmer’s Market! This is a new market this year, and will be occurring once a month throughout the summer. There will be many different vendors from all over town, live music, and plenty more to offer!

 

Round Up for the MFCC at the Monadnock Food Coop July 17th!

JOIN me in supporting the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC), our region’s coalition of 140+ members building a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable local food system! Please save your shopping for Saturday, July 17th and be sure to round up your dollars! All round up monies will go to support MFCC’s work increasing local food sales, connecting our communities to local food, and getting fresh food to those who need it most! Thank you for your support!

Thank so much!

 

Farm Store is Open!

Our farm store has been up and running all spring, but it will start ot be stocked on a more regular basis with the beginning of summer shares. The store will be stocked with fresh picked veggies every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Some veggies we are expecting this week include: arugula, baby kale, lettuce heads, spinach, garlic scapes, mint, and salad mix.

Eggs are always available in our store from our sister farm, Elephant Rock Farm. Fresh baked bread is stocked every Tuesday and Friday. Wide variety of local goods available!

 

Pork Ribs, Shoulders, Loins, Sausage, Bacon, and More!

Our meat freezer in the store is chock full of pork products from the pigs next door! We spent the whole summer taking our unmarketable veggies over to feed the pigs, and now our customers can bring it home! We’ll have baby back ribs and pork shoulders for anyone planning on barbecuing for memorial day weekend! There is a limited selection in the store, but if you would like to place a bulk order, shoot me an email and I will pull out more from our storage freezers.

 

2021 Summer CSA Shares

We are still offering pro-rated CSA shares! Please email farmers@traciesfarm.com for more information!

Fresh veggies picked just for you throughout the entire summer!

Some of the items you will receive are: summer squash, garlic, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, broccoli, carrots, beets, cabbage, and more!

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

 

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!
 
 
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