Summer Shares Week 6! Catching Up After All The Rain


Summer Shares Week 6!

Does this haze and humidity have anybody else feeling a little slow moving today? Apparently the smoke is coming from wildfires in Manitoba, Canada. We could really use a little breeze to clear some of the air. As well as keep helping dry out the fields. I was finally able to get out with the seeder today after being set back by a couple of weeks. It has been frustrating to have to wait, and we will feel some effects down the line in the season. Many things that were seeded were essentially drowned out by the rain, as well. I got some quick maturing varieties of veggies and herbs in to try and catch up with the lost time, but the wetness through the course of July really put a damper on this midpoint of the season. Nonetheless, we have got a bountiful share planned for this week. Starting off with…

Beets are going back into shares this week. This time the beets will be regular sized as opposed to baby beets. Our Chard needs to be cleaned up in the field to keep it productive. We will be giving chard to all members. Cucumbers are a question mark, but will go out to some members. Broccoli is looking big in the field and will go out to all members. Eggplant is still coming in slowly, and will continue to make its way around shares. There is plenty in field. Escarole we will have to see if it makes it into shares or not. Our escarole, lettuce heads, and napa cabbage have been hit pretty hard with a rot following all of that rain. We are hoping that there will still be enough for all of our members. Garlic is going into shares this week. It will be our “splits” garlic, which means that is split through its paper wrapping while growing. It is still good garlic, we just pass it out first because it won’t store as well. Green Onions are going to be in shares. These are immature onions that have somewhat of a bulb on them. You can use both the greens and the bulb. Peas finally had a big week and will be in all shares this week. Peppers will continue to work their way around share baskets. Summer Squash & Zucchini ought to be mainstays for a while. Hakurei Turnips are coming back into shares. For some reason we have had much better luck with these than radishes the past couple of years. They will be perfect sized for slicing into salads. And don’t forget to use the greens!

The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving Parsley and the Herb Share will receive Basil. Parsley and basil will also be available in the farm store.

This weeks shares will go out: Tuesday 7/26 & Wednesday 7/27
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 6:
Green Onions
Summer Squash & Zucchini

Chard Share: In All Shares
Kale Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Basil
Speciality Greens: Parsley
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Roasted Potato
Blueberry Share
Lettuce Mix Share
Flower Share

Anticipated Basket Week 7 (Subject to Change):
Head Lettuce
Napa Cabbage
Summer Squash & Zucchini

Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share Only
Herb Share: Basil
Speciality Greens: Brassica Mix
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

Broccoli and Chard Rigatoni


3/4 pound whole wheat rigatoni
15 oz can diced tomatoes
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
5 cloves garlic minced
1 Tablespoon each dried oregano & thyme
1 head broccoli
1 bunch swiss chard
1 cup Havarti cheese shredded (asiago, parmesan and mozzarella would also work well)
1/2 teaspoon salt grind of fresh pepper
1 handful fresh basil thinly sliced (optional but oh so good)

Steps to Make It

Salt a large pot of water and bring to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-10 minutes). Chop broccoli and chard. At the five minute mark, add broccoli and chard to water and cook altogether until pasta is done.
While pasta is cooking, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in large saute pan and add garlic. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently so not to burn. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, thyme and water to garlic. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes.
Drain pasta, chard, and broccoli and return to same pot. Add tomato sauce and shredded cheese. Use two spoons to toss everything together. Residual heat will melt cheese.
Place 1 1/2 cups of pasta into bowls and top with basil.

Fitzwilliam Farmers Market Every 3rd Saturday of the Month!

We had a great time at Fitzwilliam’s first farmer’s market! We plan to be there every month for the remainder of the season. At the moment, dates are:

Saturday, August 21st
Saturday September 18th
Saturday, October 16th


Farm Store is Open!

The store is seeing more and more variety every week! There are always veggies, eggs, and meat available from Tracie’s and Elephant Rock’s Farms, as well as a broad selection of local goods!
This week the store will have:

Summer Squash and Zucchini
Lettuce Mix
And much more!

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 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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