Fall Shares Week 1! The beginning of the end

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I emailed all members on Thursday with an update about shares. That email is below. I will be emailing members tonight with basket numbers for shares and any additional information regarding pickup.

Fall shares are right around the corner, and in the time I can find, I am getting our membership rolls together and information out to you, a current fall member! I send out a more in depth email regarding pickup and basket numbers the night before the beginning of shares, so in the meantime I have some starter information for you.

Fall shares are distributed every Tuesday for 8 weeks starting Tuesday, October 5th, and ending Tuesday November, 23rd.

All members are welcome to take their basket home with them when they pick up their share. When you come to pick up the following weeks share, we ask that you bring your empty basket and swap it out for your new, full basket. Baskets can be left in the same place the new basket is picked up.

Members that chose to Pickup In Our Barn will be able to collect their basket anytime after 3:30pm. We ask that you not come any later than 9:00pm, and if you have to, that you wait until the next morning. Please remember that the sooner you pick up your basket, the fresher the veggies will be.

Members that chose the Harrisville Pickup Location will collect their baskets at 450 Chesham Rd, Harrisville, NH 03450. Pickup is in the garage, and baskets will be available for pickup any time after 5:30pm. We ask that you not pick up your share any later than 8:00pm. Pickup locations are at someones home, and we do not want to disturb them late at night.

Members that chose the Swanzey Pickup Location will collect their baskets at 154 Forest Ave, Swanzey, NH 03466 Pickup is on a table under the tall deck, and baskets will be available for pickup any time after 5:30pm. We ask that you not pick up your share any later than 8:00pm. Pickup locations are at someones home, and we do not want to disturb them late at night.

Members that chose the Peterborough Pickup Location will collect their baskets at 4 Laurel St. Peterborough, NH 03458 Pickup is in the garage, and baskets will be available for pickup any time after 5:30pm. We ask that you not pick up your share any later than 8:00pm. Pickup locations are at someones home, and we do not want to disturb them late at night.

Members that chose the Keene Pickup Location will collect their baskets at 60 Russel St Keene, NH 03431 Pickup is in the closed in porch, and baskets will be available for pickup any time after 5:30pm. We ask that you not pick up your share any later than 8:00pm. Pickup locations are at someones home, and we do not want to disturb them late at night.

If you are unable to pick up your share from a pickup location on the day of, please email farmers@traciesfarm.com and we will make sure your basket is protected from the elements.

That’s about everything I have for you at the moment. Please keep an eye on your inbox for a follow up email that will have your basket number and how to find your basket.

Thank you and feel free to reach out with any questions!

Jack Rixey
Farm Manger

 

Fall Shares Week 1!

The “end” I mention in the subject is relative. We are reaching the end of the outdoor growing season. There are still plenty of crops out in the fields, but nothing will be seeded or transplanted outdoors until next spring. The greenhouses, on the other hand, keep going all through the winter. And the work on the farm tends to change, but end wouldn’t be the word for it. Through the winter is when we are able to get all of our planning done for the following season. Beds need to be planned, seeds need to be ordered, supplies need to be inventoried and restocked. Along with other winter projects I typically put off until we’re not packing shares. Last winter was spent building the farm store in the barn. There are a couple of greenhouse end walls that need replacing which will hopefully be able to be gotten to in the late fall. But in terms of the 2021 share season, we have begun the countdown to winter, and that’s not to say we won’t have plenty of veggies to go around until then.

Shares this week will contain veggies still producing in the field, as well as some storage crops. There are a few things I left off the list in the hopes that we will get enough for all members, but that I really won’t know until we get out there tomorrow. Broccoli is going to start going out to shares this week, but I am not expecting a large harvest yet. It is the first time we are picking our fall crop, and the first harvest or two are always on the lighter side. We have two big blocks of broccoli planted, and they are both looking primed to have large harvests. We will be passing out Cabbage to all of our members. These are smaller cabbage heads, but they tend to be pretty dense. Between this week and next, Cherry Tomatoes, will go out to all baskets. By October 15th we have to have our greenhouses cleared to make room for our fall plantings. That means we will be harvesting cherries for the first two weeks of the season, and swapping them out for some late season spinach! Eggplant will be iffy until a frost kills off the plants. We’ll keep harvesting and passing out until then, but the plants really do not like cold nights in the low 50’s and below. Members will receive either Italian, Asian, or fairy tale eggplant. Garlic will be in all baskets on all weeks. Yellow Onions are going out to shares. We try to keep a rotation of onions and leeks through the fall so that on odd weeks you get onions, and even weeks you get leeks. We do the same thing with sweet potatoes and potatoes. Parsley will be an herb for baskets this week. We have nice looking parsley in our beds and should be able to harvest for a little while into the fall. As our summer members know, we have had a big year for Peppers. That ought to continue for a few weeks into the fall, but like eggplant, peppers don’t love the cool nights. Sweet Potatoes from Picadilly Farm are going into shares this week. Sweet potatoes are on a rotation with potatoes. Jennie from Picadilly recommends waiting a week for the potatoes to sweeten up a little more. Members will get plenty of sweet potatoes throughout the season. Tomatoes, like cherry tomatoes, will be in baskets for just a couple of weeks until the greenhouse is cleared out. Until then, members can expect tomatoes in their shares.

This weeks shares will go out: Tuesday 10/5
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 1:
Broccoli?
Cabbage
Cherry Tomatoes?
Eggplant (Fairy tale, Italian, or Japanese)
Garlic
Onions
Parsley
Peppers (Bell, Frying, Snack size, & Jalapeno)
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes

Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Bread Share: Maple Oat

Anticipated Basket Week 2 (subject to change):
Broccoli
Garlic
Leeks
Lettuce Heads
Peppers
Potatoes
Winter Squash

 

Recipe of The Week

Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch cubes
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green onions
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Add the potatoes to a large saucepan of salted boiling water and simmer until tender. Drain and dry completely with paper towels.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red onions, bell peppers, green onions, and garlic, and saute until tender and lightly golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove to a bowl.
Add the remaining 4 tablespoons oil to the skillet, and then add the drained and dried sweet potatoes. Cook in a single layer, stirring occasionally, on medium heat until they are tender, about 6 minutes. Increase the heat to high and cook, without stirring, until the potatoes are golden and crisp, about 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with the smoked paprika and gently stir in the onion mixture and parsley.
 

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

 

Cut, Split, and Dried Cord Wood for Sale!

We have lots of cordwood available for the winter time. If you are interested, please contact Tom at elephantrockfarm@icloud.com

 

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 of 2020 taking our unmarketable veggies over to feed the pigs, and now our customers can bring it home. We have lots of pork ribs, country ribs, loin chops, ham steaks, ground pork, and more!

 
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