On the Farm
I ate the first radish of spring out of the greenhouse the other day and could barely contain my excitement for the coming weeks! The greenhouses are looking full and beautiful as we move in to April.
This week will be a big weeding push to make sure everything is easy to harvest as it matures. Towards the end of last week we prepped beds for a round of transplants to go in the ground. Lettuce Heads, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi all went in the ground, and by May they will be ready to pick for shares! We also trellised up our peas in the greenhouse. They seem to be growing taller every day.
We had a new farmer start today! Her name is Abigail and she recently moved here from Colorado. Abigail’s focus will primarily be in the barn, but everyone is expected to do a little bit of everything around here. In the morning we cleared out a space for a fertilizer delivery to call home for the spring, followed by weeding a bed of spinach. In the afternoon we all went in to our little greenhouse and potted up starts for the stand that will be opening later this month!
We continue to prepare the farm store and stand for their opening this spring. I am expecting an opening around the 20th of April. I will make sure to keep every one posted through the newsletter!
SPRING SHARES WEEK 4
Wow already a third of the way through the season! Got a good looking harvest for this week. Arugula is making its first appearance in shares. Microgreens are old news at this point, but always delicious. Radishes are looking absolutely gorgeous for shares! Spicy Salad Mix is back, same with Spinach and Turnip Greens.
Shares Week 4:
Spicy Salad Mix
Egg Share: 12 Week Only
Bread Share: Roasted Potato
I love shallot dressings. This would go perfect with the spicy greens mix, or over wilted turnip greens.
|▪||1 8 oz package neufchâtel cheese*|
|▪||1½ Tbsp chopped dill plus more for garnish|
|▪||1 Tbsp chopped chives|
|▪||⅛ tsp salt|
|▪||pepper to taste|
|▪||8 slices pumpernickel bread|
|▪||1 bunch radishes|
|▪||Soften the neufchâtel cheese 30 minutes before beginning. Using an electric mixer, cream the neufchâtel cheese until light and smooth.|
|▪||Mix in the herbs, salt, and pepper on the lowest mixer setting (or by hand) until just combined, while taking care not to over-mix.|
|▪||Cut the pumpernickel bread into small squares, removing the crust. Tea sandwich pumpernickel bread is available at some grocery stores. I selected Mestemacher’s pumpernickel because it’s made with all-natural ingredients and it’s cut into thin pieces. A loaf of bakery bread will work too, but will require more time cutting into the appropriate size.|
|▪||Spread a layer of the herbed neufchâtel cheese onto two slices of the cut bread. Layer with radishes that have been cut into thin slices, and then sandwich together. Serve chilled.|
Summer CSA Shares!
Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 75% sold on shares, and orders keep coming in every day.
We have a 16 week full share or an 8 week half share available. The full share gets a basket every week, and the half share gets one every other week. They feature staples and as well as lesser known varieties. In total we grow about 30 unique veggies for the summer season!
Home delivery is available in 11 towns. Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Peterborough, Rindge, Swanzey, and Winchendon.
Flexible payment plans so you don’t have to pay all at once.
Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival
APRIL 20 – 22, 2022
MFCC, producer of Feast On This! Film Festival, will partner with the Monadnock International Film Festival and the Monadnock Food Co-op to transform the annual in-person Monadnock Earth Festival into a virtual film festival. The Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival will take place from April 20 – 22, 2022. This free online event will feature films and host panel discussions to celebrate and cultivate a more resilient world.
“Uniting our Film Festivals into one energizing and impactful event is such a win-win for MFCC and the region,” said Roe-Ann Tasoulas from the Feast On This! Film Festival. “We’re able to offer our community 3, ag-related short films addressing climate change, resiliency and equality. ”
FARM FREE OR DIE – 2022
Climate Change | English | 28 mins
Farm Free or Die highlights the need for transformative agricultural policies that improve farming livelihoods and open market opportunities for carbon sequestration and removal. Farmers on the front lines and investors around the world identify carbon sequestration as their best weapon against severe environmental and economic adversity, while simultaneously creating immediate financial opportunities and incentives for innovation in the agtech industry. Directed and written by Roger Sorkin. Sorkin will be available for audience questions and answers following the film.
GROWING WITH THE GRAIN – 2019
Food Sovereignty | English | Hudson River Valley Food Hub | 15 mins. Panel discussion follows screening. Growing With the Grain.
Synopsis: Upstate New York used to be a breadbasket of grain growing. Westward expansion yielded more ideal climates for growing and production shifted to the midwest. Scientists, farmers, bakers and brewers take part in a grain trial test that hopes to produce a new generation of grain suited for the northeast, bringing sustainable and more localized grain production back to the region. New England Grainshed Alliance members, Sarah Cox of Tuckaway Farm, and Christian and Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt/Ground Up join Keene’s Sam Temple of Fire Dog Bread in a discussion how distilleries, farmers, brewers, and bakers can be a part of the Grainshed movement!
FARMER CEE — 2019
BIPOC Farming | Social Justice | Land and Food Access | 12.07 mins. Panel discussion follows screening. Farmer Cee.
Clarenda “Cee” Stanley is currently the CEO/President of Green Heffa Farms. From an agrarian family in Alabama’s Black Belt, Cee did not see herself as a farmer. But in 2018, she co-founded Green Heffa Farms and was selected to be the 2019 Featured Farmer for Hemp History Week. However, in 2019, Cee also found herself being solely responsible for Green Heffa Farms and from there, she began to reimagine the legacy she wanted to leave for her children and grandchildren. A panel discussion will follow the screening. More coming…
“MONIFF is thrilled to partner with the Monadnock Food Co-op and Feast On This! Film Festival to celebrate Earth Day by bringing the community together through diverse films and thoughtful discussions,” said Dee Fitzgerald from Monadnock International Film Festival.
This event is free.
Still quite a ways out, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead, and the fall share helps you plan through the winter. Plenty of potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, carrots, winter squash, and more to last you well into January and potentially beyond.
Don’t have the time to commit to an entire season? The workshare position is perfect for folks that want to spend a day out of the week working and learning on a farm! We love having workshares on the farm because it is an opportunity to meet members in the community. The farm feels more alive with lots of people around. Workshares fill a wide variety of roles on the farm.
|▪||& Delivery Drivers!|
In exchange for working seven hours per week on the farm, workshares are fed lunch on their workday and receive a weekly basket of produce with the bread and egg options included. Typically those hours are completed in one day, with the exception of the lunch prep workshare.
If you are interested in a workshare position, please call or email Jack:
443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm