On the Farm
What an absolutely gorgeous spring day. There haven’t been many of these yet this year, but here’s to hoping we see more of them as the spring arrives.
I like to joke that remembering the weather is one of humans greatest flaws. Everyone has a different recollection of the years weather. One person says a season was cold, while another remembers it being warm. All of this is to suggest taking it with a grain of salt when I say that it has been a cold spring. And wet. And gray. Growth in the greenhouses has been a little slow, which is to be expected when we have cloudy days half the week. Even though it looks like temps will increase a little, rain is forecast for a few days this week.
At this point I’m hoping it will stop raining and be super windy for about a week so our fields dry out! We walked across the farm today checking on the fields to get an idea of when we can start working them. We’re at the point that the ground is finished thawing and actually drying out between rain storms. Couple of sunny, windy days, and we’ll be able to get out there to spread fertilizer and start making our early beds.
We took advantage of the sun and finished pruning our fruit trees today, as well as working through the raspberries. The raspberry patch has been a project over the past few years. About 4 years ago, the upper half of the beds faced a pretty severe bout of winter kill and they haven’t really recovered since. There is still an extremely productive section toward the bottom of the beds closest to route 12, but we’ll need to figure out how to proceed with the patch going forward.
I had to leave a little early to practice for a Pitchfork Pitch Event hosted by Hannah Grimes on Thursday (see below for more details). Joe and Abigail stuck around to keep working on the raspberries. Sarah has been working on the illustrations for the plant stand that will open next week!
Last week was our big weeding push in the greenhouse and we were pretty successful! We’ve been battling chickweed something fierce this year. It’s a weed that is difficult to get all up, so it can come back pretty quick. We’re using our flame weeder more consistently as we prep new beds to try and stop the problem before it starts.
SPRING SHARES WEEK 5
Woo! Another week of shares! I am eating a salad at least once a day, and some days twice.
As I mentioned above, we have been dealing with heavy weed pressure in the greenhouses. It is particularly bad in the loose greens beds. Chickweed is a completely edible green, some people consider it a “super food,” and I was just informed that it is one of the ingredients in The Festival of Seven Herbs (Nanakusa-No-Sekku), a Japanese tradition of eating seven herb rice porridge on January 7th for longevity and health. Sarah always says our customers are lucky to get chickweed in their greens. So if you find it in your salad greens (which you likely will) don’t worry, it is delicious and good for you!
Lettuce Mix is seeing it’s first week in shares! I’m a sucker for lettuce mix and spinach salads. Micro Greens & Pea Shoots are back in shares this week. I top all of my salads with both. It feels pretty luxurious, ha! Radishes are going in to shares and have kept sizing up in the greenhouse. Looking like a good harvest. Spicy Salad Mix is back in shares. I just seeded another bed, as well. This week I am prioritizing getting every one a lot of Spinach. It is still baby sized, and now that the weeds are taken care of, I’m expecting a large harvest for our members.
Shares Week 5:
Spicy Salad Mix
Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Share
Bread Share: Roasted Red Pepper and Cheddar
I believe there is still frozen ginger available in our farm store from last year. Would be great to use for this recipe!
|▪||7 ounces carrots (peeled and chopped )|
|▪||4 ounces onion (peeled and finely chopped)|
|▪||2 tablespoons ginger (peeled and finely chopped)|
|▪||1 tablespoon granulated sugar|
|▪||1/4 cup soy sauce|
|▪||1/2 cup rice vinegar|
|▪||1/2 teaspoon salt|
|▪||3/4 cup organic canola or vegetable oil|
|▪||Put all the ingredients except for the canola oil in a blender and blend until smooth.|
|▪||Slowly add the oil and blend until the mixture has emulsified.|
|▪||Serve with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumber.|
Accepting Members through the Monadnock Farm Share Program!
The Monadnock Farm Share program makes farm shares more accessible for community members who otherwise would not be able to participate in a local community supported agriculture (CSA) program. CSA programs are an opportunity for community members to enjoy farm fresh produce, while supporting local agriculture! Through the program, community members pay 50% of the total farm share cost.
This year, the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) has received additional funding for farm shares for local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) families. We are working to expand accessibility and awareness of this program, any assistance in spreading the word is greatly appreciated!
This year’s applications are due by May 1, 2022, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis (first come, first served). Community members choose from a listing of participating farms throughout the region, including Tracie’s Community Farm!
To access this year’s application, participating farm list, and for more information visit: https://cheshireconservation.org/farmshare
Pitch Event at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship
Regular readers will recall that I participated in a farm business planning course at the Hannah Grimes Center over the winter. Well, as a result of that class, I was invited to make a pitch to help fund a modernization of our washing and packing facility for this year. It is an honor to be invited alongside these other growing business, and I hope you will stop in virtually or in person!
On Thursday, April 14th, join us for an exciting PitchFork Growth event at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship! This is a special opportunity for founders to showcase their businesses to members of the community and to get connected to potential investors. And you’re invited.
We’ll hear pitches from three amazing entrepreneurs—Jack Rixey of Tracey’s Community Farm, Megan Lafaso Hercher of The Sullivan Country Store, and Adam Hamilton of Nuttin’ Ordinary—and learn about the incredible work they’ve been doing to grow their business. We hope you can join us!
5 pm – Food, Drinks & Networking
5:30 pm – Pitches, Business Lab & PitchFork
6:30 pm – Food, Drink & Networking
Delicious local food and drink provided by CC&D’s Kitchen Market
LOCATION: Hannah Grimes Center – Roxbury Wadsworth Room
RSVP: LINK TO EVENT REGISTRATION or email: email@example.com
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.
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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