On the Farm
Good evening! It is another beautiful Monday to be followed by a dreary forecast. My weather app was saying 6″ of snow yesterday, it has since downgraded to 3″. My preference is none at all, if you ask me.
You might notice that I mention the weather first off every newsletter. That is a little bit of a reflection of my own day to day. Monday morning of every week we take a look at the forecast to plan our projects for each day. If it there is a forecast for rain, we plan to be inside that day. Sunny, outside. And then each morning I check the forecast again and see if anything needs to be moved around. This job is almost entirely dependent on the weather, which is why I am always mentioning it in the newsletter.
Today was perfect weather for being outside. We started our day pruning the rest of our raspberries. All done! We then thinned any raspberry canes that were growing into the path and replanted them in the missing parts of the bed. I was mentioning last week that we needed a plan for our raspberry patch, and a plan has been executed! It’s always nice when that works out.
While the crew was in the raspberry patch, I checked out the garlic that has been coming up and fertilized it for the spring. So far it’s looking good!
As for the rest of the farm, we are humming right along and according to schedule. We spend about 2 days a week working in the propagation greenhouse seeding, transplanting, and potting up seedlings for the stand and the field. Wednesday is our harvest day, and that takes up the bulk of the day. We have two more short beds to weed and then the greenhouses are all caught up with! We will be doing that tomorrow morning.
Farm Store and Plant Stand Open Friday 4/22!
Our Store and Stand will open officially this Friday! We’ve had the store open on a limited basis to sell eggs and the occasional extra greens from shares. This week we will be opening in earnest with lots of other great local treats! Ice cream, cheese, eggs, honey, and more!
The plant stand will also be open this weekend. Variety is limited to what is appropriate to put outdoors this time of year, but there are some gorgeous looking lettuce starts for all of you that can’t wait to start your garden!
SPRING SHARES WEEK 6
We’ve reached the halfway point in the season! The second half is looking good with lots of new beds seeded and longer maturing varieties starting to come in. We’ll have pretty similar looking shares for the next couple of weeks, then start seeing a lot more variety. Most importantly, the peas have started to blossom! Just a few weeks away from delicious snap peas!
Shares Week 6:
Spicy Salad Mix
Turnips with greens
Egg Share: 12 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Roasted Red Pepper and Cheddar
This is one of our favorite spring recipes on the farm. Every time turnips are coming in from the greenhouse we make some for lunch! Plus you can include your radishes!
3 bunches baby hakurei turnips, baby turnips, or red radishes (about 2 pounds), trimmed, greens reserved
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
Place turnips in a large skillet; add water to cover turnips halfway. Add butter, sugar, and a large pinch of salt; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is syrupy and turnips are tender, about 15 minutes. (If turnips are tender before liquid has reduced, use a slotted spoon to transfer turnips to a plate and reduce liquid until syrupy. Return turnips to pan and stir to coat well.) DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm before continuing.
Add turnip greens to skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, 2–3 minutes. Season with salt.
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
Help Us Reach Our Goal!
Last week we presented to a group at the Hannah Grimes Center to help fund an infrastructure project on the farm to improve our food safety practices.
In order to raise funds for the project, we are selling an additional 10 CSA shares to be donated to a local food pantry or charitable organization. Money from the shares will go to purchasing stainless steel countertops to replace our wooden packing tables in the barn, upgrading our greens spinners so that they have a removable contact surface, and re-insulating our walk-in to improve efficiency and hold a more stable temperature.
If you would like to contribute to our project and to the community, please reach out as soon as possible. Our goal is to fund the project by May 1st.
Summer CSA Shares!
Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 80% 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