|Dahlia Starts in the Greenhouse|
On the Farm
It was an exciting day on the farm as all of our bee packages arrived for the season! In total we installed three hives. Bee packages are boxes of honey bees with a queen bee in a separate housing. The queen has to be kept separate because otherwise the workers would try to kill her! BUT, after a few days of sharing the hive with their new queen, the bees will eventually start to recognize her and remain loyal for the rest of their life. Bee keeping is fascinating and has been one of my favorite parts of farming. I’d love to harvest some honey one day, but as a beginning bee keeper, my main goal is to keep as many hives alive through the winter as possible.
Last week was our “catch-up” week on the farm. All of the projects that had been falling by the wayside were completed. Including finishing the rejuvenation of our raspberry patch! Every week we have a list of items that need to get done, and every week one or two things are gotten around to. Last week was all about finding those smaller tasks that we’ve been putting off.
While I was working on the bees, the crew worked on getting our pavilion set up for lunch season. We feed the crew lunch everyday through the summer(one of the best perks of the job, in my opinion), and opened up our outdoor kitchen for the first time this season. It’s always exciting, there have been a lot of fun and delicious lunches in the kitchen.
Farm Store and Plant Stand Now Open!
The store is stocked up with local milk, eggs, bread, cheese, and ice cream, as well as our veggies from the greenhouse! It’s looking pretty full for mid April!
The stand is modest, but still plenty of nice looking starts for early spring gardens. Lettuce, cabbage, onions, perennial herbs, and petunias. The full stand will be out by memorial day!
SPRING SHARES WEEK 7
A few more new items this week! Cilantro, Claytonia, and Tokyo Bekana are both going in to shares. I’m gonna give you all two recipes this week because 1.) I love radish salsa with cilantro and 2.) Nobody knows what Tokyo Bekana is.
Claytonia is a farm favorite salad green. We’re gonna hold off on the lettuce mix to let it grow for another week before putting it back in shares. Claytonia is a great substitution, if you ask me!
Shares Week 6:
Turnips with greens
Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Share
Bread Share: Onion, Pepper, Parmesan
Ingredients For the Salsa
|▪||2 C radishes, finely chopped*|
|▪||3/4 C jalapeños, seeded and small-diced|
|▪||6 green onions, finely chopped|
|▪||2 garlic cloves, minced|
|▪||2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped|
|▪||2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed|
|▪||1/4 tsp salt|
Instructions For the Salsa
Prepare the salsa ingredients and place them in a medium-sized bowl. Mix until evenly combined.
Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve
Ingredients for the Greens
|▪||4-6 cups chopped Asian greens|
|▪||1/4 cup coconut aminos|
|▪||2 tbsp raw honey|
|▪||1 tsp arrowroot powder|
|▪||1 tsp fresh minced or grated ginger|
Instructions for the Greens
|▪||Add chopped greens to a pan with a just small dash or spray of avocado oil. Toss around to coat evenly in the small amount of oil and add salt to taste.|
|▪||In a small dish, whisk together aminos, honey, arrowroot, and ginger until combined well.|
|▪||Once greens start sizzle and have been tossed around while cooking for a minute – pour in your sauce mixture.|
|▪||Toss around often and allow greens to cook a few minutes or to your desired tenderness.|
|▪||Remove greens. You can use any excess sauce to pour over your greens and let them marinate in it OR use the extra sauce to pour over any protein you’re having with your greens.|
|▪||Finish with red pepper flakes + sesame seeds if you wish!|
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.
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: