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On the Farm
If anyone follows our social media, you will know that we officially broke ground on the 2022 summer season! Those windy days really dried out the fields in a hurry, and now it is off to the races as we try to put everything in the ground as fast as we can. The crew had a killer week last week and we pulled probably a million pounds of rocks out of the field. That made it possible to go through with our tractor and start prepping the ground for planting! I tilled and made beds this weekend, and this morning the farmers laid biodegradable plastic over our future onion beds.
Getting out in the fields has been a blast, especially considering how beautiful it was these past couple of days, but we are still flat out in the propagation greenhouse prepping for the summer. Last week we potted up around 500 tomato plants to be put in the stand. We will have over 18 varieties of heirloom, hybrid, and cherry tomatoes available. They look beautiful in their pots right now.
It feels like the season begins in earnest now that we broke ground. Admittedly my newsletters get a little shorter each week as the season rolls on. Read on to learn more about what’s going on at the farm!
Store Stocked Wednesdays! Plant Stand is Open!
The store has plenty of greens available every Wednesday after 3:30pm. We’ve been having a great spinach year, radishes have consistently been available, and the microgreens have been delicious. Eggs, milk, bread, ice ream, and other local goods are available.
The stand is still small, but we are stocking it every Monday and Friday. For now it is mostly lettuce, brassicas, onions, and some cold hardy flowers. We plan to put frost sensitive crops out towards the end of May. Most likely Memorial day, maybe a week earlier if the weather looks favorable. That will include all of our tomatoes, basil, peppers, dahlias, geraniums, begonias, squash, cucumbers, and more!
SPRING SHARES WEEK 8
Bok Choy will see its first week in shares! One of Tracie’s favorite recipes for bok choy is a salad with crunchy ramen noodles on top. I’ll include one below. I can almost hear her now talking about how surprisingly good the salad is with the ramen on top!
Other than that it is pretty standard fare from the last few weeks. Lettuce Mix is back in shares. Radishes are out for a couple weeks, but we might have some for our store. Don’t forget to eat your turnip greens!
Shares Week 8:
Turnips with greens
Egg Share: 12 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Cinnamon Raisin
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.
Support A Local Food Pantry and Help Us Reach Our Goal!
We are selling CSA shares to be donated to one of our local food pantries in order to help raise funds for an infrastructure project in our washing and packing station. We have existing relationships with the Rindge Food Pantry, Jaffrey Food Pantry, Fitzwilliam District Nursing Association, and the Community Kitchen in Keene.
Members purchase a share of our produce just like our CSA, which is then used as a credit for produce to be sent to the pantry weekly. For example, a CSA share is approximately $41/week. That means that a a single share purchased for a local pantry could provide up to 16 heads of lettuce per week for 16 weeks–or 12 pounds of tomatoes, or 15 pounds of cucumbers.
The money from the shares sold would then go towards upgrading our washing and packing station in the barn in order to make sure that all of our produce is leaving the barn fresh, clean, and of the highest quality. We have already begun work on reinsulating our walk-in cooler so that our produce is held for optimum storage!
This is a great way to make an impact in the community. Pantries are always grateful for produce from the farm, and we have worked with many of them for years. We still plan to donate produce weekly to prevent waste on the farm, but this project would prioritize getting pantries a consistent supply of fresh vegetables. Each share will improve our farms viability, provide fresh produce to local food pantries, and help build a more resilient community. Donations are tax deductible.
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:
For the sesame dressing:
▢ 1/4 cup light brown sugar
▢ 1/4 cup olive oil
▢ 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
▢ 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (see notes)
▢ 1 tablespoon soy sauce
For the salad:
▢ 2 tablespoons olive oil
▢ 1 package ramen noodles crumbled, seasoning packet discarded (see notes for vegan information)
▢ 1/4 cup sliced almonds
▢ 1 bunch baby bok choy sliced (5 – 6 bulbs)
▢ 5 scallions chopped
To make the dressing:
In a small bowl or in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine brown sugar, olive oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, and soy sauce. Allow flavors to blend at room temperature while preparing the rest of the salad.
To make the salad:
Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to low. Add ramen noodles and almonds; sauté until toasted, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.
In a large bowl, combine baby bok choy, scallions, and crunchy mix. Drizzle salad dressing over the top and toss until uniformly combined. Serve at room temperature.
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