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On the Farm
Good evening, all!
Have you ever noticed that farmers are never happy with the weather forecast? I have to remind myself every year. After weeks of hoping it would dry out, we are finally getting our wish. But now there is no rain in the forecast for at least a week! That’s not good, either!
At least for the time being we are taking advantage of the dryness and prepping the fields that are ready to be planted in. We’ve made beds in about half the fields at this point, and will be planting in them this week. We’re not set up to irrigate the fields, which can be a struggle during dry periods. If the forecast holds, we’ll be out with a maple syrup collection bin in the back of a track connected to a hose. Not ideal, but necessary after dealing with dry springs for the last couple of years.
Everything is starting to feel awfully busy around here. This is one of the most difficult parts of the year to manage time on the farm. We are racing to get crops in to the ground on time, while also making sure we have time to seed in our propagation house. We’re basically trying to do two top priorities at once.
We’ll keep working on getting veggies in to the ground and seeded into trays through out the week. Shares are looking good for this week, the store has been stocked with lots of greens, and we will be starting up at the Keene Farmer’s Market this Saturday! Hope to see everyone soon!
Crowd Funding for the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry
KICKOFF for the “Local’s Local Fund”; the fund benefiting The Community Kitchen’s Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry starts THIS WEEK! By purchasing local food and products from Monadnock farms for distribution at 6 locations throughout the region this summer, we are bringing “fresh” and “local” to all community members! Our goal for summer 2022 is to raise $5000.
Will You Help Provide Equitable Access to Local Food?
As a member of the board for the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, I have been privy to the conversations surrounding the launch of the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry. This project is close to me and to Tracie’s Farm, and I am asking our members to pitch in to help get it off the ground. By launching a mobile food pantry, more communities will have equitable access to food security resources. Our region is lucky to have an active network of food pantries, but not all towns are properly represented. A mobile pantry is able to access those towns that do not have the same resources, and help bring local food to the under served.
This project helps bolster our community two fold. The money raised through the locals local fund will help pay farmers competitive prices for the produce they work hard for. Caring for one another and supporting local establishments are tantamount to building community, and your donation can help with both.
Crowdfunding campaigns are most succesful when they are able to raise 30% of their goal in the first three weeks. We are trying to raise $1500 by May 20th from our community members. We are at $468 currently. When we hit this goal, our fund will be launched on a crowdfunding campaign (The Local Crowd Monadnock) to reach our overall goal of $5000.
Could you please help me reach our $1500 goal by May 20th by donating today? Any amount will help us reach our goal! I can’t thank you enough for your help and support.
Jack Rixey and the Crew at Tracie’s 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 are 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 9
Wow it feels like a completely different share this week. Lots of salad greens reaching maturity in the high tunnels. Baby Kale is making its first appearance. Brassica Mix, Claytonia, and Radishes are back in the fold. There will be a little Mint in everyone’s basket. I’m seeing a mint based dressing in my future. Spinach and Bok Choy are the staples.
We’re retiring turnips and micro greens from shares, but will keep them in the store for anyone that still wants them. I just ate a turnip for a snack today. It was phenomenal.
Shares Week 8:
Egg Share: 12 + 6 Week Share
Bread Share: Maple Oat
This on top of the bok choy salad from last week sounds delicious.
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
¼ cup packed fresh mint (spearmint) leaves (about half of a ⅔ or ¾-ounce package)
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
10 twists of freshly ground black pepper
In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more salt and/or pepper if necessary. Use as desired!
This dressing will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 week.
Summer CSA Shares!
Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 85% 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.
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
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
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.