Dahlia Starts in the Greenhouse

On the Farm

Good evening!

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:
Bok Choy
Cilantro
Lettuce Mix
Microgreens
Spinach
Turnips with greens
Tokyo Bekana

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:

LINk: Bok Choy Salad with Ramen

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Fall Shares!

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.

Workshare!

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.

Lunch Prep
Farmers Market
Harvest
Weeding
Wash/Pack
Field
& 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:

443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm

Dahlia Starts in the Greenhouse

On the Farm

Good evening!

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:
Cilantro
Claytonia
Microgreens
Pea Shoots
Radishes
Spinach
Turnips with greens
Tokyo Bekana

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Share
Bread Share: Onion, Pepper, Parmesan

LINk: Radish Salsa

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

LINK: Honey Ginger Greens

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.

Fall Shares!

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.

Workshare!

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.

Lunch Prep
Farmers Market
Harvest
Weeding
Wash/Pack
Field
& 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:

Glazed Hakurei Turnips

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:
Lettuce Mix
Micro Greens
Radishes
Spicy Salad Mix
Spinach
Turnips with greens

Egg Share: 12 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Roasted Red Pepper and Cheddar

LINK: Glazed Hakurei Turnips w/ Greens

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!

Ingredients

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

Kosher salt

Instructions

Step 1

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.
Step 2

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

LINK

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. ”
FILMS:

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.

Fall Shares!

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.

Apr

Workshare!

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.

Lunch Prep
Farmers Market
Harvest
Weeding
Wash/Pack
Field
& 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:

443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm

Monadnock Farm Share Program Update

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:
Lettuce Mix
Micro Greens
Pea Shoots
Radishes
Spicy Salad Mix
Spinach

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Share
Bread Share: Roasted Red Pepper and Cheddar

LINK: Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing

I believe there is still frozen ginger available in our farm store from last year. Would be great to use for this recipe!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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!

Event Info

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!

AGENDA:

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: admin@hannahgrimes.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

LINK

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. ”
FILMS:

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.

Fall Shares!

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.

Workshare!

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.

Lunch Prep
Farmers Market
Harvest
Weeding
Wash/Pack
Field
& 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:

443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm

Radishes Ringing In April

On the Farm

I ate the first radish of spring out of the greenhouse the other day and could barely contain my excitement for the coming weeks! The greenhouses are looking full and beautiful as we move in to April.

This week will be a big weeding push to make sure everything is easy to harvest as it matures. Towards the end of last week we prepped beds for a round of transplants to go in the ground. Lettuce Heads, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi all went in the ground, and by May they will be ready to pick for shares! We also trellised up our peas in the greenhouse. They seem to be growing taller every day.

We had a new farmer start today! Her name is Abigail and she recently moved here from Colorado. Abigail’s focus will primarily be in the barn, but everyone is expected to do a little bit of everything around here. In the morning we cleared out a space for a fertilizer delivery to call home for the spring, followed by weeding a bed of spinach. In the afternoon we all went in to our little greenhouse and potted up starts for the stand that will be opening later this month!

We continue to prepare the farm store and stand for their opening this spring. I am expecting an opening around the 20th of April. I will make sure to keep every one posted through the newsletter!

SPRING SHARES WEEK 4

Wow already a third of the way through the season! Got a good looking harvest for this week. Arugula is making its first appearance in shares. Microgreens are old news at this point, but always delicious. Radishes are looking absolutely gorgeous for shares! Spicy Salad Mix is back, same with Spinach and Turnip Greens.

Shares Week 4:
Arugula
Micro Greens
Radishes
Spicy Salad Mix
Spinach
Turnip Greens

Egg Share: 12 Week Only
Bread Share: Roasted Potato

LINK: Pumpernickel and Radish Tea Sandwiches

I love shallot dressings. This would go perfect with the spicy greens mix, or over wilted turnip greens.

Ingredients

1 8 oz package neufchâtel cheese*
1½ Tbsp chopped dill plus more for garnish
1 Tbsp chopped chives
⅛ tsp salt
pepper to taste
8 slices pumpernickel bread
1 bunch radishes

Instructions

Soften the neufchâtel cheese 30 minutes before beginning. Using an electric mixer, cream the neufchâtel cheese until light and smooth.
Mix in the herbs, salt, and pepper on the lowest mixer setting (or by hand) until just combined, while taking care not to over-mix.
Cut the pumpernickel bread into small squares, removing the crust. Tea sandwich pumpernickel bread is available at some grocery stores. I selected Mestemacher’s pumpernickel because it’s made with all-natural ingredients and it’s cut into thin pieces. A loaf of bakery bread will work too, but will require more time cutting into the appropriate size.
Spread a layer of the herbed neufchâtel cheese onto two slices of the cut bread. Layer with radishes that have been cut into thin slices, and then sandwich together. Serve chilled.

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

LINK

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. ”
FILMS:

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.

Fall Shares!

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.

Workshare!

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.

Lunch Prep
Farmers Market
Harvest
Weeding
Wash/Pack
Field
& 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:

443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm

Weekly Update

Dahlia

On the Farm

BRR!

This cold is no joke. Little bit frustrating for this time of year. We don’t have anything out that could be in danger, but nights in the low 20’s to teens always give me anxiety. At the temps we’re seeing for the next few days, a heater failure could be disastrous. Upper 20’s and above and most plants would actually survive a failure. The greenhouses keep the air inside of them about 3-5 degrees warmer than the outside temp!

We finished up pruning the blueberries last week! Ahhh, back when it was warm and sunny and spring-y. This is our fourth season at the patch we manage in Richmond. It’s a beautiful piece of the old Richmond Blueberries property, and owned by a couple that have become close friends of the farm. In exchange for going out each spring and pruning their bushes (over 800!) they allow us to pick for the blueberry share in the summer. The first couple of years we spent quite a bit of time getting the bushes into the shape that I learned to prune blueberries to, but this year we were really just able to focus on maintaining. It sped the process up considerably. We’ve taken the oldest wood out over the past couple of years, so this year we could focus on identifying the strongest new shoots we wanted to prioritize.

The greenhouses are humming along and we’re excited about harvesting some new varieties for shares this week! More below!

SPRING SHARES WEEK 3

IMPORTANT: WE WILL NOT BE WASHING GREENS ON WEDNESDAY DUE TO WEATHER

When it is this cold out, I can’t make anyone, including myself, stick their hands in the freezing wash water. It isn’t safe for our farmers and is downright painful–even on the warmer early spring days. Below 20 in the morning is beyond our threshold.

Another week of shares! I’ve been eating so much spinach the last couple of weeks. Popeye would be proud. More spinach this week, as well as a few new varieties.

Garlic will keep going out til it’s gone. Pea Shoots are the microgreen this week. I have been so excited to harvest from the trays. They are looking beautiful. We underseeded microgreens a little bit for the first two weeks, but we’ve added more trays into the rotation, and there should be a good haul of pea shoots this week. Next week we are expecting a large microgreen harvest. Shallots will be in shares this week! These have held over from the fall extremely well. I’ll include a recipe with shallots below. Spicy Salad Mix is new! It is a mix of brassica greens, primarily arugula, and is especially flavorful. One of my favorite greens mixes. Spinach! More! This week we will be harvesting from our baby spinach beds for the first time. It is absolutely gorgeous. And sweet. Can’t wait to share with everyone. Turnip Greens are a little bonus from an overseed in the greenhouse. The rows are a little too thickly seeded, so we’ll be thinning out some plants and bunching them for you folks. I love turnip greens. They are great added to a salad or sauteed.

Shares Week 3:
Garlic
Pea Shoots
Shallots
Spicy Salad Mix
Spinach
Turnip Greens

Egg Share: 12 Week + 6 Week Share
Bread Share: Roasted Potato

LINK: Easy Shallot Vinaigrette

I love shallot dressings. This would go perfect with the spicy greens mix, or over wilted turnip greens.

Ingredients

1 small shallot, peeled, finely minced (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano, (optional)

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk together shallot, vinegar, mustard, and honey. Slowly whisk in oil until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in oregano, if desired.

Summer CSA Shares! Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 70% 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.
Summer CSA Share Signups

Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival

LINK

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. ”
FILMS:

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.

Workshare!

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.

Lunch Prep
Farmers Market
Harvest
Weeding
Wash/Pack
Field
& 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:

443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm

Spring on the Farm

Good evening, everyone!

I just got home from a meeting with the Fitzwilliam District Nursing Association which was a delight to attend. The FDNA has been distributing food to those in need for up to almost 100 years now! And for the past seven years they have purchased baskets from Tracie’s as a part of their summer produce distribution program. They graciously invited me to their meeting to discuss further collaboration between our farm and the association, as well as potential new avenues of distribution they are considering. In the few years I have worked with the FDNA I have always been impressed by the work they do, and was honored to be invited to come and talk with them. They are currently compiling distribution lists for summer produce, so if you are anyone you know is experiencing food insecurity in Fitzwilliam, send me an email and I will get you in contact with the program coordinators!

It’s been a busy week on the farm! Am I sounding like a broken record yet? I’m not sure which is busier, spring or high summer. I think it is the spring time, but we are all so filled with fresh energy that it feels like a breeze. Summer is busy, without a doubt, but some of that is due to dealing with fatigue through the growing season.

Since the last newsletter we weeded our middle greenhouse, submitted a draft of our produce safety plan to CAPS–the governing body that will review the plan, harvested for our first distribution of the season, started pruning the blueberry field that we maintain in Richmond, and transplanted over 1,000 plant starts for the plant stand!

We’re looking forward to the stand this year and are expecting some fun new varieties of flowers, tomatoes, herbs, and veggies. I love doing the plant stand. We buy in some varieties of flowers that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to start in our greenhouse, and it is always one of my favorite days of spring when we get to pot them up. Today it was geranium, begonia, petunia, verbena, dahlia, osteospermum, and some herbs! Tomorrow we’ll start working on our hanging baskets and window boxes filled with petunias, begonias, geraniums and dahlias! All told we will have transplanted 2,400 total plant starts over two days. That’s actually not that many when we are seeding for the field (we regularly seed or transplant over 2,000 individual veggie plants) but those are in trays of 50 or 128. The flowers all get transplanted into individual pots 15 at a time. We get a pretty good workflow going in the greenhouse with split between collecting soil, mixing soil, and transplanting, but it is still time consuming. The next big push happens in late April with out larger tomato starts.

Speaking of the stand, both the plant stand and the farm store will be open in late April! We don’t have a set date yet because it depends on the availability of our plant starts, but we are planning on opening the two up at the same time. Meanwhile, we still have limited options in our store. Fresh eggs and any extra greens will be stocked in the fridge until we do our grand opening in April.

SPRING SHARES WEEK 2

Welcome back spring share members! We hope everyone enjoyed their first share of the season and are working through those big bags of spinach. This week has another big bag in store for you, so better use it all up! Spinach is super easy to freeze and store, and I will include a link below with how to do so.

Maple syrup members will receive a quart in their basket in week three once we have some new syrup boiled for you!

In shares this week we will have: Carrots bought in from Harlow Farm to help fill out the early week baskets. Garlic and Onions stored over from last fall. The same Kale and Chard mix that you saw last week. Micro Greens again. This time the spicy mix! And another big bag of Spinach. We are going to harvest one last time from our beds of mature spinach, and then next week we will have baby spinach in shares. Lots of greens are on the horizon as they size up, and we’ll start seeing them in week 3.

Shares Week 2:
Carrots
Garlic
Kale + Chard
Micro Greens
Onions
Spinach

Egg Share: 12 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Cinnamon Raisin

LINK: Four Easy Ways To Freeze Spinach

LINK: Carrot, Red Lentil, and Spinach Soup

Mmm, this could be a great soup for the cold weather we have coming up. Everyone should get a little over a pound of carrots, so that should be enough for the recipe. Plus we have frozen ginger in the store if you want to use that!

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
5-6 medium carrots, about 3 cups, cut into 1cm (3/4 in.) slices
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cm piece fresh ginger, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
400 grams (13.5 oz.) canned diced tomatoes
1.5 litres (6 cups) vegetable stock
150 grams (1 cup) red lentils
150 grams (1 cup) frozen spinach**
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Brown rice, to serve

Instructions

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium. Add the onion and sauté for a couple of minutes or until soft and fragrant. Stir in the carrots, and cook for another minute or two.
Add the garlic, ginger, and spices, stirring to coat the vegetables. Now add the salt and tomatoes, stir, and pour the vegetable stock in.
Increase the heat to high, cover the pot, and bring the soup to a rolling boil. Add the lentils and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, covered, or until the carrots are tender.
Stir in the spinach and turn off the heat, letting the hot soup thaw the spinach with the lid on. Add the lemon juice, taste, and season with salt if necessary.
Serve over brown rice and store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.

Summer CSA Shares!

Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 65% 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.

Spring Shares Start Wednesday!


NO EGGS THIS WEEK. WILL BE AVAILABLE IN STORE STARTING WEDNESDAY.

We will be doing a soft opening of our store on Wednesday with eggs and bread available to non CSA members any time of the week. Bread is stocked fresh every Wednesday from Orchard Hill in Alstead. You do not have to be a CSA member to purchase from our store.
We plan on fully opening the store on April 20th along with the plant stand!

SPRING SHARES START 3/16
Here is the information email I sent out to CSA members. If you did not receive it but signed up for a spring share please let me know.

Hello all spring CSA share members!
What beautiful weather we are having for the first week of pickups. Although I have to say, the years that get a snow storm on the first pickup have their own special charm.

This is an information email for both new and old members alike. Even if you have picked up from us before, keep reading! There are a few changes to our pickup this year.

ALL SPRING MEMBERS
All shares are packed into baskets and ready for members to pick up from our barn at 3:30. Since all share baskets are identical, you are welcome to pick up any basket off of the rack and bring it home with you. When you return the following week, please bring the last weeks empty basket with you and exchange it with one of the full baskets on our shelves!

MEMBERS PICKING UP IN KEENE
Pickup is at 60 Russel St. on the closed porch. Baskets will be available for pickup by 5pm. Please return empty baskets when you pick up the new basket each week. See below for bread, eggs, and maple syrup.

MEMBERS THAT ORDERED MAPLE SYRUP WITH YOUR SHARE
We will let you know when to pick up your maple syrup for the season. We want to make sure you get syrup from this year and will make sure it is clear when pickup is available.

IF YOU ORDERED EGGS OR BREAD WITH YOUR SHARE
We will have those set out obviously in the barn to be picked up along with your share. Next to the eggs and bread will be a check list with all egg or bread share members on it. If you did not order eggs or bread with your share and you do not see your name on the checklist, those items are not for you! There are usually eggs and bread available in the farm store.

Speaking of the farm store, it will be open! Kind of! We will have eggs, bread, ice cream, and a few other items available for you in the store starting on Wednesday. It’s a kind of soft opening. We intend on fully stocking our store on April 20th to coincide with the opening of the plant stand.

We’re looking pretty good for shares this week. There are some greens that we would have liked to mature a little earlier, but more for later, I guess. Spinach, Lettuce Mix, Bok Choy, Micro Greens, Kale and Chard will all be in shares this week, as well as onions and garlic stored over from last season.

Spinach is looking big and beautiful in the high tunnel. We’ll harvest from these beds for a few weeks before moving to newer beds of baby spinach as they mature.

Lettuce Mix and Bok Choy are a little iffier. The Bok Choy has started to bolt, but there is still plenty of good stalks and leaves to be had. The lettuce mix has seen better days. We will pass it out this week and then clear the bed for replanting.

Microgreens are gorgeous in our greenhouse. We plan on having at least 3 rounds of microgreens through the season.

The Kale and Chard are both small! We are going to combine them into a single bag for you to get the most of em. The chard we want to pick a little to encourage some more growth. The kale might be on its way out, but there are more plants in the greenhouse for later in the season.

Onions should be used ASAP. We will be sorting through them, but they are reaching the end of their storage life.

Same goes for garlic. We have a good amount of garlic leftover and will be passing it out for a couple of weeks. Garlic can sometimes be hard to tell if it has a bad clove in it. We will be sorting through it, but also passing out extra to make sure you get enough usable cloves.

I think that is everything. I will be sending out a newsletter tonight. If you have not been receiving the newsletter–first check your spam folder and try searching for farmers@traciesfarm.com in your email! If you still can’t find anything, let me know and I will check to make sure you are on the list. See you soon!
Jack Rixey
Farm Manager

Store Toms
There’s not much letting up now that the greenhouses are in full swing! I always expect the spring work to gradually ramp up, but it is only the second week of March and feels like we can’t miss a day on the farm. Lots of projects to get taken care of before summer planting takes hold, as well as the constant maintenance of the greenhouses.

Greenhouse management is a non stop job, and maybe one of my favorite parts of the farm. Every night around 5-6pm I put the plants to bed by covering germinating trays with a humidity dome to speed up the process. In the morning around 10-11am the domes come off if it is sunny so that the trays don’t fry in the heat. Watering is a whole other story. What seems like a pretty straightforward task requires an immense amount of understanding and oversight. Timing when to water so that the soil is not saturated but never fully dries out is an art form that I learn more about every year. Just today at lunch I listened to a webinar from a nursery in Vermont talk about how they water their greenhouses. We try to only have two people water the greenhouses throughout the year, myself and Sarah. It makes it easier to communicate when the houses need water, and we have a history with it. In that webinar I watched, the farmer said that it takes about 3-4 years to learn how to water correctly, and that even after 26 years it was still one of the things she is learning.

So mostly this week I have been dealing with my annual obsession with greenhouse watering. I’ll try to retain as much as I can to bring into future years. We also caught up on some backlogged seeding and are now current with our list! It always feels good. A lot of seeds are technically planned for a week or two before we actually switch on the heater in the greenhouse, so we’re always playing a little catch up the first two weeks of March.

All of our bins were sanitized on Friday in preparation for harvest this week. We can’t wait to pick some of the greens in the tunnels!

Joe has been in on a full time schedule last week and going forward. We expected him to start full time this week, but the chore list said otherwise. It’s been good having him around the farm. Joe was a part timer for four years before switching to full time this year. He’s been around as long as I’ve been managing the farm! Share week 6 Summer CSA Shares! Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 60% 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. Summer CSA Share Signups

Fall VEggies Fall Shares! 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. Fall CSA Share Signups!

sarah farmer Workshare!

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.

▪ Lunch Prep
▪ Farmers Market
▪ Harvest
▪ Weeding
▪ Wash/Pack
▪ Field
▪ & 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: 443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm   ©2022 Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC | Tracie’s Community Farm. 72 Jaffrey Rd. Fitzwilliam, NH. 03447. Web Version   Preferences   Forward      
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Tracie’s Farm — Fresh Eggs Tuesday 3/8, Spring CSA Starts 3/16

FRESH EGGS AVAILABLE TUESDAY 3/8
We will have fresh eggs available tomorrow from 9:00am until 7:00pm.

Email or text me if you’d like a dozen or two. farmers@traciesfarm.com or 443-994-4629.

Eggs will be in cooler in front of barn. $5/dozen

SPRING SHARES START 3/16

The start of our CSA season is almost upon us! If you signed up for a spring share, be on the lookout for an email from me regarding pickup instructions. This is a busy time of year for me, but I’m hoping to have something out by next Monday at the latest. The greenhouses are looking good for the first week of shares! Lots of spinach and lettuce mix ready to be picked!
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On the Farm

First of all, thank you to all the members that signed up to help us meet our goal last week! We entered March with 96 shares sold. Four less than our stated goal, but well beyond where we used to set the mark. Early signups are so important for the farm, and this year more than ever. It seems like every week we are hit with another bill that exceeded our projections. Fertilizer was the big one this week. Early signups help us recover from big expenses early in the season before we start harvesting. So thank you!

We are officially under way for 2022! Seeding in the greenhouse has begun, and it is filling up fast. All of our onions and leeks are seeded, as well as crops that will go in to the greenhouses for spring shares. Flowers are the big one this time of year. It is a little early for us to be starting things like broccoli, tomatoes, or squash. We don’t start those until mid to late march.

Flowers are fun in the greenhouse. A lot of the seed has much more specific directions for germination. Vegetables are so easy, ha. Just stick em in the soil about a 1/4″ deep and in a couple days you’ll start to see the first bits of green poking up. The flowers like to be coddled. They can take up to a couple of weeks before they start to put out their first leaves. And until then you have to make sure they get the right temperature, watered at the right time–“consistently moist but not saturated” was one I read today–, and planted at just the right depth. Some want light to germinate. Some don’t want light. And some want light but only a little bit! They can be challenging, but I think that is what makes them so fun.

We set up a new irrigation system in our greenhouse today. Whoop! That was a long overdue project. We’ve been dealing with high salts in our greenhouses the last year or so and part of the problem was that we did not overhead water enough to help flush the soil. We used drip tape for all of our seedings which keeps the soil “moist, but not saturated” (maybe I should use the drip tape for the flower trays). With overhead watering you can really drive salts deep down into the ground if you run them for long enough. Salt buildups aren’t really a problem in fields around here because we get plenty of rain to flush them away. But when using composted manures or organic fertilizers in a high tunnel, you have to be careful because there is not natural rain to flush it out. I’ve been using a lawn sprinkler for too long, and today I installed some lines and hanging sprinklers to be able to water the entire greenhouse at once without moving the sprinkler head every hour.

That’s pretty much it for tonight. There was just a big storm that passed through, but we kept our power on. That’s super important for us this time of year when we rely on electricity to keep the propagation house warm through the night. Hope everyone is weathering the storms alright!

MFCC Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry Locals’ Local Fund

Last year, Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition partnered with The Community Kitchen to conduct a feasibility study for a mobile food pantry for our region, a longstanding goal of both organizations. The study found that significant gaps remain in our region’s food security network due to limited resources (hours of pantry operation, food storage capacity, food sources) within the system.

Secondly, the study found the 2nd most common indicator of food insecurity was a lack of adequate transportation. A Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry would effectively address both gaps identified. This is where you come in… MFCC, recognizing the importance of viable and sustainable producers, has committed to create a fund to ensure that healthy, local foods will be available to food insecure members of our community. The purpose of this fund is to support local producers who will be selling fresh, local food at a negotiated price to the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry. We know that you deeply understand the benefit of locally produced food to our health, our local economies, and our environment. Getting local onto the mobile food pantry is a win-win for everyone involved.

MFCC applied for and was awarded the opportunity to jumpstart the “Locals’ Local Fund” on The Local Crowd Monadnock platform. Our goal is raise 10k annually to purchase local products for distribution on the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry. In order to launch this crowdfunding campaign, we need your help to raise 1/3 or $3333 prior to its initiation. Would you please consider becoming a Groundbreaking Supporter for the Locals’ Local Fund benefiting the 2022 soft launch of the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry?

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Your coalition thanks you. Our farmers thank you. Our community members experiencing food insecurity thank you.

Share week 6 Summer CSA Shares!

Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 55% 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.

Summer CSA Share Signups

Spring share Delivery Drivers

We are looking for delivery drivers for the following towns: Keene and Peterborough.. In exchange for about 1-2hours per week you are provided a full CSA share with eggs and bread added on for no extra cost. If you would like to learn more please email Jack Rixey at farmers@traciesfarm.com Thank you!

Fall VEggies Fall Shares!

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.

Fall CSA Share Signups!

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Workshare!

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. ▪ Lunch Prep ▪ Farmers Market ▪ Harvest ▪ Weeding ▪ Wash/Pack ▪ Field ▪ & 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: 443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm   ©2022 Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC | Tracie’s Community Farm. 72 Jaffrey Rd. Fitzwilliam, NH. 03447. Web Version   Preferences   Forward      
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FRESH EGGS AVAILABLE TUESDAY 3/1The hens over on the Frazier’s side of things have started to pick up.We will have fresh eggs available tomorrow from 9:00am until 7:00pm.Email or text me if you’d like a dozen or two. farmers@traciesfarm.com or 443-994-4629.Eggs will be in cooler in front of barn. $5/dozen
Store TomsIt’s almost March! WOW! That came so fast. I have been working outside, in the greenhouses, or in the barn since Wednesday, so I guess that means the season has officially begin.

On a March related note, we made a goal of selling 100 Summer CSA shares by March 1st, and we are SO CLOSE to our goal. We only need 6 more people to sign up before the end of the day tomorrow. The 100 shares by March was a pretty ambitious goal since we usually aim for that mark by April, but CSA provides a ton of security to the farm, and selling out of shares sooner rather than later is a huge help. Especially this time of year when we are working on all of our repairs, buying supplies, and gearing up for the season. So if you are planning on signing up but haven’t yet, now is a great time!

Aside from the shares, the farm has been busy the last week. We had one of the full timers come in on Wednesday and Thursday to prep our greenhouse for seeding this week. One of the end walls had to be replaced and a center dividing wall was moved a little bit. Then moving all of the tables. My actual least favorite job on the farm. Usually when I have a least favorite job it lasts for about a season until I figure out how to do it more effectively. Even rolling up hoses doesn’t bum me out anymore. But moving the first tables in the spring when I’m out of shape can be killer.

The next project is re insulating our walk in cooler after noticing some leaky areas. I took a look at it today and realized it will be a bigger job than I initially expected, but am hoping to have it ready by the first week of spring shares.

Off the farm I’ve been cross country skiing since the last snow storm. The sun has been great even with the cold days. I’m hoping we get one more snow storm before the end of winter. Poor man’s fertilizer, as the call it. Good for skiing and the fields!
Share week 6Summer CSA Shares!Summer Shares are available! Right now we are at about 40% 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.
Summer CSA Share Signups
Spring shareDelivery DriversWe are looking for delivery drivers for the following towns: Keene, Peterborough, Swanzey, Jaffrey, and Rindge. In exchange for about 1-2hours per week you are provided a full CSA share with eggs and bread added on for no extra cost. If you would like to learn more please email Jack Rixey at farmers@traciesfarm.comThank you!
Fall VEggiesFall Shares!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.
Fall CSA Share Signups!
sarah farmerWorkshare!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.▪Lunch Prep▪Farmers Market▪Harvest▪Weeding▪Wash/Pack▪Field▪& 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:443-994-4629 — Farmers@traciesfarm