2015 CSA Week 1

Hello all,

This week (the first week of June) is the start of pick ups for you. We are hoping to have a great season ahead. With the insanely peculiar spring we have had so far, our crops are not sure what to do with the roller coaster of weather this year. A late and very cold start quickly turned to heat and drought. Lettuce plantings were stunted and spinach plantings bolted. On a plus note, our cucumbers in the high tunnel are looking great, and our squash in the fields are getting their first blooms. Our apologies for a slow start, but really that is to be expected for the first week of June in New Hampshire. As we do every year, we will make up for it as the season goes along...promise!

This week we will have Pac Choi, an Asian green, delicious sauteed with some onion, garlic and dashed with soy sauce or sesame oil. Any lettuce/salad greens/spinach that are ready for picking will be available as well. Carrots and onions too.

Here are the pick up details for those who are new (or may appreciate a refresher).

Pick Up Times/Locations:

Wednesday 4-7:00 at our farm (small barn across the street from Beech Hill Farm)

Saturday either at our farm 10-1:00 or at the Contoocook Farmer's Market (next to the gazebo/train depot in downtown Tooky)
Please stick to your pick up location unless you have notified us in advance. We do a lot of prep, weighing and counting to make sure your vegetables are ready for you and the other members.

Can't Make It to Pick Up?

We will bag and label a CSA share for you to pick up by the following day. Any shares not picked up the next day will be donated to the NH Gleans program. They will pass out the vegetables to local food pantries in need that week. Feel free to have friends/neighbors pick up your share. They will need to check in with us at pick up time. If you know you know won't make it, please let us know in advance.

Have You Paid?

At this point, you have all (mostly all) sent along your checks in full or partial payment. If you have not paid your balance in full, the remaining payment is due on first day of pick up. If there are questions on this you can email us in advance or we will bring our records to pick up and you can just bring your check! Those who have not paid at all....I know where you live.

Additional Tidbits:

Please check in at arrival. There will be someone from the farm or a clipboard for you to check in with when you arrive. We would hate to miss you.

Bring your bags. We do have bags for you to pack your CSA share in, but if you have reusable grocery bags please bring them. We all should take part in cutting back on plastic.

Maple Syrup is available for sale at each pick up (while supplies last). It is liquid gold and I love it. It has been lovingly made by our neighbors with a bit of help from Farmer Dan.

Bread is available on Wednesdays. Blakeney's Bakery in Hopkinton provides a bread share for our Wednesday CSA folks. We will have more info for you at pick up. They will bring a sampling of their goods for sale as well. They do set up at the Contoocook Farmer's Market on Saturdays with a great selection to purchase.

Find our what to do with those CSA vegs. CSA member Traci from Fresh Roots Nutrition LLC will be coming to the farm on June 24th. She will be bringing her expertise on what to do with those CSA veggies.Free to CSA members!

Wash your veggies. We do wash some of the veggies in your share, but we cannot guarantee no soil, straw, or little organic friends of the field.

Please feel free to come explore the farm at any time. But remember, we are a farm. There are bugs. There is mud. There is electric fencing. The fence around the fields are powered in the evenings until mornings and we ask you to close the gates behind you. The stonewalls have poison ivy on them.  Do tick checks. A pair of wellies in the car are great for rainy day pick ups :)

Looking forward to growing with you this summer!