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Pine Marten

We got plenty of rain and we are all set…no need for it to rain everyday, right? We are picking apples, berries, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, lots of greens, and I had my first ratatouille this week, which means peppers and eggplants are on the CSA box horizon.

Wildlife spotting this week: the other night I was startled by a screaming outside that made me think one of our cats was being tortured, so naturally, I ran out into the pitch dark night in my stocking feet, calling “kitty, kitty”. Insert your own horror movie commentary. Then the cat-like screaming turned into sounds I’ve heard from Screech Owls, then chattering, and clucking. I ran back into the house for a flashlight, now thinking an owl had one of our cats or was under attack itself. When I flashed the light on the situation, I saw a pair of eyes and the cat-like form snake around the backside of the tree…still chattering and growling. It turned out to be a Marten and he had been treed by something, but by now the dogs were on the scene, so he was still squawking at them. I called them off and the noise stopped.  They are very beautiful animals (related to weasels) and we are happy to have him close by, but not too close because honey and eggs are tasty treats.

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Stillman's Farm® is a family owned farm in Massachusetts. We currently operate at two locations: a greenhouse/retail business in Lunenburg, and the majority of vegetable production in New Braintree. Glenn Stillman started the business in Lunenburg over 20 years ago and now enjoys the promise of the next generation further expanding the very diverse enterprise. His daughter, Kate, bought her own farm, The Turkey Farm, where she raises animals for meat production and works many of the farmers' markets. His son Curtis is is developing an orchard at the Lunenburg farm and recently bought a farm near his sister in Hardwick. The farms also have several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs established in Lunenburg, Jamaica Plain, Brookline and the Southborough/Framingham area. In addition, the Stillman's trucks have become a fixture at the Boston Area Farmer's Markets. Our Philosophy Most of Stillman's produce is grown without chemicals. For a few crops this simply is not feasible. For these particular crops, we participate in the State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This entails systematic scouting of fields, protection of beneficial insects, bio-controls, and well-timed applications of only the safest pesticides. With growing concern about genetically modified organisms (GMO), as a patron you can be confident that none of the produce we grow have been engineered, in fact, we often experiment with many heirloom varieties! Conscientiously Grown® The combination of no pesticides, good cultivation management, and IPM practices allows us to offer the widest possible selection of fruit and vegetable varieties and be a thriving sustainable farm. We have developed our own label, "conscientiously grown" to convey our commitment to the safety of our environment, family and customers. All of our hormone free, pasture raised meats carry a conscientiously grown label too!
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