February News…had to post this before I post March ;)

Snow is most definitely the topic of the month. It’s true, we’ve all been battling the weather this year. We ended up cutting the plastic off 5 greenhouses during the heavy snows – seemed a better idea to replace the plastic instead of the whole greenhouse. We’ve got our work cut out for us this Spring, covering all those houses to keep up with the planting schedule will be an extra challenge.

Slitting plastic on a greenhouse

On to fun things: The tomato seedlings are up and more items are being seeded as I write. We are gearing up to plant hanging flower baskets – so if you are a Lunenburg customer, don’t despair, we’ll have something fabulous for you when the snow is gone! During these winter days that seem to drag on, it is a real lifesaver to start planning this year’s garden. Even for those of us in the business – we’re always looking forward to a new plant, a new pot, a new combination…

tomato seedlings

Precious tomato seedlings!

There’s been lots of discussion around our dinner table about whether some of our favorite food and retail companies are softening on GE crops, like alfalfa. Though we remain neutral on this topic, and really because we admit we don’t have all the answers, Glenn does not grow any genetically engineered, or modified crops, AND since we do not source produce from any other farms (or the wholesale market), you’ll never get any from us. -Just thought you’d like to know ;)

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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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