Week 5, July 12-18

One year I had a gal call and ask about a small bunch of greens, bundled and elasticized, to inquire if they were edible or poisonous. It was kind of amusing to think of us bundling up nightshade or monkshood and putting it in the boxes. Well, it is always good to be sure! I have seen some white beets (not to be confused with the turnips some folks saw week 2) and lemon cucumbers. Though not exotic, they are not frequently seen at any major market. We love to play with our food—I hope you do too!

The blueberries are in! Some of you saw them last week and you all should see them for quite a few weeks in the future. We are harvesting raspberries, but you’ll have to come out to the New Braintree farm to harvest your own or buy them at the market. Yes, we are happy to have our members come to the farm and experience the harvest for themselves. It is very important to understand the labor involved with our local food supply—everything here is picked or dug by hand. If you have children, it is a timeless lesson to have them pick a head of lettuce, pull a beet, pick berries…. Not only does one understand how something grows, but one gains perspective on the labor costs of harvest.

Have you seen all the cukes and squashes yet?

Lemon, Diva, Stonewall(slicing) and pickling cucumbersElite and Golden Zucchini

 

Elite and Golden Zucchini

This week: blueberries, lettuce, beets, assorted cucumbers, assorted summer squashes, green beans, fennel…

next week: more berries, CORN!

Farm Dirt

The weather has warmed up and Glenn dug a few potatoes for dinner the other night—they’ll be along before you know it. Hopefully the heat pushes the tomatoes along, as well as the corn.

Standing around the kitchen island chatting

Standing around the kitchen island chatting

If you had come to the CSA 101 gathering, you would have helped me prepare assorted veggies for freezing or dehydrating, bundle herbs for drying, learn a quick way to prep kale, make and eat kale chips, make soup out of dehydrated veggies, make radish leaf pesto, and go prowling for Bobcat. Yep, we got a call from the neighbor about the Bobcat running out of her yard in the direction of our hives. We grabbed our phones and ran over there to take pictures. No luck; we did hear some mewing in the woods, but we did not see Mama.

We are planning an open house and potluck on 21st. Yes, that’s a Sunday and if you are a Sunday picker-upper, you can arrange to get your veggies here. Glenn and I will both be on the farm, so we’ll plan a little hike together, or you can self tour. We love folks to bring a dish to share and I’ll boil corn and slice tomatoes (so don’t do that)…or you can be anti-social and pack your own picnic and still enjoy our company ;) I’ll remind you later.

Eat well,            Geneviève Stillman

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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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