CSA Week 12, 2011

Whenever there is a disaster, the paper calls to ask about the damage – to quote Geraldo (and this will be the one and only time) a house that is not on fire is not a story. Well, the object is to be truthful, not lament the losses, but focus on what is good. So, yes, we have sustained some serious damage to the farm, and it IS depressing—economically and emotionally. HOWEVER, the corn that didn’t get flattened is amazing and the peaches and apples seem to have held up and are sweet and juicy and everything you would want in a fruit. With the exception of the melons, the low plants seem to have fared the best. The tables are groaning with a beautiful assortment of peppers and eggplants and beans. There are lots of other wonderful successes and these are the good things we shall remain focused on. Thank you for all of your well wishes.

Fall brings the best apples, sweetest greens and biggest corn. It is a great time of year. We should see cabbages soon and how I wish there was a way to preserve the beautiful lettuce we are harvesting. Hopefully the carrots will come along now, and some of you may be seeing celeriac, an ugly but tasty root that has celery leaves on top. The root is the main food part, as the leaves are very tough, fine for soup, though. I love it roasted along with a few potatoes.

 Red Haven Peaches

It’s a good week for fruit crisp:)

Farm Dirt

Hurricanes stink. OK, got that one out of the way.

bunny

Adorable baby bunny brought in by the cat

This week I will try to get the beans and salsa put by. I always think of my friend Stephanie telling me of her mother in law putting peaches by. Apparently, one day her husband returned from market with bushel baskets full of peaches so ripe that the next day they would be spoiling. She started to prepare them and Stephanie went to bed, she was quite pregnant, if I am telling the story correctly. Anyway, the next morning all the peaches were “put by”. This was with a wood cook stove and none of the easy conveniences today. I think Stephanie told me that the summer she lived there, she counted 2500 quarts of food in the cellar. AMAZING. I try to think of this whenever I am dragging my feet about freezing beans of canning tomatoes. I don’t even need to keep a fire going! Having said that, there is little else better than pulling your preserved food off the shelf or out of the freezer and serving it up. It sustains ones body and soul.

green beans

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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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