CSA Week 4

Transplanting with the waterwheel transplanter

I am receiving a lot of emails about what to do if…, many of the recent questions were answered in the start date email and then the first newsletter. If you missed both of those, no worries. I have most of the questions answered on the FAQ page on the website and the blog. Please check that out first before emailing me. I love you all, but it’s only me responding to the 900 members we have. ; )

There’s a little break in the greens, so if you aren’t caught up—here’s your big chance. This is a heavy cucumber and squash time, but the cooler weather will start some of the greens growing again. Cukes are great  – my kids ate a bowl full the other day, just sliced with a splash of olive oil, vinegar and season salt over them. It’s a great snack and slightly better for you than Pop Tarts. The corn likes the sultry weather and we will be picking shortly. We also just started picking beans, so those will be appearing soon in your box.

Ahhh, blueberries and Rice Krispies. A great way to start the morning. It’s easy on the cook too! We finally got all the blueberries under netting this week, so the Robins and Catbirds will be thwarted from the easy pickings. The crop looks good, so you should have many weeks of wonderful berries.

Farm Dirt

Glenn was busy planting more corn and beans this week. We are out of land now, so this is when it gets interesting watching him try to squeeze more in.  He’ll be out there soon, harrowing up something we’ve just finished harvesting to get another crop on it. I’ve known him to get three crops on the same piece of land. Every year we have to file an acreage report with the USDA, and every year I think, “Who knows where everything is going to be for the whole season in May?” Most of the time we are reacting to the weather and what fields we can get on. Also, there is simply no good way to make note of the multiple cropping that goes on. So, we do our best with the paperwork…but it is far from a complete and thorough understanding of what’s growing here. Also, I think it is funny that they ask how many rows of such and such and how long are the rows. With all the varieties and plantings we have, it would take a week to write it all down. Then I like to think about the employee entering in all the info, how much it costs the USDA to process the info and then what, if anything, will they do with that info. Well, that’s just a window into one set of paperwork farmers have to contend with.

 Fourth of July is always a little break for us—and I know it is for a lot of our members. So many of our members take off for the day that we don’t even try to make deliveries that day. I am sure getting in and out of the city is not piece of cake either. I hope you all have a terrific Independence Day and get to visit with friends, eat good food, or just sit around and relax. Whatever it is, I hope it makes you happy and thankful.

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About stillmansfarm

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. The farm also has several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs established in Boston, Lunenburg, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, New Braintree 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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One Response to CSA Week 4

  1. meldelo says:

    Just made and ate a big salad with the lettuce from the box and some spinach with a homemade dressing as well as a simple risotto of a big sweet onion and all the zucchini and summer squash from the box. Wonderful!

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