CSA Week 8

The question of the week was, “What is the red-stemmed leafy thing in the box?” I was delighted to know right away that folks were asking about the Ruby Chard. I know, it was ages ago that I described the Swiss Chards, but at the same time, it is great to still keep surprising a few folks! There is a picture of chard on the blog under the Creamed Swiss Chard and Prosciutto heading, if that helps.  

Last week I described eggplants, so keep that in mind while you discover new shapes and colors of these nestled in your box.  

I am still not sure about when peppers will actually make it into your box, but they will. Be prepared for other colors to appear, such as lavender, purple, chocolate, ivory…then there’s the hot peppers. We tend not to put hots directly into your box until later in the season, but in the meantime, I will try to get some pictures and descriptions up on the blog as a reference.  

This week you should enjoy more corn, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, peaches or blueberries, and whatever else is a surprise!  

Farm Dirt  

new braintree bear

new braintree black bear

 

We had a nice visit at the potluck and open house. Thank you to all who came and to all who contributed to the buffet. Everything was yummy and I always love eating other people’s food! Faith seemed to enjoy dragging folks around and the weather was cooperative—always a plus! One of our great members, Amy, even brought the Refrigerator Pickles in last weeks boxletter. YUM.  

I had a fantastic onion this week, and that is from a person who flicks the onions away from the salad. It was a white Spanish type and, boy, was it sweet! Onions will appear some time soon, as will peppers, if they have not. 

The Pine Martin had a few chicken head dinners before we locked her out of the chicken coop, and now she is joined by a young bear across the street. Our new resident has been clawing up the area and leaving his mark (if you know what I mean). The best thing, of course, is to yank up the corn altogether and carry it off, stalk and all to a better place (in the apple orchard) and take his/her time eating the corn. I’m not sure we have any good denning sited right in that area, so I am sure our bear will move on later in the season. The picture above was taken by our Faith’s Godparents, at their house about 4 miles away. Despite everyone telling me the bears travel a great distance, I am sure our bear is a different one than theirs – I mean, who would leave the comforts of their home with a bird feeder and peace and quiet?  

 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. 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 8

  1. patibulon says:

    We tried this yesterday:
    http://www.salon.com/food/eyewitness_cook/index.html?story=/food/francis_lam/2010/07/30/summer_tomato_pasta

    There is a variant in Vegetarian times with a small container of ricotta to add low fat creaminess; it was really good too.

    Actually just wilting greens with hot pasta, adding butter or olive oil and some fresh Parmesan can’t be bad.

    /mjm

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