CSA Week 9

This week’s question of the week  was, “What is this?” while holding up a bunch of arugula. And, you know, kudos to those folks who were quick to add that they have not only been using it but love it! I think we should start a new page on the blog titled “What’s this?”, where members can post descriptions and then we can make guesses. We’ll see how motivated I am this afternoon, and I’ll post the wonderful picture I received this week. It actually reminds me a little of my plant ID class in college, where the tables would be lined with a single leaf or sometimes a twig and we had to id them all for our weekly quiz.

member Kelly holding her mystery green

So there aren’t many blueberries at the farm now, but there are lots of fabulous tomatoes!!!, peaches, corn, sundry greens, new squash harvest (the second crop is ready), cukes, beautiful eggplants, peppers, onions, broccoli, radishes, etc. We actually had a lot of melons this week- quite a surprise to me. If you get a melon, they are picked ripe, so keep in the firdge if you are not planning to eat it right away. Never use the sloshing seed method for judging ripeness with a fresh melon…by then it is usually rotten. Also, you will find the texture usually softer supermarket melons.Now I cannot be sure what you will get in your box, because it varies from day to day, but I know in the next few weeks you will see all of it. We had our first meal of broccoli and it didn’t disappoint. Now that it is ready, Faith will be requesting broccoli soup for every meal!  I will be trying to get some salsa put by next week, as it is always best, and easiest to can tomatoes at their peak…not in September when they are declining both in quantity and quality. I hope you all enjoy the awesome tasting tomatoes this month! The onions are amazing; there really were not many to be had last year, as a result of too much rain, but there seem to be a lot and they are very sweet. We also have been harvesting a few Jersey Macs and Paula Reds. I love Paula Reds, they are the first really good apples of the season and I find I eat one every time I get into the car. This week’s corn is huge, tender, tasty, perfect. I already had words with the farmer for large ears that wouldn’t fit conveniently in the pot 😉

Enjoy.

Farm Dirt

Glenn joined the kids and I for a visit to Bear’s Den in New Salem. It is a Trustees of The Reservations property with a series of small waterfalls and wonderful to explore. Countless frogs were caught, marveled at and released, as well as salamanders and crawfish. Glenn pointed out the Mountain Lion tracks and I was extra glad to have a fearless big person with us! We have some truly wonderful spots right in our own back yard and loads of amazing wildlife.

One of our JP members ventured out on bicycle (which I also think is amazing) and I filled him in on a day’s worth of Farm Dirt that won’t make it into the letter. Rethinking some of the morning’s events made me laugh at many of the contrived reality shows -you know, people deciding to live a certain way and learning the rewards or pitfalls as they go. Well, quite a reality show could be filmed right here at the Stillman farm, and it would be really real, and very entertaining!

Eat well,           

Geneviève Stillman

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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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