CSA Week 10

PLEASE BE KIND TO THE BOXES.

 Glenn has asked me to put a note back in the letter about not destroying the boxes. So to recap, we pay about $1.40-$1.85, respectively, and when the flaps get ripped, we can’t use them any more. We can’t make up that cost when we throw the boxes away after one use. Please ask for help if you need to be reminded how to open or collapse the box—or maybe we can get the “How to Boil Water” guy to do a YouTube demo for us.

cantaloupe, galia melon, and Sugar Baby watermelon

cantaloupe, galia melon, and Sugar Baby watermelon

I was surprised the melons appeared in boxes last week! That’s always exciting. As I am sure you will see more melons, there are a few good things to know. Firstly, we pick them ripe so you can eat them right away or store them in your fridge until you are ready to enjoy. You will never hear the seeds sloshing around inside, as that is generally an indicator of overripe—or your son pitching it back and forth for an hour. Though we grow many varieties, you are most likely to see a cantaloupe/muskmelon with a lobey exterior or a smooth rounded exterior—both heavily netted, or a Galia type melon, looking much like a cantaloupe, but a yellower exterior and greenish flesh. All of them are marvelous but almost impossible to tell if one will be better than another.

gorgeous broccoli

gorgeous broccoli

We are also harvesting lots of broccoli and it is beautiful! When it is this fresh and tasty, it needs no more than a quick steaming and some butter (or mayo in this house). The cabbages are sizing up and are probably appear in your box in two weeks. The beets are gone for a while (news that makes some happy and some not), but we’ll have more later.

“Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes,” Glenn says this morning with a Charlton Heston inflection. They are AWESOME! If you need more for something, please ask and we’ll try to accommodate you.

Check out Vegetable Tian on Amanda’s blog Doubly Happy (see the right nav bar)

Lots of other great posts on member’s blogs, including Zucchini Risotto on Morgan loves Cooking and Cats and Squash Kugel on Real Food 4 Kids (though, I believe they are using butternut squash…zucchini Kugel is yummy too, my sister is going to email me her recipe)

 Farm Dirt

Lots of birds and wildlife this week. We watch the Goldfinch and Yellow Warblers all over the

Male indigo Bunting...the female is a snooze

Male indigo Bunting...the female is a snooze

sunflowers in the back garden, the Hummingbirds are skirmishing at the Hollyhocks, the Indigo Bunting family has been picking in the herb garden as well, Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls hooting nightly, all sizes of deer prints in the Small field, Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, Peewees, Red Tail Hawks, turkeys…and then all the usual suspects we take for granted.

Many of you are aware of the push to have a year round Boston Public Market established for growers and artisans to sell their wares in a permanent location. Glenn and I have been excited about this from the beginning (I brought Reid to the first promotional Fair and set up a big display when he was about 7 months old) and they finally have a location “almost” worked out. If you haven’t seen the promotional video for the Boston Public Market, here is the link http://www.bostonpublicmarket.org/. It’s fun, short and the BPM directors are looking for folks to email the Governor with support—there’s handy contact links right from the video webpage. Check it out.

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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One Response to CSA Week 10

  1. doublyhappy says:

    Thanks for the shoutout, Genevieve! We can’t wait to see what goodies await us in our box tomorrow.

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