CSA Week 12

Distracted from veggies...Kate's flowers!

Distracted from veggies...Kate's flowers!

Thanks to all of you writing to me thanking us for the bounty this year. See, we really do like it when it is on the dry side. Last year’s rain had spoiled the potato crop, as well as the onions and this year, both look wonderful so far. Every year brings something new and that keeps it interesting for us all. We also have some gorgeous leeks that I hope will find their way to you later, perhaps as a choice. I haven’t gotten the low down on the rain damage to the melons, but I know lots of tomatoes split—if only I could can them all!

I will continue to put pictures up on the blog of produce we are harvesting…so check it out if you are stumped about something.

Now that we are in the main season, the box contents will vary from day to day. This is mainly related to what the harvest was like the day before. The weather is bound to be temperamental, which means ripening will be more irregular. Rainy days mean no bean harvest, cool nights slow things down, and the hot sunny weather we have been enjoying pushes everything along—so, we get what we get, and we don’t get upset. Speaking of this, everyone has probably gotten some kind of melon by now. I know  I encouraged everyone to look in their boxes every week (at pickup) to make sure everything seemed in order, but you can also use this as a time to switch melons (or varieties of other things). I have some folks who are allergic to muskmelons, so they like to get a watermelon, or you may want to try another type from what you received the week before. The CSA experience can be enhanced by your own involvement and interest! Having said that, work with us and don’t be a pain in the bushel basket 🙂

Enjoy the apples, some of you may see Molly Delicious, a farm favorite, and the peaches continue with plenty of sweet and juicy summer flavor! 

Farm Dirt

We saw our first Night Hawk Thursday evening. It is an exciting seasonal event we try to see every year. Meanwhile, there are Bluebirds everywhere—you can hardly go anywhere on the farm where they are not. Faith and I have been collecting Monarch caterpillars and looking for other “safe caterpillars” to examine. This was an effort to deter her from playing with her good friend Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar (who can be quite poisonous). He is forming his chrysalis this weekend, so we’ll be safe from his venomous hairs!

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

I have lots of folks inquiring about signing up for next year, and as lovely as that is, we’d like to hold off subscriptions for the end of the season. Mainly, it is important for us to focus on finishing out the CSA season strong and not getting distracted with new paperwork…and I certainly don’t want to have anyone’s info lost in the shuffle. I have set up a new shopping cart page for online signups and I am hoping it will be a nice and easy transition from my former shopping cart. We’ll see. I believe Curtis will be accepting signups for the winter CSA really soon, so stay on the watch for that. As with last year, there will be pickups in JP and Lunenburg.

Jasper convalescing after having his shallots removed

Jasper convalescing after having his shallots removed

It feels like fall this morning, and the kids are back to school this week; wah, is summer really over?

Eat well,           

Geneviève Stillman


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 12

  1. life2poin0 says:

    Oh geeez, Genevieve! I was playing with one of those that I found on some basil for a good while yesterday. 😦 – Andrea

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