CSA Week 14

I know, trauma, there’s no tomatoes in your box this week, but we did have a really good run for 8 weeks, so we won’t complain. Many of you will recall we actually had lots of tomatoes last year too—to the point that it was a complaint on ChowHound “…week after week of red beefsteak type tomatoes.” It just goes to show ‘you can’t please everyone all the time’. We have done a great job with lettuce this year – not missing a week, corn is still fabulous (possibly a few grazers out there, but you needed to cut the top off to fit it in your pot anyway), cole crops are getting tastier as the weather cools, and the apples are divine. The kids have been taking apple wedges with a little container of cinnamon sugar as school snack and nothing could make me happier, as far as snacks go.

Molly Delicious

Molly Delicious

This week we are picking Redcorts and regular Cortlands. They are both a nice, big, round apple –perfect for eating or baking. This is probably the last week for  Molly Delicious, so sad, there isn’t anything else quite like a Molly (well, except the Golden Delicious). It’s funny, I never liked any type of Delicious apple until we grew our own. They are quite different, always sweet and never mealy.  We are also in between broccoli, but there’s more sizing up. Perhaps you’ll see orange cauliflower instead?

 

Farm Dirt

Don’t miss out on the winter CSA if you wanted to do it. Feel free to call or email Curtis with any questions …he tells me he is about 2/3 full.

It is always a little weird to begin the fall preparations. Yesterday the pallets of rye seed were delivered and today the already-picked corn fields are being knocked down. These fields will be seeded with winter rye which will grow all fall, protecting the soil from erosion and tying up all the available nitrogen until next planting season. It looks nice too!

Fall means I have to finish the task of filling the freezers with whatever we are going to live on this winter. It is very satisfying to trot down to the cellar and collect all I need to prepare dinner. I know many of our members have been squirreling away greens and corn and other goodies all summer—and I enjoy hearing about it off season 🙂

Eat well,            Geneviève Stillman

Jasper and Flint plan a scooter ride

Jasper and Flint plan a scooter ride

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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 14

  1. Paddy says:

    Wish to thank you for all the great food you provided for us while we visited at the farm. The stay was way to short for us. Maybe next summer we can make it longer and get there sooner and I can get some of Glenn’s great Kohlrabi.

    Did our Book signing in Kenyon Mn. on Friday. We will soon head to Ellsworth Mn. my home town for our final book signing in Minnesota.

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