CSA Week 15

green, red and savoy cabbages

green, red and savoy cabbages

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what’s in the box from day to day. There will probably be more cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower this week. I always marvel about how fabulous everything tastes off the farm, right down to the lowly potato and cabbage. Of course we expect a tomato to taste different and better from its supermarket cousin, but I am generally disappointed with the absence of sweet freshness from cabbage, as well. The kids can always tell the difference once I start buying cabbages at the store. I have also been enjoying the second cutting off the broccoli crop. I love those little spears—it’s like eating asparagus!

1-butternut 2-acorn 3-carnival 4-delicata 5-sweet dumpling 6-sunshine

1-butternut 2-acorn 3-carnival 4-delicata 5-sweet dumpling 6-sunshine

The butternut looks great this season—it was a little surprise last week to see it in many of the boxes! We are also harvesting Sunshine, a Kabocha type, looking a little like a very red-orange pumpkin. Use them as you would any winter squash. I think he was waiting another week before harvesting the acorn squash as well as  a few others. We are harvesting a new crop of arugula and giving the lettuce a week off.

Enjoy the bounty of apples with more Cortalnds, Macs, and possibly a few Mollys still around. There’s also plenty of eggplant, so if you haven’t whipped up that batch of eggplant parm to save in the freezer, now’s the time.

 Wow week 15!!!! (yes, I know it is week 14 for Brookline) We promise 16 weeks and sure enough, I think we are going to make it. The tricky part is figuring out what happens after that. I will let folks know week by week so please be on the look out for the last pickup. A lot can happen between now and two weeks, so we never like to promise more than we can produce. If we escape frost and potential damaging rains/hurricanes, etc, I would expect to go longer, but one just can’t predict the weather (or we wouldn’t be farming and we’d actually have a steady income 😉

We have gotten more raves about the boxes this season and I hope it is the case with everyone. We’ve had awesome corn, lots of tomatoes, blueberries, plenty of apples and peaches, gorgeous lettuce and greens…I hope you feel that way too!

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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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