CSA Week 17 – Last Week

Wow, where’d the time go? Here we are entrenched in the typical crummy late September – October weather and, gladly, wrapping up much of the harvest. And what a great run we have had this season! It was hot and dry, which we liked better than last year’s cold and wet—but it still came with challenges. Thankfully, we had invested in digging out the ponds on this farm, so we were able to irrigate the crops that needed it. No, we don’t have water everywhere, but Glenn is a very careful planner and can avoid many pitfalls that less experienced farmers might run into. The early season was also a nice change…though it is so sad at the other end when the crop is simply run out. For example, we harvest peaches for the same number of weeks every year—there’s a finite number of peaches.

I have gotten more comments this year that the boxes have been better than ever -always a great thing to hear. It also reminds me as we evolve, we also make improvements along the way. I do know a few things got away from us early in the season (the Hakerai turnips come to mind), but that was a case of scrambling to keep up with the early push and having to make tough decisions to simply not harvest some things. Glenn is trying to work out the logistics of getting some of these less-significant items back in the box for next year. What always amazes me is to consider how crops and seasons average out. Last year’s members will remember  there were lots of turnips…they liked it cool and wet, I guess 😉

As always, I love to get feedback, especially if it constructive. Thoughts on how to make the experience even better for you are helpful. And, of course, I love to know if you’ll be signing up next year, so I can have a general idea of space available for new members.

Enjoy the winter squash and other fall goodies. Remember that the squashes will keep for a LONG time in a cool, dry place. If any of them start to show a spoil spot, cook it up and freeze. If you get carrots or beets, separate the tops from the bottoms right away and the roots will keep in your fridge for weeks. The apples will keep in the fridge for a good long while, as well. Enjoy.

 Farm Dirt

For those of you signed up with Curt will have the first winter CSA pickup in JP on October 30, Lunenburg October 31. The next pickups are November 20 & 21, and December 18 & 19.  Expect larger quantities of storable items like winter squash, cabbages, potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, etc and some others you will have to use more quickly, like greens, lettuces, arugula.

Some of our Jamaican family will return home in a soon to their families and by the end of the month, there may be two or so men remaining. We hate to see them go, but there is a lovely peace waking in the morning without responsibilities to employees, as well as the quiet that takes over the farm when it is just us. Glenn will be putting the rest of the wood away that heats us all winter. There’s still loads to clean up from the ice storm two years ago, so no shortage of wood!

I am fiddling with the online store this week and should have the new system up and running in a week or so. The new setup will allow everyone to sign up online, with the option of mailing a check, doing an electronic check or using a credit card. I am hoping if everyone signs up this way, my database will be MUCH BETTER to manage and allow everything to run much smoother for everyone. You can sign up anytime (after the new system is in place) for next season, and I will update you in the late winter about when space is getting limited. Please try not to wait until late spring to sign up, as I had to turn away so many last year, and that makes me feel badly. You’ll hear from me monthly via email newsletters. If you do not, please email me to remedy the situation. Or just click on the newsletter link on my emails.

Subscribe to the Stillman’s newsletter I’ll keep you posted about what’s happening on the farm and signing up for next season. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you feel like you were dropped from the list or just to touch base.

From all of us at Stillman’s, we are honored and blessed to grow food for you and thank you for being part of our family. We sincerely hope you have all eaten well this summer and wish you happy produce shopping this winter.

 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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3 Responses to CSA Week 17 – Last Week

  1. Amy says:

    Got it!! Thanks so much for everything!

  2. Cindy says:

    Hi there,
    We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Stillman’s. Thank you!!
    At the JP pickup this week, Glenn said something about having squash next week, but not in a box. Does that mean we should plan on another pickup of squash? Maybe we misunderstood.
    Thanks for everything,
    Cindy

    • Yes, confusion…good 😉
      Technically, it was your last week, BUT, Glenn was unable to fit the winter squash on the truck to JP (because the farmer’s market stuff takes up room too) and we just didn’t want Curtis to have to deal with it on a nasty day in Quincy. So, this coming week, Quincy and JP people can pick up winter squash that other members received on their last week. It is actually quite proportionate, if you were wondering. The CSA-only pickups (like Southboro, Brookline…) can get more stuff over a shorter period of time because there is simply more room on the truck. Crystal clear now, right?

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