October News

Rainbow over Stillman's barn

Rainbow over Stillman's barn

 
Farm Dirt

Well, things have slowed down on the farm a little: all but a few of the guys have returned to Jamaica, most markets are over after Halloween (except JP and Copley), many of the fields are put to bed — it’s all good. Glenn has filled the two wood sheds with wood and we are ready to heat the house for the winter. Yeah! Glenn still splits all the wood by hand — and we’re still cleaning up from the ice storm of 2007/2008.

You may remember we had the fireplace rebuilt in the original kitchen of our farmhouse. I am happy to report that it burning beautifully. We start a fire most mornings and on the few cold days we have had, I’ve even cooked dinner over it. It is a true pleasure to have this historic feature back in our home.

The farm abounds with turkeys, and we have been seeing the pair of Bobcats, signs of the bear and loads of songbirds at the feeders. The word gets around when there is a lot of turkeys seen in one place, and Glenn thought it ironic that his good farming practices and wildlife stewardship seems to result in a lot of hunters showing up from all over looking to hunt on our farm. If you are wondering, it is VERY limited what Glenn allows. He watched about 150 birds in the back field on Sunday -hunters day off 😉

Winter CSA: This week we ready for the winter CSA pickup. There should be nice be cabbage, broccoli, Brussles Sprouts, carrots, kale, potatoes, apples, and lots more of yummy goodies. If you signed up for the winter CSA, and have not heard from Curtis about pickups, please email him today cstill10@aol.comChristmas Wreaths: Curtis will also be making Christmas wreaths and roping. Many of you will be receiving an e-mail from him soliciting orders. Check out the wreath and garland page of his website. His email will contain all the relevant info, like price and delivery. Feel free to email him if you are anxious to get your order in: cstill10@aol.com

Holiday Meat Orders: Need a turkey, ham, lamb, or other meat for your holiday dinners? Give Kate a call or email to check availability and get your order in. There’s a handy meat Order Form on her website. She still has traditional birds available and they are scheduled to leave just in time for Thanksgiving. I noticed their January meat CSA is filling up too. Of course all of their meat CSA information is online just click on the “meat csa” link! There is also more info about meat delivery and when and where turkeys may be picked up on her website: www.stillmansattheturkeyfarm.com

CSA
Wow, we’re taking signups already! We have a new subscription page with Farmigo, where we would like you to sign up by check or credit card. It is a nifty new system…check it out. My hope is if everyone signs up with this new database, it will be a lot easier for all of us. Once you are logged in, you can go back and edit your information – even your box size or pickup location!!!  Sign up for CSA today

Stay warm!

Eat Well,

Geneviève

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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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