December News

a big, full size csa box of broccoli, tomatoes, beans...

a big and beautiful csa box

We had a great feed on Thanksgiving and were so thankful to sit down with our growing family of children, in laws, and employees. We are blessed to be able to enjoy all the food we grow!

I’ve received a few emails inquiring about CSA subscriptions and Stillmans gift certificates for holiday gifts. The answer is yes, it is a great idea and we can definitely accommodate you. What could be a better gift than that of fantastic, tasty, sustainably grown food! OR, you just order 8 lbs of apples, pears and oranges from Harry and David for $50.00 plus $20 shipping and handling 😉 NOT!

After several attempts at sending my Dad gift baskets, the most success has been packing up meat or eggs or potatoes and sending them off (He’s gone South for the winter). This is never cheap, even though we grow the food, because it is at least $40 shipping to him. Dad is always delighted, as any foodie would be. The great thing about food is it is something we all need and it gets consumed, so there is no clutter involved. Good food is the perfect gift for the person who has everything -or who has nothing.

The seed ordering will begin in earnest next week (actually, we ordered our potatoes over a month ago). It is amazing to think we’ll be starting the tomato seedlings in just about a month! There’s not too much time for goofing off around here, but it helps a lot that we all like to grow plants and food. Now is the time to make requests, we’re always open to suggestions, so drop us a line. We love to get feedback about bedding plants too!

Farm Dirt

The wood is all in and the last of our help from Jamaica is headed home on the 15th! It’s all good. The new septic system is almost done and not because everything was going smoothly. It has been an excruciating process for us, but I have tried my best to lighten the mood by making Isengard jokes and, I’m pretty sure, the last Uruk-hai has been pulled out now 😉 After all, what’s key is getting it done and being prepared for the labor housing inspections. It won’t be long before Glenn is filing paperwork with the Department of Labor to bring the farm labor up. We really do depend on these men, who are now part of our extended family, and they need us as much as we need them – so there is definitely a mutually beneficial relationship.

The winter CSA has been really great and I have been making lots of super yummy roasted turnips, kohlrabi, parsnips and carrots. Faith still wants nothing else but broccoli soup. Tonight I dipped into the supply of frozen corn, as well as the baked eggplants I put by. Yummy!

Glenn notes that some folks have trouble with Canada Geese, but out here they seem to be on a more natural schedule and we see them in large flocks feeding on the winter rye he has seeded the fields. We also continue to see at least 100 turkeys gathering and feeding in the knocked down corn. We hope you will put a visit to the farm on your list of things to do this year – ours is truly a great example of sustainable agriculture!

turkeys at the bird feeder

turkeys at the bird feeder

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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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