Stillman’s April News

The Greenhouses are open and fabulous. We have amazing hanging baskets, almost overwhelming selection of interesting flower and foliage plants to complete the containers of your dreams – or to copy something fabulous you saw in a magazine, AND, OF COURSE, we have the most extensive selection of herbs and vegetable plants. It’s still early for the tomatoes and peppers (tons of varieties!!!!), but we’ll gladly sell you lettuces, greens, and other hardy items. Having mentioned tomatoes, we have SO many varieties started. Do check out our online catalog (yes, it’s last years, but it is fairly accurate – we’ve only added more!)

petunia basket

http://www.stillmansfarm.com/plantcatalog/plantcatpdf.pdf
We’ve got weekly specials planned for the Spring and we’ll be starting the markets soon too. I’ll be updating our fans on Facebook before the general public. Click here and be a fan! 

 

Onions!

Onions!

I gave my talk in Hardwick last month – there were actually a bunch of people there! I showed some great slides of the area and did my big plug for buying local and keeping the local economy going. Many of you might be surprised about the economic contribution agriculture makes in our state:
~almost $500 million in sales,
  employs well over 13,000
~MA ranks 1 in US for average value of direct marketing sales per farm
~Worcester County ranks 4th among ALL COUNTIES in US for value of direct sales of Ag products to consumers      
~pays about $100 million in wages
Whoo- hoo Mass Ag!

New Braintree Center 1880's

New Braintree Center 1880s

New Braintree Center 2010

New Braintree Center 2010

Farm Dirt 

We had a lamb from our Tunis sheep. We had brought our sheep over to Kate’s farm to get bred and now we have a lovely little lamb named Coco.Loads of Blackbirds! The sound is deafening. I have some great sound I hope to upload. The turkeys are strutting their stuff daily – lots of brakes down the street as folks/hunters have to stop and watch. The kids and I went for a walk around the pond in the woods the other day and were delighted to find peeper and green frogs and even a lovely Painted Turtle!

Can you find the Painted Turtle?
do you see the Spring Peeper?
do you see the Spring Peeper?
We also had two pairs of Wood Ducks out on the irrigation pond, fraternizing with the Mallard couple.
Ducks on the pond

Ducks on the pond

Glenn has been planting peas, beans and corn this week. We’ll hope for some nice weather now. The greenhouse tomatoes are all planted and growing well. That’s always a great benchmark in the Spring.

planting corn

planting corn

The great news is 6 of our returning workers from Jamaica have gained clearance from Department of Labor and Immigration. Apparently our government didn’t like the withholdings the Jamaican government was taking – hmmm. Anyway, the story is not over…DOL has changed their interpretation of the guest worker program regulations AGAIN and the torture continues. I’ll be sending out an email in the next few days letting you know all about what is going on and how we are all affected – farms are already selling out and giving up and no one seems to know about it. More to come.

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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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