June!

I’ve been so obsessed with the labor situation, it has been hard for me to focus on anything else. But we’ve had lots of neat things going on here and the first CSA pickup is upon us! The City Hall pickup will be June 15th – woo hoo! Everyone else will follow along after that. I will send out emails to each member as well, but if you don’t hear from me, be sure to let me know. Yes, we’re sold out, but we are happy to have you continue to recommend us to your friends for next season.

The tornadoes missed us last week , but we were not spared the winds and hail. The hail destroyed many of our crops and we are still waiting to see if some will recover.

Hail under the Rhodo

 We have had some great wildlife activity here, including the Sandpipers, The Greater Yellow Legs, a nesting pair of Screech Owls in the yard, Red-Breasted Grossbeaks, my first-ever-seen Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, three pais of nesting Bluebirds, Tree Swallows nesting in the other Bluebird boxes, at least five bobolink nests… we also have countless turkeys nesting on the farm. Unfortunately, many of their nests were destroyed by the hail, but it is early yet, so they will nest again this season.
It is also turtle season. We have a Snapping Turtle come through the driveway every year. In fact, I painted our dog, Jasmine, checking her out on the nursery wall when I was pregnant with Reid. Here she is 13 years later, now the size of a manhole cover:

HUGE Snapper

 If healthy amphibians are an indicator of a health environment – then we are doing great! I have posted some of the sounds of our farms in the video section of our Facebook page, check it out and blast the speakers so you can hear the sounds of your healthy farm. Get the kids to listed too! Spring Peepers   Tree Frogs

Happy Spring! …and if you have any control over it – less rain please.

The King's Row in Spring

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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