Week 3

BTW, LAST WEEK SUCKED! Glenn just announced, as he was explaining how nothing was maturing and it was a tough weather week. BUT, the sun’s out today with the promise of a better harvest tomorrow 🙂

Lots of you have found the blog and I am loving the contributions…I’m especially thankful for the recipe posts! Also, it is great to see folks hooking up with pickup issues and such on the Member Connect page. As much as I am not a facebook lover (yet), I am happy for the very quick connection with what’s up at the farm today and what folks are doing with their goodies, and “even what is this?” questions.  Stillman’s Farm on facebook 

You should, hopefully, be able to enjoy new lettuce every week…but once and a while we have a gap in production. A member sent me a link last week to a site about how to store various vegetables called Garden Guides <http://www.gardenguides.com/419-storing-vegetables.html> I thought it was a pretty comprehensive list, though at first glance, it is really for “fresh food snobs” like us. I notice they say a cucumber will keep for a week in the fridge (which is true and when it is best), but the cukes you see in the store are already at least a week old…so, they’ll actually “keep” quite a bit longer (wink).

The strawberries are winding down, so you may or may not get them this week – it’s day by day. They have been wonderfully sweet this year, in spite of the lack of sunshine. We grow an assortment of  summer squashes: zucchini,  golden zucchini, yellow summer squash, Cousa, a light green, Mediterranean summer squash and patty pan. There are never too many of the patty pan or scallopini types, but should you get some, they are squatty, round, kind-of UFO shaped pale green or bright yellow, and very sweet.  I can never be sure which will appear in your box over the season, so now you know. Summer squashes are any of the soft skinned beauties harvested in these months and you may use them interchangeably. There are beautiful beets; I used the Glazed Baby Beet Salad in the letter this week and many more can be found by using a beet recipe search on this blog.

Please remember I will write about what MAY BE  in your box this week. Believe me, if you don’t see it this week, you will see it a following week.

There may also be snap peas this week. Later we will be picking shell peas, so you’ll want to be able to tell them apart. In general the shell peas are a little larger that the snap peas, and the shell is thinner and tougher. As for the snap peas, they are crunchy and delightful, snap off the top and sometime the side string comes with it and eat raw or steam very briefly. You cannot chew the pod of a shell pea, so the peas inside need to be removed from the pod. Enjoy.

Farm Dirt

The weather is always the HUGE factor in farming. The crops look really nice, but the cool and the rain has acted a bit like a refrigerator. I would say many of our crops are about 10 days behind…and since last year everything was running early, it just seems even later this year. This is part of understanding your local food supply. The potatoes are in blossom and the blueberries are looking great and what we are harvesting is marvelous!

I’ll be hosting a CSA 101 “gathering” (class sounds way too yucky for the summertime;) on Saturday, July 9, 1 pm. I’ll be doing some super basic stuff with greens from washing to freezing and we’ll make a few snacks together. We’ll schedule a canning class later in the season. Please email me if you would like to attend and also what you are hoping I discuss at our gathering.

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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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