Week 11, 2011

 I know you’ve already seen a nice amount of beans from us this season, but there are a few more varieties appearing now. Two types of traditional green beans (one is very thin and the other is regular thickness), Romano or Italian Broad beans (green, long, flattish and wide), Purple (dark purple string beans which turn green when cooked), and Yellow or Wax. Later there will be Cranberry Beans or French Horticultural beans, which you will recognize with their mottled white and pink pod. If they are new to you, please note they must be shelled. Subsequently, it matters not what the condition of the shell is, as the bean is usually still lovely inside. Bean harvesting is a slow and tedious process, but not a bad experience if the picking is good. All the beans in the store are harvested by machine, an implement we toy with attempting to purchase from time to time. We haven’t made the leap because there are only certain types of beans that can be harvested by machine, bred for uniform ripening and ability to withstand the picking “fingers”, and you can only harvest that patch once, as the plants are ripped out of the ground as part of the harvesting process. SO, we still harvest by hand and that is the reason why most CSA do not include beans in their shares or offer them only as pick your own. We hope you enjoy them!

The Early Macs have been delightful and the Paula Reds are next to come. I hope you are enjoying the broccoli and beautiful peppers and eggplants too.

A quick note about melons: there are striped AND solid dark green watermelons, two types of cantaloupe/muskmelons, and some that look like cantaloupe with creamy flesh and another that has green flesh. Good luck with that 😉

 

Farm Dirt

Our German Stripe tomatoes won best tasting heirloom tomato at the Boston Tomato tasting the week. The are amazing to look at and eat.

My girlfriend and I witnesses a small flock of Least Terns fly around, dipping and flying most deftly around the pond last week. It took a good bit to positively ID them (binos are always close at hand), as it is a rarity in these parts. BUT, they were just passing through, and we both sensed it as we watched in amazement. I turned to my companion, wide-eyed, and said, “I don’t know for sure what they were, but I have a feeling it was a real gift to have been outside at that moment and we may never see them again.” Now that I have ID’d them, I am sure that is so.

I’ll be updating folks on the ongoing H2A battle in the coming month. This week, after getting all the clearance and approvals from state and feds, two bus loads of H2A workers arrived in the US to pick the apple crops. They never got off the bus, but were turned around with the statement from the Department of Labor that there are plenty of people to fill those jobs. Meanwhile, 300,000 illegal aliens’ deportation has been deferred, with the potential of receiving work permits. That’s great for them, but what about the people who have come to the country legally to work and now are being denied. If only our worker’s had known the best way to get clearance was to break the law… and remember, they come up here, receive no benefits of any type from the US and then pay income tax. Please consider writing a letter or calling our senators and representatives, Commissioner of Ag and Governor again, or for the first time.

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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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One Response to Week 11, 2011

  1. Sherri says:

    Hi Genevieve — Thanks for letting us pick up in JP this week in anticipation (dread) of the storm. It was much appreciated. Plus it was the first time we’d made it over the market you have over there and it was great. We plan to go back again soon.

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