Stillman’s CSA Week 14, 2011

The potential for almost anything to show up in your box is great this time of year. There are several types of cabbage: green, red, savoy, napa/Chinese Cabbage and pac choi. We love to steam cabbage and drizzle with butter and vinegar, but they all lend themselves beautifully to stir-fry and many salads. I just picked up some eggroll wrappers for moo shi 🙂

The winter squash harvest has begun and if you are unsure if you have a melon or winter squash on your hands (and you didn’t ask at pickup) then start by smelling it. If you still can’t tell, and I would find that difficult to believe, then just try to cut into it—the winter squash will put up a fight. I posted the numbered winter squash picture ID last week on the blog. Keep your eyes peeled for Butternut, Acorn, Sunshine (Kabocha, red-orange pumpkin-looking squash), Black Forest (green Kabocha), Delicata (elongated and stripes), Sweet Dumpling (white and green striped, teacup shaped), carnival (multicolored Sweet Dumpling), Red Kuri (scarlet Hubbard type), Buttercup (deep green with button at the base), Spagetti (yellow, smooth ovoid), plus a few specialty pumpkins like Jarrahdale (grey with deep ribs), Marina Di Chioggia (very bumpy, dark green-slate blue), Long Island Cheese, Rouge Vif D’Etampes…….

The tomatoes are winding down, as well as the peppers. The peaches are replaced by an assortment of apples and the Fall crop of greens is progressing nicely. Keep hoping for good growing weather!

Farm Dirt

The Nighthawks have migrated. The sound of Bluebirds is everywhere and there is water everywhere too. The last rain was unbelievable and, as always, we are so happy to be growing on raised beds—without them we would have been completely wiped out.

Glenn is determined to get the entire house painted…yes, we’re painting some part of it all the time, but we haven’t been able to reach the top. Well, we’ve got ourselves a 40 foot ladder now, so no excuses… Glenn is the only one who will go up that high 😉

Glenn finally reaches the top of the house!

Glenn finally reaches the top of the house!

Curtis is taking sign ups for the winter CSA. It consists of three deliveries of produce that is cold hardy and or storable. The first delivery is generally the last week of October, then one in November and one in December. Cost $150 with deliveries in JP and Lunenburg only. Please contact Curtis if you are interested cstill10@aol.com or 413-477-8268.

You are always welcome at the farm, it’s a nice experience for young and old alike. Please come and pick melons 🙂 They are logistically too heavy and cumbersome to schlep them all into the city.

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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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