Week 15, 2011

This is week 15 for everyone except Southboro/Framingham/Farm members. You’ll recall we promise 16 weeks of CSA boxes, BUT, it looks like we’ll continue—so stay tuned for the last week. ALSO, if you are someone who put yourself on vacation hold and haven’t made it up yet, be sure to pick up those last extra weeks 🙂

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what’s in the box from day to day. There will probably be more cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower this week. I hope to see carrots, more beets and a few of the other odd-ball things Glenn grows. I always marvel about how fabulous everything tastes off the farm, right down to the lowly potato and cabbage. Of course we expect a tomato to taste different and better from its supermarket cousin, but I am generally disappointed with the absence of sweet freshness from cabbage, as well. The kids can always tell the difference once I start buying cabbages at the store.

The winter squash look fabulous this season…remember, we will only put edible crops in your box. Yes, of course you can use the kabocha as an ornament, but it is delicious too!

Farm Dirt

Wow week 15!!!! (yes, I know it is week 14 for Monday folks) We promise 16 weeks and we are going to make it. The tricky part is figuring out what happens after that. I will let folks know week by week so please be on the look out for the last pickup. A lot can happen between now and two weeks, so we never like to promise more than we can produce. If we escape frost and further damaging rains/hurricanes, etc, I would expect to go longer, but one just can’t predict the weather (or we wouldn’t be farming and we’d actually have a steady income ;~)

In spite of the challenging growing conditions, we produced an abundance of awesome food. I hope you feel the same. As always, we welcome you to the farm any time…several families have been out to pick pumpkins and apples already.

We are still hoping to squeeze in a gleaning day or two. Whatever it is, it will be short notice, like the day of an expected frost. I will post it on facebook.

Eat well,            Geneviève Stillman

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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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