Week 16, 2011

Week 16—this is the last promised week! But, it is still week 15 for Monday folks. Glenn says we’ll go another week and then it is week by week after that, so stay tuned. The week or so after the first 16 weeks should be looked at as bonus and or makeup time, in case you  missed a week.

This is the season for beautiful greens, winter squash, roots, and apples. The best part about winter squash is there is no pressure to do anything with it. Most of them will keep past December without much trouble. The Fall is always an inspiring time to make soup and casseroles. If you are busy running around after your children (me too:-) ) it is great to make extra when you do have the time and freeze it or pull it out as leftover later in the week.

The first of our wonderful help from Jamaica will be leaving in a few weeks. I hope and pray the labor situation is worked out by then. There are a couple bills that address the situation by moving the process into the hands of Department of Labor. That is our only hope right now. I will be sending out an email encouraging you to contact your Representative and Senator to vote for one of these bills. It’s real, our farm depends on it. As always, my thanks to our help, American and Jamaican, for being an indispensable part of our farm family.

This week is bustling with picking up winter squashes and getting the harvest in. The first Wednesday of October looks like a real cold one. I’d love to sneak by without frost so we can pick some more beans or peppers. The cole crops and lettuces will be ok, so that’s always good. This is why it is hard to pin down the last delivery date, when the frost comes, the harvest comes to a grinding halt.

Overall, it was another great year!

Don’t forget our main means of communication off season is through emails. If you have changed your email, or you were not on my online newsletter list last winter, please take a minute and update your email address online and with me. Please check in on facebook and the blog from time to time.

Subscribe to the Stillman’s newsletter I’ll keep you posted about what’s happening on the farm and signing up for next season. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you feel like you were dropped from the list or just to touch base. Hopefully, re-subscribing with the online database should be a breeze 🙂

Curtis will be in touch if you have signed up for the winter CSA. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first pickup was October 29th..so keep your eyes peeled for that email.

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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