Fall Dirt

Halloween dinner during the storm power outage...boiled ham dinner from the hearth

Since it isn’t actually winter yet, I  can  still write about the Fall. After a hustling Spring and a long Summer of picking, packing, markets, letter writing, CSA, when October comes, we are ready to wrap up the season and catch up on activities with our children (both young and older), visit friends, sit by the fire with a cup of tea or glass of wine, and of course, eat. 

By November 1, most markets are over and most of the help has returned to Jamaica. It is perfect that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This year JJ, from Cuisine en Locale, created one of her amazing Once dinners at the farm. She, and her wonderful help, were so much fun and we so enjoyed their energy and great spirit. I was especially delighted to have Ken, in JJ’s team, be as pumped about cooking the sausages over the kitchen fire as  I  am. There was a perfect turnout of folks who had driven out to collect their Thanksgiving turkey and those who had simply decided it was a good time to share a harvest repast at the farm. Glenn and I truly enjoyed sharing our home and a fabulous meal. JJ and gang are welcome anytime – I loved watching the farm dinner come together under someone else’s supervision.

Thank you to the Cuisine en Locale/Once team AND to all our guests.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving at Kate’s house. We shared dinner in our typical Stillman Farm fashion, welcoming not only family, but any of our help who were in want of a gathering. It is true, on this farm, that our family extends far beyond blood relations. I am reminded of my Grandmother’s fond saying, “You should always invite a stranger to dinner.” and I do believe she was happiest when one of her children or grandchildren brought a guest. 

Thanksgiving Family Dinner

I, too, am happiest eating and visiting…

I am ALWAYS thankful for the bounty our farms provide – if nothing else, we are well fed. I have been greatly enriched by so many of our customers and CSA members and am thankful that when any of you find your way out to the farm for any reason, it is a welcome visit. Most of you probably do not realize we actually are listening when you tell us about your lives, we even discuss your news at our dinner table. We’ve smiled at your weddings, promotions, babies, and shared your sadness at lost jobs, pets, illness…

Eating Stillman’s raised food connects us all…we share dinner whether we sit across from each other or miles apart.

CSA Open House and potluck

This fall we donated several CSA memberships. What a great fundraiser, or incentive for an organization. And I secretly (still a small blog here ;))  feel pleasure in knowing eating good food can be beneficial in multiple ways. Our family might be joining the CSA winner’s table for the first time next year, and you’ll be there too.

The Stillman's were guests at this table

It is the norm here to send food home with guests…I think it is a subconscious effort to be remembered later. Many times I receive an email or a phone call, ” What is such and such?”  it’s the perfect way to continue the visit!

May you be blessed with good health, have a bounty of amazing food, and always enjoy the company of friends and family.

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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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3 Responses to Fall Dirt

  1. Nancy Zimbalist says:

    Genevieve,

    I just finished the book, The Dirty Life, and couldn’t help but think of you all. One quote I LOVED from the book was “Food is the first wealth. Grow it right, and you feel insanely rich, no matter what you own.”

    To the wealthiest family I know; Merry Christmas.

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