March News

onion seedlings

Last year's onioin crop

Glenn has been seeding onions all day and the first wave of our fabulous help from Jamaica have been prepping greenhouses for the expanding volume of crops.  We will need those onions for sale as plants at the farm and markets AND for transplants for our fields. So, whether you are an onion planter or onion buyer, this is good news. I have been updating the website, The format is basically the same, but I am hoping to make the information more accessible to all…so let me know if there is something I should do to make it better! We’ll be opening in Lunenburg soon. The greenhouses are ready and, before you know it, it will be time for you to bring in your garden containers for planting or start making plans for planting your own baskets and pots! Again, the cry of “buy local” comes forth! If you can, avoid the big box stores, please buy from local growers, like us. Most of the plants sold at box stores are from out of state. Remember, that’s how the late blight got here so early two years ago.  Also, think about how your purchases affect your community. We not only support our family (grown kids and not grown), but also our wonderful help from Jamaica, and all our great local help that live near the farm but the Boston area too! Keep the money local!!!

Did you know:

American agriculture is the second most productive sector of our nation’s economy in the past decade. Agriculture accounts for 1 in 12 American jobs, provides American consumers with 86% of the food we consume. (USDA)

Time to plant the baskets

Sign UP Today! When we sarted our CSA program in Boston fourteen years ago, we spent most of our time explaining what it was…most people had never heard of it. There was one other farm offering shares. Now, there are loads of CSA farms in the city, and all over New England. Overall, this is a good thing, I think, because there is ample opportunity to support Massachusetts farmers. Kate and I went to the Share Fair in Somerville last week and there is pretty much a CSA for everyone. I hope in these new days of many options, that you coninue to choose Stillman’s. We’ve loved growing with you and I am ever so grateful to our long time members who have become part of our family. I truly hope our new/er members feel some ownership of the farm and the process, as well.   Spring is just around the corner! Sign ups are coming along and we are happy to be offering a new location at the Armory in Somerville on Wednesday afternoons. We have also had a very kind offer from members on Beals St. in Brookline. We will be able to drop off about 20 boxes there on Sundays, before we get to the Health Department parking lot. If you were holding off signing up because of distance to the new location, please email me and we’ll get you in the new spot on Beals 🙂Haven’t Signed Up Yet? The signup is very simple, just follow the prompts and at the end you can opt for a CC payment or a check. Please contact me if you would like to pay by installments. Thank you so much if you have already signed up for the summer CSA. If you are renewing, the new farmigo system should recognize you when you login. If you are new to the system, it is very simple, it will prompt you through the process, and you can log back in anytime to update your info, switch pickup dates, make payment…. Sign UP Today! Curtis has been updating his website and developing his winter csa http://www.stilllifefarm.com/wintercsa.html This past year was lovely, with greens, Brussels, taters, turnips, beets, … he is developing the variety and storage of next year’s crop!

Lizanno & Terenzo sharing a pot… these  grew in my own garden last year and were lovely! We will be shipping tomato plants this year, as well as making deliveries to Boston, JP, and Somerville (starting early April). Of course, we’ll have our fabulous tomato plants available at either farm, plus SO MUCH MORE…
http://artsatthearmory.org/ The award-winning Center for Arts at the Armory Cafe hosts arts, cultural and community events showing the finest Somerville has to offer!  From acoustic musical and touring acts, poetry and other literary readings and film screenings, join us in celebrating arts and culture in the city.

Wildlife

It’s an early Spring (so far) with loads of Blackbirds and Turkey Vultures arriving two weeks earlier than “normal”. The Turkeys are in strut and large flocks of them are collecting in the big field. Glenn heard three Great Horned Owls last night and saw two Swans flying overhead last week. The Killdeer are back, and today I watched three bees jostle for position in the blooming Crocus!

One of our members sent us an article about our food supply…check it out here : http://publicradiokitchen.wbur.org/2012/03/07/your-sponge-in-context-e-col  basically, another article about how buying local might be a safer way to go. Deciding to buy locally (and I don’t mean buying citrus from a Massachusetts farmer) is a great step toward a safe food supply. That’s right, I am promoting any Massachusetts grown product. If you don’t choose Stillman’s, please choose one of our fellow farmers 🙂     Read More
I’ve reorganized our website! check it out and be sure to let me know if their is content you’d like to see there.   http://stillmansfarm.com

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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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