Week 5, 2012

This week we will try to give you some choices for greens and give the few of you who feel overwhelmed a chance to catch up ;~) Many of you saw fennel last week (I was surprised too) and some may see it this week too. This type of fennel is grown for the fat part at the base. It is lovely sliced thinly in a salad or cooked alongside pork. I like to use the leafy fronds to stuff inside a whole chicken for roasting, or minced up in salad dressing… Also this week we are seeing more lettuce, arugula, cukes, squashes, peas or beans and potatoes. Check out the grilled steak salad or Zucchini Ribbons Salad or cucmber drink recipes.

 

Stonewall slicing cukes, lemon cukes, and pickling cukes

Stonewall slicing cukes, lemon cukes,  pickling cukes, and a Diva in the upper left

I hope you are enjoying the blueberries. We are also harvesting raspberries, but you’ll have to come out to the New Braintree farm to harvest your own or buy them at the market. Yes, we are happy to have our members come to the farm and experience the harvest for themselves. It is very important to understand the labor involved with our local food supply—everything here is picked or dug by hand. If you have children, it is a timeless lesson to have them pick a head of lettuce, pull a beet, pick berries…. Not only does one understand how something grows, but one gains perspective on the labor costs of harvest.

Raspberries!

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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 Week 5, 2012

  1. cherylmass says:

    What should I look for to let me know when my fennel is ready to pick? This is my first year planting it. Thanks!

  2. Tammy says:

    I don’t know if it’s just the size, the color and the shape or what but I’m in love with those lemon cukes.

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