Week 7, 2012

Eggplants are ripening, and as I cannot be sure what you’ll get when, here is the rundown. Of course there’s your basic dark purple eggplant called ‘Classic’, but then we begin to mix it up a bit with the original white skinned (thus the name ‘eggplant’) ‘Tango’ – a very tender, white fleshed variety; Purple Blush – white to lilac skinned large softballs and a farm favorite; Neon – a magenta skinned elongated egg shape; Nubia, formerly Zebra – a magenta-purple striped white teardrop; Little Fingers and Orient Express– dark purple skinned, long cylindrical types; Machiaw – magenta, very long, skinny cylindrical type; Round Mauve (heirloom), Bride – slim, light rose with white stripes; some other elongated white one who’s name escapes me now; Rosa Bianca (heirloom), round with rosy-lavender streaks, Green Goddess, whose name tells all and some funny little orange and green stripy ones called Stripes Toga. Well, what’s what? 

At first sampling, the Purple blush and the white are distinctly tender and sweet; they also cook faster.  The others really have to be sampled side by side, and yes, they are different. We hope you can have fun with them as we do: baking, sautéing, grilling…. Remember that the boxes are packed as separate but equal, so it is a good time to peer inside and see what variety of whatever you have so you can ask questions or swap for another variety. Part of the fun is trying them all 🙂

There will be peaches from time to time and since we pick them at ripe stage,  they are never more than a day or two away from eating. Fresh ripe peaches are often hard at first touch, so when you are picking yours out, remember that today’s gentle squeeze is tomorrows bruise. We generally do not pack the peaches in the boxes because bad things can happen to a peach, so take care of your own yummies once you get them.
Peppers are around the corner too, more about them next week.

Farm Dirt

No significant rain since June 25. This morning (Monday) I think we got enough to save some of the lawn that has been crisp underfoot. The corn will make ample use by funneling it into its whorls and the pastures should be better for it. Perhaps we will get a little more later on today.  This is still nothing like what Glenn recalls experiencing in ‘64, when the drought lasted several years, so they had to buy hay out of Canada to fed the milking cows. His father was not able to cut any hay on the 100 acres of hay land they normally managed. The good news is lots of other folks have gotten rain, it just falls that way sometimes, or doesn’t fall in this case. The weather patterns push the storms around us on the hills some years, and other years, it is the hills that get the rain. I am just happy to be out of the mini ice age of the 1300-1870s and I pray we stay out of it. No more skating on the Thames! This week we will organize some emergency water for the blueberry and raspberry crop. By the way, raspberries are one of those crops that we do not pick for the CSA. However, you, as a CSA member, are most welcome to come and pick your own 🙂

raspberries at Stillman’s Farm in New Braintree

Don’t let all the chatter about us wanting rain upset you, our heavy, upland soils do MUCH better in these dryer conditions vs. constant rain. We can add water to most of the crops that need it, unlike the wet years we have experienced when we can’t take the water away.

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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One Response to Week 7, 2012

  1. Tammy says:

    Beautiful berries and I would love to do a side by side with the many varieties of eggplant.

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