Week 11, 2012

 I hope you are enjoying the broccoli and beautiful peppers and eggplants too. Yes, do remember you may swap out your peppers or eggplant or whatever you don’t care for, for something you can use. The corn continues to be AMAZING! Most of our friends who run their own CSA only have corn for a week or two, so it makes us extra happy to offer many weeks of corn and tomatoes 🙂

Cantaloupe, Arava, and Sugar Baby melons

I know you’ve already seen a nice amount of beans from us this season, but there are a few more varieties appearing now, which you MAY see in your box or as an option. Two types of traditional green beans (one is very thin and the other is regular thickness), Romano or Italian Broad beans (green, long, flattish and wide and eaten as you would any green bean), Purple (dark purple string beans which turn green when cooked), and Yellow or Wax.  Bean harvesting is a slow and tedious process, but not a bad experience if the picking is good. All the beans in the store are harvested by machine, an implement we toy with attempting to purchase. We haven’t made the leap because there are only certain types of beans that can be harvested by machine, bred for uniform ripening and ability to withstand the picking “fingers”, and you can only harvest that patch once, as the plants are ripped out of the ground as part of the harvesting process. SO, we still harvest by hand and that is the reason why most CSA do not include beans in their shares or offer them only as pick your own. We hope you enjoy them!

A quick note about melons, there’s not a big crop this year, but hopefully you see one in the coming weeks: there are striped AND solid dark green watermelons that could be red of yellow inside, two types of cantaloupe/muskmelons, and some that look like cantaloupe with creamy flesh and another that has green flesh. Good luck with that 😉

 Farm Dirt

 

Pot Luck 2012

 

We had a lovely Open House yesterday: the weather was perfect, a nice sized group, great conversation, lots of squealing kids—all good. A small group of us walked down to the cornfield and picked what we needed for lunch, the littlest kids learned there was only one ear of corn per stalk, we “hunted” frogs, ate blueberries and raspberries… We husked and cooked the corn and laid out a spread of sliced heirloom tomatoes, corn (of course), mini broccoli quiche, farro salad with red onions and tomatoes, eggplant with chili water and mint, Beltie hotdogs, a tomato quiche or tart (didn’t get any, but it looked beautiful), two kinds of processed pickles, refrigerator pickles, sliced cantaloupe and watermelon, swiss chard rolls with wasabi soy dip or peanut dip, zucchini cobbler and I am sure I am leaving something else off! It was ALL great! Then Glenn took everyone out to the barn to stock up on canning tomatoes or their CSA boxes and then out to the big field to pick peppers and whatever else could be found. Also, for those of you who worry about your kids having a good time, I think, without exception all the small people who attended had fun holding chicks, playing with Jasper the Border Collie, bouncing on the trampoline, eating berries in the field… 🙂

Thank you everyone who joined us!

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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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