Week 13, 2012

September is always a great time of year! There’s so much coming in!

There are lots of apples right now, featuring Molly Delicious and Redcort. There are a few Honeycrisp and looks like we’ll be picking Golden delicious this week. The first winter squashes will be appearing, but probably not till the end of the week.  We will not put gourds in your box, so no worries about that, AND don’t forget to establish if the squash is really a melon by smelling it and cutting it before baking 😉  There is a winter squash ID on the blog just in case. The tomatoes are still beautiful and the brassicas really shine this time of year. Looks like there won’t be any celeriac this year, they just got in a little too late and the weather was a  little too hot in the field they were in. I love it, but if I get to choose, I’ll take that for the crop failure any day 🙂 The kale is beautiful and the cabbage is sufficiently huge enough for you to be inundated shortly. Of course I am joking; it is already week 13, so even if you got a cabbage a week from now on, that’s really not that many 🙂 

Carnival, Kubocha, butternut

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Vegetale al Forno or Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole

Farm Dirt

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that there is not too much rain or wind with the remnants of Isaac. It is always horrible to hear of fellow Americans losing their homes, and God forbid, their lives when we have any disaster. As you might expect, my heart always grieves a little more for my fellow farmers. I heard one man (not a farmer) say he was thankful for the rain because they had suffered such a drought. Now some of you may remember what we are fond of saying, “You can’t fix one natural disaster with another.” Massive amounts of rain and wind flood crops and or knock them over so they cannot be harvested. There is an estimated $92 million so far in crop yield losses due to Isaac, mainly sweet potatoes, pecans, rice, cotton, sugarcane. I never did hear a solid number for crop damage from Irene last year , but I know it was over a billion—yikes! Some folks are asking about the apple crop here. You may recall we suffered a late freeze this year, which killed the blossoms on trees that were in bloom. We suffered minor losses, but we have some friends who have no crop at all this fall. So, I take a moment to reflect on how tenuous farming can be, subject to the slightest whim of the weather. It has always been like that. The success of the farmer rises and falls on the weather. It is a risk we all take. So, here’s a big THANK YOU to all the farmers who risk it all to grow the grain in my bread, the cotton for my clothes, the oranges and flax and nuts and beans…

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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