CSA Week 6, 2013

Squash and cucumbers and tomatoes! 

clockwise from top left: Diva, Stonewall, Pickler, and Lemon cucumbers

clockwise from top left: Diva, Stonewall, Pickler, and Lemon cucumbers

Please check your box when you pick up. I will harken back to earlier letters where I recommend opening your box and checking out what’s in it. Well, this is a good exercise to see what you’ve got and ask questions, but it also ensures you don’t get an entire box of greens 😉 We try very hard to remain organized when unloading the truck, but mistakes happen sometimes.

You MAY have these things: Summer squash of some variety or color, corn, beans or cucumbers, chard or beets, tomato, blueberries, potatoes…
Yeah, it’s hot… imagine if you actually had to pick your own produce in it 😉 There’s a little break in the lettuce due to the heat. Lettuces and spinach do not appreciate the hot days and beating sun the way some other crops do. We will continue to have some for sale on the market tables, but there isn’t much.

cornsteaming
Now that corn is happening, I like to remind our new members that our corn is always todays, so we feel it is very important to eat it the day we picked it. Yes, I know that isn’t always possible, but there is nothing better that steamed corn (it only takes 4-7 minutes)! If you are not a corn on the cob eater (and you really should give it a shot if you have had unsatisfying experiences), cut it off the cob and toss in your veggie sauté or sprinkle on salad.

This weather is perfect for the Cucumber Drink or Kale with Green Beans or Blueberries with Rice Krispies (sorry, no link ;))

In the coming weeks you will be seeing peppers and eggplants. We have just started picking a few, so I cannot be sure when you will first get any in your box.

Recap:Some of you are asking about coming to the farm. Here’s the recap: Everything in in New Braintree. You are welcome most anytime. Please email me in advance, if you can. I will try to leave a farm map out for you – that way you can navigate to the crops of your choice. Otherwise, you can roam freely and happen upon what you like 😉 As I said last week, you can pick anything you like and only ask you to please be fair if you would like a quantity of anything.

Farm Dirt

We’re digging potatoes and there is hardly anything sweeter than a new potato!potatoesjuly

I can eat a pound of them boiled up with butter… and to be honest, I have done that for a few lazy dinners. And pulling up potato plants and rooting around for those wonderful tubers, is like finding buried treasure. A few years ago, when our police were doing their annual flyover looking for pot, they circled our potato field, which was in full bloom, for 20 minutes, until a cruiser drove up to the field (all within plain view of the house and on the main drag through town). They all departed a few minutes later, when someone figured out the acre section of potatoes on Rt 67 actually wasn’t marijuana. It seems they spend an extra time searching our farm from above because, you know, some of our help are Jamaican, and, of course, if you are prejudiced you assume a lot. Oh, well, some people cannot be helped. Wait till we start growing the “Sunn Hemp” to nitrogen fix for our fields 😉

Eat well,
Geneviève Stillman

Coming Up:
Peaches
Eggplant
Peppers

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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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