Week 7, 2013

It’s anyone’s guess what’s in the boxes now  I see lots of squash, cukes and eggplant this week. Let the ratatouille making begin!

You MAY have any of these things: Summer squash, zucchini of cousa, cukes, pickling cukes, lemon cukes, corn, beans, chard or beets, tomato, blueberries, potatoes, eggplant…
I have seen bunches of Hakurai turnips, so they will start appearing in your box or as a choice sometime in the coming weeks. Also, the Asian greens are being harvested, so you will eventually see Pak Choi, Bekana, Joi Choi, or Vitamin Greens. They are all delightful raw in a salad or quickly stir-fried. Pretty much anything I lightly cook in a little oil and garlic, and dress with soy sauce on rice gets devoured by the kids. There could hardly be a faster meal!

Eight Ball, Cousa, Golden Zucchini, Patty Pan summer squashes

Eight Ball, Cousa, Golden Zucchini, Patty Pan summer squashes

I am thrilled about the bean harvest and hope you have delighted in yours and now I am looking forward to a nice tomato harvest! Also, I love that we are on week 4 of blueberries! It looks like the first peaches are coming in, so you should see some soon.
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.

About Eggplants

We grow a lot of eggplant 😉
Now, right away, I have to tell you if you have never liked eggplant, and never tried ours, you have to try it again. As usual, the freshness and variety of our product simply tastes better than anything you have ever bought at the grocery store (yes, even WF). Also, I have found that with eggplants, in particular, most people’s experience involves bitter, old, seedy eggplants that are cooked in a lot of grease. AND, who likes anything that is bitter and old? Thank you to all the members reading this that have humored me in the past and tried eggplant again. For the success stories (which is a large percentage) – yeah! For those who still don’t care for it, thanks for playing and you know you can swap your eggplant out for more greens or potatoes or what have you.
Varieties: the basic dark purple ‘Classic’, 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; Zebra/Nubia – a magenta-purple striped with white; Round Mauve an heirloom variety – pinkish-purple skin, Bride – slim, light rose with white stripes; some other elongated white one who’s name escapes me now; Rosa Bianca an heirloom variety- round with rosy-lavender streaks. Then there’s the Asian types: Little Fingers and Orient Express– dark purple skinned, long cylindrical; Machiaw – magenta, very long, and skinny; Oh yes, that wasn’t quite enough…let us round out the selection with Green Apple, whose name tells all. Well, what’s what? At first sampling, the Purple Blush, Rosa Bianca 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….

Round Mauve, Nubia/Zebra, Classic

Round Mauve, Nubia/Zebra, Classic

Check out Vegetarian Chili and Ratatouille, and, if you are very afraid of eggplant, Baba Ghanoush, on the blog.

Farm Dirt

WOW! Glenn is always saying, “We don’t need to solve one natural disaster with different one.” Last week we were hammered by the heat and this week, we get hammered with rain again. It feels like September this morning. As always, we will rise to challenge of growing, but I feel like we need a ‘Survivor Farmer Challenger’ series to cover this season. The toughest part, believe it or not, is sales. Glenn and the crew are doing an amazing job harvesting lots of beautiful produce, in spite of the weather, but customers tend to avoid the markets when it is too hot or too wet. The best part of that statement is that we are picking lots of fabulous-ness and our recent visiting members have had fun harvesting beautiful and yummy fruits and veggies!

potluck2010
The potluck is coming up this month…looks like August 18th will be the day. As usual, I will slice tomatoes and steam corn for the pot-luck. You may bring a dish to share or pack your own picnic and we can walk around the farm together 
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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