Week 15, 2013

Apples are amazing! There’s a great “A” sentence for our children 🙂

I hear there are leeks this week, or next at the latest.

leeks, trimmed and ready for washing

leeks, trimmed and ready for washing

Things are getting a little hurried here, as we run around trying to harvest before the severe cold. We have been spared so far, but not by more than a few degrees. The winter squash is coming in a little light this year. You may recall we had tons last year, and that is partly a rain-heat index thing and partly a management thing. No worries, we’ll have your squash for you!
We still have some tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and have just started picking a few summer squash again (third crop). I am hoping we see some small cabbages in the coming weeks, as well as more broccoli. I was thrilled to see beans again last week – what a treat!!!
Winter squash! You may see Butternut, Acorn, Kabocha, Buttercup, Delicata or Sweet Dumpling. See magic winter squash decoder picture here.

Check out Leek and potato soup, or Leek Quiche, or White Bean, Butternut Squash, Kale and Olive Stew

Farm Dirt

As I mentioned, we escaped two frosts by the skin of our teeth. Some near us were not so lucky. Anyway, we have been busily harvesting the winter squash, and thankful we are spared, as we have more beans, tomatoes, summer squash, and peppers to harvest. We have already picked through two crops of summer squash, but I just saw the first few of the third crop, so perhaps some will make it to CSA.

Glenn and I enjoyed a scout through the orchard to find the mid to late apple crop is both beautiful and tasty! We are now harvesting Macs, Redcorts, Cortland, Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp, Molly Delicious, and soon, Macoun, Rome, Empire, Mutzu….

Cortand Apples!

Cortand Apples!

I will try to get my broccoli and beans frozen this week, but I have been enjoying a lovely visit from my Mother and don’t; want to spend it paring and blanching veggies 😉

Gleaning time will be upon us very soon, so be on the alert for the FB post or an email inviting you to the New Braintree farm to clean off the peppers or pick up the last winter squash. I will send out a special alert to members only for “gleaning” and cleaning up the fields. What you harvest, in this case, is for you to keep – our thanks for your membership.

Eat well, Geneviève Stillman



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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