CSA Week 4, 2014

We are experiencing a lot of issues with our boxes. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but once a box is ripped, it will not function well. PLEASE ask for guidance if you notice your box is ripping or you feel like you might not know how to open it. Each box costs $1.35-1.80. If you are ripping your box every week it is an extra $21+ for the season, and no, we don’t calculate that into the box price. We love you, really, but please don’t destroy the boxes J Check out Faith’s YouTube video for help: stillmans farm box or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeG3qIKsO24

You MAY have these things: Summer squash of some variety or color, lettuce (of some variety), beans, cucumbers of some variety, chard or beets, possibly a tomato, beans of some variety, blueberries?…

The following is recycled from last year…but still seemed appropriate. Check it out on the blog:

Srirachi Refrigerator Pickles, made with the chard stems

Swiss Chard Fritters

Chard Stalks Humus

Grilled Zucchini or Summer Squash

Cut off ends of squash, then slice lengthwise into 1/4 ” strips. Brush both sides with olive oil, sprinkle with S&P. Grill over medium hot fire, turning once, until marked with grill stripes (probably about 8-10 minutes). Serve at any temperature. We like to drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and serve with steak or on salad.

grilled cousa

 

Make your own Tsatsiki sauce for dipping, meats, sandwiches…

TsatsikiGourmet | May 2008

Yield: Makes about 1 cup

  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (preferably goat’s or sheep’s milk)

Toss cucumber with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a colander and drain 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt, then whisk together with olive oil, yogurt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Squeeze out any excess water from cucumbers with your hands, and then stir cucumbers into yogurt mixture. Season with salt. ————-

Some of you are asking about coming to the farm. Here’s the recap: 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 to the farm if you would like anything in quantity.

About Cucumbers

We grow a lot of cucumbers. You WILL see the regular slicing and pickling cucumbers, and MAY see the very smooth skinned, dark green Divas, as well as the heirloom Lemon cucumbers (round, yellow balls). You do not need to peel any of our cucumbers, so it is by preference. We do not treat them with anything to preserve them or paraffin – as so many supermarkets do, yes, even WF.

cucumbers!

cucumbers!

**If you feel like it, and it is not necessary, you can lightly salt the sliced cucumbers and let them drain, after ½ hour or so, you can squeeze the extra liquid out of them and your refrigerator pickles or salads may be less watery. If I want the salt off, I give them a rinse, squeeze them out and pat dry. This is often useful for tea sandwiches 😉

Farm Dirt

We are picking a little corn, so you will be seeing it soon in your boxes. Also, the tomatoes are starting to come in for real and I hope everyone will have a tease this week! Eventually there will be a lot…most of you know that J It is a joy to be harvesting wonderful beans now – and SO early! This is the time for cucumber or squash preserving, so let us know if you need a case; we will give you a hefty CSA break 🙂 I make a lot of chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini squares, and zucchini bread and freeze it…so handy all winter. My kids pack zucchini squares in their lunch – what a great snack! Speaking of snacking, Glenn’s Savannah cat loves his vegetables. It seems like there is a new thing destroyed daily – spinach, corn, squash, cucumbers…

You can see pictures on FB…and it is amusing.

I want your recipes! Please let me know if you have your own blog, Pinterest, etc for me to link to. Your fellow members may really enjoy your personal CSA experience. Also, don’t be shy about asking out loud what to do with something…you’ll find fellow members will pipe up and give you advice.

Meanwhile, Bluebirds and Barn Swallows nested again and busy. There are several  grey fox in the area and it is great to see our native fox in action! The red fox are pretty, but not local 😉

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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