March News

The onions are all growing, the tomatoes are all seeded and many varieties are actually being transplanted this week, the geraniums are looking really good and the pansies have been moved to a cooler section of the greenhouse to grow on. We’d like to think about moving them out, but with the 8 degree nights and the screaming wind, we won’t be thinking to long about it 😉 Freezing solid is not the kind of hardening off we are looking for.

 
Onion seedlings!

I am super excited about the plant collection this season and know all of our gardening friends out there will NOT be disappointed. I cannot wait to see some of the new peonies in bloom! There are some amazing new colors in petunias, some different begonias, and as always, several new tomato varieties. Then there are the All American Selections in Sunpatiens, Bounce Impatiens, peppers, tomatoes and more!

Cold greenhouses
The best news is the first group of guys are here! They did not bring the warm weather of Jamaica, but seeing our extended family’s faces warms the heart. 🙂 
We are still working on our final plans for the Boston Public Market and are excitedly planning for it. We’ve got some great ideas for new displays, and signage. There will be improvements that will benefit all our customers. It’s exciting and a little stressful. We will be hiring retail help for the Boston Public Market opening in June; if you or someone you know is (or will be) looking for year-round work, has retail experience and an interest in great food, please contact me. I will be advertising the job soon, but would rather hire within our group. I am super excited about the people who have responded!

Farm Dirt


One of the new calves

We’ve got a couple new calves that are adorable! We have more on the way and, hopefully, the weather will be a little nicer for Mom’s AND babies. It’s been a tough winter for them too, but they seem to manage better than some because of their breed. The Belted Gallaways are a heritage breed that is intended to live on grass alone and they have more hairs per square inch than most other breeds, so they tolerate the cold better.


Turkey Vultures

The yard is slowly filling up with Blackbirds and we have spotted our first Turkey Vultures. I have been told that vultures probably don’t excite anyone, but for us, we know they are a true sign of Spring. Another great thing about vultures is they perform a very necessary job around these parts; with the amount squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, mink, weasels, fox, skunk, rabbits, birds, etc, hit by cars, the roadsides would be a stinking mess. So, let’s hear it for the super ugly creatures doing a great job cleaning up after us!

The turkeys and deer have finally come out of their winter yards. It had been to treacherous to come out when the snow was so deep – the deer sink up to their bellies while the coyotes and bobcat can walk on top of the snow. The deer don’t have a chance of escaping predation against that.

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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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One Response to March News

  1. Bethany Linhart says:

    I saw my first turkey vulture this year. They are unmistakeable! Next year I’ll be sure to appreciate them more!

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