CSA Week 2, 2015

Handy info out there: Stillman’s Blog, the Member Connect Page on the blog, Stillman’s Farm facebook page, and my CSA & recipes Pinterest Boards.

The month of June has flown by and I find myself not current with the blog at this point. Truth be told, it’s been a little crazy around here. BUT, this a great time to visit the farm (because the weeds are still under control ;)), so come on out and explore your New Braintree farm a little, pick your own peas, greens, berries…

You MAY have these things: strawberries, lettuce, beets (Chiogga (red&white), Forono (long dark), Golden, White, Ace(dark red)), chard of some color (white, yellow, pink, red), I saw some shell peas being harvested, so you may have them in your box or as an option, kale of some type, and perhaps something else green. Lots of folks got fennel last week and I imagine it will appear again this week. This fennel is grown for its bulb, which is lovely julienned for a salad or even roasted with your beets. The beets are incredible right now. Did you know beets can naturally lower your cholesterol and blood pressure? Several studies show that drinking beet juice or eating beets can lower blood pressure 5 points for 24 hours. Cool, right? They are high in potassium and nitrates – plus, they are just downright yummy! The greens are high in potassium too 🙂 Try roasting your beets if you haven’t already done so. I quarter mine and toss them in olive oil and a little seasoning. The summer squash are coming in, so expect to see them in several forms. All the tender squashes, harvested now, are referred to as summer squash: we grow yellow straight neck, zucchini, golden zucchini, the light green cousa, patty pan (little UFOs) and Costata Romanesco, a ridged green variety. Use them interchangeably in most any recipe calling for anyone of them 😉

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

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

More about fennel: It is high in vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. Sounds like a super combo with beets, eh? Did you know the Greeks called it marathon and it actually was growing in the field where the epic battle was fought? Yep, the Battle of Marathon. It was also awarded to Pheidippides after his long run. The bulb is good raw or cooked, the leaves are nice for seasoning, the stems not so useful.

We could use some volunteer help at several of the CSA locations. I will try to get a sign up sheet going. It is not hard and it’s fun to help other members and it helps us a lot. It is also good perspective 🙂

To reiterate from last week: please pick up your box every week, return your boxes without destroying them, read your letter, email us with questions (after you have read and re-read your letter ;)), login to your farmigo account to make contact and pickup changes, and have fun with all the goodies!

Farm Dirt

Tons of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks around! So lovely! The hawks have been busy on the farm and Mr. Red Tail took our oldest hen last week…serves us right for letting them out to play 😦

The corn is in silk, so that is pretty exciting around here! The tomatoes are ripening and Faith asked for a grilled tomato and cheese yesterday and I was able to give her one 🙂

We have gotten some timely rain and are watching the crops grow.

purple snow peas

purple snow peas

I have been traumatized this Father’s Day by the blue screen of doom on my computer. Painfully long story short, I had to wipe down my computer and start over today, so I am in a super good mood 😉 If I missed you somewhere along the way, it was unintentional. I am sure it will help to tell you neither Dell nor Microsoft have any idea what happened.

Hey, we’ve made it to week 2!!! AND the veggies and berries are AWESOME! So, we’ll take the computer nonsense in stride 🙂

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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2 Responses to CSA Week 2, 2015

  1. brad brooks says:

    Hello =)

    I just wanted to check if there was a pick up this Friday July 3rd or if this will be added at the end of the season? Please advise and thank you in advance

    Brad Brooks

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