CSA week 4, 2015

You MAY have these things: Summer squash of some variety or color, lettuce (of some variety), beans, cucumbers of some variety, chard or beets, beans or peas of some variety, some kind of berries, kale… It is still early in the season, but now that we are picking more variety, you will start to see some of the greens available as a choice.

lettuce and greens growing

lettuce and greens growing

Some of you are asking about coming to the New Braintree 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. Please park on our driveway and do not drive into the fields. 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. I had a few members come last week and I think they really enjoyed seeing the farm and how thoughtfully their food is grown. I really enjoyed seeing a very young, sweet face with strawberry juice on it!

This is great salad weather and I find many salads become the full meal when I add a little grilled steak or fish or whatever. I also LOVE kale salad, sometimes with a little quinoa – yum! There are several kale salad recipes on the blog, but oddly, I have never put up the one I make. here it is, but I will post separately too!

Kale Salad

  • one bunch of kale cleaned, ribs removed, and chopped fairly small.
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 TB balsamic vinegar
  • 3 TB fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp coarse salt (start with less if that sounds like a lot)
  • At least 1 clove of garlic
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • Whisk the above together and pour over kale. I mix it well with my hands to make sure everything is well coated. It is best if it can rest for a little bit before eating and the kale gets all soft and wilty. Sometimes I add a cup or so of cooked quinoa. It is even better the second day, but it has never lasted beyond that 😉

Farm Dirt

Purple beans..taste like the green ones but don't cook them for too long ;)

Purple beans..taste like the green ones but don’t cook them for too long 😉

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, 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.

We’ve been seeing bear tracks, but not the bear…good thing the bee hives are surrounded by electric fence 🙂

The Barn Swallows fledged last week and are already looking to nest again. We counted 6 male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at the feeder yesterday! That was amazing!!! The most exciting wildlife last week was listening to the Bob White Quail sounding around the house – we had not heard one for 15 years or so. Then he even made an appearance on the 4th, walking right along the back yard! So sweet 🙂


picture from ALLABOUTBIRDS.ORG ..I did not have my camera

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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