We are a strong farm family with an even stronger commitment to our land and all it produces. It is our commitment to the land and all it offers that inspires us to grow the glorious bounty we share with our customers. We take great pride in providing the freshest, most beautiful fruits and vegetables, amazing plants, and healthful meats. See the “Produce” page for more about our farming philosophy. The Lunenburg Farm, at 1410 Lancaster Avenue, is open seasonally with a fabulous selection of plants from April to July and a pop-up farmer’s market Thursdays and Sundays June through October. The New Braintree Farm, at 1205 Barre Rd, is just beautiful and a joy to drive by all the gardens.
Glenn grew up on his Father’s dairy farm in Lunenburg and started his own business down the street selling plants and produce. His two older children, Kate and Curtis, spent much of their childhood there and chose agriculture as their vocation as well. As the Boston markets expanded, so did we…all the way out to New Braintree. In 1991, Glenn bought a historic farm in a beautiful rural community and spent the next several years nurturing the fields back into production, trimming the hedgerows back, and rebuilding walls. Some of these things will take several lifetimes to complete, but they are part of our holistic approach to farming.
Glenn and I got married in 1993 and on nights he stayed out late in the field working, I spent working on the restoration of the c.1750 and c.1820 farmhouse. Soon after we started our first CSA, and then all my extra time was consumed with newsletters and membership. It still is! We also have a son, Reid, and a daughter, Faith – they are just beginning to be useful on the farm, but who knows what they will choose to do in the future.
Glenn’s oldest daughter Kate purchased a farm in Hardwick in 2007 and has been busy clearing land for pastures and building facilities for the growing population of livestock. She sells her pasture raised meats at area farmers’ markets, restaurants, and through her meat CSA. Kate occupies the stalls next to us at BPM.
Curtis, Glenn’s oldest son, works with us and runs the Lunenburg CSA. If you’ve ever been to our stand at any of the markets, you will have seen his impressive display of cherry tomatoes! He and his wife Halley own Still Life Farm where they raise specialty fruits and crops and have a winter CSA program. Many of their lovely fruits, cherry tomatoes and other specialty items can be found on our displays at market.
We will continue working to preserve farmland in our area and seeking new farmers for those properties. The process of reclaiming and rebuilding the farms in New Braintree and Hardwick will never cease. I hope someday Reid and Faith will take over all the planting and hard work here in New Braintree so the rest of us can relax!
We will strive to be even better stewards of the land and produce more food for our local markets. As a very large goal, we will remain involved with the planning of an indoor, accessible, year-round market in Boston for consumers to shop for local goods. This is a goal which should benefit not only the shoppers, but our local economy and so many of the small farmers and artisans in Massachusetts.
The above comment was written about 10 years ago and we are pleased to add that we have been producing even more food AND the Boston Public Market finally came to fruition. The market is keeping us plenty busy and we are so delighted to share the space with so many wonderful vendors.
Thank you for supporting local agriculture and for being part of the Stillman’s extended family ~ Genevieve Stillman