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Now, markets cultivate farmers

Competition high for local produce

From left, Courtney Maloney, Fitzroy Halstead, and Kate Stillman sorted zinnias before going to the Brookline market. From left, Courtney Maloney, Fitzroy Halstead, and Kate Stillman sorted zinnias before going to the Brookline market. (Christine Peterson for The Boston Globe)
By David Filipov
Globe Staff / August 25, 2009

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NEW BRAINTREE - It is 5:30 a.m., and that means Kate Stillman is scrambling through her family’s crowded barn, counting out bouquets of cut flowers, checking the freshly picked peaches, black peppers, blueberries, bok choy, and mesclun that employees of Stillman Farms are packing into plastic bins. Genially, she gives orders. The bins pile up in three large, white box ... (Full article: 1081 words)

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