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BAE Farmer's Market - What's Available Saturday!

Posted 6/13/2014 6:02pm by David Paulk.
We've been very busy on the farm and thankful June is here, because that means May is over!  May is our most frantic month.  All the early crops planted in March come racing in ready to be harvested in short order.  The early tomato and pepper plantings now need staking, trellising and pruning. And then another planting of tomato, pepper and other summer crop transplants have to get in the ground quickly if we're going to have these veggies mid-summer.  The weeds that hardly looked threatening in April now loom large. Finally, our large plantings of onions and garlic are ready to be harvested and cured in the barn.  Once all of these May, early June activities are behind us we enter the summer mode of less frequent plantings, routine harvesting, cultivating weeds and making preparations for our fall crops.   Never a dull moment on the farm.  But welcome June, it's nice to see you!
For this Saturday we'll be offering:     
- Basil (New!):  Italian herb that says "summer is here."  (limited qty)
- Leeks (New!): a mild, delicious member of the onion ("Allium") family; wonderful with fish, and braised as a side dish
- Scallions (New!):  with pretty red/purple bulbs instead of white; same great fresh flavor; great in summer salads and stir fry.
- Fennel (New!): aromatic anise flavor; adds nice crunchy, slightly sweet flavor to salads, particularly good with oranges, fish, and try cooked on pizza.
- Sugar Snap Peas: Sweet, crunchy, great on salads, and sauteed with vegetables.
- Parsley:  fresh, aromatic, wonderful in salads and essential in tabouleh.
Cucumbers:  really great cukes; sweet and crunchy; great in all your summer salads.
- Summer Squash, Zephyr:  Our favorite summer squash - has a delicious mild, nutty, sweet flavor.  We pick them small so flavor is at its peak. (Limited Supply).
- Kale: Lacinato & Blue Scotch Curl.  Likely the last until October
- Beets, three varieties:  Chioggia, Golden, Red:  Prized for their sweet flavor. Delicious baked, boiled or steamed. And don't forget about the greens, which are tasty as a spinach substitute.
- Garlic Scapes:  Are making their rare springtime only appearance.   Ideal as pesto and in egg dishes (see recipes on our Web site).
Walla Walla Sweet Onions:  Big, sweet onions that are especially great for fresh eating in salads and on burgers, as well as fried as onion rings. Mild and sweet.
Red Onions: Fresh harvested red onions that are great raw, grilled or caramelized.
- Bibb Lettuce: mild, tender, buttery bibb lettuce; an excellent choice for a delicious salad, or use the leaves for wraps.
- Romaine Lettuce: Big, fresh heads that add that crunch we like in salads.
- Red Leaf Lettuce: Loose leaf, delicate, mild flavor that mixes well with Romaine
Arugula: Add a little spice to your life! .
- Rainbow Chard:  Big, beautiful, colorful leaves; when sauteed in a little olive oil or butter make a simply delicious, savory side dish. 

Photo of the week:  Sugar Snap Peas

 Sugar Snap Peas

Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD




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