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Posted 8/15/2015 8:34pm by David Paulk.

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Posted 8/14/2015 6:18pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

Well, it seems that June and August have decided to switch places this year, and we are lovin' it! The cool mornings and evenings are a real treat in August.  It should be beautiful weather as well tomorrow with temperatures in the 70's for most of the market, and no rain. So bring your friends and family down to our bustling market. We see folks run into friends and make new friends at the market all the time. It's a social event with fresh produce, meat, and baked goods from your local farmers and bakers!  

By the way, we have lots of 2nd tomato boxes for sale! Consider canning or freezing tomato sauce before the kids go back to school. See description of 2nd tomatoes below.

Check out what we'll have:

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's tomatoes and added to sauteed vegetables.

- Cucumbers: Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both tasty sweet, with small seeds.

- Garlic: Freshly harvested garlic is ready. There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Lettuce:  Romaine, Green leaf and Summer Crisp. Perfect for your fresh, crisp summer salads.

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Super Star Onions: White, Sweet onions. Similar to a vidalia. Wonderful raw on salads or burgers and really good caramelized and added to your pizza. Really makes a difference in flavor.

-  Oranos Sweet Peppers:  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. They are very good raw in salads, or sauteed or grilled. Very versatile AND they freeze really well for sweet peppers in the winter.

- Jimmy Nardello (sweet peppers):  Jimmy Nardello brought seeds of these sweet Italian frying peppers from his homeland, and now we get to enjoy them!  Don't let the long red peppers fool you, they are very sweet and not hot at all, especially when you saute them over a low flame and caramelize them...yummm. They are wonderful on sandwiches, pizza and sauteed with any vegetables. We have lots of Jimmy's for you!

- Padron Peppers (not hot): The tasty, easy spanish Tapa! As they do in Spain, just saute the peppers whole in olive oil until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve on a plate with an ice cold beer. Makes a wonderful appetizer.

- Jalapeno Peppers (spicy):  Perfect for grilled jalapeno poppers and in fresh salsa!

- Potatoes:  Fingerlings, Mt. Rose (Red), German Butterball, and Blue potatoes. If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil and minced garlic. Great roasted.

- Spaghetti Squash: Delicious, sweet and versatile spaghetti squash. Perfect as an easy low carb, gluten free pasta substitute.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have delicious zucchini.  All very good grilled on a medium flame with onions and peppers for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

 - Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty red slicing and our popular green zebra tomatoes that are ripe, tangy and tasty! Perfect for salsa! 

 - Tomato 2nds:  Very popular with canners, freezers and sauce-makers, we have 25-lb boxes of tomatoes for sale ($20/box). They are 2nds because they may have a cosmetic defect or are a little too ripe, but are otherwise perfectly tasty to eat fresh or cook. Farmer Jen makes and freezes sauce every week. Just ask how at our stand or check out the "fresh sauce" recipe on our Web site (link below). Please reply if you would like us to reserve you a box or two.

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have your favorite sungold and red sweet treats! The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

 

Photos of the week:

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Frying Peppers!

 

 

Anticipation....it's making me wait...but not much longer...

for fresh, aromatic Ginger!

 

  

  

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 8/7/2015 3:51pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather today - we are!  Makes harvesting much easier.  Also, should be a beautiful day tomorrow. No rain and a high in the mid-80's. Even though it is August, it is the time to start gearing up for fall by starting kale, beets and celery transplants in the greenhouse. We already have fall squashes in the ground, which should be ready soon. Farming is all about thinking ahead and planting for the future, so that we always have something ready today. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer this week.

Check out what we'll have:

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's tomatoes and added to sauteed vegetables.

- Cucumbers: Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both tasty sweet, with small seeds.

- Garlic: Freshly harvested garlic is ready. There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Green Beans: really tasty, fresh dark green, slightly nutty.

- Lettuce:  Romaine, Green leaf and Summer Crisp. Perfect for your fresh, crisp summer salads.

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Super Star Onions: White, Sweet onions. Similar to a vidalia. Wonderful raw on salads or burgers and really good caramelized and added to your pizza. Really makes a difference in flavor.

-  Oranos Sweet Peppers:  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. They are very good raw in salads, or sauteed or grilled. 

- Jimmy Nardello (sweet peppers):  Jimmy Nardello brought seeds of these sweet Italian frying peppers from his homeland, and now we get to enjoy them!  Don't let the long red peppers fool you, they very sweet and not hot at all. They get sweeter when you saute them over a low flame and caramelize them...yummm. They are wonderful on sandwiches, pizza and sauteed with any vegetables. (first of the season; limited quantity).

- Padron Peppers (not hot): The tasty, easy spanish Tapa! As they do in Spain, just saute the peppers whole in olive oil until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve on a plate with an ice cold beer. Makes a wonderful appetizer.

- Jalapeno Peppers (spicy):  Perfect for grilled jalapeno poppers and in fresh salsa!

- Potatoes:  Fingerlings, Mt. Rose (Red), German Butterball, and Blue potatoes. If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil and minced garlic. Great grilled.

- Spaghetti Squash: Delicious, sweet and versatile spaghetti squash. Perfect as an easy low carb, gluten free pasta substitute.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have the delicious green and a yellow varieties of zucchini.  All very good grilled on a medium flame with onions and peppers for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

 - Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty red slicing and our popular green zebra tomatoes that are ripe, tangy and tasty! Perfect for salsa! 

 - Tomato 2nds:  Very popular with canners, freezers and sauce-makers, we have 25-lb boxes of tomatoes for sale ($20/box). They are 2nds because they may have a cosmetic defect or are a little too ripe, but are otherwise perfectly tasty to eat fresh or cook. Farmer Jen makes and freezes sauce every week. Just ask how at our stand or check out the "fresh sauce" recipe on our Web site (link below). Please reply if you would like us to reserve you a box or two.

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have plenty of your favorite sungold and red sweet treats! The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

 

Photos of the week:

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Frying Peppers

Fingerling Potatoes

 

  

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 7/31/2015 4:55pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

We had another interesting first time experience recently when David recorded a podcast for Chris Blanchard’s Farmer-to-Farmer Podcast series.  Chris was a well known organic vegetable farmer and now is a farming consultant.  He also started interviewing organic farmers from all across the country.  It was a great privilege to be interviewed and hopefully the information will help other new and aspiring farmers.  

Meanwhile back on the farm, we continue to pick tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peppers. Also, finishing up our potato harvest of La Ratte fingerling potatoes, most of which go to the wonderful farm-to-table restaurant, Woodberry Kitchen, in Baltimore. But we've held back a few for our friends here in So Maryland.

Check out what we'll have:

- La Ratte Potatoes (New!):  A deelicious fingerling...

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's tomatoes and added to sauteed vegetables.

- Cucumbers: Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both tasty sweet, with small seeds.

- Garlic: Freshly harvested garlic is ready. There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Green Beans (Back!): really tasty, fresh dark green, slightly nutty.

- Lettuce:  Romaine, Green leaf and Summer Crisp. More lettuce this week!

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Super Star Onions: White, Sweet onions. Similar to a vidalia. Wonderful raw on salads or burgers and really good caramelized and added to your pizza. Really makes a difference in flavor.

-  Oranos Sweet Peppers:  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. They are very good raw in salads, or sauteed or grilled. 

- Jimmy Nardello (sweet peppers):  Jimmy Nardello brought seeds of these sweet Italian frying peppers from his homeland, and now we get to enjoy them!  Don't let the long red peppers fool you, they very sweet and not hot at all. They get sweeter when you saute them over a low flame and caramelize them...yummm. They are wonderful on sandwiches, pizza and sauteed with any vegetables. (first of the season; limited quantity).

- Padron Peppers (not hot): The tasty, easy spanish Tapa! As they do in Spain, just saute the peppers whole in olive oil until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve on a plate with an ice cold beer. Makes a wonderful appetizer.

- Jalapeno Peppers (spicy):  Perfect for grilled jalapeno poppers and in fresh salsa!

- Potatoes:  Mt. Rose (Red), German Butterball, Blue potatoes, and Fingerlings. If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil and minced garlic. Great grilled.

- Spaghetti Squash: Delicious, sweet and versatile spaghetti squash. Perfect as an easy low carb, gluten free pasta substitute.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have the delicious green and a yellow variety zucchini.  All very good grilled on a medium flame with onions and peppers for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

 - Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty red slicing and our popular green zebra tomatoes that are ripe, tangy and tasty! Perfect for salsa! 

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have plenty of your favorite sungold and red sweet treats! The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

- Japanese Ice Box Watermelon:  The very popular personal-size watermelons are in season again!  Sweet, red, delicious and refreshing. 

 

Photo of the week:

Sunflowers at Sassafras Creek Farm

 

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 7/24/2015 6:34pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

Well, it's been a very busy week on the farm and even though we had a few hot days, it was sunny - a welcome relief from all the rain we've had.  The crops are looking great and we've been busy harvesting lots of tomatoes from the field and more potatoes. Also been busy in the greenhouse seed starting lettuce, leeks, chard, kale, celery and more!  

It's high summer on the farm with lots of delicious crops at the farmer's market. 

Check out what we'll have:

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's tomatoes.

- Cucumbers: Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both tasty sweet, with small seeds.

- Garlic: Freshly harvested garlic is ready. There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Lettuce:  Romaine, Green leaf and Summer Crisp. More lettuce this week!

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Super Star Onions: White, Sweet onions. Similar to a vidalia. Wonderful raw on salads or burgers and really good caramelized and added to your pizza. Really makes a difference in flavor.

-  Oranos Sweet Peppers:  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. They are very good raw in salads, or sauteed or grilled. 

- Jimmy Nardello (sweet peppers) (New!):  Jimmy Nardello brought seeds of these sweet Italian frying peppers from his homeland, and now we get to enjoy them!  Don't let the long red peppers fool you, they very sweet and not hot at all. They get sweeter when you saute them over a low flame and caramelize them...yummm. They are wonderful on sandwiches, pizza and sauteed with any vegetables. (first of the season; limited quantity).

- Padron Peppers (not hot): The tasty, easy spanish Tapa! As they do in Spain, just saute the peppers whole in olive oil until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve on a plate with an ice cold beer. Makes a wonderful appetizer.

- Jalapeno Peppers (spicy):  Perfect for grilled jalapeno poppers and in fresh salsa!

- Potatoes:  Mt. Rose (Red), German Butterball and Blue potatoes. If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil and minced garlic. Great grilled.

- Spaghetti Squash (New!): Delicious, sweet and versatile spaghetti squash. Perfect as an easy low carb, gluten free pasta substitute.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have the delicious flying saucer patty pans.  Both very good grilled on a medium flame with onions and beets for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

 

- Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty hybrid slicing and heirloom varieties! We even our popular green zebra tomatoes (New!; limited quantity; first of season) that are ripe, tangy and tasty! Perfect for salsa! 

 

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have plenty of your favorite sungold and red sweet treats! The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

 - Tomato 2nds:  Back by popular demand, for you canners, freezers and sauce-makers, we have 25-lb boxes of tomatoes for sale ($20/box). They are 2nds because they may have a cosmetic defect or are a little too ripe, but are otherwise perfectly tasty to eat fresh or cook. Farmer Jen makes and freezes sauce every week. Just ask how at our stand or check out the "fresh sauce" recipe on our Web site (link below).

 

- Japanese Ice Box Watermelon:  The very popular personal-size watermelons are in season again!  Sweet, red, delicious and refreshing. See photo below.

 

Photos of the week:

 

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 7/17/2015 5:45pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

We've harvested a wonderful variety of summer vegetables today and we're ready for market tomorrow.  We have a lot of delicious Sun Gold and Sweet Treat cherry tomatoes along with a bounty of heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes.  New this market...watermelon!   

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's first tomatoes.

- Beets:  We have Red, Golden & Chioggia, sweet beets that are just beautiful and tasty. Try wrapped in foil and roasted on the grill...yum!

- Cucumbers: Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both sweet, with small seeds and tasty.

- Garlic: Freshly harvested garlic is ready. There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Lettuce:  Romaine, Green leaf and Summer Crisp (New!). More lettuce this week!

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Super Star Onions: White, Sweet onions. Similar to a vidalia. Wonderful raw on salads or burgers and really good caramelized and added to your pizza. Really makes a difference in flavor.

- Jalapeno Peppers:  Perfect for grilled jalapeno poppers and in fresh salsa!

-  Oranos Sweet Peppers:  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. They are very good raw in salads, or sauteed or grilled. 

- Padron Peppers (New!): The tasty, easy spanish Tapa! As they do in Spain, just saute the peppers whole in olive oil until blistered, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve on a plate with an ice cold beer. Makes a wonderful appetizer.

- Potatoes:  Mt Rose (Red), German Butterball and Blue potatoes. If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil and minced garlic. Great grilled.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have the delicious flying saucer patty pans.  Both very good grilled on a medium flame with onions and beets for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

- Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty hybrid slicing and heirloom tomatoes! We even have some green tomatoes for you fried green tomato lovers (count me in!).

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have plenty of your favorite sungold and red sweet treats! The most addicting healthy snack. Just pull a bowl on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

- Tomato 2nds:  Back by popular demand, for you canners, freezers and sauce-makers, we have 25-lb boxes of tomatoes for sale ($20/box). They are 2nds because they may have a cosmetic defect or are a little too ripe, but are otherwise perfectly tasty to eat fresh or cook. Farmer Jen makes and freezes sauce every week. Just ask how at our stand or check out the "fresh sauce" recipe on our Web site (link below).

- Japanese Ice Box Watermelon (New!):  The very popular personal-size watermelons are in season again!  Sweet, red, delicious and refreshing. See photo below.

 

Photos of the week:

 Japanese Ice Box Watermelon

 Cover Crops growing on our farm to maintain soil vitality and

provide forage for pollinators (e.g., bees).

 

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 7/10/2015 3:51pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

Summer is in full swing and what better time to drop by the BAE Farmer's Market tomorrow and purchase a variety of delicious fresh produce (and meat, chickens, eggs & baked-goods).

What's Coming to Market from Sassafras Creek Farm?

 

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's first tomatoes.

- Beets:  We have Red, Golden & Chioggia, sweet beets that are just beautiful and tasty. Try wrapped in foil and roasted on the grill...yum!

- Cucumbers: Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both sweet, with small seeds and tasty.

- Garlic: Freshly harvested garlic is ready. There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Lettuce (Back!):  Romaine and Green leaf (limited supply).

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Super Star Onions (New!): White, Sweeet onions. Similar to a vidalia. Wonderful raw on salads or burgers and really good carmelized and then added to your pizza.

-  Oranos Sweet Peppers:  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. They are very good raw in salads, or sauteed or grilled. 

- Jalapeno Peppers (New!):  Perfect for grilled jalapeno poppers and in fresh salsa!

- Potatoes (New!):  Red, German Butterball (new) and Blue potatoes (new). If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil and minced garlic. Great grilled.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have the delicious flying saucer patty pans.  Both very good grilled on a medium flame with onions and beets for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

- Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty hybrid slicing and heirloom tomatoes! We even have some green tomatoes for you fried green tomato lovers (count me in!).

- Cherry Tomatoes (New!): We have plenty of your favorite sungold cherry tomatoes and the first of the red sweet treats!

- Tomato 2nds (New!):  Back by popular demand, for you canners, freezers and sauce-makers, we have a limited supply of 20 lb boxes of tomatoes for sale.

 

Photos of the week:

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 7/2/2015 6:39am by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

This Saturday, we will be taking the 4th of July off from the BAE Farmer's Market. We'll be back next Saturday, 11 July.  

The BAE Market will be OPEN with produce, meat and baked goods. 

We thank you for your support and have a wonderful 4th of July celebration.  

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 6/26/2015 7:36pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

We hope you've enjoyed this "cooler" weather today. We certainly have. Most of tomorrow should be in the 70's.  So, please don't let a few possible showers deter you. We will be there rain or shine with beautiful, fresh tasty produce just for you.  Check out what we'll have below!

What we'll have this Saturday

- Arugula: That spicy green you crave is back!

- Basil:  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches. Of course, perfect with the season's first tomatoes.

- Green Beans:  tasty, tender, slightly nutty green beans.

- Beets:  We have Red, Golden & Chioggia, sweet beets that are just beautiful and tasty. Try wrapped in foil and roasted on the grill...yum!

- Cucumbers: We have plenty! The cucumber tidal wave has hit! Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both sweet, small seeds and tasty.

- Garlic (New!): Freshly harvested garlic is ready.  There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic.  

- Lettuce:  We have a limited amount this week of Romaine and Green Leaf lettuce.  

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Italian Flat Leaf Parsley: fresh, aromatic herb that is essential in Tabouleh, Italian dishes, and a wonderful addition to salads.

-  Sweet Peppers (New!):  We have a limited number of Oranos sweet peppers.  These are delicious orange peppers that we use in just about everything. 

Red New Potatoes (New!):  If you've never tasted freshly harvested potatoes, you are missing out!  Just a quick boil until fork tender and toss with butter, or olive oil, minced garlic and flat leaf parsley. Great grilled.

- Zephyr Summer Squash: We have plenty! Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green. Really good grilled on a medium flame with onions and beets for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

- Zucchini Summer Squash: Yes, we have zucchini, a particularly tasty variety. 

- Tomatoes: Yes, I think it's the earliest we've ever had tomatoes at the market and it's thanks to our high tunnels!  We have tasty hybrid slicing and heirloom tomatoes. The heirlooms are huge! 

 

Check out recipes on our Web site: www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

 

 Photo of the week:  New Potatoes

  

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 6/19/2015 7:34pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

Well, it's been a loooong, hot harvest day on the farm, which is why this email is going out so late. It also means we have lots of fresh summer vegetables for you to enjoy (see below)! We always look forward to seeing your smiling faces and hearing what's new in your lives.  In case you didn't know, you make it all worthwhile. :-)

 

What we'll have this Saturday

- Basil (NEW!):  beautiful, fragrant basil bunches, of course, perfect with the season's first tomatoes.

- Green Beans:  tasty, tender, slightly nutty green beans.

- Beets:  We have red and chioggia, sweet beets that are just beautiful and tasty. Try wrapped in foil and roasted on the grill...yum!

- Celery: If you've never had fresh harvested celery, well, you've been missing out...it is slightly sweet and very aromatic. The cool crunch of celery is great raw with a dip and in summer salads (e.g., tuna salad, chicken salad, salad salad).

- Rainbow Chard: Colorful, beautiful greens with tasty crunchy stalks. So tasty simply sauteed in a little olive oil, and a little salt and pepper.

- Cucumbers: We have plenty! The cucumber tidal wave has hit! Two sweet types of fresh crisp cukes to choose from for your salads, a traditional "burpless" and an asian variety (similar to English cukes), both sweet, small seeds and tasty.

- Garlic Scapes:  Scapes are the green stalks that hardneck garlic plants shoot up in the spring. It would become a seed head, but we cut them off (so all the energy goes into making the garlic bulb in the ground). The great thing too is that you can eat the scapes! They are like a very garlicky and aromatic green onion. They are great added to scrambled eggs, added to vegetable saute, and makes THE best pesto!  No basil needed. Recipes will be handed out at the market. This may be the last of the scapes for the season.

- Curly Kale: delicious sauteed/lightly braised, added to soups, in salads, and as crispy chips. Of course, it's great for juicing! Think of all those anti-oxidants.

- Lettuce:  Cool fresh, tasty green leaf, red leaf, bibb and romaine head lettuce. Tastier than anything you'll find in the store, plus it keeps fresher longer. 

- Red Onions: Freshly harvested, slightly sweet, rosy red, all purpose onions. A great staple for your kitchen. Try grilling (low to medium flame)!

- Walla Walla Onions:  These SWEET onions, harvested fresh, similar to Vidalia. Really great raw on salads, sauteed, caramelized, grill (low to med flame) and for onion rings! See photo below!

- Italian Flat Leaf Parsley: fresh, aromatic herb that is essential in Tabouleh, Italian dishes, and a wonderful addition to salads.

- Zephyr Summer Squash: We have plenty! Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green. Really good grilled on a medium flame with onions and beets for a grilled vegetable salad...Yum! 

- Zucchini Summer Squash (NEW!): Yes, we have zucchini, a particularly tasty variety. Limited quantity.

- Tomatoes (NEW!): Yes, I think it's the earliest we've ever had tomatoes at the market and it's thanks to our high tunnels!  We have tasty hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. The heirlooms are huge! 

Check out recipes on our Web site: www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

 

 Photos of the week:  Our wonderful crew and garlic harvest!

 

 

 

  

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

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