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Posted 6/27/2014 4:39pm by David Paulk.
Hello Market Customers!
 
We have BIG NEWS (II):  We are pleased to announce that local, pasture-raised poultry will be available from Swamp Fox Farm at the BAE Farmer's Market starting this Saturday.  Details below photo of the week.
 
Another busy week on the farm, getting all the sweet potatoes planted, harvesting garlic and shallots and keeping all the vegetables happy as we move through Summer Solstice.   
 
For this Saturday we'll be offering:     
 
- Green Beans (New!):  Fresh, just-picked from our high tunnel.  What better way to enjoy a summer meal than with fresh green beans. 
- Patty Pan Summer Squash (New!): You'll love this slightly nutty, sweet squash.
- Arugula (Back!):  The spicy green you demand.
- Mountain Rose Potatoes: There's nothing else like the freshness and flavor of new red potatoes.
- Super Star Sweet OnionsBig, very white, crisp sweet onions that are great for fresh eating in salads and on burgers, as well as sauteed or carmelized.
- Green Bell Peppers: Large, shiny, crisp bells. Perfect for grilling, stuffing and stir fry.
- Basil (Genovese & Thai):  The aromatic herb that says "summer is here." 
- Fennel: aromatic anise flavor; adds nice crunchy, slightly sweet flavor to salads, particularly good with oranges, fish, and try roasted with chicken.
- 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:  One of our favorite summer squashes - has a delicious mild, nutty, sweet flavor.  We pick them small so flavor is at its peak.
- 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.
Red Onions: Red onions that are great raw, grilled or caramelized.
- Summer Crisp Lettuce (New!)
- 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
- 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:  Farmer Dave and Chad harvesting New Red Potatoes

 


 

News!  Hello Sassafras Creek Farm Customers.  We are Swamp Fox Farm; a small family farm in Valley Lee, MD.  Starting this weekend we will be selling whole pasture raised chicken and eggs along with fresh produce every other weekend.  We raise our meat and laying chickens on GMO free feed that is locally sourced.  Our birds, both meat and laying chickens, are moved over our pastures for the duration of their lives granting them access to fresh grass, air and sunshine. Our produce is grown locally without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and harvested fresh. We are looking forward to contributing to the selection of  amazing food at the BAE market this summer and hope to see you at the market soon!

Jackson Webb, 

Swamp Fox Farm 


 

 Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

Posted 6/20/2014 6:53pm by David Paulk.
Hello!
Well, summer came early this week with 90+ degrees, which means summer veggies are starting to come in, and some spring crops are saying, "see you again in the fall."  We'll be at the market tomorrow, rain or shine, and for you early risers you'll get a nice surprise.
 
 
For this Saturday we'll be offering:     
 
- Mountain Rose Potatoes (New!): There's nothing else like the freshness and flavor new red potatoes.
- Super Start Sweet Onions (New!)Big, very white, crisp sweet onions that are great for fresh eating in salads and on burgers, as well as sauteed or carmelized.
- Green Bell Peppers (New!): Large, shiny, crisp bells. Perfect for grilling, stuffing and stir fry.
- Basil:  Italian herb that says "summer is here."  (limited qty)
- Leeks: a mild, delicious member of the onion ("Allium") family; wonderful with fish, and braised as a side dish
- Fennel: aromatic anise flavor; adds nice crunchy, slightly sweet flavor to salads, particularly good with oranges, fish, and try cooked on pizza.
- 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).
- 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.
Red Onions: Fresh harvested red onions that are great raw, grilled or caramelized.
- 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
- 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:  Super Star Onion!

 Super Star Onion

 
Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

Posted 6/13/2014 6:02pm by David Paulk.
Hello!
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

   

 

 

Posted 6/6/2014 7:27pm by David Paulk.
Hello Again!
We hope you all have had a good week. Now, what's a great way to start a weekend of great meals with family and friends?...come to the farmer's market with your friends and family and pick up some fresh, local vegetables, meat and baked goods.  
 
 
For this Saturday we'll have the following vegetables:   
 
- Sugar Snap Peas (New!): Sweet, crunchy, great on salads, and sauteed with vegetables.
- Parsley (New!):  fresh, aromatic, wonderful in salads and essential in tabouleh.
Cucumbers:  A sweet, crunchy
- Summer Squash, Zephyr:  Our favorite summer squash - has a delicious mild, nutty, sweet flavor.  We pick them small so flavor is peak. (Limited Supply).
- Kale, two types; Lacinato & Blue Scotch Curl
- Beets, three varieties:  Chioggia, Golden, Red (new!):  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 in pesto and 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 bibb lettuce, an excellent choice for a delicious salad with strawberries, or use the leaves for wraps.
- Romaine Lettuce: Big, fresh heads that add that crunch we like in salads.
Arugula: Add a little spice to your life! .
- French Sorrel: The herb with a lemony zest for your fish and salad dishes.
- 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:  Lettuce Harvest 

 

 
Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

Posted 5/30/2014 5:58pm by David Paulk.
Hello Wonderful Customers!
 
We have BIG NEWS:  Local, pasture-raised meat is available at BAE starting this Saturday.  We are pleased to announce our friends and new farmers, Benson and Jamie Tiralla are coming to BAE Farmer's Market.  Details below photo of the week.
 
For this Saturday we'll have the following vegetables:   
 
Cucumbers (New!):  The first of our cukes, a sweet Japanese slicer.
- Summer Squash, Zephyr (New!):  Our favorite summer squash - has a delicious mild, nutty, sweet flavor.  We pick them small so flavor is peak. (Limited Supply).
- Kale, two types; Lacinato & Blue Scotch Curl (New!)
- Beets, two varieties:  Chioggia & Golden (New!):  Both prized for sweet flavor. Delicious baked or steamed.  Golden (limited).
- Garlic Scapes:  Are making their rare springtime only appearance.   Ideal in pesto and 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 bibb lettuce, an excellent choice for a delicious salad with strawberries, or use the leaves for wraps.
- Romaine Lettuce: Big, fresh heads that add that crunch we like in salads.
Arugula: Add a little spice to your life! (limited supply this week).
- French Sorrel: The herb with a lemony zest for your fish and salad dishes.
- 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:  Golden Beets

 

 


 

Hello Sassafras Creek customers! 
 
We are Benson and Jamie Tiralla from Monnett Farms in Prince Frederick, excited to announce that we'll be joining the BAE Farmers Market this Saturday
 
We have a diversified livestock farm and follow rotational grazing practices. We produce 100% grass fed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pasture-raised pork, chicken and eggs.  We currently have available grass fed beef and pasture raised pork. Our meats are all natural, no steroids or added hormones.
 
We look forward to meeting new friends and telling you more about our farm. In the meantime,you can visit our website:www.monnettfarms.com.
 
Right now, we accept cash or check at the farmers market, and soon we'll have a credit card machine at the market.  We also accept payment via PayPal for advance orders that are placed by 9pm Friday.  You can view our price list: www.monnettfarms.com/meats-price-list and call us at 410-535-4357 or email sales@monnettfarms.com with your request.
 
We are also accepting sign ups for our Meat CSA and orders for sides or quarters of beef. More information can be found on our website. Please call or email if you have any questions.
 
We look forward to meeting you!
 
Sincerely,
Benson & Jamie Tiralla

 
Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

Posted 5/23/2014 4:51pm by David Paulk.
 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Things have really sped up here at the farm as new crops are being harvested and as more are being planted.  The result is a bounty of fresh vegetables and fruit for your Memorial Day weekend.

What's Going to Market...

- Walla Walla Sweet Onions (New!):  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 (New!): Fresh harvested red onions that are great raw, grilled or carmelized.

- Beets (New!):  Chioggia variety.  Prized for it's sweet flavor and pretty bulls-eye ring pattern. Delicious baked or steamed.  

- Garlic Scapes (New!):  Like a garlicky, green onion. Try our garlic scape pesto recipe on our Web site. Easy and delicious.

 - Kale (New!): Scotch Blue Curl, a great spring kale.  

 - Strawberries: Wonderfully sweet organic, heirloom strawberries. Nothing but natural goodness.   We have A LOT of delicious berries ready for your weekend deserts!

- Bibb Lettuce: mild, tender bibb lettuce, an excellent choice for a delicious salad with strawberries.

- Red Leaf Lettuce: Big, tender heads perfect for any salad. Try with a little balsamic dressing and fresh cracked pepper.

- Romaine Lettuce: Big, fresh heads that add that crunch we like in salads.

- Mesculin Mix: Ready to eat salad.  Delicious blend of reds and greens.

- Arugula: Add a little spice to your life!

- French Sorrel: The herb with a lemony zest for your fish and salad dishes.

- Radishes:  Lollipop and Pink Beauty.  Add some spice to you crunch.

- Hakurei Turnips: White, sweet and crunchy. Wonderful raw in salads or simply sauteed or steamed, along with the greens.  

- 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:  Connie bunching Chioggia Beets

 

 Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

Posted 5/19/2014 5:50am by Dave & Jen Paulk.

Hello Farm Fans,  This past Saturday we completed our 6th farmer's market for 2014.  It feels like the cold winter is behind and that everyone is getting back into the groove of growing and eating local produce.  Thank you for supporting our little farm!  We thrive on your enthusiasm and energy!  

The extended cool weather has been a rare treat and perfect for spring crops such as strawberries.  The berries were ready to harvest this week, one of several fruits we grow, and they have excellent flavor. We need to enjoy them while they are here, since the season in Southern Maryland for them is very short because of the hot summers.  More temperate areas can continue to grow them through much of the summer/fall.  We should have them at the next market and we've been selling them to our friends at The Good Earth Natural Foods Co., Keeping It Local, and Chesapeake's Bounty throughout the week.  

Looking around the farm, our cover crop of rye and clover is at its peak. Soon we'll mow the crop down and plant our summer cover crops.  We grow cover crops to improve our soils, attract beneficial insects and birds and help keep weeds shaded out - always a challenge on an organic farm.  

Most of our summer crops are in the fields growing and looking great.  Our first planting of Tomatoes, Cukes and Squash are in the ground, followed soon by Peppers and Watermelon.   In addition, all the early spring crops including, Kale, Lettuces, Peas, Beets, Chard, Scallions, Spinach, Onions and looking really nice.  And we also noticed that very soon we'll have Garlic Scapes and Sweet Onions.  We should also have some nice early season New Potatoes in a few more weeks.  

Had a pleasant surprise yesterday, we have figs trees!  Last fall we planted 12 figs trees and we thought all of them got zapped by the single-digit temperatures as they looked like little brown dead sticks in March.  Low and behold, while walking the farm, we saw new green growth on 9 of them yesterday!  It will take a few seasons to produce figs but in the future we'll have them at the market for all you fig lovers.  

Finally, we've been managing our three bee hives and quickly learning more about these fascinating insects.  With a little luck, we might be able to let them share a little honey. 

One more thing, we are looking to hire another part-time worker to help harvest on Friday’s.  Please visit our Employment tab for details. 

Your Farmer's David & Jennifer Paulk

Posted 5/15/2014 8:39pm by David Paulk.

 

Update!  We can't believe we forgot to mention that we also have big, beautiful Swiss Chard and spinach!  We know how much you like both.

Hello Everyone,

It was so great to be back at the BAE market this last Saturday and see so many familiar faces.  Thank you for making us feel welcome.  

Yes, spring is here, finally, and that means we have a lot of delicious seasonal vegetables freshly harvested from our farm.  

What's Going to Market...

- Strawberries (New!)  - Wonderfully sweet organic, heirloom strawberries. Nothing but natural goodness. 

- Bibb Lettuce (New!) - mild, tender bibb lettuce, an excellent choice for a delicious salad with strawberries.

- Red Leaf Lettuce – Big, tender heads perfect for any salad. Try with a little balsamic dressing and fresh cracked pepper.

- Romaine Lettuce – Big, fresh heads that add that crunch we like in salads.

- Mesculin Mix – Ready to eat salad.  Delicious blend of reds and greens.

- Arugula – Add a little spice to your life!

- Sauté Mix -  A delicious mix of super healthy greens; great raw or sauteed.

- French Sorrel – The herb with a lemony zest for your fish and salad dishes.

- Radishes –  French Breakfast, Pink Beauty.  Add some spice to you crunch.

- Hakurei Turnips - White, sweet and crunchy. Wonderful raw in salads or simply sauteed or steamed, along with the greens.  

 

Photo of the week:  Harvesting Strawberries


 Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

Posted 5/15/2014 8:31pm by David Paulk.

Hello Everyone,

It was so great to be back at the BAE market this last Saturday and see so many familiar faces.  Thank you for making us feel welcome.  

Yes, spring is here, finally, and that means we have a lot of delicious seasonal vegetables freshly harvested from our farm.  

What's Going to Market...

- Strawberries (New!)  - Wonderfully sweet organic, heirloom strawberries. Nothing but natural goodness. 

- Bibb Lettuce (New!) - mild, tender bibb lettuce, an excellent choice for a delicious salad with strawberries.

- Red Leaf Lettuce – Big, tender heads perfect for any salad. Try with a little balsamic dressing and fresh cracked pepper.

- Romaine Lettuce – Big, fresh heads that add that crunch we like in salads.

- Mesculin Mix – Ready to eat salad.  Delicious blend of reds and greens.

- Arugula – Add a little spice to your life!

- Sauté Mix -  A delicious mix of super healthy greens; great raw or sauteed.

- French Sorrel – The herb with a lemony zest for your fish and salad dishes.

- Radishes –  French Breakfast, Pink Beauty.  Add some spice to you crunch.

- Hakurei Turnips - White, sweet and crunchy. Wonderful raw in salads or simply sauteed or steamed, along with the greens.  

 

Photo of the week:  Harvesting Strawberries


 Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

Posted 5/9/2014 5:58am by David Paulk.

Hello Everyone,

UPDATE:  Will be selling at the BAE FARMER'S MARKET this Saturday.

Yes, the time has come to move uptown to our summer location!  Spring is finally here, the crops in the fields are rocking and we've been very busy planting, cultivation and tending to a variety of vegetables.  We'll have a steady supply of delicious veggies from here until November but please don't wait until November to visit us!  

 

What's Going to Market...

- Hakurei Turnips (New!)  - Wonderfully sweet white turnip with delicious greens

- Carrots (New!) – Sweet and tender

- Mesculin Mix (New!) – Ready to eat salad.  Perfect blend of reds and greens

- Red Leaf Lettuce – Big, tender heads perfect for a nice Mother’s Day salad

- Romaine Lettuce – Big, fresh, tender, perfect for that salad crunch

- Broccoli Raab – Nice green, excellent steamed or sautéed in olive oil

- Arugula – Add a little spice to your life!

- Sauté Mix -  A nice mix of super healthy greens

- Scallions – We like them on homemade pizza!

- French Sorrel – Add some lemony zest your plate. 

- Radishes – Three kinds; French Breakfast, Lollipop mix, Oster Grusse (for those European-styled radish rye sandwiches) 

 

Photo of the week:  Honey Bee on Crimson Clover

 Your Local Farmers,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

Leonardtown, MD

   

 

 

BAE Farmer's Market is OPEN - Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm (UNTIL 18 NOV.)June 23rd, 2017

Hello Farm Friends! Three weather apps predict that the rain  is going to miss the market! Even BETTER NEWS is that we will have carrots again!  Plus, we'll have sweet corn, garlic, new

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New recipe: CapreseJune 23rd, 2017

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