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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

   

 

 

Posted 3/17/2014 4:33pm by David Paulk.

All the talk among market farmers this year has been wondering just how long winter will last. Most of us who "push" the season, that is, grow outside the typical planting time, are three weeks behind schedule. "Normally", we would have a lot of plantings completed but not so this year.  In an effort to get caught-up, we took advantage of this weekend's brief period of beautiful weather to get a lot of work done and done quickly.  In the mad rush, we were able to get into some of our fields to add compost, till soil and transplanted mesculin, braising mix, scallions and directly seed radishes, beets, peas, kale and raab.  We also managed to squeeze in a harvest for our friends at Woodberry Kitchen, The Good Earth Natural Foods Store and Blue Heron B & B.  

Overall, we made a lot of head way in three short days especially seeding crops even though it's a bit risky to be planting in cold weather. But that's what makes vegetable farming challenging and rewarding.  Hopefully warmer temperatures are coming soon.  

Photo of the week: Farmer Dave preparing to seed

Your Farmers, Dave and Jen

Posted 3/9/2014 3:08pm by David and Jennifer Paulk.

What’s been going on!

Well, the coldest winter in several decades and soggy ground.  Thankfully, the large flock of Canada geese that have been camped out in our fields moved onward yesterday - a sure sign spring is (almost) here.  Like everyone else we have really been looking forward to the warm and sunny weather so we could get caught up on planting in the fields.  As it is, we have delayed planting many of the direct seeded crops like kale, peas and beets because the soil temperatures have been so cold that we would potentially have really poor germination especially in wet soil.  So we're happy to see the sun this weekend to help dry things out.  

We did manage to transplant leeks in between snow storms last Sunday on previously prepared fall beds and have a back log of onions ready for transplants hopefully this week provided we can get into the fields with the tractor.  

Otherwise we have been busy interviewing new employees, working in the high-tunnel, and updating our annual organic certification application.  We've also been selling some nice produce to our friends at the Good Earth Natural Foods Store in Leonadtown.  

Last, our first market day will be Saturday, April 5th at the HomeGrown Farm Market (just south of Gate 3).  We look forward to seeing you all there in a few short weeks.  

Photo of the week:  Spinach

High tunnel spinach

Your farmers Dave and Jen

Posted 2/6/2014 4:09pm by Sassafras Creek Farm.

 That's right, we're looking to hire for a few good women (and men) to help us grow delicious vegetables, small fruit and herbs for the 2014 season.  What could be more rewarding than learning how to grow organic produce in southern Maryland.  We farm March through December, but we take folks throughout the season.  Please see "Opportunities" for more details.  Your Farmers, Dave & Jen 

Posted 1/29/2014 7:08am by David Paulk.

STARt members

Farmers Dave and Jen are proud members of START (Starting, Transitioning And ReTurning) Farmers' Network, a new program here in southern Maryland for new, young and beginning farmers. The program provides assistance and resources from technical training, mentor matching and access to farmland.  Formed in 2013, the group meets approximately monthly to network, discuss challenges, hear from experts and guest speakers, tour successful farms and more. 

Posted 1/23/2014 2:42pm by David Paulk.

It's easy for farmers, to have a boatload of New Year's resolutions.  There are so many areas to make improvements from one year to the next.  But we decided it's best to pick just one.  This year's resolution is to improve our crop planning skills.  So, we decided to step-up our game for 2014 by using a new software application called AgSquared.  AgSquared is an online cloud based tool to help small diversified vegetable farms do crop planning.  Farmer Jen was a beta tester a while back.  Farmer Dave was…. well, you get the idea.  So, Farmer Dave has been spending more hours than he cares to admit learning this application and entering the data for our farm. Truth be told, he’s a pencil and paper kind of guy and a tad skeptical about using this app because it's tedious work!  But he’s good at keeping his word.  And having a Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA close-at-hand doesn't hurt.   Cheers!  Your Farmers, Dave and Jen 

Posted 1/19/2014 5:59pm by David Paulk.

This weekend we attended the 15th Annual Future Harvest CASA farm conference at the University of Maryland College Park.  

Farm conferences are really important events. It's when we get to see farmer friends, meet new ones, attend workshops ranging from how to grow veggies; to secure micro-loans; animal nutrition to policy support.  But most importantly, it’s a chance to validate why we all collectively work so hard.  This conference was particularly noteworthy, as we celebrated the newly agreed merger between CASA and PASA.  Both organizations are dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.  The merger will bring together all of the major Chesapeake Bay states under one association with one voice.  We think this is a great move to help bring locally produced food to our region. 

The other news is we've got the greenhouse fired-up with onions, scallions, shallots, tomatoes and peppers. In a few short weeks, we'll be transplanting these crops in our new high-tunnel with the idea that they'll be ready for the farmers' market in May.  Your farmers, Dave and Jen.

Posted 1/11/2014 1:01pm by David Paulk.

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm is hiring for the 2014 Farm Season

- Full-time Assistant Farmer

Part-time Team Members

- Farmer’s Market Assistants

Please see "Opportunities" tab for details.

Thank you!

David and Jennifer Paulk

Posted 1/3/2014 5:22pm by David Paulk.

Happy New Year!  I'm sure everyone is talking about the snow and cold today. Brrrr, it is sure cold outside. Best to stay by the fire with a good book and cup of tea or if you're a small-scale veggie farmer, work on those 2014 crop planning and year-end spreadsheets.

Photo:  Winter arrives on the farm

Believe it or not, in between the snow and ice, we harvested some nice produce yesterday from our newly built high-tunnel (unheated greenhouse) for the Good Earth Natural Food Co in Leonardtown.  It was delivered today, Friday.  Look for Salad mix, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Celery, Hakurie turnips, Arugula, and Cilantro. The high-tunnel creates a nice mico-climate for hearty winter vegetables that don’t much mind the cold but need some warmth.  Hence, the above goodies.  

Photos:  19 F outside, 67 F inside, going up to 75 F.  Solar energy magic

Speaking of produce goodies, we're starting to seed-up in our greenhouse tomorrow.  Yes, it's not too early for onions, scallions, shallots closely followed by tomatoes and peppers.   Yum, tomatoes....what's your favorite?

Happy New Year!  - Dave and Jen

 

 

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