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Posted 12/22/2013 9:22am by David Paulk.

Well, we just finished our last farmer's market for the year; 33 Saturdays in all! As the year ends and winter officially arrived Saturday (at a balmy 70 degrees), we reflect back on the year and all of the wonderful support you have given us.  It makes us very appreciative and confirms why we are doing this.  Your support has helped motivate us to go out every day, throughout the year, rain or shine and make things grow.  If we didn’t get to say it in person Saturday, “Thank you and have an enjoyable holiday season!”

As we wind down our third year as new farmers, we are reminded just how challenging a season it has been.  All in all, we had just too much wet weather for optimal growing conditions.  The old saying “A dry year will scare you to death; a wet year will starve you to death” rings true.  We can recall thousands of plants in early spring trying to survive in standing water on our home farm.  A nearby farmer remarked that it was his most challenging season in his 30 years of growing vegetables.  The cold wet spring resulted in a tomato delay, multiple replantings of sugar snap peas, beans a shortage of lettuce and arugula for five weeks in mid-summer and more weeds then we'd ever seen.  We adapted to these challenges by growing more crops on our Leonardtown farm, which has sandy soils, allowing us to grow and harvest a bounty of diverse vegetables for the rest of the year.  Even though there were challenges the good thing about being a farmer is that there is always next year.

We will spend the next few weeks doing end-of-year bookkeeping, putting together our 2014 crop plan and schedule, ordering seeds, submitting our annual organic certification update, and taking a wee break before we start sowing seeds in our greenhouse next month.  If there’s something you’d like us to grow, send us an e-mail and we’ll look into it.  We enjoy trying new crops every season.  We’ll also be gearing-up for the big move soon from our home farm in Park Hall to our Leonardtown farm property and working on a number of home and farm projects including a new greenhouse and pole barn.

Before we officially close the year out, we need to recognize our amazing farm crew in 2013.  We clearly, could not have functioned without Joe, Priscilla, Kevin, Connie, Joe, Mindy, Jennifer and Amie’s help.  They each brought a unique spirit and energy to the farm and maybe, a few of them were inspired to become future farmers – we hope so.  For 2014, we’ll be looking to hire several full and part-time employees starting in late March, early April.  Please spread the word!

Lastly, thank you again for supporting our dream and help to bring locally grown food to the community.  We look forward to seeing you at the farmer’s market in late March and we’ll send out updates between now and then.  In the meantime, look for our produce at The Good Earth Natural Foods Company in Leonardtown - true friends of locally produced foods.  

Sincerely,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Posted 12/19/2013 8:20pm by David Paulk.

Happy Holidays!

It's offical; this Saturday, Dec 21st will be our last market for the 2013 season.  Yes, we will miss you all.  But we could use a few weeks off and we'll back before you know it.  So, come see us one more time at the Home Grown Market and stock-up on your holiday locally-sourced food.

We're offering:

- Arugula

- Beets

- Carrots

- Celery (New)

- Cilantro

- Garlic

- Kale

- Lettuce: Bibb and Romaine

- Radishes

- Salad Mix

- Scallions

- Spinach

- Turnips

Photo of the Week: Brilliant Winter Day on the Farm


Happy Holidays!


Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

   



Posted 12/16/2013 7:30am by David Paulk.

New!  For 2014, Sassafras Creek Organic Farm is proud to become a training farm with Future Harvest CASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program - the first in St. Mary's County.  Applications are currently being taken.  Please see the CASA FH beginner farmer training website for details.  Farmer Dave is a graduate of this program.

Posted 12/5/2013 7:34pm by David Paulk.

Hello!

We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for many things including a few extra days off last week and a chance to reflect upon the bounty of the season. But wait; it's not over quite yet!  Coming at you this week, we'll be selling:

- Arugula:  your favorite green with a kick

- Beets:  Golden and a few Chioggia; very sweet roasted

- Chard: Rainbow; that distinctively flavored, savory green

- Cilantro (new!): limited supply; wonderful in soups at this time of year

- Garlic:  wonderful with all of our veggies

- Kale: Tuscan (a.k.a., Lacinato, Dinosaur); distinctively flavored queen of kale

- Lettuce: sweet, buttery Bibb and crisp Romaine

- Mesculin mix:  prewashed, bagged and ready for a salad

- Onions:  Red Italian Cippolini (great for carmelizing)

- Radishes: Pink Beauty and French Breakfast; both mild, crisp and sweet now

- Scallions: fresh, crisp and mild onion flavor

- Spinach:  wonderful as a salad, on sandwiches, sauteed or steamed

- Sweet Potatoes:  great sliced and roasted at 425 degrees for 25 mins

- Turnips: Sweet, white Hakurei and don't forget the greens; tasty sauteed

Please check out our Web site for simple, delicious recipes for all of our vegetables.

Photo of the week: Hakurei Turnips


See you Saturday at the HomeGrownFarm Market - Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm! 

Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

https://www.facebook.com/sassafrascreek.farm?ref=ts&fref=ts




Posted 11/27/2013 5:52am by David Paulk.

Hello!

We're taking off from this Saturday's market but will return to the Home Grown Market next Saturday, 7 Decemeber.  Wishing everyone an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

https://www.facebook.com/sassafrascreek.farm?ref=ts&fref=ts




Posted 11/21/2013 6:55pm by David Paulk.

Hello!

'Tis time to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast!  Avoid the long-lines and crowded parking lots of the grocery stores; and visit your local farmers market for fresh, tasty, healthy food, while supporting your local farmer. This week we'll be selling:

- Cabbage: Personal size

- Spinach:  Pre-bagged, washed and ready to enjoy in a salad or cooked.

- Radishes:  Both Pink Beauty and French Breakfast.  Really nice sweet, mild crunchy radishes

- Kohlrabi: Sweet, crisp, crunchy. Great raw with dip, in salads, or cooked

- Mizuna:  versatile green, great raw in salad or stir fried

- Rainbow Swiss Chard

- Arugula: that spicy green you love

- Carrots: Sweet and oh so tasty

- Lettuce:  fresh, crisp Bibb and Romaine

- Beets, Golden:  Sweet and really delicious tender greens

- Hakurei turnips: sweet, crisp, and white; delicious raw or cooked.

- Tuscan (a.k.a., lacinato or dinosaur) Kale

- Scallions: fresh, green, crisp, with a mild onion flavor. 

- Chinese Mustard Greens

- Bok Choy

-  Sweet Potatoes:  Beauragard and Covington.  Wonderful roasted, baked, fried...easy and delicious anytime!

- Yellow Onions

- Cippolini Italian Onions

- Garlic:  "hard-neck" garlic, the flavor favored by chefs

Please check out our Web site for simple, delicious recipes for all of our vegetables.


Photo of the week: Our honey bees enjoying broccoli raab (Rapini) "gone to seed."  Nothing is wasted in nature.


See you Saturday at the HomeGrownFarm Market - Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm! 

Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

https://www.facebook.com/sassafrascreek.farm?ref=ts&fref=ts




Posted 11/14/2013 8:35pm by David Paulk.

Hello!

We hope you decide to top your week off by going by the market this Saturday. So what if it might be raining?...We're indoors!  

This week we are offering some new and familiar veggies:

- Spinach (New):  Pre-bagged, washed and ready to enjoy!

- Radishes (New):  Really nice sweet, mild cruchy radishes

- Kohlrabi (New): Sweet, crisp, crunch. Great raw with dip, in salads, or cooked

- Mizuna (New):  versatile green, great raw in salad or stir fried

- Rainbow Swiss Chard (Back!)

- Arugula (Back!)

- Carrots: Sweet and oh so tasty

- Lettuce:  Bibb, Red, and Romaine

- Mesclun ("salad mix"):  Sweet, tender and delicious pre-washed, bagged and ready to eat

- Beets, Golden:  Sweet and really delicious tender greens

- Tuscan ("dinosaur") Kale

- Scallions: fresh, green, crisp, with a mild onion flavor. 

- Chinese Mustard Greens

- Bok Choy

- Broccoli Raab ("Rapini")

-  Sweet Potatoes:  Wonderful roasted, baked, fried...easy and delicious anytime!

- Yellow Onions

- Cippolini Italian Onions

- Garlic:  "hard-neck" garlic, the flavor favored by chefs

Sorrel:  the surprisingly tart, citrus-like green; perfect in salads and as a bed of greens to accompany grilled salmon

Please check out our Web site for simple, delicious recipes for all of our vegetables.


Photo of the week: Garlic Planting



See you Saturday at the HomeGrownFarm Market - Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm! 

Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

https://www.facebook.com/sassafrascreek.farm?ref=ts&fref=ts




Posted 11/7/2013 9:12pm by David Paulk.

Greetings customers, new and old!

Last week was our first week at our late fall/winter location, the Home Grown Farmers Market.  We enjoyed seeing our regular customers and a lot of new faces too.  Thank you for visiting us.  For this week we'll be bringing:

- Cabbage( New):  Personal-sized, round, sweet mini-heads

- Baby Fennel (New): crisp, flavorful with a sweet anise flavor; great raw or cooked

- Tuscan Kale:  Yes, it's that time of year again! Kale time! See our Website for recipes.

- Carrots: sweet, crisp, tender, fresh...what more can we say?

- Lettuce:  Bibb, Red, and Romaine!

- Scallions: fresh, green, crisp, with a mild onion flavor. 

- Chinese Mustard Greens: Related to kale, cabbage, and collard greens, they are the tasty, peppery leafy greens of the mustard plant and are used frequently in Chinese, Japanese, Indian  and redneck cooking.

- Bok Choy:  bright green member of the cabbage family brings flavor, vitamins, and a delightful crunch to any recipe.

- Beets, Golden

- Broccoli Raab (a.k.a, Rapini): a delicious, slightly bitter green that is a favorite in Italian cuisine.

- Baby Ginger:  More of our fresh, sweet, aromatic ginger is coming to market.

- Sorrel:  the surprisingly tart, citrus-like green; perfect in salads and as a bed of greens to accompany grilled salmon

-  Sweet Potatoes:  Wonderful roasted, baked, fried...easy and delicious anytime!

- Oranos Sweet Peppers:  bright orange, crunchy and sweet...great raw or cooked

- Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Peppers: don't let the bright red color fool you...they are sweet! When sauteed or roasted, their sweetness intensifies.

- Jalapeno Peppers: essential to any salsa or fall chili.

- Onions:

- Yellow onions:  great basic onion, used cooked in all dishes.
- Cippolini Italian: wonderful flavor, slightly sweet, great carmelized

- Garlic:  "hard-neck" garlic, the flavor favored by chefs

Please check out our Web site for simple, delicious recipes for all of our vegetables.


Photo of the week: Jennifer and Priscilla at HomeGrown Market



See you Saturday at the HomeGrownFarm Market - Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm! 

Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm

www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

https://www.facebook.com/sassafrascreek.farm?ref=ts&fref=ts




Posted 11/2/2013 3:26pm by David Paulk.

Today, we moved inside to the HomeGrown Farmer's Market, our winter location.  We'll be at this location until the end of the year!  The Red Barn is located just 5 miles SOUTH (10 mins) from the BAE Farmer's Market.  We know it's a tad further away then BAE but the good news is the hours are the same 9am - 1 pm Saturday.  We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Posted 10/31/2013 7:10pm by David Paulk.

Greetings!

Hope everyone is having a nice and scary Halloween and is ready to visit us at our new winter location - Home Grown Farm Market ("Red Barn"). Should be a nice day Saturday, partly sunny and mid-60's.  This week we'll be bringing:

- Tuscan Kale:  Yes, it's that time of year again! Kale time! See our Website for recipes.

- Carrots: sweet, crisp, tender, fresh...what more can we say?

- Salad Mix (Back!):  It's easy, fast, fresh and delicious.

- Lettuce:  Bibb, Red, and Romaine!

- Scallions: fresh, green, crisp, with a mild onion flavor. 

- Chinese Mustard Greens: Related to kale, cabbage, and collard greens, they are the tasty, peppery leafy greens of the mustard plant and are used frequently in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cooking.

- Arugula: that spicy green you love!

- Bok Choy:  bright green member of the cabbage family brings flavor, vitamins, and a delightful crunch to any recipe.

- Beets, Chioggia and Golden

- Broccoli Raab (a.k.a, Rapini): a delicious, slightly bitter green that is a favorite in Italian cuisine.

- Baby Ginger:  More of our fresh, sweet, aromatic ginger is coming to market.

-  Sweet Potatoes:  Wonderful roasted, baked, fried...easy and delicious anytime!

- Jalapeno Peppers: essential to any salsa or fall chili.

- Onions:

- Yellow onions:  great basic onion, used cooked in all dishes.
- Cippolini Italian: wonderful flavor, slightly sweet, great carmelized

- Garlic:  "hard-neck" garlic, the flavor favored by chefs

Please check out our Web site for simple, delicious recipes for all of our vegetables.


Photo of the week: Happy Farmers





See you Saturday at the HomeGrownFarm Market - Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm! 

Your Local Farmers,

David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Organic Farm 

www.sassafrascreekfarm.com

https://www.facebook.com/sassafrascreek.farm?ref=ts&fref=ts




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