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Posted 6/16/2013 7:05pm by David Paulk.

This week we took delivery of our new "high-tunnel" also called a "hoop-house". This structure is similar to a greenhouse except it is not heated, or I should say, it's heated only by the sun's solar energy.  Unlike a greenhouse, the high-tunnel is built on top of the ground and provides a sheltered home for plants growing directly in the soil.  Greenhouses often have concrete or gravel floors and are mostly used to grow transplants in seed trays in a controlled environment that will later be planted out in the field. 

Our new high-tunnel will allow us to grow more crops later into the fall and earlier in the spring because the structure helps to keep the soil warm and protect the plants from frost.  We're super-excited about the possibilities and look forward to experimenting with it this fall - once we figure out how to put it together =:-)

Some assembly required...

Posted 6/13/2013 6:42pm by David Paulk.

What a week it's been!  Between rainstorms and nearly 5" of rain (for the week), we managed to get some lettuce transplants in the ground (while wearing hip waders), weed the seemingly endless rows of onions, trellis tomatoes, prune a thousand strawberry plants, seed over 40 acres of summer cover, trim 45 ac of field edges, take delivery of our new "high-tunnel" (unheated greenhouse), and become selected as the first farm in St Mary's County and first organic vegetable farm in the state to be FSCAP (Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program) certified!  Not bad for couple of greenhorns...  And many thanks to our hardworking crew who keeps us on our toes!  

Posted 6/1/2013 8:33pm by David Paulk.

Technology is a wonderful thing for a small farmer.  Jen and I both find our smart phones invaluable.  As farmers, we use our phone to send e-mails to customers, chefs, photograph crops in fields, monitor weather, text our workers, place calls to suppliers, chefs and each other, manage my calendar, and stay in touch with the world.  I could not live without mine, it really helps me run the business "on the go."  I suppose that's why they call them "smart phones."  

Unfortunately, mine wasn't as smart as I'd hoped.  Yesterday, I ran over it with the tractor and it didn't have enough sense to move!

Not so Smart Phone (Run over by tractor)

Not as dumb as I thought (still works)

Posted 5/26/2013 5:47am by David Paulk.

The Staff recently explained to me that we should have a Facebook page.  I learned a long time ago to take the advise of smarter people then me.  Presenting:  Sassafras Creek Farm Facebook

Posted 5/20/2013 9:35pm by David Paulk.

Potatoes grow really well in our climate and this year's crop looks excellent.  Today, I noticed the first potato flowers of the season - beautiful.   I also noticed our first potato insect, The Colorado Potato Beetle - the Beast! Right now there are (were) only a few CPB's on the plants.  We'll keep scouting the plants for any more invaders and dispatch them before they ruin the crop.  

Posted 5/13/2013 9:28pm by David Paulk.

An exprience farmer told me the other day, that year's ago, spring time was often cold and wet.  He said, get used to it; develop strategies to work around it. Another seasoned farmer said, "never complain about the weather."  So, following thier advise, we've just keep our heads down and planted crops according to our schedule put together this past Decemeber.  Sometimes, it's worked, other times not so much.  We planted Sugar Snap peas four times this year.  It was just too cold for them to germinate.  Now they are doing just fine.  I'm on my third try at bush beans - same problem as the peas; right time, wrong year.  It's okay in my book.  I like a challenge and learning from my mistakes.  So this weekend, we took the plunge risking the cool weather and transplanted our first batch of tomatoes, many hundreds of them.  They were very much ready.  I think they will be just fine. And if not, we'll try again :-)  Photo: Farmhand Joe, tying up Big Beef tomatoes.  

Posted 5/3/2013 3:48pm by David Paulk.

Spring has come and the vegetables tell me this everyday.  All except for one crop that we expected by now, strawberries.  By next week, these little jewells will be ready for picking.  I can't wait!  

Behold, the super sweet Earliglo strawberry.

Posted 4/18/2013 7:37pm by David Paulk.

Spring is marked by many events, for Jennifer, the coming of our delicious strawberries is a sure highlight.  I took this photo today. The plants look excellent.  By my observations, we should have strawberries by the first weekend in May.  Deelish!

Posted 4/6/2013 6:10pm by David Paulk.

Posted 3/31/2013 8:25am by David Paulk.

The last few days we've been busy transplanting onions, leeks and shallots.  I just realized we are growing 10 varieties of onions.  What was I thinking?!  I'm sure the crew was thinking the same thing, but was polite enough not to ask. 

 I suppose one could call it, "catalogitis".  I tend to get sucked in by the seed catalog's marketing to try new varieties.  

Look for onions, shallots and leeks in mid-June.  We'll have sweet, cipollini, red and yellow onions, in addition to shallots and leeks.  Photo left:  Our beautiful organic leek transplants from Walker Farms.

2018 California (BAE) Farmer's Market is OPEN this Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm (UNTIL 17 NOV.)June 15th, 2018

Hello Farm Friends, I can't think of a better way to show your dad how much you love and appreciate him than to serve him farm fresh, organic veggies on Father's Day!  We have lots to c

2018 California (BAE) Farmer's Market is OPEN this Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm (UNTIL 17 NOV.)June 8th, 2018

Hello Farm Friends, We have plenty of your favorite vegetables at market tomorrow, including zucchini and zephyr summer squash, green beans, beets, salad mix, and more! See full list below. Please don

New recipe: Kale Chips with Chili SauceJune 1st, 2018

2 bunches kale (20 ounces each), stems removed, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 5 teaspoons Sriracha sauce, or more if desired (Can use any other chili s

 

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