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Posted 9/18/2015 5:34pm by David Paulk.

From the farm,

We've got a lot to tomorrow after a long day (and week) on the farm. So we'll get right to the point - the crops are looking excellent and you can expect to find the following:

- Ginger (New!):  Yes, finally, it's that time of year for freshly harvested, baby pink, aromatic, spicy and so good for you ginger. Of course, delicious in any asian stir fry, but also great in teas, other drinks, and cookies. Did you know you can keep ginger indefinitely by freezing it? Just put in the freezer, grate it frozen and put the remainder back in the freezer. Super easy!  SEE PHOTOS BELOW.

- Chard, Rainbow (New!):  colorful, glossy leaves and wonderful, unique taste. It happens to be just as nutritious as as Kale and just as easy to prepare. Try it today! 

- Beets: Sweet Italian Chioggia beets that are pink with a bulls-eye pattern inside. Very pretty and tasty on the plate or salad.  

- Green Beans: Fresh-harvested, really tasty, and very plentiful this week.

- Kale: Oh yes, we have fresh Curly Kale! Need I say more?

- Lettuce:  Romaine, Bibb, Green leaf and Summer Crisp

- Summer Squash: Zucchini & Yellow; delicious, sweet, and fresh! 

- 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. Just freeze them whole. Super easy.

- 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. 

- 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. We have more this week than last week!

- 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.

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

 - Tomatoes: We have tasty red slicing and some heirloom. We also have some unripe, green tomatoes at the request of customers who wanted to make green-fried tomatoes. 

 - Canning Tomatoes:  We have a few 25-lb boxes of tomatoes for sale ($20/box). 

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have your favorite red sweet treats and a limited quantity of the tasty, tangy orange. The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl of them on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

 

Photos of the week:

Fresh Ginger Harvest!

 

  

 

 

  

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 9/11/2015 6:29pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

This is the time of year that summer merges into fall and we start to have an overlap of the bounty of both seasons, hence the cornucopia symbol. In addition to plenty of tomatoes, peppers, green beans and summer squash, we have more lettuce, and the initial flush of kale and beets. 

Like last week, IF YOU'D LIKE TO RESERVE A BOX OR TWO OF CANNING TOMATOES FOR PICK UP AT THE MARKET , PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL!  We have certified organic 2nd/Canning red slicer tomato boxes for sale ($20/25-lb box)! No romas this week. Easy instructions on how to make homemade sauce and freeze it on our Web site (link below under Recipes). 

Don't forget that we accept debit and credit cards, AND that this market is open through 21 November, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Can you believe that is only 11 markets from this Saturday!

We look forward to seeing you all and catching up!  We suggest coming before noon for the best selection and avoiding the rain.

 

Please check out what we'll have tomorrow:

- Arugula:  Yes, we have your favorite spicy green, more this week, but limited.

- Beets (New!): We have the first beets of the season. Sweet Italian Chioggia beets that are pink with a bulls-eye pattern inside. Very pretty and tasty on the plate or salad.  

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

- Green Beans: Fresh-harvested, really tasty, and very plentiful this week.

- Kale (New!): Oh yes, we have fresh Curly Kale! Need I say more?

- Lettuce:  Yes, we actually have lettuce this week, though not a lot. Last week, we accidentally listed it when it wasn't ready yet.  We have more of Romaine, Green leaf and Summer Crisp this week. 

- 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. Just freeze them whole. Super easy.

- 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. 

- 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. We have more this week than last week!

- 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.

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

 - Tomatoes: We have lots of tasty red slicing and some heirloom. We also have some unripe, green tomatoes at the request of customers who wanted to make green-fried tomatoes. 

 - 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 to this email, if you would like us to reserve you a box or two.

- Cherry Tomatoes: We have your favorite red sweet treats and a limited quantity of the tasty, tangy orange. The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl of them on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

 

Photos of the week:

Fresh, delicious, dark green zucchini! 

 

 First Kale of the season!

  

Fresh-picked green beans!


  

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 9/4/2015 3:48pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

It may be September, but tomato season is still crankin'! We have lots of tomatoes of every kind this week, including red slicers, heirloom, tangy green zebras, cherry, and canning. 

Like last week, IF YOU'D LIKE TO RESERVE A BOX OR TWO OF CANNING TOMATOES FOR PICK UP AT THE MARKET , PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL!  We have lots of certified organic 2nd/Canning Roma and red slicer tomato boxes for sale ($20/25-lb box)! Easy instructions on how to make homemade sauce and freeze it on our Web site (link below under Recipes). 

We are sad to say that our basil finally succumbed to downy mildew. It blows in the from the south every year. We grew a variety this year that is more resistant to it, which helped some, but was not bulletproof. Alas, we will miss that aroma.

We do have plenty of other produce!  Please check out what we'll have tomorrow:

- Arugula:  Yes, we have your favorite spicy green, more this week.

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

- Green Beans: Fresh-harvested, dark green, really tasty variety.

- Lettuce:  Yes, we actually have lettuce this week, though not a lot. Last week, we accidentally listed it when it wasn't ready yet.  We have Romaine, Green leaf and a little bit of Summer Crisp. 

- 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. Just freeze them whole. Super easy.

- 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. 

- 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.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have a delicious variety 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! We also have heirloom.  

 - 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 to this email, if you would like us to reserve you a box or two.

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

 

Photos of the week:

 

Canning Roma Tomato Boxes


Your favorite sweet & tangy orange cherry tomato!

Fresh-picked green beans!


  

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 8/28/2015 5:49pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

The cool mornings and nights are hinting at the approach of fall in 23 days. Remember that this market continues through Thanksgiving and we will keep you posted as the seasons change and as our produce progresses from hot weather tomatoes, peppers and summer squashes to bountiful cool season greens, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes, for example. Don't forget our special items such as garlic, which you may want to start stocking up on in September, and fresh baby ginger, which should be ready to harvest by the end of September. So, more to look forward to.   

We have lots of 2nd/Canning Roma and red slicer tomato boxes for sale ($20/25-lb box)! Easy instructions on how to make homemade sauce and freeze it on our Web site (link below under Recipes). IF YOU'D LIKE TO RESERVE A BOX OR TWO OF CANNING TOMATOES, PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL! For pick up at market tomorrow.

Check out what we'll have this Saturday:

- Arugula:  Yes, we have your favorite spicy green, more this week.

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

- 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: Fresh-harvested, dark green, really tasty variety.

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

- Red Onions: 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. 

- 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. Just pierce with a fork all over, and microwave whole on high for 10 - 12 minutes, cut in half, remove seeds, and scrape out tasty squash strands. It is that easy. Last of the season.

- Summer Squash: Delicious, sweet, and slightly nutty summer squash that's half yellow and half green...that's Zephyr! And then we have a delicious variety 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! We also have a few heirloom.  

 - 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 to this email, if you would like us to reserve you a box or two.

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

 

Photos of the week:

Aromatic Basil Bunches


Canning Roma Tomato Boxes


Our Wonderful Crew Hard at Work Harvesting Arugula

 

 

 

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 8/28/2015 7:10am by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

We have lots of certified organic 2nd/Canning Roma tomato boxes for sale! $20/25 lb 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. See photo below. Easy instructions on how to make and freeze fresh homemade tomato sauce on our Web-site under Recipes at www.sassafrascreekfarm.com.

RESERVE A BOX TODAY, BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL, AND PICK UP AT OUR STAND AT THIS SATURDAY'S MARKET.  Provide your name and how many boxes in your email.

We'll be sending our usual email later this afternoon with everything else we'll have at market tomorrow. Hope to see you there. Thank you!

 

 

Canning Roma Tomatoes 

 

  

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

Posted 8/21/2015 3:27pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

It'll be another beautiful day at the market this Saturday. In the 70's until the end 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/Canning tomato boxes for sale! Easy instructions on how to make homemade sauce and freeze it on our Web site (link below). If you'd like to reserve a box, just reply to this email.

Remember that even though school has started, we keep going...we'll continue to have produce through Thanksgiving and will keep you posted on what's in season as we enter bountiful fall, and tasty winter.

Check out what we'll have this Saturday:

- Arugula (Back!):  Yes, we have your favorite spicy green, but in limited quantities this week.

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

- 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: 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. Just pierce with a fork all over, and microwave whole on high for 10 - 12 minutes, cut in half, remove seeds, and scrape out tasty squash strands. It is that easy.

- 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 orange and red sweet treats! The most addicting healthy snack. Just put a bowl of them on the kitchen counter and watch them disappear!

 

Photos of the week:

Look who I found in the cherry tomato beds...Farmer Dave!

SWEEET Oranos Peppers...yummm!

 

 

 

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

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

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Future Harvest - Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture's photo.
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.

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