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Posted 10/16/2015 4:07pm by David Paulk.

Hello Dear Farm Friends,

It was such a beautiful fall day today! Tomorrow should be even sunnier and just a little cooler. It's the perfect time of year to enjoy soups and stews with potatoes, carrots, greens, and more. If you need ideas, check out our Web site (www.sassafrascreekfarm.com/recipe) for plenty of recipes including all of our veggies listed below. Not sure what to do with collards? Try stuffed collard rolls, similar to cabbage rolls. Also, plenty of kale, ginger, carrot and roasted veggie recipes. See photos at the bottom of this email of some of the produce we'll have  this week.

For your convenience, we accept debit and credit cards and we now have shopping baskets at our stand! No more balancing cabbage, carrots and greens in your hands. Remember, we are open through 21 November (that's 6 more markets including this one, which means 6 more weeks until Thanksgiving!)

For this weekend, check out what's new and plenty of "old" favorites:   

- Radishes, Lollipop (New!):  You may remember the colorful mix of pink, red and white varieties from spring. Beautiful to see and taste! Try with a little butter and salt, which is how German and Eastern Europeans enjoy them. It may sound like an unusual combination, but they really compliment each other. 

- Turnips, Hakurei (New!): These are not your mother's turnips. They are a very white, crisp and sweet japanese variety without that turnipy taste. They are really great raw in salads, like a mild radish, or cut in slices as low-carb crisps perfect for dipping. They are also wonderful simply sauteed, thrown in soups or roasted. And don't forget the greens!...you know, turnip greens.  Just chop them up a bit and after sauteing the turnips, lightly saute the greens for a simple, quick, healthy, and tasty side dish. See the recipe on our Web site (link below).

- Arugula:  We have fresh, baby arugula this week, and it's all for you!

- Beets, Chioggia, Red & Golden: We have lots of sweet Italian Chioggia beets that are pink with a bulls-eye pattern inside. Very pretty and tasty on the plate or salad. Plus your traditional sweet red beets, and the distinctive, sought-after golden beets.

- Cabbage:  Personal-sized fresh, crunchy sweet cabbages. 

- Carrots: It's time for those bunches of fresh sweet, crunchy treats, with the bugs bunny greens, that kids and adults both like.

- Chard, Rainbow:  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! 

- Collard Greens:  The new super healthful and really tasty green. Just remove the stems and braise in a little water or chicken stock. Of course, you can never go wrong adding a slice or two of bacon for added flavor. Really good cooked with potatoes, AND wonderful to use as a wrap in lieu of cabbage in a cabbage roll. See recipe on our Web site. Yum!

- Garlic: There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic. Stock up now!

- Ginger:  Yes, 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 in a freezer bag, when you need it, pull it out frozen, grate it frozen and put the remainder back in the freezer. Use up until gone. Super easy!  

- Kale: We have fresh Curly and Lacinato (Tuscan) kale! Need we say more?

- Lettuce:  Lots of Romaine, Green leaf, Red leaf and Summer Crisp (a.k.a., Batavia).

- 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.

- Yellow Onions:  delicious, all-purpose long-storing yellow onions. A staple in any home cook's kitchen.

-  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 remember that they freeze really well for sweet peppers in the winter. Just freeze them whole. It's that easy!

- 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. 

- Potatoes:  Mt. Rose (Red) and German Butterball 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. Wonderful roasted.

- Spinach: Freshly harvested, tasty spinach that is ready to eat raw, steamed or sauteed, or juiced. 

- Summer Squash: Zucchini & Yellow; delicious, slightly sweet, nutty and savory! 

- Sweet Potatoes:  O'Henry, Murasaki and Beauregard:  Yes, it's that time of year again for those heavenly sweet potatoes and we have three varieties to try...the tasty, reddish sweet potatoes; purple, Japanese Murasaki's; and creamy white O'Henry's. All three are wonderful and have their own characteristics to enjoy.

 - Tomatoes: We have tasty, red slicing tomatoes. They are all a new variety that we've tried this year that are not only incredibly, naturally shiny, but have super thin skins and practically melt in your mouth with delicious intense tomato flavor. Amazing for fresh eating, but also easy to blend in your cuisinart for fresh tomato juice, Bloody Mary or cook down into sauce!

 

Photos of the Week!

Freshly harvested sweet and crunchy carrots

 Lollipop Radishes!

Crisp, Sweet Hakurei Turnips

 

Thank you,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Posted 10/9/2015 6:24pm by David Paulk.

Hello Dear Farm Friends,

We're back, we've really missed you and we've got the goods!  

So, Joaquin wasn't the storm we expected, though the weekend was messy, windy and wet nevertheless. We're thankful that it wasn't worse. We're looking forward to the crisp, fall-like weather tomorrow, and no rain.

For this weekend, we've got quite a few new items we're sure you'll like and A LOT of you favorites.  

- Carrots (New!): It's time for those bunches of fresh sweet, crunchy treats with the bugs bunny greens that kids and adults both like.

- Spinach (New!): Fresh, tasty spinach that is ready to eat fresh, steam or saute, or juice. 

- Sweet Potatoes:  O'Henry (New!), Murasaki (New!) and Beauregard:  Yes, it's that time of year again for those heavenly potatoes and we have three varieties to try...the tasty, reddish sweet potatoes, purple, Japanese Murasaki's, and creamy white O'Henry's. All three are wonderful and have their own characteristics to enjoy.

- Collards (New!):  The new super healthful and really tasty green. Just remove the stems and braise in a little water or chicken stock. Of course, you can never go wrong adding a slice or two of bacon for added flavor. Really good cooked with potatoes. Yum!

- Cabbage (New!):  Personal-sized fresh, crunchy sweet cabbages. 

- Radishes, French Breakfast (New!):  Finally, radishes are back! We've had to wait since spring for these crunch, slightly spicy gems to return. 

- Arugula:  We have a lot of fresh, baby arugula this week, and it's all for you!

- Beets, Chioggia, Red & Golden: We have lots of sweet Italian Chioggia beets that are pink with a bulls-eye pattern inside. Very pretty and tasty on the plate or salad. Plus your traditional sweet red beets, and the distinctive, sought-after golden beets.

- Chard, Rainbow:  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! 

- Garlic: There's nothing better than locally grown, full-flavored garlic. Stock up now!

- Ginger:  Yes, 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!  

- Kale: We have fresh Curly Kale and Lacinato (Tuscan) kale! Need we say more?

- Lettuce:  Lots of Romaine, Bibb, Green leaf, and Red leaf.

- 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.

- Yellow Onions:  delicious, all-purpose long-storing yellow onions. A staple in any home cook's kitchen.

-  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.

- 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. 

- Potatoes:  Mt. Rose (Red) and German Butterball 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. Wonderful roasted.

- Summer Squash: Zucchini & Yellow; delicious, slightly sweet, nutty and savory! 

 - Tomatoes: We have tasty, red slicing tomatoes. They are all a new variety that we've tried this year that are not only incredibly, naturally shiny, but have super thin skins and practically melt in your mouth with delicious intense tomato flavor. Amazing for fresh eating, but also easy to blend in your cuisinart for fresh tomato juice, Bloody Mary or cook down into sauce!

 

Photos of the Week!

 French Breakfast Radishes


 Freshly harvested ginger with roots and greens still on.

 

 Fresh, spicy Arugula

 

 

Thank you,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Posted 10/1/2015 3:07pm by David Paulk.

Hello Dear Farm Friends,

We and the other farmers and bakers will not be at this Saturday's (3 Oct) market due to expected high winds and heavy rain. Be safe and see you next week.

Thank you,

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Posted 9/25/2015 3:36pm by David Paulk.

To our Wonderful Farm Friends!

Okay, we know that it will be rainy tomorrow, but that doesn't change the fact that we will still be there with lots of very fresh, certified organic produce just for you to enjoy. We will shelter you under our canopy and keep you dry while you shop! Everyone will be showing off their fall rain wear, fashionable or not,..in my case, not. It's going to be rainy for several days, so you might as well hit the market Saturday and hole up in your comfy homes the rest of the time making delicious meals with your fresh veggies!  Here's what we'll have:

- Sweet Potatoes, Beauregard (New!):  Yes, it's that time of year again for those heavenly potatoes; the tasty, reddish-colored sweet potatoes. We'll have more varieties at future markets this fall.

- Jerusalem Artichokes (New!): Also known as "sunchokes", they taste like artichokes, but with the consistency of a potato. So delicious roasted in the oven with a little olive oil and salt, as well as known for making delicious soups, like Palestine soup. Now's your chance to try them! Recipes on our Web site (link below).

- Yellow Onions (New!):  delicious, all-purpose long-storing yellow onions. A staple in any home cook's kitchen.

- Arugula:  We have a lot of fresh, baby arugula this week, and it's all for you!

- Beets, Chioggia, Red & Golden: We have lots of sweet Italian Chioggia beets that are pink with a bulls-eye pattern inside. Very pretty and tasty on the plate or salad. Plus your traditional sweet red beets, and the distinctive, sought-after golden beets.  

- Chard, Rainbow:  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! 

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

- Ginger:  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!  

- Kale: We have fresh Curly Kale and Lacinato (Tuscan) kale! Need we say more?

- Lettuce:  Lots of Romaine, Bibb, Green leaf, Summer Crisp AND Red leaf (new!)

- 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:  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: Zucchini & Yellow; delicious, slightly sweet, nutty and savory! 

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

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

 

Photos of the week:

That intoxicating, spicy green...Arugula!

 

 

From top...Golden, Red and Chioggia Sweet Beets! 

Fresh Lettuce!

Fresh Aromatic Ginger!

 

Fresh, Super Healthy and Tasty for You, Curly Kale!

 

  

 

Your Farmers, 
David and Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

Leonardtown, MD

Certified Organic by QCS, Inc.

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.

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