Hattie’s Garden delivery/pickup service continues to bring you fresh and wholesome food. We are now taking orders for the Saturday, April 16 Pickup/Delivery Service.
We are also open at the Garden, located at 31341 Kendale Rd in Lewes, on Saturday from 9 to 2 for casual shopping. While we keep most items in our inventory, some items may run out and it is best to purchase through the online order system if you want to be sure to get everything you want.
What’s Available through the Online Order System
The following items are available now to order for the April 16 pickup/delivery service.
Hattie’s Garden is harvesting Austrian Winter pea tendrils from the field this week. This organic field pea we use as a cover crop has the most amazing flavored tendrils and top leaves of any pea we know that is grown for similar use. This is the pea we use in our pea microgreens as well. It is a specialty you will not easily find and we know of no other farmers locally who use it as we do. It is the once a year delicacy to be used in salads, as a salad alone, braised lightly or just for topping dishes. However you use it, you’ll enjoy it. We also have radishes this week for you and finally, the first of our loose leaf lettuce and mesclun! The mesclun this week will have arugula, pea tendrils and young lettuce. Limit one bag per person for now.
It’s still early, but we do have a number of cool weather plants ready for you and getting ready for you daily. It’s a bit hard to know what will be ready each week, although we have listed several on our order form we know we can deliver. For last minute choices, check things out Saturday in person.
Vermont Compost soil is available for your home gardens. We offer Fort Vee — an all-purpose compost-based transplant soil and Fort Lite — a lighter version of the compost-based transplant soil that is better suited for large pots and hanging baskets, each in 20 qt. bags and large 60 qt. bags. There is no better potting soil company that I know of. You may order through the online form, or pick it up from the Garden on Saturday from 9 to 2.
302 Aquaponics has plenty of aquaponically grown salad ingredients, and beautiful tilapia fish they raise as part of their aquaponics system. There are no chemicals or pesticides in their farming.
AlaskaWild Seafoods family-run business has Alaska Cod, Coho Salmon, Pacific Rockfish, Smoked and Sockeye Salmon fresh frozen directly from the boat and flown to the east coast every week.
Chapel’s Country Creamery has a nice selection of grass-fed, dry-aged beef which includes rib steaks, porterhouse steaks, T-bone steaks, sirloin tip roasts, chip steak, 85-90% lean ground beef, and beef marrow bones. Their wonderful free-range pork products include large bone-in hams, sweet Italian sausage, regular link sausage, loose sausage, bacon, pork chops, and ham steaks.
Enoch Farms offers a nice selection of sustainably raised, naturally grown, heritage pork products which includes sausage patties, andouille links, pork neck bones, pork loin roast, chorizo, spare ribs, sausage patties, spicy dinner sausage, kielbasa links, andouille sausage, neck bones, sweet Italian sausage, Chesapeake style sausage, jalapeno and cheddar sausage, and maple link breakfast sausage.
Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms has lion’s mane (also known as pom pom), king oyster (AKA king trumpet), grey oyster, portabella, shiitake, cremini, and maitake mushrooms. We are offering a one pound mixture of the healthy exotic mushrooms. The mix includes shiitake, oyster, maitake and lion’s mane.
Twin Posts offers wonderful free-range chicken eggs.
Stag Run Farm is almost out of their apples from 2021, but we do still have lightly bruised “seconds” available, both from the order form, or pick them out yourself here at the garden. Remember that Stag Run is the home of Chrissy’s Bees. We carry Chrissy’s Bees Butter Bean honey, as well as Chrissy’s Bees Wildflower honey for you, especially during this time of spring allergies.
Eastern Shore Kettle Korn, based out of Berlin, MD, offers a sweet and salty treat, freshly prepared by hand locally in a kettle! They use the very best in premium sugars, non-cholesterol corn oil, salts and non-genetically modified popcorn providing a gluten-free snack.
Backyard Jams & Jellies has a multitude of delicious of jams, jellies (including no-sugar options), mustards and wine jellies to select from.
What We Are Planting
Last week we had the feeling perhaps we should just build an ark. We finally got outside on Friday and began to prep areas where we can begin to plant some of the many babies piling up in the hoophouse, waiting for a home. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that Dicky, our very talented farm-hand, was prepping beds.
Last year, Dicky brought a somewhat reluctant Hattie into the no-till farming world. We no longer till the ground deeply, and only disturb the very top to add our amendments. We are pleased to be getting good results and to be sequestering more carbon using this method. It is a good bit of work in the beginning to get the weeds under control and to just learn a new way of doing things, but all-in-all, Hattie agrees we are on the right track!
While Dicky worked on his long list outside, the rest of us had much to do inside. We were very busy getting orders ready for you, planting more seeds, potting up our tomato, pepper and eggplants, and much much more. And, all that beautiful bed space outside awaits us. We will be tucking babies into the ground as soon as we catch our breath from the weekend and the ground drains just enough for us to get into the garden. We had another good deluge of rain Friday night and we really feel like we are dancing around the weather to find every little space of time we can to actually get out into the garden.
Hattie’s Garden is excited to be joining the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) on Saturdays this season. The HLFM begins Saturday, May 7 from 8 AM to 12 PM. At that time, we will no longer be open at the garden on Saturday, but you can find us at the market, along with 30 plus other vendors! If you are avoiding crowds, or prefer to continue to use our service and come to the garden, you may visit us either Wednesday or Thursday afternoon from 2 to 5 to shop what we have in stock, or to pickup your pre-order.
Yes, you will still be able to order through our online ordering service. The list of vendors may be somewhat reduced, but our own produce selection and plant selections will increase. We will no longer offer a delivery option, but will be very flexible with pickup times. If you need to pickup your order outside of our open hours on Wednesday and Thursday, arrangements can easily be made by emailing Hattie. The timing of the publishing of the order form, as well as the deadline for ordering will change as well, and we will have that information for you soon.
Directions to Hattie’s Garden
Hattie’s Garden is located at 31341 Kendale Rd in Lewes approximately 3 miles from Plantation Road (also known as Rt. 1D), coming inland on either Robinsonville Rd. or Beaver Dam Rd (Rt. 23 South).
Kendale Rd. is a short road (0.6 miles) between Robinsonville and Beaver Dam Road. The house is fifth on the left from Beaver Dam Rd, and has a large wooden fence in front of house with purple trim.
Park in the graveled area facing the fence. If you don’t see us, you may toot your horn. We could be processing things in the garage or working outside in the garden.
Reminder that you do not need an appointment. Simply show up during our open hours of operation. We prefer cash or checks, and do have the capability to take credit cards if necessary.
Yours in the garden,