Hattie’s Garden delivery/pickup service continues to bring you fresh and wholesome food. We are now taking orders for the Saturday, April 9 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 9 pickup/delivery service.
Hattie’s Garden is harvesting baby bok choi this week from one of our high tunnels. We are also harvesting Dwarf Siberian kale and plenty of delicious microgreens. The cold weather has slowed growth everywhere, but we are hopeful April will bring plenty of salad ingredients for you eventually, as it always does!
While we wait for our outside crops, perhaps you would like to plant some of your own “cool” weather crops. We have young starter plants for you including, lettuce mix, arugula, Fordhook Swiss chard, spinach, cilantro, and dill. We have a lovely early cool weather cutting flower: Dianthus (Amazon Neon Purple) and our Jewel Nasturtiums are also ready to start.
Vermont Compost soil is now available. 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 continues to bring us wonderful apples that include Pink Lady (crisp, sweet flavor), Granny Smith (the go-to for tart apple lovers everywhere) and apple seconds in 5 pound quantities for only $5. These mixtures of gently bruised apples are wonderful for those who aren’t too concerned with cosmetics!
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 & Jellieshas a multitude of other delicious of jams, jellies (including no-sugar options), mustards and wine jellies to select from.
What We Are Planting
Last week we planted two beds of sugar snap peas outside and more lettuce and arugula. Unfortunately the weather has not been cooperating, so we have lots of work to do outside in a hurry during April! We now have lots and lots of babies in the hoophouse including flowers, vegetables and herbs that are slowly getting ready for your gardens and for our garden.
Everything survived the latest cold snap, but we are ready to be done with cold snaps! It has been a bit stressful, running to cover things, bringing babies inside, and of course, praying the mercury doesn’t dip too low for things to survive.
We spent most of the week taking tiny flower seedlings and herb “plugs” and moving them into larger plant packs for our customers. We “stepped up” Benary Giant Zinnias, Oklahoma Zinnias, Lemondrop Marigolds, Brocade Marigolds, Cranberry Cosmos, Double-click mix Cosmos, English Thyme, Mint, Greek Oregano, Parsley, Chives and more. Its a busy busy time in our garage where all the activity takes place until it gets warm enough to move things outside. Another busy week awaits us and we are all rather cheerful as we watch our work produce plants that are thriving nicely.
Watering and caring for everything is a full-time job for me and I don’t stray far from the garden at this time of year. I can generally be found babysitting the plants, talking gently to them, opening and closing the hoop-houses, moving plants inside and out, and being a “nursery” mom. We hope you’ll stop by and have a look, especially in a few weeks once the garden really begins to look beautiful.
Hattie’s Garden will participate in the Saturday Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) at George H.P. Smith Park in downtown Lewes beginning Saturday, May 7. We are excited to rejoin the market after suspending our participation for two years because of the pandemic. As we have done in the past, we will not have delivery/pickup on Saturdays at the Garden during the market season.
Unlike in the past, we will continue to offer a pickup option, based on an order form we publish each week. We will continue to offer products from some of our vendors, including AlaskaWild, Chapel’s Country Creamery cheese and meats, and everything Hattie’s Garden grows during our open hours at the Garden. Some of our other vendors will move to their markets. We will provide a complete list soon. Stay tuned for more details by the end of this month about how our service will work and more about our in-season open hours here at the Garden.
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,