Hattie’s Garden open Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 5 — See below for directions.
Halloween is nearly upon us and things are changing quickly in the garden. We are getting the ground ready for cover crops, which are crops specifically grown to protect and enrich the soil. It is a good idea, even in a small home garden, to use cover crops whenever possible.
Here at Hattie’s Garden this year we plan to use a mixture of Austrian Winter Pea and Winter Rye. The field pea adds a stable form of nitrogen to the soil and the winter rye will add coveted organic matter to the soil.
Cover crops do amazing things for the soil. They break up disease cycles, improve soil structure and provide nutrients for the next vegetable crop. They improve soil microbiology and suppress weeds. Wherever we manage to get cover crop planted, the following crops always do very well and cover crops are really the backbone of any sustainable annual cropping system.
What’s New at Hattie’s Garden this Week
We will harvest the last of our ginger this week to make way for final plantings in the hoophouse. And we are harvesting the first of our fall-season Hakurei turnips.
Both the ginger and the Hakurei turnips are limited in quantity, so, if you would like either of these items, please visit us Wednesday or Thursday from 2 to 5 this week, as they may not make it to the HLFM Saturday morning market.
Remember all of our high-quality produce from Deep Grass Organic is also only available here at the garden.
What’s Available This Week
The following will be available this week at Hattie’s Garden on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 5. If these times/dates do not work for you, please email Hattie to make other arrangements. We will also be at the HLFM on Saturday from 9 to 12 at the Richard Shields School parking lot. Please note new fall market hours and location!.
- Hakurei Turnips — Everyone who tries this delicacy comes back for more and is amazed. Available in limited quantities, come to the Garden on Wednesday or Thursday.
- Radishes — Lovely red with beautiful greens, in limited quantities.
- Loose Leaf Lettuce — Young and tender mix of several lettuce varieties, triple washed.
- Mesclun — A mixture of our tender salad greens, triple washed.
- Arugula — Lovely freshly harvested, triple-washed.
- Red Russian Kale — A wonderfully sweet kale, certainly young enough to be eaten raw, the sweetness really comes out with a bit of cooking.
The following produce through Deep Grass Organic is available only at Hattie’s Garden from 2 – 5 on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Butternut Squash — Shaped like a large pear, this squash has cream-colored skin, deep orange-colored flesh and a sweet flavor.
- Acorn Squash — With harvest green skin speckled with orange patches and pale yellow-orange flesh, this squash has a unique flavor that is a combination of sweet, nutty and peppery.
- Sweet Potatoes — Although sweet potatoes may be part of the Thanksgiving tradition, be sure to add these wonderful naturally sweet vegetables to your meals throughout the year; they are some of the most nutritious vegetables around.
- Yukon Gold Potatoes — All-purpose potato that can be used for just about any cooking application.
- Garlic — An essential and wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste, and added nutrition to your dishes.
- Red Onions — Mild and quite sweet. Ideal for salads, marinades, salsas and roasts.
- Copra Onions — These can keep as long as 9 months or more.
- Candy Yellow Onions — Sweet & mild flavored.
Directions to Hattie’s Garden
Hattie’s Garden is located at 31341 Kendale Rd in Lewes approximately 3 miles from Plantation Rd. (Also known as Rt. 1D) coming inland on either Robinsonville Rd. or Beaver Dam Rd (Rt. 23 South). Kendale Rd. is a short link (.6 miles) between Robinsonville and Beaver Dam and the garden at 31341 Kendale is located near the Beaver Dam Rd. intersection — five houses from that intersection on the left hand side. The house has purple trim and you will see a large hoophouse or “high tunnel” in the back as you drive into the driveway.
We hold our sales in the large garage attached to the house. Enter the garage through a door in the side of the garage, just behind the house.
From the City of Lewes:
Travel on Savannah Rd and cross Rt. 1 as though traveling to Georgetown on Rt. 9, but take an immediate left and then an immediate right to access Rt. 23 South (Beaver Dam Rd). Rt. 23 runs roughly parallel to Rt. 9. Continue 3 miles and turn left onto Kendale Rd. Look for the purple trim on our house after a short distance of about a tenth of a mile.
From Rehoboth Beach:
Travel north on Rt. 1 and take a left at Rt. 24. Take a right onto Plantation Rd.–the first major intersection–and then a left onto Robinsonville Rd. (1.9 miles). Travel just under 3 miles and take a right onto Kendale Rd. Travel .5 miles on Kendale and 31341 will be on the right toward the end of this short road.
Yours in the Garden and at the Market,