The 4th of July weekend is upon us! We are very excited to have lots of great things to offer this Saturday at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM). Please note we are back at our regular location at the Lewes Historical Society Society, between Second & Third Streets at Shipcarpenter Street.
What’s Available This Week
- Tomatoes – We will have a limited amount of tomatoes this Saturday, as our tomato crop is just now starting to ripen. If you would like some, please be there at the opening bell!
- Salad Greens – Our lettuce is back in production with an ample amount of triple washed young loose leaf lettuce and, of course, plenty of arugula which includes our somewhat more mature “spicy arugula” and our signature “young arugula”. The spicy arugula is really still very young, but does have a good bit more heat than the youngest that we cut.
Note that the young arugula last week got past Hattie’s quality control with stems that were too long, so if you were an unhappy recipient, please stop by for a free bag this week.
- Patty Pan Squash – This delightful summer squash is available in all sizes this week.
We will have a recipe available for you to pick up this week at our tent.
And now for a little trivia… though considered a vegetable in cooking, botanically speaking, squash is a fruit (being the receptacle for the plant’s seeds), and not a vegetable.
- Green Beans – We have a limited supply.
- Hakurei Turnips – This Japanese turnip variety is sometimes called “salad turnip” because it is crisp, juicy, and delicious raw. We have these in abundance this week, but please note that this will be our last batch until September since these turnips really do not like the summer heat.
Wash and cook them without removing the greens. Cook until tender. You won’t believe how wonderful eating that entire turnip plant is! We prepared some last night and were absolutely amazed as usual. They can be prepared with a little butter and salt, or olive oil and garlic. We did ours with butter and salt this time–and really, you could skip the butter and they would still be sensational. The taste is unlike anything you’ve had and really nothing at all like the purple top turnips you may have grown up with. We really don’t think they should be called turnips! You do not peel these turnips and they cook quickly.
- Fresh Herbs – This week you will find large 3 ounce bunches of dill and parsley and even larger bunches of basil. We will also cut generous bunches of mojito mint for you. This mint is genuinely Cuban and NOT just for preparing refreshing mojitos. It has wonderful qualities for anything you might want to use mint for. Mojito mint (Mentha x villosa) is agreeably mild and warm and doesn’t have the strong distinctive taste and aftertaste of a spearmint or peppermint.
- Flower Bouquets – We will have the following beautiful flower bouquets:
- Snapdragons and Zinnias
- Tall Blue Ageratum and Cranberry Cosmos
- Gomphrena and Amazon Neon Dianthus
Each bouquet is individually wrapped for you with a wet paper towel for safe transport home and comes with a packet of flower food. These bouquets should last at least a full week for you as we cut and condition them professionally.
We will be unveiling new flowers each week for a while and hope you will grace your home or table with some long-lasting flowers from Hattie’s Garden. We are very proud of the quality of our flowers and they are grown along with everything else in our garden using organic farming principles. Be sure to use a clean vase!
Thanks for attending the HLFM. We look forward to seeing you Saturday.