Hattie’s Garden open weekly Thursday and Friday from 10 to 5
Hattie’s Garden is excited to be pulling young, beautiful Hakurei turnips this week. If you usually turn your nose up at turnips, you may be in for a sweet surprise with this Japanese variety! They are sweet, delicate, small white morsels of delight with the nicest greens of any turnip we have ever seen.
Pronounced “hawk-ur-eye” or “hah-kur-ee”, unlike other turnip varieties, Hakurei do not need to be cooked. They have an even-textured density and the flavor pairs well with a variety of different food items.
Eat them raw (just whole, or chopped/grated in salads), make a quick pickle, or cook with their greens to enhance their natural sweetness (which often is a surprise to those tasting them for the first time). Even kids love Hakurei turnips raw on a salad plate! It truly needs a different name than “turnip” as it is nothing whatsoever like the typical mashed turnip you may have grown up with.
What’s Available This Week
The following will be available on Wednesday from 8 to 11 at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) located at Kings Highway across from Crooked Hammock Brewery, Thursday and Friday from 10 to 5 at Hattie’s Garden located at 31341 Kendale Road in Lewes, and the HLFM on Saturday from 8 to noon located at George H.P. Smith Park (Block House Pond). You can also email Hattie to make an appointment to stop by Hattie’s Garden at another time.
- Patty Pan Squash — One of summer’s most versatile vegetables, these delicious delights may be braised, steamed, roasted, or grilled whole. Larger ones may be hollowed out and stuffed, or even used as soup bowls. Slicing them horizontally also makes a nice shape for grilling (or roasting).
- Young Hakurei turnips — This is no ordinary turnip. It’s sweet, crunchy, and great raw in a salad, yet versatile enough to be added to soups and stir fries.
- Young Arugula — Triple-washed and kept cold for you in our coolers.
- Loose Leaf Lettuce — Cut at a young and tender stage of growth. Triple-washed and kept cold in our coolers.
- Mesclun — Mix of young arugula and loose leaf. Triple-washed and kept cold in our coolers.
Specialty Cut Flowers
We can make you a custom bouquet while you wait that will include just the flowers you want, or you may chose from one of our beautiful pre-made arrangements. Each bouquet 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. Available this week are:
- Benary Giant Zinnias — These big, bright, and bold flowers are always a favorite.
- Gladiolus — These gorgeous tall flowers are making a debut this week.
- Tall Blue Ageratum — This is a great cut flower with a good vase life. The cool blue color wonderfully sets off the hot colors of other summer flowers such as zinnias.
- Double-click Cosmos — Available in an array of colors such as white, pink, cranberry and rose.
- Gomphrena — Also known as Globe Amaranth, these delightful clover-like flowers resemble little pom-poms.
- Clary Sage — aka Salvia viridis, these beautiful bracts come in three different colors.
- Snapdragons — Derived from the “snap” the blooms make when squeezed, these are among the very best cut flowers in a full spectrum colors.
Herbs this week include Oregano, Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Curly or Flat Parsley, Sage and Dill, including a multi-pack of smaller amounts of four different herbs for the price of one.
Plants for your Garden
We hope everyone is enjoying this extended holiday weekend. We were terrifically busy for the 4th of July HLFM market and want to thank everyone for supporting us there and your visits to our Garden.
We love seeing people at the Garden on Thursday and Friday and have more time to chat and talk about our products than at the HLFM. We can offer you ideas for preparing vegetables and also give you gardening advice if you are growing some of your own things, so do stop by.
We plan to maintain the Thursday and Friday Garden hours for the entire growing season this year.
Have a safe and happy 4th!
Yours in the Garden & Markets,