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We practice sustainability at the farm. Crop rotation, use of drip irrigation and re-using the flower water each week are some of the ways we are being kind to the earth.
As of March 11th we are sold out for our coming season of harvest boxes. If you are interested in joining us for 18 weeks of our beautiful flower share, please email Lorrie at We have 3 flower shares for the season available.

Our harvest boxes are on Tuesdays with pickup between 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Farm. 8005 Portland Rd. N.E. Salem, Oregon.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Early March in the Greenhouse

Today is pepper seeding day. 22 varieties of peppers, from sweet and mild to quite warm. Some seed packets don't have very many seeds so we order more than one packet of some seeds.

Swiss Chard is looking good.

Celery seedlings have their true leaves. 

One of our kale varieties. 

Our red kale is enjoying its spray of water.

A third type of kale. Tender leaves are holding up under the water droplets.

We seeded our greenhouse grown tomatoes several weeks ago. They will grow and produce inside the greenhouse prior to the field tomatoes. The field tomatoes will be seeded in early April.

We are adding to our artichoke patch this year. Both green and purple artichoke plants are looking good (and the same at this stage of their young lives).

Two different kinds of basil, one with curly leaves, one with smooth leaves. Oh they smell great, too.

We are growing a red basil this year. It is called Red Freddie. Its true leaves are "redder" than its cotyledons which are there to help them get started and then fall off.

Our greenhouse crop of slicing cucumbers are doing pretty well. They will be potted up into large pots, staked and babied in the greenhouse. Field cucumbers will be started later.

One tiny impatien has a head start on its "cell mates". There are a few other little green parts in other cells in this 50 cell flat starting to poke through the soilless germination mix we use.

See you next time on the blog.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

About our CSA boxes

Here is the information about this coming harvest season if you are interested in joining in the abundance of Shady Maple Farm's produce and flowers for 18 Tuesdays. Images below of last year's boxes.

This year we begin on Tuesday, May 30 and the last box is harvested on Tuesday, September 26. July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, on that week only, pick up will be on Wednesday, July 5th.

Payment Plan Options:
Option 1: $500 if paid in full by May 1st.
Option 2: $500 - $185 by May 1st with $315 due by June 1st.
Option 3: $525 - $225 by May 1st with $100 due on June 1st, July 1st, and August 1st.

If you are interested in quantities for canning, juicing, pickling, salsa making, or freezing, please contact us at the email listed below. We hope to have extra berries, pickling cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, peppers, grapes, apples, pears and plums for sale in addition to what is provided each week in your box.

Bouquets: Each harvest box includes your choice of bouquets. We do, with notice, offer extra flower bouquets for $10 a bunch. Contact us 24 hours ahead of pickup at:

Another option is flowers only - no harvest box. That cost is $180 for all 18 weeks.

Our pick up location is Shady Maple Farm – 8005 Portland Road NE, Salem, Or 97305 (northwest corner of Quinaby and Portland Road) If you Google us at the above address, pick up is by the raised beds that look like a big X. Our weekly pick up time is Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00.

Please don''t come early as we need right up until 4:00 to harvest and load your box. And please don't come late as we would like to head home. Glad to discuss other options for pick up, just let us know:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6, 7, 8, no images. This is week 9.

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 13 things that wouldn't fit in the boxes. Every box received a box of large tomatoes, a box of cherry tomatoes and a bag of grapes.

Week 14

Week 14 additional items.

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17 
Week 17 "extras table" right side

Week 17 "extras table" left side

Taste treats of cowboy candy and fig jam to go with cream cheese and crackers. Also pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and jalapeno and sweet pepper poppers in the back. Yum.

Week 17 tomato tasting set up.

Week 17 tomato taste testing in progress. Our cherry tomato selections are on the white clothed table. The blue clothed table are full sized tomatoes of all different colors.

Week 18

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A wet February at the farm

Drona was able to fly over between showers on February 21st. Here is what all the rain looks like on the farm.

The water is really clear.

The greenhouses even have up to 4 inches of water IN them.

The reddish shrubs on the center right side are our blueberries.

Our huge apple tree is reflected in our new pond.

Below is my attempt to attach 3 videos.  If all you see is a dark line, click below it and you may have luck. We are hoping this prolonged standing water won't have any negative impacts on our farm. 




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fall on the Farm, Nov. harvest box

Fall over the garden. Looking southward from Drona's camera. Some beds are empty this time of year. The yellow tall feathery plants to the right of the empty raised bed are the asparagus dying down for the year.

The raised beds by the pick up place.

The entrance to our CSA area of Shady Maple Farm.

The exit driveway of our CSA area.

Our purple kale has been working hard since May. We pick from the bottom up throughout the season.

An Anna's hummingbird working the blooming basil inside the greenhouse.

Another view. You might be able to see a bit of bright fuchsia pink under his chin. The hummingbird and light have to be in just the right position for the bright pink to show up.

Cleaning onions inside the greenhouse. Trimming off dried up outer skins. Getting them ready for our extra November harvest box.

Cleaned cippolini onions. These store well.

Lisa cleaning large red onions. These are storage onions as well.

Clean winter squash store well in the greenhouse. These striped ones are the variety delicata.

Supergirl Louise riding her bike on this rainy day. Right now we are between showers.
Lisa and I have three cousins in the world.  Dede is our middle cousin and came to help us with our onion cleaning processes today. We showed her her first purple cauliflower. Can you tell she likes the color purple? And that she is a character???

Lisa dressed for the weather and sipping her favorite coffee blend. 

Late October: yellow grape foliage and red blueberry foliage.

Two rows of grapes. So pretty on this dreary, gray, rainy day.

These blueberries have many different colors of "fall" leaves. Bright red, lemon yellow, and even light green in the middle of the bushes.

Persimmons with raindrops. Not quite ripe. Notice the little bit of green on the shoulders?

This one is out in the light, a bit more orange than the previous photo.

Fuchsias peeking out the slats of the lathe house. They like the shade this house provides for them, especially in summer heat.

One of our "young" persimmon trees is so loaded with fruit it is propped up with a 2 x 4. 

Rose hips turning from green to pretty orange. They are high in Vitamin C.

Cafe Au Lait dahlias are large and beautiful. The one on the left is pinkish and the one on the left, more yellowish. They are on the same plant.

These are the same persimmons 3-4 weeks later. They have lost their leaves, but are still hanging on and ripening.

Grape leaves in November. A few still on their vines.

I'm out in our grapes making wreaths and the moon is coming up. Nice. This is a very peaceful activity.

Grapevine wreaths resting on the growing grapes while I twist more for the November harvest boxes. Each box received one of these wreaths.

The sun setting over the flower house.

We had a few purple cauliflower in early November. They don't mind cool weather.

Angie and Ethan are hanging their new chicken house sign that Anna's cousin Angie made for them.

A beautiful orange dahlia stretching for the thin sun today.

Mt. Hood peeking out over the pampas grass. Zinnias in the foreground are holding on in our November weather.

November 9th, persimmons still firmly attached to their branches. They are actually harvested by snipping the branch on both sides of the fruit using pruning shears. 

Hardy fuchsias blooming late this year. They survive the winters right where they are and don't have to be brought in for safe keeping.

Winter squash and pumpkins are all clean and drying out in the greenhouse.

November 13 the persimmons are picked, before a hard frost and ready for the extra harvest boxes in a couple days.

Angie and I dug, trimmed, and washed the leeks for the November harvest boxes. Mud was heavy on our boots.

A wheel barrow full of multi-colored carrots soaking off the mud.

Our November harvest box list.

Full boxes. 

Another view of the boxes.

Items that wouldn't fit in the boxes. Some are too big and heavy. Box holders pick the ones they want and carry them out.

It is very dark out by the end of pick up time. Today's contents which include aloe vera on the left and dried flowers on the right. Every item all season long, including today, has been grown right here on Shady Maple Farm.

See you next time on the blog.