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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.
We are currently sold out of harvest boxes for this coming season.
We do have flower subscriptions available.
A Full Share is 18 weeks of gorgeous bouquets for $230 or a Half Share, every other week for a total of 9 weeks of flowers for $115.
Please email Lorrie at if you are interested.

Pick up would be on Tuesdays between 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Farm, 8005 Portland Rd. N.E. Salem, Oregon. Our season lasts from May 29 to September 25, 2018.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Things we plan to grow

There are probably things we have left off this list. This is the plan at the moment.

Apples: crab, King, Granny Smith, Red delicious
Melons; cantaloupe; Ambrosia, Charentais Heirloom, Hearts of Gold Heirloom, Vedrantais Heirloom; honeydew; watermelon; Sugar Baby, Yellow Doll
Table grapes at least 10 varieties
Blackberries (Marion, Kotata, Sylvan, Siskiyous, Triple Crown, Waldo)
Beans; green and purple string beans, yard long red beans
Beans for shelling; 4 kinds, perfect for soup
Beets; red, orange
Brussels sprouts; 2 green kinds, 2 red kinds
Cabbage; green and red
Carrots; orange, yellow, purple
Cauliflower; white and Sunset (orange)
Cucumbers; slicing, pickling, lemon
Eggplant; purple and Casper (white)
Greens; arugula, kale, spinach, Swiss chard
Leeks; Lincoln and Porvite
Lettuce; head: French Crisp, loose leaf: Australian Yellow, Black Seeded Simpson, Red Sails, Romaine: Braveheart
Onions; cippolina, Walla Walla Sweets, red, white, yellow
Peas; sugar snap peas, snow peas
Peppers, mild: California Wonder (green to red), Golden California Wonder (gold), Chocolate Belle, Gold Standard, Keystone Giant (green to red), Orange Sun, Purple Beauty, Yellow Belle II, Poblano Ancho, Sweet Banana, Cubanelle Italian Sweet
Peppers, hot: Cayenne Long Thin, Habanero, Hungarian Wax, Jalapeno, Serrano Chili, Serrano Del Sol
Pumpkins; big and little
Radishes; 3 varieties
Squash; acorn, butternut, patty pan  (yellow and white), spaghetti, delicata, yellow crookneck, zucchini

Sweet corn; Golden Jubilee, Honey and Cream, Bodacious, Earlivee
Tomatoes; 4th of July, Abe Lincoln Original, Ananas Noire, Red Brandywine, Pink Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Fantastic, Green Zebra, Health Kick (higher in lycopene), Jet Star, Legend, Megabite, Mexico Midget, Orange Wellington, Pear Goliath, Pineapple, San Marzano, Siletz, Stupice, Sunsugar, Super Fantastic, Yellow Pear, Indigo Rose (brand new for 2012 from OSU, it’s purple)
Tomatillas; green and purple

Herbs  basils 4 kinds - green and purple, rosemary, oregano, parsley 2 kinds
Cut Flowers
Decorative Gourds

Introducing Dad in his spring garden.

In the fall of 2011, my father and gardener extraordinaire, Ken Meier, passed away. This is an image of him in his spring garden. He is leaning on the posts that hold up his early climbing peas that will later become his trellised beans. He is overlooking his raised beds of lettuces and other greens. A couple of the farm's greenhouses are in the background. 

Dad loved his gardens and would have loved to know we are keeping them growing. 

After many friends helped pick Dad's crops last year to help fill up his freezers for the winter, the idea of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with harvest boxes full of produce to help support his "Shady Maple Farm" came to mind . While he loved gardening along with sharing the bounty he grew, keeping his spirit alive while continuing his garden seemed a natural.

We plan on starting from seed and growing the vegetables he has grown in the past, along with a few new ones as was his bent. There are many existing fruit and veggie plantings we will also be adding to our harvest boxes. All produced at Shady Maple Farm. 

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