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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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Week 1 At the Farm May 29, 2012

Lemon Grass is placed in everyone's box.  Morning of the 29th.

Each box today will include:
Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Chives, Cucumbers, Flowers, Leek(s), Lemon Grass, Lettuce, Oregano, Radishes, Swiss Chard, Tea and Parsnips. Also a sprig of Sweet Cicely.  Some might have Zucchini, Rhubarb, and/or Artichokes. If you didn't get some of the last three for Week 1, you will in the future.

Arugula bundled and labeled. Still morning.

Lisa is in charge of flower picking and arranging. 2:00ish.

This David Austin rose, you can't believe the smell. Wow.

Peonies. So pretty.

A rainbow of radishes.
Boxes are full, flowers will be added as people
pick their bunches. We like to keep them in water as  long as possible.  3:45.

Flower bouquets wait to be selected.
Much like pick up basketball ...
My buddy Sheri arrived first to pick up
her box, she is number 12!  4:05.

A completed box.

Another one.

Finally dry enough and the equipment has
been borrowed (thanks Andrew and Scott) so the last rototilling took place on our first harvest box day.
Now Florencio can plant to his heart's content.

Debbie and Lisa are sharing box 3. Yippee!

4 boxes make their way toward the other end of town. 6:08.

Sweet Cicely. Sugar substitute with a bit of licorice taste.
Thanks for the picture Debbie!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Growing in spite of the weather

Seedlings awaiting better weather before they are planted outside.
4 kinds of cantaloupe, watermelon (red and yellow), zucchini,
yellow crookneck , patty pan, winter squash, too. 
Leeks, basil and marigolds in the background.

Basil ready to harvest. This will be in the boxes on the 29th.

The greenhouse frog rests on the lemon grass. Cute little guy.
 Lemon grass will be in the boxes on the 29th.

Zinnia getting ready to bloom.

The garden area, drying out so it can be plowed, May 8th.

Greenhouse tomatoes getting larger and larger!

Greenhouse cucumbers.

Variegated sage with two different varieties of parsley.
Still waiting to be planted outside.

Greenhouse zucchini with many babies on the way.

Sylvanberries are blooming their heads off.

Bees are helping the cause.

Several lettuce varieties will be ready
 for the 29th for the first boxes.

Dad's tea plants are taller than I am. The first box will include tea
with directions on how to make your own version of tea: black, green, or oolong.

Apple blossoms give way to very small apples.

Asian pear cluster. Some will drop, others will be thinned.

The persimmon tree just leafed out. The leaves look yellow.

Blueberry blossoms turning into blueberries.

Lettuce in the cold frame, awaiting transplanting to the raised beds.

Artichoke, in the thistle family. Leaves are pokey.

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage with
silver mulch underneath.

Another shape of artichoke.

A radish's view of the world.

An onion's view of the world.

Andrew started the plowing. Finally the weather
and equipment cooperated. May 19th. Our family can DO things!

Scott finishing the plowing. Later in the day on May 19th.

Our resident hummingbird resting on the trellis 
wondering what the commotion was all about. (I like to think it is "our" hummingbird.)

A greenhouse cucumber growing up high.

One of Dad's roses that smells so very good.

Each harvest box has a number. 
Each harvest share will have two boxes with
the same number. The 29th you will get a box with your number and then will bring it back the next week to pick up your other box with your number. And so it goes though out the season. 
You will know where your box has been!

The harvest boxes await the 29th.
25 inches long x 15 inches wide x 8 inches tall.
These boxes are from the 1950s. Grams and I painted a version of the leaf logo from Dad's letterhead onto the boxes.

Lisa in the greenhouse. Yes, the tomatoes behind her are that tall!

Dahlias that had been in the greenhouse are blooming.
How beautiful is this?

Dahlias come in many colors. I love this one. I am partial to pink.

Scott did the disking, May 22nd. Still too wet to rototill.
After the tilling Florencio will be busy planting! 
(But then it rained for 3 days and nights.)

Boxes will be picked up in the blue roofed "potting shed". Dad built this building for Mom to pot things and create her crafts. She loved EVERY fuchsia in the world, herbs, and flowers she grew and dried.

Delphiniums, roses bloom with 
the "potting shed" in the background.

This is the door that will be open for pick up on the 29th.
Lisa found the signs Mom had used for her nursery "Sweetbriar". 
We put them up with good memories and a few laughs.
A ladder, a hammer, signs, nails, and a broom.

Pick up on May 29th between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Items that were used on the Farm 
at one time are now decorations. Nice!
(No broom needed for the sign on the right.)