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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 shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com. 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.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Week 5 Berries!

He went to the greenhouse to get trimmers and came back
with a snack, too. Multitasker that he is :)

How to eat a tomato AND harvest tarragon???
Of course, free up your hands and keep going.

How to count colorful carrots?
As a group and out LOUD  :)
What is it about number 16 being left out?

Snapdragons. Little kids of all ages
like to play with these. :)

Anna's lunch today. Penne pasta with
asparagus, basil, onions, tomatoes. She even delivered to the potting shed!
Raspberries in the background may become dessert.

The first raspberries for the harvest boxes. Sooo delicious.

Thyme. This will be wonderful dried and used in the fall/winter
in soups. Falling leaves, rain, fire in the woodstove, homemade soup. Ahhh. I can almost smell it.

Sylvanberries. In the boxes for week 5.
1st blackberries to ripen.

Grams helps harvest the curly Kale.
She likes hers steamed with
balsamic vinegar.



A "potted" little
flower. Ahhhh. :)

A cutie pie with her milk.
Flowered raincoat was useful today.






















This year's newest addition, developed at OSU, this is a baby 'Indigo Rose' tomato. Purple on the outside, red on the inside.
Bred for high levels of antioxidants.
Read more here:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/purple-tomato-debuts-%E2%80%98indigo-rose%E2%80%99


Harvest box headed home.

Red on the outside, orange on the inside.
What are the carrot breeders thinking!



Blueberries starting to ripen.
Sunshine will speed this up.


Birds are snacking on them already.
See the empty stems?



Netting to try and keep the birds away.
They figure out how to go under.
Sneaky like that. 

Netting on an entire row. Tied down underneath, too.
Florencio will win this battle!



Grapes set first on a cluster, then they bloom. Each little bump will grow into a grape, hopefully.

First boxes with berries. More to come. Yummy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Week 4 and we are thrilled to see you!

Excited to be in the greenhouse and
helping her mom pick basil. :) One of my great-nieces.

Something likes walking on sorrel.
What big eyes you have my dear!

Lisa picked a wagon full of roses off of one of Mom's
old rose bushes. So pretty.

"Look Mom, I can put the bags of basil in the boxes." ("And be proud of myself, too.")

First new onions of the year. 

So healthy, a basket full of Kale.

All the fun tuckered her out.
Lunch and a nap, sounds really good!


Purple cabbage. I love all the colors and veins.



My little helper loved pointing out
the raindrops on the cabbage leaves.
"Aunt Lorrie, take a picture!"
 


My little helper hiding to the right
in the leaves of the artichokes. Good times.

Raspberries are almost ready to pick.
So hard to wait until they get ripe.

Dad's favorite little "wild" blackberries
are loaded. A few warm days and they will be ready to pick, too.

Week 4 bouquets ready to be taken home.

The white lily popped up unexpectedly in the
flower beds. What else will we discover?


Beautiful radishes.
One of our favorite roses. 

Another of our favorite roses. (Aren't they all?)


Delphinium up close.
Statuesque delphinium from afar.

Beth and I went on a "walk about" week 4.
She touched this little plum and it fell into her hand.
Natural thinning. No worries
.


Looks like there will be lots of plums!

Asian pears, too. Thanks Beth for being
my "Vanna" hand model.


And apples.
A total of 98 trees,  if we counted correctly.

More pears.

The last box at about 6:00. It will travel to south Salem with me.
It is time for the raspberry Italian sodas Lisa brought as a surprise today. Thanks Lisa. Oh, and thanks Anna for the pasta lunch today delivered to the potting shed. Yumminess all over the place.


If you have heard the rooster when picking up your box, here he is last summer on the post outside the potting shed.  He is majestic.




The week before the first boxes.
Bryan Hatzenbihler "Hatz", Jamie Ellis "Jame claim to Fame Ellis", and my niece Amber helped finish tearing down a small barn. LOTS OF MUSCLE POWER was used that day.
Thanks you guys, so much.



Same day, nephew-in-law Scott was plowing and my daughter Alex, was moving a compost pile. This is a family affair. Wayyyy in the background, Andrew and Likzy are pulling weeds in the asparagus.Week 4, those two are in Africa on a mission trip.
What a family. :) 
"Harvest boxer" Melissa took this picture of Week 3 flowers and her husband, Edward's quiche creation using veggies from their weekly box. Thanks for sharing, wish I had "taste-o-vision" right now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Week 3 Harvest Day

Dressed for the weather  ahead.


Picking tea.


Peppers. Squash. Tomatoes. Planted with a clam gun.
Drip irrigation in place, even under the mulch.

Green Brussels Sprouts just starting out. 
Red Brussels Sprouts just starting out.


Purple cabbage. A couple weeks from harvest.

Artichokes.

Curly kale.


MANY tomatoes on the greenhouse vines.



Multicolored radishes.


Water resting on Brussels Sprouts leaves.


A Lady bug doing her thing.

Lisa made these YUMMY iced lattes. Coffee ice cubes, too.


Angie and Mary bundled in the potting shed.

Lisa picking flowers to arrange later in the day.

Another lady at work on the Curly Kale.

Rose bouquet.

Roses and Lady's Mantle bouquet.

Peonies.

Strawberries, yum. A little dirt, yum.
Ahhhhhh, siblings!