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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 our harvest boxes for the 2017 season.
We have 1 beautiful flower share for the season available. Please email Lorrie at shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com if you are interested.

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, September 24, 2013

Week 18, September 24, 2013

The last of the beautiful carrots.

The white alysum and colorful nasturtiums with
lily pad type leaves are loving this weather.

Caught Florencio off guard while he washed the bell peppers. Green, red, light yellow, and purple ones.

Pretty assortment of eggplant.

Also the end of the potatoes.
I do love a plate of purple mashed potatoes!

Peppers ready for the boxes.

Asparagus ferns are healthy and providing food for the roots for next year's crop.

They catch the rain in a delicate way.

This new sunflower looks like it is running against the wind. The layers of this are all so many different colors.

The new row of sunflowers Lisa planted later than the others this summer. They are perfect to pick right now! They others have become bird food.

Colorful Swiss Chard.

Traditional green chard with asparagus ferns in the background.

Two kinds of kale.

The first planting of red kale. Some will lose their heads today to go into the flower bouquets with sunflowers. :)

The sun came out and made this bed of chard SHINE!

Our large volunteer sunflower is sooo very heavy with seeds.

The Zinnias. Ahhh, the zinnias. Love their persistent brightness.

In the new raised beds. These "black eyed Susan" varieties are thriving. They were so little when we planted them, we apparently didn't plan on them growing so large in one summer.

Sugar pumpkins staying out of the weather next to my brother's cider press.

Lisa and I picked and washed these on Sunday. It was raining then, too. They have had time to dry out. The Cinderella and white pumpkins are favorites of mine.

Oh and the little orange pumpkins are cute, too.

These striped white and orange ones are a nice change, too. The spaghetti squash in the background store well.

The birds have helped themselves to the corn. Must be tasty!

Sometimes picking corn in mud and a tangle can be a challenge.

A cart full of fall beauty.

Lisa adding to her pretty flower collection.

A cucumber beetle walks around on this sunflower.
A pretty handful from ONE stem.

This is how a branching sunflower grows.


A wonderful fall collection.

A few Asian pears left to pick today.

Another type of pear.

Sunflowers and zinnias. Oh my gosh, how pretty!

This cloud mass looked scary. We had about 15 minutes before its rain hit.

And then in poured.

Heading for cover, notice the rain tumbling off the roof on the left.

Taken from inside the blue roofed potting shed. Again, notice the rain flowing off the roof on the right.

Given these conditions, we decided lunch on Grandma Daisy's porch was a great idea!

Lisa and Anna had decided we needed Grandma Daisy's favorite lunch. Lisa had made homemade bread the day before. We were treated to fry bread, thin sliced potatoes fried in just salt, with tomatoes and onion to build our own sandwiches. Coffee with all kinds of options and finish it all off with pumpkin cake. Wow.

Lisa and her granddaughter share a moment.

Happy girl (my great niece) is wearing her pumpkin hat!

A late delphinium has caught raindrops. I'd like to say I did something cool with this picture to get the blackish edges. But, no, my camera was so wet the lens had stuck!

Red kale catches rain drops.

One of the last kohlrabi.


Sunflowers, kale, daisies. 

Angie carting in one of the 6 loads of corn stalks. We were a bit damp at this point. (Read that as "soaking wet".) But working hard enough we didn't get cold. Notice her smile? We have a pretty good time here on the Farm.

Bundled corn stalks awaiting pick up.

Lisa had the great idea to get them out of the weather. Car rides home might be a tad drier that way!

Our 18 weeks has come to an end. A little celebration of all the bounty. Pumpkin cake, warm apple cider from the Farm. Hmmmm. A wonderful way to end our great summer. Thanks for being part of it!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Week 17, September 17, 2013

She knows her Papa (my brother John) liked/loved cherry tomatoes. She very carefully place these Sun Sugars "just so". This is John's headstone lovingly placed in the garden at The Farm. She visits him each week.

He is just waking up and facing his oatmeal. He has to eat it first before he can have his fruit roll up on the seat beside him.

Pretty lavender statice.

"Aunt Lorrie, a new bug, come take a picture!"

A big, beautiful apple.

Missing grapes eaten by bees.

Bees caught in the act.

Honey bee on the zinnia. 
Can you see the bright orange on its back elbow?

Here the orange shows up a bit better. 
It is pollen to take back to the hive.

A different bee.

Swiss chard likes cooler weather.

The big, volunteer sunflower is starting 
to show the seeds that have developed.

Brightly colored carrots.

Did you know that the first carrots were red? 
We've come a long way, baby!

Crunchy and pretty inside.

Soft and pretty.

Sweet little dahlias.

A cute little pink one.

Asters and roses.

Tender green beans with 
chopped up green olives.

Pear and celery salad. So fresh and crispy.

AND veggies with pasta. 
Are we spoiled or what!

Follow it up with a pumpkin cake with frosting. 
Is it nap time? 
What do you mean we need to pick more???

Pumpkins await pick up.

Angie adjusts the parsley we picked. 
The bed in front of her has the plants in it.

The basil loves the heat of the greenhouse.

Pink flowers.

Heavenly blue statice and yellow dahlias. 

Statice and zinnias.

Roses and statice. 
Can you tell Lisa is back at bouquets?

Beautiful. Beautiful.

She is helping carry armloads of statice. 
Soooo big!