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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.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Week 1 2013

Week 1 Harvest box items
Little hands are excited to show the rolled up roly poly/pill bug.
Such tender little hands.

Many helpers on day one of the 2013 Harvest Box season
at Shady Maple Farm. All are related, too!

One of our new additions helps her Mom by tightening her little girl toes. Cousin in pink helps carry the broccoli box.

Broccoli with Purple of Sicily Cauliflower.
It is almost creamy in texture.
This is what Rhubarb looks like when it blooms.
White flowers turn into red seeds.

Small slicing
 cucumber, Manny.
Longer cucumber, Telegraph.


Artichokes.

Purple kale, a little cherubs coat,
and green kale. It was warming up, apparently.

Warm season crops are growing in the greenhouse.
Zucchini, patty pan, and yellow straight necked summer squash.
Some do better in the greenhouse than others.

We tried lemon cucumbers in the greenhouse to speed
them up, too. They seem to like it just fine.

Spinach being watched by a discarded coat.
Of course it would have a critter on the hood.

Lisa's first cart full of posies for the summer.
Peonies, a few white foxglove, and a couple blue delphinium.
Beautiful.

Flowers waiting in water until all are picked to make bouquets.
Lisa starts picking flowers no earlier than noon for the freshest bouquets.


Pink peony. 
Delicate white peony.


So true!

The path to Grandma Daisy's trailer. My grandmother.
Lots of memories then and now.


Freshly cut asparagus.
 



Freshly pulled and
trimmed rhubarb.



He is a great helper.
Pulling in the crop to the potting shed.

THE most delicious rhubarb upside down cake EVER.
We were fortunate to have it as our lunch dessert. WOW.
Violets at home in the onion bed. I am happy Florencio left
them there to flourish with the rest of the plants.
One of the new additions to our family
decides to sleep on the job. :)

Chard pickers ready to get at it.

The many colors of Swiss Chard.

                      


Peak a boo with a cart full of Swiss Chard. Thanks guys!
Watching where we walk so we don't trip.

Beautiful dahlias from inside the greenhouse.

Pink dahlia.

Another new addition to our family this year.
Ahhh, that sun is bright!

In search of the killdeer nest with 4 eggs.

Green kohlrabi growing.

Purple kohlrabi still in the ground.

I caught Lisa arranging flowers...

A mamma killdeer near her new nest.

She leads "strangers" away with her
"I'm wounded" act so we wouldn't find her nest.

Yet there it was, hiding in plain sight
IN THE ROAD. See the 4 eggs?

Figs are getting bigger. And they are loaded.
Birds stay away, birds stay away.

Many Marionberries have set on the plants.

Blueberries need to get ripe. I love blueberries!

Baby grape clusters.

Andrew sought out all the disc parts that were needed for the disc repair. They arrived, he put the disc back together and worked
the very rocky ground by the highway and the pampas grass.

Dad's favorite little wild blackberries.
Looks like there will be MILLIONS of them.

Raspberries.


Anna made lunch. Pasta with asparagus, onions, broccoli,
cauliflower, basil and a little cheese. So yummy. Almost all from the garden today.

Lunch time.


A garden boot type of day here on the farm.
                               


Cart of beauty.

Multitude of dahlia colors.

Cape Fuchsia.