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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, June 18, 2013

Week 4 June 18

Lisa, my sister, picks the
first of the zinnias.

An armload of zinnias.
Potatoes in the foreground.


In the background, a multi-tasking Bryan, a friend of mine,
helps pick Sylvanberries, 

 
Deanna, a co-worker from Sprague who
is now at McKay, checks the cauliflower in the foreground. 

The 2nd planting of cole crops has a few
mature white cauliflower. Deanna is harvesting.

Amy, a friend who is helping us out,
picks Sylvanberries in the rain.

One of the many passing rain clouds today.

Lisa is adding ferns to the flower mix. A new texture.

These ferns are leathery.

The spores on the back are dark and a little raised.

When the sun came out we could
see the spores while looking at the front side.

Lady's Mantle catches rain drops
that bead up and glisten in the sunshine.

Lisa, my sister, made a DELICIOUS pastry for our morning snack.

Pink Astilbe is ready for this week.
Almost frothy looking.

The rains came pouring down on my great nephew who lives here at The Farm. "Should I abandon my trike, or just put up my hood?"

"It's not letting up,  heading for cover"!

That shower left big puddles.

Then the sun came out and the coats came off. She poses with a dahlia in hand and a nasturtium in her hair.
She is my great niece who lives at The Farm with her little brother and baby sister.

Blackcaps. Black raspberries.

Lemon balm is ready to harvest.
Soon this will be in the boxes.

Lovage is like an overgrown celery, much taller.
Same flavors and can be used in much the same way. 

Sorrel. Soon making an appearance.

One of the first Echinacea,
a.k.a. purple coneflower, to bloom this year.

Lavender is beginning to bloom.

Ornamental allium (onion family flower)
are beginning to burst out of their protective casings.

A purple drooping allium flowers out.

Pink snapdragon.
The lower right petal caught some rain.

These seeds in their protective casings are on a "basket of gold" flower. 

Dad planted this beautiful clematis by the entrance to the backyard of the house. I told him I loved it and he brought me my own. It is planted with a red rose and a white rose at my house. I have a living "flag" for the 4th of July. And memories.

Sweet peas are starting to bloom.

A golden hop adorns the little greenhouse.

Guess who hopped by to visit?

Twining morning glory start up the trellis.
They all grow in the same direction when they climb.

The bunny tail grass we planted along the
walkway in the new raised beds is starting to bloom.
Doesn't it look like a little bunny tail? :)

Lisa and I planted more things in the raised bed after the harvest boxes were picked up. These yarrow plants really wanted out of their 4 inch pots. Runners that would normally grow along the surface of the soil had headed DOWN.

More was added in, the late sun was shining,
good times between sisters.

Chocolate scented cosmos.
Give them a sniff sometime.

Lisa is forever on the move,
shovel and plant in hand this time.

These we purchased at Costco in a bag. Pretty!

More sweet pea colors.

Black hollyhocks bloom by our
late Grandma Daisy's house.

The underneath side of the orange drawer that won a spot in the flower garden. It was "repurposed" after the
farmhouse bathroom was remodeled.
I wonder when Queen Lily Soap was popular?

Lisa and I remember when these berry carriers
were used on The Farm's strawberry fields of yore.

Asian pears growing in the orchard.

It appears there will be an abundance of figs this year.
Unless the birds win the battle.

Apples growing in the orchard, too.

About 9:15 Tuesday night. Almost a "glow in the dark" picture. The clouds have thinned out.