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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, July 16, 2013

Week 8 - July 16, 2013

Lisa and her helpers pick the gladiolas
and get them into water.
A greenhouse cucumber snuck down
below the table top.

Greenhouse tomatoes, vine ripened!

One of the myriad of blackberries here on Dad's Farm.
We don't know the names of them all. Other than, yummy!

Blueberries. There are several kinds that
helps spread out the season.

Marionberry muffins. So delicious!

Oregano in stacks to be bundled.

A pumpkin that the birds thought
they would decorate.
Pumpkins up close. It's a long time until October 31st.


Tomatillas are getting bigger.
They will be harvested later when they are ripe.
Sunflowers in the
middle of the garden.
So pretty.
Lemon yellow sunflowers.


Hybrid sunflowers.


Ring of Fire Sunflowers.

A lady bug visits. She is one of
the "good guys" to find in your garden.

My friend, Chris, pushes my great niece. They were a big help picking all the cucumbers and the summer squash.

Baby's Breath.
Such a large mound of pretty white.

Dahlias in the front, sweet peas climb up the wall.

Figs are swelling up with sweetness.
There should be quite a few this year if Florencio can keep the birds away.

Persimmons. They will grow much larger and
be orange when they are ripe. October, usually.

Asian pears for later in the fall, too.

Anna's delicious lunch today.
Homemade waffles with homemade berry sauce. Wow. 

The glads made it into the shade.

So many colors.

Some even have a white stripe!

These nearly glow. So pretty.

Shelling peas. I love these!

We sure think these are pretty, but the other plain, old, green peas taste wayyyy better.

Cabbage is growing fast in this heat.

Beans are loaded. Very tender at this stage.

The second planting of corn is growing, finally after the cool, rainy spring. The beans to the right are filling out nicely.

We have to let the asparagus grow and get tall in its "fern" stage. This allows the root system to replenish so there will be a crop next year and the year after. The tiny green berries you might be able to see will turn red in the fall.

Bulb fennel is getting bigger. The bulb is used and has a slight anise/licorice taste. Crunchy in salads.

The first planting of corn is making ears and silk.

We added flowers to the garden to attract beneficial bugs. Check these out sometime. They are usually buzzing with activity.


Lemon cucumbers. Each flower has the potential to become a lemon cucumber.

Purple cone flower. Echinacea. All kinds of bees love this flower. Butterflies, too.