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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, June 3, 2014

Week 2

These first few photos depict the art of reclaiming barn wood for the frame of our CSA sign on Sunday. Scott helped me get the boards from what we call "the old sheep barn". It fell inward many years ago and the blackberries think it is their trellis.

Our newly framed sign from very old wood. The piece on the right is red under years of dust. It was the first board Scott pulled out from under the barn roof.

Scott is taking a break from his studies for Vet school on Sunday. He is fishing for a solid board long enough for part of the frame. It was great he could help me hunt. (He did most of the hunting.) Notice all the blackberries to his left.

The bucket on the tractor was called into service to move the prickly blackberry canes.

Scott was able to pry them off once the berries were out of the way.

Tuesday morning. Let the picking begin. Only a few asparagus were ready to be harvested today by Florencio. In the background The Farm's new neighbors help harvest strawberries.

Anna has the greenhouse items harvested early. Here is a sampling.

Florencio pulls and washes the colorful radishes. The long ones are called "French Breakfast".


Round radishes with white roots.

This purple radish is hard and woody. It didn't find its way into a box.

Colorful beets.

"Other Mary" and Bill sort the beets while chatting. Orange beets are doled out among the red beets.

Tarragon, cauliflower, blue-hued broccoli.

Our "waiting" table is laden with many things as the little kids' car sits idle. As things are harvested, they rest here in the shade until it is their turn to be put into the boxes.

Various sizes and shapes of cauliflower and broccoli. Cauliflower has protective leaves.

One of the beds of thyme.

Thyme up close.

Cut thyme. The underneath side of the leaves is silvery white.


Thyme going into the bags. The flowers are purple.

Anna's youngest naps while Anna sets out lunch. Two versions of her cabbage salad to put on our pulled pork sandwiches. Are we spoiled or what?

The pork had cooked the day before in her crock pot. Then is was refrigerated and any fat taken off. So very tasty. Fall apart tender, too.

Cabbage slaw to put on our sandwiches. This is the one without cilantro
 (Anna knows me, thanks Anna).


Doesn't this look absolutely yummy? Thin buns, too.


Fresh cucumber and onion pickles.

Anna also made frozen raspberry yogurt popsicles for all the big AND little people today!


And what does one do after lunch at The Farm? Nap in the nearest, coolest truck around.

While one kiddo napped, the others showed off their popsicle eating skills among the flowers by the Potting Shed.

The Farm's new neighbors came over to help harvest today. Here their smallest cherub offers her dad a taste. Love the skirt!



Lisa models her new rose picking gloves. It only took me 2 + summers to get her these to protect her arms. Some of you know we have wicked thorns on a few of the roses. Now she is less likely to get all scratched up.


Buckets with water filled with greenery and blue catmint.

Lady's Mantle is a wonderful, fresh green color with uniquely shaped leaves.

More catmint.

These are golden hop vines. 

The table of bouquets are being added to and primped!


A lovely combination of lupine, Lady's Mantle and roses.

Lupine, catmint, fragrant roses.

Definitely a cottage style bouquet. Peonies and roses.

Tall purple foxglove, ornamental grass, and roses.

Roses await their placement. I love how these colors blend from dark on the petal margins to light inside.

Mom had this sign hanging in one of the greenhouses when she had her herb, fuchsia and scented geranium nursery in operation. It is very fitting with our family and friends helping us out around the garden.

Purple and white balloon flowers, purple lupine and the fuzzy gray stems with purple flowers is called Lamb's Ear.

Lupine, roses, Love Lies Bleeding.


Dark pink peonies, roses, lavender scabosia or pin cushion flower.


Our sister-in-law, Denise, drove 2 1/2 hours (one way) to help us with our harvest today. She is helping pick cilantro.

Tall lovage in the background (the stems make cool straws), white flowering cilantro among the cucumbers.


Cilantro leaves, stems and flowers. All parts are edible. The flowers mature into little round balls. These round seeds are called coriander.

On the left "Other Mary" and Bill, on the right, divide up the cilantro evenly. Sometimes it is like a big puzzle.

Angie works with the tarragon puzzle.

Maybe taller bags?

A tray of freshness.

Bundles of parsley. Hopefully everyone will have enough parsley to last a while.

Lisa cutting a few of the last yellow allyssum to add to bouquets. She also found a few more catmint stems to add.

The greenhouse basil thrives in the warmth. It is planted right into the soil of a raised bed in this big greenhouse.

Look at the tops of these plants and their leaves. This is right before the harvest today.

Right after the harvest today. We do this to them every Tuesday. Poor things lose their heads weekly!

 Anna's new puppy woke up from her nap. Beautiful blue eyes.

The other napper is awake and petting the puppy.


Florencio brings in his 3:30 harvest of lettuce and then picks up the puppy who is happy to see him. They don't get along at all, right???

Awake from her nap and ready to go.

A flower behind her ear.

Mom gets one too.

Older sister gets a flower too!

One in her hair, one in her hand and baby sister in the background petting the puppy again.

Lisa shows me all the flowers she has planted since last Tuesday. Perennials for the box bouquets.

Marigolds in front, verbena and then sweet peas to climb the walls.

Scabosia around the peony cages. Tall carnations getting used to their new location in front.

By Grandma Daisy's porch, more carnations by the front edge, then Dropmore Anchusa with more sweet peas in the back beginning to climb.

Tired camper. This gardening wears a person out!

Lisa weeded this bed, then planted three rows of snapdragons. Drip irrigation is watering very slowly.

Lisa and I ponder what this flower is. We thought we had most of Mom and Dad's flowers figured out. But no, not this one. Tall lovage grows in the background. It is in the celery family.

Lisa tucks in the baby's breath. It grows so fast and is sneaky and crawls out between the boards.

When we first built these "cages" the plants were only about a foot across. They will continue to grow. At least we should be able to use the walkways, unlike years past.