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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 22, 2014

Week 9

Part of our perennial beds we build in February of 2013. They are coming along nicely. This area of The Farm had been the sight of a tractor barn that had fallen down and contained a myriad of left over tractor parts and assorted other metal pieces. With the help of friends and family, we reclaimed the area and built the beds in the layout of the Quad at Oregon State.

A couple bags of lilies from Costco grow into beautiful, fragrant flowers.

Jamie teaches health at Sprague and loves helping out at The Farm. She also helped in the demolishing of the old tractor barn two years ago. Here she trucks in zucchini, yellow crookneck and patty pan squash. 

Jamie and Angie bring the golf cart out for the first run of the summer.

Yes, they are putting up with me and my camera. Thanks guys!

Green beans galore!

A box full of figs. 

Blueberries that look a bit black in this light. Hmmm.

Introducing "Today's Lunch". Veggie kabobs.

Introducing "Dessert".  White chocolate chip, blueberry bread pudding. Oh my.

Iced lattes. Lisa makes her own coffee syrup and then pours together with milk and ice cubes. They are so tasty. She makes the perfect coffee syrup.

The beginning of the box this week. Zucchini, yellow crookneck, slicing cucumbers, lemon cucumbers and a savoy cabbage.

Allison and Chris check out the partially filled boxes during lunch.

Kabobs with pesto. Delicious.

This pizza was amazing. The left side has eggplant, tomatoes, and pesto. The right side has caramelized onions and bulb fennel with fontina cheese. Both are on Anna's homemade pizza crust, too.

Up close version. Gooey goodness!

The caramelized onion and bulb fennel pizza up close. You would not believe how scrumptious this was.

Green onions and "Candy" onions.

This orange/coral flower is called Cape Fuchsia.
Hummingbirds love it.

This very old lavender plant survived our long periods of cold this past winter. All but a few lavender sprigs have been harvested.

Bright colored zinnias. The touch of little yellow flowers inside the ray flowers add to the brightness.

Sunshine on this bright yellow zinnia is very cheery.

Old fashioned roses in our mom's row of roses. These are along the front of the nursery along Portland Road.

Such a perfect pink rose.

A very happy looking rose.

Our rather large tarragon bush. Mom had this in her herb bed for many years, at least 12.

Left to right: celery, orange beets, red beet greens, green onions, the ends of the Swiss Chard.

Colorful Swiss Chard.

The boxes are full today.

Sage, blueberries and bulb fennel.

There is nothing more fun to play on than the "first day out of the barn" golf cart.

Anna and her little one. The others are still playing on the golf cart. 

 Snapdragons, amaranth and a lady bug.

Now she is crawling towards the camera.

A young lady checks out the box for this week. The lady bug was in her flowers. It is crawling on her hand and she is intrigued! Dad looks on.

 Now it is headed toward the amaranth. The legs even show up!

This lily is just now opening.

The morning glory are twining themselves around the lilies. Lisa and Anna redirect them to the wooden cages for climbing purposes.

Many colors of yarrow.

A honeybee on a dark pink coneflower.

Lime green zinnias with lavender statice and purple asters.

These asters are so pretty and bright.

She picked some sweet peas and she is as cute as they are!

Lisa picking flowers from the perennial beds.

Sisters sharing sweet peas. Love their grins!

This Swallowtail is missing a part of its left tail.   :(
It really liked the purple Liatris.

I was thrilled to get a photo of the underneath side. The body has the same markings as the wings and look at those EYES!

Honeysuckle climbing the trellis. The light to dark shading of each flower part is beautiful.

The seed pods of a clematis on the trellis. Do they look like asteroids? 

Sweet William plants we started from seed this past winter are starting to bloom.

Pink yarrow up close. So delicate looking, yet tough.

Yellow nasturtiums. The long tubular part, the spur, has nectar that hummingbirds love. If you were to bite the tip off the end you could suck out the sweet nectar. Yum!

Light pink scabosia in varying stages of maturation. 

Up close.

Fragrant lilies. If you are allergic, you could trim off the orange parts (male pollen producers) and it may help your allergies.

A mixture of yarrow and lilies.

Softly colored roses.