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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, August 19, 2014

Week 13 Guest Photographer


Larry Goss, a friend of mine, agreed on short notice to come out and take photos today at The Farm. The first part of the day are his photos. He and his wife, Elaine, are photographers. Please feel free to go to their website to view their work.  www.engaginglight.com   
Thank you Larry!


The Pin Cushion flowers with pink carnations and allysum.
Black eyed Susans. 

Scott and Anna, my niece and her husband who live at The Farm, picking cherry tomatoes. 

Black eyed Susans in two different shades. This one in the front looks like it is reaching for the sun.

The little one snacking on her dad's picking of Snowberry cherry tomatoes.

Cherry tomatoes are time consuming to pick. They are little nuggets of power packed flavor and so worth it!

Anna picking Poblano peppers.

Allison searching for cherry tomatoes.

We enjoy having "field" flowers. Ones planted in rows among the vegetables. They are the annual flowers that last just one season like the tomato and pepper plants so are tilled under after their season is over. They also add beauty to the garden.

Maggie, who is visiting Allison's family from Germany for 8 weeks, is helping pick today.

The "it takes a village" idea is shown here. Scott and Anna and their littlest in the foreground. Back right, my sister Lisa and her good friend from college, Pat, are picking the sunflowers. My friend from Sprague High School days, Chris, is picking tomatoes to the left.

A few Poblano's in their sunny crate.

A group picking cherry tomatoes.

Bold marigolds edge the garden. They bring in beneficial insects and look pretty in the garden. These are very tall.

Maggie and Allison among the staked cherry tomatoes.

Anna and Scott's puppy, Sheila, trying to figure out who Larry is behind this camera! Beautiful blue eyes.

She keeps her eyes on him as she stretches. 

Even the kid cart is in on today's activities.

Apples await outside the potting shed.

Watermelon, plums, summer squash resting in the shadows of the potting shed.

Cantaloupe and Red Pontiac potatoes.

The light colored melon is a watermelon, either yellow or red inside.

Light peeking through the trees to the patty pan squash.

Dad was always trying out different tomato varieties. I remember one year when he grew 48 different kinds. These are a hold over from those days. Named "Jet Star" they are firm like a store bought tomato but have better flavor. Most store bought tomatoes are bred for shipping durability, not fresh taste.

A Tuesday morning view of the boxes. They almost look forlorn in their "emptiness".

Overlooking the raised perennial beds toward the blue roofed potting shed. 

Lisa bringing in her sunflower harvest. 

Auntie and niece in the tomatoes. The little one still isn't sure who Larry is!

She is patiently waiting for a cherry tomato from Angie.

Yum, it was worth the wait.

Beautiful Hungarian Wax peppers glistening in the sun.

Marigolds among the peppers.

A cart full of goodies.

Poblano peppers, broccoli, Jet Stars and a variety of cherry tomatoes.

Amaranth or Love Lies Bleeding out in the field.

This cactus is one that my Aunt Bea brought back from Arizona many years ago. One of the many memories we have of her at the farm. She has passed but she still makes us smile. :)

Lisa and her handful of Amaranth.

Erin picking Sun Sugar tomatoes.

Lisa gathering more of the Amaranth.

Sunlight through a sunflower.

This sunflower shows off the blue sky.

And another one.

Chris close to her work, picking tomatoes.

Larry was able to get her to look up.

Beets, onions, tomatillos.

Beets and onions.


Grapes in the shadows.

Grapes in the shadows.

Peek a boo!

There are a lot of grapes in these bunches.

Scott holding up a large bunch.

Enjoying the shade.

Beautiful.


Dark grapes.

One leaf has turned its fall color.

A variety of colors on one cluster.

Sunflowers and white statice.

These are almost see through.

A large bounty today.

A variety of tomatoes and plums.

Pretty cherry tomatoes.

Chris and Allison take a much deserved break near the table of produce.

Lisa taste testing an apple, me on my crutches, arthroscopic knee surgery the previous Friday. (Second knee this summer.)


The previous photos were taken by Larry, from here to the end they are mine, Lorrie's.
Cantaloupe.

A fuzzy caterpillar makes himself at home.

Crawling from one kidlet to another.

Crawling UP HIGH!

A bouquet of brocolli.

A close up of what tomato picking does to your hands. Also this is a the blossom end of one of the cherry tomatoes, Isis Candy. It appears like it has a star on the end.

The Triple Crowns are rather large this morning.


Lunch today. Pasta salad with a plum tart and a zucchini lemon cake glazed in lemon frosting.

Great company, great food and the great outdoors. Yippie!

Dessert first, why not?

I really love all these different tomatoes.

Vibrant zinnias.

Soft coral zinnias with white asters.

Coral cactus zinnias with white asters.

Teddy Bear sunflowers.

A green centered sunflower.

Brown centered sunflowers.

Gold zinnias with dark pink zinnias.

A bouquet collection.

Sunflowers, snapdragons, white button style asters and bright orange zinnias.

Love Lies Bleeding dripping over the table.

A collection of zinnias and snapdragons.

Lisa's artistry area. Freshly picked flowers, the beginnings of a variety of bouquets on the counter, more thoughts coming to life.

A purple or is it blue? Aster.

Yellow zinnias bring out the centers of the purple zinnias.

An uncommon striped zinnia.

Florencio's son gives Anna's son AND the chicken a push.

Say cheese!

Snapdragons as hats. 
Here are the front and back of this week's flyer that was in everyone's box. 


Questions? Email me at shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com

See you next time, 
Lorrie