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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, September 2, 2014

Week 15

The sunflowers are starting to take off. All different kinds.

Different varieties of zinnias. Doubles, cactus styles and the every day regular ones.

Statice looks dried even when it isn't. Dark blue, light blue, yellow and white. Most have a white eye in them. They do dry beautifully and could be kept around all year.

More colors of zinnias, some are two toned.

And a few more zinnias on the right with Teddy Bear sunflowers to the left.

Brooks prunes are so delicious. Nothing like a fresh one of these.

A wooden truck load of cantaloupe and a few watermelon.

More Brooks prunes resting near boxes of Asian pears in the shade.

With their little bit of dirt I can tell these came from the field and not the greenhouse. Also these have some marks on them, likely from cucumber beetles.

A wondrous cart full of posies. Large dahlias, snapdragons, zinnias, deep rose colored asters, delphinium and more.

She is putting a few more yellow pear tomatoes in to the boxes. Sweet thing!

A person's view of carrots growing out in the field.

A shoe top view of the rows of carrots. So much frilly green shading the soil. 

Carrots on the cart after they have been newly dug and washed.

This one particular carrot appears to me like a pair of pants hanging on the clothes line or dancing legs :)

Peppers of all colors being bagged for the boxes, a few of each variety per box.

Colorful mini-bells.

Large green bells, some turning to their orange or yellow final color. Most peppers start out green and then mature to other colors. Sweetness comes with the mature color of the fruit.

Mary bagging tomatillos. Beans are next.

Green beans destined for bags.

A variety of sizes of tomatillos. Some are green, some yellow and a few are purple. 

The beginning of a scrumptious lunch. Melons from the garden. I don't think there is anything sweeter.

Lisa and Anna spoil us with the fixings for our own iced lattes.

Salted caramel apple bars. Oh my gosh. These were so ewwy goey good!

Sauteed veggie quesadillas. Soft peppers and onions inside were so tender and juicy, hmmm.

A table full of deliciousness. Oh, lemonade in the blue pitcher and water in the pretty white one. We are always conscious of hydrating enough.

I love my plateful of lunch. Oh my.

In the background, Faith is talking to Anna's youngest little one. Oh yes, my plate's appearance has changed. I didn't eat dessert first this Tuesday. That's how good the quesadillas were. 

Florencio brings in the cart full of tomatoes he had just picked.

Taking a peak at the pumpkin patch.

These large ones are the "Atlantic Giant" variety of pumpkin and can reach up to 600 lbs. if babied all summer and fed just so. We treated them like all the rest. They still are REALLY big!

The girls are eating "fresh from the field" raw corn while resting on the huge pumpkins.

Kale getting divided up and put into the boxes.

The gentle blending of cherry tomatoes.

Anna's littlest and Florencio's littlest share the holding of the friendly farm chicken.

We love this swirly large dahlia.

Bouquets in the process of being put together. 

Such a pretty pink and white bouquet. I am partial to pink.

These lovely white dahlias are new to us this year. Last fall Lisa and I traveled to Swan Island Dahlias in Canby and saw their fields in bloom. We picked out 18 new dahlias to add to our collection here at the farm. Good thing we did as last winter was colder for longer than most winters and almost all of our dahlias at the farm died. 

Faith laughs over the table of flowers.

Different hues of orange zinnias with purple lupine.

Carnations on the far side and Sweet William on this near side. This cart smells WONDERFUL!


I went home and made a corn salad with onions and cherry tomatoes. This was sooo delicious. I found the recipe on google. Basil added a nice touch, too. All from the farm.