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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.
We are currently sold out of our harvest boxes for the 2017 season.
We have 1 beautiful flower share for the season available. Please email Lorrie at shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com if you are interested.

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 28, 2015

Week 10 Tuesday after Dad's birthday



Pale yellow statice with yellow roses, dahlias and snapdragons. Almost as refreshing as a lemon drop.
This large cactus dahlia has freckles and stripes. Very unique.
A different dahlia on the same plant has a side that is all red. How cool is that???
A much smaller version on a nearby plant. Pretty.
This dahlia has flat petals and a stand up center.
Cafe Au Lait dahlia our mom grew from Swan Island Dahlias. It has been on the farm for over a decade.
Yet another dahlia with variegated color on the petals.
Lisa's cart with happy faced sunflowers. Don't they make you want to smile?
Lisa among the sunflower rows. The very large sunflower heads are nodding under the weight of the seeds forming.
Chris and Alison picking the green zucchini, golden zucchini and yellow crookneck squash. We plant them along the road Dad's golf cart travels along. The heaviest produce is planted by the dirt path. Tomatoes are on the other side.
Anna, in purple, with her best friend Brea holding Anna's youngest, Levi. They are picking celery. The tall fluffy greenery in front of them is the asparagus bed. It needs to be allowed to grow its greenery to photosynthesize and replenish the root system for next year's harvest.
A few of these yellow carrots have more than one long root. The one in the middle looks like it's crossing its legs!

Watermelon, honeydew and a few cantaloupe.
Celery hydrating in buckets of fresh water.
Grams, aka Mary (my helpful mother in law) weighs and sorts French green beans.
Lisa working in the flower house.
Sure looks like an artichoke. But alas, it's cardoon.
Showy brown eyed sunflowers with Sweet Annie greenery.
Green centered fluffy sunflowers.
White foxglove, pink zinnias with tri-colored gladiolas.
Pale pink dahlias, bright pink zinnias and an ornamental grass with pink tinged ends.
Peppermint stick speckled zinnias with freckled dahlias and dark zinnias. A bit of boxwood sets them all off.
Cafe Au Lait dahlias in a bouquet.
Zinnias are so colorful and so cheerful. They have a wide spectrum of colors. Refreshing!
Bright yellow zinnias.
Blue Glitter Sea Holly. They look like they are dusted with silver and then there is the pretty, soft blue!
Lavender gladiolas with deep purple throated ones.
Such a soft pretty lavender in this white bucket.

Buckets of zinnias with Sweet Annie in the background.
I couldn't resist another photo of this unusual dahlia.
A plethora of flowers await Lisa's arranging them into bouquets. She picks and places them into like flowered buckets for ease of arranging.
Roses that smell like roses near Teddy Bear sunflowers.
Tall delphinium are protected in the corner of the flower house.
Anna writing the list on our chalkboard while Chris and Brea sort through the red fleshed plums and bag them. Cabbage drips dry on the cart behind Anna.
Poblano, jalapeno and chili peppers are ready to be bagged.
Parsley divided into bundles.
Such beautiful flowers.
Beauties in buckets.
White roses and gladiolas pair beautifully with blue scabiosa, sea holly and cardoon.
Purple dahlias with liatris or gayfeather contrast nicely with orange zinnias and crocosmia.
April usually arrives early and picks her fav... I think she loves pink!
Louise enjoys a bite of yellow watermelon in her Oma's flower house. Just hanging out and snacking. :)
It's hard to beat a freshly cut up slice of watermelon.
Today's harvest box contents on display.
Anna's teacher handwriting on display. She used to teach math as does her best friend, Brea. They went to school together.
Isn't this blue savoy cabbage gorgeous?
Purple or striped eggplant. I can't decide which one is more striking.


See you next week on the blog.

Lorrie

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 9 Many colors in flowers and produce

Sunflowers with soft green centers, Sweet William in varying hues, light purple Joe Pye Weed, and blue blooming Cardoon grace the first four buckets.
Dahlias. I love the bright and the pale colors.
More dahlias, some spiky, some single petaled and flat, others like a pom pom. Lovely.
Lilies with their pollen/anthers standing out like little orange dust mops. The edges or margins of these petals are like highlights.
Zinnias.
Gladiolas. A wide variety of colors.
Gold and lime green zinnias with a pink Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate hanging out.
Yellow yarrow and calla lilies.
Blue Glitter Sea Holly in all its blue, sharp spikes.
It's hard for me to pick a favorite zinnia. This pale pink one is in the running.
Bright crocosmia. These add a different texture to our bouquets.
Bright purple and lavender glads.
Daylilies, pastel yarrow and bright purple glads.
Blue flowering cardoon. It is in the same family as artichokes.
Blue scabiosa.
Different sunflowers, including Teddy Bear.
White tipped dahlia petals.
Today's yellow carrots. One lone orange carrot hiding out.
Orange beets Florencio just washed. They are dripping off on the cart.
Beautiful savoy cabbage.
A few red fleshed plums.
Some of the early cantaloupe are what we call "single serving" size. Some of them are full sized in this container.
Slicing cucumbers stacked up.
Light green rinds on the honeydew in the cart full of watermelon.
Dividing up the beets and carrots.
Alison gets comfortable to pick the tiny Sour Mexican Gherkins.
Florencio picking green beans.
Little Louise helps put the cabbage in the boxes.
Avrie secures the cart.
Louise coming back for another cabbage.
Gorgeous yellow flowers with calla lily leaves.
White lilies, blue delphinium along with white dahlias and blue salvia.
Ahhh, a pastel pink bouquet. Yarrow, dahlias and glads. 
A bright pink bouquet with lilies, yarrow and zinnias.
Tall blue Russian sage with blue scabiosa and yellow zinnias.
Today's "extra table" instructions.
Items in week 9's harvest box.
The size of the Sour Mexican Gherkins that Alison was picking.
Now, are these the hot jalapenos or the mild "Fooled You" jalapenos? They look the same!