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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 harvest boxes for this coming season.
We do have flower subscriptions available.
A Full Share is 18 weeks of gorgeous bouquets for $230 or a Half Share, every other week for a total of 9 weeks of flowers for $115.
Please email Lorrie at if you are interested.

Pick up would be on Tuesdays between 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Farm, 8005 Portland Rd. N.E. Salem, Oregon. Our season lasts from May 29 to September 25, 2018.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Harvest box "extra edition"

Florencio trimming and washing the leeks.

All dressed up and ready to go.

Grams sorting in the warmth of the greenhouse.

Green and purple cauliflower. Doesn't it look like a work of art?

Grams taking a much deserved break.

Angie enjoying our fried bread, cream cheese and tomatoes for lunch.

This is a tradition in our family. Our grandmother Daisy Gardner (a great name, don't you agree?), Angie's great grandmother, was known to make these for us and served them on her porch which is in the middle of the gardens by the house. Great memories.

Another yummy dessert.

Fried potatoes to add to the fried bread, cream cheese, sometimes thinly sliced onions along with farm grown tomatoes.

Dried flowers awaiting their harvest box location.

Rose hips and persimmon to be put into boxes.

Late season items to go in the November boxes.

Colorful Swiss Chard to be bundled.

Bryan and Grams filling the boxes.

Filling the boxes up!

Healthy rose hips have been hanging and drying in the greenhouse for a couple weeks.

Persimmons will keep for a while. So tasty!

Grape vine wreaths have been drying flat along side the dried beans.

Spinach on the left and parsley on the right.

Lil' Pump-Ke-Mon pumpkins.

Ethan and Anna organize the gourds.

Lisa is harvesting the greenhouse basil. Sure smells good in here!

The leaves are coating and protecting.

These small butternuts are a variety called Hunter. Smaller than the original sizes of butternut squash.

Levi is excited about these dried flower bouquets.

Bicolor gourds.

Warty, striped gourds in many shapes and sizes.

Baby Boo pumpkins with their curly stems.

Sweet Annie is so fragrant. It also makes a wonderful wreath.

The full harvest boxes await pick up.

This box has a green cauliflower in among the herbs, peppers, flowers and a plethora of produce.

Another view.

Here is what was in each box. Love the colors and variety.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall on Shady Maple Farm

The raised flower beds have a bit more color left in them.

Zinnia rows with blueberries to the left in full fall colors.

The fig tree's grey bark is showing through.

The persimmons are almost ready to pick.

The view looking east from the ladder in the persimmon tree.

These persimmon branches are maxed out. 

From the north end of the zinnia rows looking back toward the greenhouses.

Very showy red zinnias. 

This is the cactus variety of orange zinnias.

Peppermint twist zinnias. Every now and then there is a rouge red petal.
A red petal now and again even on these yellow peppermint twist zinnias.

Scott taking a break from his vet school studies and helping us make wreaths for the extra harvest box in November.

Anna has her wreath pretty round!

Lisa is picking out her grape vines to twist into art work.

Anna trims her next set of leaves off. 

Even though the sun is out it is chilly today.

The right hand greenhouse is sporting brand new double plastic. It had been repaired many times so it was time for a new covering. Florencio knows how to repair/replace things here on the farm. The 20' wide by 70' long greenhouse has two layers with a fan to blow air between the layers to aid in insulation.

The east side looks so neat and trim now that it is all new! These two large greenhouses are heated with natural gas.

A large mushroom has captured the previous night's rain.

The smaller greenhouses keep the storage pumpkins, squash, tomatillos dry.

The Love Lies Bleeding (the red drooping flowers) surround our family memorial garden.

Nasturtiums climb the woodshed walls.

These look like they might be climbing IN the woodshed.

Blueberry leaves in their fall glory. The ones underneath that don't receive any sunlight stay yellow.

Driving around the out buildings to get back to the garden area. A few of the black walnut leaves have come down :)

Purple cauliflower in November. 

Another one, these have an almost creamy texture. Delicious.

Angie, on a different day, making grape vine wreaths.

Yes! It does look like a round wreath. Or a picture frame.

Triple Crown blackberry leaves.

Sunshine showing the veins of the leaves. And these canes don't have thorns. A real bonus for pickers and Florencio who puts up the canes each year.

Leeks are ready for harvest.

Gourds drying out next to the grape vine wreaths on the right. The beans for drying have been pulled and are being laid out in separate piles for the different colors. We grew black, white and kidney beans for drying this year. A few of the very tall greenhouse tomatoes are still producing on the far left.

Picking Golden Treasure storing tomatoes for keeping through the winter. This is on November 9, 2015.

See you next time on Shady Maple Farm's blog.