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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, June 9, 2015

Week 3

School is still in session, therefore our helpers who teach are still at their regular jobs. KC, Jan and DiAnne heard we were short of help so they stepped up! Thanks ladies.

Today's bounty from our Shady Maple Farm gardens. All items in our harvest boxes are grown here at Shady Maple Farm.
Oh, don't forget the beautiful flower bouquet for each box.

Grams on the left sorts and bundling the beautiful beets. KC is checking out what's next.

Chioggia beets look like targets.

Once the beets are bundled they are submerged in cold water. Warm days warrant a cool soak.
The makings of our own iced coffees. Yummy.

This is a beet puree we dubbed "beet humus" as we dipped our tortilla strips in it over and over and over.

A shredded beet, cabbage, fresh shelling pea and crisped onion salad. Really scrumptious.

Oh yes, and dipping pita chips into the "humus" was mighty tasty too. The white is a few dollops of Greek yogurt.

Shelling peas that could go into a salad or eaten out of hand.


Raspberries. Top of my list.

"Veronica" cauliflower. Looks pretty cool, right?
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"Purple of Sicily" cauliflower.

Regular broccoli.  Might be the variety "Blue Wind".

All three look pretty together.

This cauliflower is a double one. Once cauliflower makes its head it is a finished plant. They do not throw off any side shoots like broccoli does. All these leaves can go into the compost pile after the heads have been cut.

The green cauliflower is the same, one head and then finished. Lots of leaves help protect the head from sun scald.

This is our savoy cabbage on the left and our Pac Choi on the right. A different variety than what we usually see in the stores, which is bok choi.

DiAnne, Jan and Chris clean and sort the lemon grass. It has sharp edges so gloves come in handy. The shade of the lathe house is welcome today.

Bundled and tagged and ready for the boxes. Nice work ladies!

The beginning of the kale bundles.

Red and green celery. 

DiAnne rubber bands the colorful Swiss Chard. Such focus!

Guess what's in these clear bags?

Lettuce dunked in cold water. Hopefully all the little slugs swam to the surface. :)

The contents of today's box. Each box gets a unique bouquet of flowers.

DiAnne and Jan, buddies to the end of the day! Always cheerful and helpful.

Another beautiful bouquet to pick from. Lisa picks and arranges all the flowers.

White foxglove with dark pink Sweet William and light pink cluster roses.

A bucket full of roses awaits placement in bouquets.

Blue Veronica along with yellow lilies and snapdragons set off by green Bells of Ireland and lovage foliage.

Playground fun.

Deep discussions in the flower house.

Anna being funny :)

Chris enjoys her coffee popsicle.