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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 23, 2015

Week 5

Today's goodies.
Our Tuesday list.
Please mentally add in "Pretty Flowers" to the list :)

Helpers pose between rows of grapes and Marionberries.

A cluster of delicious Marionberries waiting to be picked.

Elisha under the netting picking blueberries.

Erin fights through the bird netting to pick blueberries, too. Behind her are four rows of zinnias with the sunflowers on the far end of the same rows.

A few zinnias are precocious enough to bloom early. We pinch them off so the plants will branch and produce more blooms closer to the main stem vs getting tall and spindly. 

Blueberries in clumps. Yum!

My niece Amber takes a selfie with the Marionberries. She lives at the farm and is a pharmacy tech in the summers. She is in pharmacy school at OSU during the school year. Go Beavs!

An early sunflower bud. 

Yellow crookneck squash. Love these fried. Slice thickly, drench through flour and garlic salt, fry in olive oil. Taste of summer.

Jalapeno peppers on a tiny plant.

Leeks have thrown up seed heads. They are edible, too.

A few artichokes. We are still rebounding after the winter of 2013 which killed off the majority of decades' old artichoke plants. We planted replacements from seed that year but it will take the newbies a few years to produce enough for the harvest boxes.

Looking top down on the row of pole peas. Peas don't like hot weather as they are a cool season crop.

Waldoberries, one of the many blackberries Dad planted. They are a cross between a Marionberry and a black raspberry.

Loganberries were Dad's favorite berry. Logans are a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. 

White berry flowers with the berries forming in the background as their petals dry up.

As we are primarily an OSU family, we selected this cute little flower this year. A true orange for Beaver fans. 

Irish Poet flowers in the greenhouse awaiting placement outside.

Amber, a current OSU student in pharmacy, takes a selfie with the dainty orange flowers. :)  Notice her sweatshirt?

Lemon cucs in the greenhouse have their problems. Critters eating their leaves and they really wish they were outside. We push them to grow inside with the hopes of early cucumbers for the harvest boxes. Field cucumbers are much later in the season.

Our greenhouse grown tomatoes are ripening.

These tomato varieties were bred for greenhouse production and are loving being inside. Luscious, tall, robust plants. Florencio babies them, too.

These are very tall compared to Amber's 5' 10" height. I love it when she is able to take my camera around and take photos for the blog! Thanks Amber.

Elderberry flowers in the dappled sunlight.

Herb pots Lisa planted up for a future Tuesday. Included plants are marjoram, sage, parsley, garlic chives and flowering edible nasturtiums.

All parts of the nasturtium are edible. Flowers, leaves, and stems are all edible.

Grape clusters are filling out.

Cousins enjoying the swing together. Hmm, I wonder who might be doing all the "work"?

Ethan working on his push ups on the play structure under the curly willow tree.

Company is shown/carried around the play structure. Love the grin!

Florencio picking Marionberries in the sunshine. 

Amber caught these great smiles in action!

Snapdragons on the left along with two varieties of gloriosa daisy. Also known as Rudbeckia or Black-eyed Susan. One is bronze and one is a bright yellow. Birds will love eating the seeds they produce.

A closer view of why they might be called Black-eyed Susans. Very showy.

Roses from Mom and Dad's flower gardens waiting to be selected for Lisa's bouquets.

Many helpers picking blueberries.

Oh to be this flexible.

Levi has the best seat in the house, um, field.

A new variety of cucumber we are trying this year. Dad always found new things each year to try. We carry out his tradition with new things each year. 

This one is called Barese.

Barese, the furry one on the left, regular slicing cucumber on the right.

Our attempt at growing peanuts here in Oregon. Hopefully the peanuts will form underground and we will be able to harvest before the harvest boxes end. Dad grew them once when we were kids here on the farm.

A volunteer sunflower (which means we didn't plant it but a bird probably did) is happy out in the field.

Yummy raspberries.

One of the blackberries picked today. They smell so good!

Everyone stays hydrated. Even the bike riders.

Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers ready for the boxes.

Erin happily models with purple sicily, white cloud cauliflower and Blue Wind broccoli.

Kale and Swiss chard hydrate in water filled buckets until later in the day.

Three varieties of zucchinis. Speckled green, dark green, and golden.

Feverfew has been added to our cut flower collection.
White and blue pin cushion flowers. Also known as Scabiosa.

White, pink, red, and mixed Sweet William cut flowers.

A handful of lovely pink and fragrant carnations.

One of our new lilies this year.

Yellow calla lilies.

Beautiful, colorful dahlias.

Yarrow in many hues.

Sweet peas. Fragrant and beautiful. Some are bi-color. A few have different colored margins, some are striped.

Joe Pye weed. Delicate pink flowers.

Hosta leaves are pretty as are their white flowers.

Calla lily leaves are large and strong.

Angie picking oregano in the sunshine.

Within this bed of Mom's oregano a bunny and a wheel barrow are hiding. They are part of Mom's garden art collection. Just the bunny's ears are showing.

Golden sage in one of the raised beds.

The golden sage with snapdragons and rudbeckia in the background. So pretty!

Angie snipping sage for the boxes today.

Two colors of kale will go into bundles for the boxes.

Swiss chard colors are sorted and rubber banded together.

Today's broccoli harvest. 

Hydrating produce outside the "potting shed".

Orange, yellow and even a few white carrots. Some of them are twisted, some have double "legs". 

Teething on the play structure!

Lisa enjoying the flower arranging part of her day.

Dahlias, snapdragons, yarrow, Sweet William and lilies.

Feverfew, yarrow, white pincushion flower and roses.

Calla lily leaves and flowers, yarrow and blue Russian sage.

Goldenrod, blue delphinium, roses, snapdragons.

Lupine, honeysuckle, dahlias, yarrow, foxglove and verbascum.

Tall cape fuchsia, dahlias, roses, Bells of Ireland, and hosta flowers.

Blue lupine, gomphrena (short purple spiky flowers), Bells of Ireland, yarrow, and flowers from spring flowering allium.

Joe Pye weed, white pin cushion flower, Dusty Miller gray foliage, fragrant roses, white Sweet William.

Lisa's flower house full of pretty bouquets.

This is all for this week's blog. 
Please check back later for more.