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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, August 4, 2015

Week 11 Surprise visitors

Doesn't every family have a family beekeeper?
Meet our's, Matt. He and his wife, Jamee, dropped in today. They brought their NEW twins! They are about 6-7 weeks old. Such a wonderful surprise.

Jamee with one of her twins and the youngest here at the farm who is a bit older. Surely a lap full of precious kiddos.
A gorgeous day on the farm.
Lisa and her fun sidekick Cody, bring in a wagon and bucket full of zinnias.


So many beautiful zinnias. Here are a few of the buckets to view. Which is your favorite?












Ready to help pick, Aunt Lorrie! She is a very good helper. The family dog in the background. 
Mr. Smiley today :)
Jamie has helped us pick for 4 seasons. She is having a bit of trouble picking ground level crops as she is due in about 2 weeks. She has been a great help. Her little one loves cherry tomatoes, even though her mom doesn't.
Beautiful grapes.
We have several varieties, but we don't know the varieties. Dad didn't keep track of the names of these, he just knew they were delicious.

Taste testing for ripeness of course. Lots of little helpers among the grapes today.
This variety has many clusters close together. Looking at these make my mouth water.
Apples, eggplant and plums catch a ride on the cart.

Part of today's pretty and delicious lunch. This is a cantaloupe and orange watermelon salad. Can you tell which chunks are which?

A lovely way to stay hydrated. Ice cold lemonade on tap.
Chocolate zucchini cake for dessert today. Or what's left of it. So very moist and tasty.
Some of today's tomatoes. The wavy ones are Costoluto Fiorentino, an Italian variety.
When you have tomatoes, basil is a wonderful addition.
Tomatoes and basil as art. Artist arrangement by Erin. 
Sunflowers and delphinium heading home in the corner of a harvest box.

Peppermint zinnias, red zinnias, boxwood, red roses and snapdragons.

Tall purple liatris, purple statice, boxwood and orange zinnias.

One of my favorite combinations. Coral zinnias, green amaranth hanging down, blue salvia, one dark scabiosa and ornamental grass.
Patty cake with the bouquet! The little guy loves cucumbers and apples. This happy group is picking up their friends' box today.

Red zinnias, white yarrow along with ornamental grass.
Vegetables, fruits and flower options for today. Oh and can't forget the herbs.
These items make the boxes really heavy. Picking them up on the way to the car helps out.

Today's list of goodies.

Matt getting all his protective gear on to check the bees.
Hat and netting, check. Shoes without holes and ankles tapped closed, check. Long sleeved gloves, check. Coveralls tied around the waist, check. That way if bees figure out a way in they can't travel up or down his entire body length.
Lisa getting to hold one of the twins. How cute is this?
Lisa found this chair, Craig's List I think. It will be painted purple and added to the garden as art. She is great at repurposing things for garden art.