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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 30, 2016

Week 14 Produce and flowers galore


Baskets of large tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Their are a variety of grapes in the plastic bags.

A wide variety of cantaloupe and honeydew melons.

This wheelbarrow is full of different types of watermelon. This year we grew red ones, pink ones and yellow ones. Some are striped, some are speckled and some are almost solid green.

A variety of tasty grapes.

These yellow crookneck are excellent when sliced and fried after being dipped in flour.

New zucchini for us this year. Yellow round zucchini along with striped ribbed green zucchini.

Dark green zucchini, golden zucchini and light "Cube of Butter" zucchini.

Several shapes and sizes of eggplant.

Young slicing cucumbers.

Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes glowing in their boxes.

Anna's jalapeno cheese bread. This was so delicious.

Green beans in a creamy sauce with a crumbly topping. Yum!

So creamy... corn casserole with a touch of diced peppers.

Grape juice on the rocks with a splash of sparkling water. Very refreshing.

This yellow dotted watermelon is called Moon and Stars. It is an heirloom. We saved the seeds from last year's crop.

Our stately, glowing and brilliant delphinium.

Anna and her kiddos help organize the wheelbarrow full of melons.

Our family golf cart has many uses. 

Bryan and his mom, Mary, organize apples for the boxes. Twenty even rows on the table will happen before they are put in each of our twenty boxes.

The melons are almost all sorted. Emma hands them to Anna who hands them to Ethan. In the foreground are the extra lemon cucumbers for the taking.

A cart full of cabbages.

Savoy cabbage is all crinkly and will hold salad dressings and sauces well.

Deadon cabbage is colorful and will store very well. It will also grow into the winter if planted in August.

Today's large tomato varieties. The red ones are lagging in the ripening department.

These are called "Striped Stuffer" and have a mostly hollow center. Great for holding your chicken or tuna salad.

Janet's Jewel shimmers in sunlight. A firm and tasty large tomato.

Angie and my favorite large tomato. "Pineapple" has stripes beginning at the blossom end. When cut horizontally there are segments that look like the middle of a pineapple.
These are Aunt Ruby's German Green tomatoes. They aren't the prettiest tomatoes but they are delicious and firm.

Aunt Ruby's German Green have a bit of color in their folds. They are large in my hand. This one is ripe and ready to eat.

Red Pontiac potatoes.

Russett potatoes.

This variety of zucchini are short and stocky. Their texture is creamy on the inside.

Some carrots are long and triangular shaped. The ones in the background are shorter and stockier.

Bright zinnias, blue ageratums, light green feathery celosia amid bright blue statice with a white eye.

A plethora of pretty posies. 

Bright red zinnias with brown centered sunflowers and yellow feathered celosia. Very vibrant.


Sunflowers with blue statice.

Red coleus foliage along with red zinnias go well with Cafe au Lait dahlias.

This stately delphinium is in with blue statice, sunflowers and yellow button-like tansy.

A white dahlia shows off the rich colors of the purple coleus leaves, deep red colors and lemon scented geraniums. 

A red velvety dahlia.

White statice shows off these pink dahlias, zinnias and roses.


Pink and yellow flowers go well together.

Pale pink dahlias, yellow zinnias as well as Queen lime zinnias (greenish in the center with pink outside), small pink Michaelmas daisies with scented geranium leaves.

Our memo board today.

Our list of today's goodies.

The boxes are full today. Each box holder also picks up a large box of tomatoes, a box of cherry tomatoes and a bag of grapes. Then, if box holders can use more produce, the "extra table" awaits!

Levi is certainly enjoying his Cheetos. He is such a cutie! Once again, the family golf cart is put to good use. :)

Today's harvest box contents.

See you next time on the blog.
Lorrie

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week 13 Beautiful flowers, delicious lunch

Cafe au Lait basking in the sun.

Two kinds of Asian pears.

I didn't get a photo of this once filled basket before lunch. This kind of tells the story. We loved these little open faced sandwiches with a cheese mixture, cherry tomatoes and torn basil.

These refrigerator pickles were so fresh and tasty.

Fresh, raw veggies ready to be dipped and crunched.

Double chocolate brownies. Yum.

The green and yellow zucchini and the yellow crookneck squash are loving this weather. They are producing like crazy. This is one of the crops we transport with our golf cart. They are not lightweight. 

Lemon cucumbers and slicing cucumbers also got a ride in with the golf cart.

Three varieties of potatoes were dug today. Red Pontiac on the left, All Blue at the top and Yukon Gold near the bottom. All are delicious.

Levi seems to enjoy being tickled by Alex.

Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes hanging out in the shade of the curly willow tree.

A mixture of mild, sweet peppers. Many colors.

A carrot, red peppers and zucchini being dipped in a yummy sauce. Thanks Anna!

Multicolored cherry tomatoes hiding in the dappled shade.

And one more. I couldn't decide which one so you are getting to see both. :)

Some of the large tomatoes are ripening.  The striped ones are Pineapple tomatoes. Their interior, when sliced across the wide part, look like the inside of a pineapple. One of Angie and my favorite tomatoes.

There are Yellow Brandywine, Green Apple and Amish Gold in this photo. 

Each harvest box will get a big and a little box of tomatoes today.

Lisa is surveying the situation. A temporary break from her bouquet making. And she does love tomatoes!

A few buckets of zinnias this week. Such pretty colors.

Three tables full of bouquets to choose from.

Pale bouquets, bright bouquets, tall ones, short ones. So many choices.

So many colors.

Spiky and frilly.

Flowers mixed with foliage, too.


Such soft pastels. Pale blue, fluffy white scabosia as well as fluffy pink asters. The tall arching pink flowers are called Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate.

This sherbet colored zinnia is a new variety. Almost looks like an ice cream cone.

A tall dark celosia is set off by the pinkish Senorita zinnias.

A bouquet of beautiful zinnias.

Lisa working on more behind these pale zinnias, blue asters and couple pink dahlia along with a tall foxglove.

Zinnias in front, blue statice in the back. All are in their water waiting to be chosen.

Bright yellow zinnias go well with bright yellow sunflowers, blue scabosia and blue delphiniums.

The contents of this week's harvest box.

Today's list of goodies.

See you next time on the blog.
Lorrie