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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.
As of March 11th we are sold out for our coming season of harvest boxes. If you are interested in joining us for 18 weeks of our beautiful flower share, please email Lorrie at shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com. We have 3 flower shares for the season available.

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, June 28, 2016

Week 5 So much to pick! Thankful for helpers

Beautiful gladiolas love their new location this year.

Pat and Lisa picked the pretty glads. 
Chris is picking tomatoes in the greenhouse.

Florencio picking under the blueberries' bird netting. 

Damara picking blueberries on the shady side of the row with one of her little ones.

Oh man, the flowers!

Glads in their water buckets. Don't they look happy?

One of the few blue flowers for bouquets.

Snapdragons enjoying the cool shade.

Squiggly poppy pods are pretty cool.

The beginning of the zucchini harvest. Three varieties of green zucchini in this box.

And then there are the yellow zucchini. Four varieties in this box. 

A few more green zucchini with the first yellow crookneck squash. My husband's favorite when it's fried!

The first field cucumbers.

Berries resting in the shade.

Delicious blueberries. Nothing quite like them fresh off the bushes.

Levi "hiding" in his stroller. Bryan and Grams putting everything in the boxes.
Good work guys.

Ahhhh, he actually LOOKED at me!

And now its peek a boo time. :)

A tangerine colored dahlia basks in the sun.

Picking and bundling sorrel is a group effort.

Erin harvests tarragon for bundles.

The zinnia garden is beginning to take off with a few starter blooms.

Cane berries ripen at different times on one cluster. Some of these have been picked, some are ready to pick, others need more time to ripen.

Zucchini blossoms. The tall, very upright blossom is a male flower and won't grow a "zucchini fruit". Its stem is just that, a stem not a zucchini. If you were to pick zucchini blossoms to fry, you would pick this type of blossom as it won't ever turn into a zucchini.

Two varieties of Rudbeckia, aka Black Eyed Susans.

Bryan tightening up the chairs before our lunch crowd takes a seat. He fixes all sorts of things. Pretty handy.
Lunch is served under the shade of the huge black walnut tree. Anna always delights us with her lunches. Lisa has been known to add wonderful things, too.


Tomatoes with a couple of lemon cucumbers from the greenhouse .

Oregano ready for the boxes. I can almost smell it!

Tarragon all prepared and staying cool in the shade.

Bryan was amazed at the size of this red beet.

Purple and white pearl onions next to green bunching onions all washed.

Lavender, ahhhh so lovely.

Carrots have been dug and washed. All shiny and clean.

Purple and white cauliflower along with green broccoli.
So healthy!
Carrots with legs? Or dancing carrots?

The lavender was literally humming with bees.

Coming in for a landing.

Working his way up the blossom.

Shiny wings and a furry little "cap".

Caught one in flight. So excited to capture this.

Wings are nearly invisible. 

Today's list.

It's been a hard day for Louise. She does love the mud...

Today's box contents (once again, only one bouquet per box). So many pretty bouquets I have to put two in these pics every week.

Super Levi snacking on blueberries.

Almost all the boxes have been picked up, so a break at the kids' picnic table is in order. What fun!

One for Levi, one for mom. So sweet of him to share :)

A beautiful lily.

Siblings enjoying each other and their blueberries.

Cutie pies, each and everyone!

His box of berries is almost empty.

What big eyes you have my dear!

Emma sharing a tomato. Thanks sweetie!

Levi has moved on to eating tomatoes.
These kiddos love their produce.

Ethan shows me how big his bite of blueberry is, wow!

P.S. I am headed to Europe tomorrow (very excited). A friend of ours, Larry Goss will be taken a few photos while we are gone. Please feel free to visit his website Engaginglight.com.