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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, September 27, 2016

Week 18 with tomato taste testing

The contents of today's harvest box. Each box receives one bouquet each week. We like to show case two to balance out the photos.
Some people bring their own cool containers to take their items home in. Isn't this a neat basket?

One of Lisa's gorgeous bouquets today.

Early in the day Leslie and Terry pick and wash the winter squash. Here are pie pumpkins, delicata squash, Red Kuri winter squash and butternut squash. Thanks ladies.

Carol and Dennis pick the short cherry tomatoes. Thanks guys!

Angie is out in the field picking peppers. Our trusty golf cart comes in very handy. 

A beautiful combination of cherry tomatoes. Carol and Dennis did a great job.
These are large carrots. Crunchy and sweet, too.

Every now and then there is a yellow or red carrot in this mix.

Quite the cart full of carrots.

The red ones are golden on the inside.

A collection of clear yellow sunflowers. Aren't the green centers stunning?

Our six types of small tomatoes are ready for the taste testing. Under the number that is under the plate is the name of the tomato. We like our people to fill out a very short questionnaire and then peek at the name after they rank them for taste. 

Here are 19 of our larger tomatoes cut up and whole in the green boxes for viewing pleasures. Again, under each plate is a number with the tomato name on the flip side. There are small slices of cheese on the platter at the far end to help tasters differentiate between different tomato nuances.
Table full of squash to select from and take home. Winter squash will store well under the right temperature and humidity.

Taste treats of cowboy candy and fig jam to go with cream cheese and crackers. Also pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and jalapeno and sweet pepper poppers in the back. Yum.

An email was sent out so people would know about the tomato taste testing. These box holders are taking it seriously and snacking! They even filled out the short questionnaire. :) Thanks! There were a couple tomatoes that were tops on most lists. It is always good information for us.

Anna and her son have a giggle moment on this sunny late afternoon. He is standing up on a "log" stool to make him taller.

Today's list of items in the boxes. The quilted wall hanging above was made by Lisa, who is our resident flower wizard. Dad's Shady Maple Farm business cards and letter head from many years ago had 4 maple leaves on them. One for each of mom and dad's 4 kids.  Two boys and two girls. Lisa and I work here on our family farm for part of our "fun" times. We grew up on the farm after moving here in 1961.

See you next time on the blog.