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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, November 15, 2016

Fall on the Farm, Nov. harvest box

Fall over the garden. Looking southward from Drona's camera. Some beds are empty this time of year. The yellow tall feathery plants to the right of the empty raised bed are the asparagus dying down for the year.

The raised beds by the pick up place.

The entrance to our CSA area of Shady Maple Farm.

The exit driveway of our CSA area.

Our purple kale has been working hard since May. We pick from the bottom up throughout the season.

An Anna's hummingbird working the blooming basil inside the greenhouse.

Another view. You might be able to see a bit of bright fuchsia pink under his chin. The hummingbird and light have to be in just the right position for the bright pink to show up.

Cleaning onions inside the greenhouse. Trimming off dried up outer skins. Getting them ready for our extra November harvest box.

Cleaned cippolini onions. These store well.

Lisa cleaning large red onions. These are storage onions as well.

Clean winter squash store well in the greenhouse. These striped ones are the variety delicata.

Supergirl Louise riding her bike on this rainy day. Right now we are between showers.
Lisa and I have three cousins in the world.  Dede is our middle cousin and came to help us with our onion cleaning processes today. We showed her her first purple cauliflower. Can you tell she likes the color purple? And that she is a character???

Lisa dressed for the weather and sipping her favorite coffee blend. 

Late October: yellow grape foliage and red blueberry foliage.

Two rows of grapes. So pretty on this dreary, gray, rainy day.

These blueberries have many different colors of "fall" leaves. Bright red, lemon yellow, and even light green in the middle of the bushes.

Persimmons with raindrops. Not quite ripe. Notice the little bit of green on the shoulders?

This one is out in the light, a bit more orange than the previous photo.

Fuchsias peeking out the slats of the lathe house. They like the shade this house provides for them, especially in summer heat.

One of our "young" persimmon trees is so loaded with fruit it is propped up with a 2 x 4. 

Rose hips turning from green to pretty orange. They are high in Vitamin C.

Cafe Au Lait dahlias are large and beautiful. The one on the left is pinkish and the one on the left, more yellowish. They are on the same plant.

These are the same persimmons 3-4 weeks later. They have lost their leaves, but are still hanging on and ripening.

Grape leaves in November. A few still on their vines.

I'm out in our grapes making wreaths and the moon is coming up. Nice. This is a very peaceful activity.

Grapevine wreaths resting on the growing grapes while I twist more for the November harvest boxes. Each box received one of these wreaths.

The sun setting over the flower house.

We had a few purple cauliflower in early November. They don't mind cool weather.

Angie and Ethan are hanging their new chicken house sign that Anna's cousin Angie made for them.

A beautiful orange dahlia stretching for the thin sun today.

Mt. Hood peeking out over the pampas grass. Zinnias in the foreground are holding on in our November weather.

November 9th, persimmons still firmly attached to their branches. They are actually harvested by snipping the branch on both sides of the fruit using pruning shears. 

Hardy fuchsias blooming late this year. They survive the winters right where they are and don't have to be brought in for safe keeping.

Winter squash and pumpkins are all clean and drying out in the greenhouse.

November 13 the persimmons are picked, before a hard frost and ready for the extra harvest boxes in a couple days.

Angie and I dug, trimmed, and washed the leeks for the November harvest boxes. Mud was heavy on our boots.

A wheel barrow full of multi-colored carrots soaking off the mud.

Our November harvest box list.

Full boxes. 

Another view of the boxes.

Items that wouldn't fit in the boxes. Some are too big and heavy. Box holders pick the ones they want and carry them out.

It is very dark out by the end of pick up time. Today's contents which include aloe vera on the left and dried flowers on the right. Every item all season long, including today, has been grown right here on Shady Maple Farm.

See you next time on the blog.