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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, March 7, 2017

Early March in the Greenhouse

Today is pepper seeding day. 22 varieties of peppers, from sweet and mild to quite warm. Some seed packets don't have very many seeds so we order more than one packet of some seeds.

Swiss Chard is looking good.

Celery seedlings have their true leaves. 

One of our kale varieties. 

Our red kale is enjoying its spray of water.

A third type of kale. Tender leaves are holding up under the water droplets.

We seeded our greenhouse grown tomatoes several weeks ago. They will grow and produce inside the greenhouse prior to the field tomatoes. The field tomatoes will be seeded in early April.

We are adding to our artichoke patch this year. Both green and purple artichoke plants are looking good (and the same at this stage of their young lives).

Two different kinds of basil, one with curly leaves, one with smooth leaves. Oh they smell great, too.

We are growing a red basil this year. It is called Red Freddie. Its true leaves are "redder" than its cotyledons which are there to help them get started and then fall off.

Our greenhouse crop of slicing cucumbers are doing pretty well. They will be potted up into large pots, staked and babied in the greenhouse. Field cucumbers will be started later.

One tiny impatien has a head start on its "cell mates". There are a few other little green parts in other cells in this 50 cell flat starting to poke through the soilless germination mix we use.

See you next time on the blog.
Lorrie

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

About our CSA boxes

Here is the information about this coming harvest season if you are interested in joining in the abundance of Shady Maple Farm's produce and flowers for 18 Tuesdays. Images below of last year's boxes.

This year we begin on Tuesday, May 30 and the last box is harvested on Tuesday, September 26. July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, on that week only, pick up will be on Wednesday, July 5th.


Payment Plan Options:
Option 1: $500 if paid in full by May 1st.
Option 2: $500 - $185 by May 1st with $315 due by June 1st.
Option 3: $525 - $225 by May 1st with $100 due on June 1st, July 1st, and August 1st.

If you are interested in quantities for canning, juicing, pickling, salsa making, or freezing, please contact us at the email listed below. We hope to have extra berries, pickling cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, peppers, grapes, apples, pears and plums for sale in addition to what is provided each week in your box.

Bouquets: Each harvest box includes your choice of bouquets. We do, with notice, offer extra flower bouquets for $10 a bunch. Contact us 24 hours ahead of pickup at: shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com.

Another option is flowers only - no harvest box. That cost is $180 for all 18 weeks.


Our pick up location is Shady Maple Farm – 8005 Portland Road NE, Salem, Or 97305 (northwest corner of Quinaby and Portland Road) If you Google us at the above address, pick up is by the raised beds that look like a big X. Our weekly pick up time is Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00.

Please don''t come early as we need right up until 4:00 to harvest and load your box. And please don't come late as we would like to head home. Glad to discuss other options for pick up, just let us know: shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6, 7, 8, no images. This is week 9.

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 13 things that wouldn't fit in the boxes. Every box received a box of large tomatoes, a box of cherry tomatoes and a bag of grapes.

Week 14

Week 14 additional items.

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17 
Week 17 "extras table" right side

Week 17 "extras table" left side

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.


Week 17 tomato tasting set up.


Week 17 tomato taste testing in progress. Our cherry tomato selections are on the white clothed table. The blue clothed table are full sized tomatoes of all different colors.

Week 18

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A wet February at the farm



Drona was able to fly over between showers on February 21st. Here is what all the rain looks like on the farm.



The water is really clear.

The greenhouses even have up to 4 inches of water IN them.




The reddish shrubs on the center right side are our blueberries.

Our huge apple tree is reflected in our new pond.



Below is my attempt to attach 3 videos.  If all you see is a dark line, click below it and you may have luck. We are hoping this prolonged standing water won't have any negative impacts on our farm. 

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