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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, June 27, 2017

Week 5 Pretty flowers and a look ahead

The orange looking Rudbeckia are gorgeous. They go well together with the cream dahlia, yellow yarrow and feverfew.

Lettuce drip drying before it goes in the boxes.

Alex and Grams sorting out different types of peas. We have snow peas, snap peas, and shelling peas.

Many hands make light work...

Brea worked at picking Dad's Wild Blackberries. Proof on her fingers. 

She was persistent and picked 20 boxes of these sweet nuggets. Short half pint boxes are used because their sugar content causes them to smush down really fast.

Blueberries are sturdier.

Loganberries look a lot like raspberries because they are half raspberry! The Sylvanberries are more solid than the Logans, hence the pint box vs half pint box.

Such pretty mixtures of flowers.

Some of today's bouquets.

Yellow lilies, dark blue pincushion flower, Canterbury Bells, and our new Rudbeckia. 

White fluffy astilbe, lavender Canterbury Bells, pale blue delphinium, a soft white rose and one dark blue pincushion flower peeking out from under.

A deep rose lily, double feverfew (they look like little daisies with a yellow center), pink Veronica, darker pink Jupiter's Beard along with a pink lupine.

Pale gray Lamb's Ear, dark pink Jupiter's Beard, pink spire-like Veronica and Meadowsweet that has light pink ball-like buds before it opens.

This may be my favorite bouquet this week.

Roses and Goat's Beard.

One of 3 tables to select from.

Chris putting some finishing touches on the flower house.

A couple of very dark dahlias with a striped seed pod from Love in a Mist, bright pink yarrow, tall slender seed heads from our herb, sorrel and some Meadowsweet to top it off.

This variegated rose always catches my eye. 

Pink Veronica, aka Speedwell, drinking up in a bucket of cold water.

Who knew ornamental blue thistles would be so pretty in a bouquet. These are called Sea Holly. They are in with pale pink dahlias, a green and white hosta bloom, pink monarda blooms and purple Canterbury Bells.

Our new frilly daisies are blooming!

The pink monarda leaves may be used to make tea.

Bundled herbs just out of their cold water baths. After they drip for a bit they will be tagged. Sage on the top left of the cart, chives on the top right, lemon balm  and then tarragon finishes off the circle.

Bundled chives.

Bundled fragrant sage.

Lettuce dripping off after soaking for a couple hours in cool water.

The largest head we saw today! If you'd like to purchase a Shady Maple Farm CSA tee shirt, we have them for sale.

Our list for today. Also a reminder for pick up off to the side. Pick up this next week will be on Wednesday, due to the 4th of July celebrations on Tuesday. Happy Independence Day USA!

Today's box contents.

Dark blues and purples set off these orange roses and dahlias.

Lavender Canterbury Bells, pale yellow pompom dahlias, pale yellow and dark purple centered verbascum almost hide a striped yellow to orange dahlia. 

A close up of our tea, greenhouse grown tomatoes, field grown lettuce and two kinds of blackberres.

I love this combination. Wow.

A bold lily.

Mixed in with the bold lily is yellow yarrow, Totally Tangerine dahlia (it is a single petal one), white frilly daisies, feverfew and baby's breath.

The white in the front of these bouquet is the bloom of a hosta. 

So many different flowers. Lisa thought there were 27 different kinds today.

Here are the Totally Tangerine dahlias with white feverfew and yellow yarrow.

Pale pink yarrow, pink Veronica and a really pale pink dahlia, Cafe au lait.

Striking feverfew, orange-y Rudbeckia.

Two Rudbeckia at different stages of bloom.

White Nicotiana along with pale blue delphinium, white Speedwell and an orange rose.

The white Nicotiana reminds me of gardenias.

A pale pink dahlia along with hosta and monarda.

A striking multicolored dahlia.

These verbascum are unique in that they have three colors in one bloom. Pale yellow petals with orange and purple in their centers.

Frilly daisies show off with purple fuzzy ageratum, blue Veronica, purple lupine in the top right of this photo and an orange dahlia with two orange roses.

Grams really likes this style of dahlia. There is a white stock in the bottom right hand corner. Stock is very fragrant.

Levi hiding...

Peek a boo!

My beautiful red headed great niece.

Pink Cape Fuchsia paired with roses and lemon scented geranium leaves.

Louise is holding a bouquet that is as big as she is.

Ethan the entrepreneur. Selling the family eggs today.

The sun is getting lower.

Picking berries can be hazardous to your health.

  1. Levi loves picking and snacking.

Anna and her youngest of 4 cuddle. Cheese!

Chris awaits the next assignment.

Louise awaits HER next assignment, too.

Emma has made a pretty bouquet.

Today's list.

Keep watching out for slugs. Emma helped out with signage today. Pretty clever roses line the bottom edge.

Looks like we will have a few Bartlett pears this fall.

Zucchini is getting close. Maybe next week!

Peas are still blooming. They don't like hot weather so after our 2 100 degree days I wasn't sure if they would just give it up or keep on ticking!

The field tomatoes with their red plastic mulch are blooming like crazy.

Apples are putting on some size.

The Marionberries are loaded!

The baby grapes are hiding out under their leaves.

More evidence of a large crop of Marionberries. A few are starting to turn their signature dark purple color.

Color starting on the next variety of blueberries to ripen. 

Future farmer.

Purple cone flower and Black-eyed Susans are starting to open up. The butterflies love this area once they are all blooming.

Our phlox has started to bloom. Isn't this delicate looking?

See you next time on the blog.

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