StrawberriesPhontoTomatoesMaudeUmaSunflowerPeppersA&ZCherry TomatoesApplesPippin Cabbage LeafCrimson CloverTeam in Broccoli3 GenerationsMaude FaceshotChicoryRadicchioRomanescoArtichoke FlowerStrawberry in HandFavasBrusselsJack and Lily 3 AbreastCover Crop GerminatingKids TransplantingRomaineRoberto LacinatoChardCrew 2018BeetsZ Harvest BasketJos Tree DannyCaneberriesBouquetGraffitiZinniasZ CauliFarmstandCarrotsGiant PumpkinsShiroJules Asian PearGreensRhubarbCleo Red PepperKids on MaudeBaskets

2020 CSA Season Kicks off the Week of June 1st!

Starting the week of June 1st, our CSA season will kick off for 28 fresh, fabulous weeks! So glad to have all of you on board!

It's going to be a year unlike any other - for lots of reasons that we're all aware of. In the face of so much uncertainty, all of us here at the farm are bouyed by the beauty and nourishment that the farm provides us daily, and we're happy we can share some of that with you this season. We hope that the produce in your share is one steady, positive thing you can count on each week to make you feel good!

We've been amazed by the sudden rowdy clamor for local food: people are banging on pots and pans for a Valley Flora CSA share this year, like never before. We wish we could feed everyone but unfortunately our farm is only so big, which means the CSA waiting list is long right now. We did expand the CSA slightly this season to try to accommodate more folks, which means there are more members at our Port Orford and Valley Flora pickup sites than in year's past.

To all of you who are part of our CSA family this year, we're extremely grateful for your support. It's an honor to be able to contribute to the food on your table at a time like this. We will do our very best as farmers to bring you an abundant and beautiful harvest each week.

If you haven't already checked out the details about your pickup site - time, day, location, guidelines - please do so HERE. It's important stuff and we need all of our members (and anyone who might pick up on your behalf) to read it and know it by heart to ensure that the season goes smoothly. We've been at this CSA thing for over a decade and if there's one thing we've learned it's that people don't always read :), which usually leads to SNAFUS at your pickup site. All of our pickup sites are unstaffed and self-serve, so we're depending on you to make the system work once we deliver the food to each site. You guys are part of the team: do your fellow CSA members (and me!) a solid and read everything! This email! The signage at your pickup site! The labels on Salad Shares! The weekly newsletter I'll be sending out every Wednesday starting June 3rd! Thank You!

I also want to put special emphasis on this set of COVID-19 guidelines we're asking everyone to respect at pickup sites this season: 

  • If you are ill or showing any symptoms, stay home! Send a healthy friend to pick up your produce instead.
  • Please wear a mask while you are picking up your produce, every time.
  • Please wash or sanitize your hands before handling the CSA totes and coolers at your pickup location.
  • If there are other people at your pickup location we encourage you to give each other ample space. 
  • As always, please wash your produce when you get it home.

Again, be sure to study up on your pickup site details HERE! Right now! Even if you are a long-time CSA member! There are some changes and some new guidelines at all pickup sites. 

Thank you again for being an important part of our farm this season. 

Ready, Set, Eat Vegetables!

xox

Zoë

Sign Up Now for the 2020 CSA Season!

Our Harvest Baskets are currently sold out for the 2020 CSA season, but we encourage you to get on the waiting list for 2020 so we can contact you if a space becomes available!

But don't despair! We still have Abby's Greens Salad Shares available! Twenty weeks of wonderful salad mix, from June through mid-October!

Sign Up Here for an Abby's Greens Salad Share!

Thanks for your interest in our farm, and for supporting local, regenerative, family-scale farming!

Valley Flora - Growing Good Food for Local Folks

Valley Flora is a mother-and-two-daughter collective nestled on the banks of Floras Creek near Langlois, Oregon. Together, we grow hundreds of varieties of vegetables, berries and fruit to feed our local coastal community year-round. Our farm was founded in 1998 with a deep commitment to ecological and organic farming practices and our passion is growing good food with an eye towards the artful. Our love of this beautiful valley – the fertile loam and the river that runs through it - inspires us to farm with the next generation in mind, and the next. We rely on crop diversity, compost, cover crops, and crop rotation to keep our farm healthy and thriving both above and below ground. Although we have chosen not to pursue organic certification, we adhere to all organic standards and production practices. With the help of our draft horses, a handful of fantastic employees, and one little tractor, we are grateful to call this our life and our livelihood (we love what we do - so much you can taste it!). Thank you for supporting small family farms like ours!  

New Farmstand and CSA Systems Due to COVID-19

These are wild times. Here at the farm we are working hard to continue feeding our community and doing our part to help keep you healthy every way we can. We're taking extra precautions with social distancing, wearing masks, additional bin and barn sterilization, hand washing, and harvest/post-harvest sanitation above and beyond our normal protocol. 

We ask all CSA members to observe these guidelines at their pickup site:

  • If you are ill or showing any symptoms, please stay home. Send a healthy friend to pick up your produce instead.
  • Please wear a mask while you are picking up your produce, every time.
  • Please wash or sanitize your hands before handling the CSA totes and coolers at your pickup location.
  • If there are other people at your pickup location we encourage you to give each other ample space.
  • As always, please wash your produce when you get it home.

For farmstand customers, please note we have significantly changed our farmstand system to reduce potential exposure for our customers.

Effective April 1st :

  • The farmstand has switched to an online, pre-order, drive-thru pickup system at our barn. There will no longer be any open-air, drop-in shopping.
  • Using an online ordering platform called Cropolis, we email our customers a list of farmstand availability for the coming week. **If you want to receive our produce availability list, please EMAIL US so we have your contact info!** We will only be emailing the availability list to people who give us their email address for this express purpose. Please note: produce is limited and our production is scaled to meet the demand of our regular clientele. That means we may not have the capacity to take on a lot of new customers this season. We will be filling orders for our regular farmstand clientele first. If you do not typically shop the farmstand, we will put you on a second list so that we can contact you once the produce is more abundant. Thanks for your understanding as we grapple with unprecedented demand for the produce.
  • You will need to place your order via Cropolis by the deadline stated in the email. It’s simple and user friendly.
  • We will pack orders and have them ready for drive-thru pickup at our barn on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. The drive-thru will close at 2:30; no late-pickups please. 
  • Often there will be "add-ons" available for purchase when you arrive. We will add those items to your invoiced total.
  • Do not make checks out in advance in case there are any changes to your order. Please pay the cashier with cash or check. 
  • Produce orders will be packed in the order received, so you may not get all the items you ordered if we run out of a given thing. We’ll do our best!

Thanks for your support of the farm through this challenging time. We're here to support your good health in every way we can!

Zoë

Valley Flora - Powered by the Sun!

We are officially running on solar power at Valley Flora! It's been a long-awaited project - a decade-long dream - and now we are not only making our own power to run the walk-in cooler, the freezers, the lights, the greenhouse fans, and the irrigation pump (all of our core infrastructure), but we were actually sending power back to the grid as well! What a feeling to harness all that hot sun that's usually beating down on the barn roof making us sweaty on a packout day and to turn it into electricity instead: the hum of our walk-in, the whir of the greenhouse fans, the cycling of the pump, all thanks to the generosity of the sun.

It took ten years to get here, but this past 18 months the dream started to become a reality thanks to a combination of factors. Solar technology has gotten twice as affordable and twice as efficient in the past decade. In winter of 2018 a farmer friend and tireless renewable energy advocate put us in touch with a Spark Northwest, a non-profit in Seattle that provides grant-writing assistance to small businesses for renewable energy projects. With their help we applied for a federal and a state grant and were fortunate to receive both. We also received a Wild Rivers Coast Alliance small grant and a number of generous individual donations from CSA members and friends of the farm. All together these funds got us close enough to the project budget that we were able to give Sol Coast the green light to do the installation at the end of May and flip the switch on the inverters in early June!

I want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who chipped in to make this happen at the farm, and to all of you who have cheered and voted for the project along the way. As farmers we are feeling the unnerving effects of climate change directly (more extreme weather events, hotter and drier summers) and we want to be a pro-active part of the solution. Solar feels like a huge step in the right direction and we couldn't have done it without the support of Oregon Department of Energy, USDA, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Sol Coast, Kyle Electric, Coos Curry Electric Co-op and so many of you! Thank you for being part of positive change!

Subscribe to Valley Flora RSS