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Week 12 from Valley Flora!

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Week 12 from Valley Flora! Sweet Corn!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Oh August!
  • Strawberry U-Pick Update

The kind of Harvest Basket that makes me wish I was a Harvest Basket member....
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Walla Walla Sweets
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Corn
  • Head Lettuce
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Peppers
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Chili Peppers
Oh August!
It's so easy to eat right now. Without recipes, without a dinner plan, just come home and start cutting up vegetables and see what happens. Maybe you'll turn on the stove and dirty up some pans, maybe you won't. On Sunday eve we fired up the grill on my mom's back patio, perched there in her backyard overlooking the quiet farm. We grilled burgers and topped them with butterhead lettuce and roasted peppers and fresh heirloom tomatoes and broiled eggplant. We were out of ketchup and it didn't matter; those burgers were so flavorful I was glad there was no Heinz distraction. Then came the sweet corn, first of the season (had to eat 3 or 4 ears apiece to make sure it made grade before we put it in the Harvest Baskets this week). And finally, blackberry pie by candlelight with hand-cranked vanilla ice cream. We were three generations sitting there in the dark, wrapped up in borrowed coats against the fog-chill, filled up by August.

This week marks the kick-off to sweet corn season, which should go on for many weeks this year. We planted more corn than ever in hopes of dragging that wonderful August feeling all the way into October if we can. The patch wasn't uniformly ripe yesterday so I had to cherry-pick the fattest ears for today's totes and farmstand. It means there isn't a motherlode of corn this week (4 ears instead of 6 or 8), but it also means there will likely be corn for you again next week.

Often during corn season we lose track of our kids on the farm. It's the rustle of the corn stalks that always gives them away. From a distance you can track their progress down the row as they leave a wake of rippling corn tassels. At the other end of the field they emerge triumphant, holding up ripe ears of corn like trophies. They shuck them right then and there and eat them raw like little raccoons.
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Strawberry U-Pick Update

Our Albion Strawberries are starting to come on strong in the new u-pick field! They're later to bear fruit than the Seascapes but worth the wait. The berries are huge and easy to pick, with flavor that'll knock your summer sandals off. Our strawberry patch yields well into fall and it's a sweet little secret that the August/September fruit tends to be the sweetest and most abundant (especially once the school year starts up and everyone is at Saturday soccer games....now THAT's the time to fill your freezer).

Hope you can come get your fill in the coming weeks!

The Albion strawberry patch coming into full production!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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Week 11 from Valley Flora!

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Week 11 from Valley Flora! Eggplants! Jalapeños! The First Beans!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Bye-Bye Bumper Crop Broccoli, Hello Eggplant!
  • Tamales this Week
  • Albacore Tuna on the Line!
Eggplant time!
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Walla Walla Sweets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Jalapeños
  • Head Lettuce
  • Parsley
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Romano Green Beans
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Walla Walla Sweets
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
Bye-Bye Bumper Crop Broccoli, Hello Eggplant!
Are you SO over the 3 pound heads of broccoli each week?! Well, this is the last of it - the grand finale to a record-breaking broccoli season. To put it in perspective: in all the past 10 years of keeping yield records on our broccoli plantings I have always said that 300 pounds from a single planting was awesome - as good as it gets. Well, we just harvested 775 pounds from the final bed. 

That's what two years of red clover cover crop will do to a field in its first season of cash crop production. Wow.

So whether you savor this last giant crown of broccoli this week or throw it over the fence to the livestock, my feelings won't be hurt in the least. I've moved on, heart and soul, to eggplant. Which, by the way, is starting with a bang this week. Three shiny, pendulous, Italian eggplants are tucked into your tote alongside the biggest jalapeño pepper I've ever seen. Broil those babies! Slice them up into rounds, brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and broil them until they are browned and blistered on both sides, flipping midway through their oven time. You can eat them with noodles or farro or rice or quinoa - any starch plane, really. Add some tomatoes to the mix, some fresh herbs, maybe a little crumbled feta cheese. I don't know what you call it, but it's dinner and a dang good one at that.

If you want to make something that actually has a name (and a recipe), dive into Epicurious's 51 Best Eggplant Recipes.
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Tamales this Week!
Tamale shares go out this week. If you are a tamale subscriber, look for your labeled share in the marked blue cooler. Please don't take tamales unless you signed up and paid for them. Thanks!
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Albacore Tuna on the Line
Tomatoes and eggplants may be in season here on terra firma, but albacore tuna is in season in our local ocean! Long-time CSA member and Port Orford fisherman, Skyler Ashdown, is out on his boat right now catching albacore. He'll be coming back with a hold full of fish in the next day or so. If you want to get some straight off the boat, contact Skyler via text: 541-294-4555. Price is $3/pound for whole fish, with a discount for bulk purchases.
What we do with albacore, after Skyler fillets it :)
Maybe that's why the broccoli heads were so big this year....
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
Copyright © 2018 Valley Flora, All rights reserved.


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Week 10 from Valley Flora!

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Week 10 from Valley Flora! Heirloom Tomatoes & New Potatoes!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Summertime Solanaceous Sustenance!
  • Albion Strawberries About to Hit
Heirloom tomatoes in your tote this week!
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Red Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • New Potatoes
  • Lacinato Kale
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Nothing this week...
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Parsley
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
Summertime Solanceous Sustenance!
Tomaotes and potatoes! Something that's not broccoli!
(And yes, I'm sorry, there is still broccoli in your tote. Big, gigantic, 3 pound, out of control heads of broccoli. Turns out the broccoli field in the New Nine is VERY fertile this year:). I hope you're surviving it OK.)

We are definitely turning the corner into the season of Solanaceae: that's the family that tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers all belong to (one of my personal faves). There are both red and heirloom tomatoes jumping off the vine in the greenhouses right now. Roberto dug the first new potatoes this week (lovely Red Golds....the yields weren't spectacular in this early variety, but the quality is nice). And next week you might just see your first glimpse of voluptuous, shiny purple eggplant. As soon as la berenjena (eggplant) appear, I know exactly what to eat every night: la berenjena! Broiled, grilled, lots of olive oil, salt. They are the meat of the vegetable world and for the next couple months I plan to indulge in them as often as possible. We pray for lots of ugly ones that don't make grade for our customers so that we have an ample stash of "house" eggplant at our fingertips.

Also, but not in the Solanaceae lineup, sweet corn is a mere week or two away. We planted more of it than ever this year, so get ready for some true August feasting.
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Albion Strawberries about to Hit
Good news for u-pickers: our Albion strawberries are about to turn on, which means there will be four more beds pumping out berries in the New Nine soon. The patch has been getting picked out in a hot minute every Wednesday and Saturday (our apologies if you've made the trip only to find green fruit left!). Once the Albions begin, they are prolific and delicious! The plants are loaded with white fruit, so it should really take off starting next week (if the weather cooperates). Thanks for your patience!
Greenhouse tomatoes doing their thing!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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Week 9 from Valley Flora!

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Week 9 from Valley Flora! Walla Walla Sweets! Tomatoes! Cukes!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Holy OnionTomatoCukeBeetCabbage Batman!
  • Reading Reminder :)
 
Cirque du Valley Flora! Pippin, Cleo, Uma and Jules, bottom to top.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Dill
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Spinach/Arugula
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli
  • Red Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
Holy OnionTomatoesCukeBeetCabbage Batman!
Whoa, dense food!

This week's tote is a crescendo of some things late, some things early and others right on time. Tomatoes: early. Beets and Walla Wallas: late. Red Cabbage: spot on.

All I could see while we were packing Harvest Baskets yesterday was a chopped salad with tomatoes and cucumber and carrots and Walla Wallas - some iteration of Greek salad. It's one of my favorite things to eat and as a result I anticipate and crave this collision of farm food all year. It's the kind of of salad that can easily become a stand-alone dinner, especially if you pump it up with some nuts, or beans or cheese to give it more protein oompf.

Chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi really made me fall in love with the idea thanks to this recipe: Spiced Chickpea with Fresh Vegetable Salad. I improvise everytime I make it, adding whatever choppable veg I have on hand, and usually omitting the radishes since I never have them growing on the farm at the same time as cucumbers and tomatoes. The spiced chickpeas are addictive. Come eggplant time (soon!), I like to broil eggplant slabs, chop them up and add them to the salad as well. If you don't own any of Ottolenghi's cookbooks, this is the right season to buy one (or four). Jerusalem is a great place to start. He excels at all things vegetable (and meat) and will teach you how to make a mean shawarma.

 
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Reading Reminder
Just a gentle nudge reminding everyone to read the signage and labels at your pickup site each time. There has a been a rash of salad, egg and flower share mix-ups recently. Also, and just as importantly, if someone is picking up on your behalf, S-P-E-L-L it out for them in all caps bold. Tell them what to take, but also tell them explicitly what NOT to take. Proxy pick-ups are the culprit behind missing salad/egg/flower shares 99% of the time. Thanks for your help from my beleaguered detective desk.

 
One of the fields in the New Nine, thick with winter squash, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, kale, chard and purple-flowering Phacelia, a cover crop that we inter-planted with our cash crops to create habitat for beneficial insects. The bees love it! White clover is also inter-seeded in the pathways between single row crops to create a living (and flowering) mulch between rows.
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
Copyright © 2018 Valley Flora, All rights reserved.


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Week 8 from Valley Flora!

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Week 8 from Valley Flora! Fleeting Favas! The First Onions!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Fava Beans
  • New Strawberry Patch is Open, plus U-Pick Flowers!
  • California Honeydrops Tonight-Please Read!
Amelia's zinnias in technicolor!
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Bunch Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Purplette Onions
  • Parsley
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Nothing this week...
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli
  • Beets?
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Walla Walla Sweets
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Red Cabbage
  • Cucumbers?
  • Tomatoes?
  • Strawberries
Fava Beans
Two words: grill them.

Favas might be one of the lesser known veggies that end up in your tote this season, right there with the kohlrabi and celeriac. Because they're not-so-common in American kitchens, you might appreciate a couple pointers.

First, you don't eat the pod! The good eating is inside - the fat beans that are nestled amongst that downy fuzz. One more thing, though: the beans themselves are wearing jackets, a pale green skin that is edible but a little tough. The bean beneath is bright green and super tender. Of course getting to that bean is a project - first shell the beans, then peel the beans, and then, finally, cook the beans. Slow food at it's best.

Here's a collection of recipes that use them in that pristine, perfect, peeled form: https://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/fava-bean-recipes-gallery/

But if you're like me, there aren't a lot of hours in the day to be shelling and painstakingly peeling fava beans, which is why I love to grill them. We put whole pods on the BBQ and grill them until they're soft and charred on the outside. When they come off the grill and cool a little you can coax the beans out of the pod, bite off a corner of the pale green "jacket," and squeeze the beans straight into your mouth. It turns a fava shelling chore into a fava eating party. Way more fun and really yummy.
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New Strawberry Patch is Open, plus U-Pick Flowers!
We've opened the New Nine field across the road to strawberry u-pick. The new berry patch is just ramping up and the fruit is big and beautiful right now! If you want to u-pick in the new field, check in at the farmstand first so we can weigh your containers. Please return to the farmstand at the end of your visit to weigh and pay.

Please remember to only pick within the roped off area - don't cross the white fence. Also, please don't pick anything but strawberries in the New Nine (flowers and veggies are not for u-pick in that field). The second year berry patch near the farmstand is still open for u-pick as well. Our strawberry season is almost a month late this year so we anticipate that the best is yet to come! The berries should yield well into September.

There are u-pick flowers near the farmstand; the dahlias are blooming along with an array of other cut flowers that you are welcome to harvest. Check in at the farmstand for clippers and u-pick flower tubes.


 
The New Nine strawberry patch is in production! Please stay within the roped area, don't walk on the beds, and supervise your kiddos. Please don't pick anything but strawberries in the New Nine. Thanks!
California Honeydrops Details
Tonight's California Honeydrops show at the farm is sold out. If you are a ticketholder, please take note of these event details!
  • Gates open at 6:30
  • Please carpool or ride your bike! Parking is limited and the planet is getting hot! Please don't park in any neighbors' driveways.
  • No pets (dogs, cats, hamsters, or anything else!)
  • This is a leave-no-trace event. If you pack it in, please pack it out.
  • No seating is provided. Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket, but be prepared to set up at a distance from the stage cuz the dance floor zone gets packed!
  • Kids age 10 and under are free. If you are bringing kids over the age of 10 they must have a ticket!
  • There will be awesome eats at the show, so come hungry! The following vendors will be present:
    • The Spoon (burgers, etc.)
    • The Loft (grilled veggies, seasonal salads, hand pies, desserts, beer, wine)
    • Sprengelmeyers (tacos - fish, veggie, and more, all on fresh homemade tortillas)
  • No camping at the farm after the show and please don't wander in the farm fields, thanks!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
Copyright © 2018 Valley Flora, All rights reserved.


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Week 7 from Valley Flora!

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Week 7 from Valley Flora! Bye-Bye Peas, Hello Zucchini!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Mid-Summer Upon Us!
  • Tamales This Week
  • Week 2 of Flowers
  • California Honeydrops Details
Cauliflower season! Aloo Gobi anyone?
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • White Russian Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Bunch Carrots
  • Fennel
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccolini
  • Tokyo Bekana
  • Sugar Snap Peas
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli and/or broccolini
  • Beets
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Fennel
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Fava Beans
  • Purplette Onions?
  • Cucumbers?
  • Spinach?
  • Strawberries
Mid-Summer Upon Us!
Zucchini, cauliflower, the waning of the sugar snap peas. We are officially moving into the colorful realm of midsummer produce. If you have felt burdened by leafy greens of late, never fear for this too shall pass. Soon you will be pawning off your summer squash on hapless visitors instead of bunches of kale (or perhaps you've fallen in love with homemade kale chips and can't wait for the next round of leafy greens?).

It FEELS like summer. The hills are dry, the north wind is insistent, the swimming hole is a perfect 7o degrees, the corn is waist high, the onions are bulbing up and the very first few tomatoes just made their way to the farmstand today, which means that late summer bounty is not too far off either. Raising vegetables is a lot like raising kids: it goes so fast (sniff, the eggplants are practically driving already and the potatoes will be off to college before we know it, sob)!

How's everyone faring with all this food? I've been doing less recipe hand-holding this year because recipes tend to be the most time-consuming aspect of writing the newsletter, and I'm never sure if my taste in dinner is anything like yours! That said, I hope I haven't left you too much in the lurch (all hail the internet - and/or your library of cookbooks - for it's bottomless wealth of recipes and food photos)!

OK, one little tip this week: The tall, lanky lime green leafy thing in your tote this week is a kind of pac choi called Tokyo Bekana, great in stir fry! It kinda snuck up on us in the field and if I had known it was coming we would have skipped the kale, but alas, here it is so it's kale chips all around!

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/kale-chips-51186450
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Tamales this Week!
Tamales shares go out this week in marked blue coolers. Please read labels carefully to ensure you pick up the correct tamales. Enjoy!
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California Honeydrops Details
The July 18th Honeydrops show next Wednesday at the farm is sold out. If you are a ticketholder, please take note of these event details!
  • Gates open at 6:30
  • Please carpool! Parking is limited and the planet is getting hot! Please don't park in any neighbors' driveways.
  • No pets (dogs, cats, hamsters, or anything else!)
  • This is a leave-no-trace event. If you pack it in, please pack it out.
  • No seating is provided. Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket, but be prepared to set up at a distance from the stage cuz the dance floor zone gets packed!
  • Kids age 10 and under are free. If you are bringing kids over the age of 10 they must have a ticket!
  • There will be awesome eats at the show, so come hungry! The following vendors will be present:
    • The Spoon (burgers, etc.)
    • The Loft (grilled veggies, seasonal salads, hand pies, desserts, beer, wine)
    • Sprengelmeyers (tacos - fish, veggie, and more, all on fresh homemade tortillas)
  • No camping at the farm after the show, thanks!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
Copyright © 2018 Valley Flora, All rights reserved.


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Happy 4th of July from Valley Flora!

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Happy 4th of July from Valley Flora!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Long-Awaited!
  • Farmstand is Open 4th of July
  • Flower Shares Begin this Week!
  • Tamales Next Week!
It might just be the year of the carrot!
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Collard Greens
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Snap Peas
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Bunch Carrots
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccolini
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli and/or broccolini
  • Beets?
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Fennel
  • Purplette Onions?
  • Kale?
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Zucchini?
  • Cauliflower?
  • Strawberries
Long Awaited!
They're here, the strawberries you've all been waiting for - a few weeks later than usual, but big, red and worth eating! What was the delay all about this year, you wonder? Wildlife, I'm pretty sure. The strawberries were the first thing we planted into the New Nine field across the road last fall. We had just gotten our water right approved from the state, which meant green light on bringing the new field into production. We'd been cover cropping the new ground for two seasons to prepare for cash crops, but hadn't bitten the bullet yet and invested in any infrastructure like deer fencing and irrigation. The field was in farming limbo while we waited on the water.

But with water rights in hand we took the leap and planted our new strawberry crop into a lovely, loamy half acre of the new field. That was November/December. Under the crush of major infrastructure projects this winter - building a new greenhouse and putting in a new irrigation mainline - we didn't get our new deer fence up until March. Well, it turns out that deer have quite the palate for strawberry plants. They nibbled them hard and even uprooted a bunch in those couple of fence-free months - enough to set the plants back a few weeks this summer.

The good news is that the deer fence is doing its job and the strawberry patch looks better than ever now. As it ramps up into full production we'll be turning over at least half of the new beds to u-pick and harvesting the remainder for weekly Harvest Baskets, farmstand, stores and restaurants. If you've u-picked at the farm before, you'll notice that we've switched to a new strawberry production system with "living" paths. I love the way it looks and the bees love the white clover blossoms.

Enjoy this first pint of berries - it feels like a fitting way to celebrate the New Nine!
Long rows of new strawberries inter-planted with white clover in the New Nine.
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Farmstand is Open 4th of July
Yup, we are! Usual hours, 9 am to 2 pm. Come up the creek and escape the howling north wind! You might just have the strawberry patch to yourself if you time it right during the parades and dinghy races :).
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Amelia's Flower Shares Begin This Week
If you are signed up for a flower share, your first bouquet of seasonal blooms will be delivered to your pickup site this week! Help yourself to one of the beautiful bouquets and please leave the bucket at the pickup site. Amelia is growing an extraordinary array of flowers for you this summer and this week you're in luck because her sweet peas are in bloom. They might just be the best smelling little antique flower you ever did sniff. Enjoy!
Tamales Shares NEXT Week!
Just in case you didn't mark your calendar with the tamale delivery dates, tamales will be going out NEXT week!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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4th of July Clarification

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96 4th of July Clarification
In response to a number of queries, a clarification: It is business as usual at Valley Flora on Wednesday, July 4th (no federal holidays for farmers in the summertime)!

We will be delivering CSA shares to Coos Bay at the normal time (12 to 5 pm), and CSA pickup at the farm will be the same: 9 to 4 pm. Our farmstand will be open at the farm as well: 9 to 2 pm.

Bandon and Port Orford CSA pickups will be on Saturday, July 7th at the normal time.

Cheers!
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What to do with your carrot sticks this week....minus the plastic cups! :) :) :)
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4th of July Deliveries!

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96 4th of July Deliveries! Yes, we will be delivering CSA shares on Wednesday!
We will be delivering CSA shares on our normal schedule this Wednesday, July 4th!
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Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
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Week 5 from Valley Flora!

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Week 5 from Valley Flora! Fennel! Snap Peas!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • The Annual Plastic Sermon :)
  • How to Love Fennel
  • Amelia's Flower Shares begin next week!
One of my all-time favorite vistas.
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Fennel
  • Snap Peas
  • Head Lettuce
  • Broccolini
  • Broccoli
  • Bunch Carrots
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Parsley
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli and/or broccolini
  • Beets?
  • Arugula or Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Collard Greens
  • Kohlrabi?
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Turnips?
The Annual Plastic Sermon
Hear ye, hear ye! The planet is awash in plastic trash. Most of you probably grasp the enormity of the problem (the June 2018 National Geographic offers a sobering wake-up call), but what to do given that our lives have become so intertwined with the stuff over the past 70+ years since WWII?! So much so that some 9 million tons of it ends up in the ocean each year, beaches are ankle deep in it, and sea animals' bellies are full of it.

We're guilty of using plastic on the farm, no doubt about it. Drip tape, row cover, harvest bins, potting soil bags, pallet wrap, plastic mulch on the strawberry beds. I anguish over it, even though we get many years' use out of most of it before it gets recycled or hauled to the dump. Which is why I was surprised to learn that agriculture and health care combined account for just over 10% of the 450 million tons of plastic garbage generated worldwide each year. I thought it would be a much higher number. The shocker was this: packaging for consumer products makes up almost half of the plastic that gets tossed. Shopping bags, that elaborate box your cell phone came in, the molded plastic around the Tonka truck you bought for your kid's birthday. It's the stuff we buy, unwrap, and immediately put in the garbage. Here's a factoid: a plastic shopping bag has an average "working life" of 15 minutes. Another factoid: it never goes away; it just gets smaller and turns into micro-plastics (i.e. the multi-colored grains of "sand" we encountered on a beach in Hawaii last year).

So for years, even before I realized how bad the plastic problem had gotten, we have done little things in our household like wash and re-use our plastic bags and ziplocs (my sister-in-law who is visiting from San Diego this week looked at me in semi-horror when I showed her our bag-washing system; "I've seen documentaries about people like you," she blurted). :)
And yes, maybe we are "those" people, but the truth is if you wash and re-use your bags you are making a difference! (And scientific studies have proven that you're not going to get E. coli and die, so long as you wash them with soap and water, like a dish). You can get some long life out of a ziploc; we still have some in circulation from 2006 when they got labeled for frozen corn one summer.

Aside from re-using, you've probably notice that I flat-out try to avoid putting plastic bags in your Harvest Basket. Sometimes we get complaints from folks who wish their broccolini was in a tidy little bag, but that would mean 106 extra plastic bags getting used each week. For things that do get bagged, we are making a shift to cellophane bags, which are made from wood fiber and are biodegradable.

It's hard to imagine life without plastic (at this point most of us have never lived without it), but I'm not asking you to. Just less of it, especially the non-essential packaging. Re-use bags, buy in bulk, opt for glass wherever you can, recycle all the plastic that's recyclable (that's gotten harder this year, but don't give up!), consider whether you really need something if it's made of plastic or heavily packaged, and bring us your plastic grocery bags and we'll reuse them at our farmstand. It takes conscious effort and some discipline to push back against the plastic barrage, but it feels good to try.

Sermon concluded!
Good old Maude (age: 19, weight: 2000 lbs, breed: Belgian), still hard at work cultivating the peas earlier this spring in the New Nine field.
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How to Love Fennel
Included in your share this week is one of the more controversial items we grow: fennel. Myself a fennel lover, I am always compelled to encourage people to embrace (and fall in love) with this vegetable. First, behold it's beauty! Second, inhale it's lovely aroma! Third, make one of these 57 recipes (or all of them) and then let me know if you are still a skeptic.
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Amelia's Flower Share Begins Next Week
If you are signed up for a flower share, your first bouquet of seasonal blooms will be delivered to your pickup site next week. Keep on the lookout for an email from Amelia with more details!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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Week 4 from Valley Flora

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Week 4 from Valley Flora Carrots! Cabbage! Spinach!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Happy Solstice: Crunchy Veg!
  • California Honeydrops tickets Going Fast!
  • Strawberry U-pick is Open
  • Summer Farmstand Hours
Conehead invasion in your Harvest Basket this week!
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Green Cabbage
  • Head Lettuce
  • Broccolini
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower Shoots
  • Bunch Carrots
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Nothing this week...
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli and/or broccolini
  • Fennel
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Basil
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Beets?
Happy Solstice: Crunchy Veg!
A lot can happen in a weekend! In a few short (long) days our broccoli went kaboom, our next round of peas swelled noticeably, the conehead green cabbages filled out, the carrots sized up, and shades of pink started developing in the new strawberry patch (= berries soon!). My farming self esteem always bumps up a notch once we have carrots to share with you, because whereas you might be eating your kale and braising mix dutifully each week, I bet you're going to devour your fresh bunch carrots gleefully. We're all human after all, hard-wired to love the sweet stuff. The carrots are also an indicator of other crunchy things to come, like beets and cauliflower, and yes, those pointy green cabbages in your tote this week (great for slaw, super tender and sweet).

There's also a bag of sunflower shoots for everyone this week. Our winter CSA members will know what to do with them, but if this is your first try I have a couple tips. My favorite way to eat them is raw in salads (give them a rinse and a spin dry first). For some reason they are especially good with avocado. They also make beautiful garnish on any kind of dish, like potato salad, fish tacos, or try this Miso-Glazed Black Cod on Sunflower Shoots.

My guess is that the fish would go great with this spin on broccolini/broccoli: Broccolini with Spicy Sesame Vinaigrette.


Enjoy the crunch, and the longest day of the year tomorrow!
California Honeydrops Tickets Going Fast!
If you haven't gotten your tickets yet for the Honeydrops on July 19th, do it soon! Tickets are going fast.
Wednesday, July 18th
6:30-10:30 pm

$25
All ages & family friendly, kids under age 10 are free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors.
Free parking at the farm.
Bring your own chair/picnic blanket (no seating is provided).

Tickets are available at the Valley Flora Farmstand, the Port Orford Community Co-op, the Langlois Market, and Freedom Graphics in Bandon.
 
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Strawberry U-Pick Is Open!
We saved some of last year's strawberry patch and it's open for u-pick! Be forewarned that the patch is a little feral - kinda wild and messy in its second year - but lots of red, ripe berries! Our new patch is not ready for u-pick yet, but hopefully within the next few weeks. Bring your containers and get the first berries of the season!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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Week 3 from Valley Flora!

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Week 3 from Valley Flora!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Buzzing on the Farm...
  • Leafy, Greenie Goodness!
  • The California Honeydrops July 18th!
  • Strawberry U-pick is Open
  • Summer Farmstand Hours
June salad!
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • White Russian Kale
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Head Lettuce
  • Broccolini
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cilantro
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Mizuna
  • Braising Mix
*Harvest Basket contents may vary among pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli and/or broccolini
  • Fennel
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Turnips
  • Sunflower Shoots
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Baby Carrots?
  • Cabbage?
Leafy, Greenie Goodness!
On a farm like ours there's a season for just about every vegetable, 365 days a year. If you're getting a Harvest Basket from us right now you've probably noticed that it's greens season! All the leafy things - chard, kale, head lettuce, salad greens, pac choi, arugula, mizuna - love this time of year with its long days, mild temperatures, and soft rain. The proof is in the lid-lifting green loft of your tote this week. Eat salad every day, three times a day! Put lettuce in your smoothie (if you wince at the thought of green smoothies, mild lettuce like romaine is something you'll never know is in there). Make tricked-out salads for lunch and dinner (last night ours was a big bowl of lettuce dressed up with feta, quinoa, hard boiled eggs, candied walnuts, hakurei turnips and tender sticks of kohlrabi). I don't know about you, but after a winter without lettuce, I can't get enough of it in June.

All those bunched and bagged greens can go the same way - into smoothies, into salads - but the fastest way to disappear them is to cook them. A bunch of kale or collards or chard wilts down into a fistful. With a little blending, a little steaming/stir-frying, and a little chewing you can get through that Harvest Basket, no problemo. Sí se puede!

If you're new to kohlrabi, a couple tips:
  1. You can use the leafy tops like kale.
  2. You should peel it - a sharp knife or veggie peeler works great.
  3. I think it's yummiest raw - crisp, sweet, tender, juicy, mild.
Also, a reminder that all of the produce you're receiving right now is best kept in the fridge, in plastic bags (high humidity, nice and cold). Leafy greens and head lettuce will last longer than a week that way, and the dense stuff like kohlrabi, turnips and radishes will keep even longer (weeks and weeks!) especially if you cut the tops off and store the roots separately.
The California Honeydrops at the Farm July 18th!
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The California Honeydrops at the Farm July 18th!
Clear your calendar for July 18th cuz the California Honeydrops are coming back to play the farm for the third year in a row! They've recently been on tour with Bonnie Raitt, and have been setting dance floors on fire from Australia to Poland to New Orleans. Don't miss these guys - tickets are going fast!

Wednesday, July 18th
6:30-10:30 pm

$25

All ages & family friendly, kids under age 10 are free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Tickets are available at the Valley Flora Farmstand, the Port Orford co-op, the Langlois Market, and Freedom Graphics in Bandon.
 
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Strawberry U-Pick Is Open!
We saved some of last year's strawberry patch and it's open for u-pick! Be forewarned that the patch is a little feral - kinda wild and messy in its second year - but lots of red, ripe berries! Our new patch is not ready for u-pick yet, but hopefully within the next few weeks. Bring your containers and get the first berries of the season!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
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Week 2 from Valley Flora!

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Week 2 from Valley Flora!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Buzzing on the Farm...
  • Tamales!
  • The California Honeydrops July 18th!
  • Strawberry U-pick is Open
  • Summer Farmstand Hours
Jules and Uma, farmin' hard!
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What Might Be In Your Share This Week*:
  • Collard Greens
  • Mizuna
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Pac Choi
  • Head Lettuce
  • Broccolini
  • Kohlrabi
*Harvest Basket contents may vary among pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!
 
Tamales this Week!
The first tamale shares go out this week. They'll be packed in specially marked blue coolers and are individually labeled with share members' names. ONLY take tamales if your name is on the list on the cooler lid!
The California Honeydrops at the Farm July 18th!
Oh man, get out a Sharpie and mark the calendar cuz the California Honeydrops are coming back to play the farm for the third year in a row! They've recently been on tour with Bonnie Raitt, and have been setting dance floors on fire from Australia to Poland to New Orelans. Don't miss these guys!

Wednesday, July 18th
6:30-10:30 pm

$25

All ages & family friendly, kids under age 10 are free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Tickets are available at the Valley Flora Farmstand, the Port Orford co-op, the Langlois Market, and Freedom Graphics in Bandon.
 
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Strawberry U-Pick Is Open!
Red alert! There are ripe berries in the field! We've opened last year's strawberry patch to u-pick and there's some nice fruit to be had. Our new patch is not ready for u-pick yet, but hopefully within the next few weeks. Bring your containers and get the first berries of the season!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
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It's CSA Kickoff Week!

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It's CSA Kickoff Week!
What's Fresh from Valley Flora this Week...
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Our CSA Season Kicks Off this Week!
  • Three Things You Should Do this Week
  • The Best Cherry Tomato on Planet Earth
  • Summer Farmstand Hours
  • Strawberry U-pick Opens!
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What Might Be In Your Share This Week:
  • Sungold Cherry Tomato Plant
  • Red Ursa Kale
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Pac Choi?
  • Head Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.

 
Three Things You Should Do This Week:
It's that happy time of year again....here comes the fresh produce! We're excited to bring you your first CSA delivery this week. It's also the week that I brace myself for the barrage of emails and phone calls about salad shares gone missing and egg share mix-ups. Most of the mishaps during our CSA season happen the very first week due to confusion at pickup sites. Please do your very best to only go home with the food you signed up for this week!

Here are three very simple things you can do this week to ensure it all goes smoothly:
  1. Read this newlsetter before you pick up your CSA share on Wednesday or Saturday! It has some key info that everyone needs to know for CSA pickups to go smoothly.
  2. Read all the labels and signage at your pickup site this week. We try our best to label things clearly in hopes of preventing any mix ups.
  3. Read the pickup instructions for your specific site on our website. There's important info listed there, like what time your pickup site starts and who to call if you can't make it to your pickup in time.
I know, that's a lot of reading in this day and age BUT it will make all the difference this week! For those of you who want the cliff notes, here are the most important things to know (please also share this info with anyone who might be picking up on your behalf at any point this season!)....

About HARVEST BASKETS:
  • Do check your name off the list at your pickup site each week.
  • Do pack your veggies into your own bags and leave the tote and lid at your pickup site in a tidy stack.
  • Do ask other CSA members about any produce you're not familiar with - about 80% of our CSA members are returning veterans and know their veggies! They can help you figure out what to do with that kohlrabi! So can the internet, cookbooks, and this newsletter. Never fear!
  • If you are splitting a share, don't leave a partial share in a tote for your CSA partner to pick up later. Please pack the produce into your own bags. More than once an unsuspecting CSA member has ended up with someone's half share and emailed me wondering why the head lettuce was cut down the middle. :)
About SALAD SHARES:
  • Don't take a salad share from the marked red coolers if you didn't sign up for one!
  • Do pay attention to the lists on the coolers and the labels on individual bags. Full pound shares are labeled with members' names; half pound shares are unlabeled. All Salad Share members are listed on the cooler lid. Double-triple check before you take that bag of greens home!
About EGG SHARES:
  • Do make sure you take home the dozen or half dozen with your name on it! All eggs are labeled with last names.
About TAMALE SHARES:
  • The first tamale shares will go out NEXT week, the week of June 4th.
  • Do make sure you take home the tamales with your name on them! All Tamale Shares are labeled.
About FLOWER SHARES:
  • Flower Shares will begin at the end of June or early July...
Thanks for your help making this first week, and the next 27, go smoothly for all!

Enjoy the food, the CSA comraderie, and thanks for making our world go round here on the farm!
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SunOrange Cherry Tomatoes - the Best Little Tomato I Know...
It's tradition that we include a cherry tomato plant with each Harvest Basket the first week of the season. The reason? We don't grow cherry tomatoes for the CSA, due to how labor intensive they are and because outdoor production of them at any scale is a little bit of a risk in our damp, coastal climate (lots of disease pressure late in the summer). Instead, we offer you the opportunity to grow your own SunOrange plant - an improved sibling to the infamous Sungold. SunOrange is a notch better than Sungold, primarily because it has excellent crack resistance. Anyone who has ever grown a Sungold knows that they have unbeatable flavor, are high yielding, and are beautiful to behold. But one little misty evening and any close-to-ripe fruit cracks. SunOrange holds up to the weather and still has the flavor.

They're easy to grow - all you need is a sunny, warm spot in the ground or in a big pot. Plant them deep (it's ok to bury all but the top set of leaves; it will encourage the stem to sprout roots and increase the size of your root zone). Provide regular water, a balanced fertilizer and/or compost, and a trellis (they can get tall!) and you should have handfuls of orange sugar bombs within a couple-few months. For more intense flavor, cut back the water when they start to ripen their fruit. Eat them raw, or cut them in half and dry them for a great winter treat.
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Summer Farmstand Hours Start this Wednesday!
The farmstand is open for summer hours every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 to 2 pm, starting this Wednesday, May 30th. Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past (closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm).
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Strawberry U-Pick Opens this Wednesday!
Red alert! There are ripe berries in the field! We'll be opening up last year's strawberry patch to u-pick this Wednesday. Our new patch is not ready for u-pick yet, but last year's plants are pumping out some big, early fruit! Bring your containers and get the first berries of the season!
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Your Final Week from Valley Flora!

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Your Final Week from Valley Flora! The last one!
What's Fresh from Valley Flora this Week...
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In This Week's Beet Box Newsletter:
  • The Last Week!
  • 2018 CSA Sign-ups
  • Tamales this Week
  • Farmstand Still Going - This Week and Next!
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Your Share This Week:
  • Red Onions
  • Carrots
  • Green Cabbage
  • Bulk Kale
  • Celeriac
  • Delicata Squash
  • Red Potatoes
  • Hakurei Turnips?
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Parsnips
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.

 
The Last Week!
This is it! Your final CSA delivery for 2017 couldn't come on a more beautiful December week (cold, but oh that full moon and crystal clear sky.....!). I am always surprised by the lingering abundance at this time of year; the totes are not only replete but also colorful. We've managed to "eat the local rainbow" for another  season, from before the longest day of the year until almost the shortest day (happy winter solstice to all!). And for those of you who are embarking on the winter CSA adventure with us starting in January, the seasonal fare will continue!

A ginormous thank you to everyone for showing up to support our little local family farm this year. For suffering through the ugly potatoes with us and enjoying one of the best sugar snap pea years we've had in a decade. Every season is a roller coaster ride for us, but this year was particularly challenging at times, starting with the eleven feet of rain we got last winter. That cold, wet spring was the hardest we've endured and by June I already felt like I'd had the stuffing punched out of me. Then, on cue, we had our bizarre-o string of little disasters in a single week: the pump burning up - twice; the electric tractor croaking; a car crashing through our farmstand; a trip to the ER with our daughter. I mumbled more than once, "If ever there was a year to quit, this would be it..."

But buoyed up by the encouragement and generosity of all of you, we didn't quit. And then the peas came on in all their glory, followed by big fat ears of corn, sweet peppers, tomatoes and all the rest, and sure enough happy farm amnesia overtook us and we forgot all about our early-season woes. That's the beauty of living by the seasons; they're always changing and you're always forgetting :)

The thing we never forget though is how lucky we are to be supported and cheered on by a community of folks like you. I say this every year, and I'll never get tired to reminding you: we wouldn't be here as a farm without you, our CSA members. You're the bedrock of our farm financially and the source of our greatest farming inspiration (my passion for keeping your Harvest Basket colorful and diverse each week is what drives all the crop planning, trials and experimentation at Valley Flora).

Happy winter to everyone. Cross your fingers for a kinder one this year, and I hope we can count you among our 2018 CSA members next season (more on that up next)!

XOXOX!
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2018 CSA Sign-Ups
We will begin sign-ups for the 2018 CSA in January. If you were a member in any capacity this season (you got a Harvest Basket, eggs, salad and/or tamales), you will be included in our priority sign-up process. That means that you'll be guaranteed a spot in 2018 so long as you sign-up within our priority sign-up window in January/Februrary. After that we'll open it up to folks on our waiting list until we're sold out.

We'll contact you via email in January with sign-up details. If your email has changed, please be sure to let us know so we can reach you when sign-ups begin!
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Tamales this Week!
This is the final delivery of tamales! Be sure to grab your share out of the marked blue coolers at your pickup site this week, and double check that you take the bag with your name on it. A special thanks to Juana for the 1,680 tamales she cranked out for our CSA members this year!
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Farmstand Still Going - This Week & Next!
We are open this week and next week on Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine. Next Wednesday, December 13, will be our final farmstand for 2017. Come stock up on fresh and storage crops to see you into the holidays!
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Week 27 of 28 from Valley Flora!

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Week 27 of 28 from Valley Flora! Winter Spinach, Asian Pears & Sunchokes!
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In This Week's Beet Box Newsletter:
  • Almost-December Surprises
  • Beware - Bitter Pumpkin Alert!
  • Next Week is the Last One!
  • Fall Farmstand Hours
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Your Share This Week:
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Chicory
  • Sunchokes
  • Festival & Acorn Squash
  • Spinach
  • Bunch Beets
  • Asian Pears
On Rotation:*
*This means that some pickup sites will receive it this week; others in a future week.
  • Nothing this week
Please Note: All of our produce is field-rinsed, not washed. We recommend you wash all of your produce before eating it.

The Valley Flora Crystal Ball
What might be in your share next week (no promises!):
  • Red Onions
  • Green Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Bunch Greens
  • Celeriac
  • Red Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Parsnips
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.

 
Almost-December Surprises
For it being the cusp of December, there are some never-before-seen surprises in your tote this week:

Winter Spinach: We are doing some late-season and over-wintering spinach trials this year, both outdoors and in a high tunnel. The spinach is delicious thanks to the chilly weather, but be forewarned: there might be a little bit of Valley Fauna to go with your Valley Flora. The slugs and cabbage loopers are no dummies - they're living it up in that cozy greenhouse, making for some holey spinach (not to be confused with holy spinach, which is difficult to grow without divine intervention). We gave the spinach a dunking in the wash tub, but be sure to give it a more thorough wash at home unless you want protein-enhanced gritty spinach salad.
Asian Pears: This is our latest-maturing Asian pear variety, Shinko. Mild, sweet and juicy. Store them in your fridge to maintain their crisp texture.

Sunchokes: Here they are, your token annual dose of Jerusalem Artichokes. Many of you have heard my spiel about how sunchokes are a sunflower native to North America and are supposedly a great starch alternative for diabetics because they are high in inulin....yada yada yada. BUT, what's probably more important to mention is that sunchokes make some people fart. Really bad. Note I said "some," not all. The moral of the story if you've never had them before: eat them in safe company, or alternatively, binge on them if you hope to win a tournament of fart tennis with your roommate (didn't everyone do that in college?). Here are some good recipes to start with.
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Beware - Bitter Pumpkin Alert!
We've had two customers report that they've gotten a bitter pumpkin from us. If you haven't used your pie pumpkin yet and you plan to, be sure to taste or lick the raw pumpkin before you turn it into an entire pie! You will know immediately if you have a bitter one; the taste is horrible.

We've never had this problem arise on our farm, but it's a relatively common issue that afflicts the Cucurbit family (winter squash, summer squash, melons, cucumbers). Cucurbits contain a group of chemicals called cucurbitacins, which are responsible for the bitterness you sometimes encounter in cucumbers - and in our case this year, pie pumpkins. That bitter taste is a survival mechanism in plants to keep things from eating them, and it works!

There are two possible reasons for elevated cucurbitacins: 1) environmental stress like extreme temperatures or water shortage (more common in summer squash than winter squash), or 2) seed genetics due to cross pollination with other Cucurbits (i.e. a contaminated seed lot). I have an inquiry in to the seed company to find out if they've had any other reports of bitter pumpkins with this seed lot.

Over a decade ago when I was working at Sauvie Island Organics, we had a CSA member who took her entire share one week mid-summer and made a huge veggie soup. It was completely inedible. It turned out she had gotten a bitter zucchini from us. We knew we had to find the rogue plant to prevent a similar tragedy befalling anyone else's soup pot, so at harvest we combed through the 1/4 acre of zucchini and licked the cut stem of every single squash we picked. After an hour of that, you can imagine how our tongue's felt! We never found the culprit, so we ended up abandoning the entire zucchini planting for the rest of the year. In that case, it might have been environmental stress. One thing's for sure: a quarter acre of abandoned zucchini plants makes for some fun giant zucchini pranks.

Around that same time, one of our favorite local seed companies that grows our Delicata squash variety, Wild Garden Seed, suddenly had reports of bitter Delicatas coming from all their customers. They had to dump their entire seed stock because they determined that it was genetic contamination causing the bitterness. It could have been tragic had they not had a stash of seed in their freezer that pre-dated the contamination. They were able to grow out those seeds and rebuild their seed stock - thank goodness for all of us, because their Delicata strain is far and away the best we've ever tasted!

My hunch is that we're dealing with a genetic issue, and it may just be one single plant in our entire planting. Hard knowing, so be sure to do the lick test before you make an entire pumpkin soup or pie! And I'm really crossing my fingers that we didn't ruin anyone's Thanksgiving dessert table this year! If you are the victim of a bitter pumpkin, you have recourse: let me know and I'll send you some sweet Delicatas!
ucurbits contain a group of chemicals called cucubitacins. It is these cucurbitacins that are responsible for squash that is bitter tasting. The higher the levels of cucubitacin, the more bitter the squash will taste. The most likely cause for a bitter taste in squash is due to an environmental stress of some sort, most likely a wide temperature flux or irregular irrigation.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Squash Is Bitter Tasting: Reasons For Bitter Squash Taste https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/bitter-tasting-squash.htm
Cucurbits contain a group of chemicals called cucubitacins. It is these cucurbitacins that are responsible for squash that is bitter tasting. The higher the levels of cucubitacin, the more bitter the squash will taste. The most likely cause for a bitter taste in squash is due to an environmental stress of some sort, most likely a wide temperature flux or irregular irrigation

Read more at Gardening Know How: Squash Is Bitter Tasting: Reasons For Bitter Squash Taste https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/bitter-tasting-squash.htm
Cucurbits contain a group of chemicals called cucubitacins. It is these cucurbitacins that are responsible for squash that is bitter tasting. The higher the levels of cucubitacin, the more bitter the squash will taste. The most likely cause for a bitter taste in squash is due to an environmental stress of some sort, most likely a wide temperature flux or irregular irrigation

Read more at Gardening Know How: Squash Is Bitter Tasting: Reasons For Bitter Squash Taste https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/bitter-tasting-squash.htm
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Next Week is the Last One!
Normal CSA deliveries resume this week. Next week will be our final week of CSA deliveries. If you pick up at the farm or in Coos Bay, your last tote will arrive on Wednesday, December 6th. If you pick up in Port Orford or Bandon, we'll deliver your final tote on Saturday, December 9th.
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Fall Farmstand Hours
For the rest of the season (until December 13th) we will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine (no Saturdays). The farmstand abundance is beautiful right now, with all kinds of fall bounty - including giant kohlrabis! Come stock up.
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Happy Thanksgiving from Valley Flora!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Valley Flora! Food for Feasting!
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In This Week's Beet Box Newsletter:
  • All CSA Pick-Ups are Today!
  • Food for Feasting
  • It's Not Over Yet!
  • Fall Farmstand Hours
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Your Share This Week:
  • Carrots
  • Shallots
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Rosemary
  • Parsnips
  • Red Kuri or Delicata Squash
  • Yellow Potatoes
On Rotation:*
*This means that some pickup sites will receive it this week; others in a future week.
  • Nothing this week
Please Note: All of our produce is field-rinsed, not washed. We recommend you wash all of your produce before eating it.

The Valley Flora Crystal Ball
What might be in your share next week (no promises!):
  • Leeks
  • Chicory
  • Carrots
  • Sunchokes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Beets
  • Winter Squash
  • Spinach
  • Asian Pears
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.

 
All CSA Pick-Ups are Today!!!
Happy Thanksgiving! Don't forget to pick up your CSA share TODAY!
  • Coos Bay: No change (12-5 pm)
  • Valley Flora: No change (9 am -4 pm)
  • Port Orford: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Bandon: 10:30 am through the weekend (open-ended pickup, but we always encourage you to get your food ASAP).
If you already contacted me we are holding your share in our cooler for farm pick-up at a later date.
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Food for Feasting
I love packing the Thanksgiving share each year. Raw materials for the feast to come. Over the years the seasonality of our produce has given shape to our Thanksgiving tradition. There's always some new experimental dish with Brussels sprouts or winter carrots on our table, plus the must-have Roasted Winter Squash and Parsnips with Maple Syrup Glaze and Marcona Almonds. Mashed potatoes, of course, and shallot gravy. Homegrown celery and celeriac in the stuffing. Abby's pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. Maybe some braised greens like kale or collards to green up the plate. It's the sweetest way to celebrate our season of hard work and abundant harvest: in the kitchen together all day, and around the table by night. Cozy. Luxurious in the knowledge that we have a couple days off from harvest. We welcome the short, stormy days, happily.

We loaded you up with extra spuds today so you'll have plenty for mashing (apologies again for the Year of the Ugly Potato). We also stripped the celery patch down to nubbins, so even though there's not a lot of celery in your share there is celeriac (celery root) to make up for it. It's your first taste this year....a creamy, nutty, rooty, celery sister. Some of you are getting a Red Kuri kabocha squash - big enough to stuff and bake, or mash, or roast; some of you are getting Delicata (also equally versatile).

We are really and truly grateful for you. We love our CSA members. We love planning for you starting in January, and growing for you all season, and harvesting for you every week, and filling those totes up. It brings us joy and satisfaction. Thank you for being part of this work.
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It's Not Over Yet!
Thanksgiving week always feels like finals week for us, in all the hustle-bustle to harvest and pack all hundred CSA totes in two days instead of four - with a little mini-vacation to follow. But no, we're not done yet! There are still two more weeks of CSA deliveries to come after Thanksgiving. Please mark your calendars so you don't miss out on the grand finale!

Normal CSA deliveries resume next week, the week of November 27th. Our final week of CSA deliveries will be December 4th. If you pick up at the farm or in Coos Bay, your last tote will arrive on Wednesday, December 6th. If you pick up in Port Orford or Bandon, we'll deliver your final tote on Saturday, December 9th.
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Fall Farmstand Hours
For the rest of the season (until December 13th) we will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine (no Saturdays). The farmstand abundance is beautiful right now, with all kinds of fall bounty - including giant kohlrabis! Come stock up.
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Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

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Week 25 of 28 from Valley Flora!

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Week 25 of 28 from Valley Flora! Giant Kohlrabi! Dry-Farmed Butternut!
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In This Week's Beet Box Newsletter:
 
  • Quintessential Fall Veg: Kohlrabi, Butternut Squash & Chicory!
  • Thanksgiving Pickup Schedule (PLEASE READ!!!)
  • Fall Farmstand Hours
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Your Share This Week:
  • Carrots
  • Yellow Onions
  • Sugarloaf Chicory
  • Bunch Beets
  • Kohlrabi
  • Red Cabbage
  • Butternut Squash
On Rotation:*
*This means that some pickup sites will receive it this week; others in a future week.
  • Cauliflower
Please Note: All of our produce is field-rinsed, not washed. We recommend you wash all of your produce before eating it.

The Valley Flora Crystal Ball
What might be in your share next week (no promises!):
  • Shallots
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Celeriac
  • Red Kuri Squash
  • Celeriac
  • Rosemary
  • Parsnips
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.

 
Quintessential Fall Veg
Dense, large, round: just a few adjectives that sum up this week's share. You're gonna find hefty purple cabbages banging around next to giant kohlrabi, kissing shoulders with earthy beets and some jumbo yellow onions. The only thing that's smaller than normal in this week's assemblage of vegetables are the butternut squash. Small, but still dense. More on that later.

I know it's been a few months, but all of you should be well-practiced kohlrabi-eaters by now. The variety you're getting this week is called "Kossack," aptly named given that most of them weigh in at well over 3 pounds. I know they look intimidating, but once you peel back that light green skin you're in for the most tender, tasty kohlrabi experience there is. Kossack is a storage variety and it will indeed keep for months in your fridge. Above all, I love this variety peeled and cut into sticks for some crunchy crudites. It's a proven favorite with kids, too.

There's also a head of sugarloaf chicory in your share. Once the weather turns nasty and shuts down our head lettuce production we switch to chicories. They are tough little plants that can withstand hail, frost, pelting rain, and all manner of abusive winter weather. Peel back a few layers of wrapper leaves and voila! there's a blanched beauty of a salad inside. Sugarloaf chicory belongs to the same family as radicchio and endive, so it has a slight bitterness. This variety is the least bitter of all the types I've tried, and if you're at all sensitive to it try slicing your chicory into ribbons and soaking it in cold water for 10 minutes before you make your salad. I also like to include sweet ingredients in my chicory salads, like sliced apples or candied nuts, or make a honey-ed salad dressing of some kind. It balance the flavors nicely. People also cook with chicories, although I'm not a fancy enough chef to have ventured down that road so far.

OK, about those diminutive butternut squash: we accidentally dry-farmed them. Yup, that's right, these little squashies grew all season without a drop of irrigation water. Big whoops. After a summer of wondering what the deal was with those few rows of butternut squash that seemed kinda stunted (!), I did a little detective work and discovered that the irrigation header that was buried in weeds next to the fenceline had come undone, probably way back in June when we were cultivating the squash with the horses. On one of our passes through the field we hooked the irrigation header with the cultivator and must have yanked it apart at a coupler near the fence.

The good news is that what they are lacking in size these little butternuts make up for with flavor. Dry-farming always concentrates plant sugars (in tomatoes and tree fruit also) and results in a more intense flavors. It's maybe not such a bad trade-off, plus I always love seeing what plants can do without irrigation just in case that day eventually comes when there's not as much water to be had (hard to imagine today as the rain comes down in buckets, I know...).
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Next Week is Thanksgiving!
Our Delivery Schedule is Different!
PLEASE READ!!!

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and everyone needs to mark their calendars because our delivery schedule is different Thanksgiving week. Here's the plan:
  • We will deliver ALL Harvest Baskets and Egg Shares on Wednesday, November 22nd.
  • If you are a Bandon or Port Orford member, you will pick up that week's share on Wednesday, 11/22, instead of Saturday, 11/25. There will be NO 11/25 Saturday delivery that week.
  • Delivery times on Wednesday, November 22:
    • Coos Bay: No change (12-5 pm)
    • Valley Flora: No change (9 am -4 pm)
    • Port Orford: 10 am - 5 pm
    • Bandon: 10:30 am through the weekend (open-ended pickup, but we always encourage you to get your food ASAP).
If you will be out of town for the holiday and want us to hold your share for later pickup from our walk-in cooler at the farm, we are happy to do so! Please email me your name, pickup location, the items you will pick up, and the date you plan to pick up your share from our cooler at the farm. We ask that farm pickups occur during daylight hours. Thanks!

Please mark your calendars or set a reminder so that you don't miss out on your Thanksgiving food!
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Fall Farmstand Hours
For the rest of the season (until December 13th) we will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine (no Saturdays). The farmstand abundance is beautiful right now, with all kinds of fall bounty - including giant kohlrabis! Come stock up.
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Winter CSA from Valley Flora!

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Winter CSA from Valley Flora!
Valley Flora Winter CSA!

* Eat from the Farm Year-Round *
We promise not to put any toddlers in your Winter CSA Share. Giant Kohlrabi? Well, maybe....

 

Our 2017 CSA season ends in a month, but never fear! For those of you who wish you could eat Valley Flora veggies year-round we're offering limited WINTER CSA SHARES.
 
  • The Winter CSA will start in mid to late January 2018.
  • We will pack shares every other week from January through mid-May, for a total of 10 shares during the winter/spring months.
  • Shares will include any and all of the following as the season progresses: carrots, beets, potatoes, leeks, onions, shallots, micro-greens, chard, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, artichokes, lettuce, asian greens, spinach, winter squash, rapini, herbs, and frozen strawberries.
  • Winter CSA Shares will be available for pickup from the farm only. We do not plan to make deliveries off the farm at this time (that could potentially change if there is a critical mass of interest in Bandon or Port Orford).
  • Cost: $350






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Week 24 of 28 from Valley Flora!

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Week 24 of 28 from Valley Flora! Brussels Sprouts!
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In This Week's Beet Box Newsletter:
 
  • First Frost, then Brussels Sprouts!
  • Thanksgiving Pickup Schedule (PLEASE READ!!!)
  • Fall Farmstand Hours
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Your Share This Week:
  • Carrots
  • Red Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Radishes or Hakurei Turnips
  • Head Lettuce
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Celery
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Brussels Sprouts
On Rotation:*
*This means that some pickup sites will receive it this week; others in a future week.
  • Radishes
  • Hakurei Turnips
Please Note: All of our produce is field-rinsed, not washed. We recommend you wash all of your produce before eating it.

The Valley Flora Crystal Ball
What might be in your share next week (no promises!):
  • Onions
  • Sugarloaf Chicory
  • Carrots
  • Leeks?
  • Beets
  • Celeriac
  • Butternut Squash
  • Red Cabbage
  • Asian Pears?
  • Kohlrabi
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.

 
First Frost, then Brussels Sprouts
How many of you are convinced that you hate Brussels sprouts? Well, you're not alone. If you type in "brussels sprouts" in the epicurious.com search bar, the very first recipe in the line-up is called "Brussels Sprouts for People Who Think They Hate Brussels Sprouts" (and yes, it looks like a convincing recipe, even if it doesn't call for bacon).

I've known plenty of folks who emphatically detested them, until, well, they ate ours. Not to sound over-confident (our friend and farm angel, Tom, still insists that he hates them after all these years), but there seems to be a difference in flavor between the everyday Brussels sprouts you'll buy in the store (most of which come from the central coast of California, where it doesn't get very chilly) and those that are locally grown in colder climes. The flavor of Brussels sprouts - like most of the cabbage family - benefits from cold weather, and even better, freezing weather. Freezing temps raise the sugars in the plant, which mitigates some of the stinky-gym-sock-funk of cruciferous plants that some people are sensitive to.

We had hoped to put Brussels sprouts in the share this week and that impulse was confirmed when we got our first frost on the farm over the weekend. Thanks to that frost, we may even get a couple of Brussels sprout converts out of the deal this week.

Foodie folks have been taking Brussels sprouts to new heights in recent years, so don't think the only way to eat them is overcooked, mushy and bland. If you don't already have a go-to favorite prep for them, go to this online treasure trove of Brussels sprouts recipes and find your inspiration. Last Christmas I made the Brussels sprouts with Bacon Jam as an appetizer and we about made ourselves sick on them before our traditional seafood paella feast on Christmas night.
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Thanksgiving Pick-Up Schedule
PLEASE READ!!!
Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away, and man-oh-man would I like to put one or two of the wild turkeys that are decimating my cover crop and Abby's salad mix on the dinner table! Instead, I find myself chasing them off like a crazy lady, screeching at them and brandishing my harvest knife until they take wing and clear the fence.
BUT, I digress...

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and everyone needs to mark their calendars because our delivery schedule is different Thanksgiving week. Here's the plan:
  • We will deliver ALL Harvest Baskets and Egg Shares on Wednesday, November 22nd.
  • If you are a Bandon or Port Orford member, you will pick up that week's share on Wednesday, 11/22, instead of Saturday, 11/25. There will be NO 11/25 Saturday delivery that week.
  • Delivery times on Wednesday, November 22:
    • Coos Bay: No change (12-5 pm)
    • Valley Flora: No change (9 am -4 pm)
    • Port Orford: 10 am - 5 pm
    • Bandon: 10:30 am through the weekend (open-ended pickup, but we always encourage you to get your food ASAP).
If you will be out of town for the holiday and want us to hold your share for later pickup from our walk-in cooler at the farm, we are happy to do so! Please email me your name, pickup location, the items you will pick up, and the date you plan to pick up your share from our cooler at the farm. We ask that farm pickups occur during daylight hours. Thanks!

Please mark your calendars or set a reminder so that you don't miss out on your Thanksgiving food!
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Fall Farmstand Hours
For the rest of the season (until December 13th) we will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine (no Saturdays). The farmstand abundance is beautiful right now, with all kinds of fall bounty - including giant kohlrabis! Come stock up.
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Farmstand Fall Hours:
Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

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