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Week 21 of 28 from Valley Flora!

Week 21 of 28 from Valley Flora! Delicata! Asian Pears! Hakurei Turnips are Back!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Farewell Eggplant, Hello Orchard Fruit!
  • Solar Fundraiser Cancelled
Asian Pears and golden autumn light.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Red Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant - the last!
  • Delicata Squash
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Asian Pears
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Purple Cauliflower
*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...
  • Red Onion
  • Beets?
  • Carrots
  • Savoy Cabbage or Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts?
  • Radishes?
  • Apples
  • Spinach?
  • Winter Squash
Farewell Eggplant, Hello Orchard Fruit!
It's time. Time to be done with eggplant. Time to pull the plants and sow cover crop in their stead. Time to move on to the other bounty of fall, like the neon purple cauliflower that some of you will get this week, and the curly-headed savoy cabbages that others will get (we couldn't fit both in the tote because they're so big, so you'll get one this week and the other next week). Time to eat Hakurei turnips and kale again and squeal with delight over the arrival of the Delicatas.

That blast of heat on Sunday was something, followed by the smoky haze of wildfires reignited. It felt like summer trying to extend her desperate grip just a little longer with one last insane burst of BTUs. But next week's forecast is so comforting: rain. Rain to bring up all our cover crops and turn pastures green again and bring an end to fire season.

Cooler days and even chillier nights this week make me want to eat apples, finally. You'll see some soon in your tote. This week it's Asian Pears - a variety called Shinko that is juicy and sweet and mild.

And tangentially related to eggplant and orchard fruit, potatoes! (Belonging to the Solanaceae family like eggplant, and known in France as pomme de terre - "apples of the earth.") This week's potatoes were dug with horse power! We hitched Jack and Lily up to a potato digger for the first time and lifted a thousand pounds of potatoes out of the ground in about 3 minutes. Holy spuds! I was pretty excited because it means that we can officially get rid of our cultivating tractor! My new equine team has proven itself time and time again this season: cultivating single row crops, hilling potatoes and leeks, spreading compost, mowing cover crops, and so much more - effectively rendering the ACG tractor obsolete on our farm. Hats off to the ponies!
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Solar Fundraiser Cancelled
We are very disappointed to let you know that we've had to cancel the Farm Dinner and Cider Pressing Fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday, October 20th. We're brainstorming other fundraising ideas to help put solar on the roof of the barn next spring and will keep you posted. Thanks to everyone for your outpouring of support and excitement!
 
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The Farmstand is Open for Fall Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags and u-pick containers!

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 20 of 28 from Valley Flora!

Week 20 of 28 from Valley Flora! Cauliflower & Spaghetti Squash!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Final Week of Salad Shares
  • Tamales this Week!
  • Cider Pressing and Dinner at the Farm Oct 20th!
Enjoy your last salad share this week.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Yellow Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Eggplant
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Little Gem Lettuce
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Sweet Corn
*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...
  • Red Onion
  • Radicchio
  • Carrots
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Delicata Squash
  • Kale
  • Parsley
Spaghetti Squash
It used to be that the week we put spaghetti squash in your tote I would find myself in front of the computer writing an advocacy piece for this much-maligned winter squash. It seems the food tides have turned in the past few years though and spaghetti squash has been lifted by the wave of gluten-free mania and carried to new shores where its Fall arrival is greeted by hordes of screaming fans, all dying for some alternative to noodles.

It's a humble Hindenburg of a squash and always one of the first to go out because it doesn't need curing time like some of the others. If you cut your squash in half and bake it, then scrape out the cooked flesh with a fork, you'll have a pile of squash strings that closely resemble noodles. From there you can go in any direction: smother your "noodles" in marinara sauce, dress them up with chili, make
fritters, or keep it simple with a little butter. Kids marvel at noodles that grew inside a squash, so have them help you make dinner this week.
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Final Week of Salad Shares
This is your last distribution of Abby's Greens for the season. If you can't imagine life without them, you can still source them for awhile longer from a variety of local stores: the Port Orford Community Co-op, the Langlois Market, Mother's Natural Grocery and McKay's (both in Bandon), and Coos Head Co-Op in Coos Bay. An enormous thank you to Abby for her tireless dedication to growing the most beautiful baby greens I've ever met.
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Tamales this Week!
Tamales go out this week in marked blue coolers. Please be sure to only take tamales if you are on the list, and to double check that you have the right bag before you leave your pick-up site. Thanks!
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Cider Pressing and Farm Dinner October 20th!
Join us on October 20th for an afternoon of cider pressing and horsedrawn farm tours and then an evening feast in our greenhouse to help raise money to put solar on the roof of the barn! Dinner will feature Valley Flora produce, wine and music, and everyone will go home with a jug of cider! $100 per person, all towards the cause of solar-powered produce! RSVP here! More details on our website!
 
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The Farmstand is Open for Fall Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags and u-pick containers!

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 19 of 28 from Valley Flora!

Week 19 of 28 from Valley Flora! Winter Squash! Romanesco!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Winter Squash Time!
  • Cider Pressing and Dinner at the Farm Oct 20th!
  • Fall Farmstand Hours Start This Week
Romanesco is here!
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Red Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Acorn & Festival Winter Squash
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Head Lettuce
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Romanesco
  • Kale
*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...
  • Yellow Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Fennel
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Radishes?
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Spaghetti Squash
Winter Squash
In my mind there aren't any two things in the produce world more quintessentially "Fall" than winter squash and romanesco. Their arrival always makes it easier to say goodbye to summer and shift into the rhythms of fall: coming home a little earlier, turning on the oven to roast some squash, maybe building the first fire in the woodstove (any day now), embracing the shorter days.

This week's first winter squash distribution is a combo of Acorn and Festival. They are similar, except for their skin. Acorn is the dark green guy. Festival is the yellow circus-y one. Neither need time to "age" so we typically send these two varieties out first (some varieties of winter squash benefit from a few weeks or even months in storage to develop their best flavor and texture) .

Winter squash have tough skins (which is what gives them their storage crop super powers), but it means they can be tough to hack into and the cause of many a kitchen knife mishap. Acorn and Festival are among the toughest so be careful! There are a few different tricks to cutting one up:
  • For the bold and brave: choose a heavy-duty, sharp-tipped knife. Insert the point of the knife into the side of the squash and then carefully work the blade around its circumference with the tip inside the squash the whole time, until you cleave it in half. From there, it's safer and easier to cut the squash into pieces, or bake the halves face down on a cookie sheet with a little water to help steam-cook it.
  • For the patient and cautious: either pre-bake your squash for awhile whole until it softens up, or pierce it a few times with a knife and put it in the microwave for a bit until it softens a little. Then proceed with cutting it up.
With the exception of Delicata squash, which you'll see in a few weeks, I like to peel my winter squash. Depending on how tough and bumpy the skin is, you can either use a good veggie peeler or a sharp knife.

As for eating them, the sky's the limit: soup, soup bowls (acorn and festival make great soup bowls once cut in half), pumpkin curry, roasted, steamed, mashed, stuffed. They can be center of the plate, or one of many ingredients in something else. And best of all, they store for months on your counter and look festive and seasonal while they're hanging out there, waiting for you to get inspired.
Cider Pressing and Farm Dinner October 20th!
Join us on October 20th for an afternoon of cider pressing and horsedrawn farm tours and then an evening feast in our greenhouse to help raise money to put solar on the roof of the barn! Dinner will feature Valley Flora produce, wine and music, and everyone will go home with a jug of cider! $100 per person, all towards the cause of solar-powered produce! RSVP here! More details on our website!
 
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The Farmstand is Open for Fall Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags and u-pick containers!

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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You're Invited! Cider Pressing and Farm Dinner October 20th!

96 You're Invited! Cider Pressing and Farm Dinner October 20th! Help us put solar panels on the barn roof!
Join us October 20th!
Cider Pressing and Fall Farm Dinner
A Fundraiser to Help Put Solar Panels on the Roof of our Barn!

3 pm - Cider Pressing and Horsedrawn Farm Tours
5 pm- Five Course Feast

Featuring Valley Flora Produce, wine, and music in our greenhouse

$100/person
For more details and to RSVP: www.valleyflorafarm.com
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Bulk Sweet Peppers Still Available!

96 Bulk Sweet Peppers Still Available! Get 'em while you can!

Bulk Sweet Peppers Still Available!

It's the apex of sweet pepper season!
Time to stock up on Stocky Red Roasters!

5 pounds for $22.00, delivered to your pickup site.

  Sweet Peppers are one of the easiest things to put up for winter:
  • Chop up and freeze (no blanching necessary) for winter soups and stir fries!
  • Roast and freeze (or can or pickle) for an awesome addition to burgers, sandwiches, soups and more!
  • Make Roasted Red Pepper spread for the fridge or freezer!
  • Or, just eat them like popsicles, breakfast, lunch and dinner!
If you'd like to order, please send an email to Bets with your name, phone number, pickup site, and quantity of peppers you'd like (in 5 lb increments).
Thanks!

 
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Week 18 of 28 from Valley Flora!

Week 18 of 28 from Valley Flora! Leeks & Beets!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Help Valley Flora Go Solar! - Fall Fundraiser Dinner at the Farm!
  • Fall Farmstand Hours Start Next Week
  • Strawberry U-Pick: Beautiful & Abundant!
A vision of the future at Valley Flora: Solar-powered Produce!
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Head Lettuce
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...
  • Red Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Romanesco?
  • Potatoes?
  • Hot Peppers
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Parsley
Fall Fundraiser Dinner at the Farm - Help Valley Flora Go Solar!
For the past ten years at Valley Flora we've been harnessing horses to help get the farming done, but wouldn't it be great if we could harness the sun itself? For a long time our goal has been to make this little farm as climate-friendly as possible through the use of horses and our electric tractor, but solar has been out of reach financially. We looked into solar panels in 2010 but it was way beyond our budget.

Then, this past winter we found out about a couple solar grant programs that were about to sunset - one with the state of Oregon and the other through the US Department of Agriculture. With invaluable grant-writing assistance from a non-profit called Spark Northwest we applied for both grants. We just found out this month that our solar-powered-produce dream is finally coming true: we were awarded both grants! Combined, they'll cover 45% of the cost of a 12 kW solar installation big enough to power most of the farm: our irrigation pump, walk-in cooler, freezers, and new propagation greenhouse.

Our hope is to have solar panels on the roof of the barn by next spring, but we need to raise matching funds to make it a reality. To help get us part of the way there, we're hosting a fall fundraiser dinner at the farm on October 20th! There will be an afternoon of cider pressing and farm tours, followed by a 5-course dinner with wine served in our new greenhouse. Dinner will feature all the Valley Flora produce we can stuff into five courses, with the masterful help of chef Kali Pestana of the Loft.

Cider pressing and farm tours start at 3 pm; dinner will begin at 5 pm. Cost is $100 per person. Everyone will go home with a jug of cider.

If you'd like to join us on October 20th, please RSVP and we'll save you a seat! Let's raise a glass together: to the power of the sun!
A photo of the inaugural dinner in our new greenhouse last spring. Join us for another dinner under glass on October 20th!
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Fall Farmstand Hours Start Next Week!
Dark mornings, cold nights, fall is here! As of next Wednesday, October 3rd, the farmstand will begin operating on fall hours: every Wednesday and Saturday from 10-2 (instead of 9-2). We'll stay open for Saturdays as long as the weather holds up, through October, but will switch to Wednesday-only winter hours by November. The produce is as diverse and colorful as it gets these days as summer and fall collide in a riot of food.
 
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Strawberry U-Pick Beautiful and Abundant
All this heat and sun has brought on a strawberry rebound in the u-pick beds. There is ample ripe fruit, yours for the easy picking! It's not too late to fill the freezer and make your winter stash of jam!
Cleo, age 7, the new chalkboard artist at the farm.
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 and u-pick containers!

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 17 of 28 from Valley Flora!

Week 17 of 28 from Valley Flora! Broccoli, Fennel, Spuds!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Valley Flora Hygge
  • Broccoli: Back So Soon?
  • Strawberry U-Pick still Open
Sweet peppers, my favorite September food group.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Yellow Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Fennel
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Head Lettuce
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Cucumbers
*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...
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Hot Peppers
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Parsley
Valley Flora Hygge
This is the moment I wait for all year, when the pepper plants are bent over under their load of circus-colored fruit. Reds, oranges, yellows, and even purple. It means there's nothing to worry about if I forget to pack my lunch in the morning: there's snacking to be had in every field, from carrots to sweet corn to celery to cucumbers to tomatoes to peppers to apples to pears to kiwi berries. The imperative is to eat, which for us also means to gather.

In Denmark and Norway, there is a word: hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). We don't have an exact parallel in English, but it essentially describes "a form of everyday togetherness....a cozy and convivial atmosphere that promotes well-being." It's about enjoying the good things in life with people you love, maybe even by candlelight. It's a cornerstone of their culture and some sociologists blame hygge on the fact that the Danes are among the happiest people in the world.

Hygge is pretty easy to come by these days around our table, surrounded by this cusp-of-fall abundance and the best crew we've ever had working on the farm. I hope your weekly harvest basket inspires a little hygge around your table as well.
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Back so Soon?
I feel like I was just apologizing to you about the super-sized heads of broccoli in your share, and eek! They're baaaa-ack! The fall brassicas are coming on strong in our new field and I fear it's a bit of an almost-instant-replay from early summer. Some of the  broccoli crowns are close to 2 pounds apiece (blame those nitrogen-fixing cover crops again!). The good news if you're not head over heels for broccoli is that there are only a few plantings for fall, compared to 5 or 6 in the spring, so the onslaught won't last nearly as long.

And to address the plethora of our top bumper crops of 2018 (broccoli and eggplant), a recipe that asks for both: Charred Broccoli Salad with Eggplant Puree

Sorry again. Please file complaints by mail with:

Mother Nature
Attn: Bumper Crops Complaint Division
10 Trillion Microbes Way
Planet Earth
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Strawberry U-Pick Still Open
Believe it or not, the strawberries are still fruiting and will continue to do so as long as the rain holds off. I'm personally eager for rain, but for those of you who haven't made your jam or put some in the freezer, there's plenty of elbow room in the patch right now and lots of fruit to be had. We notice that fall-picked berries sometimes have a shorter shelf life, so we recommend keeping them refrigerated for fresh eating or freezing/jamming them immediately.
 
Cleo, age 7, the new chalkboard artist at the farm.
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 and u-pick containers!

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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Bulk Sweet Peppers Available!

96 Bulk Sweet Peppers Available! Stock your freezer, fill your belly!

Bulk Sweet Peppers Available Now!

It's the apex of sweet pepper season!
Time to stock up on Stocky Red Roasters!

5 pounds for $22.00, delivered to your pickup site.

  Sweet Peppers are one of the easiest things to put up for winter:
  • Chop up and freeze (no blanching necessary) for winter soups and stir fries!
  • Roast and freeze (or can or pickle) for an awesome addition to burgers, sandwiches, soups and more!
  • Make Roasted Red Pepper spread for the fridge or freezer!
  • Or, just eat them like popsicles, breakfast, lunch and dinner!
If you'd like to order, please send an email to Bets with your name, phone number, pickup site, and quantity of peppers you'd like (in 5 lb increments).
Thanks!

 
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Week 16 from Valley Flora!

Week 16 from Valley Flora! Napa Cabbage! Celery! Corn & Peppers!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Corn Compost
  • The Time of Buckling Totes
  • Eggplant Tip from a Fellow CSA Member
Sweet corn, the backbone of our composting program.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Red Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Celery
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Head Lettuce
  • Hot Peppers
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...
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers?
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Fennel?
  • Beets?
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Kale
Corn Compost
Corn, no matter how sweet, has a bit of a bad rap among farmers of my ilk. It's a heavy feeder, meaning it requires lots of fertility, and for the vast amount of space it takes up in the field it's a ridiculously low yielder (one ear per stalk and there's only one stalk per foot, which means it's barely paying the bills - if at all). We grow it anyway because what would a summer be without homegrown corn? (Yes, it's true, many a bad business decision is made at Valley Flora because of our stomachs).

But in the past few years since we've ramped up our on-farm compost production, corn has earned my new respect as a compost superstar. We mainly grow an organic variety called Allure, chosen after many years of trials for it's big bi-color ears full of deep, super-sweet, tender kernels that go "pop!" when you bite into them. Also, the plants reach towering heights of 8 feet or more, which makes the corn patch more fun to get lost in but also makes for huge amounts of green biomass.

According to John Jeavons, father of the modern bio-intensive gardening movement and auther of "How to Grow More Vegetables (than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine)," one bed of corn will make enough compost for two beds. That's good math. I hadn't heard that bit of trivia when we started composting our corn stalks, but it it was helpful affirmation that the labor investment to harvest the stalks and build the compost piles was worth it. It goes like this: once we've harvested all the ears from a planting and the stalks are still green, we pull the drip tape from the beds and log the corn stalks - either with a sharp machete or the weedeater with a blade attachment (and maybe eventually with the horsedrawn sickle bar mower). The stalks get hauled out of the field with the flatbed and trailer and then layered in a pile with cow manure we source from a dairy in Coquille. The hollow structure of the corn stalks and they way they criss-cross in the pile makes for great aeration and our compost pile temps usually rocket up to 140 degrees within the first week! Every pile gets turned with the tractor multiple times until the rains set in, at which point we tarp the piles for winter and let them finish.

It takes a few hours and some sweat to turn a corn planting into a compost pile but in addition to creating compost it solves a biomass problem in the field. A towering patch of corn stalks, even if mowed down and tilled under, takes a long time to decompose in the field. In the past that meant it was tricky to get our corn ground cover cropped in the fall - too much undigested biomass in the soil would inhibit the germination of the fall cover crops that we plant to protect our soil through the winter. Removing the stalks and turning them into compost leaves us a clean field that we can successfuly plant our cover crops into and gives us a beautiful pile of black compost to spread the next spring. Plus, the work-out means there's no need for a gym membership. Win-win-win :)
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The Time of Buckling Totes
After we pack Harvest Baskets on Tuesday and Friday we stack them seven high and roll them into our walk-in cooler, ready for delivery the next day. That's just the right number to fit on a hand truck, but at this time of year we can't always get away with so many in a stack; the bottom ones start to buckle and sag under all the weight of so much corn and so many eggplants and those dense Napa cabbages. It's kind of a happy problem to have.
 
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Eggplant Tip from a Fellow CSA Member
I got a great, helpful email from a CSA member who is coping fabulously with this year's bumper crop of eggplant. I thought it might be useful to those of you who are overwhelmed by the onslaught of aubergine. I don't have a microwave, but I kind of wish I did after reading this:

I am compelled to share my secret to managing all the yummy eggplant.

I cook it whole in the microwave for 4 minutes. Then peel if desired and cut into various sizes for soups, stews, curries. Caponata! It beats the labor intensive slice and salt and pat dry method. Usually it cuts down the amount of oil most recipes call for.

I don’t have any eggplant remaining and look forward to the next installment. I have been able to use it all, although I could freeze it for later use. It is delicious and goes quickly into caponata and baba ganouj, Thai red curry and eggplant marinara casserole. No fuss. All flavor.  Somehow it becomes a lot more “user friendly” for me cooked in this manner.

 
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Uma, making her way to the orchard through a field ready for cover crop.
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 and u-pick containers!

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 15 from Valley Flora!

Week 15 from Valley Flora! Melon Bliss!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Melon Bliss
  • Strawberry Lull
  • Tamales this Week
Melons for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. And everything in between.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Red Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant!
  • Dill
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Melon
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • 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...
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
Melon Bliss
Abby is all to thank for these two weeks of melon nirvana. She's mostly known as the Salad Queen at Valley Flora, dedicating herself for untold hours to the production of Abby's Greens each week. But for years she's also nurtured a passion for growing melons. In our coastal climate, melons are a gamble. For instance: Last year it rained four inches the week after she transplanted all her starts in mid-June and all but a few succumbed to damping off. One year it was perfect, hot, melon-growing weather all summer and then September turned rainy and her just-ripe melons went watery. Some years we simply don't get enough heat to bring on a perfect melon.

Nevertheless, Abby has spent a lot of years trialing different varieties and taste-testing the results and the winner is unanimously a cantaloupe named Sarah's Choice. The stars aligned this year and the melon crop is a stunner. In our household we appreciate the fact that sometimes they crack, or the mice take a nibble, or the skin looks funny. Those are the ones that make it to the kitchen and give us an excuse to eat as much melon as possible while it's here.
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Strawberry Lull
I'm glad there are melons to take the place of the strawberries these past two weeks since the strawberry patch has entered a decided lull. There's still fruit to be had, but the picking is much slower and less abundant. We're hoping there might be a September rebound based on the flowers and green fruit on the plants, but it's always hard to predict this late in the season when the weather could turn any time. Our Albion variety, which is set aside for u-pick, is producing better than the rest so there's still an opportunity to put some in your freezer if you haven't already done so.
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Tamales this Week!
Tamales are going out in marked blue coolers this week. If you're a tamale member, please check labels and make sure you take the right bag home! Enjoy, with fresh tomatoes and sweet peppers on the side!
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My favorite dahlia, Maarn, is at the peak of its bloom window right now, stealing the dahlia show near the farmstand.
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 and u-pick containers!

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 14 of 28 from Valley Flora!

Week 14 of 28 from Valley Flora! Eggplantalooza! Melons!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Eggplant for the Masses
  • The Halfway Mark
My 100-year-old horsedrawn cultipacker, salvaged out of a blackberry thicket near Powers in 2008. Still going strong, thanks to the equines.
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant!
  • Cilantro
  • Head Lettuce
  • Sweet Peppers
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Green Beans
  • Melon
  • Chard
  • Collard Greens
*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
  • Corn?
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Dill
Eggplant for the Masses
It's happening again: a bumper eggplant crop to beat all bumper eggplant crops. It's going to thrill those of you who have been writing to me confessing that you can't get enough of the stuff, and have even been buying extra at the co-op. For the eggplant skeptics, now's your moment to overcome past prejudices and get down with some baba ganoush or eggplant parmesan (or make a generous gift of 5 big eggplants to your friend who loves them).

I'm a fan of the light and simple eggplant parm approach (who has time to sweat and bread and fry - all those extra eggplant steps!?). Think broiled eggplant, fresh tomatoes, sauteed onions, maybe some fresh mozzarella layered together and baked into a melty goodness. I wanted to make one last week but didn't get to the store in time to buy some mozzarella so instead I sauteed up fennel and Walla Walla sweets and layered it with tomatoes, feta, and broiled eggplant. I baked it at 400 until it was bubbling and then we ate it on quinoa. Almost vegan (for those who tend that way) and still so good (ok, can you tell I love cheese?).

Ratatouille is another way to burn through some eggplant and other than the dried herbs, your harvest basket this week contains everything you need to make this recipe.

If you can't imagine ever eating so many eggplants in one week (and um, yeah, there will be more next week), make a double batch of baba ganoush and freeze it for later.

Good luck, and enjoy. I sure am.
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The Halfway Mark
We're fourteen weeks into the CSA season, with fourteen more to go. Some of you have been wondering if it's almost over but rest assured there are many, many more pounds of food coming your way through the week of December 3rd!
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Looking west over the New Nine. On the right you can see the beginnings of the two greenhouses we're building for winter production, next to a verdant patch of fall Brassicas (the fall broccoli promises to be about as big as the spring/summer batch). The new strawberry field mid-photo is still yielding but having a temporary lull (all of us are a little tired in late August, berries and humans alike). We're prepping the farthest field for next year's strawberries, to be planted this November.
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 and u-pick containers!

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 13 from Valley Flora!

Week 13 from Valley Flora! Sweet Peppers! Beets!
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What's Cookin' on the Farm...
  • Dry-Farm Trials at Valley Flora

Dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes and North Georgia Candy Roaster winter squash, grown without irrigation
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What's Probably In Your Share This Week:*
  • Walla Walla Sweets
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Corn
  • Head Lettuce
  • Jalapeños
  • Sweet Peppers
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • 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...
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Collards or Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cilantro?
Dry-Farm Trials at Valley Flora
Drought has been in the news aplenty the past few years, with growing concerns about implications for agriculture in Oregon. A quick glance to our south doesn't paint a pretty picture of what could be in store for us. In drought-plagued California water wars have been raging fierce as the state grapples to balance the demands of urban centers, native salmon runs, and farm production. At the peak of water shortages a couple years ago, almost 2 million acres of prime farmland in the Central Valley - which produces almost half of the nation's fresh fruit and vegetables - were left fallow for lack of irrigation water. Meanwhile, communities were setting up portable community shower facilities to deal with water rationing and many of the state's native salmon runs were - and still are - teetering on the brink of extinction.

A similar scenario is playing out in Oregon's Klamath basin and climate change predictions are suggesting that we're in for less rain in the future, not more. In response, Oregon State University has spearheaded a project with 30+ farmers around the state to conduct on-farm trials growing a few specific crops without irrigation. We're one of those farms this year.

On Memorial Day, OSU professor and researcher Alex Stone arrived at the farm in her pickup, loaded with soil moisture probes, ten winter squash plants and five tomato plants. She took a six foot deep soil profile sample of our field, installed 4 soil moisture probes at 1', 2', 3' and 4' depths, planted out the winter squash and tomatoes on five foot spacing, and handed me a soil moisture reader to collect data with each week.

We got the plants established with drip tape for the first few weeks, but by the end of June had removed all irrigation from the plot. Every week I record the soil temperature, the soil moisture at each depth, and the percentage of squash plants with female flowers and send the data off to the OSU team.

The vigor of the dry-farmed plants has been astonishing. They are side by side with our drip-irrigated squash plants and the dry-farmed plants are actually larger than their irrigated counterparts. They are on wider spacing - 5' instead of 2' - which allows them to forage more widely for water and nutrients. The ground is bone dry these days but the plants don't show any sign of mid-day wilting and the fruit load on both the tomatoes and the squash is startling.

We're keeping yield data on the tomato harvest each week, and will do the same once winter squash harvest commences in September. Those numbers, taken together from thirty different sites, will be key in determining the overall economic viability of dry-farming for farmers around the state. We're expecting the flavor of both the tomatoes and the squash to be superior to that of irrigated plants (less water concentrates flavor in the fruit), and research to date has shown that dry-farmed squash keep in storage significantly longer than irrigated squash.

I'll let you know what we learn later this fall. Hopefully the research will help contribute to evolving solutions in the face of shrinking water resources.
The dry-farm trial plot planted to North Georgia Candy Roaster winter squash, Winter Sweet winter squash, and Early Girl Tomatoes
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 and u-pick containers!

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 12 from Valley Flora!

Week 12 from Valley Flora! Sweet Corn!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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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!

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.
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Week 10 from Valley Flora!

Week 10 from Valley Flora! Heirloom Tomatoes & New Potatoes!
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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!

Week 9 from Valley Flora! Walla Walla Sweets! Tomatoes! Cukes!
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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.
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Week 8 from Valley Flora!

Week 8 from Valley Flora! Fleeting Favas! The First Onions!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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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.
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Week 7 from Valley Flora!

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!

Happy 4th of July from Valley Flora!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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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

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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