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Week 11 from Valley Flora!

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Week 11 from Valley Flora! Potatoes are Here!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' at the Farm...
  • New Potatoes
  • Tamales this Week
  • Bee Heaven
  • U-Pick Strawberries at their Best!
What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • New Potatoes
  • Rainbow Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Eggplant
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 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...
  • Onions
  • Green Beans, on rotation
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Chard?
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn?
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
New Potatoes
The first spuds are showing up in your tote this week, an early red variety that are still "new," meaning their skins haven't set yet. New potatoes are noticeably juicier  and tender and should be stored in a plastic bag in your fridge. They'll keep for at least a few weeks there, but aren't meant for long-term storage.

Meanwhile, the rest of the spud patch is done flowering and all those tubers are busy fattening up for fall harvest. We'll dig the majority of our potatoes in September and October once the plants have died back and the skins have cured. You'll see potatoes in your share every few weeks from now until December, and for those of you who do the Winter CSA with us we'll have potatoes for you well into spring.
Tamales this Week!
Tamales Shares are going out to all pick-up sites this week in marked blue coolers. If you are a tamale member, remember to check the tags on each bag and make sure you are taking home the dozen labeled just for YOU! ¡Buen aprovecho!
Bee Heaven
Don't take this the wrong way but my highest passion is not growing food for all you humans; it's growing food for bees and our soil. :)

This summer we have almost an acre planted to Buckwheat (a quick-growing, drought-hardy, warm-weather annual with white flowers - yes the same buckwheat you make pancakes out of) and Phacelia (a lacy-leaved annual with striking spikes of purple flowers). Both of them are fantastic forage crops for bees and other beneficial insects and for the past five weeks I've been eagerly anticipating this moment when both are in full bloom. The field is a swath of lavender and white right now, but even more striking is the hum - the literal vibration - coming from that acre. The bees - and lots of other insects, too - are having a flower feast fit for a king.

It will be a short-lived party, unfortunately, because I have to transition the field into another cover crop in the next few days. But for this moment it's a sight and a sound to behold - and take lots of pictures of!
Strawberry U-Pick at its Best!
Mama Mia, the strawberries! It's that moment in our berry season when they are abundantly abundant, deep deep red, holy smokes sweet, and the early summer crowds have thinned out! This past couple of weeks there have been ample strawberries from open to close on Wednesdays and Saturdays so you can enjoy a leisurely pick and maybe even take a nap in the clover while you're out there :)...

If you've been waiting, this is what you've been waiting for. Please remember to bring your own containers to take your berries home in. We have picking buckets but are always short on boxes.

The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday & Saturday (rain or shine)
9 am to 2 pm

Fresh Produce
U-Pick Strawberries & Flowers
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags and u-pick containers!

Directions to the Farm
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
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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