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CSA Newsletter: Week 11 from Valley Flora!

In This Week's Harvest Basket:

  • Romano Green Beans - flat and wide and tender and deeeeeeelicious! Give them a light steam or sautee for maximal enjoyment (don't overcook!).
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli - monster heads!!!! And probably the last of the summer harvest, so enjoy. Until fall, Señor Broccoli! (Although this week's heads are so big you might still be gnawing away at yours come September...)

On Rotation:

  • Eggpant

Pickling Cucumber Update, Plus Beans, Plus Strawberries...

I've been getting lots of inquiries about pickling cukes this summer. We had a banner year in 2019, so it goes without saying that we would have a complete crop failure this summer. There are none to offer at the moment, HOWEVER, we replanted and with slightly better luck should have an abundance starting in September. I know that's probably later than many of you usually make pickles but if you're willing to wait we should have lots in about a month. That gives you plenty of time to round up your dill seed and pickling salt and crocks and canning jars. 

Green Beans are pumping and are available by special order in 10# bags at our wholesale price of $50. 'Tis the time for dilly beans, canned beans, frozen beans, or just eating a heap of beans. To order, email us your name, pickup location, the number of 10# bags you want and a phone number.

Strawberries are so lovely and abundant right now it's hard to stop picking on Tuesday and Friday! We're almost caught up with our special order list, so if you'd like to order some by the flat we can probably take care of you this month. Flats are $45 each. Email us your name, pickup location, the number of flats you'd like and a phone number.

A reminder to everyone to check labels carefully on special orders and on salad shares before you take them home. There have been some mix-ups in the past few weeks that could have been easily prevented by taking a few seconds to double check labels. Thanks for your help!

Enjoy the August abundance!


Strawberry U-Pick is Open for Summer!

The strawberries are at their peak right now! We've opened up lots of beds for u-pick and the fruit is big, sweet and deep red. Now's the time to fill the freezer and make jam!

The U-pick is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am until 3 pm, or until the patch is picked out. If the berries get picked out before 3 pm, we will close early. Apologies that we can't promise an exact range of open picking hours. If you are traveling a distance to the farm and you are hoping to do a big pick, we recommend getting to the farm at 11 to guarantee there will be enough berries to justify your trip. 

Inside Tip: We usually have more beds open for u-pick on Wednesdays than on Saturdays. That's because the berries have one more day to ripen over the weekend so there is more fruit to go around on Wednesday.

Remember that our strawberry season goes ALL SUMMER LONG, into September! We mainly grow a day-neutral variety called Seascape that yields from May until the fall rains arrive in earnest. It's a long, lovely season so there is ample time to fill your freezer and your belly!

Keep in mind that we will be implementing some new policies to keep everyone safe in the strawberry patch this season in the context of COVID-19:

  • Face masks will be required for all u-pickers, including children over the age of 2. We will have handsewn facemasks available for purchase at the u-pick if you do not have your own.
  • The u-pick stand will be set up in our field opposite the original farmstand this season with a dedicated person staffing it. Please park nose-in in the designated parking area on the left just after you cross the bridge over Floras Creek.
  • Everyone will be required to wash their hands before entering the strawberry patch and before checking out. We have handwashing facilities for your use in the field.
  • We will be limiting the number of people in the field at any one time to one group per row, so you may experience some wait time when you arrive until a row opens up - kind of like waiting for a bowling lane :). If the patch is full when you arrive, please give Sarah, our u-pick manager, your name so she can put you on the waiting list. She will call your name when a row opens up. 
  • We're requiring all pickers to use our lined buckets for harvest; no outside containers for harvest please. Once your berries are weighed and paid for we can transfer them into your own containers to carry home.

Strawberries are $3/pound.

We accept cash, check and Farm Direct Nutrition Program coupons only; we cannot process credit cards or Oregon Trail cards in the field due to our rural, offline location.

Please leave no trace: take all garbage and personal items home with you.

No pets allowed.

Thanks for respecting these guidelines, and happy picking!


New Drive-Thru Farmstand System: Sign Up for Your Pickup Day!

Due to COVID-19, our farmstand has switched to an online, pre-order, drive-thru pickup system at our barn. There is no longer any open-air, drop-in shopping. Please follow the instructions below if you want to order through our new online system.

Please note: you cannot order farmstand produce directly off our website. You need to first sign up for a pickup day - Wednesday or Saturday or both - using the instructions and link below. After you do that, you'll start receiving our weekly farmstand availability emails which will allow you to order through Cropolis, the online sales platfrom we are now using. Don't worry, it's easy and quick :)

  • Step 1: To receive our weekly produce availability emails, you must first sign up for Wednesday and/or Saturday Farmstand Pickup.  It's simple and easy on our website: just select which day(s) you want to pick up your produce this season (Wednesday, Saturday or both), go through the quick online "checkout" process, and submit your "order." You do not need an account to sign up and there is no charge to sign up; we're simply using our webstore as a tool to gather your email so we can then send you the produce availability list for your pickup day. You will receive a confirmation email once you submit your order; if you don't get one check your junk/spam folder. If you can't find it, it means you didn't complete the checkout process and need to go back and resubmit your order. 
  • Step 2: Once you sign up for your pickup day(s), you will start to receive our weekly availability emails. We send out an availability email on Monday mornings for the following Saturday farmstand drive-thru and on Thursday mornings for the following Wednesday farmstand drive-thru. The email will have an embedded "place order" link, which will take you into Cropolis, the online sales platform we are using. You will submit your order via Cropolis by the ordering deadline (before midnight on Wednesday for the Saturday farmstand; before midnight on Sunday for the Wednesday farmstand). The system is simple and user friendly and does not require an account or password.
  • We will harvest and pack to order. Orders wil be ready for drive-thru pickup at our barn on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. The drive-thru will close at 2:30; late-pickup is not an option. 
  • There may be add-ons available for purchase at the drive-thru if you want to buy any additional produce.
  • We accept cash, check and Farm Direct Nutrition Program coupons as payment. Please do not make your check out in advance in case there are any changes to your order or you decide to purchase add-on produce.
  • Produce orders will be packed in the order they were received, so you may not get all the items you ordered if we run out of a given thing. We’ll do our best!

To sign up for Wednesday or Saturday Pickup, click here. 

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


Valley Flora - Growing Good Food for Local Folks

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


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