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CSA Newsletter: Week 9 from Valley Flora!

Please note to all our customers who are receiving this newsletter: this is NOT the list of available farmstand produce for the week. This weekly BeetBox newsletter is primarily aimed at our CSA Harvest Basket members who receive a weekly pre-paid tote of produce for our 28-week CSA season. There has been some confusion among folks who are trying to order farmstand produce from this email. Our weekly farmstand availability emails get sent out separately to everyone who has signed up for a farmstand drive-thru pickup day on our website. All that info - in case you want to source farmstand produce - is here. Thank you!

In the Harvest Basket this Week:

  • Broccoli
  • Chard
  • Carrots - Your carrots will likely be coming loose by the pound from now on. At a certain point in the season bunching gets slow and difficult because the carrot tops get weak. We dig fresh poundage for you every week and leave the tops in the field to feed the soil microbiota.
  • Cucumbers
  • Italian Parsley
  • Head Lettuce
  • Red Long of Tropea Torpedo Onions - a specialty onion from Italy that doesn't cure or store well, but is wonderful fresh! If you had a handful more of them you could set them up as bowling pins....:)
  • Strawberries - they're back!
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes - It's on in the tomatoes! Bets, mi madre, is the tomato farmer (she also grows your zukes, cukes, parsley, basil and peppers) and she is now officially neck deep in her busiest, heaviest season. By the way, a sidenote about my mom: she is a badass! She's in the second half of her seventh decade of life and she's still farming full bore, lugging heavy buckets of stunner produce out of the field all week. Thanks, Ma, for adding some bling to the CSA share this week!

On Rotation:

  • Cauliflower
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

Strawberry Update: Best Week Yet!

It's shaping up to be our best week of strawberries so far this season, with lots more on the way in the coming weeks. We're seeing an incredible flush of flowers and new fruit, which bodes well for abundant u-pick in August. We opened up more beds on the u-pick side of the patch this week, and anticipate being able to give even more over to u-pick soon. I wholeheartedly recommend making time to fill your freezer in the next few weeks while the picking is at its peak! The patch opens at 11 am, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you're coming a long distance with high hopes of bringing home a big haul of berries, aim to arrive when we open.

 

The horses have been throwing their weight around in the field every week, doing their part to keep our crops well-cultivated and weed-free. We worked Jack single this week to get into some tight crops that are just about to close in - Brussels sprouts pictured here, as well as asparagus, artichokes, leeks, kale, chard, and more. Jack is a Belgian/Morgan crossbred, and hands-down the best horse I've ever had. He works beautifully in harness and is also just as willing to saddle up and hit the trail. He's a handsome devil, all heart, with a sense of humor to boot.

 

Newsletter: 

Strawberry U-Pick is Open for Summer!

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. 

Remember that our strawberry season goes ALL SUMMER LONG, into October! 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!

Newsletter: 

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!

Zoë

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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