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CSA Newsletter: Week 17 from Valley Flora!

Please note this is NOT our farmstand availability email. This is our weekly CSA newlsetter primarily intended for our subscribed Harvest Basket members who receive a weekly box of produce from the farm from June through December. You cannot order farmstand produce from this email or directly from our website. Rather, farmstand availability emails are sent out on Thursday and Monday mornings to folks who have signed up for Wednesday or Saturday pickup, respectively. To learn more or sign up for a farmstand pickup day, click here.

  • Carrots
  • Eggplant - lots this week! Consider making a batch of baba ganoush! It freezes well for later.
  • Leeks 
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Purple Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale

On Rotation:

  • Sweet Corn - Heads up, this is our final harvest of corn and predictably there is corn ear worm in some of the ears. Corn ear worm is the larva of the moth Helicoverpa zea. We always have them in our latest plantings of corn. Even though they are gross to behold when you peel back your corn husks (your chickens will love that big fat caterpillar!), the problem is easy to solve: whack the tip off the ear of corn, give it a rinse, and your'e good to go. You can do this! 

Happy Fall!

Quite fittingly, Fall is off to a stormy start today. You have potatoes and leeks in your basket so you can make soup and get cozy. It'll be a fleeting taste of autumn though - temps are supposed to spike back into the eighties next week. But at least until Friday you can pull out your plaid flannel, stack some wood, and watch the rain come down. Kinda like a pratice round for the next season to come. On the farm it means we might finally get the rest of our onions cleaned (we've been waiting for a rainy day) and make some more progress on the new horse shed. We've taken advantage of every possible sunny moment in the last week to get winter squash and potatoes out of the field, but those things will get put on hold while it's wet. It's turning out to be a great season for our storage crops - onions, potatoes and squash - which bodes well for the fall and winter to come. The only issue is figuring out where to put them all in the barn!

Strawberry U-Pick is Closed this Week

We are hitting pause on u-pick due to the weather. The patch will be closed this week on Wednesday 9/23 and Saturday 9/26. We'll reassess next week with the return of sunny weather to see if we can eek out a few more u-pick days before the season is over for good.

Have a lovely week, savor the rain.

The new Palacio de Caballo (Horse Palace): Not done quite in time for this week's rain, but soon enough!

Newsletter: 

Strawberry U-Pick Closed this Week Due to Rain (Sept 23 & Sept 26)

We are hitting pause on the strawberry u-pick due to the rain this week. We may be able to reopen for the last bit of September/early October if the sun returns in earnest to ripen up some Fall berries. Stay tuned for updates here on our website and on Instagram/Facebook. Happy Fall!

The strawberries keep surprising us. We've had our best harvest of the year in the past couple of weeks, go figure in mid-September! 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 2:30 pm, or until the patch is picked out. If the berries get picked out before 2:30 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!

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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