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Week 27 of 28 from Valley Flora!

  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Winter Crisp Lettuce
  • Delicata Winter Squash
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Rosalba Radicchio
  • Kohlrabi - some of the bulbs this week have small black spots on the skin, which can develop in the field under wet, late season conditions. Just peel the outer skin as usual and you'll find crunchy white kohlrabi beneath.

I'm feeling a little self-conscious about all my waxing-on about radicchio (if you haven't grocked my love for it by now, you haven't been reading the weekly newsletter of late), but you must permit me at least a tiny mention of the PINK BRIDESMAID WONDER in your tote this week. Even if you aren't sure you like eating radicchio yet, can you still not appreciate the unbelievable frufru pink-ness of this vegetable? I especially like the juxtaposition of it in a tote with the very masculine, very Germanic, somewhat ugly Kossack kohlrabi.

Harvesting Rosalba feels a little indecent on an early December morning. I cut the heads at the base and then have to strip all the outer leaves that have been hammered by the elements, revealing a shock of pink within. It's like rummaging through the petticoats of some 15-year-old's quinceañera dress, Exhibits A through D below:

If you haven't tried it yet, this is a great week to make the Insalata Nostrana recipe that I put into the newsletter two weeks ago. When was the last time you ate a pink salad?!?

CSA Delivery Schedule Back to Normal for Last Two Weeks of the Season

This week we resume our regular Wednesday/Saturday CSA delivery schedule, for the remaining two weeks of the season. Next week will be our 28th and final week of the season (the last Wednesday CSA pickup is December 8th; last Saturday CSA pickup is December 11th). Enjoy your final two weeks of produce!

 

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How to Shop our Farmstand this Season!

The Valley Flora Farmstand is currently open every Wednesday from 11:30 to 2:30! 

Our farmstand is primarily pre-order, with the occasional odds and ends available for drop-in shopping. We use a web platform called Local Line that allows you to place your order from our webstore. We then custom harvest and pack your order and have it waiting for you on your farmstand pickup day. 

If you’d like to shop with us and haven’t registered an account with Local Line, it’s quick and easy. Simply go to https://www.valleyflorafarm.com/shopthefarmstand and follow the instructions to set up your account. Once you do that you will begin to receive our twice weekly availability emails, every Monday and Thursday morning, with a link to our “store.”

You can also go directly to our Local Line store to check it out: https://www.localline.ca/valley-flora

Thanks for eating locally and supporting small family farms!

 

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Strawberry U-Pick is Closed for the Season

Fall weather has had the final say after a long and glorious berry season! Thanks for picking - and eating - all those strawberries this summer!

In the coming weeks we'll be busy planting our new strawberry patch for the 2022 season, AND we were also able to keep a section of our 2021 patch in place, which bodes well for early berries next spring.* 

* If the weather cooperates (the universal caveat in farming....:)

 

Order Farmstand Produce through our NEW Online Store!

Our Summer Farmstand season kicks off on June 2nd! If you'd like to get fresh, seasonal produce straight from the farm this season, read on!

  • Anyone is welcome to shop our farmstand. You do not need to be a CSA member and there is no waiting list to join.
  • Farmstand produce will be available by pre-order every Wednesday and Saturday from June 2nd through December.
  • Pickup will be at our original farmstand location, at the shed by the bridge, between 11:30 and 2:30 every Wednesday and Saturday. When picking up your order, please wait in line at the gate until you are called in to be served. Masks are required.
  • We are using an online sales platform called Local Line for farmstand orders.
  • If this is your first time ordering our produce through Local Line, you will need to register a new account with Local Line before you can place an order. Here's how (it's easy):
    1. Go to www.localline.ca/valley-flora to view our store.
    2. Click "Register" on the right side of the page.
    3. Set up your account by providing your email address, password, name, phone number and address.
    4. Accept the terms and conditions,
    5. Click the green button, "Creat Your Account"
    6. Start shopping!
  • The ordering window for our Wednesday farmstand opens on Thursday morning by 9 am until Sunday night at 11:59 pm. Farmstead Bread is available on Wednesdays only. If you are not a bread customer and can come on Saturdays, we recommend ordering for Saturday pickup because there are fewer pre-order customers that day and the produce line will be shorter (and some items that have inventory limits will be more available).
  • The ordering window for our Saturday farmstand opens on Monday morning by 9 am until Wednesday night at 11:59 pm.
  • There is a $20 minimum on orders. The "Place Order" button will not appear until you have met the $20 minimum.
  • We will send an email with a link to our updated store to everyone in our Local Line farmstand customer base every Monday and Thursday morning. You won't receive that email unless you have registered for a Local Line account as described above.
  • You can always access our Local Line store by clicking the "Order Farmstand Produce" button on the left sidebar of our homepage, following the link below, or going directly to www.localline.ca/valley-flora.

Thanks as ever for your support of the farm and your passion for eating local, seasonal produce!

Shop the Valley Flora Store for Farmstand Produce Now!

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. 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!

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