Week 19: October 10th

  • October 12, 2011

    Broccoli is Back!

    We’re back in broccoli business! The fall variety you’re receiving is called Marathon, and it’s aptly named: last year we were still harvesting broccoli sideshoots for our own dinners until March! The onset of fall broccoli also marks the beginning of other fall Brassica harv...

Week 18: October 3rd

  • October 5, 2011

    Out of the Creek and into the Kitchen

    We experience an odd sense of relief on the farm when the weather turns south and the rain drives us indoors after a long, busy, sunny summer. We suddenly find ourselves home, indoors, by 6 pm instead of 8:30 pm. The daily challenge of making dinner is les...

Week 17: September 26th

  • September 28, 2011


    This week’s storm delivered a full inch of precipitation to the farm along with some fierce wind. It’s the first rainfall we’ve had since July 14th and it was enough to allow us to turn off all our irrigation for the week (a lovely reprieve from the usual schedule). The wind s...

September 19: Week 16

  • September 21, 2011

    Fall Equinox this Week

    This Friday, September 23rd, the autumn equinox will occur at 2:04 am Pacific time. That means that if you want to balance your raw egg on end and be the first to officially welcome Fall, you’d better set an alarm!



Bulk Sweet Peppers Available!

  • September 19, 2011

    The sweet peppers are at their peak! Now's your chance to get a bulk quantity, either to indulge in fresh like candy apples or to preserve for later. They're easy and quick to put up. Simply:

    • Dice up and freeze in a ziploc. Add them to winter dishes for some bright confetti color and flavor!
    • Put in salsa and can for later.
    • Make sweet pepper relish or s...

Week 15: September 12th

  • September 14, 2011

    Beets Bigger than Baby’s Head!

    It appears that this is the Year of Giant Root Crops at Valley Flora. Last week it was spuds; this week it’s beets. We took the time to thin our beets this season, and the results are astounding, if not somewhat overwhelming. Some of the beets we harvested this w...

Week 14 - September 5th

  • September 7, 2011

    Potato the size of Baby’s Head!

    The headline reads something like that, and no, it isn’t a story from the tabloids. This is unbiased, verifiable news from the fields of Valley Flora where Roberto, Cleo and I spent part of Monday digging potatoes for your shares. We pulled over 700 pounds of po...

Week 13: August 29th

  • August 31, 2011

    Caprese, Finocchio….Cibo d’Italia!

    Last week’s share was all about south of the border salsa. This week it’s all about the flavors of Italia! Basil, a bounty of tomatoes, fennel, Italian peppers…you might just find yourself lapsing into rapturous Italian at the dinner table: Mangia! Mangia! Ma...

Week 12: August 22

  • August 24, 2011

    Do the Salsa!

    What do you get when you put tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro and onions in the same Rubbermaid tote? A really good reason to make homemade pico de gallo! Chop it all up, add some salt, a squeeze of lime, and get yourself some tortillas chips! Salsa season is here!


Anyone Going to Eugene or Portland?

  • August 17, 2011

    Hi everyone,


    A quick query to see if anyone is driving to Eugene or Portland this Friday or Saturday. We are looking for a ride for our dearest pal, Marisa (aka the Farm Saviour), who comes from Hawaii to help us on the farm for a few weeks each summer. She flies back to Hilo on Sunday out of Portland (sniff) and we are hoping to help her avoid the 3-bus marathon jou...