Berry Palooza

Boy, are we having a great berry season!

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Just look at all these blueberries! We are keeping the price low, just $1.25 a pound upick to sell as many as possible.

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The Kotata blackberries are extra heavy also and only $1.00 upick. Kotatas are sisters to the Marion blackberry. The flavor is stronger than the Marion and they keep much better in your refrigerator.

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These gorgeous things are red currants. They look like jewelry but tast better!

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We also have pink and black currants and even gooseberries, all only $1.00 a pound upick.

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So come see us and load upon fruit!

Blueberries and More

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Hood strawberries are gone, but blueberries are already here. This is early; blueberries usually begin after the 4th of July. This year’s crop is the heavies I have ever seen. Expect the season to last till late August. U-pick price $1.25 a pound. People, that’s a bargain!

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The black  

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and pink currants are also ready to pick. Pink currants are delicious out of hand, black currants make absolutely superior jelly and can also be juiced for a winter tonic, as they are very nutritious and, unique among fruits, contain iron. Gooseberries are also available. Currants and gooseberries are $1:00 a pound u-pick.  

Gone!

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Another Hood strawberry season has come and gone. This was our shortest season ever, but was quite good while it lasted. 

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If you missed the Hoods, we will have more Seascape strawberries starting in August and lasting into October. Seascapes are DELICIOUS, second best to Hoods. 

Plant Sale

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Perennials and shrubs can last a lifetime; our plant sale lasts just one day.  

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Gallon and two gallon perennials, shrubs, and fruiting plants for $7.50 and 12.50.  

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We specialize in the unusual, like this shrub rose Darlow’s Enigma.  

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All of our roses are grown on their own roots which makes them extra hearty and vigorous. Isn’t this blossom gorgeous?! 

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We also like easy to grow plants like this purple sage.  

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And the rare, like this plume poppy. (Baby not for sale) 

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Here is a giant pincushion next to a Regal Lily.  

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Fruiting plants, too. Here’s a red currant looking sporty next to one of our own Dahlias. It’s cool and cloudy this weekend and a great time for planting. 

Hood strawberries: going, going...

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This is it: another u-pick season. 

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Just look at how big and gorgeous they are. They taste even better! The u-pick price is still just $1.25, a bargain!

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How the fruit looked just last week. Hoods will no longer be available already-picked, Raspberries and blueberries are starting to come in and should be available in abundance by June 26th or so.

Hood Strawberries Are Now Here

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Hood strawberries are now available in our store. Hoods are the sweetest, most flavorful strawberries available today and we have them. The season only lasts till early July, so don’t wait. 

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U-pick hood strawberries will begin this Thursday. The u-pick field will be open 8:00 to 7:00. What a sweet time of year. 

Hood U-pick Strawberries Start Thursday!

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U-pick season begins, starting with Hood strawberries. Seriously, these are the most delicious things on earth, and are only available for a short time.

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It looks like it’s going to be a very good crop this year, i’m thrilled; when you taste Hood strawberries, you will be, too. 

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Our general hours are Mon through Sat, 8:00 to 7:00, but we sometimes have to close because of rain or to let the fruit ripen so please call before you come out, 503-362-5105. 

We Are Open for the Season

this is how happy we are:

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Our store is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 to 6:00 with our own strawberries and local produce. In a few weeks, we will have blueberries, raspberries, back berries, cherries, currants, and much, much more. 

 

We also have nursery plants: 

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Perennials are plants that bloom year after year. Our perennials ad summer color to your yard, are very hardy, and are easy to grow. 

 

We also feature roses: 

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We offer old roses like Blaze and Cecil Brunner, and modern English roses. All of our roses grow on their own roots which makes them hardier and perform better than grafted roses. 

 

We we also offer local produce: 

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Well, the bananas may not be local, and as always delicious baked goods.  

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We love this time of year, we love ou store and we hope you come see us! 

Fordyce Farm at the Salem Saturday Market

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Fordyce Farm will be participating in the Salem Saturday Market in beautiful downtown Salem, Oregon throughout May. What do we offer?

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Delicious baked goods! Fresh bread, scones, pie, and cake, including:

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Strawberry scones! Strawberry cheesecake on almond shortbread, and strawberry coffeecake. Why all the strawberries?

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Strawberries are here! We will have fresh strawberries by the pint. 

Look what else we offer: 

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Beautiful blooming perennials, shrubs, and fruiting plants, like blueberries, strawberry plants, currants, and gooseberries. Yes, Fordyce Farm is also a nursery specializing in ultra-hardy summer blooming perennials, own-root roses, and fruiting plants

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We absolutely love what we do and everything we produce and look forward to sharing it with you. The Salem Saturday Market is in downtown Salem between Marion and Union Street and is open 9:00 to 3:00. 

STRAWBERRIES.......SOON!

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When will strawberry season begin? Well, soon! Our store will open with already picked Seascape strawberries on 17 May. Our u-pick HOOD strawberry patch will open late May. HOODS, HOODS, HOODS! In case you didn’t know, Hood strawberries are the most delicious things on earth. 

Please keep checking back for updates on the start of u-pick season. We will let you know as soon as we can set a definite date. We look forward to seeing you (and eating strawberries!).

Haunted Corn Maze

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It’s time for Fordyce Farm’s Haunted Corn Maze. We are open Thursday nights till 9:00pm with no monsters, only $5 for adults and $4:00 six to twelve. Friday and Saturday nights we are open till 10:00 with monsters galore, $10:00 a head. Hopefully you’ll keep your head! 

Pumpkin Patch and Autumn Fun

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Pumpkins, we got fields full of em, big, medium, pie pumpkins, orange, white, and warted. Cornstalks, gourds, straw bales; we got em too. 

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We offer entertainment; a hay fort, indoor hay maze coloring station, animals and hay rides (when available and on weekends), and of course, our AWESOME corn maze. 

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Our corn maze is navigated by answering questions: at each branch in the path, there is a sign with questions; take the path you think is the right answer. It’s lots of fun and you might even learn a thing or two. Our theme this year is Ghosts 

The castle at the end of the corn maze

The castle at the end of the corn maze

We have apples galore, fall produce, strawberries, and, as always, the best baked goods, ice cream, and milkshakes. Time to eat!

 

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Yum!

Yum!

There is NO CHARGE to enter our pumpkin patch, no charge for any of our entertainment, except the corn maze, which is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 six to twelve, and under six free . 

 

Our store is open 9 to 6, Thursdays our corn maze is available till 9pm so our customers can go through in the dark. Friday and Saturday our corn maze is haunted dusk till 10:00pm. Sundays we are open noon till six. 

Apples, apples, apples!

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Apple season is here and they are ripe and ready for the picking. All the apples we grow are $.75 a pound u-pick and $1.25 at our store. These are excellent apples for storing, baking, and eating ou of hand.

 

Now available: Enterprise, Liberty, Karmajin, and Gold Rush.  

 

 

 

 

What are quince?

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Here is an unusual fruit: quince is shaped like a pear, has fuzzy skin like a peach, and has yellow flesh that turns pink when cooked. 

 

Quince is quite hard when raw so is usually eaten cooked. The flavor is tart like a lemon but distinctively unique.  

 

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We use this fruit many different ways. When frying potatoes we add a little quince for flavor and tang. We cook roast pork with quince and onions. We also cook it with water, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Because quince is very high in pectin, this cooks to a marmalade that we use for quince tart or on top of cheese cake.  

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quince are available u-pick for $.75 a pound or at our store for $1.25. 

Strawberries are back!

Yes it’s true! We have an abundance of seascape strawberries, which is an ever bearing variety. They are bigger then hoods and almost just as sweet. The best part about them is they continue bearing until mid October! They are available for  u-pick and already picked in our store. They are $1.25 a lb u-pick and  $32 a crate already picked. 

The’re just waiting to be picked! 

The’re just waiting to be picked!