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Posted 5/19/2019 10:31pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We are really getting the rain today.  All the cool weather crops are loving it!!!

The tomatoes are very glad they are in the hoophouses.  We have 14 more CSA shares available and this is the last week to sign up.  If you are wanting to eat the freshest local vegetables now is your chance!!!  

Check out all the options and if you have any questions let me know.


Posted 4/29/2019 4:30pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We are really excited to be able to offer delivery to Central Oregon this year.

If you are interested in naturally grown farm fresh veggies we can now

supply them every Monday afternoon or Tuesday am to Prineville, Redmond, Bend, or Madras and other areas in between. Just check out the options and sign up.

The first delivery will be June 3, 2019.  Cut off to sign up will be May 15.

Posted 3/9/2019 11:48pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We are excited to offer 15 winter shares this year.  We are growing in 2 100ft. hoophouses to extend our season.  Last year we had tomatoes until the first week of December.

Posted 2/25/2019 6:41pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Our hens heard we were having an early spring so they are getting ready!!

Our farm fresh eggs are just $3 per dozen from now thru March 12.

Posted 1/20/2019 12:09pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Just got home from the 2019 Adagra Conference is Portland.

Spent the week learning and interacting with farmers from all over the country.  Was a fantastic experience.  Really got me energized and enthused for a new season. Loved learning new techniques and ideas.  Farming is truly all about relationships! 

Posted 1/20/2019 12:03pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Sign up is now open for our 2019 season.  We are excited about some

new varieties of veggies this year and we are also adding a strawberry

patch. We are going to start peas and spinach in the hoop house next week;

Excited to experiment and see how early we can start.   I have tomatoes growing that I am going to put out in a few more weeks.

Posted 10/23/2018 9:22am by Valerie Tachenko.

Thanks so much to all who came out to the corn maze and pumpkin patch last week.

We so enjoyed having you all come and try to answer my riddles!!!

Loved seeing all the little ones having fun!

See you next year!!!

Posted 4/15/2018 11:30pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We’re almost done calving and the chicks are growing fast. April showers have been abundant and we’re looking forward to May flowers. The greenhouse is overflowing with plants waiting to be put into the ground. And everywhere we look there’s something that needs done.

It’s officially Spring here at the ranch in Eastern Oregon!  

We have 176 different varieties of tomatoes this year! One of which is called “Black Beauty”. The tomato is black in color and has great reviews; we’re excited to give it a try!

We put up a new high tunnel… it was suppose to be a “low profile” model. But at 100’x30’x17’, there’s nothing low profile about it! You can see it from either highway! Another greenhouse is going up and should be finished this week. This greenhouse measures 100’x20’x12’ and sits right next to the high tunnel. Our old faithful greenhouse is still standing and is bursting at the seems. Many of it’s plants have been transferred to the high tunnel in an effort to make more space in the old greenhouse.

The high tunnel has Chinese cabbage and spinach growing it now (the hail won’t get the spinach this year). We are going to plant tomatoes in it this week. Our goal is to offer produce ten months out the year. We’re excited for this new venture.

Broccoli, kale and cabbage are planted in the garden above the house. We put row cover on these guys to keep them nice and toasty warm until the temperatures decided to stay up (so probably another two weeks or so). 

Does all this sound like something you want to be a part of? Well you’re in luck! Now is the time to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership. What is a CSA membership you ask? Essentially it’s a partnership between you the consumer, and our family farm. You pay up front for a season of produce and then we in turn supply you with 20 weeks of the best fruits and veggies. Please go to the following link to learn more about all our different CSA options: Or feel free to give us a call 541.853.2358 to learn more.

It’s late and the rain just finally quit…. tomorrow will be another busy day in the mud. We hope this update finds you warm, dry and not stuck in the mud!


Best regards,

Rod and Val

Posted 6/6/2017 12:43am by Valerie Tachenko.


My how time flies!!  I looked at the calendar and it said JUNE!!! already?? Whew the last 3 weeks have been a blur with lots of surprises!!  

Planted out almost all of the tomatoes.

Tomorrow we will finish all the peppers.

The potatoes that were just starting to come out of the ground at the time of the hail storm, had a few battered leaves but they are up and growing great!!

The beans popped out of the ground also and are very happy!!

The peas that were blooming when the storm came are blooming again, that was not expected at all!!

The spinach came back just in time for the 80 - 90 degree days and is starting to bolt. We will have it available at the markets and stand until gone.

The cold weather plants that were destroyed, some came back and have had new plants added to the rows where lots were missing.

Some of the summer squash that was destroyed in the storm came back too, and the ones from seed popped out a couple days after the I sent the last letter.

The corn maze is up and looks great!

Hope to finish most of the planting this week!!  YAHOO!!

Summer Egg shares start this week, if you had spring egg shares and still want them please sign up ASAP.

CSA boxes start next week for everyone!!

Well the best for last... We hope to have cherries at the stand in Baker City this week.  I talked to the grower this morning and he said they would start picking on Wednesday.

Now it's time to fill that hunger pain with some Val's Veggies produce and fruit.

Have a great week!!

Rod and Valerie


Posted 5/22/2017 1:38am by Valerie Tachenko.

The forecast said rain for the next 2 days, so I decided to head over to our daughters and fix the plumbing problem before the sunshine came back because this would be the last chance for many days. I loaded up, but the weather, it hadn't started to rain yet... "maybe it will soon" I thought as I headed down the road to La Grande to make the weekly egg delivery. Yup, raining in La Grande, but nothing at home, it always is that way! That has been the norm for several years now, we can keep working the gardens and it rains all around us, "sure glad we have a good snow pack this year, 118% of normal." That was the last report I had heard.

Made the drop in La Grande and got on the freeway to Pendleton and Hermiston to drop Hanging basket flowers, Wham! I drove into a wall of sleet and rain the wipers couldn't keep up with! then it let up a bit and quit before the Ukiah exit, but not for long because it started to rain again and then snowing like the middle of winter before Meachem exit. "look at that, there's a chemical truck spraying the freeway" and it is only 33 degrees, and the shoulder is getting white with snow, and it just got worse until I caught up with 2 more snow plows blading the whole freeway and the snow was now over 3 inches on the shoulder, it quit after the scales on top of Cabbage Hill. When I got to Mollie's house, still lots of sun so I went to work to finish digging the project out, I wanted it cleaned out so all I had to do was go pick up the pieces I needed to put it back together in the morning and head back home.

Meanwhile back at home, Valerie went to a social media presentation, and Ryan was plowing the ground for the corn maze. Valerie called me as she was going to town and said that there was a bad storm to the west of us and hoped we did get any hail from it because it sure looked bad.

My phone kept buzzing me in my pocket so I took it out to see what the problem was, pictures, from Valerie, looked like we had a snow storm. I'd taken a picture of a small tractor and sent it to her earlier and said "future rototiller tractor"!!  Under the first picture was the words "We don't have anything left to rototill."  Just a little snow... so what, but alas, it was hail.

As I drove into the yard, the aroma of fresh cut hay, just like I smelled back home as a kid, my favorite time of year!! The only problem was, there wasn't any mowing machines, or swathers sitting around the fields because it is the wrong time of year for us, they were still in the shed or parked on the hill from last season.  Then it hit me... this was a real hail storm, you know the kind, "the one that happens to someone else"!! When you looked around the countryside, all you could see was grass cut off about 6" high, the thistles looked like they had beed sprayed, and the trees, well they were naked for the most part, all the leaves gone from the northwest side, some totally gone, some fruit trees lost their bark, and the apricot tree that was totally loaded now looked like a ghost in some movie, with just sticks and a few leaves on the south side of it, if look really hard, you can find a few apricots, but the rest, the tree was loaded in spite of a bad frost, were gone.

The hail was still in piles on the north side of buildings and the greenhouse. At the barn it was red with the paint that it took off in the storm and the house lost the paint on the facia boards, they are ready for paint, :-)

In the garden, the row cover which didn't save the cucumbers and the $5 per seed zucchini during the frost the week before, was looking more like a window screen with 1 in+ holes in it.  All the other stuff that was planted in that garden was not up yet so it is wonderful!! The potatoes are poking their heads out, and the beans are just sprouted and a few zucchini survived, even found a couple cucumber plants that survived under the row cover. 

Down to the next garden I went, this is where we had hoped to capitalize on early market, the garlic looks like its been in the shredder, the peas that were just starting to bloom were flat to the ground, the spinach looked like it was a target board for a shot gun range, with leaves and pieces everywhere!! the 8" potatoes that were froze back some, were now flat to the ground and the weeds that were protecting them looked like they had been mowed off with the lawn mower. Oh the radishes, leaves everywhere, but they are in the dirt so we will have them to sell without tops this year. "I wonder if they will keep growing without tops?? They are the perfect size!" Time will tell. The kale, swiss chard, Bok choi, and cabbage, several trays of them were planted out, no idea if they will come back, yes some are still there but looking bad shape. Sure glad we hadn't planted out the last 6 rows in that garden yet...

On to the next garden in it was the fresh laid mulch. We were going to plant out the tomatoes on Monday, but since the weather called for rain and maybe snow, we chose to wait until Thursday to plant them out when I got back from Mollie's house. The plastic doesn't have any holes from the hail, it has holes from the sticks in the dirt, the stems from the plants that didn't decompose during the last winter, it is stretched but still in tack.

WOW what a blessing it could have been worse!!! No windows were broken in the house, no holes in the greenhouse plastic, no dents in the metal roofing on the house that I can see, no dents in the vehicles, because they were gone when the storm hit. Ryan hasn't washed his pickup to see if there are any dents in it, says he's in no hurry to find out.

On Tuesday it will be 1 week since the storm that looked like 99% loss, and things are looking up!! The potatoes that hadn't come up are coming out of the ground. The spinach was mowed off so it will be back with small leaves this week and nice ones for next week. We will replant the kale, cabbage, bok choi, and whatever else that was planted there that doesn't come back and in a few more days we will forget that the crops were lost in a storm!!

Tomorrow we will be planting tomatoes and sweet potatoes, as there are many trays that are ready for the dirt and screaming to get out of that hot box!!

Have a great week!!