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Posted 5/20/2013 5:40pm by Valerie Tachenko.


Things have really been changing around here the last few days... We had a crew show up last week and made a very good start on the planting process. There are a lot of tomatoes and peppers in the dirt now.  They planted out  cabbage, lettuce and broccoli. Our onions took a hard hit when we got that hard frost, it set them all back at least 2 weeks, maybe more.  

Planting sweet corn

I planted the sweet corn and then we got a wonderful shower of rain, so I hope they all pop out of the ground in the next few days.  I worked on the corn maze today, I hope to have the seed in the ground tomorrow.  Then I will finish working up the last chunk of the garden to plant.

We planted a bunch of asparagus and it came up very nicely, our old stand was slowly going away.

This week is the first La Grande Farmers Market for us so all you spring egg share people take note that your eggs will be available at our stand at the market.

For all of you facebook fans, we have been making posts on there about progress in the veggie patch with pics and more.  You can find us at Val's Veggies on facebook.

Have a great week!!



PS. Sign up for your Summer Egg Shares and CSA Boxes by June 1. Payments need to be in by June 1. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks for eating local! 

Tags: Summer
Posted 10/19/2012 4:49pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Sunday, Oct. 21 is Family Day at the corn maze and pumpkin patch. 

$1 off on admission prices.

games for the kids

face painting

corn dogs and hamburgers available

Posted 3/14/2012 11:03am by Valerie Tachenko.

Tomorrow, March 15, we will be in Pendleton at the Red Lion Hotel for the "What's Your Connection" conference.  This is a good way to connect with farmers, producers, chefs, and consumers.   Stop by our display and see our dry bean display and samples of our non-GMO cornmeal.

Posted 3/14/2012 10:58am by Valerie Tachenko.

The greenhouse is starting to fill with plants again.  Have onions, cabbage, kale, lettuce, and broccoli growing.  Wanted to plant peas today but it is snowing and we have almost 2".  Must be Spring!!

Posted 2/11/2012 8:38pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Rodney has been picking corn from the corn maze and putting it on racks in the greenhouse to finish drying.  This is our non genetically modified field corn.

He got a fancy corn sheller for Christmas and has been feeding the chickens fresh corn all winter.

Last week we ground some for cornmeal and I made cornbread.  Was wonderful.  Has great flavor!!

We will be selling it whole or ground in 1 pound pkgs.

Posted 6/26/2011 5:29pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Just hard to believe its almost the 4th of July. 

Things are really growing.  We are pulling the last of the row covers this week and planting more lettuce and radishes.

We tried a new recipe this week.  Kale chips.  It is really good.  I have never grown Kale before

and hadn't even eaten it so this was really new.

To make them take one bunch of Kale and cut across the leaves in half inch to 3/4 inch strips.

I didn't use the big part of the stems.  Spread them out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and stir them a little until coated well.

Bake at 400 degrees until crunchy but not too brown.  Maybe 10 min.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little salt and I used som parmessan cheese.

They are crunchy just like a potato chip.

Enjoy your box this week!!!

Thanks Valere

Val's Veggies

Posted 3/10/2011 11:43pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We planted 48 trays of tomatoes today.  Some new varieties and lots of old ones.  Can almost taste them. 

Posted 2/14/2011 4:46pm by Valerie Tachenko.


What a surprise when they were picking winter squash.  This trombocino squash crossed two other rows of squash to find this pumpkin and then he grabbed hold and just about squeezed her to death.  Must have been true love at first sight.


Posted 2/10/2011 10:07pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We are ready to take sign ups for our 2011 CSA season.  We've added a new size this year for
those of you who can't use all of your produce in a week.  This is sized for a single adult.  Not as much variety but still the best fresh local produce.

We are going to use PayPal this year for credit card processing.  Not sure it is up and running yet but it will be soon.  Because of the extra cost for us to take credit cards we are giving a $10 coupon good for anything from Val's Veggies, to all who pay by check or cash. 

I'm hoping for an early spring!  The ground hog didn't see his shadow.  I planted onions last week and they are up and growing.  Will start celery, leeks, and cauliflower next week.  I'm really getting spring fever. Got several new heirloom tomatoes to try and also some new corn varieties.  Can't wait!!!

If you have any questions or problems with the website let me know.


Posted 1/17/2011 12:35pm by Valerie Tachenko.

Tomorrow is egg share day in LaGrande.  The chickens are really liking this warmer weather.  They think Spring is just around the corner.  I went by the chicken house on my way to check cows yesterday morning and it was still really dark out but they were singing and talking so loud!!!  Usually they are still in bed.
We have some winter squash still and I have been doing the KaKai pumpkin seeds up.  They are $4.00 a pound.  Real good raw or roasted with a little olive oil.
Enjoy the sunshine today,
Val's Veggies