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Friday April 20, 2018

Happy  Spring!!

Note: 2nd Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be this coming Saturday, April 14th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 2 short days away..if you haven't signed up yet and want some amazing veggies this week, please call me tonight to get on my list!!

If you don't get on my list for this week, please go to the website and sign up, you will be on my list for next week!! www.circleagarden.com

Our first veggie pickup of the season went well. It was so good to see all of you again!! The weather even cooperated with us. It rained a bit early in the morning before we started setting up, but had quit by eight..was cloudy and coolish most of the morning with bits of sun peeking through. Tomorrow we harvest again..looks like we will have even more of a bounteous harvest.

The weather this week has been pretty good until today. We finally got our nice overnight rain Saturday..it sort of drizzled off and on Friday and Friday night, but got down to business by Saturday night. Was a bit cool early in the week, but had warmed up nicely by yesterday..we were in the 70's during the day and the 40's overnight. Today has been ok temperature wise, but the wind has been awful!! If it wasn't nailed down, it is somewhere down around Delta!! We have this brown haze from all the dirt blowing up. We seem to have a storm coming in..the forecast has been changing each time we look at it. Early in the week it was going to snow tonight..that changed to rain..now it seems to not going to precipitate at all. Still supposed to be cold tonight, cool tomorrow..mid 40's..and even colder tomorrow night. At least the wind is supposed to die down!! It is supposed to start warming up again by Sunday and be a beautiful week!!

This week we were able to spend more time doing stuff with plants!! Did more weeding in the tunnel..gave the pea patch a good weeding..worked on sifting more soil for the herb beds..got beds ready for cabbages, kohlrabi, and lettuces..pricked up lots of little plants in the prop house; broccoli, cauliflower italian parsley, celeriac, and tomatoes..and moving lots of flats of plants..kicked a bunch of stuff out to the hardening off bench early in the week..then moved it all back into the honey house today. Thank you Joe{Alex's dad} and Joyce for helping with plant adventures this week!!

We will still be taking sign ups for the CSA until we fill up. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings{and not so fun}here on the farm..daffodils are blooming their heads off, plums are blooming, lilac buds are growing bigger, weeds really appreciated the rain, radishes are coming up.

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? Getting a few good comments on our facebook page..please add your thoughts. From my perspective as a farmer I know I cannot grow food without water..we all need food to survive.we also need clean water to drink..sooo....lets go a little deeper with our thinking..what is more important..food to eat and water to drink..or ?????

Work days .give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess on Thursday what we will have at pick up,,sometimes the veggies just aren't quite ready when we go to harvest on Friday.

don't forget to check the website for recipes..also check our facebook page for fun things that our members have done with their goodies!!

Food safety.. we do not consider any of our produce to be ready to eat..we "chill" it in cool water to get the field heat out but recommend that you wash it before eating.

from the tunnel; swiss chard, kale, bok choi,  tokyo bekana, orach, mustards, red rain,gunsho, maybe a few little lettuces. radishes, salad turnips, salad greens,  baby bok choi, chives, pineapple sage, and marjoram.

From the great out of doors; spring onions, green garlic, horseradish, burdock root, and lovage

Note; we will have eggs again this season from Darcy abd Don Arnold, our friends over at Lower 48 Farm,

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!!

Betsy, Terry, Alex, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
4/12/2018 7:41 pm

Happy  Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 1 short week away..please sign up now for am amazing array of early spring treats!! Please sign up before Thursday April 5th to get on my list for the first veggies of the season. Either sign up on the website before Thursday or give me a call before Friday{970-249-9725}..Thabks

www.circleagarden.com

So far it looks like we may have radishes, turnips, lots of green leafies..swiss chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi and other asioan greens, chives, pineapple sage for the first week. Some other things we may have soon would be salad greens, beta greens, lettuces, endive and escarole..these are growing just a bit slower and may or may not be ready the first week. It may be a couple more weeks on the rhubarb.

Wow!! Tomorrow is the 1st of April!! Not sure what happened to February and March!! How time flies when you're having fun!! Weather has been mostly dry..a few near showers, but they didn't amount to much.mostly just a lot of cold wintry wind with some random snow flakes and rain drops!! Last week was a lot cooler..highs in the 40's and 50's..lows way down in the 20's. This week has mostly been warmer..at least when the sun is out..if it hides behind a cloud the breeze is just downright cold!! Today though we got up to 70..the sun was downright hot!! We are still way dry..our mountains have gotten a bit of snow, but snow pack is still way down. We have our request in for a nice gentle overnight rain..preferably on Sunday nights..although we will take rain when we can get it at this point!!

We have had another busy couple of weeks..tree pruning is done for now so we can move on to other projects. Last week was pretty chilly of a morning so we got some quality time in the prop house and the high tunnel. Alex planted the last succession of greens and lettuces in the high tunnel..she gives me that look and tells me there is NO more room in the inn!!! It is stuffed..and growing rapidly!!In the prop house we got more little guys pricked up..lettuces, the rest of the celery, lavender, rosemary, basil, and a few other herbs. We also seeded trays of kale, portuguese kale,late kohlrabi, late cabbages. another succession of lettuces,  asian green and scallions..these are all for outdoors. This next week we need to get the alliums kicked out to the hardening off bench..just waiting for the night time temps to get up closer to 32 degrees!! Then we will have room to kick lettuces, artichokes, and celery out to the honey house..so we can prick up tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, celeriac. broccoli and cauliflower..so we can start more seeds!! Alex and the work share folks worked on getting the cover crop in. more cottonwoods dug, and prepping a few beds for early spring outdoor goodies. Terry has a couple of projects she has been working on in between helping the rest of out.

We are under 1 short week out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings here on the farm..apricots are in full bloom..hope the don't get frozen during the next little cold spell mid week!! Birds are all thinking spring thoughts..heard our first woodpecker this morning.

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? 

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon

Betsy, Terry, Alex, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
3/31/2018 7:02 pm

Happy  Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 3 short weeks away..sign up now for am amazing array of early spring treats!! 

www.circleagarden.com

So far it looks like we may have radishes, turnips, lots of green leafies..swiss chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi and other asioan greens, chives, pineapple sage for the first week. Some other things we may have soon would be salad greens, beta greens, lettuces, endive and escarole, rhubarb..these are growing just a bit slower and may or may not be ready the first week.

Here we are just past mid-March..just past Saint Paddys' day but not quite spring equinox..a pretty sweet place to be this time of year!! {oh, yeah..we are past the time change, too..boo,hiss..we were just getting used to it getting light early!!} Still not much moisture..we've had a couple of little showers..some of them snow the last couple of weeks but not nearly enough. Last night it snowed, barely and the overnight temp was 22 degrees..today it looked like it was going to be shiny but it seems to have changed it's mind. Looks like we might have just a wee storm on Thursday but otherwise fairly warm and sunny. Our next best chance for precip may be sometime next week but...it is springtime and it is Colorado!!

Terry, Alex,our work share folks, Mom, and I have been busy, busy, busy!! Pruning projects are coming along nicely..currant are dine and we are down to one last tree. Still have blackberries to go but we are holding off on them..they just do better if we let them wake up on their own, We got the peas and favas planted outdoors this last week..we we aiming for St. Paddys; day..then planted them a few days earlier to take advantage of the snow we were supposed to have..we were hoping that Mother Nature would water them well..no such luck!! We also planted some onions from our young farmer friend Laura over at High Desert seeds..they are for a seed crop..the onions were beautiful!! we may have to plant some next season to eat!! A;ex and the work share folks have been working on the future tomato and summer squash are..getting it weeded and the cottonwood out so we can plant a quick cover crop. I did some work on the rhubarb patch..I am weeding, fertilizing, and mulching..getting it ready to go for the season. Our next push will be getting beds ready for all sorts of alliums, cabbages, and kohlrabi..and getting them planted. as well as working on the herb beds and working on the raspberry patch.

The high tunnel is looking great..everything is starting to grow rapidly..we can actually see all the red lettuces from the top of the tunnel..we have been able to see the green ones well..the green contrasts with the color of the soil..the reds just sort of blend in until they get bigger!! This morning was a good high tunnel day..Alex and Suzanne planted more lettuces, endive, escarole, and celtice..and seeded another succession of baby pak choi and arugula. Just have another batch of greens and salad lettuces to squeeze in someplace!! They also did some weeding.

I spent much of my time this last week working in the prop house..trimming and fertilizing alliums and all sorts of herbs to move out to the honey house,,we were seriously running out of room!! I also started broccoli, cauliflower for outdoors; peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil for the tunnel and CSA..then I pricked up the cabbages, artichokes, some more herbs, and got a start on the celery before I ran out of soil mix..I have more coming!! Good thiing because celery, rosemary, and lavender are ready to prick up now..more lettuces and that broccoli and cauliflower I started the other day are going to be ready towards the end of the week. And I need to start kales, collards, and more greens for the great out of doors..and there is something else I am forgetting!!

We are under 3 short weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings here on the farm..maple is blooming..in fact it is almost finished!!.We are seeing all sorts of little green things popping up..garlic, overwintered onions, lemon balm, angelica, dandelions, rhubarb has some huge little red noses, iris, daffodils, weeds{ok so some of the weeds just kept going during the winter!!}

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? 

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon

Betsy, Terry, Alex, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
3/19/2018 3:28 pm