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Wednesday January 31, 2018

 

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It's that time again! Time to sign up for the 2018 CSA season from Circle A Garden.


We are about nine weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 season!! We are getting geared up for another awesome season of farm fresh goodies!! Have a great crew lined up to grow our amazing array of produce..in addition to Terry and I we now have our young farmers and our work share folks all lined up and excited about the coming season. What are we going to grow for you??  Well, this is the short list..4 varieties of swiss chard, 5 of kale, at least 20 of other greens, 10 varieties of lettuces, 3 spring radishes,a bunch of winter radishes, 5 of carrots, 5 of beets, 5 turnips, 2 peas, fava beans, 4 or 5 varieties of green beans, something like 30 of tomatoes, 6 summer squash, cam't remember winter squash, a bit more variety in melons than lst season, a number of varieties of cabbage, kohlrabi,broccoli, and cauliflower, garlic, onions,shallots,celery,celeriac, cucumbers,peppers,eggplant.and so much more!! We are getting excited!!


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We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden

 

Posted by: Betsy Austin
1/31/2018 2:57 pm

Happy New Season!!

Seems a bit strange for it to be the beginning of a new season already..not just sure what happened to 2017.. it went by so fast!!! Maybe I am just a bit confused because it was over 50 degrees last week and we still have no snow..had maybe 2 inches back on winter solstice but it is now all gone. We haven't had much moisture since the day way back in October when we harvested the last of the peppers out of the high tunnel and the last of the celery out in the field! Our mountains that are usually pretty white by now are VERY brown..I'm not sure how much snow pack we have now but it ain't much. I am starting to get seriously worried again about the lack of moisture..if we don't get some soon here on the farm we are going to have to figure out a way to water all our perennials and the garlic. On a much broader out look if our mountains don't get some good snow pack a lot of folks are going to be hurting for water again this summer..Not only do our rivers water our whole valley, but they flow into the Colorado River and water places as far away as California. Soooo..anybody ready to do a rain dance?? 

Hope everyone is enjoying the winter {?} season..Ours has been delightful!! I have been catching up on my reading and sleep..in between looking at seed catalogs, dreaming about what to plant for the new season, cleaning seeds, adding up harvest totals, visiting with friends and family, and doing some more reading and sleeping!!

The garden produced pretty well this past season, despite the weird weather..our winter moisture came mostly between the end of January and early May..about the time we were getting all excited about planting!! A cold spell at the end of April got most of the fruit..what fruit made it was wiped out during the wet, heavy snow we had AFTER Mothers Day in May. We went from snow to 90 degrees in about a week in early June. June and July were just hot..mostly in the high 90's. Our monsoon was a blessing, but didn't seem as wet as we normally are..lots of spectacular thunder and lightning storms but some of them seemed like they were all noise and light but not so much rain. Had more of those cool nights below 50 degrees again in August. Our fall was never ending..mostly warm without much moisture..did not seem like fall at all..some days were down right hot!! Harvesting fall roots was very enjoyable..I don't think we had to harvest anything in the snow!! And many days the last couple of months have still been like Indian summer. Some nights have been pretty cold..last night I think we were down to 5..but right now the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it is just about 50 degrees out!!

I have gotten all the harvest numbers added up.. we harvested almost 9.000 pounds of produce for the CSA. Here are a few numbers that stood out..over 1600 bunches of greens..that something like over 500 pounds!!: over 1000 pounds of tomatoes:almost 800 pound of cucumbers; over 500 pounds of peppers and the one I was most surprised to see over 300 pounds of crisp, succulent celery. This year we grew over 85 different types of veggies, herbs, and fruit..15 different kinds of greens, 47 different kinds of veggies and almost 2 dozen different herbs..and 2 or 3 kinds of fruit if I count blackberries and raspberries as separate fruits. And I am not sure how many varieties we grew..some things like celery we grow only one variety while others like tomatoes we grow closer to 30 or 40 varieties. Not sure just yet what all we will be growing this year..many of the tried and true favorites, but are already looking at a few new surprises.

i would like to thank all of the folks that help make this farm keep on going..our CSA members who support us from one season to the next by eating lots of fresh and sometimes unusual and sometimes just downright weird veggies..some of you have been with us from day one!! Our work share folks who help us  each week in every weather...rain, snow, hail, sleet, blazing sun.. our interns who are with us everyday, our visitors and volunteers, all my young farmer friends ...and last but definitely not least my family who not only have to put up with the weather but have to put up with me. I am truly blessed!! Without you all we wouldn't be able to keep on a growin'.

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

What's coming up in the new season?? well, I want to start the first few seeds this next week, need to get beds ready in the tunnels, finish the seed orders and the garden plan, get the website ready for member signup, and more!! Please think about coming out and joining us for the beginning of our spring adventures..give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

Hope you are all enjoying winter{??}!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
1/4/2018 4:20 pm

Happy Fall!!

The veggie pickup time will be changing October 21..new pickup time will be 11 am to 2 pm

We have 8 more weeks of CSA pickup for the 2017 season..last pickup will be November 25th

Note..payment due

Lots has happened here on the farm since I last gave you an update..rain, sunshine, weeds, harvests, fall frosts..but so far no snow!! August we saw more rain, abundant sunshine, 70 and 80 degree daytime temps, mostly 50 degree nighttime temps with 4 or 5 nights dropping into the high 40's. September was pretty mellow..more sunshine than rain..but still had a bit of rain here and there..a couple of pretty spectacular lightning and thunderstorms..did have our first fall frost late in the month..down to 27. This first week of October started out cold..it was 38 when we started about 7 am..was still 38 at noon..more evening thunder showers and another frost..again down to 27..but the last two days have been sunny and downright warm.

Food for thought.. Question of the week..what are you doing with lots of celery..

Tunnel adventures during August and most of September have mostly been all about harvesting!! peppers, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, and lots of cucumbers! Early in September we got all those baby greens transplanted..was hard to find enough space for them all!!

So much has been happening outdoors the last couple months it is hard to know where to begin!! Weeding and trellising adventures rapidly went to harvesting adventures..like overnight!! All of a sudden we were right in the middle of peak season..and harvesting everything!! especially cucumbers..our peak week number on them was 150 lbs. Tomatoes came in second with 147 lbs.. Some surprises..celery went from a struggling 6 inches in June and July to over 3 foot tall 3 to 4 lb of plant after we harvest and trim it all up for the CSA!! Beets have been ecstatic after we got them all weeded back in June..it's been really hard to find many of them that are smaller than a tennis ball. Melons have been pouting since those cooler nighttime temps back in August..lots of really pretty melons out there..they are just taking their own time to ripen..we've been harvesting 20-25 usable melons since about mid-September..looks like we may have more this week..we are already up to 25 and it is only Wednesday!! We did a couple of seed crops this year..fava beans, radishes and the shallot we found and loved last year..we've gotten them harvested..now just need to finish cleaning them!! The last couple weeks we have been harvesting winter squash and tomatoes for storage..the squash we will be starting to put into pickup around halloween..the tomats..depending on how fast they ripen we will have some for the next few weeks. 

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale,peppers tomatoes and a few cucumbers, beans. eggplant and okra

From the great out of doors

tomatoes, last of the outdoor peppers and eggplant, broccoli, carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, onions, celery, celeriac, parsely

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying fall!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
10/4/2017 2:17 pm